To Perform

Have pads and pencils on table at side of stage or come forward with them in your hands.

You have this writing done early in the performance so that you will have plenty of time to do the

developing. Some performers do this at the beginning of their evening's performance, others at the beginning of their mind reading act. Then they do special stunts, like the Chess Knight's Tour, the Yogi's Prediction, X-Ray Cards, or some other stunts to give assistant time to develop the writing.

As you do not have to answer all the questions or tell what everyone wrote, it is sufficient to develop fifteen or twenty slips of paper. Of course, if there is extra time and you think you might get something especially good to answer, more than this may be developed.

Start your work in this way:

"Ladies and gentlemen: Perhaps never in the history of the world have people been so interested in mental communication. telepathic problems, and the occult and psychic as they are today. Recent discoveries and experiences are bringing forth phenomena that have invited careful investigation. With the development of radio and the traveling of vibrations over such great distances—things which have been developed mechanically—one wonders what could be accomplished by such a wonderfully attuned organism as the human brain with its marvellous mental power.

"If people had been told a hundred years ago that without any visible speaking connection it would be possible to listen to a program of music in New York City while in Chicago, they would have regarded the idea as the conception of a crazy man. Just so it is with everything new that is brought forth. What is difficult today, we will understand easily tomorrow. Many of us have had presentiments and hunches that amaze us when we learn how accurate they were. We may sit in Chicago and suddenly feel that there is a big fire in St. Louis, and then pick up a paper the next day and find it to be true.

"How far human thought vibrations travel, we do not know. But if radio vibrations travel, why shouldn't thought? What I am about to present is not due to supernatural power. It is but the working of scientific law. I have developed certain senses in such a way as to understand certain conditions that the ordinary person misses. All of us have this power but all do not know the proper way to use it. As I stand here now, I can sense a number of thoughts—some stronger than others. Some people's thoughts are easy to get vibrations from, others are difficult. And with so many vibrations coming from an audience at the same time, there is often a confusion like you get from a number of stations together on the radio.

"In order that you may concentrate on certain thoughts, I am going to have you write those thoughts on a piece of paper. The writing itself is not important, but seeing a thing written or drawn impresses it on your mind and so makes the vibrations from your mind stronger.

"For your convenience, I shall pass paper and pencils out to you. You may write anything you would like to have me tell you. Perhaps you have some problem you would like to have me help you with. Write any question you choose—but not foolish questions, of course. Or write your telephone number, a date on a coin, a number on a bill, name of a watch your name and address, or draw a picture—any kind of picture or symbol, perhaps a square or a star. Just write anything that comes into your mind. If you prefer you may use your own paper and pencils. The main idea is to write. Now each one of you take your slip of paper, fold it, and place it in your pocket or hold it hidden in your hand. I do not collect any of the papers. You write your own messages and keep the paper on which you have written them. I never see them. By the way, write your name on the bottom of your slip of paper so that it will help me to locate you. Please return pad and pencil, for use in my next performance, but keep the slip of paper on which you write your question.

Pass down through the audience and distribute pads and pencils, impressing the audience with the idea that they should write telephone numbers, questions, numbers of bills, etc. Explain to them again to tear off the slip they have written on and keep it. Pass pads and pencils around quickly and keep up a line of Patter.

"One woman said to me, 'What you really do is to watch the top of everybody's pencil as they write and see what they have written that way.' Another lady said, "You slip the papers out of people's hands when they are not looking and read all the papers.' Well, I haven't figured out the pencil method yet by looking at the tops, and you certainly hold those papers too tight for me to get them. Telepathic vibration is easier."

After a number of people have written their questions, collect the pads and pencils and take them back to the stage with you and place them back of the scenes.

If you work with an assistant or two, have them collect the pads and pencils and either come up to the stage with them or go out through the entrance of the theater and return to the stage the back way. The assistant immediately develops the sheets under the white wax carbons by means of the lamp-black or powdered charcoal. Then he takes the tablet, 8-1/2 x 11 ins., and writes on the second, third and fourth sheets of it as many of the questions as possible. He should use a hard pencil. He should copy the information or questions exactly. As a rule, not over twenty slips need be copied.

This tablet is now ready for the performer, and as he begins his mental work on his program, he can readily refer to this writing.

If you collect the pads and pencils yourself, as I told you before, it is well to do this in the early part of the show. You can then step back of the scenes with the pads and leave them with an assistant to develop. You then proceed to entertain the audience with Magic until you are ready for your mental work. Just before beginning the mental work, as you leave the stage for preparation, say,

"Do not forget what you want me to tell you. You have the papers you wrote in your own hands or in your pockets so that you can easily refer to them when I enter into mental work."

If you have the writing done and the pads collected at the beginning of your mental work, you must do something to give assistant time to develop the pads and prepare the special tablet with the information. With two assistants, one can develop and one can write.

NOW, BEFORE WE PROCEED WITH THE MIND READING ACT, I shall give you some interesting experiments to use to fill in the time while assistants are preparing information.

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