By this time the envelope Is burned. Performer picks up slate with left hand (button Is inside hand and thread goes through at root of fingers to medium) and holds with fingers behind and thumb In front while with right he makes the squares and has spectator number. He then tella spectator to point to them one at a time in any order and also asks the corresponding person in audience to stand. He folds his arms and steps back a bit but keeps slate In view. Anns are folded so that right hand is out of sight under left arm. Right fingers locate the thread and all is set to signal the numbers pointed. During this time the medium has opened the envelopĀ» and arranged the slips keeping her arms tightly against sides throughout. Once arranged, she grips the thread and is ready.

The code itself is simple. One short tug means one and and one long tug means add five to the shorter number. Thus 4 would be four short tugs and five one long. Six would be one long followed by a short. Zero, when It comes up in the final total of the three columns Is sent by two long tugs.

Actual practise will smoothe out the action and show you that the figures for the final addition can be easily gained while the medium is giving the answers or telling what the person is thinking of. There is no rush for this. The moment the last slip has been described you send the first number of the answer. Tell assistant to add the columns, and in this Interval you send medium the others. Then, without a word after the problem has been added, medium comes out with the correct answer. The performer merely lets go of the thread and it hikes right baok to mama who pockets it with the papers*

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