282 entries in Mental Magic / Effects / Q&A
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Henri Decremps Tour Extraordinaire Nouvellement Inventé question is written on a piece of paper and the letter burnt, answer appears in a box in another pavilion written in the demanded colors, suddenly spooky phenomenons occur, presented by Van Estin, Impression Device method
1784 91
Ben-Zur "Telegraphie ohne Draht" four blank paper pieces rolled up and inserted into fingers of borrowed gloves, four questions asked, fingers cut off and paper removed, questions and answers found on paper pieces, glove restored
Mar. 1904
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 10 No. 3)
Das mysteriöse Couvert envelope hangs on stage, answers to questions appear inside, switch on tray, black art
Nov. 1904
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 10 No. 11)
Henry Hardin The Trance Vision First Method, Q&A
1909 344
Yank Hoe The Trance Vision (Second Method) Q&A
1909 345
Frederick E. Jones Second Test in Sealed Billet Reading envelope is found by muscle reading, then question is answered
1911 21
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Das zweite Gesicht. No. 7, seven words or questions are written down and sealed in seven numbered envelopes
1926 29
Oswald Rae Clairvoyance (A Method of Answering Sealed Questions, etc., Specially Devised for Close Work with a Small Audience), envelopes on a tray, with medium
1928 82
William Larsen, T. Page Wright The Devil's Phone six spectators write questions on billets which are burned, performer phones the devil (or medium) and gets answers to all questions
1928 5
Theodore Annemann The Mindreader's Dream with assistants, mirror bowl
1934 32
Theodore Annemann A Question and the Answer with billet switch using Thumb Tip
VariationsAlso published here Feb. 1935
The Jinx (Issue 5)
Theodore Annemann The Sealed Envelope Dodge spectators seal their questions fairly on their seats, content of one envelope is found out with a stooge who forgot to sign his envelope
Related to 1935 21
Theodore Annemann Annemann's Diablo Pellet Reading one question written on billet is burnt and later answered by performer
1935 1
Wm. Hewitt The Modern Mindreader several questions put in envelopes
Related to 1935 2
James G. Thompson Jr. Penetrating Vision reading writing on paper card covered with handkerchief
Related to 1935 12
Robert Parrish The Ultimate One Man Sealed Message Reading System 1. Collecting the Envelopes
2. Reading the Messages
3. Returning the Card and Envelope
4. Returning the Next to the Last Message
5. Reading the Last Message
1937 22
Dr. Edward G. Ervin Mephisto Sealed Billet Reading
1937 26
Wm. Hewitt Modern Mind Reading
Related to 1938 884
Burling Hull, Theodore Annemann New Sheet Reading questions in numbered envelopes answered by medium, Q&A
Also published here Dec. 1939
The Jinx (Issue 73)
Magnuson Devil Device gaffed box for questions, see also p. 570
Also published here 1940
The Jinx (Issue 89)
William Ruesskamp A New Slant on Pellet Reading switch with hat, billets are numbered
1940 21
Joseph Dunninger, Theodore Annemann Gipsies Won't Tell thoughts on the reading act
Also published here 1941
The Jinx (Issue 125)
Lloyd W. Chambers Impossible Spirit Test with lights off, magician divines names written on cards sealed in envelopes
1941 13
James G. Thompson Jr. Embers billet in envelope burnt and divined
Apr. 1942
The Phoenix (Issue 7)
Hans-Paul Wipf Das Geistertelephon einmal anders humorous Q&A, using toy phone and assistant
Also published here Feb. 1942
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 4 No. 2)
George Armstrong Geomancy of the Gods Q & A with one envelope and sand as a reading tool
Mar. 1943
The Phoenix (Issue 30)
Joseph Dunninger Sealed Mystery sealed message reading system, razor thumb tip
Related to Apr. 1943
The Phoenix (Issue 32)
Elray Glass-Ic sealed message reading technique
May 1943
The Phoenix (Issue 36)
Jerry Sorensen "-and having writ-" sealed message reading, mixed with psychometry and handwriting analysis
Oct. 1943
The Phoenix (Issue 45)
Otis Manning Crystal Clear Q&A, after information is obtained, way that assistant brings them to performer, bottle, in combination with his billet box, see reference
Related toAlso published here Aug. 1944
The Phoenix (Issue 67)
Hans-Paul Wipf Das Geistertelephon einmal anders humorous Q&A, using toy phone and assistant
Also published here 1944
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 6 No. 2)
Theodore Annemann A Question and the Answer with billet switch using Thumb Tip
Also published here 1944 17
Magnuson Devil Device gaffed box for questions, secret reading method
Also published here 1944 28
Otis Manning The Ghost of a Change using the OM Billet Switching Box, Q&A
Also published here 1944 32
Otis Manning Crystal Clear Q&A, after information is obtained, way that assistant brings them to performer, bottle, in combination with his billet box
Also published here 1944 33
Joseph Dunninger, Theodore Annemann Modernizing the "One Ahead" Principle thoughts on the reading act
  • Readings for Intimate Groups
Also published here 1944 151
