## Master Of Miracles

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PRESENTATION: (made obvious in the following patter) "There are some people, principally those who are not scientists, who still believe that telepathy is impossible. This is because they have never had satisfactory evidence that mind-reading actually can be done. But we must remember that even scientists can be mistaken. Before the days of aviation a Harvard professor proved mathematically that airplanes could never fly, and when railroads were first introduced some doctors predicted that at any speed above 20 miles per hour the passengers would die of suffocation. However, I am not here to quarrel with the scientists, but to give you a demonstration which you may explain to your own satisfaction.

Page the fake by the secret mark. Go to any spectator and say:

"Will you please stick out your finger and just touch one of the envelopes? Just stick out one finger." (Wait until he puts out a finger, then touch the fake envelope to his finger and hold it there. Then say:) "Very well. Now please draw out the envelope you touched. That's right. Now put it in your pocket and keep it there."

and the holder of the envelope counted to the 9th word of the SECRETLY CHOSEN ad inside of the FREELY SELECTED envelope, and the word proved to be EXPERIENCE. But BEFORE THE ENVELOPE WAS OPENED I wrote a word on the slate, you remember « before the envelope was opened — and the

Word that I wrote was --- " (Quickly pick up the slate, reveal written word, and wait a moment for them to get over the shock, and applaud«.)

ADDITIONAL HINTS: Always get person who holds envelope to read the whole ad and to say his word out LOUD several times. Then repeat it yourself. This fixes the word unmistakeably in minds of audience and creates dramatic suspense. For the same reason have various spectators verify your summary of what was done.

If you like, you can let 10 different people cut out one ad each. This takes time, but increases the number of people who are SURE the ads were chosen at random. This procedure is best for small intimate parties where time is not such an important factor. If possible, get a widely known local celebrity to cut all 10 ads to prove no confederacy.

In cutting your own (fake) want ad from another copy choose it so there is no other want ad on its back. Otherwise spectator may read the wrong side of the piece of paper. Since the

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