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Strand Magazine (October 1925)
"The Man With The Multiple Mind"
An Interview with Harry
Kahne, Whose Brain can do Six Things at the Same Time
By Fenn Sherie
It is said that Mohammed and
Caesar could, upon occasions, perform two distinct mental
operations --- such as writing a letter and carrying on a
conversation --- simultaneously. Not having interviewed either
of them I am unable to confirm this. I can, however, vouch for
the fact that the present generation has produced a remarkable
young man who can make his brain do six different things at
the same time --- involving, according to the psychologists,
no fewer than 14 separate mental processes.
When I first heard of his
existence I was (as the reader may be at present) a little
dubious. However, now that I have witnessed his public
performance, put him through several private tests and chatted
with him regarding his remarkable talents, I am in a position
to state the facts.
His name is Harry Kahne, his
age is 28, and his native land is America. He has a charming
personality, a nasal accent, and above all, a wonderful brain.
His demonstrations of
multiple mind concentration have to be seen to be believed,
but the reader will gather some idea of his remarkable
abilities from a careful study of the accompanying photographs
with their descriptive captions.
Whether he is performing
before music hall audiences or learned professors of
psychology, Mr Kahne has the happy knack of keeping his
audiences amused as well as amazed. Even whilst jotting down
rows of figures, writing them upside down and backwards, he
manages to maintain a steady flow of amusing chatter.
"Will somebody please call
out a number?" he asks. "You may call out your age if you
like. Ladies may call out the age of their lady friends."
And whilst he is writing out
news headlines backwards and doing difficult mathematical
calculations at the same time, he continues to invite
questions from members of the audience, to all of which he has
a ready reply.
"Talk to me! Talk to me!" he
"What is the population of
Manchester?" shouts a voice from the back of the hall.
"The population" --- he
writes two letters and adds a figure --- "of Manchester" ---
he writes two more figures and another letter --- "is 730,551.
Anybody else? Talk to me!"
"Are you married?" shouts a
girl in the gallery.
"No", he answers, promptly,
jotting down a word as he talks; "It’s my work that makes me
act like this."
And in his final
demonstration of "word-juggling", clearly explained in the
photograph on the next page, he maintains the interest by
hanging upside down and reciting a poem!
"That boy will go mad", said
a woman sitting behind me in the theater where I first saw Mr
"He is a genius", exclaimed
a gray-haired gentleman who looked like a medical man."Very
wonderful, but he won’t live long", he added, shaking his
But to talk to Mr Kahne is
to discover that, although he ahs exceptional abilities, he is
not by any means a freak. If he displays genius, it is not the
kind that is akin to madness, but rather of the more
creditable variety, generally spoken of as "an infinite
capacity for taking pains".
"It is all a matter of
development and practice", he told me. "Just as the acrobat or
juggler trains muscles and nerves that even an athlete
overlooks, so have I trained brain cells which the average
mental worker seldom attempts to being into use."
"But you must admit that you
have been endowed with an exceptionally good brain", I said.
"Yes, it is a good brain ---
call it a first class brain, if you like --- yet there are
thousands of other brains in the world just as good as mine.
There are thousands of pairs of legs in the world just as good
as the champion sprinter, but they do not all win races.
Mental development is very much like physical development ---
it is mainly a matter of exercise."
"But to exercise the brain
in the way that you do must surely exert a very severe strain
upon it?" I ventured.
"So does an athlete exert a
very severe strain upon his muscles when he runs a race",
replied Mr Kahne, smiling.
"Agreed", I said, becoming
argumentative, "but mental strain is surely far more dangerous
than physical exertion?"
"Well, I suppose you’re
right there", he replied. "When I first started this sort of
thing the psychologists and mental specialists declared that I
had better get myself measured for a padded cell or a coffin.
At that time I was performing only four feats at once, and I
think it was the strain of trying to do five that really upset
me. Anyhow, at the age of 23 all my hair came out. I didn’t
like that at all. It made me look so ridiculous. But I thought
it over, and came to the conclusion that the trouble was due
to nervous strain --- quite a temporary affair, like the
stiffness an athlete feels when he starts to train a new set
of muscles --- and I reckoned that if I kept on practicing I
should soon get into the way of performing feats without any
serious strain at all. So I stuck to it, and as soon as I
mastered the five feats my nerves quieted down and my hair
came back again!"
"Do you not mean to infer
that your present demonstrations are carried out without your
feeling any strain?" I said.
"No sir --- I do not",
replied Mr Kahne, emphatically. "The strain is still there,
but the worry has gone. You must bear in mind that, apart from
the fact that I do six things at once, the words and figures
are given me by members of the audience, and the questions
they ask range anywhere between baseball and the Einstein
theory. So, you see, my performance is practically
"You have compared your
training to that of an athlete", I said. "Does that mean that
you have to diet yourself in any way --- taking ‘brain food’
in the form of fish, for example?"
Mr Kahne laughed.
"Oh, no! I just live
naturally and eat what I like. All the same, I have to keep my
body fit, or my brain gets tired, and I cannot work well if my
stomach is overloaded. But here’s an interesting point.
Strange though it may seem, I can concentrate better hanging
head downwards than when in an upright position. The rush of
blood to the head stimulates the brain. Do you know that when
people lie awake at night, thinking and worrying, unable to
get to sleep, it is often due to a rush of blood to the head,
caused by indigestion or something of that sort? If they were
to prop themselves up with pillows they would probably manage
to get to sleep without further trouble."
"Tell me", I asked "what do
the psychologists think of your performance?"
"Oh gosh --- don’t talk to
me about psychologists! They‘re good fellows and very
interesting to talk to, but when a bunch of those scientists
get me under observation it generally means that I have to sit
up half the night while they argue over me. They tell me that
the six mental operations I perform simultaneously involve no
fewer than 14 separate processes of the brain. They tabulate
these as: Hearing questions, answering questions, reading
newspaper, transposing what is read, transposing spelling,
writing with right hand, writing with left hand, writing
upside down, carrying six different thoughts in mind,
retaining questions, retaining figures for addition, retaining
figures for division, proving previous work, and controlling
physical actions (writing, stooping, walking, etc.)
"Then they start in to
measure my head, put me through all kinds of queer psychiatric
tests, and usually finish up by asking me how I do it!"
"And you attribute your
ability entirely to mind training?" I said. "Your powers are
"Well, my father certainly
had a good memory --- he spoke 16 languages --- but he
displayed no mental abnormality. I certainly did not inherit
my ability to do six things at once any more than Cinquevalli
inherited his ability to keep 8 or 9 balls in the air at the
"When did you first discover
your ability to direct your mind into several channels of
"At the age of 14, when I
was at school. In most lessons, excepting mathematics, I was
rather backwards --- not because I hadn’t the ability to
learn, but because I did not pay attention. I was an
absent-minded youth, a daydreamer --- always letting my mind
wander, thinking out little mechanical inventions, planning
new forms of code writing, or evolving plots for short
stories. One day my teacher fired a sudden question at me, and
finding that I was not paying attention, hauled me out for
corporal punishment. It was really the feeling of his cane
that first turned my thoughts in the direction of multiple
mind concentration. I did not want to give up my daydreams,
but on the other hand, I had a distinct aversion to corporal
punishment. So after a while I got into the habit of letting
one part of my brain wander into the realms of inventive fancy
whilst I kept the other alert for an enfilade fire of
questions from the teacher.
"One of the tricks with
which I used to amused myself was writing backwards. The first
words I tackled were ‘Never again’. Why I chose them I don’t
know --- unless I was thinking of that cane! --- but I
practiced writing them backwards and upside down at every
conceivable opportunity. N-I-a-g-a r-e-v ---
"’Harry Kahne’, the teacher
would shout suddenly, ‘go straight ahead from where Jimmy
Wilson left off’. Instantly I would jump to my feet and recite
my lines of poetry without the slightest hesitation.
"Later, finding that this
faculty for writing words backwards whilst keeping my mind
occupied in quite a different direction became quite natural
to me, I began to entertain my friends at home with a few
parlor tricks on similar lines. When I left school I went into
the jewelry business, but I continued to practice my mental
gymnastics --- partly for fun, and partly because I felt that
it kept my brain in good trim.
"One day a vaudeville
manager happened to see me and asked if I thought I could give
a public performance. I said I would try --- and that very
same evening I appeared at his theter as deputy for a
performer who had failed to put in an appearance. I have been
in the show business ever since. When I first appeared I did
four things at once. Now I do six. Maybe, in time, I shall be
able to do seven or eight."
"But surely there is quite
enough strain in your present demonstration without your
wanting to add to it?" I exclaimed.
Mr Kahne smiled.
"Perhaps you’re right", he
said. :It is very hard work. In the two shows of ten minutes
duration which I give every evening I calculate that I use up
as much mental energy as the average brain worker expends in
an 8-hour day. But I soon recover. I spend all the rest of my
time in play and relaxation and never allow myself to worry.
It’s worry that kills --- not mental effort. I attribute my
clarity of thought not so much to a good memory, but to what I
call a good ‘forgettery’. In my daily life I erase all
unpleasant thoughts from my mind. And on the stage my ability
to forget is an equally important asset. Unless I were able to
wipe out from my memory the words given me at the first
performance, I might easily confuse them with those called out
at the second house. Then where should I be?"
I said that I did not know.
Then I asked Mr Kahne if he could explain the method by which
he has trained his memory.
"Well, in the first place,
most people have a wrong idea of the faculty commonly called
memory. Some regard it as a sort of adhesive jelly upon which
facts will stick and remain until called for. Others look upon
it as sort of card index where thoughts are sorted, to
be retrieved at will by pulling a sort of mental ‘tag’ --- the
‘tag’ being what is commonly called ‘the association of
ideas’. But such methods of memorizing are automatic rather
"Then what is the secret of
remembering several things at a time?" I asked.
"Focus", replied Mr Kahne
promptly. "If you take a camera with a new roll of film and
expose it five times at random, you get five blurred images.
But if you focus the camera carefully upon a given object and
then make the sixth exposure, you get a distinct image. So it
is with the brain.
"It is often said that half
of us go about with our eyes shut. It would be more correct to
say ‘with our eyes unfocused’. And the same applies to our
ears. We see without observing and we hear without listening.
Most people could, if they tried, train their brains to hold
five times as many impressions as they do at present. When
they are forced to focus their senses, they do so with the
greatest ease. For example, of you carry on a conversation in
a crowded room there may be several people talking at the same
time, yet you will have no difficulty in fixing your attention
upon the words of the one person who is talking to you. That
is what is generally called concentration."
"But that does not explain
multiple concentration", I said.
"I am coming to that"
answered Mr Kahne. "Do you play the piano?"
A little startled at the
apparent irrelevancy of the question --- for even in
conversation Mr Kahne’s brain works so rapidly that it is
difficult to keep pace with it --- I stammered out something
to the effect that I strummed a little for my own amusement.
"And have you ever
accompanied a vocalist, reading the music from sight?"
I admitted that I had done
"Do you realize, then, that
you were doing several things at once? You were reading the
treble and the bass as well as the words of the lyrics,
listening to the singer, playing with both hands, and
occasionaly using your feet on the pedals!"
There was no answer to that
argument. Mr Kahne had made his point.