Theodore Annemann, Burling Hull New Sheet Reading questions in numbered envelopes answered by medium, Q&A, chair servante
Also published here 1944 251
Chung Ling Soo The Invisible Hand No. 18, answer to a question appears on blank card
Also published here
  • Spirit Slate Writing and Kindred Phenomena, Chung Ling Soo, 1989
1944 22
Robert A. Nelson Psychic Impressions Q&A
1945 257
Robert A. Nelson A Subtle Touch with the Change Bag
1945 18
Robert A. Nelson Nelson's Cigar Change Box billet switching box, similar to Otis Manning's "The OM Billet Switching Box"
Related to 1945 23
The Jap Handkerchief Box as a switching device for a few billets
1945 24
Robert A. Nelson Wrinkles and Subtle Touches
  • named card in pocket
  • do as i do, with mindreading presentation
  • making envelopes see through
1945 60
John Brown Cook, Arthur H. Buckley Psychometry blindfolded performer, psychometry and Q&A
1947 29
John Brown Cook, Arthur H. Buckley The Answering of Questions thorough treatise on Q&A
Related to 1947 107
C. L. Boarde The Spiel making the most of the information, cold reading
  • General Remarks
  • 1. Setting the Scene
  • 2. Analyzing the Spectator
  • 3. Analyzing the Question
  • 4. The Delivery
  • 5. The Psychological Reading
    • A. Love
    • B. Health
    • C. Business
    • D. Lost and Found
    • E. Trips
    • F. News
    • G. Conflict
    • H. Success
    • I. Politics
    • J. Children
    • K. Crime
1947 39
C. L. Boarde Miscellaneous thoughts on billet routines, Q&A, being ready to perform anytime
1947 74
C. L. Boarde Question and Answer - Variation A with message appearing on slates
1947 76
C. L. Boarde Question and Answer - Variation B several billets, misreading
1947 78
C. L. Boarde Question and Answer - Variation C answer to question appears on billet
Variations 1947 78
George B. Anderson "No Questions Written" - A New Concept of Question Answering in the Mental Magic Act on answering questions, psychology
Related to 1949 5
George B. Anderson "Easy Money" Mindreading matchbook and carbon paper
Variations 1949 9
George B. Anderson Playing Card Mindreading spectator removes cards which helps performer to categorize his question
1949 10
George B. Anderson Palmistry Versus Mindreading playing "Twenty Questions" to get answer, with palm reading
1949 13
George B. Anderson Getting the Impression questions are written on paper and put into envelopes, after the questions have been answered the envelopes are burnt in a bowl
Variations 1949 15
George B. Anderson Another Sealed Envelope - Which I Call "The Bonded Fifth" in envelopes
Related to 1949 18
George B. Anderson Alibi Answers for tricky questions, plant and comedy plant questions
1949 22
George B. Anderson The Vital Spot - In the Question Act how to end the act
1949 28
George B. Anderson The Crystal of the Future (Neither Tried Nor Proven) audience members look into crystal ball and see things, movie projector
1949 47
Al Baker Al Baker's Envelope Switch window envelopes, Q&A routine application
VariationsAlso published here 1949 40
Ormond McGill Secrets of the "Casual" Mentalist on doing a Q&A act, where people know each other
1951 6
Ormond McGill The Mindreading Method selling a mindreading show and getting information by the booker, reading an information card under a crystal ball
1951 7
Ormond McGill Mentalism Moderne club Q&A act structure, humorous comments
1951 9
Ormond McGill Mindreading for School Assemblies the structure of a Q&A act for students
1951 12
Ormond McGill Secrets of the "Theatre" Mentalist set up for Q&A before the show, in theatre setting, specifics of the audience in that venue
1951 14
Ormond McGill A Theatrical Mindreading Act divination of an ESP sign and start of Q&A act by getting a spectator's full name with just having the initials
1951 17
Ormond McGill Answering the Questions examples of answers
Related to 1951 21
Ormond McGill Crystal Gazing for Mentalists answering questions with a crystal ball, hearing the answer in the question
1951 10
Bill Simon Psychic Okito Box Okito Box for billet reading or Q&A
Related to Mar. 1954
The New Phoenix (Issue 303)
Gene "Phantini" Grant Image-Ray (A Message Reading Idea) with business cards and an envelope, secret reading method
1955 3
Gene "Phantini" Grant Remoto unconventional Q&A routine
1955 3
Gene "Phantini" Grant A Graphic Impression (A Utility Mental Gimmick) wax impression pad, with radar pencil, two methods
1955 19
Amazing James Randi Deliver the Billets getting billets with envelope switch, window envelope, Q&A routine application
Inspired by Aug. 1955
Ibidem (Issue 2)
Tony Corinda Introduction general comments and theory for Q&A
1959 339
Tony Corinda Part One: Dealing with Questions that Are Known
1959 343
Tony Corinda How to Get Information methods from other steps
1959 344
Tony Corinda (1) Alcohol or Chemicals
1959 344
Tony Corinda (2) Light
Related to 1959 344
Tony Corinda (3) The Window Envelope
1959 345
Tony Corinda, Eric Mason (4) The Clip Board several versions, Eric Mason's Dubbul
1959 345
Tony Corinda (5) The Record Card gaining multiple information
1959 346
Tony Corinda (6) The Stooge for instance for setting up a one ahead routine, with a stooge who forgot to sign his envelope
