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and can tell, upon coming out of my trance, what is on your mind.

Effect: Your subject is given a packet of 52 alphabet cards - just enough so that the alphabet may be repeated twice with one letter to each card. He steps to a distant spot, cuts the packet where he may please, and removes three cards. No one else sees them.

If it is possible for him to form a word from the three letters he holds, he does so. Should he not be able to do so, he discards them and takes three more.

You do not handle the cards again, ask any leading questions, or even have him write the word, BUT you know it.

Method #1 (by Mr. James)} Although the packet of cards is referred to as two complete sets of the alphabet, they bear only three letters repeated throughout, as: C-I-E-C-I-E-C etc. An indifferently lettered card or two may be put at the face of the packet. The volunteer cuts and removes three cards. It does not require much though on his part to foftr. the word ICE -the only word possible with these letters. Telling him that if he cannot form a word from the letters chosen he may take three more is merely misdirection. Other letters may be substituted as long as the formation of a word is readily apparent AND only one word can be made.

Method #2 (by Annemann); This honey of an effect reminded me of a much popularized book test method I introduced in Jinx #32 called "Between The Lines". It requires a Dunninger to nerve one's self into letting a 3-banked force deck, whether cards or letters, be handled by a spectator. Besides, wanting to use the effect, and not wishing to buy enough decks of alphabet cards to build the force pack, we sought to accomplish a near miracle with only one deck of two complete alphabets. It has necessitated eliminating Mr. James' condition that no leading questions be asked, but experience has taught us that a person can ask lead questions when trying what is evidently a most impossible feat, and build up the opinion that he is working hard mentally against a subject not quite perfect at concentrating. At any rate, accept this variation at face value, please.

Set your alphabet deck as follows: Q-H-J-C-S V-X-TT-U-T-K-F-O-G-M-R-S-D-Z-L-I-P-W-B-A-Y. Now repeat this formation of letters with the second half of the pack.

Show the case, explain about it containing alphabet cards, along with your theme patter, remove the deck, pick a spectator to be the subject, at the same time giving your cards a false shuffle and a fan out to let the faces bee seen. Just before giving the deck to the person cut about 13 cards from top to bottom.

He cuts the deck and deals three cards face up before him. You have your back turned. Ask if he can make a word from them. No? Push them aside and deal three more. No? Push them away and try three more. Yes? Have him hold the three cards and discard all others.

Re Is to think of the first letter. R? No. Try the last letter. P? No. Let's take the middle letter. U? No. Concentrate. It's the name of a place? Ho. We'll try by having you feel the word as though you were with it. Ah.' It is a clammy feeling. The word is FOG. Yes.

It seldom will be that long. We've given you the longest possible ritual. Remember this sentence: With red lips she ate nuts while sailing on a foggy 5ay.~Wlth the set-up only 5 three letter words can be formed. They are RED, LIP, NUT, FOG, BAY. No other three

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