To Perform

Method No. l.--Hold handkerchief as in Figure 49. Corner with thread attached is in left hand. Thread is not visible to audience. This view is toward the audience.

Bring corners in each hand together and tie a loose single knot. Right corner comes over into left hand. Left corner with thread following it goes over to right hand.

Hold handkerchief up by free corner in left hand. The thread goes up over top of knot, Figure 50.

Hold handkerchief out in front of you. Let thread fall to floor. Place right foot on button attached to thread, and stretch thread taut, Figure 51.

Method No. 2.--If you are using an assistant and have the staple arrangement, have your table a little in back or to the side of the staple in the floor. Pick up the handkerchief from the table, tie the knot, and hold it in front of you, standing just back of the staple, Figure 52.

Have assistant pull thread at proper moment to untie the handkerchief.

If you are working by Method 1, just raise your left hand higher and higher. The thread pulls up the bottom corner of handkerchief through the knot and unties it, Figure 53.

It then hangs straight again from left hand. The thread coming from bottom corner cannot be seen by audience, Figure 54.

Perform this slowly, and the audience is amazed to see the handkerchief slowly untie itself before their very eyes.

Method No. 3.--A third way of working this experiment is to have end of thread attached to vest button. Make handkerchief untie by pushing down on thread with wand or right hand, Figure 55.

So-called Mind Reading and Mental Experiments have a tremendous effect over an audience. The Magician accomplishes things which to the spectators seem nothing short of miracles. It is to your advantage, then, to have several of these effects in your repertoire. Many Magicians specialize in this type of Magic entirely.

In this lesson I teach you three excellent Mental Effects:

1. The Chess Knight's Tour. A Chess problem done with a blackboard or large card which has been chalked into squares. The Chess Knight moves in regular chess fashion to cover every square, starting with any number which audience calls out. This is a good example of supposed supermentality.

2. A Mind Reading Act. Audience writes questions, dates, numbers, descriptions of anything on pieces of paper. Each one folds his paper and places it in his pocket. Yet the performer knows what has been written and proceeds to answer questions and give numbers, etc. You have been amazed yourself to see Magicians do mind reading like this. Now you can learn this wonderful feat.

3. Telepathic Drawings. Spectator draws a picture on a sheet of paper, folds it, and hides it in his pocket. Performer does not see paper. Yet he reproduces the picture on a piece of cardboard, seemingly getting the message of the picture by mental telepathy.

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