"The trouble with most
‘brainy’ people", he went on, "is that they usually develop
their retentive powers in one direction only. The learned
professor who knows the names of all the insects in the world
and cannot remember his own; the schoolmaster who knows the
dates of the accession of all the Kings and Queens and of
every important event, yet forgets the date of his wife’s
birthday, are common examples of what I call ‘one cylinder
"But what astonishes me", I
said, "is not only the ease with which you retain words and
figures, but the rapidity with which you grasp them in the
"Again, that is a matter of
practice. I catch words and sentences just as easily and just
as firmly as a wicket-keeper catches a ball. When a sentence
is hurled at me it sticks as soon as ever I receive it.
Sometimes a dozen or more people will be shouting at once, yet
I am able to grasp what most of them are calling.
"But here is a curious fact.
If somebody calls to me from behind the stage --- in other
words, from the direction in which my mind is not focused ---
the words will either make no impression on my brain at all,
or, if they do, they will throw me entirely out of tune and
upset my demonstration."
"But you are able to
concentrate upon thoughts as well as upon words and figures?"
"Sure. Give me a piece of
paper and I will show you. Now suggest any subject you like
and I will write you a sentence upon it."
"The Strand Magazine", I
"Right", replied Mr Kahne,
and instantly he began to write a string of jumbled letters.
"You can talk to me whilst I’m doing this if you like", he
"I will leave it to you to
do the talking", I said. "Suppose you recite something."
"Sure. Anything you like."
"Kipling’s ‘Gunga Din’", I
suggested, naming the first popular poem that came to my mind.
Instantly Mr Kahne commenced
to recite, stil writing without a moment’s pause, at the
steady rate of about one letter per second. He managed somehow
to make the finish of the poem coincide with the end of the
sentence he was writing.
"You’re a better man than I
am, Gunga Din", he declaimed, handing me the sheet of paper
with a flourish. "Now look. First of all, starting from the
first letter on the left, I want you to read every third
letter", he said.
I spelt it out aloud.
"The letter ‘e’ is upside
down", said Mr Kahne. "Turn the paper over."
"Now start with the capital
‘I’ and take every third letter."
"I-s T-h-e L-e-a-d-i-n-g"
"Now turn the paper over
again and you will find, near the end, a letter ‘B’ written
backwards. Read on from there, backwards --- or, if you
prefer, hold the paper up to the mirror --- and you will get
the rest of the sentence."
M-o-n-t-h-l-y", I read.
Mr Kahne had written the
letters in one long string from left to right, jumbling their
order, turning some upside down and others backwards, yet he
had not omitted a single letter or added a superfluous one!
"Well", I said, "Gunga Din
may be a better man than you are in some respects, but
certainly not in matters of mental gymnastics. Nobody is in
the same street with you there!"
"Oh, shucks!" he replied,
with picturesque modesty. "You could do the same yourself if
"Thanks very much", I
answered, "but I’d rather not try."
Figure 1: Doing Six
Things At Once ~ Mr Harry Kahne demonstrating his
ability to read, write, invert, add, divide, and converse, all
at the same time. The figures on the smaller boards are
provided by members of the audience. Those on the larger board
are written intermittently by Mr Kahne whilst he is copying
the headlines from a newspaper held upside down. He writes the
figures and letters alternately, thus carrying out two
distinct mathematical calculations whilst he is performing the
four other mental feats, not the least difficult of which is
the ansering of questions as to the populations of various
Figure 2: Juggling With
Long Words Whilst Reciting A Poem ~ Three long words are
suggested by members of the audience and written on the
smaller board. Mr Kahne memorizes them; then, hanging head
downwards, he proceeds to jumble them into an apparently
meaningless scrawl, at the same time reciting any popular poem
requested. A careful examination of the writing --- taking
every third letter --- will reveal that he is in the act of
writing "Indianapolis" correctly (as seen from the reader's
point of view), "Idiosyncracies" upside down, and
"Constantinople" upside down, backwards, and reversed (legible
when viewed in a mirror).
Figure 3: Writing with
Both Hands, Both Feet, and Mouth Simultaneously ~ A
demosntration of multiple concnetration of both mind and
muscle which Mr Kahne frequently gives before doctors and
psychologists. Note: the right hand is writing backwards and
revesed, whilst the mouth is writing backwards but correctly).
Figure 4: Solving A
Crossword Puzzle While Suspended Head Downwards ~ Mr
Kahne recently performed this feat in response to a challenge,
and completed the puzzle correctly in 13 minutes.
Figure 5 ~ To
demonstrate his mental alertness and prove that his feats are
not prearranged, Mr Kahne agreed to write a complicated
sentence upon any subject whilst reciting a poem. The subject
suggested was "The Strand Magazine", and the result is shown
below. To read the sentence, first take the letters
underlined, then turn the page upside down and read the
letters marked with a cross, and, finally, hold the page to a
mirror and, commencing with the capital B, read the remaining
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This Multiple Mentalism
course is a revised version of the course originated by Harry
Kahne in the early 1920s. At that time he was billed as The
Incomparable Mentalist and The Man with the Multiple Mind.
He often demonstrated his
ability on stage by doing six different mental operations
simultaneously. His platform performance entailed standing in
front of a large blackboard with a piece of chalk in each hand
while conversing with the audience. There was a newspaper on a
music rack in front of him. He began reading the headlines
while writing upside down and backwards with one hand and
mirror language with the other hand.
At his left was another
small blackboard on which appeared the number 28,642,981,673
--- which was being divided into five unequal parts --- these
figures he began computing at the bottom of the large
blackboard. To his right was another small blackboard on which
appeared seven columns of figures which ran into the millions.
These were being added and notated as well at the bottom of
the larger blackboard in front of him.
This was Harry Kahne's
demonstration of doing six things at one time, i.e., reading,
transposing, writing backwards and upside down, holding a
conversation, adding and dividing. These six separate
processes actually involve fourteen distinct operations, i.e.,
hearing questions, answering questions, reading a newspaper,
transposing what is read, transposing spelling, writing with
right hand, writing with left hand, writing upside down,
carrying six different thoughts in mind, retaining questions,
retaining figures for addition, retaining figures for
division, proving previous work and controlling all other
physical actions of the body --- such as walking, bowing,
At the end of Harry Kahne's
demonstrations, people often asked him, "Do you really believe
that nearly everyone can learn to perform the amazing mental
feats you demonstrate? Is my brain capable of carrying on four
to six independent functions at one and the same time, as
yours is? Isn't the ability to master your training confined
to well educated people?" When answering, Harry Kahne admitted
he had only an average brain to do things no other man in
history had done. Education had no bearing on it.
One of the saddest
things the people in this complex world of today are
confronted with --- is the disuse of their brains! We are
constantly beset and bombard with ever-increasing demands that
we are ill-equipped or unprepared to handle! Hence, very
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physiological and psychological disruptions which bring about
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mistakes become more frequent.
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Have you ever watched an
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Did you ever wonder how he got that way? He certainly wasn't
born with this talent, but instead he learned to develop such
a talent by training himself. You are endowed with the same
basic mental and bodily functions as such a performer. Of two
people, each possessing the same natural ability and identical
schooling, one will attain great heights of achievement, while
the other remains in a status of mediocrity.
There are many examples in
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become Thomas Edisons or Henry Fords, while others are "grease
monkeys" to the day of their death. This wide discrepancy in
the fortunes of men is due to the fact that some see and do
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Follow the instructions
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perform mental feats that you previously had not thought
possible of yourself. It is then that you will realize the
boundless potential of your own mind and what it can do for
you. As you proceed through each lesson, your brain power will
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or experience, for the first time in your life, you will be
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Of course, this course in
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and effort with which you devote to it. Don't try to find easy
methods of doing a certain exercise or lesson for you will
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memory alone, then don't copy, but do it from memory alone!
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You will find that the difficult and near impossible success
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Harry Kahne's brain was
little different from yours. However, such as it was, he
taught it to work for him. Really work! All its resources were
instantly available when he wanted or needed them. It had been
trained to do what he wanted it to do, when he wanted it done.
His was only an average brain made to perform certain tasks
In this series of lessons or
exercises are all the things you need to make your mind work
for you. You will be surprised to find how simple they are and
how much actual fun and satisfaction you will get from
completing the course. Why, it's like a game --
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Follow the instructions
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brain. You will train them to work in unison for you. And when
they do that, YOU CAN MAKE YOUR MIND DO ANYTHING YOU WANT IT
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themselves. The hardest questions, seen in their proper
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setbacks of greater or lesser degrees, because your brain will
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you the right answers at the right time. Such thinking brings
The first lessons are almost
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they become more difficult and involved. However, your mind
will become correspondingly more able to grasp them and, in a
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Obviously, this course can
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which you follow it. Therefore, devote the prescribed time
effort to every lesson. Do not cheat yourself. Do not copy the
exercises from the words you put down. Do them from memory ---
and from memory alone. Do not proceed to any lesson until you
have thoroughly mastered the one preceding it. To do so
defeats the purpose of the course --- defeats your own desires
--- nullifies your efforts. Be fair with yourself throughout!
Soon you will be achieving mental exercises previously never
Although the exercises
necessarily are performed with words and figures the results
they accomplish in building Brain Power will be reflected in
your work day by day, no matter what that work may be. You
will find that problems now difficult or even impossible for
you to cope with resolve themselves into simple matters before
you are half way through the course. In short, the Impossible
And now I shall give you
something startling to think about -- something at once
alluring and encouraging. There lies dormant within every man
some thought, idea, plan --- call it what you will --- that
probably is deeply buried in his subconscious mind, doomed
never to reach fruition. But if that thought or plan were
brought into the light, allowed to develop, it would make its
owner a truly outstanding success --- a man of achievement to
whom people would point. And I say to you that if you train
your mind to work for you --- to delve into the unexplored
resources of your brain and emerge with the treasures hidden
therein --- spectacular success will be yours! If you are
honest with yourself in understanding Multiple Mentalism, if
you are earnest and sincere in your desire to rise far above
the ordinary, I will show you how to be successful and
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instructions as given on the following pages --- and you will
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How the Space Age Degenerates Intelligence
Dr. Alexis Carrel, surgeon,
scientist, member of the Rockefeller Institute, winner of the
Noble Prize in 1912 for his success in suturing blood vessels
and the transplanting of organs, co-discover of the famous
Carrel-Dakin solution which made gangrene virtually unknown in
World War I and thus saved tens of thousands of lives, said in
his book, Man, The Unknown:
"Modern civilization seems
to be incapable of producing people endowed with imagination,
intelligence and courage. In practically every country there
is a decrease in the intellectual and moral caliber of those
who carry the responsibility of public affairs. The education
dispensed by schools and universities consists chiefly in a
training of the memory and of the muscles, in certain social
manners, in a worship of athletics. Are such disciplines
really suitable for modern men who need, above all other
things, moral courage and endurance!" Those statements are
truer now than when Dr. Carrel wrote the book in the early
1930s. Now our brightest and best students have shown an
average drop in SAT scores since the early 1970s. This
controversy abounds in speculative arguments blame television,
permissiveness and educational teaching methods.
But the cause of this mental
weakness is not difficult to discern. The pioneers who settled
our country were many-sided men --- we are not. They were at
once hunters, trappers, explorers, fighters, teamsters, ship
or canoe builders, horsemen, wheelwrights, carpenters,
cabinetmakers, well drillers, masons, farmers, blacksmiths,
traders, cooks -- all these, and more, "specialized" trades
and abilities combined in single individuals! No wonder they
were possessed of "mental equilibrium, nervous stability", and
other attributes mentioned by Dr. Carrel! They were well
balanced because their talents were well rounded. They had
nervous stability because they had serene self-confidence
based on a knowledge of their ability to cope with any problem
that might arise in their world. They had sound judgment, for
the most part, because their minds were expanded, embraced
many branches of lore and learning, were capable in thinking
on many varied planes.
