The Greater Mystery







The Logos—which is the World Order—the Rationality of Existence. Called by Lao-tze "Tao", by the Buddhists "Amitabha" and by the Brahmans "Adrishta" These ar. the REAL Seven Wonders of the World All are but Aspects of ooe Reality

3316 Center Street Omaha, Nebraska

Theo Annemann jan 10th 1927

Dear Mr. Annemann:-

I like your hair book test fine for stage. It is a deep mystery but the other slate chalk test is not easy enough for me to try. I sure made a hit with the Challenge mind test but have changed it to suit my type of work. I admire the clever ideas about Si Stebbins but for me simplicity is always best and if you can ever show me an effect more superior that I am getting with my way I will adopt the other method. I tell you I am making a miracle of it my way now. I'll bet my way with eight books, party having free choice of rows, free choice of page and previously free choice of card (absolutely in appearance) then concentrate on line and have it read, then return laying down (duplicate) pack,and people talking about the miracle of the thing. I wish you would try it out a few times.

The best book I have run across, with short lines and seldom Dart lines at paragraph inds,and every page full of printing with no pictures, la Hidden Years At Nazareth'' by 0. Campbell Morgan, published by Fleming H. Revell Co., New York - price 35 cents. It has 48 pages and light board backs. Or get some kid's story booit the kind in large type and few pages. On strips of adding machine paper write very fine the number of each page followed by the line which la to be forced later. You can get about ten or twlve of these to a strip which you paste on the face side of some extra cards to match your deck.

Now you have eight books, seven of any nature and your force book. Lay them in two rows of four with force book third from left of row nearest you. You have four small cards with the numbers 1 and 2 printed on them and these you if * * (1) put under the top covers of the end books as shown above. When x * (2) ready for the book selection ask someone to choose row 1 or row 2, saying that the rows are numbered. If he says 1 open covers of the books on left to show which row he has selected. If 2, open covers of books on the right. Lay the other row aside. Now he hands you tiro of the books left. If he does not give you force book tell him to pick up one of those left. Tell him to keep it or lay it aside as the case may be. If he gives you force book in first two, ask him to take one back. He uses the book he takes or puts It with others and the one left with you is used. Now you pick up the deck and slowly overhand shuffle them the faces towards spectator. The prepared list cards are at back of deck and these are held back with seven o.r eight cards and dropped lastly on pack away from guests. I am repeating over and over, and same time explaining how I am going to let them select a card when I SLOWLY RIFFLE by inserting their finger and taking whatever card they actually want and no other. Next I turn cards up on one end and pass them from band to hand face out in order to show them well mixed and different. Then illustrate the slow riffle, and finally riffle and let the spectator put finger in. Then ask If he wants to change and try again before taking card. Finally he gets his own card in what I think 13 the fairest method possible. The deck is the Donald Holmes deck made up of triplets. Each triplet consists of two cards hinged together at one end, the face card of the pair being shorter than the back, and in between is a single loose short card. There are seventeen of these triplets. The "in between" loose card in each case is the same, the card to be forced. Mine is a five spot. By face down riffling lets the cards go in threes and a spectator's finger can only go In and pull out one of the loo3e force cards. The deck may be freely fanned faces out and also overhand shuffled faces out to show different. When the card is selected I step to far end of room and ask that he name the first and last pages in book where the reading starts. Then he is told to name any number between those figures. My back is turned and I get busy with the list cards on deck that I still hold. I tell him to open to the page. Then he lays his chosen card on the page and using its number value counts down to that line and reads it to himself. Long before this I have learned the line. I merely put hands in coat pockets like Akexander does in his work and when it comes out it has the unprepared deck left on table when all is over. I now slowly reveal certain words in the line in a mixed up order and finally pive. the whole line. __ .___.,, „„,,_« „_„

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