To Perform

Bring out envelope and card. Show envelope, covering the slit carefully with thumb.

"Most everyone has heard of mental telepathy in which the performer picks up and expresses the thought of another person. In this experiment I am going to reverse matters and have you pick up the thought that I shall project. For instance. I shall just think of a number, say between one and one hundred. I shall write it down on this card."

Pretend to write a number on the card with the pencil. In reality, you write nothing, but keep this side of card from audience.

"Only I myself know the number which has been written. So that we can check up later, I shall place the card in the envelope and seal it in."

Place card in envelope so that center of it comes into position under the cut flap of envelope. Seal envelope, concealing slit with thumb.

Pick out a spectator in the audience and ask him to stand up.

"You look like a good subject, sir. At this moment, you do not know what the number is which I have written, do you, sir? No. But when I count three, I want you to call out the first number between one and one hundred which enters your mind. Do not think of any number until then. When I say three, you mention the first number that comes into your mind. I shall think of the number, project my will, and I want you to pick it up in true radio style. Are you ready? One - two - three."

Hesitate a moment, looking straight at spectator. "Now name the number that came into your mind."

Spectator names number. Suppose it is 73. Hold envelope in left hand between first and second fingers with flap side away from audience. Raise flap with left thumb, exposing card inside, Figure 14.

"Seventy-three. Did that number come naturally into your head? It did."

As you talk, write 73 quickly on card through opening in envelope. Let flap fall closed again. Do this in a nervous manner as if you were merely making motions with pencil. Look directly at spectator as you write, Figure 15.

Now turn envelope so that flap side is toward audience, keeping flap concealed with thumb. Make a few seemingly unconscious movements with pencil on opposite side of envelope also.

"Naturally, you had no chance to see what has been written on the card, sir, nor did I tell you verbally what the number is that I was thinking of."

Tear envelope in two through the slit, thus destroying evidence. To do this, turn slit side toward you and allow card to fall down to bottom of envelope, Figure 16.

Remove card and show number on it to be 73, Figure 17.

"The number you thought of — 73 — is the number I projected into your mind and caused you to think of. It is the number I originally wrote on the card."

Show card freely and pass it to spectator.



Performer's wrists are bound securely together with a chain and chain is padlocked. A large handkerchief is thrown over performer's hands, and in a moment he is free. The chain and padlock are passed out for examination.

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