And so with the early
merchant. He was at once his own architect, store designer,
buyer, stockkeeper, advertising manager, salesman, bookkeeper,
and financial wizard. The doctor of only a generation ago was
an obstetrician, gynecologists, dentist, opthalmologist,
throat specialist --- in short, a "general practitioner" in
all branches of surgery and medicine.
Today, we have more
intelligent exploration, more intelligent farming, better
architecture, advertising, accounting, obstetrics, dentistry
and surgery. But what Man as a whole has gained, man as an
INDIVIDUAL --- you and your family and your employer and your
employees --- has lost. You have lost the capacity for
broad-gauge reasoning. You are incapable, at present, of
viewing many conflicting factors simultaneously --- weighing
them side by side at one and the same time --- balancing them,
one against another, concurrently --- reaching almost
instantaneously a decision which you know, in the depths of
your being, is the correct decision and acting upon
it promptly with the courage that comes with such conviction.
By relieving man of the
necessity for thinking, except within the exceedingly narrow
scope of whatever he has chosen as his life work, this Space
Age has dulled and drugged the greater part of Man's mind. How
many men in this day of automobiles could even harness a
horse, to say nothing of caring for it? Why, the majority of
them do not understand even the automobiles they drive! The
workers themselves, who help build our cars by inserting and
securing bolt No. 146, do not understand carburation,
ignition, or the principles of the transmission and
differential. We no longer train our minds to carry thoughts
what we wish to impart to our friends when we next meet them.
If the thoughts are important, we reach for a phone or send a
letter. If they are relatively unimportant, we forget them.
Machines and computers have become Masters, and Minds are
deteriorating because of ever-decreasing opportunities, and
need for, their use!
That is why your mind needs
"limbering up". The very elementary mental gymnastics that I
will give you at the start may seem useless almost to the
point of foolishness, but they are like the preliminary
"warming up" exercises with which athletes indulge before
beginning a game. They are simple, easy to do and apparently
without meaning. However, they are but the start. As your mind
gains flexibility, really "warms" to its task, I shall take
you farther and farther until you are performing feats that
will astound your friends --- and which will reflect
themselves in your increased business ability and earning
Although this is the
simplest of my twelve exercises, it is by far the most
important, for it is upon this exercise that all subsequent
instructions are based. Now, too, is the time for you to
acquire the proper habit of study. "Well begun is half
done," you know, and this exercise --- comprising three
separate mental drills --- affords you the opportunity to
establish your earnestness, punctuality and continuity of
effort. It is designed to train you to apply yourself to a
mastery of Multiple Mentalism and to give you a firm
foundation of thought application upon which the rest of the
lessons in this course depend.
And right here I want to
emphasize what will be repeated time and again throughout the
course --- that you must not copy this exercise, but
must work from memory alone! In this way, and ONLY in
this way, will you be able to train your mind to do things for
you, when and as you want them done! It is work --- but it is
fun too. It takes time --- but it is worth it! And the results
will seem nothing less than miraculous!
First: This the English
A B C D E F G H I J K L M
N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
You were taught to memorize
that in the first grade. Now, with pencil and paper, BUT
WITHOUT LOOKING AT IT EVEN ONCE. write the alphabet backwards
Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N
M L K J I H G F E D C B A
The first time will be
difficult and you may make mistakes. But don't look, nor copy,
nor take too long to "think it out." Write it backwards, at a
fairly even speed, regardless of how slow that speed may be,
from MEMORY. This is the first training for your mind. In ten
or twenty attempts you will be able to write the alphabet
backwards easily. Do it fifty times and you will have mastered
Second: I assume that you
now have mastered the alphabet backwards. If you have not, do
not stop at the fifty times you have written it, but continue
writing it from memory until you have mastered it.
Then transpose in 1-3 2-4 order the letters of the alphabet
from A to Z, as follows:
A C B D, E
G F H, I K J L, M O N P, Q S R
T, U W V X, (Y Z),
which are left over from the
six combinations of four letters each. Do this FIFTY times
from memory. It will be by no means easy the first few times,
but you will gain accuracy quickly. However, you will profit
nothing if you look at the letters of the alphabet in order to
copy the exercise. Its value lies in the training given you by
breaking up the sequence of letters in YOUR MIND, without the
help of your eyes. You can readily understand how this will
lead to mental agility in grasping and revolving business
problems in your mind. Therefore, do this exercise AT LEAST
fifty times, or as many more times as may be necessary for you
to be able to do it quickly and accurately.
Third: In the same way,
transpose the letters of the alphabet FIFTY times, in the
order of 1-26, 2-25, 3-24, 4-23, 5-22, etc.; the first 13
letters (A to M, inclusive) in their regular order; the last
13 (Z to N, inclusive) backwards; intermingling the two halves
of the alphabet thus:
C-X D-W E-V F-U G-T H-S
I-R J-Q K-P L-O M-N
Do this also from MEMORY. Do
not copy or look at the alphabet. And when you are doing this
exercise, realizing that you are doing two things at
once in your mind. You are writing the first half of the
alphabet in its usual sequence, and the last thirteen letters
in reverse order. You are making your brain do something for
you that it never did before. It is performing a dual
operation. When you have done this third part of Exercise I
fifty times, entirely from memory, you will have demonstrated
that you can make your mind really work for
you with a nimbleness heretofore unrealized!
Don't forget that you cheat
only yourself --- not anyone else --- of you fail to perform
these mental gymnastics from memory and if you fail to send
ONE HOUR A DAY on the exercises.
And now, I am going to put
you on your honor. For your own sake, master this exercise --
in all its three parts -- before you go on to Chapter II and
its accompanying exercise. Each chapter and "drill" in this
course is based on all that goes before it. Your success with
the second lesson depends on your mastery of the first. Be
conscientious --- be fair to yourself --- and spend all the
time you need to do each exercise quickly, accurately and
easily. The rewards will delight you!
How Multiple Mentalism Differs From Psychiatry
is the study of the normal human mind in the laboratory;
that is, in an abstracted, ideal state influenced by actual,
everyday environment. Psychiatry is the study of the mind's
functioning, or disorders in the functioning, under workaday
conditions. Multiple Mentalism is a training system
that enables the average, ordinary mind to cope successfully
-- and more than successfully -- with the circumstances
created by modern civilization.
Psychology studies the mind,
but does not treat it. Psychiatry treats the maladjusted mind,
but does not train the normal brain to use its full powers.
Multiple Mentalism neither studies nor treats the mind, but
does train and DEVELOP the average brain so that it
may function easily at full capacity.
Multiple Mentalism makes no
pretense of encroaching upon the domains of psychology or
psychiatry -- the study of instincts or psycho-neuroses. It is
concerned only with taking the mind as it is -- rusty, unused,
dull and almost to the point of moronism in contrast to what
it COULD be -- and training it to utilize ALL its component
parts. It is at once a method, and a process
-- an wakening and development of parts of the brain that now
lie almost atrophied, or festering with "complexes" and
unrecognized inhibitions. It brings these slumbering
capabilities to the surface, energizes your thinking, broadens
your grasp of things, deepens your understanding, enables you
to solve instantly problems that baffle other men, gives you
the power to follow several lines of thought at one and the
same time, to reach decisions -- correct decisions -- while
others fumble, to attain success that will be granted to you!
And if the rich rewards
offered you through Multiple Mentalism seem disproportionate
to the seeming childishness of the exercises given you to
master, think again! True, you will not become Chairman of the
Board in charge of all the DuPont interests because of your
ability to write the alphabet backwards -- nor will you land
any big contracts on the strength of your being able to
transpose the letters of the alphabet. But neither would
Mohammed Ali expect to enter the ring with a skipping rope and
beguile the public with the old childhood formula, "Salt,
pepper, mustard, vinegar"! He spends much of his training time
in skipping rope -- but only to improve his footwork, his
co-ordination and his endurance. In other words, the exercises
I give you are merely silly if viewed as ends in
themselves, which they decidedly are NOT. Considered in
their true character, as MEANS to an end, they are most
effective, the most fruitful, the speediest and most practical
means of mind training that the world ever has known. And
actual results will prove that I am understating their
value, rather than overstating it.
With this proper
understanding of what Multiple Mentalism is, and an
appreciation of the exercises' value, we are ready to proceed.
Do not attempt this
exercise until you have mastered the three parts of the
first lesson! The mental drill you are about to be given
deals with words, and while you may not at first see that it
has anything to do with what you learned in Exercise I,
Exercise II is based on the TRAINING there given you and
follows it in logical sequence. That is why it is absolutely
ESSENTIAL that you master the first before taking up the
If you have mastered
Exercise I, you will agree that it is rather easy, and very
interesting, to write the alphabet backwards and to
intermingle the letters. Remember, however, that the letters,
words and figures used in this training are merely the tools
with which you work on your mental processes -- as useless in
themselves as a slide rule is to a Sunday driver. They are the
means -- the end result is a mind of such power and
adaptability that it will carry you to pinnacles of
achievement far beyond your present imagination!
For your first drill in
Exercise II, write from memory as many three-letter words as
you can; at least thirty of them. Fifty to one hundred would
be better. There is not much mental work involved in that, is
there? Here are just a few for samples:
CAT THE HAY SEX RUN TOP
WAS BUT NOW FOR HIP
|Now, write your list from
memory! Do not copy these words, but think up
three-letter words yourself and write them on a sheet of
paper. Write them a half dozen times until you have them
pretty well in mind and can recall them easily. Next, without
looking at what you have written (throw the paper in the
waste basket!), write as many of those words as you can
remember, writing them BACKWARDS from memory, like
TAC EHT YAH XES NUR POT
SAW TUB WON ROF PIH
Some of the words you have
selected will form new and correct words when spelled
backwards, but disregard these new words thus formed. For the
purpose of this exercise they mean nothing, but are mere
The purpose of this drill is
to train your mind to see things holistically in their
entirety. For instance, when you think of the word "can", it
should mean not just the sequence "c-a-n" to you, but should
appear as a picture in your mind, of three letters, each
equally important regardless of arrangement. The "a" is as
important as the "c" or the "n" even though it is in the
middle of the word. You can see the practical application of
this is the consideration of commonplace problems of life and
Repeat this exercise
twenty-five times, each time removing your previous effort
from sight and making your new attempt entirely from memory,
quickly forwards or backwards. And when that word
pictures itself in your mind, it will appear to you not as a
static sequence of three letters, but as three separate
letters which your mind will be able to group into any form at
"But what good will that do
me?" you may ask. "What good is it to me to be able to spell
short words backwards?" This exercise will have taught your
brain to do something it never could do it do before -- it
will have broken down another rut in which your mind was
traveling -- it is a step toward untrammeled, original
thinking. And it will have developed your brain by just that
much -- prepared it for further training by the lessons that
follow in this course.
Furthermore, it will have
trained your brain to see little things, like little words, in
their entirety. The small problems of life or business or the
home are made up of two or three sides, or questions, or
'angles". No matter how simple, every question has at least
two sides. The successful man is the one who can see ALL sides
at once -- the other fellow's as well as his own. And, knowing
the other man's problem, he is able to take advantage of the
situation of his own interests -- while the other man, who
sees only HIS side of the matter and does not grasp the
problem as a whole, is placed at such disadvantage that he
usually comes out second best. This exercise is powerful
indeed in its potentialities!
Of course, these two
chapters will not make you a success overnight in what you are
striving for, but they have started your brain on the path to
clear, concise, concurrent and analytical thinking --
which is an essential to success in any effort.