Related to 1959 346
Tony Corinda (7) Switching of Envelopes
1959 347
Tony Corinda (8) Planting of Envelopes and Slips answering questions that are planted by performer and are not by an actual audience member
1959 347
Tony Corinda, Maurice Fogel How to Convey Information coding question to reduce length
1959 348
Tony Corinda General Means of Conveying Information Secretly (1) Hand Rollers, Faro Boxes, Slip-Boxes
(2) Pencilled Slate
(3) The Thumbnail
(4) Cigarette Holder
(5) Roller on Microphone
(6) Watchface
(7) Cuff
(8) On a Small Card
(9) Large Card or Blackboard
(10) Written on Glass
1959 348
Tony Corinda Selection of Suitable Questions to Use
1959 349
Tony Corinda Answering Questions Known questions of general and specific interest
1959 350
Tony Corinda Answering Questions From Platform private reader vs. stage reader, how to answer questions with a public, funny answers
1959 351
Tony Corinda Summary Private Reading
Platform Reading
1959 355
Tony Corinda Table of Probabilities - Explanation what people are concerned about
1959 355
Tony Corinda Part Two: Dealing with Questions Unknown
1959 356
Tony Corinda Main Objectives when Cold Reading overview on cold reading
1959 357
Tony Corinda Conclusion
1959 359
Mahendra Answering the Impossible answering impossible questions
1959 28
Robert A. Nelson On Adding Messages on Crystal Ball for Q&A
1959 33
Robert A. Nelson Comedy Relief comedy answers for Q&A questions
1959 31
Don Tanner Answering Questions using a card box
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1962)
Jack Ketch Private Reading No. 2 billet dropped in cigarette box with slit, secret reading
June 1962
The New Phoenix (Issue 370)
Paul Marcus The Tehunga's Secret comedy routine, question is answered, answer appears on unknown language on slate and performer translates
Mar. 1963
The New Phoenix (Issue 378)
Paul Stadelman Modern Mind Reading with assistant
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1965-66)
Jack Posetary The Fifty Minute Hour Q&A with answers given via spirit writing on slates
Oct. 1967 125
David Hoy Hoy Deploy Q&A using gaffed matchbook to switch and steal billet, two methods
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1967-68)
C. C. Luther Mind Reading DeLuxe billets in box, then burnt, box to switch billets
1969 4
Jules Lenier Instant Fortune-Teller cold reading and answering one question, using cards
Magick (Issue 26)
James G. Thompson Jr. Improved Question Reading envelopes
  • Part Two (shorter test with only three envelopes)
  • Part Three (as a two-person act)
Also published here Winter 1972
The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 7 No. 6th Folio)
Paul Siegel Fantasy in Flame Q&A, billet burnt with pliers
1972 25
Charles Cameron Shrieking Skull of Kabbalah one question is answered with Tarot cards and a skull, question written down on business card
Magick (Issue 49)
Bascom Jones Astro-Logic! naming Zodiac signs and asking questions
Inspired byVariations 1972
Magick (Issue 63)
Nathan Stark One-Man Private Readings q&a for one person, reading of index card in box
Magick (Issue 124)
Anthony Raven Powers of the Unknown! billet with question of sitter is burnt and secretly read
Magick (Issue 128)
Barrie Richardson From A Mentalist's Notebook ideas on mentalism, Q&A, nail writer
June 1976
Pabular (Vol. 2 No. 10)
Al Mann Typhon's Tongs envelopes are gathered and burnt with tongs
1976 20
James F. Herpick Herpick's Tongs tongs to burn envelope
1976 20
Al Mann The Pharaoh's Palm billets are switched on palm of performer, fake palm
1976 23
Jack Bridwell Sealed billet switch in transparent vial, combined with tarot reading
Magick (Issue 147)
Chip Cotton Sixty Seconds... into the Past Q&A with one person, Himber Wallet
Magick (Issue 161)
Bob Fillman Where? subtlety for Q&A act, pointing to spectators
Magick (Issue 164)
Burling Hull Spirits From China Chinese characters appear on slate, performer translates into anything he wants
1976 92
Burling Hull The Volta Improved Second Sight Question Act verbal and none verbal codes for answering questions, q&a
  • To Speak Exactly the Same Sentence Each Time
  • The Volta Verbal Code
  • Alternative Applications
  • The Volta Verbal Code Table
  • The Exact Qualification of the Question
  • A Memorizing System
  • The Volta System of Silent Fixed Position Codes (The Head Position Code, Hand Position Signal Code, Double-Up Fixed Position Code, Left/Right Hand Codes)
  • Question Classifications
1976 117
Burling Hull Stage Methods of Reading and Rendering Spectators' Questions
  • The Hold Out (with assistant who collects billets)
  • The Box Entrance Method
  • Switch Basket Method
  • Back of Orchestra Switch
  • Box Collection Method
  • Hull's Brass Burning Bowl Method
  • The Mirror Bowl
  • Switch Bag Methods
  • The Method of Communicating to Performer
  • The Wireless Phone
  • Direct Connection
  • Metal Ball
  • Ball Stand
  • Roller Hand Device
  • Projector Method
  • Blackboard Method
  • Sleeve Transmission Method
  • Glass of Water Transmission Method
  • Faro Method
  • Lead-Off
  • The "Chicago" Metal Ball
