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CLUE & A by Max Gordon

From the introduction: "The method presented here allows you to enhance ANY Q&A or billet routine."

Come to think of it, that is the introduction.

In other words, Clue & A's stated goal is to be an enhancement, not an act itself. How well does it meet its goal?

That depends on you, the performer -- as is usually true in mentalism. With some clever (and simple!) coding, you'll be able to address part of the question before even touching (much less peeking) the billets involved.

Oh yes, it does require billets, those sneaky little pieces of paper that can make or break a mentalist. Whatever your favorite version of Q & A, you can usually (I can think of only two exceptions) add the Clue & A feature to it, making it seem just a little bit more impossible. Seriously, you have the billets put in a bowl and - before you pluck one out of the bowl - you already know two or three things about the question.

And when you do decide to peek at the little pieces of paper, Max provides some quick & dirty instructions on the Acidus Novus. He does this *with permission*, mind you. Though getting permission should be the all-American Christian thing to do ("Yay, Jack Armstrong!") it's becoming rare enough that choosing the right seems even more noble than before.

The manuscript is not long, and the methods are not complicated. And if you treat the methods as if they ARE methods, they won't be invisible. We shouldn't have to remind anyone, but here we go: Act natural. If you act like the method is important, the audience will catch you every time. If you boldly walk out on stage and, with complete innocence, ask "What elephant?" then you, my friend, have the makings of a magician. And if you REALLY DO forget there's an elephant behind you, then you have the makings of a mentalist.

In which case, you can put Clue & A to use as the accessory it was designed.

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He does this *with permission*, mind you. Though getting permission should be the all-American Christian thing to do ("Yay, Jack Armstrong!") it's becoming rare enough that choosing the right seems even more noble than before.



I think these types of comments are so funny. As if only Christians would ask permission. I'm an Atheist and I would ask permission. I would ask because it's right, not because I have this stone aged idea that there is a god that would punish me.
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You may ask "because it's right" but with no moral foundation (i.e. God less) you would have nothing to base that "right" upon...

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On 2007-01-11 08:15, Nicodemus wrote:
You may ask "because it's right" but with no moral foundation (i.e. God less) you would have nothing to base that "right" upon...

- Nicodemus


Well, "Do know harm" is a good start. I believe that being "godless" as you say,
certainly doesn't make me immoral.

I understand that all Christians believe otherwise, as do Muslims, Jews etc...
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Does it work with Osterlind's Final A?
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Now kids, snapping about religion will get your posts deleted. No talking about politics, religion or your dangle-floppy.
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James is obviously unfamiliar with the Jack Armstrong ("the Alllllllllllll-American Boy!") program, so we'll let his insults pass.

And Tom, you forgot there are THREE things which should never be discussed. Religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.

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On 2007-01-11 12:34, mormonyoyoman wrote:
James is obviously unfamiliar with the Jack Armstrong ("the Alllllllllllll-American Boy!") program, so we'll let his insults pass.

And Tom, you forgot there are THREE things which should never be discussed. Religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.

*jeep!
--Granpa Chet



Insults? I state my opinion about your overbearing Christian attitude and you say it's an insult. Ha! Typical.
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On 2007-01-11 09:55, Dr Spektor wrote:
Does it work with Osterlind's Final A?

I had not intended to apply it to Final Answer, but yes with a little bit of thought it could

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Do you need to know what the questions are in advance though?
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You'll sort of know, even if you don't know. Really, I can't tell more without revealing Too Much.

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Does it works with psi-graphico?
Thanks
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Where can I find details about this?
It's not on his site
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Max is on here as "dusty" -- you might drop him a PM.

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Hi Chet
"Seriously, you have the billets put in a bowl and - before you pluck one out of the bowl - you already know two or three things about the question"

I work 'one on one' so using a bowl is out
Will this item be any use to me?
TJ
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On 2007-02-04 06:39, teejay wrote:
Hi Chet
"Seriously, you have the billets put in a bowl and - before you pluck one out of the bowl - you already know two or three things about the question"
I work 'one on one'
Will this item be any use to me? TJ


No answer yet
Are you dealing with one person and a few questions?
Or are you dealing with several people?
Or perhaps it doesn't matter?
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REVIEW:-
"Seriously, you have the billets put in a bowl and - before you pluck one out of the bowl - you already know two or three things about the question"

The review says "billetS"
I work one on one and would like to know:-
Are you dealing with one person and a few questions?
Or are you dealing with several people with one question?
Or perhaps it doesn't matter?
TJ
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Can I ask the difference between this one and Tom Jorgenson's THE ARANDAL CODEX (which I believe it was published first) to someone who own BOTH?

I ask you this in order to know if this one would give me some more possibilities than Jorgenson's method, (which I have found to be the Non-Plus-Ultra up to now!) and with which I can use BOTH billets AND envelopes...
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I bought it today and I love it Smile

It allows you to get the theme of the question without touching the billet (wich is nice if you need to touch it for your usual methods : it blends perfectly with traditional ways to secretly get to the content of a billet).

With a bit of imagination, you can apply this idea instantly to most Q&A (if every one write on a different paper) including enveloppes based Q&A.

It is a one billet per person method, it could be applied as a one-on-one method but I don't think it would make much sense.
I think it could work well on a small group with minimal adaptation (but it would not be as deceptiv) and great on a big group : it is a Q&A method after all Smile

In a few words, I like it : it is a useful addition, applicable to most Q&A.
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On Apr 2, 2007, Lord Of The Horses wrote:
Can I ask the difference between this one and Tom Jorgenson's THE ARANDAL CODEX (which I believe it was published first) to someone who own BOTH?

I ask you this in order to know if this one would give me some more possibilities than Jorgenson's method, (which I have found to be the Non-Plus-Ultra up to now!) and with which I can use BOTH billets AND envelopes...
Apologies for not responding to the above question sooner. The method could be applied to envelopes assuming you had them write information on a card etc and seal it in the envelope although as each code refers to two pieces of information you would need to be able to access the information inside before you could progress too far. The Billet handling and layout allows the reader to begin revealing information prior to picking it up then continuing the reading via the glimpse described. I have now knowledge of the ARANDAL Codex but as I had Alan Zinng and Jheff preview the method they agreed the method had not been used before, I must assume it does not use the same principle.
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