Mentalism Brain Stimulator: Visualizing and Memory Drill
Try these drills in your
spare time. Make a game of them. You will learn to like them,
and all the time you will be developing your brain cells.
any THREE LETTER WORD you can think of, at the same time spell
aloud an entirely different THREE LETTER WORD. Example:
c-u-p Spell: d-o-g
i-n-k Spell: s-u-m
Continue with this drill,
using different words in each attempt, until you are capable
of writing ONE THREE LETTER WORD and spelling ANOTHER three
letter word at the same time, without hesitation.
not attempt this drill until you have mastered Drill A
Write a THREE LETTER WORD,
writing the letters in reverse sequence -- at the same time
spell it aloud correctly. Example:
Continue this drill, using
drill may be a little more difficult than those preceding, but
you can master it. Remember your brain is now more flexible
than it was before you started MULTIPLE MENTALISM -- and these
drills will make it even more flexible.
Write any THREE LETTER WORD
spelling it BACKWARDS: at the same time spell ANOTHER three
letter word correctly. Example:
Continue this drill until it
is easy for you, using different words.You are becoming
Analytical vs. Synthetical Minds
At the conclusion of Chapter
II, I mentioned analytical thinking. Let me make this clear,
however: THE DAY OF THE ANALYTICAL MIND IS PAST, at least so
far as major success is concerned. And to any of you men or
women who pride yourselves upon having an "analytical mind", I
issue this warning: You've GOT to go beyond mere analysis
and on to synthesis, or you will be a galley slave all your
life, chained to the System or the Machine!
Reason it out yourself. In
the beginning, primitive man was faced with a horde of
unknown, mysterious and terrifying forces. The sun died
daily, and was born again next dawn. Thunder threatened dire
destruction in Stentorian tones. Forest fires, set by
malignant, unseen demons, drove all before them. Floods
wrecked the work of years. Dark diseases destroyed whole
tribes. Everything about our hairy ancestors was confusion.
Only the power of reasoning -- analytical reasoning
that could assign the right effect to the right cause --
sorted things out for him and finally made Earth and its
Then came the long period of
development when men had a fairly complete understanding of
their environment. They began to break more and more things
down to their component parts. The jack-of-all-trades began to
give way to the specialist, the man who analyzed one
particular facet of a business, or a science, or a profession,
or a trade. By concentration, he became an expert and won the
rewards due to his superior analytical ability. That was when
an "analytical mind" was the passport to success.
It is no longer necessary to
have analytical ability in order to master an isolated part of
any occupation or study. Medicine has been broken down into a
score of sub-divisions, from Anatomy to Zoology. Business has
been sub-divided into dozens of specialties, from Accounting
to Underwriting. The farmer has become not merely an
Agriculturist but a specific kind of agriculturist --
lost in fields other where the mass of mankind finds little
need for thinking at all and where analytical ability seldom
distinguishes its possessor from his fellow workers --
possessors of pre-analyzed knowledge.
BUT... although the world
has an over-abundance of advertising managers, art directors,
production managers, operating superintendents, tool makers
and designers, auditors, financiers, buyers, stockkeepers,
salesmen, market analysts, time and motion men and other
executives... there is a definite lack of BIGGER men
-- men who can view these myriad other groups as you can now
view a three-letter word -- who can see each in its proper
relationship to the others and to the world at large -- and
can weld from the heterogeneous mass a mercantile giant like
Montgomery Ward or Sears Roebuck, or a manufacturing Goliath
like General Motors.
And there you have a glimpse
of what Multiple Mentalism will do for you -- or, rather,
enable you to do for yourself. It will enable you not only to
apply analysis to your yourself -- the technique of tearing
down and studying the component parts of any situation -- but,
far more important, will give you the constructive
ability to assemble the parts into a harmonious whole, a
smooth-working organization, or plan, or book, or whatever it
is upon which you are engaged. Seeing and understanding all
factors simultaneously, you will be able to
"synthesize" -- build up -- while your merely analytical
competitor, like the canal boat captain of a vanished era,
bemoans the passing of the "good old days"!
Therefore, Exercise III
continues the analysis and synthesis drill inaugurated in
Exercise II and supplements the training you have given your
mind in this course so far.
In Exercise II you became
adept at writing three-letter words backwards from memory. And
right here I want to emphasize the necessity of spending at
least ONE HOUR a day on this course. You can devote time to it
while riding to or from work, while eating lunch, or during
any of the idle moments with which every man's day is blessed
(or cursed!). No doubt you gained a fair mastery of Exercise
II in an hour or so, for it is purposefully so simple that a
child can do it and enjoy it. But to train the mind to
accomplish a thing readily and instantly, you must train it by
repetition until the process becomes automatic. In so
doing, the right brain is engaged. It is not enough to be
able, when leaving the second lesson, to write backwards any
three letter word that comes to your mind, and to do so almost
as readily as you would write it forwards. That is just a
start. You must go further before taking up Exercise III.
Repeat Number II every day for a week. An hour a day. At the
end of the week you will find that you are doing it
automatically, almost unconsciously, and absolutely without
Then, but not until then,
you are ready for Exercise III, in which you are to do this:
Write, from memory, 25 to 50 four-letter words.
Put them on a piece of paper and study them carefully. Then
discard the paper and write them again. Do this several times,
until you can quickly recall ALL OF THEM. Then write them
backwards from memory. Here are a few samples:
PAIN CASE SILL RING SLIP
READ SHOE WOOD
NIAP ESAC LLIS GNIR PILS
DAER EOHS DOOW
Although they look queer,
each is a word with a very definite meaning. The letters are
in reverse order, it is true -- but, still, each is a word you
frequently use and should be able to recognize at a glance,
even though written backwards. Now, repeat this twenty-five
times -- EACH TIME FROM MEMORY -- recalling the words in your
mind and not looking at them in writing. Take a clean sheet of
paper each time you write the group anew. After you have
perfected yourself in this drill, you will be able to
recognize the words Pale, Hump, Coon, even when you see them
in reverse order, thus: Elap, Pmuh, or Nooc.
And what's that to you?
Well, it means that you have now taken the first step toward
being able instantly to see all sides of simple problems, no
matter in what guise they may confront you. And with this as a
basis, you will build your ability to conquer life's most
difficult situations. The drills I give you in the exercises
to come, make greater and greater demands upon your brain --
develop it constantly to a point far beyond what you would now
Mentalism Brain Stimulator: Double Concentration Drill
Drill A - Memorize this
The night has a thousand
The day but one ---
Yet, the light of a whole
When love is done.
Drill B -
Recite the verse above ALOUD; at the same time write
your name and address. Example:
"The night has a thousand
"The day but one ---"
1642 West Allison St.
"Yet, The light of a whole
"When love is done."
- Recite ALOUD the verse given above, while
writing a friend's name and address. This will be a bit more
difficult, but MASTER it and then try this:
Recite ANY poem, prayer or
song you well know, while writing your own name and address or
the name and address of a friend, or any addresses you are
accustomed to writing. Continue these drills until they are
easy for you to accomplish.
Relationship Between Mental
& Physical Health & Multiple Mentalism
Let me make this clear as
promptly and emphatically as possible: Multiple Mentalism is
not in any way, shape or form -- directly or indirectly -- a
system of mental healing! At least, no more than fishing or
tennis constitute business training.
However, there is a definite
relationship and interdependence between bodily health and
mental health. If you are weak, run-down and physically ill,
your mind cannot attain its fullest efficiency until you have
built up your body. The converse is equally true -- if your
mind is worried, stressful and in ill health, your physical
organs or their functions also suffer and you cannot achieve
perfect bodily condition until your mental "set" is right.
Sounds like vicious circle,
doesn't it? But in reality it is not. The human body is the
one thing we know of that literally can "lift itself by its
own bootstraps." If your physical health is below par and your
mental health is suffering accordingly, you can make your
first steps toward recovery either through the mental or the
physical. If you choose the latter, proper exercise, diet and
living habits will not only start you along the road to
physical health but, also, will in marked measure alleviate
your mental symptoms. Having got so far -- with the physical
condition somewhat better, proportionately, than the mental --
you should turn your attention to bettering your state of
mind. Mental exercise, straighter thinking and better mental
discipline can then put your mind in better health,
relatively, than your body -- which can again overtake and
surpass your physical condition. In other words, you advance
the health, first of one and then of the other, physical and
mental, just as you place first one foot and then the other
forward until you reach your objective.
And that explains why
Multiple Mentalism -- without actually being a "mind cure" or
"faith cure" in any sense of the words -- really has helped
many to better health. This system of mind training gives your
brain exercise, diversion and discipline -- puts it far ahead
of your body in strength and energy, because there are limits
to what the body can do but no limits to the capability of the
human mind! There is nothing surprising in the fact that
Multiple Mentalism, by stimulating, energizing and
strengthening their minds, quickly uprooted the physical
Just as Multiple Mentalism
facilitates your building up of your body, a thoroughly sound
body will enable you to reap even more benefit from my
training -- will make it possible for your brain capacity to
grow just that much more. And so I urge you again to devote at
least one hour every day to the Exercises. Practice them at
every opportunity. Transpose the letters and words you see on
billboards, and jumble the type in your daily paper -- seize
every opportunity to make your mind more proficient.
Moreover, you will find
within the next thirty days that you are so much more
efficient at your work -- because of these drills I am giving
you -- that you will be able to spare more time from the
office for physical exercise and play. You are on your way to
full enjoyment of abundant health such as you never before
aspired to! No wonder that you should do full justice to each
lesson I give you, taking plenty of time to it and mastering
it fully before taking another step forward and upward!
This is your first complex
exercise. It utilizes all the training you have given your
mind through Exercises I, II and III. It consists of putting
words together, exactly as you must put ideas together in life
in order to obtain the fullest measure of business or
professional success. Probably it will take you several days
to become proficient in the mental gymnastics I now introduce
-- but they will give you a very definite mental ability that
you do not have at present.
Take 24 of the three-letter
words you memorized in Exercise II, or any 24 other
three-letter words that come to mind. Write them a few times
so that you are thoroughly familiar with them. Then pair any
two of the 24 that first occur to you, and intermingle their
letters in sequence. Here is what I mean:
BIT = O B I I L T
MAP = K M E A Y P
Pair up the 24 words into
any 12 pairs, writing their letters, as above, in 1-1, 2-2,
3-3 order. Then start all over with the same or different
letters. Mix the words in any pairs that occur to you.
Intermingle their letters in the order given. Do this 20
MINUTES every day.
In the second 20-minute
period of your hour's exercise, pair a three-letter word with
a four-letter word and intermingle their letters:
& HAS = W H E A
R S E
& AIL = C A O I M L E
Do this FOR 20 MINUTES EVERY
DAY, using a different pair every time you do it, until you
can take any three-letter word and intermingle its letters
with those of any four-letter word as rapidly as you could
spell each word correctly by itself. This drill should
immediately follow your 20-minute practice in intermingling
Now, for the last 20-minute
period of your daily drill, do the same exercises as the two
preceding, EXCEPT: pair and intermingle four-letter words, one
with another, instead of using three-letter and four-letter
& PAIR = L P I A K I E R
& LOVE = F L O O A V M E
You may realize how
essential I consider it when I repeat a bit of advice given
you in every exercise so far: NEVER "COPY" THE DRILL. Do
it from memory! FROM MEMORY ALONE. Use your
"mind's eye", not your physical eye. In doing this, you
acquire that same miraculous ability with which the blind
amaze the world -- the power to recreate, in your own mind,
everything about you at the moment and anything you have seen
in the past. Your mind OPENS -- it embraces THE WORLD IN ITS
ENTIRETY. It is ILLUMINATED -- dark, obscure corners become
LIGHT. Your mind is awake -- it LIVES. The whole earth
is WITHIN YOUR MENTAL VISION -- and you are master of it!
