GRAPHOLOGY (continued from page 493)

to-day has Its place in one of the niches of rare items. The performer uses from 10 to 20 personal cards and naturally, one side hears the performer's name and address, which subtle angle prevents the spectator from using that side for writing.

This allows of the cards being "marked" with the edge reader principle, otherwise, should the cards be writeable on both sides, this cute and practically ind├ętectable idea would not be available.

Take a packet of twenty such cards in hand, all facing one way as far as the blank sides are concerned. Divide the long edge into two partsand, with a dot on the edge of each card, mark them from 1 to 5 and then 5 to 10. Ten cards remain. Instead on one dot this time, make two close dota for each number and these markings identify cards from 11 to 20.

Turn the whole packet over end for end and look at the newly presented long edge. The cards are marked again from 1 through 20. Now, as long as the printed sidesof the cards are faced in one direction, the performer can take the packet, glance at the edges, and pick out any one of the cards from 1 through 20,

This Is, insofar as I have been able to teat under practical conditions, the beat possible method for finding the right cards under the strictest conditions and surveillance.

At the start the cards are in order from 1 to 20. They are handed out, after a preliminary talk on graphology and the way a person's handwriting reveals his characteristics to one who is educated to read the hidden signs. Although the performer is set for 20 cards, he may hand out only 8 or 12 as the case may be and pocket the rest. This is done from the left to right or in such order that the performer can remember those who have been given cards.

To be really effective and In keeping with the idea, the performer now should pick up a book at random and read from it a short sentence of five or six words. A book of prose or blank verse suits admirably.

It matters not what this sentence or line may be, for all those who have cards write the same thing. The performer retires while the writing and collecting by some disinterested (that is, not active) spectator is taking place.

Upon his return the performer takes the packet of cards, all of which will have been collected facing the same way because of the printed side. He apoarently dips amongst them and takes out one. He studies it for a moment and looks the spectators over carefully. Then he approaches one and hands him the card he is holding. It is admitted correct.

Paster and faster the action is continued. The performer obviously "gets hot" as he "swings" into the judging and one by one the cards are handed back to their rightful owners.

Through the medium of the edge marks the performer is able to pick cards out from the packet and know, as he does so, to whom these cards belong. Collectively, the cards might afford s clue as to their subsequent separation. Singly they offer no solution to the problem and stand almost the ultimate of inspection.


The edge marking principle allows of a perfectly appearing and hap-hazard picking of the cards after they have been mixed and collected at random. The performer knows at all times the number of the card he is taking from the others in hand and therefore is able to find its owner with the minimum of figuring.

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