This, too, is a weird effect
capable of dramatic
In brief, the performer convinces his
subjects that they
are tasting candy. Later, that they
have tasted bitter
Apparatus used is nothing more than a little
novelty known as a platelifter or palpitator. This is a length of
thin rubber tubing with a small bulb at one end and a small
bladder at the other. To use, the bladder is
removed and a small quantity of saccharine placed in the bulb.
Saccharine is obtainable from any drug store,
the powder form being used,
and is several hundred times
sweeter than sugar.
The bulb is placed
under the armpit and the tube
is fastened to the arm with rubber bands.
In “hypnotizing” his subjects the performer makes
his “mesmeric passes” and in so doing presses lightly
on the rubber bulb so that a little of the powder is
sprayed forth. Just a little of this, in fact the very
smallest amount coming in contact with the subject’s
lips will cause an intensely sweet taste to be produced
in the mouth of the spectator. Meanwhile the
performer suggests that the taste is that of candy.
In the medicine
tasting part of the test the same
saccharine is used. Immediately after the candy test,
this thought is produced, since saccharine will leave
a bitter taste if the sweet persists long enough. During
this time the performer continues his patter and
up to this final effect.
If desired, the
opposite arm can be likewise prepared
with a setup containing sneezing powder or
powder. Thus by suggestion alone the spectator
led to sneeze, or being shown a picture
poison ivy, be led to itch. These tricks have long
been closely guarded.
Place a hard
rubber ball under the right armpit in
direct contact with the flesh. Hold the arm extended
from the elbow and have a spectator feel your pulse.
Tell him your
pulse will gradually fade away. Gradually
press on the ball with the arm and the flow of
will be stopped, and naturally the pulse will
diminish and seem to practically fade away. This is
very effective for trance work in seances.
Let’s take the
example of the truck driving schools.
They advertise that you can make over four thousand
dollars a month after one week of training. The minute
you walk in, the process of fleecing starts. You
behind a red line until you are waved up to
who is sitting on a platform behind a six-foot
black counter. The first thing he’ll say is: “Let
me see your driver’s license.” A light is positioned
to shine in your eyes as you look up to follow his
forceful suggestion to hand over your license. He
then asks: “What makes you think you can be a
driver?” After answering the question you have
a pattern of following instructions that will
until the unfamiliar environment and forceful
suggestions work their way into your wallet.
psychic can’t read your mind or tell
your future with accuracy. It’s all a formula. First they
shake your hand to feel if it is rough or smooth. They
study your clothes, jewelry, appearance of health,
and whether you’re calm or nervous. They are very
good listeners, so they can use the information later,
but they never ask direct questions. The goal is to
find your main interest. It’s usually money, health,
or sex. Then they build a story around a positive
point. They try to make you say “yes” as much as
possible. For example, if someone asks a question
like: “Is my daughter going to get engaged?” The
conversation might go: “I believe you’re a married
woman.” “Yes.” ”Therefore you will appreciate what
I will say. First, let me ask you, or better tell you,
that I feel your problem does concern a marriage,
although it has not yet taken place.” “Yes.” “I’d say
that there is in fact an engagement with a view to
marriage in the air.” “Yes.” “Now, let me deal with
a gentleman who has a very great bearing on this
There is a great deal of personal feeling for
the family.” “Yes.”
Psychics feed back facts, and act like they have
discovery. The worldly ones can help you
and give good advice. That’s why I still have my future
Be careful of
fortune tellers who say that your
money problems can be solved with a spell. After
sessions, and gaining your confidence, they
ask you to bring in 500 dollars cash for a cleansing
ritual. They take your money and sew it in a
handkerchief while reciting incantations and using
magic powders. They wrap a strand of hair around
it and tell you to sleep with it under your pillow
for a week. Of course a week later upon opening
handkerchief, you’ll find just paper.
The fortune teller
had a duplicate made ahead of
time, and switched it with sleight of hand.
Cold as Hot
This effect is based on the
power of suggestion.
volunteer to stand erect and keep his hands
behind his back. A
blindfold is placed over his eyes.
Tell him that you
will place a hot pin in the palm of
his hand, and
instruct him to tell you to stop when
the pain is
blindfolded, light a match as if you’re
going to burn a pin.
He will hear it and smell the
match, but instead
of touching his hand with the hot
pin, touch it with
an ice cube. You will notice that
he’ll tell you right away it’s
Is there something in your
personality that you
would like to
change? Self-hypnosis can trick your
to accomplish this. Before going out and buying
about it or getting involved with courses,
this for three weeks. Let’s say you want more
self-confidence. Every morning, afternoon, and just
before you go to bed, repeat “bold and confident”
over and over to yourself for five straight minutes.
Concentrating on nothing else but ”bold and confident”
three times a day is a mental strain that you’re
used to. Self-suggestions swim right through and
a part of your personality within a couple
I know there are
all kinds of jokes about self-help
books, but I won’t tell if you won’t.