That is the power possessed by the blind, in some measure --
and which you can not only acquire, too, but to which you can
ADD the inestimable value of sight. Truly, I exaggerate but
little when I tell you that practicing these exercises until
you reach perfection in them will make you nothing less than a
Super-man -- a being apart from those around you!
So, make your mind WORK.
Don't "coddle" it by copying -- nor "baby" it by taking less
than an hour's drill every day. Take MORE, if you need it. The
BIG thing is: to master -- master thoroughly
-- each and every lesson as you go along. Perfect
yourself in it before proceeding to the one following. In this
way, and in this way ONLY, you will get full value from
Multiple Mentalism, the SOLE course of its kind in the world
Mentalism Brain Stimulator: Numerical-Word Drill
Drill A -
Recite aloud the numerals from 1 to 100. At the same time
write as many FOUR LETTER words correctly as you can. Continue
practicing this drill until you can keep an even pace,
counting and writing..
After a few attempts you
should be able to write 15 or more 4-letter words without
stopping your counting, although you may have to pause
occasionally to think of words.
Drill B - Recite
numerals from 3 to 99, while writing 4-letter words, spelled
as you count aloud "by threes".
A friendly bit of advice to
you: The more difficult you find these exercises, is the sign
that you need them, so MASTER them by all means.
Psychological Difficulties Relieved by Multiple
Exercise IV may have seemed
difficult at first. But by the time you take up this chapter,
you will -- if you are fair to yourself -- have mastered
Exercise IV and will now be able to do the drill easily.
This is as good a time as
any for me to go on record with this statement, substantiated
by every scientific authority on the workings of the human
mind: THINKING NEVER HURT ANYBODY! Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of
America's outstanding philosophers, said: "It probably is
easier for great men to do great things than it is for little
men to do little things". So, if you have found it difficult
to do the little exercises I have thus far given you, your
brain has not yet really begun to realize its capacity and it
still stamps you, comparatively, as a "little" man. However,
to quote another famous figure in history, Thomas Edison once
said, "Genius is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration".
Consequently, the effort you devote to these exercises will
lead you surely and uninterruptedly to GREATNESS OF INTELLECT.
And greatness of intellect is characterized by greatness in
other things -- in understanding, in sympathy, in charity and
in our daily conduct. Many ends well worth striving for!
And if, in the striving, you
occasionally feel a touch of "brain fatigue", remember this:
physical exercises that build up your muscles and framework
are invariably accompanied, at first, by physical stiffness.
This stiffness is in itself PROOF that the exercises are
benefiting you -- calling into play parts of your body that
have been "rusting", unused. So with the mental exercises that
are given here. If they seem to make your brain stiff and
somewhat "numb", you may be sure that they are helping you.
The stiffer they make you feel, in fact, the more you have
been in need of just this kind of "limbering up", and the more
good you will get from it.
You are now becoming able to
carry on four or five mental processes simultaneously.
Your thoughts of self are no longer able to crowd
other thoughts out of your mind. Expressed in another way,
Multiple Mentalism has left you still conscious of self, but
no longer self-conscious! You are four or five times the
individual you formerly were and you have outgrown your
childish self-consciousness just as you have outgrown the
clothes you wore as a child!
The same factors account for
the disappearance of stuttering and stammering in several
others who have perfected themselves in these drills. Where
thought was too rapid for words, consequently crowding the
consciousness so that no part of the mind was free to direct
the speech, they stuttered and stammered. With the ability to
think several things at once, they were free to complete their
lines of thought while other parts of their brains followed
along, putting the thoughts into words and seeing that the
words were properly uttered, clearly and impressively. So,
too, with those who hem'd and haw'd and er'd while sparring
for time in which to think. Mental agility -- the ability to
see and weigh all sides of a question simultaneously -- now
enables them to speak right out, without impediment.
Some stutterers and
stammerers, we are told by psychiatrists, are victims of
neuroses and complexes all unknown to themselves. Even so,
when they are relieved of these neuroses, freed from these
complexes by Multiple Mentalism, is there anything in that
"cure" to surprise the thinking man? Complexes and neuroses
hide in dark corners of the mind -- hidden from sight --
unpleasant experiences or desires that we wish to forget --
unhappy memories or unworthy desires that our conscious minds
do not want to face but which melt away instantly when dragged
out into the light and dissolved by the illumination of Reason
and Understanding. As you already can see, by its effects on
your own mind, Multiple Mentalism opens up chamber after
chamber in your brain -- airs and purifies it -- lets in the
sunshine of Intelligence to disperse any unwholesome, buried
memories that may be festering there -- gives you mastery in
your own mind, over all that it is and all that it contains.
After all the foregoing, you
might expect Exercise V to be a drill featuring Peter Piper
and his peck of pickled peppers, or the ragged rascal who ran
'round the rugged rock! However, it is not. You will find it,
instead, a continuation of No. IV -- a trifle more complex,
perhaps -- but even more interesting. If you have been
faithful in your practicing and have mastered the four
exercises given you so far, you have reached the point where
your increased mental abilities are a constant source of
amazement and pleasure to you!
Warning: if you have to any
degree slighted the previous lessons, GO BACK AND MASTER THEM
NOW, or you will fall by the wayside in your effort to acquire
a Multiple Mind! Exercise V will absolutely stop 999 out of
every thousand men who have not approached it by mastering
Nos. I, II, III and IV. However, if you have been
conscientious and regular in your practice and can now
intermingle three-letter and four-letter words with ease and
speed, these gymnastics will give you a genuine thrill!
First, write 24 four-letter
words from memory. It is easy, of course. You have used so
many of them in the preceding lesson. Now, take any two of
your four-letter words (select them in your "mind's eye", NOT
by looking at the list you have written!) and intermingle
their letters so that you spell one word frontwards; the
other, backwards. Like this:
& SOIL = H L O I L O D S
& PUFF = P P I U P F E F
Naturally, you understand
that this is to be done entirely from memory -- utilizing the
blind man's gift of seeing with his mind -- and writing the
intermingled letters on a clean sheet of paper, without having
the words themselves before you as a guide. Just select the
words, reach for a clean sheet of paper and write down S N U O
R O E L after having selected, for example, the words SURE and
LOON in your mind. Do not write SURE and LOON, themselves, at
all -- just their letters, intermingled as explained, and
NOTHING ELSE. Pair off other four-letter words and write them
similarly for 30 minutes. Do not overdo yourself by practicing
more than 30 minutes at present, for you must spend at least a
week, and perhaps more, on Exercise V. You will have time
tomorrow and in the days following to become really proficient
in this and the following drill (also a part of Exercise V).
It is better, you know, to take six hours in six days, for
drilling than to take even twelve hours in a single day. You
learn better, and retain what you learn, which you cannot hope
to do if you "cram".
After you have practiced the
above lesson for 30 minutes, go on to words of five . Write
JSULMLPSAF if you have selected JUMPS and FALLS. Pair off
five-letter words and write them thus FOR 30 MINUTES --- no
more, no less, for the first day.
Tomorrow and in the days
following, until you have MASTERED this drill thoroughly,
spend AT LEAST 30 minutes daily on four-letter words and
five-letter words. Thirty minutes EACH, that is. Or more. Two
hours in all if you can find the time --- an hour and a
half if you cannot manage two hours --- but, at all costs, AT
LEAST one full hour. And KEEP AT IT, day after day, until you
can make four-letter and five-letter words "jump through the
hoop" for you, in accordance with this drill.
How does this fit into your
daily life and help you in solving business or household
problems? Well, think it over. Something occurs on your job,
let us say. Perhaps someone has been advanced over others'
heads, or someone has been unexpectedly discharged, or a deal
that you thought was "in the bag" falls through. Why? You may
be sure that any totally unexpected happening of any
importance was preceded by an entire series of events --- long
and short and, perhaps, seemingly unrelated to the action in
which they culminate. The most recent event in the series is
probably familiar to you, but you may not see its connection
with other, partially forgotten events. Now that your mind is
becoming trained to break down and reconnect words, to take
ten apparently unrelated letters and see them in their true
relationship to each other, as two separate and distinct
words, your mind will become equally able to analyze and
reconstruct events in your business life --- to understand
that which is now a puzzle to you.
Better yet: Perhaps a series
of events is now under way, but has not yet culminated in any
definite action. With your new-found ability to recognize
seemingly heterogeneous elements as coherent entities, you
will in many cases find yourself anticipating forthcoming
actions and "beating the other fellow to the gun", or
preparing yourself in advance to handle situations that
otherwise would prove too much for you.
Need I say that when you can
do this, and your rivals cannot, you --- and not they --- will
win out in business competition?
Mentalism Brain Stimulator: Calculating Drill
This is NOT an arithmetical
drill in the sense that it is designed to improve your
arithmetic. However, even before the time of Omar Khayam,
various mathematical exercises were much in vogue to develop
judgment, reasoning power and mental alertness. The following
drill will stimulate your brain to greater nimbleness than you
would have dreamed possible just a few weeks ago.
Drill A - Spell your
own name aloud and add this row of figures:
Try this one:
Take the matter of
intelligence, for a start. Intelligence is by no means a matter
of formal education or schooling. Dictionaries define it as:
"Mental acuteness, sagacity, understanding." Far different from
mere learning, isn't it? A mind may be literally stuffed with
facts but, unless it can use them, its possessor is
stupid. The plumber, the salesman and the pharmacist all have
infinitely better chances for advancement if their minds are
active, are constantly using what knowledge they have as well as
that which they acquire from day to day. That is but one of
many reasons for the mental gymnastics I give you.
In the preceding paragraph,
I mentioned the knowledge that we acquire from day to day ---
but many of us acquire little or no new knowledge in the
ordinary course of our work. Such unfortunates are the victims
of lack of observation --- which, in turn, is one of the
deleterious effects of modern civilization. We see so many
things, one crowding on the heels of another --- automobiles
flashing past, traffic lights winking on and off, animated
window displays frantically trying to catch our attention,
advertisements screaming to be noticed, radio loudspeakers
blasting almost incessantly, throngs of people scurrying past
--- that the undisciplined mind becomes a muddled morass of
confused impressions, totally devoid of the power to see and
understand. In other words, unable really to observe
intelligently --- to retain fresh knowledge that is worthy of
retention and to reject trivialities that would be only mental
dead weight. Multiple Mentalism, by enabling you to apprehend
instantly what is, to the untrained mind, a hopeless jumble,
gives you that priceless quality of the superior mind:
Observation. It is an important factor in your success!
A hundred truck drivers may
drive the same route, hauling the same loads, daily. And yet,
only one of them may be observant enough to notice that his
loading platform is too high or too low --- causing a waste of
effort and time (which is money) in picking up his loads. The
same driver is apt to notice whether a trailer or a
self-contained truck is best suited to the character of the
work. He may notice that most of his time is spent idling in
traffic and that one larger truck is more desirable than two
lighter, speedier jobs --- or that the reverse is true and his
type of hauling could be done more efficiently by replacing
one large truck with two or three smaller ones. A driver so
observant is slated to be transportation superintendent or a
highly productive salesman for some truck agency, or owner of
his own trucking concern!
constructiveness are but other phases of analysis and
synthesis, both of which were discussed in Chapter III, but
memory is another mental trait developed by the training you
are here giving yourself.
