Vin Carey - Jap Mirako Act - (Writing Upside-down and Backwards), A Novelty Act
By VIN CAREY
P U B L I S H E D BY
ABBOTT'S C O L O N , MICH.
W I L L ALMA M.I.M.C. (LONDON)
J A P
M I R A K 0
^Writing Upside-down and "backwards) A Novelty Act
V I N
C A R E Y
This manuscript is written to f i l l an apparent gap in the Magic Nove ltjf f i e l d
which seems to have been totally overlooked.
In presentation before an audience, it is effective
suggests a phenomenal mind on the part of the performer apparaent'exercisc of multiple-concentration a b i l i t y .
ordinarily supposed that the normal mind might be capable of two functions at the same time, but with this act, not only two, but three — four — f i v e operations are directed by the mind,
simultaneously. It seems to me that this form of entertainment lends
very well-to the demand for novelty in the floor shows of night d u b s particularly, as well as-being a novelty addition to any program anywhere.
For the Magician doing shows in schools, it
an invaluable adjunct to his repertoire, as he can sell it as an educational feature when booking his shows. These presentations are given with the use of two or more blackboards as suggested i n the sketches accompanying this manuscript.
By using a large pad of paper and a soft pencil which
writes a bold l i n e , this act may be used as a "table Always this act is worth while
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Here is the stage setting for the act. A good way to make a portable "blackboard of any large size is to make a frame of sections of pipe ani make a canvas painted with blackboard paint, which can be tied to frame as shown below,
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-which starts simply and works up to
a grand climax, is as follows* Your audience calls out a.number of proper names which you write upside-down and backwards. Using two of the names, write them so that one is correctly written forward and the other is upside-down and backwards, and both are intermingled as in the sketch herewith.
sets may bo written. Next, audience calls four words of four letters each.
are written with two words correctly forward and two words upsidedown and backwards and all sixteen letters intermingled as • . in the skctch. It will be noticed that the second letter of each word is four letters from the f i r s t , the third letter is four from the second and so forth.
When the beginner has become more proficient
he may use words of five or six letters with equal ease. For a climax, you can announce that you will do five
things at one time although man is not supposed to be able to do more than one thing at a time.
Here is what you claim to dot Head
a selected paragraph from a boook or newspaper correctly forward, write it upside-down, write it backwards, add a column of figures, and recite a poem at the same time. not"?
Sounds impossible, does it
Well, read on and learn you can do it with a minimum of
practice. Naturally, the basis of the whole thing is to be able to write the letters of the alphabet upside-down and backwards so we w i l l start our practice by writing the letters forward and then
First practice the alphabet by writing forward; turn paper and write upside-down and backwards.
Second, vvrite the alphabet joined together; then reverse paper and write it upside-down and backwards.
Practice two proper names intermingled, one written forward, the other upside-down and backwards — as Abbott-Carey,
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s d & t t p
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This is how you intermingle the words, two correctly forward and two upside-down and backwards. When verifying thes§ words, erase each letter as you pronounce
and then turning the paper upside-down and backwards for some study. You will notice that the inverted letters arc in many cases the same or similar to other letters when written correctly forward.
For example, h and y are the same when reversed.
example? d and p ; w and m; u and n , etc.
These letters you
already can write upside-down. Trace over the letters upside-down and backwards to find out the formation and the part of the letter you must write where to end the letter,
Now write cach letter of the alphabet again, reverse your paper and copy each letter as you see it in the reversed condition directly underneath the reversed letters.
Go over the lower
case (small) letters a number of times, then try the capitals and figures. When you have become familiar With the separate letters, and in both the forward and upside-down-backward positions, try writing the alphabet all joined together, then reversing it and writing it upside-down and backwards all joined together. If you come to a place where it seems d i f f i c u l t to join the letters together, stop and practice these l e t t e r s . some three-
or four-letter words.
You will be surprised what
you can do with this small amount of study and practice. Now you have the basis