Mentalism and the Web
The demonstration of extraordinary mental powers has long been
a mainstay of the magical arts. I want to show you that even the
world-wide-web is able to support feats of mentalism.
To aid this demonstration, find a pack of ordinary playing cards.
(Actually, since only one card is needed, you could simply write its
name on a small piece of paper if a deck is not at hand...)
From the pack,
remove the Jack of Diamonds, and place it in a safe place nearby.
It's significance will become clear later.
Our story begins with a man who has been restrained for his own safety.
He has had a hard time of life, and no longer relates well to the
mundane world. He is constantly seeing things, hearing things, and
sometimes hallucinating in all five senses.
He has definitely lost touch with the here and now.
Several years ago, one of his therapists thought it might help if he were
to keep a diary of his days. It didn't help. Sometime after his death, I
found the diary in a used book shop. It had been
nicely hand-bound in tooled leather, and had a raven tooled into the cover.
A large black feather served as a bookmark. The final pages were blank.
The diary, however, turned out to be interesting
in its own right. It is disjointed and terse. It often fails to make sense.
However, it shows its own kind of internal logic and consistency.
Our deranged friend had several obsessions, among which were solitaire,
weather, and birds. His obsession with solitaire was so strong that he
often had nightmares about playing cards. His obsession with cards and
images of cards was so strong that it can still influence people today,
long after his death.
To show the strength of his influence accross time and through the net,
let's try an experiment. On the next few pages, you will have the opportunity
to freely choose a date from the diary. To begin, I want you to have an
image in mind of one month out of the year, some month that has some
personal significance. Remember it, and when the time comes, choose it.
Now, let's go on and choose a date from the diary.
This presentation is Copyright (C) 1995-1997 by Ross Berteig. All Rights Reserved.