We all have good memories,
insofar as memory is defined as the mind's capacity for
retaining impressions of names, faces, personalities, scenes
and events. That is a trait common to all Mankind --- every
brain records indelibly every impression made upon it, whether
or not its possessor was conscious of the impression at the
time it was made. But the ability to recall those
impressions, at will, is not so common.
As an illustration of this
fact: Psychologists have introduced a subject to someone he
never met before, given him five or ten minutes with this
stranger and then after the stranger has left the room,
requested the subject to write his description. Almost
invariably, the description is incomplete, inaccurate, and
most vague. It might well apply to any four of the first six
men you meet on the street. Even such obvious details as age,
height, weight, and color are given incorrectly or omitted
entirely! All of which might seem indicative of lack of
observation as well as of faulty memory. however, when the
subject is then hypnotized and questioned concerning the
appearance of the man he has just met, his description is
positively startling in its completeness and accuracy! Even
such details as the initials on intricately intertwined
monogram rings, the shades of color in multi-hued fabrics and
the number of pencils or other impediments from a vest pocket
are clearly given! You see, the facts were there but
the subject could not recall them.
My training, you must agree,
not only makes you observant and thereby assures your noticing
every pertinent factor applying to a person, thing or event
but, also, is developing almost hourly your capacity for recalling
those factors at will. The same brain "muscles" that pull a
word into your consciousness, reverse the sequence of its
letters and interpose them between the letters of a correctly
spelled word (all of which, as you know, is done in the MIND),
will enable you to pull into consciousness again the names,
faces, conversations and characteristics of people you met
long before. You will be able to recall events long past, as
well as scenes you thought forgotten. Not by any mnemonic
tricks of association or Magic Memory Formulae, but by simple
and natural mastery of your mental processes! Multiple
Mentalism enables you to make your mind do what you want it to
do, when you want it done. Regardless of interrupting factors
that woefully distract undisciplined minds, your brain is your
faithful ally and servant, always alert to do your bidding ---
ready instantly with whatever you require of it!
The accountant whose mind
obeys its master sees and properly interprets the relationship
between selling cost and sales price, between overhead and
production figures, between volume and net income. He is on
the way to becoming treasurer or financial agent! Similarly,
the attorney who is sharp to seize upon discrepancies in his
opponent's arguments, who is exact in drawing his own
parallels with established precedents, who is quick to
identify contradictions between present and past testimony, is
well in line for fat retainers and generous fees! And these
are the talents latent within us all --- machinist, farmer,
physician and chef --- talents that will blossom and bloom
through Multiple Mentalism. A rich harvest... yours for the
Since we have just discussed
memory, I am --- for a diversion --- going to introduce an
amusing little parlor trick which will entertain and mystify
your friends and associates and, t the same time, strengthen
your memory, or power to recall. Observe this "Magic Square":
23 20 17
18 25 12
What is distinctive about
it? If you are observant, you will note that its columns ---
whether added vertically, horizontally or diagonally --- yield
the same total, 70. I am going to show you how you can
challenge your friends to draw such a square, in blank
(without numbers in it), and name any total they wish you to
obtain. Then, almost without pause, you will be able to write
in the correct figures to yield any desired total, no matter
whether the columns are added up and down, across or
The first step is to draw
and number a "key" square, thus:
14 11 8
9 16 3
Look carefully at what you
have drawn. Note carefully the positions of the "key" numbers,
1 to 16 inclusive. Fix each numbered square in your mind. Now,
conceal your diagram and draw a new one, exactly like it, FROM
MEMORY. Number each square exactly as numbered above --- BUT
DO NOT LOOK at the above or your own previous drawing. Draw
and number the squares FIFTY TIMES, numbering the smaller
squares 1 to 16, in numerical sequence. AFTER you have done
this, draw the squares in blank, then write in the numbers by
horizontal columns, thus: (1st line), 1-14-11-8; (2nd line),
12-7-2-13; 93rd line), 6-9-16-3; (4th & last line),
15-4-5-10. Repeat this drill until you have mastered it
completely. Then, starting with a drawing of the unnumbered
squares, and WITHOUT looking at previous efforts, insert the
numbers by vertical squares; as (1st column) 1-12-6-15; (2nd
column) 14-7-9-4; (3rd column) 11-2-16-5; and (4th & last
column) 8-13-3-10. Do these three drills at least FIFTY TIMES
each, from memory, or until you are as familiar with the
arrangement and numbering of the sixteen squares as you are
with the sequence of letters of the alphabet --- only more so!
Now, with the "Magic Square"
well fixed in your mind, you are ready to puzzle your friends.
Drawing the squares in blank, ask someone to name the total he
wants you to reach. From whatever figure he names, subtract 30
and divide the remainder by 4. Obviously, your friend must
name a number as high as 34, or higher. Assume that the number
given you is 86. Subtract 30, as explained. You now have 56
for a remainder. Divide 56 by 4 --- an easy mental
calculation. This gives you 14. Write 14 into square #1 (the
1st square in the upper left hand corner), 15 into square #2
(3rd square in line 2 of the "Magic Square" as you have
memorized it), 16 into square #3 (4th square in line 3), 17
into square #4 (2nd square in line 4), 18 into square #5, 19
into square #6, 20 into square #7, and so on until you have
written them all in, concluding with the number 29 in square
#16. You will find that, no matter how you add the numbers you
have written in, 86 is the total!
27 24 21
20 15 26
22 29 16
17 18 23
"Fine!" you say, "but what
do you do if, after subtracting 30 in accordance with these
directions, the remainder is not evenly divided by 4?" Well,
that doesn't make the trick any harder. Suppose you had been
given the number 88 instead of 86. You would proceed as above,
except that when you divided 58 by 4, you get 14 with 2 left
over. Number your squares exactly as in the example given
above --- 14 in square #1, 15 in #2, 16 in #3 and so on UNTIL
you reach square #13. In square #13, instead of writing 26 as
you did when working for a total of 86, add 2 (the "left-over"
you had when dividing 88 minus 30 (58) by 4. That is, write in
28 instead of 26 --- skipping 26 and 27 entirely. Add 2, also,
to each of the remaining squares to and including #16 ---
which means following 28 (Square #1) with 29 (square #14), 30
(square #14) and 31 (square #16). You now have a square
numbered like your first one, which totaled 86, except for the
squares 13 to 16 inclusive, where you have subtracted 28 for
your former 26, 29 for 27, 30 for 28, and 31 for 19 and have
omitted 26 and 27 entirely. Your rows, columns and diagonals
will now add to 88, the required sum! When your remainder
after subtracting 30 from the sum required of you is not
evenly divisible by 4, the "carryover" must always be 1, 2 or
3 --- it cannot be anything else, of course. Whichever it is,
add it to the numbers that would normally appear in squares 13
to 16 inclusive, had the figure been evenly divisible by 4 ---
as explained above. A simple trick, but effective!
Now that we've had our fun,
let's get back to the intermingling of the letters of words
--- taking six-letter words this time, and intermingling their
letter in multiple. This requires more application and
concentration than have been demanded of you up till now, so
you had better make DOUBLY sure that you have mastered the
first five exercises!
Take any 6 six-letter words
and write them in a vertical column, i.e.:
Memorize your words (not
these!) and write them in the same order as often as may be
necessary to make you fully acquainted with the sight of them
in your "mind's eye". Then dispose of the paper upon which you
have listed them and, FROM MEMORY ALONE, set them down like
Take the first letter of the
first word, follow it with the first letter of the second
word, and so on, taking the first letter each of the third,
fourth, fifth and sixth words --- which would give you, had
you used the same words I used above, the letters PEHPMH.
Now add, in the same line, the second letter of each of the 6
words. You now have PEHPMHOXOUEE. Continuing in the
same line, take all the third letters, then the fourth,
followed by the fifth and sixth of the of the 6 six-letter
words. Here is what you get:
P E H P M H O X O U
E E W P N Z M A E E E Z O L R R
S L R T S T T E Y H
1 2 3 4
5 6 1 2 3 4
5 6 1 2 3 4
5 6 1 2 3 4
5 6 1 2 3 4
5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6
The numbers are the keys to
the words in their original sequence. that is, the six letters
numbered 1 spell POWERS; those numbered 2 spell EXPERT; the 3s
spell HONEST, etc.
Do this again and again from
memory, using the same six words you originally select and
never peeking at what you have written before. Spend at least
an hour doing it. Tomorrow, select 6 new six-letter words, and
practice another hour with those words. Spend a minimum of one
hour every day for a week, taking 6 new words each day.
Believe me, you won't find
this exercise as easy to master as the ones ahead of it in my
training! But stay with it! Even if it takes two hours or more
a day, spend all the time necessary, for as many days as are
needed to make you really adept at mingling any six common
words or names in multiple sequence, quickly and correctly. It
will pay you!
The Problem of Middle-Aged Men in Business
Men of 40 are prone to
lament: "The most stupid blunder business men make today is to
refuse to employ men in their forties, fifties and sixties.
Why, that is exactly when a man is most valuable to them! He
has acquired judgment, is rich in experience and, for obvious
reasons, is far more interested in holding down his job to the
complete satisfaction of his employer!"
Is this complaint justified?
We know that employers frown upon the middle-aged applicants
but are they, as a rule, right in doing so? Let us look at the
average middle-aged man who seeks a new connection. Not the
exceptional middle-aged man, but the average. What has age
given him --- and what have the years taken away?
Our middle-aged man has
gained a wealth of experience --- but in doing so, he usually
has lost his elasticity of mind. He is no longer willing to
pioneer. New methods, new paths deter him. He prefers to
travel by the compass of precedent. And this indicates that he
has gained in judgment --- but what a loss he has suffered in
daring! He no longer has the courage to originate, to create
or to take what are, to a younger man, perfectly sound and
promising business chances. He is steady as a plow horse is
steady --- and with as little enthusiasm! And what he has
acquired in the way of assurance, he has lost in open
mindedness. He is no longer capable of viewing old problems in
a new light. The rut has closed in on him. Youthful ambition
and energy have been replaced by the timidity and inertia of
age --- and he asks little better than to be left alone, to
achieve some measure of security for his declining years!
An exaggerated picture? Not
at all! Look about you. You will see in every office and shop,
the very man I have described. What a pity!
And that shows you, more
graphically than almost any other example I could give, why
Multiple Mentalism is such a boon to all who expect to earn
their bread by the sweat of their brows. If a man is not too
firmly caught in the clutches of old Father Time, my exercises
restore to his mind the lost elasticity of Youth. His brain
regains its nimbleness and agility. Every day means to him a
new day and a new start. he is open minded --- no longer
trammeled by the shackles of precedent. He is willing and
able, now, to approach old problems from new angles. Thanks to
his new found ability, which my training has given him, he
sees in them factors he had not noticed before. And each
heretofore unseen factor suggests its own solution. His mind,
constructive now, builds new methods to overcome the obstacle
or circumvent the difficulty. What wonder that Multiple
Mentalism restores his courage, his enthusiasm and his
ambition! And his increased brain power gives new meaning to
the word "energy". He is able to do with ease things that
would have exhausted him before he tackled these mental
gymnastics. Tasks that once fatigued him, he now takes
in his stride.
Such radical changes in a
man's mind and in his outlook are bound to be reflected in his
bearing. He walks jauntily, with a new confidence. He
approaches prospective employers serenely, radiating Power and
Poise. he is welcomed by executives who would have shut their
doors to him but a few months before!