  • Simplified Metal Ball: "Eureka" Model
  • Burling Hull's Non-Electrical Method
  • Hull's Deluxe Question Transmitter (table with crystal ball on it)
1976 133
Burling Hull The Super-Stage Method Mind Reading Act giant buddha statue on stage with assistant in it, wireless connection
1976 141
Burling Hull Complete Mind Reading Acts and Systems for Club, Banquet and Parlor
  • Burling Hull Sealed Message Reading Pyramid
  • "Mind Devination"
  • Puhl's "Sealed Letter Reading Supreme"
  • "The Unique Question Reading Act"
  • The Stylus and Envelope Method
  • The Hull-Poole Try Reading Method
  • The Envelope Package Reading Idea
  • The Book Reading Device
  • Gysels Envelope Pile Method
  • The Burling Hull Sheet Readings
  • "Reado Method" Sealed Readings
  • "The Famous $25.00 Sealed Letter Test"
  • The Burling Hull Improved Letter Test
  • The Fay Readings
  • Burling Hull's Club Stationary - Crystal Gazing Act
1976 143
Burling Hull Close Work or Clairvoyant Methods
  • Sealed and Burned
  • Hull Box and Ashes Reading
  • Hull Folded Question Reading
  • Clairvoyant Envelope Reading
  • Hull's Dark Seance Reading Method
  • The Dr. Q. Dark Readings
  • Clairvoyant Writing Table Method
  • Clip Board Method
  • The Cardboard Clipboards
  • The Hull-Pool Universal Sealed Reading Act
1976 159
Burling Hull The Question Answering Act
1976 169
Burling Hull Practice Method for Fast Answering
1976 172
Burling Hull The Exclusive Volta Supper Club Reading
1976 177
Burling Hull The Master Volta Method for Supper Club Readings with Hull Card, flipped inside out one-handed
Related to 1976 185
Burling Hull The Volta "Lecture" Readings Method
1976 188
Burling Hull The Volta Table Sealed Question Reading
1976 189
Burling Hull Pointers and Tips from Experience on Working Tables
  • Handling Hecklers
  • Charity Drives
  • Fees and Gratuities
1976 199
Burling Hull The Ultra Question Answering Act - With No Questions Written
1976 205
Al Mann The Sibylline Messages cards in envelopes with questions and messages on it are divined and answered
1977 1
Al Mann The Flight of the Griffins spectator writes a question and drops it addressed to the performer into the mail box, performer does the same with the answer, the next day they find out it is correct, with Sibylline envelopes
Inspired by
  • Spencer Thornton's "Anytime, Anywhere - For Newspaper Publicity" in "Secrets of Mental Magic"
1977 9
Al Mann Notes ideas and tips for the Sibylline Envelope
1977 11
Al Mann The Invisible Agents spectator writes question down with invisible ink
Variations 1977 11
Al Mann, George B. Anderson Two Words Q&A ploy, giving the impression that no question has been written down by several spectators
Related to 1977 12
Gene Nielsen, Bascom Jones Psi-Cup '3' question written on paper and hidden under one of three cups, question is answered and paper located, center tear
Related to 1977
Magick (Issue 194)
James G. Thompson Jr. Modernes Zettellesen envelopes
  • Teil 2 (shorter test with only three envelopes)
  • Teil 3 (as a two-person act)
Also published here July 1977
Intermagic (Vol. 4 No. 3)
Al Mann De-Pleated Thoughts several questions on one piece of paper, folded paper is stapled
1978 19
Al Mann, Mr. Zodiac A Bonus - Through the Threshold spectator writes question on a business card, which is then sealed, question is divined / answered
Related to 1978 21
Gene Nielsen On Answering Personal Questions
  • The Personal Question
  • The Rogers Technique
  • Reflect, Clarify, Empathize
  • To Clarify and Empathize
Magick (Issue 199)
Bascom Jones 12 Tips on the Question-Answering Act
Magick (Issue 211)
Christopher Rogers Flim-Flam Man! q&a routine
Magick (Issue 217)
Al Mann Spirit Answers answer to question appears on blank business card placed inside a box, Arca system
1978 7
Thomas Alan Waters Burning Questions questions are written on paper and put into envelopes, after the questions have been answered the envelopes are burnt in a bowl
Inspired by 1979
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue New Thoughts For Old)
Thomas Alan Waters Burning Questions II questions are written on paper and put into envelopes, after the questions have been answered the envelopes are burnt in a bowl
Inspired by 1979
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue New Thoughts For Old)
Karroll Priest The Phoenix Effect impression device, wax in envelope
Related to 1979
Magick (Issue 234)
Karrell Fox "That's What You Think!" several billets in clear box, reading
1979 146
Karrell Fox Mind-velope billets mixed in envelope, some held back secretly when others are dumped out
Related to 1979 152
George B. Anderson Dynamite Mentalism fifteen minutes routine of mind reading / answering questions (no-props cold reading)
  • Opening Remarks
  • 18-35 Male
  • 18-35 Female
  • 35-55 Male
  • 35-55 Female
  • Over 55- Male
  • Over 55- Female
  • Three Alternate Final Questions
  • It's Not New
  • "Outs"
  • A "Prompter" Device
1979 3
Bob Hummer Voodoo Fortune Telling cards with questions on one side and different pictures of zombies on the other side, one question is selected and cards separated several times while checking different features of the zombies, eventually a four digit number is evaluated and leads to the answer of the question in a book, system is explained with playing cards
