Albany Democrat-Herald from Albany, Oregon on March 21, 1936 · Page 11
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Albany Democrat-Herald from Albany, Oregon · Page 11

Albany, Oregon
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Saturday, March 21, 1936
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oo ooo o o o o o o o o o o o o Gullible World Anxious - To Believe So Psychic Frauds Reap A Harvest Dr. di Ghilini. who tells this dory of spirit faking, ie an investigator for th Los Angelas Ministerial Association and student of majic. An etfpoeer of frauds, he has been instrumental in tha arrest of aeveral "mediums" in Hollywood who wars purported to be swindling th wealthy. Because of his wide study of so-called "spiritual" and other such devices, he frequently gives entertainments, plaining the workings of the "spooks." The Editor. By Dr. U. L. di Ghilini (As Told to Eloio Madison) EVERYBODY in tile world is potential sucker! Every town in the world is a sucker town! Statesmen, movie stars, office boys, shop girls, truck drivers, pslicemen, seamstresses and busi- Sollovo In snooks? You won't If you know Mm trwfca, wys Dr. U. L. dl GMIInl, who dontonotratos kr mm of the ways o.ychto nMnlfostatloiM srs fokod. Us Dr. dl Gnlllnl, with tho aid of a couoh of Mack tiirsnde, tilts hssvy ohslr. Tho other sfcoto sltsws Mr. Heny Moudlnl, knsoHns, iMeoctlns Sonde of Hlas Mum Clark, who lo aaout to Bacon a "ntodlum" for a dsns men are taken in yearly to the tune of mil "stooge." He wears a false vest in which he carries flowers. The medium does not have to go through any Houtiini acts to get his hands free for the hands that were sewed to his trousers were rubber; his own are folded up against his shoulders. The "stooge" makes a flnai inspection of the cabinet, and in closing the curtains dumps the falae front into the cabinet. The flowers begin to apjiear through the slits in the curtain, very slowly, and are tossed out to the audience. APPARENTLY unexjMrmbie movement of furniture is always a good way to impress victims. Light tables appear to stick to the hand of the medium. This is done with a ring on the medium's hand and a tiny hook on the top of the table. Hands which appear out of the dark to give a ghostly thrill are produced by most mediums with false hands made of luminous game, or with rubber hands dipped in a luminous solution. They can also be made to appear with a magic lantern. People look stupidly to the front of the room and never think of the trick behind them. When I use a girl as the medium in a demonstration, she is actually bound and tied. But the cabinet that is put over her has a scries of black piano wires through it, which are very strong and very taut. When I place a tambourine inside the cabinet, I do it in such a way that it balances on the wires, then with the proper pressure it will bounce up and down, finally springing off. oiwtratlon ky Or. Chlllnl, ssandlns sock of The bells are operated with several wires, also, HOUDINI, who found it hard to get into seances because of his fame, exposed the trick of feeling hands clutching you in the darkness of "seances." It was one of those simple things which make us wonder that we didn't figure it out for ourselves. The medium stands by the victim and dutches his arm with both hands. The lights go out. The And The Camera Caught It! On of a Sries of the) World's Moif Unusual Nws Photograph lions of dollars by occult swindlers, who play on their supernatural superstitions, or in moat cases, beliefs. We are born with a yearning for something which doesn't exist, an awe for something we don't understand. I have never found a trick or a seance that I couldn't duplicate within three days. If I ever do, then perhaps I'll kick in and ask ' advice and pay for it! You may say to me, "But I went to a clairvoyant who told me my name, the date of my birth and answered two questions I wanted answered' without even knowing about them." Are you sure he knew nothing about them ? His room was dimly lighted, there was s desk lamp focused on the spot on which you wrote your questions. .You had to look through light to see him and were therefore a trifle blinded, whether you knew it or not. T3 DEMONSTRATE: I give you a piece of paper and a clairvoyant's lingo. Write your name on the paper, just to get your mind on yourself and the problems you want solved. Beneath your name write the date of your birth, and then the two questions you want me to answer. While you are doing that I will walk across the room and gaze with a mysterious attitude into the crystal ball. Of course, you should know that even a sucker can now see things in the crystal. The new improved ones are manufactured right here in my old home town, Los Angeles notn India! But to get back to the name that you just wrote down. Fold your paper over, so that I can't see what is written on it. Fold it again and again, just for your own satisfaction. All right, give it here. On second thought, hold it against your forehead and concentrate on your