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Top Secret by Ulysses Frederick Grant & T. A. Whitney

Here's a no-fail method of predicting the headlines of five newspaper stories - a week in advance - without assistants, stooges, impressions, switches or gimmicked envelopes.

Want to feature a headline prediction in your act, but you don't own a prediction chest or other apparatus? Well, now you can, with this updated version of this near-impossible to find U. F. Grant creation.

Only in this updated version will you learn ways to improve the handling, add prestige to the mailing, and secure more publicity with the effect. And we've eliminated any old-fashioned ruses, leaving you with what could be the perfect advance newspaper prediction method.

YES, the predicted stories may be selected in advance by the performer, to ensure they are "buzz-worthy."

YES, the newspaper is from a major metropolitan city.

YES, only one envelope is mailed.

YES, the same, mailed envelope is the one opened during the performance.

YES, you may use tracking (and pass this information on to the recipient) to ensure that each step of the routing and delivery can be verified.

YES, not one, not two, but five predictions can be made from the same paper and each one is correct.

YES, you can and should feature this in your act.

NO, there is no one ahead or other subtlety involved.

NO, there are no assistants required. This is a one man effect.

NO, you do not need to be Richard Himber, with one or more friends in the publishing business.

NO, there are no impression devices used. The recipient need only supply his or her name and mailing address.

NO, there is no switching of predictions.

NO, there is no sleight of hand involved.

From the Introduction by U. F. Grant:

If you've always wanted to do predictions, but haven't been able to find a sure and safe method that's suited to your style of working, this is for you.

1st edition ~1960, PDF 17 pages.
word count: 5690 which is equivalent to 22 standard pages of text

Reviewed by Dave Arch (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Tuesday 23 April, 2019

A most excellent method(s) for the headline prediction. I have used the method(s) described to great effect but never knew of their origination. My preference is the USA Today for it's colorful appearance, its brand, and the fact that it's daily. Those who read this will understand the benefits of all three of those qualities. Highly recommended.