Steve Robinson (0006155173@MCIMAIL.COM)
Mon, 11 Nov 1996 13:23:00 EST
Here's a cute trick that was done a couple years ago at a Blue & Gold
dinner I attended that can be done with any group of Scouts. It works
better in a group situation that just with one other person.
The mindreader gets up in front of the group and says the following:
I am going to try and read someone's mind out there. I'm going to
ask you to keep very silent and concentrate hard so I can do this.
Everyone pick a number in your head between 1 and 9. Got it, good.
Multiply that number by 9. Got it, good. Now remember this new number.
Now, if that number is a 2-digit number, add the two digits together
to get ONE single digit. For example if your number now is 18, add
the 1 and 8 together to make 9. Keep doing this until you have only
1 digit. Have you got this new number? Good.
Take that new number and subtract 5 from it. Got it, good.
(Puts his hands to his forehead) It's starting to become clearer, now.
Take that new number and think of the letters of the alphabet, with A
being 1, B being 2, C being 3, D being 4, and so on. Think of the
letter that corresponds with that number. Got the letter? Good.
Remember the letter. Keep concentrating....
Now take that letter and think of a country in Europe, for example, A
for Albania, B for Belgium, C for Czechslovakia, D for Denmark, E for
England, F for France, G for Germany, and so on. Remember this country.
It's starting to really come in clear now. I'm beginning to really
read this person's mind. Keep concentrating.
Take the 2nd letter of that country and think of an animal, for example,
A for alligator, B for buffalo, C for cat, D for dog, E for elephant,
F for fox, G for giraffe, and so on. Have you got the animal? Good.
Now think of the color of that animal. Have you got it? OK.
OK, it's coming clearer now. Yes, I'm getting your message, keep
concentrating, keep concentrating....OK, I think I've got it!
Would the person who was thinking of a Grey Elephant from Denmark please
raise your hand?
Give it a try and you'll see that it generally works for most people
and that several people should be raising their hands. I'm thinking
about sharing this at our next COH.
SM, Troop 1133
(...and a good ol' beaver, too...)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City