Here's the perfect "one man" comedy mentalism act that's great for those occasions when you aren't able to perform your regular show. Or add it as a feature to your regular act.
Don't confuse this with the old "two person" comedy mindreading act. This hilarious routine can be performed by you, alone, without assistants, stage hands or stooges. Using a crystal ball, a jumbo electric light bulb, or even a swirly-painted bowling ball, you cause a laugh riot by apparently answering questions which have been merely "thought of" by your audience. There's no mystery to it. All you need is this clever manuscript.
Do it without props - even without a crystal ball, if you prefer. It's sheer fun and hokum from start to finish. No real ESP or mind reading ability is required.
Asked to perform or emcee before a corporate audience? Add this routine and salt it with a few "inside" answers that are supplied by your client, and you'll have your audience in stitches.
1st edition 1946, PDF 14 pages.
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