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mental:information_solicited_secretly_from_billets [2018/12/29 17:46]
stephenminch Added Ervin citation.
mental:information_solicited_secretly_from_billets [2020/01/18 18:00] (current)
stephenminch Added the Hull citation provided by Yaniv Deautsch.
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-The principle can be described as: A spectator is told to write a word or question on a slip of paper or card. On this piece of paper are instructions about what information he is to write; e.g., phone number, address, birth date, a friend’s name, a color, a city he has visited. The spectator doesn'​t question or mention this, and the rest of the audience isn’t aware of these written instructions. This principle was explained by Paul Kara in 1926, as "​Karaism Effect #9: Mental Census"​ in his manuscript //​Karaism//​. This is reprinted in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​17451/​The+Collected+Mental+Secrets+of+C+A+George+Newmann/​102|The Collected Mental Secrets of C. A. George Newmann]]//,​ edited by Leo Behnke, 1990, p. 98.+The principle can be described as: A spectator is told to write a word or question on a slip of paper or card. On this piece of paper are instructions about what information he is to write; e.g., phone number, address, birth date, a friend’s name, a color, a city he has visited. The spectator doesn'​t question or mention this, and the rest of the audience isn’t aware of these written instructions. 
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 +This principle was first explained by Burling Hull in //​[[https://​askalexander.org/​display/​20970/​How+to+Answer+Questions+for+Crystal+Gazing+and+Mind+Reading+Acts/​38|How To Answer Questions for Crystal Gazing and Mind Reading Acts]]//, 1921 (p. 36 in the 1927 third edition), under the title of "The Telephone Number Feature"​. There the idea was used less expansively than it would later be, with a line for a phone number included on a minority of the question slips passed out to the audience. 
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 +In 1926, Paul Kara expanded the idea to include on the question cards lines for a street address and birth date, as well as a phone number. He called the idea "​Karaism Effect #9: Mental Census"​ in his manuscript //​Karaism//​. This is reprinted in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​17451/​The+Collected+Mental+Secrets+of+C+A+George+Newmann/​102|The Collected Mental Secrets of C. A. George Newmann]]//,​ edited by Leo Behnke, 1990, p. 98.
  
 A verbal approach using billets was employed by Dr. Edward Ervin and recorded in 1937 by Dariel Fitzkee in //​[[https://​askalexander.org/​display/​19018/​The+Strange+Inventions+of+Doctor+Ervin/​31|The Strange Inventions of Dr. Ervin]]//, p. 29. Ervin whispered a suggestion that the spectator write more information than the audience was led to believe. Fitzkee writes that Ervin "​invented [this technique] many years ago". A verbal approach using billets was employed by Dr. Edward Ervin and recorded in 1937 by Dariel Fitzkee in //​[[https://​askalexander.org/​display/​19018/​The+Strange+Inventions+of+Doctor+Ervin/​31|The Strange Inventions of Dr. Ervin]]//, p. 29. Ervin whispered a suggestion that the spectator write more information than the audience was led to believe. Fitzkee writes that Ervin "​invented [this technique] many years ago".