Now do you see why my most
enthusiastic "boosters" are men in their forties and early
fifties? They have good cause for their enthusiasm.
And while we are on the
subject of age, let me say that I do not recommend these
mental exercises for youths. The youthful mind should be spent
in gathering knowledge and experience. After its owner has
acquired a foundation of education and experience, Multiple
Mentalism should be taken up to develop that mind and to "cash
in" the experience and knowledge previously gained. Not
knowledge --- but the most effective use of knowledge
--- is Power!
Roughly speaking, I set 25
to 50 years as the age limits of those who can profit most by
my training. Of course, some boys are men at 22; some men have
not shed the final traces of adolescence at 35; some are old
at 40; while some are young at 65. So, when I say that men
from 25 to 50 years of age form the group that Multiple
Mentalism will benefit most, I am being purely arbitrary. In
the light of the explanation I have given you, each man must
make his own decision.
Even before you saw these
exercises, your mind was capable of doing more than one thing
at a time. It was able to direct your hand to make penciled
notes of telephone conversations --- to control your hands,
feet, eyes and ears in driving a car while carrying on a
conversation --- and many other such simple simultaneous acts.
However, it probably could not do two things simultaneously
and do them well. Your handwriting or word-choice, or both,
suffered when you took notes while conversing on other
subjects. Most automobile accidents are caused by
inattentiveness --- the driver's inability to do justice to
his driving while carrying on a conversation or listening to
the radio. And the effort of trying to do more than one thing
at a time wears down the average man --- causes nervousness,
stress, heart afflictions, and other so-called "degenerative"
Now, however, your brain is
able to do more things at once than you may have realized. Our
20th President, James A. Garfield, could not only write with
either hand with equal ease, but he could also write the two
classical languages, Latin and Greek, at the same time,
one with his right hand, and the other with his left! Let's
look at how far YOU have come along the road to mental
Chapter I gave you a
thorough knowledge of the alphabet, backwards, and enabled you
to break the alphabet into two distinct parts. You have known
one of these parts since you finished your first grade in
school, but the other was a new part with the letters in a new
sequence. And then you mastered the mental trick of carrying
the first half of the alphabet in its proper sequence, while
mingling the second half with it, in reverse order. Simple?
Yes, but it takes two simultaneous mental operations!
Chapters II and III further
increased the ability you gained in Chapter I. You became
capable of the same mental gymnastics in more complex form ---
thinking of three-letter and four-letter words in two ways ---
spelled forward and in reverse.
A military man would say
that you had consolidated your gains, in Chapter IV, where you
kept two unrelated words in mind and pictured their letters
arranged alternately, one set of letters with the other, at
one and the same time.
Then came your first hurdle,
Chapter V. When you had topped it, you were possessed of still
another accomplishment. Your brain could do three
things at once: (1) carry two words in mind; (2) carry one of
them spelled backwards; and (3) combine the letters of both
into one sequence, spelling one of the words in normal order
and the other backwards. Chapter VI increased the complexity
of these same mental tasks.
In Exercise VII, you will
again increase your mental capacity, to which science knows no
limit. Your mind will do four things concurrently --- not
merely for the sake of doing four things but so that, when the
demands of life force it upon you, you will be able to carry
on four separate lines of thought without undue nervous
strain. However, the nervous strain to which the untrained
mind is subjected and the physical contortions in which many
of us indulge when trying to think beyond our present ability
to do so, do cause fatigue. Hence, the more you can do with
your mind, the less effort and the more pleasure (as well as
profit!) there is in living.
Write 6 six-letter words in
a vertical column, just as you did in Exercise VI, except:
Write only the 1st, 2nd and 3rd words forwards. Write
the other three backwards. To illustrate:
(NATURE) Memorize the list, then
throw it away!
Now, working in your mind
alone, without reference to any written list, assemble the
letters of your six words as you did in Exercise VI, but
putting the letters of words #4, #5 and #6 in backwards. Also,
instead of taking the words in the order in which you have
listed them, take word #1, then word #6, then #2, followed by
#5, and ending with the words numbered 3 and 4. The
above list would work out this way:
W S H
E A T O U E R S H N I A U S G D N L T E I E E T A R
R G H N T B
To help make this clearer, I
have underscored the initial letters of each of the 6 words
used, when spelled properly.
Stop a moment and realize
what this gymnastic means. It involves your (1) memorizing 6
words; (2) carrying three of them, spelled properly, in your
mind; (3) carrying three of them spelled backward; and (4)
writing 36 letters in an entirely new and unfamiliar sequence.
If you find it quite difficult to do this at first, you can
readily understand why!
I'll tell you a way to cheat
the difficulty of this exercise. If you write a letter, then
skip five spaces and write the next that appears in the word
you are spelling, then jump five more spaces to the next
letter, etc., you can write the line quite easily --- BUT YOU
WILL BE CHEATING YOURSELF and you will be setting yourself
a long way back. So, forget the short cuts and, for your own
sake, play the game! Keep all 6 words before your mind's eye,
in the 1-6, 2-5, 3-4 order explained to you, and write the 36
letters in sequence illustrated above.
I have not sprung this bit
of advice on you so far, because it has not been necessary,
but I say now: Spend at least an hour a day on this lesson for
a full week, even if you think you have mastered it long
before the week is up. More than with any of the others, this
exercise requires frequent repetition in order to train your
brain as it should be trained --- to accomplish what has
seemed the Impossible in your life until now. Remember, we are
building up your brain to take the hill of $uccess "in high
Mentalism Brain Stimulator: Recollection Drill
Given below are nine
subdivisions or classifications. Under each heading, write
names of appropriate subjects. One such name, with letters
jumbled, appears under each classification. When you come to
it, write it correctly in the space below it, then continue
writing more names, as before. Under "FLOWERS", for example,
you might write "daisy, "rhododendron", etc., until you
encounter the jumbled flower. Write it correctly, then
continue your list. So with all nine subdivisions. This will
stimulate your recall and recognition.
What Creative Imagination is --- And How to
It has been said, "That man
is most original who knows the greatest number of sources from
which to plagiarize." Again, wasn't it Solomon who said there
is nothing new under the sun?
To understand clearly what
"creative imagination" is, consider some of the books,
pictures, plays or business enterprises that you would call
examples of creative ability. Take Woolworth, for example.
There was an outstanding merchant! Made millions of dollars,
he did. Showed the business world something new, too, if I'm
not mistaken. Yet, articles sold for 5 cents and 10 cents long
before Woolworth's day --- and other store operators had price
limitations before Woolworth came along. However, price
limitations were definitely set in the so-called "exclusive"
stores. Snobbishly, because it appealed to their snobbish
trade, they would not handle merchandise priced below
certain figures. All that Woolworth did was to reverse that
process --- just as you reverse the letters in a word, now
that you have completed more than half my training. See how
simple his technique, once you look at it?
All that Henry Ford did, to
start with, was to add one more factor to what other
automobile makers were doing. They were trying to build cars
that would run. Their aim, at that time, was no
higher. They had their eyes only on the production end ---
overlooking entirely the market and its demands. Ford
coordinated the two as easily as you mingle the letters of two
words --- and became one of the richest men in history. He
aimed to build a car that not only would run, but that
also would sell. Nothing to it --- after it
had been done!
We are told that there are
only five or seven plots in all literature. Shakespeare used
them over and over again --- merely making new combinations of
old elements. With only 26 letters in our alphabet, we have
nearly a million English words --- and an English literature
of prose, poetry and plays that must include countless
billions of words!
Do I make my meaning clear?
Have I answered the questions raised by the title of this
chapter? "Creative imagination" is simply the ability to
combine old elements into new forms. Its development, in
yourself, involves only the ability to cast aside the
restrictions of precedent --- to forget entirely what has been
done before in your field --- to refuse to accept any idea or
method merely because it is long-established --- and to
approach any given matter with a fully open mind.
When you see the word GARAGE
and, at the same moment, see it spelled EGARAG in your mind's
eye, you are casting off hidebound conventionality. You are
thinking freely. Your mind is not a slave of things as
they are. And you can do the same with other problems in your
life --- see them forwards and backwards at one and the same
time --- see them in a different guise than that in which they
appear to most others --- and, so seeing them, solve them in
what may well be a startling new manner!
There's the whole secret of
Creative Thinking, explained so simply that, like Woolworth's
and Ford's accomplishments, it seems almost childish. But
children, you must bear in mind, are wise with a wisdom that
surpasses that of age. Their thinking is independent, not
loaded with the thoughtless habit of years. Theirs are
inquiring minds --- taking nothing for granted, twisting and
turning and examining every new fact that comes to them. Do
likewise --- as Multiple Mentalism makes it possible for you
to do --- and you will find life's major problems simpler than
those of childhood! What's more, your Creativeness, your daring
thinking, will bring rich monetary rewards!
You are about to train your
mind to see the words of an entire sentence spelled backwards
--- another step toward perfecting yourself in the ability to
recognize the relationship between apparently unrelated events
of elements and build up, anew, fresh creations from old
Think of (don't write!) a
sentence containing three or four short words. Fix it in your
mind without touching pencil to paper. Then write the sentence
backwards --- without having seen it on paper in its correct
form. The sentence:
HERE COMES THE BRIDE
thus becomes EDIRB EHT SEMOC EREH;
LOOK AT THE SHIP now
becomes PIHS EHT TA KOOL.
I know this seems far easier
than earlier exercises, but that is because, first, it really
is not a difficult exercise; and, second, because your mind is
immeasurably better trained that it was when you undertook,
say, Exercise IV. You can see words and sentences in their
entirety, which you couldn't do before.
Practice ever longer
sentences, with ever longer words. Ones like these:
NOITARTNECNOC (Concentration defeats distraction)
GNIVIRD YTLUAF (Faulty driving increases accidents)
NOITAGIRRI (Irrigation assists agriculturists)
One hour a day on this,
faithfully, will find you able, after three or four days, to
write sentences backwards in from only a half to a third more
time than it takes you to write them in the customary manner.
To aid your practice, make a game of it. Glance only once at
billboards, road signs, etc., then look away quickly and spell
them backwards --- aloud, if possible; silently, if necessary.
You'll be astounded at the progress you can make by using
moments normally wasted. Profitable progress, too!
Specialization means narrowing the mind;
Diffusion means mental shallowness: How Multiple Mentalism
broadens and deepens the Intelligence ~
The specialist has been
defined as "a man who learns more and more about less and
less, until he ends up by knowing everything about nothing at
all!" By that same token, an all-around man --- jack of all
trades --- general practitioner --- is "a man who learns less
and less about more and more until he knows nothing whatsoever
about everything there is"!
Multiple Mentalism enables
you to avoid pitfalls. By developing your brain so that it
becomes really observant, it broadens your knowledge of many
varied subjects. By giving you the ability to see familiar
things in brand new settings, it deepens your understanding of
men, objects and occurrences. By arousing your latent power to
think of many things simultaneously, it gives your mind
versatility, poise and a firmer grasp of situations and
problems. And by putting you in complete control of
your brain, for the first time in your life, it makes
it possible for you to remain, at will, oblivious to that in
your environment which is worthless to you, and to become more
fully appreciative of that around you which can be of help to
you in your business, social or personal life.
To put it another way: You
are rapidly becoming a well-rounded personality with a more
competent, well-rounded intellect. You are well on your way to
becoming truly outstanding among your associates; to attaining
a prominence, because of your new-found mental capability,
that will bring your speedy advancement in whatever you
undertake. You are almost "over the hump" now, in the training
contained in this course. A final spurt or two will carry you
to the very zenith of mental ability! So, with the goal in
sight, let's go!
