Pocks T Prophecies

Before you think," says the performer, "I'll write something for you --- something that may occur in the near future --- an event, or happening over which I can have no possible control." y^

And that is a general opening ^ ¡fifJ.

ever popular with both mystery workers and audiences. The prophecy of occurance —-whether it Is a number to be thought of,' a word to be pictured, or a playing card to be chosen.

I'm not going to attempt a history of this work. It might come later to be included in a veritable bible for mentalists of which I've dreamed, but for now only a phase, a subtlety of inestimable importance and value, can be the subject.

Two foundation principles have been useful - the piece of carbon paper jf * for late impressions via a penciled Ifl reference note,a stylus gimmick for 1 the same purpose, but secretly, or a writing lead gadget for a directly writ- J), ten notation upon an unsettled surface. '

A third principle is that of the pocket file---an index of notes which cover all possible selections under the conditions made. In position for accessibility to the nth degree, these notes are ready for substituting for the prophecy apparently written before the event or

not he knows someone who did. From here on I'll attempt to make very cear, and very attractive, what I've .one, and why.

selection has taken place. This prophecy (dummy) is generally put into a hat or bowl and palmed out secretly. Later the correct paper obtained from an index is introduced into the container as it is picked up and handed a spectator. Magi have differed as to the construction of indexes and most have been impractical. For proof the - reader has only to wonder why ne hasn't jcl L used the principle, and whether or not he knows someone who did. From here on I'll attempt to make very cear, and very attractive, what I've .one, and why.

Over 15 years ago A1 Baker conceived of substituting written on papers for playing cards, in the then very popular pocket indexes. Herbert Brooks was in these United States featuring the effect of producing any card called for. The idea was a happy one but no one ever seemed to make anything of it all. The card indexes were themselves too big for notes, and WHILE THE INITIAL USE OF INDEXES DID HOT HIDE THE FACT THAT OWE WAS GETTING SOMETHING FROM s HIS POCKET, THE USE OF SUCH GADGETS


» K * IO>-t TAILED TOO MUCH FUMBLING FOR PIE MISDIRECTION POSSIBLE. And that's ray answer as to why "pocket prophecy" tricks have not been among the popularly used subterfuges.


A year or so after Baker's conception I received a letter from the late Bob Gysel wherein the idea was explained. I thought it Immense, for at that time magic and myself were just getting underway and I didn't know so much that I could analyze the faults which evidently (next page)

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