sion. It's like looking Into a mirror." Then he continues revealing the number BACKWARDS to a climax.

Stopping any applause, (Annemann seems to dote on that for he believes it effective) the performer calls the person back to him, takes the bill, and has it passed to one of the lenders, "It nay be yours or his. (pointing to the other) But a dollar is a dollar, and what do you think I am? A psychic? Reading minds Is difficult enough."

"There is one bill left," he continues."Open the envelope, take it out, throw the envelope over your left shoulder, and read, very loudly the number on It. You (pointing to the remaining lender) listen carefully for it is the bill you are going to get back." The number is read, the performer repeating each figure as it is called out. Don't tell anyone else to listen. They will. And again it is Annemann's contention that while they can't remember each and every figure the audience as a whole will get the swing of it and realise later that it is the same. Each individual gets a portion. Together they make an error improbable of being accepted and combined they give you acclaim.

During this, Annemann has taken out of pocket another drug envelope with the well known slit In the baok. I have seen him use the dodge he explained on Page 28 of Jinx No. 7, and also have seen hiir- actually burn the bill up on a "money" date. (I'm glad you didn't mention how much "money." Ed.) Otherwise the bill is inserted in envelope and out through the slit, it being pocketed while getting a match. The envelope is ignited and immediately handed the spectator who struggles with it only to finally let go. "You shouldn't be so careful," says the performer, "it never was YOUR bill. Why bum yourself for someone else's money?"

Then, "Look." During this burning, Annemann has pulled from his pocket the box containing the correct duplicate of the bill left. Either of the two might have been selected for the mental part. He was ready and knew both. The box now produced Contains the one not used. And that's an angle which will make some of the wise boys worry. The box on his hand,and unobstrusively, while the audience enjoys the spectacle of the spectator scorching, the performer continues after, "Look." "It's a sort of tin box. There have been politicians who kept money in such places. Now, politicians are said to have all the money that's loose. Therefore, all money burned up in the public interest, and I'm here for your interest — as an entertainer —, should gravitate to the tin box. You have spent the cash (to the man who burnt his fingers) and that's about all you can do. Thank you for playing a villain's part, (he Is thus dismissed) And you, sir, take the box and stand so all can see a taxpayer coming into his own. (the box is given the last bill's owner). It's a combination lock. I'll read you the turns, you get the satisfaction of getting baok what you gave out for no good reason." The performer takes combination from same pocket as was taken the box. The spectator opens. There is the envelope. He removes bill. He reads the number aloud.

The performer, "I didn't mean to inject any political talk with this. Please excuse me for wandering away from my theme. In my enthusiasm I unconsciously saw what I have talked about. Actually, I wanted only to show you the difference between a mlndreader and a magician. You are the Judges as to which I am best sultedl'

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During the "automatic writing" he verified the fact that my grandmother was Swedish, and he signed her name to that message. It was quite startling.)

We then held the slates about four Inches above the table while he scratched beneath the lower slate with one finger nail to simulate "spirits writing". THEN CAME THE CLEVER TRICK WHICH MAY HAVE MANY POSSIBLE APPLICATIONS IN MAGIC, the lndetectable exchange of the cards beneath the table for those between the slates!I

Previously Keeler had prepared a message reading "Mr. K., Do not hurry me. It takes a little time to locate persons called for. I do the best I can". This was signed by Keeler's spirit control, George Christy, who Is still at work after more than forty-four years. At the beginning of the seance this card was in the pile on the table, face down, about nine from the top. Keeler showed the slates to be ordinary. He then slowly showed about seven of the cards, turning them over one at a time and spreading them around the table so I could pick them up if I wished. He was talking all the while, and gave the Impression that he had shown many more cards than he actually did. He squared these seven cards and placed them on one of the slates. He took the eighth card from the pile, carelessly showed it on both sides, and added it to those on the slates. The next card, with the message beneath, was added equally casually, but without showing the side containing the message. Another blank card was added to the top of the pile, a bit of pencil lead placed on it; then the second slate was placed on top and fastened with rubber bands.

After the business of hearing the writing, Keeler took the slates apart and riffled through the cards, saying "Here are the messages". The top card is always blank because it Is exposed to the light". He threw aside the top blank card, placing It on the pile of unused blank cards. He then took the "George Christy" message and threw It face up In front of me. NOTE THAT THE MISDIRECTION IS PERFECT!I The trick has not been done, but the sitter believes that it is over and even the skeptic will admit defeat, relax his attention, and look at the George Christy message.

As the sitter glances at the card which Keeler thrw in front of him, Keeler brings the message cards from beneath the table and adds them to the blank cards in his hand. He then says, "The bottom card Is also blank too". With this he quickly but quietly takes ALL of the blank cards, as If they were one card, and places them on the pile of unused cards. This finishes the seance, leaving him with the cards in his hands all containing messages which he allows the sitter to take home.

Before I left, we talked for a few minutes about Spiritualism. I asked whether he believed that phenomena such as this could be faked. Keeler replied that it might be possible to fake something similar to it, but he did not think that anyone could get away with it for very long, because anyone can tell by a person's manner whether he is trying to cheat.

Being 83 years old Keeler cannot be as skillful as when in his prime. Prom the enclosed clip you can see that Washington, D.C. is quite a profitable town for the spooks. All of the papers continuously carry many advertisements.

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