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say, for example, that we wish to have "selected" the second word of one paper which reads "House Votes Strike Ban". The two papers are thrown down before the first spectator and to him you say, "Just pick up either one, please." If he picks up the one you want you take it from him, saying, "Thank you", and walk to another person for the next move. If he picks up the wrong one, you say, "It's yours. And when you read it, later tonight, and find out what is happening throughout the world, remember that something strange happened here." Naturally, the "wrong" newspaper always is of current date. And,as you say your sentence, pick up the other paper and carry it to the second person.

"There is power in headlines," you continue. "Every word has a meaning of its own." With the shears you slash away at the four word banner, cutting the words apart and dropping them in crumpled balls onto the floor or table. Let them fall as they will, but be careful to note which one is the word you want to have "selected".

"Pick up two of them, one with each hand," you say. If the wanted one is among these you continue without pause, "Give me one". If you receive the desired word you open the paper, read it aloud and hand to someone else nearby. If the wrong one is given you, say, "Over my left shoulder as appeasement to the spirits beyond, (tossing it so) and now will you please open the paper you have and read aloud the word it contains?"

But, if the two papers picked up by the spectator do not include the wanted one, say, "Toss them over your shoulders at the same time, for that is a manner of appeasing the spirits beyond. Now give me one of the papers remaining." If given the correct one you open it and proceed. If given the~wrong one, toss it over your own left shoulder, saying, "After all, t must do a bit of appeasing myself." Then have the spectator open and read the last paper.

Aside from the general explanation I want to insist that you have here one of the very best methods of "forcing" without the use of extraneous apparatus which only too often tends to distract attention from the effect by being "out of place". The method and principle takes practice and assurance, but it will last you throughout a lifetime of magic.

That takes care of the word being the one which appears on the slate. Important no end, in itself, the "message from beyond" is essential, too, and the way it happens - in a manner confounding to present day magi - goes like thisx—

Procure or make a silicate slate with frame, the inside (slate surface proper) dimensions of which are 5x7 inches or smaller - no larger. The flap to accompany this elate is made of thinner silicate, or, as in my case, of black art board, obtainable from art stores in 17 x 22 in. sheets, and very pliable. Th? inside of slate is quartered, and the finished flap takes up three of these, the diagrams making this clear, I hope.

As you can see depicted, the flap Is foldable twice which brings it down to quarter size, and that size is palmable, it being no larger than a playing card. Scotch tissue tape, now very prevalent, was used for the hinges. That one which is on the audience side of the slate was sanded with fine sandpaper to take away the gloss, but it isn't necessary because the slate is more or less perfunctorily shown.

At the first showing, the performer draws a chalk line cutting off one quarter of the slate's surface, and this is done on the flap side at start. The line is drawn along the edge of the flap, or edges of the flaps if you care to make them plural. Initials called are put upon the slate proper, there being a coinciding chalk line on the slate itself just under the flap(s) edge. The word to be forced has been written underneath the flap(s).

The first "quartered-off" section is on the unprepared side, and it is duly initialed. When the second set of initials is given, they are put on the flap(s) side and that person asked to step forward. He is used for the first choice of the papers, and this sleigvt interval allows you to let the top half of flap drop down and engineer the quarter-flap to the right whereupon the folded flap can be palmed to the pocket when chalk is put away. ^ ^

The word is picked freely (?) and^itjppears upon a slate mysteriously (?) asked of a trick?

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