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14 a "no card" mystery act

14 a "no card" mystery act with his back turned towards committee, the blindfold is faked in your favorite way as long as performer can see straight ahead. I sincerely advise the old folded handkerchief as the best. It is simple and looks



like just what it is—a handkerchief. I never did like the tricky looking blindfolds that are obviously made up for that purpose. Use something ordinary looking and something always on hand. Have it folded over and over from opposite corners until the rolls meet at the center. Now fold and put into pocket. Use a large size man's handkerchief. When it is on you can see through the one thickness and that is the point.

Stand in your corner and direct the proceedings up to the point where you ask the audience to remember what the committee is thinking of. Then, waving his hand back towards blackboard, the performer says, "Now gentlemen, erase the blackboard and leave it clean so that there is no trace of what you may have placed there." AND AS THIS GESTURE IS MADE,' YOU SWING HALF AROUND AND IN A FLASH YOU HAVE THE INFORMATION YOU NEED! You swing right hack into position but for a split second you have gestured as you talked and did what any natural person would and therefore I'll guarantee that no natural person will ever see it. Besides, they are used to you being turned away from blackboard and they know you are blindfolded. And last of all, they don't know yet exactly what you are going to do.

Now the committee comes over to you and leads you to blackboard. I advise that you close your eyes the moment you have seen what you want to see and don't open them again for any reason. You don't need them anymore and you will act perfectly natural when you are lead back and when you do your writing. Just write as best you can. You will be legible enough and the greatest actor in the world would have

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