1980 73
Thomas Alan Waters Omnimancy essay on fortunetelling, Q&A, cold reading
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Omnimancy)
Thomas Alan Waters Routine No. 1 (Close-Up) q&a for one person
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Scrypt)
Thomas Alan Waters Routine No. 2 (Close-Up) handling variation
Inspired by 1981
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Scrypt)
Thomas Alan Waters Routine No. 3 (Stage) with a bulldog clip
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Scrypt)
Thomas Alan Waters No. 3: The Prediction Reading for one person, stock answer index to basic questions
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Scrypt)
The Rev. Dr. Bob. E Second Chance wax impression device, for one-on-one sitting
Magick (Issue 275)
Bob Fillman Cracks in the Mirror folded slips secured with paper clips, question are answered and names divined, inspirational thought written on cards given to spectators
Magick (Issue 286)
Al Mann The Scryer's Podium crystal ball gazing, answering question with the Wocus Lecgacy Billet
1982 4
Al Mann The Spirit Ink Bottle question billet is put folded in ink bottle, with Wocus Billet

1982 6
Al Mann Vampire Thoughts with two people
1982 9
Al Mann The Mneme's Numen spectator writes question down, erases it and notes another, both are divined/answered
1982 10
Al Mann The Essence of Thought Q&A with one sitter, with envelopes
Inspired by 1982 1
Al Mann Threshold Three one person reading, knowing what is written on card, spectator gets two envelopes one with his card and one with message from performer, with variation
Inspired by
  • "The Threshold of Miracle" in "Sensational Mentalism, Part II"
1982 4
Allan Slaight PSI-Cloned Q&A whit billets with questions and pink billets with numbers, using the Otis Manning box
Feb. 1982
Magick (Issue 303)
Al Mann The Lofty Missive answer to question is found written on billet stuck on the ceiling
1982 4
Joseph Dunninger The Act entire setting for the routine including the steals, opening and organizing the billets, the speech
1983 2
Joseph Dunninger The 'Read' answering the questions and the dramaturgy of the routine
1983 5
Thomas Alan Waters Trancescript approach to Q&A
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Psychl)
James S. Harto The Chandra 20th Century Message Reading with question chart for pre-show
1983 8
Joseph Dunninger Dumb? Yes and No! Method 10 (changing device)
1983 16
Joseph Dunninger Routine - Modus Operandi of a Crystal Gazing Presentation with assistant
1983 2
Joseph Dunninger A Sensational Test methods for gaining information, with assistants
  • An Unusual Dramatic Interlude (pre-show)
  • Returning Marked Envelopes to Spectators During the Speciality (unopened, flashlight)
  • Another Method (gist written on envelope)
  • Another Ruse (gist on watch)
1983 6
Joseph Dunninger Concluding Advice how to answer questions
1983 7
Joseph Dunninger Psychometric Power! question on billets are answered and billets of specific spectator found without opening them, several variations
1983 4
Joseph Dunninger Spirits? assistant does pocket writing of questions from the sitters
1983 7
Joseph Dunninger A Mystic's Favorite sealed message reading, slit in envelope
Related to
  • Paul Kara's "Karaism", 1926 and Nelson's "Mind Divination"
1983 7
Joseph Dunninger The Good Book Says carbon paper in bible
1983 8
Joseph Dunninger Puzzling? technical variation of "What the Eyes See"
1983 9
Joseph Dunninger A Medium at Work envelope switch for Q&A
1983 9
Joseph Dunninger A Visit to a Billet Medium carbon paper in book
1983 11
Joseph Dunninger The Method of Obtaining (?) Spirit Communication describtion of a spirit message reading with John Slater
1983 12
Al Mann Cagliostro's Message! No. 39, question locked in box is answered
1983 11
Joseph Ovette Direct Mindreading No. 85, with assistant under table
1983 24
The Grande Entrance No. 100, with Nelson changing grocery paper bag
1983 28
Barrie Richardson Private stock only gist of question is noted on billet
June 1983
Magick (Issue 320)
Al Mann Destiny's Disciple question in envelope is answered, spectator gets envelope with prediction what he should do in the future
Related to Aug. 1983
Magick (Issue 322)
Gene Nielsen Hommage Au Dr. Jaks peek wallet, business cards
Nov. 1983
Magick (Issue 325)
Charles "Cicardi" Scott Liminal Perception Perception drawing last spectator, as climax to blindfolded Q&A
Nov. 1983
Magick (Issue 325)
Al Mann Spirit Calling! spirit rings in a reading / seance, morbid
1984 18
Walter Webb The Miracle Maker numbered cards which can be torn into two, question on one side and other information on other, Q&A routine
Dec. 1984
Magick (Issue 343)
Robert Cassidy Audience Reading: The Major Effect in Mentalism on the structure, the set-up and the performance of Q&A
1984 18
Thomas Alan Waters Qwhite question is written on a card and sealed in an envelope, answer given ans message appears on another blank card
Related to 1985
