|The MEN-TAL-O Mystery Act
by Robert A. Nelson
Here is one of the cleverest and most convincing acts of its kind ever offered!
It completely baffles the audience, as the presentation apparently allows no opportunity for trickery.
Fair note cards and envelopes are distributed to members of the audience, with the request that they write their questions on the cards, sign their name, then seal their query in an envelope. This done, the performer collects the sealed questions, inquires of each spectator their name, and writes their names or initials upon the envelopes for the purpose of identification.
The sealed questions are then collected and never once leave the sight of the audience. They are placed in a large transparent glass salad bowl which is left in the care of any audience member.
The performer now calls a name, which is acknowledged, and answers that spectator's question. Only after the question has been answered, does he request the spectator, who has custody of the bowl, to locate the envelope bearing that question. The contents of the envelope are verified and the mentalist starts anew with another name and question, until ALL questions are answered!
NOW, GET THIS! At the conclusion, the question cards and envelopes are RETURNED to the spectsators! There's nothing to get rid of!
ALL questions are collected. NO stooges or plants. NO gimmicked envelopes. NO gimmicked glass bowl or other apparatus. NO alcohol or chemicals. NO waxed pads, or other impression methods. No anagrams or "pumping." No forcing. NO electronics. Only fair cards, envelopes and pens or pencils are used. NO duplicates and NO palming. EVERY question written can be answered. And yes, the spectator can write ANY question.
Positively one of the greatest "one-man" mental routines ever offered. Suitable for parlor or stage. This is a reputation builder and one that you will use. A complete act for one low price. Note: when this routine was first released, it sold for the equivalent of $50 in today's money!
Are you a Nelson collector? This book was listed as No. 191 in the Nelson Enterprises catalog.
Revised and expanded version of the 1927 Nelson Enterprises edition. Many corrections and updates, plus new content. 18 pages + supplement. ($8 US)
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