Reflecta Thot

The most recent use of the principle of restricted selection that I know of appeared in Larry Becker's book, World of Super Mentalism, under the name "Reflecta - Thot." At first, I glossed over it, probably because of the weak conclusion, but later I realized how ingenious and undetectable the method of the trick was. I give Larry Becker my heartfelt thanks for his permission to publish his idea in this book.

Here is the routine for "Reflecta - Thot."

A spectator is asked to come on stage. There is an envelope containing five cards. On the front of each card, there are 100 randomly selected words, each of which is numbered. All 500 words are different. The cards are numbered one through five, and each card has its number printed on its back with a large black numeral. The words on card number one are numbered 100 - 199, the words on card number two are numbered 200 - 299, etc.

The performer goes into the audience and has someone blindfold him with a trick blindfold. Next, he turns his back to the volunteer and instructs him to look at the five cards and to discard any two of them.

The spectator now has three cards in his hand -for example, cards 1, 3, and 4. Now he is to make a three digit number by arranging these cards in any order he chooses. In this case, the numbers 431, 341, 143, etc. would be possible. By using this method of choice, only 60 words come into play. They are the words next to the following numbers:

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