questions. Now, look at your paper. What, there's nothing on it! Of course not didn't you see me change it for a paper I had in my pocket all the time? What chance would you have with a clairvoyant and all his props? As a matter of fact, I didn't even change the paper from one hand to the other. I just dropped the one you had into my lap and gave you another one. Think what I could do with dim lights and a nifty turban! I'd even have you bum the evidence yourself just so you'd know I couldn't have seen it. Here is the story of a demonstration of what can be produced in the way of spiritualistic phenomena to dupe the average citiien. In this seance, the medium was bound to a chair, wits sleeves sewed to tbe trousers by people picked et random. It teemed utterly impossible for him to fraa ftian- BQlf. He WS3 placed in a cabinet enclosed with dark Velvet cultdin rth sledh in Umw etut too feet in length. The tfeffJic ime3Ctely 3V:ts the curtain. He believe thfjt they . ar either victim never notices, because of the dexterity of the operator, that one hand is substituted by a lead clttmp with the same grip. When he was asked if he feels his eVad uncle's hand on his shousder, he answers in a trembling voice, "Yes." The clairvoyant racket is s combination of all the bunco games and wire-tapping swindles rolled into one. Wire-tapping requires considerable capi: tsl and effort, while with the crystal gaiter, the palmist, the spiritual medium and the clairvoyant, the investment usually consists of three or four red light bulbs; one good turban; a mustache, perhaps, and a keen natural psychology plus a little sex apfntal. With these they are ready to begin operations. 'THIS type of bunco artist has it all over the wure-I tapprrs in other rtsaprcts. A wire-taptwr hss one definite type of information to sell. The clairvoyant sells whatever his client wants, whether it is love advice, buaUnesw advke, a mesmge from dead grandmother or a prvdii-tMNn of sttccie as ft movie star. lli chnrgc is whatever he can get. If you have 1(B) you'll jpeohsibly pay at least half if someone enn givw yeei heart's (JwMire. Psychology is the mtustitv hey io all tfec seemingly ujmatural arts, but it isn't the psychology we meet in cap and gowa behind the ivy-clad walls of alma mater. The fakers who take your dollars and half dollars for an hour's entertainment and lot it go at that are mat daugeroua. They are not guilty of anything more than petty--larceny, if that, since you have bad a certain ik-Mure from the performance. But the mystics who take it upon themselves to give financial advice, for which they take 10 per cent of the profit for the "church," are somt-thiiig else. Others will pralict that your husband or wife is under an evil influence and Will five him or hiv mental telepathy treatments for a stuindous fee. Don't laugh! Wouldn't you give anything you xa see to have devils cast out T We all would. There is no end to the. number of ills people are Willing to jpy for to have curod. Tff ES sly tjandits have a language all thdr own. They ceil themselves "bnohie" when shaking to one another. This term grew out of the fact that so manjr at them opsnod book stores rather tflts cleirvoyax park for the wkflo&tion of the (to. active. I founA this message is rae mail ttt an etample of their node: "Utasxa U8' to 3' t,a3) WUowd smut" fe "Way xe e kT8: "3'8" f re &8ctiv(, WUn meoai "will loave Tier you hgve: "StflQm 9 tks eeefyr$ to o&U iSQCtieej gnd you "Sill 1(A Slth" J3 g, Tnig nefeCious businaQ t&tht csUset rec&at in. uEaiene f nd is Still erne of tan Isjluigt paid. U ftould pity ray dg'a l'si if I couldn't set up an (ttaHnjhmfJit right in Hollywood and clean up at least $2510 In two or threejQiths. Don't im ft trine from that rkJt Hnll? R j f ' lip iCsJ double or that Whey have pockets concealed in Wm nr that there is a man concifUed in the back. rtcreatfrt sucker town on earth, though Tt nnnnnr (p HAVE demonstrated this "seance" a number of W times and in all sorts of places, and only one (gkan ever figured out just what was happening. That was Harry Blackstone, world-famous maO P00?'0 are 0libl0- but 1 hafA to know that for Qevery screen star who is taken in by a clairvoyant dicie di c lnX ltlJlt-at:,,laL,vca nnu one senator. lairvoyaiits(y? the capital city have become ex- O ian. He was in Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania, Crfie time that I gave the performance there lasl pt.u lODoyisis Dy idling tnese gentlemen which A bullet intended for President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, fired by Giuseppe Zangara while Mr. Roosevelt sat in a(Qir at Bay Front Park, Miami, Florida February 15. 1933. struck and fatally wounded Mayor Anton J. Cermak of Chicago. Mayor Cermak. who died March 6. is seen in tQ (g&to ju ater tne -hooting as he was being helped tc(par. Zangargis electrociifQ y the stars, the spinU or the fates intend them fwlar. His solution was as follows: rA 1st ft vne .! una ,- xi'jjX'yj Q PAGE THBB E o o o o o

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