Originally posted by Chris Bailey:
Does anybody have any suggestions for a good impromptu Mental Epic. I think I read a routine somewhere that used crumpled Post-It notes.
Silly me... I missed this when I went through this thread previously...
Here's the bit... First, you gain the assist of two people that are willing to assist in an experiment in Telepathy. One is sent out of the the room, the other remains with you... Next you remove one single post it slip from the pad, place a dot in the center of it and ask Spect. #1 to neatly print a word, draw a simple geometric shape, etc. (it really can be anything simple they want to chose.) NOTE: They whisper this "thing" in your ear and you say "Fine" (demonstrate using the pad in your hand along with your own index finger as the pencil) "I want you to fill the entire page like this with that thought..."
Once done, Spect. #1 is told to crumple the slip into a ball with the writing to the inside and place it into his/her pocket. Once done, they take their seat and #2 is brought back to the room and your side.
You now explain (kindof) what just took place... as I hand them their single slip of post-it paper I bring intentional reference to those "Hologram" posters -- the one's you stare at and get a 3-D image from -- explaining that sometimes Psychic Impressions are manifested in that manner. I also demonstrate how to move the slip about and look perriphreally in order to pick up subtle images... long story short, I'm telling them what to look for without tipping a thing to the audience.
As before, the single slip has a dot in the center that they are to focus on... #2s job is to divine what #1 wrote... when they are done jotting down their impression they also crumple the slip into a ball...
At this point #1 returns and the two exchange paper balls... #1 recounts what he/she said/drew... both open their slips and 9 times out of 10 they will match!
I forget exactly I believe this was originally a Dunninger bit. Post it's and certain memo pads used in various hotels here and there, have a peculiar quality about them that allow for this technique to be used...
Read what I've said carefully, you should be able to understand what is afoot. ;)