ndoubtedly, this is one of the neatest and _ most subtle of the flap slate methods for home 3eance work yet devised. I first saw it done by its originator several years ago, and its operation had me completely puzzled until the whole routine of actions was revealed.

Two slates and a flap are used, the flap being prepared at one end with a sharp spring steel hook. A flat piece of spring, about a quarter of an inch wide and one inch long is bent into a V shape. One prong is now filed to a sharp point. The V shaped piece is now put over the center of one end of flap and the untouched prong is securely fastened to one side by glue and a small piece of black tape. The pointed prong sticks out over the other side as illustrated.

Use a small table, a card table being very nice, and have on it, a loose cover or cloth of some sort. Write the message on one side of one slate and cover it with flap, hook sticking outward as per #1. Put the unprepared slate underneath and place them to one side ready.

Pick up the two slates together as per #2. Turn them over one so that both outside surfaces are clean. This leaves the flap side on the underside and the hook is at the right. Separate them, holding the top slate at left end with left thumb on top and fingers under, and the bottom slate is held at right end in the Same manner with right hand. The flap is held in place on under side of right hand slate.

Both sides of both slates are shown by the turning of hands. Now they are placed back together WITH THE RIGHT HAND SLATE GOING ON TOP. The wooden edge is placed on wooden edge of the left hand slate, and at this moment, the right fingers let up a bit with their pressure, and the weight of the flap allows it to drop about an inch as per illustration #3. Then the right hand slate is slid along on top and the flap is thus transfered to underside of bottom slate. The situation is now as pictured in #4.

The left hand now slides off top slate, on the underside of which is the message, and drops it on table. The right hand grasps the remaining slate by the near to body side with thumb on top and fingers underneath keeping flap in place. At this point, you apparently think of the table covering, and your left hand pushes slate on table to one side a bit, and pulls off the cloth by grasping it at center of side to-

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wards you. As this is pulled up, the action covers the right hand and slate for a second, and you'll find the hook in a position to be caught in the cloth. The left hand continues taking cloth away, and the sides of it will fall down to hang around the flap. Tuna a bit to your right and toss or drop the cloth out of the way.

Start to put the right hand slate on top of the other, BUT TURN IT AROUND AS YOU DO SO TO SHO/V THE OTHER SIDE. This is the move that will fool any wise person who may have an Idea of a flap. Drop it on top of other, and explain that with the slates on a solid surface, a spirit message should appear on the inner surface if at all. As you say this, lift off top slate to show the inside, and in replacing slide it underneath the other, pick up slates together and tap the edges on table, and then drop them down turned over. All is now ready for the finish. Gysel uses this continually as the opening to a series of mediumistio effects, and uses only the message, "Good evening, friends." Or one can further it by signing with the name of the control supposed to be guiding the seance.

The whole operation takes but a minute, and is done easily and almost carelessly. The writer has seen Gysel do this without the cloth getaway for flap, but it is not so easy unless one has established the appearance of being erratio and apt to do most anything at any time in t he way of moving around. Using small slates, the handling was exactly the same to the point where top slate with message underneath was tossed to table. At this time the other slate was held in right hand which dropped to side for a seo-ond and the flap hooked onto clothes a little behind the right hip. When message was revealed, he turned a bit more to right, and right hand merely grasped flap by sides, lifted it loose, and dropped it into right side coat pocket from where he brought out a handkerchief to be used as a blindfold or something in the next test. The action, although bold, was done so easily that detection was very Improbable.


Using a new discovery, we find it possible to now make 100$ perfect an old time trick that sounded well on paper but which gave a low percentage of correct results.

Most of the child trick books carried the feat of finding one chosen coin from among others by the simple but subtle expedient of picking out the one a bit warmer than the others. Suoh a method necessitated the spectator's holding the selected coin to their forehead, or in their closed hand for a minute or so to give it heat. After being mixed with eight or ten more coins in a hat, the performer would search hopefully for the one not as cold to the touoh as the rest.

In the following effect and method, the performer asks for the loan of eight or ten coins of the same denomination. Pennies or nickels do very nicely. They are gathered together and put on the table. The performer states that by constant practise, his sense of touch has been developed to what might be called an alarming degree, and he will offer proof.

Someone is asked to select at random any one coin from the pile, and to mark it, make a very slight scratch upon it secretly. The performer takes the coin for a second, glances at the date, and either puts it on table with the others or drops it into a hat. The coins are gathered together by anyone, dropped into the hat, and the performer blindfolded. Reaching into the hat with one hand, the performer feels around among the mixed up coins, and produces the right one without fail. He explains that by noting the date, he has been able to pick that one out from among the others.

As we said before, the secret makes use of a new discovery. At the nearest stationery store, secure a 15 cent roll of Scotch Cellulose Tape* It is transparent mending tape, such as is used to mend torn books, but it has an adhesive on it like no regular adhesive tape yet made. It is best in the half inch width for our purpose. Cut off a piece a half-inch square. Put it (with the sticky side up, of coursel) on the table, or inside a hat you have at hand. That's all you need.

Borrow the coins and have them in a pile. The piece of transparent paper, if on table, is never notloeable a short distance away. Have a coin selected from among the bunch and secretly have it marked for later identification. Take back the coin, handling it openly so everyone can see you do nothing to it, and pretend to note the date. Put it on table, right on top of the piece of tape. Don't try to push it down. Just lay it there and with this stuff you don't have to worry! Step away while the coins are gathered up and dropped in hat.

The other way is to have paper In hat. Look at date of coin, as you hold it by edges in one hand over crown, and then drop it. Just as long as it hits the tape you are set. The tape does the rest. It is invisible on the coin and all the shaking up in the world won't dislodge it. You find it by the feel, and by rubbing it between the fingers roll the tape off, and it leaves the coin with no stickiness at all. Just take a chance for once, and try it out.

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