Alternate Routine

The Thunderbolt effect, as it first appeared in WORLD OF SUPER MENTALISM BOOK ONE, prompted a rash of variations. The magic square idea as applied to the Matrix Force principle is the brainchild of Terry Nosek, as mentioned previously in the Background section of this chapter. It is included in this book with his permission. Robert Siepielski further refined the effect using an idea that he credits to Bob Mason. This idea eliminates one set of three numbers and simplifies the addition process...

Impromptu Espitome

The original Espitome is to be found in Larry Becker's WORLD OF SUPER MENTALISM BOOK TWO. However, the original version required specially prepared cards. The version described here is designed to allow you to duplicate the same effect using an unprepared deck of cards. Naturally, this effect can be performed with either playing cards, as described here, or E.S.P. design cards. The effect is similar to the Dai Vernon Arthur Finley plot called Royal Marriages that first appeared in Dai Vernon's...

Flip Flop Force

As I mentioned in the introduction to this chapter, I originally developed this force after realizing that the Hindu Shuffle Force is far more perplexing when done with a face up deck. I have used this primarily to force the top card of the deck. To use this strictly as a force, you must either know the top card or place the card that it is necessary to force in the proper position. I turn the deck face up and Hindu Shuffle as previously described. I tell the spectator that I want him to select...

Personality

For the effect, you would use eleven blank faced cards upon which you write the names of eleven different people in your audience. Glimpse the top card after the spectator has shuffled them. If you are not capable of this move, then simply glimpse the bottom card and shuffle it to the top with an Overhand Shuffle. Follow through with the procedure that has already been outlined, by having the spectator spell personality and stopping on any letter. Consult the chart, which you have labeled...