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The Sky’s The Limit!
By KAY CRUTCHER
Since making kites is almost as much
fun as flying them, here is what you’ve
all been waiting for: Everything you
always wanted to know about kites, but
were too bored to ask...
Kite-flying is the art or sport of sending
up into the air, by means of wind, light
frames of varying shapes covered with
paper, plastic, or cloth, which are at
tached to long cords held in the hand or
wound on a reel or drum. These are
named after the kite bird, a graceful
There are many, many ways to make a
kite. This article will teach you how to
make three very popular kites: the Eddy
kite, the three-sticker kite, and the box
THE EDDY KITE was invented in
1890. To make one, you will need two
sticks, preferably of bass, pine or spruce,
tissue paper, glue, lots of six ply cotton
string and-and patience.
1) Get two sticks of equal length. They
should be one-fourth inch by three-eights
inch by about 42 inches.
2) Notch each end and reinforce with
string (see drawing.)
3) Call one stick the bow and the other
the spine. Attach the center of the bow to
the spine a little over eight inches from
the top of the spine.
4) Attach string to one end of the bow
and bend it back until the distance from
the bow’s center to the string is the same
as the distance to the top of the spine. Tie
the loose end to the other end of the bow.
5) Outline the kite with string. Tie off
near lower end of the spine. Be sure the
crossing axis of the frame is square and
both sides are balanced and exactly
The Power of Suggestion
Hv BRYANT ARRINGTON
“You are feeling relaxed... very
relaxed... when I count to ten, you will be
This is the standard, simple hypnotic
technique. Wiith it, hypnotists have
achieved incredible dramatic results.
My interest in hypnosis began after
reading a book on howto hypnotize. I was
in the eighth grade and with so many
willing subjects, I practiced with much
success. After several months, I was able
to have the hypnotized subject perform
some rather dramatic post-hypnotic
suggestions.The result was a visit by the
principal who requested I discontinue my
practice during school hours.
Unfortunately, numerous myths exist
about hypnotism, and some have gained
such currency that they are stated as fact
even in medical texts. For example, in
Dr. Ck)ppolino’s “Practice of Hypnonis in
Anesthesiology,” we find the hoary old
notion that a hypnotic subject cannot be
made to act against his will Ironically,
Dr. Coppolino, M.D., was convicted of
first-degree murder in 1967. After a
lengthy trial, the court decided Dr.
Coppolino had hypnotized his mistress
and forced her to murder her husband.
There are two basic ways to learn self
hypnosis. The quickest and easiest way is
to visit a psycho-therapist or doctor who
uses it in his practice and ask him to give
you post-hypnotic suggestions which will
allow you to induce your own trance
The second way to learn self-hypnosis
is to learn to hypnotize yourself from the
start. This method takes longer, but it is
not difficult, and it works.
To begin, select a quiet room and
arrange not to be interrupted for half an
hour so that you can practice in peace.
Seat yourself in a comfortable chair in
a relaxed position. Relax. Breathe deeply
In your early practice sessions, you
should not worry about achieving suc-
ce^. Be indifferent. You will learn how
to induce self-hypnosis with practice and
by not worrying about the results.
Have an introspective discussion
beforehand about what you want to ac
complish and don’t feel foolish about
either asking yourself questions or an
swering. The introspection acts to
establish a rapport with yourself exactly
as a hypnotist would and for the same
reason. Confusion and doubts must be
cleared up before beginning.
As you begin to relax, you snouia Degin
to tell yourself to relax. You can speak
either out loud (softly) or silently. Some
personalities react better to commands
to relax, but whichever tone of voice
(persausive, etc.) you feel most relaxed
using is best.
OK, you are relaxed. Now what?
Simply tell your subsconcious what you
want. But for the first several sessions,
try only to relax. Repetition, which is too
often thought to be the secret, is used
only after you have totally relaxed your
mind to the point where repetition
I don’t keep a continual dialogue going.
I keep talking only enough to allow a
smoother transition once in a trance. I
can relax quite quickly to into a trance,
but unless I haVe conditioned myself to
hearing my voice, it is difficult both to
begin tall^g and to listen without
coming out of the trance.
Success is based on being able to obtain
a trance state while maintaining only as
much consciousness as is necessary to
teach the subconscious what you want of
it. If you make a false statement, you will
become “aware” on the conscious level
and your thoughts will wander. Anxiety
will hinder the trance state.
Visualization and introspection are two
important techniques that are effective
apart from as well as in conjunction with
hypnosis. By visualizing what you would
like to achieve (a clear mental picture),
you hasten the moment of achievement.
Introspection is especially important in
self-hypnosis. Much undesirable
behavior is simply a result of bad habits,
but a deeper underlying cause for some
undesirable behavior can also be
discovered through hypnosis and even
Sta^ord University has found that
people wlio tend to use their imaginations
freely are most easily hypnotized. As
adults, they tend to immerse themselves
in pursuits that call for total attention.
The people most difficult to hypnotize are
compulsive people who are unable to sit
still and who are continually alert.
There are many theories to explain the
success of hypnosis. Perhaps the sim
plest is correct. Hypnosis causes a trance
state in which the conscious level is
inactive; thereby allowing access to the
subconscious.The subconscious is ap
parently capable of defying the normal
laws of nature.
The possibilities for personal im
provement range from a technique for
relaxation to improved extra-sensory
perception. Man has only begun to learn
how to use the power of his subconscious
mind. Current investigations indicate
that the potential for its utilizations in
dicate that the potential for its utilization
through hypnosis is unlimited.
Bryant Arrington is “the bald-headed
guy that’s always taking pictures”.
6) Cover the kite with tissue paper,
crepe paper, or light wrapping paper.
You may need two or more sheets glued
together to make a sheet big enough.
Place the kite on the paper with the
curved side of the bow facing the paper.
Cut the paper at least two inches outside
the string. Turn in one inch of the margin
and glue to the main body to keep a loose
and baggy cover. It is easiest to decorate
your kite before you put the paper on the
7) For a tail less kite you need a bridle.
Attach a strmg to the spi.n dOoui acvti.
inches from the top. Bring ,l through the
paper. Lay this string flat against the
kite and attach it to the flying line
slightly above the comer of the kite.
Adjust by a fraction of an inch to change
flying angle. Move it down if the kite flies
too high and flops and dips. Move it up if
the kite does not rise to an angle of at
least 60 degrees.
8) The tail is attached to the lower end
of the spine. Remember that the tail
works by resistance to air. not by weight.
Tied joints hold better with many turns
of light cord than with a few turns of
heavy cord. Shellac, varnish, or glue
may be used to fix ties.
THE BOX KITE was invented in 1893
by Lawrence Hargrave. Its frame is
rectangular, two times as long as it is
wide. One third of the length is covered
around each end. The bridle consists of
two lines attached to each end of the
frame and joined a little above the lower
edge of the top panel. This basic design
can b>' altcrofi to 'nak' n ^-iancular
round or five- or six-sided kite.
THE THKEE-STILKER kuc consists
of three sticks of equal length joined at
their centers to form a hexagon. This kite
does not use a bridle but has a tail con
nected to the center. Three strings, each
as long as one-half the width of the kite,
are joined to the center and top two edges
of the kite.
So out with the glue and tissue paper
and happv flvine'
Kay Crutcher is a college freshman
flute major from Birmiughaai. \labaina.