Once more, your exercise
becomes more intricate than those which came before it. And,
as before, you will find it easy, despite its greater
intricacy, if you have been honest with yourself in practicing
the preceding drill (No. VIII)
To begin Exercise IX, think
of two sentences, each containing three or four short words.
DON'T WRITE THEM IN THE NORMAL WAY. The very first time you
touch the paper with your pencil, in this exercise, write you
two sentences with their letters intermingled, thus:
G S I E R M L A S G L Y I
A K L E P D S O Y L O L B S
which combines GIRLS LIKE
DOLLS (spelled forward) with BOYS PLAY GAMES (spelled
This may stump you a bit at
first, but it will soon become easy if you have practiced the
first eight exercises faithfully. In about three-quarters of
an hour, of your first hour's drill, you will be writing short
sentences this way almost without hesitation.
Tomorrow, take on four-word
sentences, but keep the thoughts and words very short and
simple at first. As short and simple as:
M T E A N E W O O T R S K
T T N O A L W I O V H E W
which is merely MEN WORK TO
LIVE (spelled forwards) combined with WHO WANTS TO EAT
Naturally, you cannot space
the letters according to words --- but, as that would be
unnecessary for a mind trained as yours now is, it is
unimportant. You can readily understand what you are doing,
Give at least an hour every
day to this drill. Make your sentences longer and your words
more difficult as you progress. You will find this one of the
hardest drills in my training, but I assure you that it is
also one of the most valuable. For the first time, you are
making practically all of your brain cells work --- except,
obviously, those which control your various physical
In concluding this drill, I
am going to make a new suggestion. I suggest that you take the
mental processes involved in this exercise and deliberately
apply them to some specific problem in your business or your
home. Do not content yourself with merely calling the problem
to mind, and hoping that the mental processes will take place
automatically! Call them into play, consciously and
deliberately. Turn the problem over and over in your mind.
Twist it. Look at its various component parts forwards and
backwards. Fit one into another and see how the new
relationship affects them.
Do this --- and you will
see, beyond all question or argument, how thoroughly practical
this training is in fitting you to cope more advantageously
with everyday affairs! You will find that the most stubborn
problems do yield easily to this form of solution --- that the
answer often pops into your head so quickly and easily that
you are ashamed of not having thought of it long ago!
Multiple Mentalism is a
$uccess course indeed. I no longer need tell you that. You
must have realized it, yourself, several chapters back. You
know now that it actually and literally means, "MORE POWER TO
Mentalism Brain Stimulator: Acceleration Drill
this drill, use your daily newspaper. Read and study for a few
moments a headline in your newspaper (a sentence containing 8
or 9 words) Now take a pencil and jumble the letters in each
word as you write the sentence. try not to miss any of the
letters. Then check back to see if you have made any mistakes.
Do this, using new headlines each time, until it becomes easy
for you. Example:
MORE RAIN NEEDED IN THE
MIDWEST TO SAVE CROPS
REOM ANIR EDENED IN HTE
DEWSIMT OT VASE OSPRC
You need not follow any set
rule in jumbling the letters in the words. Write them so each
word has no meaning in the manner that you spell it.
Continue on this drill ---
you will find it fascinating and interesting.
Multiple Mentalism as an Aid in Public Speaking
Chapter V tells you how many
men and women have overcome self-consciousness through
Multiple Mentalism. Their "multiple minds", acquired by means
of this training, enables them to be conscious of themselves
without being self-conscious. This is the first step to
effective public speaking.
But this course goes even
further in equipping you to speak well, to large or small
audiences. Quite aside from the reason given above, our new
brain development gives you the self-confidence ---
self-assurance --- the innate knowledge that you can cope with
the situation when you rise to your feet and begin to talk.
This has a steadying influence which makes your words
impressive and convincing.
In addition, you will find
that you speak more clearly and logically than ever before.
Your brain is better able to marshall facts and to present
them in their most reasonable sequence. No longer need you
utter your arguments in the order in which they presented
themselves to you when planning your speech, or in which you
may originally have memorized them. Your training in jumbling
of letters of words and the words of sentences permits you
easily to intermingle your arguments in the order that seems
to you most effective. If other speakers have preceded you,
and you wish either to rebut what they have said or to
emphasize arguments that were lacking in strength as they gave
them, your mind is nimble enough to fit this new material into
what you had planned to say, and to do it coherently and
throw you off your stride, thanks to the discipline to
which you have subjected your brain. If you find it necessary
to pause, waiting for exactly the right word to come to mind,
you will not be embarrassed or flustered by your momentary
hesitation. On the contrary, your calmness and deliberation
will have a favorable effect on your listeners. They will be
impressed, consciously or subconsciously, by your cool and
collected manner. You will find yourself able to sway
audiences as never before!
This advantage alone,
disregarding all the other tremendous benefits of Multiple
Mentalism, may mean thousands of dollars to you. As you
advance in the business, professional or political world, you
will meet increasing demands for formal or informal talks.
Your ability to fulfill these demands so readily can mean the
favorable vote of an important board of directors; the welding
together of a political body that will carry you to prominence
and greater opportunity! If it accomplished nothing else, the
help that Multiple Mentalism can give you in public speaking
is absolutely priceless!
Have you noticed that the
exercises are getting shorter and easier to explain, but
increasingly difficult to do? That shows that you are
approaching the climax and reaching the peak of mental power!
Exercise X, for example, takes only a few lines to explain but
sets you a real task in concentration and calls upon
principles you have mastered earlier in your training.
Take pencil and paper. Write
a word of seven or more letters correctly while, at the same
time, you spell aloud another word (preferably of the same
number of letters). In other words: WriteENGRAVE
slowly, while you spell aloud E-V-E-N-I-N-G. When you
write E (for "engrave"), say E (for "evening"); when you write
N, say V; write G and say E; write R and say N; write A and
say I, write V and say N; and write E as you say G. That gives
your brain cells a workout!
Practice doing this with
seven-letter and longer words. Do it fully one hour a day
until you have the knack of it down pat.
Next: Write one word
backward, and spell another forward, aloud. I
mean: Write ETALER (RELATE) while you call off, aloud,
the letters L I S T E N, just as you did in the first
part of this drill EXCEPT that one word, the written one, is
now to be done backward.
You will find this more
difficult than the first section of Exercise X --- but stick
to it and you will be giving your mind some more exceedingly
Mentalism Brain Stimulator: Mental Agility Drill
is a sentence pertaining to an important event in American
history. The words, however, have all been misplaced. See how
quickly you can reassemble them into a coherent sentence:
two ninety Columbus
fourteen year discovered the America in of
letters in the names of six famous men have been intermingled.
Each name contains six letters. See how quickly you can
unscramble them and identify the six famous men. The
underlined letters are the first initial.
Here is a clue: One an
ex-president -- an inventor -- a financier -- a tennis
champion -- a leader with many followers -- a judge.
E N W I H
N D A I D U E I G L N G D S R S A H L O O O H E I N M
N G S T
with the names above, the names of three American rivers are
here given. Each river has eleven letters in its name. The
thirty-three letters have been jumbled. What are the three
S I H M I A Q S N S H N I
S M E N U G A N P I L A O U O P E S A S
in the two drills above, letters have again been jumbled. This
time, the names of four minerals have their letters
intermingled. The names are of unequal length. What are the
R H C C M M R L A E O O U
U E A D L P P I I
is somewhat more involved --- a good limbering up exercise for
your mind. the letters in two sentences have been
intermingled. One sentence concerns a household pet --- the
other concerns the weather. Both are short and simple,
containing four short words each. See how long it takes you to
decipher the two sentences.
T h I m y
r d r n g t i o y d n w y a a o a t a a a e
How to Develop Intuition --- the "Sparkplug" of
We know intuition under
another name: Inspiration. When we say that a man writes,
speaks or acts as one inspired, we mean that he has grasped
intuitively --- which is, instantly --- the right thing to do
and has done it at the right time. Is this the same as rapid
reasoning? In its result, yes --- although intuition usually
brings that result far sooner that reasoning does. But even
though the results are the same, the process of reasoning is
different from intuition. More labored and cumbersome.
For example, suppose we have
a problem consisting of three different elements, which we
will call A, B, and C. Assume that element A seemingly has no
relationship whatever with element C, but that it is
practically identical with element B. Now, assume further that
close examination shows that element B is substantially the
same as element C. The reasoning man will work it out thus:
"If A is the same as B, and B is the same as C, then A and C
must also be the same." Of course, that is very elementary
reasoning, but you can see that it involves the mind's
traveling from to B, thence to C, then back again to B
and A for comparison and check up and finally, after this
verification of identity, the mind bridges the gap from A to C
and the chain of logic is complete.
Contrast this with that of
the intuitive mind, faced with the same problem.
Intuition seizes upon and understands A, B and C (all three
of them) simultaneously. It does not travel from A to B
to C and back again, but apprehends all three elements at one
and the same time. You might say that it fuses them into their
common identity in a flash, just as an oxy-acetylene torch
fuses tow metals in a single blast. Another way of putting it
would be to compare reasoning to a slow fuse, while intuition
more nearly resembles a fulminating cap. Reasoning travels
slowly along a marked highway while intuition cuts across lots
and gets there just so much faster.
This differentiation between
reasoning and intuition makes it clear that Multiple Mentalism
definitely and effectively develops your intuitive powers.
Your brain is trained to seize upon many factors at once, to
compare them simultaneously, and your several trains of
concurrent thought naturally merge into a complete
understanding of the problem or situation as a whole --- an
understanding based on the correct evolution and sequences of
the various factors involved. In five words: MY TRAINING
UNFAILINGLY DEVELOPS INTUITION!
Write down 3 five-letter
words. Look at them until they are firmly fixed in your
mind. Then put the paper where you cannot see it.
Now, on a new sheet of
paper, write two of the words with their letters
intermingled, spelling one forwards and the other backwards
--- and while doing this, spell the third word aloud,
slowly. Like this:
While writing CRAORNROYH
(CARRY and RONOH, which is HONOR written
backwards), spell aloud M-O-N-E-Y. It's dollars to
doughnuts you will not do this correctly the first five times
you try it --- but you now have the brain power to master it
with but little practice. Give an hour to this drill today,
using different groups of 5-letter words. Take longer, if you
need more time to attain speed and accuracy in the drill.
Tomorrow, repeat your
practice of this exercise for at least an hour, but use
6-letter words instead of words with only five letters. For
example: Write EYNLEIRSGAYE (ENERGY,
frontwards, and EASILY, backwards) while saying
aloud slowly P-O-R-T-E-R.
On the following days of the
week, take longer and longer words until the drill becomes as
easy for you while using words like CONGLOMERATION as it was
with simpler words.
For variation, try using
words of unequal length, intermingling the letters of a
6-letter word with those of a 10-letter words, while spelling
a 12-letter word aloud. Try doing this with the first three
words that come to mid, regardless of their lengths. Take
unfamiliar words as well as familiar ones. Spell a word such
as SUBSTANTIATION aloud while writing DEFIES and WORLDLY with
their letters intermingled.
Let me repeat the suggestion
I made at the conclusion of Exercise IX. Now that your brain
cells have been awakened and trained really to work for you,
make a conscious effort to use in your daily life the
principles of kinetic thinking you acquired through these
drills. Put them to practical application. See for yourself
how the quality and quantity of your work improve. Learn why
so many speak of Multiple Mentalism as a $uccess Course. See
how rapidly promotion and profits will follow on the heels of
this priceless training!