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Myxtyr)
Thomas Alan Waters Mutattle question written on a card is put inside two envelopes and is sealed, performer answers the question and when the envelopes are open, the question is gone and a spirit message is found on the card
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Myxtyr)
Thomas Alan Waters Decivision ten questions in envelopes, blindfolded
Related to 1985
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Fynys)
Dr. Dan J. Alessini Strange Powers question written on business card, then placed inside envelope and burnt, performer divines question and answer appears on palm using the ashes
Aug. 1986
Magick (Issue 376)
Karrell Fox "C.B.S." Question Answering "couldn't be simpler", method to steal some of the billets away
1986 42
Richard Osterlind DI-1 information written on pieces of paper and always several pieces placed inside envelopes, Q&A, transparent envelopes
1986 2
Thomas Alan Waters Stuckup question written down on blank tarot card, answered, with handkerchief
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue T.A.R.O.T.)
Thomas Alan Waters Coverup question written down on blank tarot card, answered, with handkerchief
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue T.A.R.O.T.)
Thomas Alan Waters Encounter question written down in circle on blank tarot card, answered
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue T.A.R.O.T.)
Thomas Alan Waters TaroTwo answering question and predicting tarot card
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue T.A.R.O.T.)
Charles "Cicardi" Scott Psi-Grafico... The $60,000 Act one man Q&A act, with graphology sheets
Related toVariationsAlso published here Oct. 1988
Magick (Issue 412)
Karrell Fox "E.Z.-est-yet" Mindreading billets mixed in envelope, some held back secretly when others are dumped out
Related to 1988 83
Philip T. Goldstein Diskette reading with layout with coins, binary
Inspired byAlso published here 1989 5
Thomas Alan Waters In2ition card is predicted then unknown question answered
Also published here June 1989
Magick (Issue 424)
N. R. Beck Predic-Oh! prediction in small envelope, answer to question in context of a Tarot reading, pen load
Nov. 1989
Magick (Issue 430)
Hanussen Q&A questions written down and sealed in envelopes
July 1990
Magick (Issue 442)
Bascom Jones Signature Effect signature duplication à la Stanley Jaks as finale for blindfolded Q&A
Oct. 1990
Magick (Issue 446)
Docc Hilford In Your Hand
1990 11
Docc Hilford Gypsy Shtick question is divined, with crystal ball
1990 23
Charles "Cicardi" Scott Eddie Fields' Dime-Store Mental Act
  • The Man
  • The Act
  • And the Demonstration
  • One Ahead
  • The Clincher
  • The Pitch
  • The Take
Nov. 1991
Magick (Issue 463)
Charles "Cicardi" Scott Beyond Psi-Grafico one man Q&A act
  • Self-Interest
  • Psi-Grafico
  • Fantasies
  • The Method
  • Goals and Dreams
  • A Word of Caution
  • Graphology
Related to Dec. 1991
Magick (Issue 465)
Charles "Cicardi" Scott Psi-Grafico... The $60,000 Act one man Q&A act, with graphology sheets
Also published here 1991 18
Robert Siepielski Mind Scripting thoughts on the content of the billets for Q&A
1991 61
Lee Earle Remote Control Q&A with graphology
Inspired by Jan. 1992
Magick (Issue 466)
Dr. Dan J. Alessini Foiled Thought business card with information is wrapped in aluminium foil
Mar. 1992
Magick (Issue 469)
Rudy T. Hunter Dualistic Deceit Q&A, assistant reads names and blindfold performer answer questions
Inspired by
  • William Larsen's "Tarot Telepathy"
Nov. 1992
Magick (Issue 480)
Mila Trnka Der Geheimnisvolle Becher idea for opaque cup as switching device
Also published here
  • Prager Zaubereien
Sep. 1992
Intermagic (Vol. 17 No. 2)
Thomas Alan Waters In2ition card is predicted then unknown question answered
Also published here 1993
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Magazine Miscellanea)
David P. Abbott, Al Mann, Dr. Louis Schlesinger Schlesinger's Seance annotated reprint from Abbott's "Behind the Scenes with the Mediums", first divination of which billet contains the dead name, then the name is revealed, method for knowing the relation of the names to the spectator
1993 5
Robert Siepielski Color Coded different colored pens, color coding for Q&A
Feb. 1993
Magick (Issue 485)
Robert G. Tripp Sign in, Please! initials on folded cards are divined, bluff
July 1993
Magick (Issue 492)
Alan Kerslake Question using a tilt-top box
Oct. 1993
Magick (Issue 495)
Karl Fulves Mental Lock envelope and billet system for reading, center tear by openly cutting off corners of envelopes
Rigmarole (Issue 2)
L. Vosburgh Lyons Dunninger's Secret proposed switch with envelope for Q&A act, accidental tripping
Related to 1993
Verbatim (Issue 7)
Larry Becker No-Brainer Q & A several cards with question about zodiac, favorite color etc., performer allocates them correctly and gives a brief reading
Syzygy (Vol. 1 No. 10)
John Riggs Tarot Telepathy 2000 Q&A, with medium answering questions and giving readings, performer only reads names
Also published here
  • John Riggs' "Tarot Telepathy 2000" in "The Even Compleater Fortune-Teller" 1996. P. 47.
