Avery cute musical thought transmission effect was contained in the book "Sh-h-h. It's a Secret.'" I've played with it off and on since its appearance and it has been satisfactory because one man can use a strange pianist practically impromptu.

During this time I have added a few details which, to my way of thinking, simplify things a bit and possibly add to the effect. I save time on the presentation by using lists of songs prepared in advance, and this is made possible due to the fact that The Billboard (theatrical trade weekly), Variety (same), and other similar publications publish a list of the ten top-ranking songs of the week. A dozen or so small typed lists are made. Early in the evening give the pianist one of these lists, and also the following "key" list, explaining to the pianist that the first word of whatever you say immediately after you ask somebody to think of a song'will be the cue to the proper song on the list.

In presenting, explain that you have the ten top-ranking songs of the week, in the order of their popularity, as judged by national polls, listed upon a number of cards. Then pass out all but two or three of the cards to convenient spectators.

And here is the second time you've simplified things, for you retain two or three cards and the uppermost of these contains not the list of songs, but the list of code words. A glance at if and when necessary, will arouse no suspicion.

Someone holding a list is approached and asked to point to one of the titles and think of that melody. Immediately it is coded to the pianist who hears the first word of the sentence and knows what to play. If, for instance, the fifth title were touched, the performer would say, "Keep concentrating on that tune, and perhaps Miss --- will catch your thought vibrations." The pianist notes that

"keep" is the fifth word on the key list, and therefore plays the fifth hit tune.

The use of the tunes of the Hit Parade gives a LOGICAL reason for a list prepared in advance. The next detail is one that might be used to climax this routine, or it can be used as a separate item by itself. Often I use it for groups where, previously, I have already used the regular telepathy act as described.

A totally unknown pianist is asked to sit at the piano and is given a lint of the songs beforehand, but no cue list is necessary. She is told to play any one of the ten she pleases when the time comes.

Again you have a dozen or so tune lists, plus three additional cards which bear the wording as given on the next page. You are careful to remember to whom these three particular cards are given. Try to pick people where others nearby won't have an opportunity to read the cards also. If crowded, give

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