Hindoo Blind Reading

Slips of paper are given to all of the guests and they are instructed

to write thereupon a brief sentence of three or four words and to

carefully fold the paper. These messages are then collected, and the

Hindoo Mystic proceeds to amaze his auditors by rubbing the messages,

still folded, one after another across his forehead and telling what is

written on the folded paper.

The Trick--The message reader has an accomplice who is instructed to

acknowledge that he wrote the first note read by the mystic, no matter

what that note may be. The mystic makes up in his mind a brief sentence

after rubbing the first slip of paper on his head. This sentence is

acknowledged by the accomplice. The mystic, after having the note

acknowledged, opens it apparently to corroborate his reading, but in

reality he is reading the note written by someone else. Upon rubbing

the next slip of paper across his forehead, he announces the contents

of the note last read, which naturally is acknowledged with wonderment

on the part of the individual who wrote it. He then apparently looks at

this slip of paper, but in reality he looks at the paper which he next

intends to read.

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