Syzygy (Vol. 2 No. 17)
Bruce Bernstein Emergency Mentalism things written on stripper business cards from different persons from audience, design duplication, book test application (making number from digits written by spectators)
Also published here 1996
Syzygy (Vol. 3 No. 15)
Docc Hilford Swamp Water q&a with story presentation, answer appears on billet, with dissolvo paper
1996 1
David Harkey, Eric Anderson If Looks Could Kill billet reading system for Q&A
1997 75
Paul Alberstat Ideas Galore
  • idea for triple prediction coin routine
  • idea for Living and Dead test
  • Q&A with Jap Box
  • Coin force with folder
Mar. 1998 11
William J. Hilliar Stolen Thoughts method guess of mindreading act by Hilliar, accidental tripping
Related toAlso published here
  • The Sphinx, Dec. 1945 (written by Bill Frazee)
2001 130
Ted Karmilovich The No-Prop Nightclub Act reading of zodiac signs, number projection to audience and Q&A finale
  • The Astrology Segment
  • The Thought Projection Segment
  • The Q&A Segment
  • Final Thoughts
2001 1
Ted Karmilovich The Q&A Segment
2001 7
Patrick Richey, Docc Hilford The Reverend Doctor Patrick private reading Q&A technique, sitter thinks of three questions and performer writes answers on three business cards in three envelopes or vinyl folder
  • The Concept
  • The Reading
  • The Arcanum
  • The Goods
  • The Moves
  • The Tips
  • The Richey Seance
2002 ca. 4
Al Baker Al Baker's Envelope Switch window envelopes, Q&A routine application
Also published here 2003
The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Mental Magic)
C. L. Boarde Character Reading mentalism anecdote about question written in Chinese
Also published here
  • Conjurors' (Oct. 1948)
2004 357
Robert Cassidy Jazz Mentalism longer and well-structured Q&A billet act, as a finale selected billet is sealed in envelope and still content is divined
Related to 2004 143
Robert Cassidy The Godfather of All Billet Tests Q&A routine
2004 228
Karl Fulves On Q&A
2005 123
Hector Chadwick Hector Chadwick's Tossed-Out Q&A
2008 187
Docc Hilford Strangers in the Night - Revisited living-dead-test with friends and one lover, performer does a reading of named persons, a divination of initials and finds corrects billets
  • The Story Begins
  • Modus Operandi
  • Love Notes
  • The Clandestine Dance
  • The Invisible Stranger
  • One Step Ahead
  • A Clever Ploy
  • Startling Revelations
  • A Composite Sketch
  • Act Deux
  • A Shocking Climax
  • Behind the Curtain
  • The Stranger Unseen and Exposed
  • Unseen
  • Exposed
  • Selling Strangers in the Night In the Afternoon
  • Booking the Luncheon
  • Here's a Great Way to Increase Income
  • Don't Miss this Tip
Inspired by
  • Docc Hilford's "Strangers in the Night", 1990.
