To Perform

Place the book and candlestick holder and candle on your table. Pick up the sheet of poster board and proceed to draw a pentagram (see illustration) as you explain its significance and origin. Now, number the points of the pentagram one through five. Have three spectators in turn select a different point of the pentagram by calling out the corresponding number. As each number is selected and called out, enter it in the center of the pentagram as shown in the accompanying illustration. This procedure narrows the number of 3-digit numbers that can be selected to just 60 in a most logical and natural fashion. Remember, each spectator must select a different point of the pentagram. Have one of the spectators take the occult book to a far corner. Ask him to turn to the page randomly selected by the three spectators. While he is doing this, reach in the proper pocket (since you've mentally numbered them one through five...it's a simple matter to remember which box is in which pocket)...and remove the box or packet of matches. Holding the matchbox with the word and page number side facing you, remove one match and strike same. Holding the lit match in your right hand and the box in your left...light the candle. Cup the hands around the wick as you do so. This will easily enable you to locate the proper page number and the word for that page. In fact, the light of the match makes it easy as pie even in a darkened room.

Extinguish the match and drop the box or packet back in your pocket. In a perfectly innocent fashion you have learned the first word on the last line of the page freely selected by the three spectators. Now, all that remains is to convince everyone that the spectator holding the book freely selects any word on the chosen page. Begin by asking the spectator to allow his mind's eye to scan the freely selected page... from top to bottom...much like a speed reader. As he does this, gaze into the flame of the candle. Softly begin to mutter disjointed words. Words that are not associated with one another. It should appear that as the spectator is scanning the page with his eyes...you are receiving mentally, words that he is seeing as his eyes traverse the page. What ...That...His...Wonder...wait a minute...go back to the last line on the page...something is coming through loud and clear, continues the mentalist. Picture that first word on the last line of the page again. Picture it as if you are looking at it on a television screen. At this point, pick up the poster board and felt tipped marker. On the side opposite the pentagram, print the spectator's selected word. The first word on the last line of the selected page. Now, request the spectator to call out the one word out of thousands that he is concentrating upon. When he does this...turn the poster board around so that your audience can see that you correctly

As you can see, with proper acting, you can make it appear that the word you reveal is actually the word freely thought of by the spectator. How can you tell for sure? When you're asked by your peers how it is possible to reveal any mentally selected word on a page freely selected by a spectator.

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