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Dutcher, Willis (Dr. X): On The Other Side Of The Footlights
©1922 Heany Magic Company, WI
Hardcover, 120 pages
On The Other Side of the Footlights
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Willis Dutcher (Dr. X): On the Other Side of the Footlights

Comments: 1922 exposé explores the routines, apparatus and deceptions resorted to by mediums, clairvoyants, fortune tellers and crystal gazers in deluding the public with regards to fortune telling. Notethat Willis Dutcher's name is not credited in the book; Doctor X was his pseudonym.

Contents:

7 Introduction

15 Rope Ties
16 Blindfolds

17 Scaled Envelope Reading
19 Alcohol Method
21 Wax Pads
22 Back of House Steal
23 Switching in Audience
25 Changing Bag
26 Changing Basket
26 Mirror Bowl
27 Bowl and Stand
28 Bowl and Tongs
30 Carbon Table Top
31 The Ink Bottle
32 The Clip Board

34 Transmitting Contents of Messages
35 Direct Connection Telephone
36 Induction Method
37 The Blackboard Method
38 Cushion and Crystal
39 Reader Stand
40 Faro Box Hand Reader
41 Concealed Reader
42 Reader Balls
44 Mechanical Balls
45 Reading from Face of Watch
46 Reading Off Cuff
46 Using Edge of Envelope
47 Marking on One Envelope
49 Handing Back Original Queries
50 Trumpet Seance
52 Reading Under Sheet

53 Psychic Tests
53 Thought Transmission Test
56 Stylus Method
57 Parlor Thought Transference
59 The Want Ad Test
62 Flap Slates
63 Medium’s Slate Mystery
63 The Bolted Slates
64 Mechanical Slates
66 Hinged Flap Slate
67 Wedge and Steel Hook
68 Slate Switches
69 Rapping Hands
69 - Thread Method
70 - Electro Magnet
71 - Needle Point Method
72 - Weighted Hand
72 Bible Test
74 Talking Skull
75 Spirit Clock
75 Spirit Photography
75 - Double Envelope Method
76 - The Sand Frame
78 - The Buckley Method
80 Table Lifting
80 - Old Method
81 - New Method
82 Floating Ball

85 Clairvoyance or Second Sight
85 Suggested Feats in Audience
87 Playing Selected Pieces on Piano
88 “Object” Code
93 Second Sight by Telephone
93 Silent Thought Transmission Test

96 Spiritualistic Effects
96 Floating Light
96 Materialization
98 A Typical Seance

102 Miscellaneous
102 The Living and the Dead
103 The Haunted Handkerchief
103 Second Sight with a Clock
104 Penetrating Glass of Water
106 Hindoo Lota
106 The Bewitched Umbrella
107 Finding Hidden Articles While Blindfolded
109 The Spirit Answer
110 The Ghost’s Message
111 Sack Escapes
112 - The Bottomless Sack
112 - Double Sack
112 - Stealing Slack
113 - Mail Sack Escape
113 Black Art
115 Fortune Telling Ball
116 The Cut and Restored Turban
117 Catching Live Pigeons Out of the Air
119 The Obedient Ball
119 In Conclusion
 


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