by Jim Rose
Real Control of the
Again simple, but it has fooled
many doctors when presented by fakirs with any degree of
The hypnotist bares his subject’s
arms and calls attention to them. Both are the same color. After
a few strokes, the blood is seen to leave and the arm is pure
white. At command, the blood flows back.
Sitting naturally in a chair,
note the color of the arms. Both naturally tinted. Now raise one
arm above your head and hold it there while you slowly count to
twenty-five. Now lower the arm and you will find it several
shades lighter than the one that rests on the knees. So in the
act of stroking the arm, it is held over the head and nature
does the rest! Simple? Yes, but quite effective dressed with
Many mentalists claim that they
can melt and bend metal objects like a spoon, fork or key by
using their ”extraordinary mental powers.”
mentalist places one fork on top of another, showing that they
fit perfectly into one another. He asks a volunteer to hold a
fork with one hand by the handle and the spike end with the
other hand. The mentalist stares intently at the fork,
He now asks the volunteer to
reposition the two forks together as before. The spectator is
baffled to witness a difference in the fork’s shape.
What happens is
while the volunteer is busy
watching his own fork, the
mentalist is bending the other one. With a good patter and
misdirection, the volunteer doesn’t know which of the forks was
his and believes the fork he was holding had changed shape.
The One that Got Me
Just when we think we have it all
figured out, something comes along to knock the life back into
I have studied mentalism since
the age of eight and thought I knew everything. What a mistake.
One day in Spain, I was taken to a special demonstration that
now makes me laugh every time I think about it.
There was a woman on stage
sitting in a chair and holding a microphone with her back turned
to the audience so there would be no chance of lip reading or
From the audience the mentalist
said that the lady in the chair was his wife, and that through
strenuous mental experimentation he had learned to transfer his
thoughts to her. Anybody could come up and whisper a word into
his ear that he would transfer to his wife through
concentration; and to prove it she would say the right word. And
it worked every time. My brain was racing. She wasn’t wearing an
ear device; the people in the audience couldn’t be plants
because I had participated myself. How were they doing it?
demonstration, my friend told me
that the mentalist
was really a ventriloquist. Every time someone whispered a word
to him, he’d say “OK.” That would cue his wife to move her
microphone up as though she were about to speak. When everyone
turned their head to watch her answer the question, he’d change
his voice and say the word into the microphone. His wife never
said a word.
He literally talked to himself
for a living.
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