Magic Trick: Memorizing at One Reading a Long List of Words Suggested by the Audience

This is a regular exercise with the teachers of Memory Systems, but as a trick it was introduced in this country by Ernest Patrizio, a Spanish conjurer, who first appeared in New York in 1878. It is simple and consists merely in connecting the words suggested by the audience with those in the Table of Fixed Ideas. When this connection is clearly made there is no difficulty in repeating a hundred words in the order set down, or recalling them backward or telling the number any particular word or words occupy in the list.

A somewhat similar trick, one that has proved something of a puzzle to professional and amateur conjurers, is that commonly known as Kellar's Cube Root Trick.

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