2008 11
Max Maven Diskette
  • Lost Horizons (explanation of title "Thunday")
reading with layout with coins, binary
Also published here Mar. 2010
Genii (Vol. 73 No. 3)
Ed Fowler Q&A Answers thoughts on the Q&A effect
2010 31
Bruce Bernstein The Ultimate Taboo bowl with billets of various taboos, three are selected and sealed in envelopes, divination of taboos mixture of psychometry with personal objects
  • The Psychometry Segment
  • The Climax
2012 1
Docc Hilford Boudoir Card Reading: Effect & Method spectator writes question on index or business card which is placed on table, performer answers it on another business card, glide switch
  • Variation
  • Stand Up
Variations 2012 6
Robert Cassidy The Evolution of Q&A
2013 123
Robert Cassidy, Erik Jan Hanussen Basic Hanussen Style Routine routine, using switch bag and other principles
  • Adaption of the Sequence to a Straight Q&A Routine
2013 132
Robert Cassidy The Jazz Approach longer and well-structured Q&A billet act combined with the Jazz Approach
  • As Seen By An Imaginary Critic
  • The Elements and Analysis
Related to 2013 137
Robert Cassidy The Tavern Show act, exploding light bulb, eating glass and Q&A using a crystal ball
  • The Bag
  • The Method
2013 227
Ross Johnson Ross Johnson's 'Mind Freezer' using the Side Effect principle, while revealing a name of a dead person, another name is revealed as well
2013 281
Dr. Stanley Jaks His Cup of Tea tea leaves reading with wallet, Q&A, magnetic
Related toAlso published here
  • "His Cup of Tea" in "M.U.M" November, 1973
  • "His Cup of Tea" in Ed Mellon's "Mental-Wise"
2014 156
Dr. Stanley Jaks Mental Echo longer mental routine, combination of book test and revealing personal information
Inspired by
  • Syl Reilly's "Brain Echo"
Related to
2014 180
Dr. Stanley Jaks Simple Single Reading note on business card is divined, card stolen with wax
Also published here
  • "Simple Single Reading" in "Psycho-Gizmo" September, 1951
2014 222
Colin McLeod Additional Thoughts spectators write differente pieces of information on a piece of paper, other spectator selects one and information is divined
Inspired by
  • Banachek's "Q&A Pad"
  • Docc Hilford's "Questa"
  • Jeromey Finley's "In the Madhouse"
2014 116
John Wilson 1.5 Card Q&A spectator removes card from spread and lies on its identity, performer divines card and gives short reading
Inspired by
  • "1 Card Q&A" (Docc Hilford & Leonardo Silverio)
2016 29
Paul Vigil, Bascom Jones Astro-Logic cold readings and Q&A
Inspired by 2017 216
Gerry McCambridge Introduction
2017 xxiii
Gerry McCambridge Chapter 1: Acquiring the Information
  • Before you Arrive at the Venue
  • Pre-show On-Location Gathering
  • During the Performance
2017 3
Gerry McCambridge Chapter 2: Using the Information
  • Structured Feedback
  • Improvisational Feedback
2017 9
Gerry McCambridge Chapter 3: Making Leap of Faith Guesses cold reading and learning info about audience members in the moment
2017 15
Gerry McCambridge Chapter 4: Dilute your Misses covering up for “misses” during cold reading
2017 21
Gerry McCambridge Chapter 5: Using the Dual Reality making it seem to audience as if performer knows more info about spectator than he possibly could have
2017 25
Gerry McCambridge Chapter 6: Using Cancelling Methods
  • Pre-Show Patter
  • Onstage Patter
2017 29
Gerry McCambridge Chapter 7: The Blindfold general info about using blindfolds
  • Straight-ahead or Sideward Peek
  • Straight-down Peek
2017 37
Gerry McCambridge Chapter 8: Duct Taping your Eyes details of specific blindfold technique using half-dollars in eyes, duct tape and blindfold on top
2017 41
Gerry McCambridge Chapter 9: How to Begin Doing Q&A general advice
2017 55
Gerry McCambridge Chapter 10: Selecting Audience Members
  • Gender Selecting
  • Avoid Drunks
  • Check if they Need Glasses to Read
  • Required Skills
2017 61
Gerry McCambridge Chapter 11: Consider the Venue
2017 67
Gerry McCambridge Chapter 12: Using a Disclaimer
2017 71
Gerry McCambridge Chapter 13: Thirteen Performing Tips general advice
2017 75
Gerry McCambridge Chapter 14: Summary brief outline of info covered in book
2017 81
Gerry McCambridge Chapter 17: Three Index Card Q&A performer divines info from three spectators, routine for when audience is too big to distribute slips to everyone or for a short show
2017 111
Gerry McCambridge Chapter 18: Performing Q&A on TV general advice
  • Working the TV Host
  • Working a Guest in the Green Room
  • Working the Audience
  • scanned copy of “Permission to Tape Release” form
2017 125
Gerry McCambridge Chapter 19: Practice Slips examples of filled-out slips from audience and comments on how to go about revealing the info, many more practice slips without any comments
2017 137
Markus Beldig, Neal Scryer The Scryer ideas - and my additions applications for "The BBB Peek"
  • a) dream destination divined
  • b) spectators divine a place written in an envelope by another spectator
  • c) Decision Time (divination with a yes/no question)
Inspired by
  • routine in "Black & White" (Neal Scryer)
  • "Effects with Cards", "Flipping Cards" (Little Black Book, Neal Scryer)
2019 17
Luke Jermay Touching On Telepathy variations of "Jermay's General Person Ploy"
  • Phase One: Telepathy ("Touching on Hoy", performer sends thoughts to three spectators, when tapped on shoulder one has to think of a shape, one of a name and the third of a date)
  • Phase Two: Questions & Answers ("Touching on Divination", same spectators should think of questions)
Inspired byAlso published here 2019 32
Fränz, Thomas Heine Alternative Topics for the Prodigy Peek routine, with Q&A presentation (Heine)
2022 24
Luke Jermay Touching on Divination variations of "Jermay's General Person Ploy", same spectators should think of questions
Also published here 2023 8
Michael Murray Directional Intuition (Q&A) verbal segment for Q&A or a reading
2023 9