Before the show, I carefully select two participants who ultimately become accomplices. Using the method described earlier in N.A.B.B.I.T. I force a page onto both individuals, separately. I ask them to lock the prominent word in the corner of the that page in their minds. I remind them that there are obviously thousands of different words in the book (though not in bold in the corner of course!). I then ask them to not write anything down or tell anyone, but to visualize an image representing the word that they have "chosen* \ If the word is Poison for example, there are only a couple of ways that most people would picture the meaning of the word -let alone draw it when called upon. The same is true of words like Lipstick, Radio or whatever word I'm able to force. Choosing the force word carefully makes the psychology here work well.
For these spectators, the trick is really about how I'm able to know the word they chose earlier. This is a pretty good trick in its own right. But to everyone else in the audience, unaware of the existence of the dictionary, the trick is really about an IMAGE in the minds of fellow audience members. Furthermore, it's about an image never written or shared with anyone! Looking over my words in the script, you'll see that my comments really reinforce that notion, making it all the more perplexing.
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