CopyrIghtl9S0 — Bascom Jones


* Tyson

One of the most powerful presentations in all of mentalism is Annemann's "Pseudo Psychometry," in which personal objects that have been sealed in envelopes by various spectators are returned to their owners by the performer.

During the process, the performer not only seems to know which object belongs to which individual, but is able to divine information about the person.

There have been numerous variations and refinements suggested over the years, both in method and effect.

This variation by Tyson, however, may be the first in which the performer would appear NOT to be able to identify the participating spectators.

It Is particularly suited to large, mixed audiences.

"Love is considered to be one of the strongest of all emotions," you begin, as you remove the cellophane from a package of 3x5 index cards.

"The strength of that love is often felt by couples through shared experiences, and the exchange of love letters," you continue.

You ask a number of married couples in


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the audience to assist you in a test to demonstrate this concept.

But you ask each volunteering couple, "We have not met before? It's essential that we NOT know each other."

With their audibilized assurance that nothing has been prearranged and that they are unknown to you by either name or temperament, you hand each of the various participants an index card and a black felt-tip pen.

Then, turning your back, you ask each of them to write identical love letters to their mates, which you will dictate.

"Begin by writing the first name, or your favorite nickname, for your husband or wife," you instruct the participants.

"Then, write the three words, 'I love you,' Write nothing more. Do NOT sign your love letter. But one of you collect 1291 (Cont'd on page 1292)

("Love" - Cont'd and mix all of the cards, before returning them to me. Mix them well."

When this has been done, you turn back to face the spectators, taking the mixed packed of cards from the spectator.

Spreading the cards in your hands, you withdraw one of them. Then, you withdraw another.

You study the two cards for a moment, replace one, and take another In Its place, before being satisfied.

"I am drawn to these two letters," you point out. "There is a great deal of personal feeling here, A strong bond that would seem to have been welded tightly over the years.

"I sense a deep feeling of love. Of closeness. Of consideration. The names on these two cards are Mary and George.

"Is there a couple here tonight whose

Seemingly impromptu two-person mental tests always make provocative entertainment.

This effect .used by Dan Alessini seems an example of real thought projection, yet it can be taught quickly to your wife or a close friend.

It is particularly suited to an informal gathering, or a private party. But it can be used as a publicity stunt, too.

You'll need 10 cards from a Mental Pictoria deck of picture cards. Or you can make up 10 symbols, using slips of paper or blank cards.

"Symbols are more easily transmitted than words," you explain, pointing out that you and your partner have achieved a success ratio of better than 70 per cent with symbols.

So saying, yoa are escorted from the room by several randomly-selected spectators, who stay with you in another room to from page 1291) first names are Mary and George? Judging by the strength of the emotion I sense here, they will have been married for a number of years,"

An elderly couple stand. And, hand in hand, they identify their love letters to each other.

In a similar manner, you pair up two more cards, giving a surprisingly-accurate character reading before having tfcet couple stand and identify their cards.

The same procedure is followed for the remaining pairs of cards.

The method, of course, is similar to that proposed by Annemann for his "Pseudo Psychometry."

Each pair of cards is marked secretly, with identical marks. And the pairs are given out in a remembered sequence.

A suggested method is to use lined in-(Cont'd on page 1294)

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The Art Of Cold Reading

The Art Of Cold Reading

Today I'm going to teach you a fundamental Mentalism technique known as 'cold reading'. Cold reading is a technique employed by mentalists and charlatans and by charlatan I refer to psychics, mediums, fortune tellers or anyone that claims false abilities that is used to give the illusion that the person has some form of super natural power.

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