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Next, with a razor blade, or sharp knife, follow the inside of the front of the box, out-ting from one cut side until you hit the other cut side. Soon you will have two separate parts to the box. Paint the lnsides of the entire bo* with a dead black paint. Do this also with the cover. When dry you are ready to complete your "crystal box."

Place the two parts of the box together as they were before you cut them apart. Then, using two pins or fine nails, you must fix the box so the bottom and back side will pivot. It works Just like the old Turnover production box so well known In magic. First drive one nail Into the lowermost back corner of the side of the box, and holding the out out back portion of

The sitter Is ushered Into the "reading" room of the medium. He is seated behind a flat top desk or table. The seeker of enllghtment Is seated opposite and invited to write his or her most important queries, not upon a pad or fileboard, but upon a plain blank business card.

From a small box the seer takes a crystal ball. He gazes Into the sphere of so many hidden mysteries, shakes his head, and then advises the sitter to drop his card Into the now empty box, writing side down. The box Is closed and remains in full view before the subject.

Now, and without opening a desk drawer to get at the spirits, and without doing anything that might seem out of the way or uncalled for, proceeds to answer question after question. As the last one Is answered the seer opens the box, reaches In and hands the dumb-founded (?) onlooker his question card. Thereupon the believer leaves, thoroughly (we hope) satisfied that here, at last, is a strange man with a strange power — and for weeks to come he shows the card to skeptics, his story growing with each telling -- which same happens to the mental marvel's reputation to his benefit, if not to that of his subsequent and eager patrons.

This effect is thoroughly practical and It can be duplicated by anyone with no practice or study. The secret, of course, lies In the box. At any Five and 10 cent store or stationery dealer's you can buy, for very little, what is known as s file cabinet. It is a little hardwood box used for filing, by cards, such common day things as recipes.

Fake the box with a fine hacksaw and you have the "slickest" piece of mental apparatus to-day. Remove the lid from the box by taking out the small nails or screws that hold the hinge on to the box proper. This Is not a hinge in the regular sense of the word, but two pieces of metal at each side of the cover. Now, with the fine saw, cut down the back of the box following the side of the box as closely as possible. When you come to the bottom lay the box on lt3 face and continue cutting right through the box bottom too. Stop when the saw blade touches the front of the box. Then duplicate this cut on the other side of the box.


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