As a mentalist it is vital at times to have a simple plot — themes with colour in them are thin on the ground. This is precognitive in effect — and as a close-up presentation to prove your ability in this direction will be hard to beat.
A packet of cards with coloured faces — some of which are in duplicate — are spread out and a spectator is invited to choose a colour by touching one of the cards. The cards are laid aside and from an envelope you are holding a similar coloured card is removed. If desired the effect can be immediately repeated.
It's all an apparency — the card taken from the envelope is the actual one touched by the spectator when making his choice of colour.
You will of course require a packet of different coloured cards and if it is to be a sizeable one it will be necessary for the colours to be repeated.
The envelope required is shown in (Fig. 1). It has no flap and is made from thin card. There is a cut-out at the open end to facilitate the removed of the card, and one long side is open. The exact dimensions in relation to the cards used are important. It should be of such a size that when a card is inside its edges should be flush with the open end and sides of the envelope. When completed cover it with transparent adhesive film such as Transpaseal and it will last forever.
Put the empty envelope on the bottom of the pack with its open corner at the right inner corner of the stack of colour cards, so that when held in the left hand in the normal dealing position its little finger tip is close to the open corner of the envelope, where it can pull down the corner of the lower side of the envelope. If the corner is given a downward crimp beforehand this pulldown action becomes a simple matter. You are now ready to perform.
Spread out the cards between the hands, thumbs above and fingers below, and invite someone to choose a colour by pointing to a card. Retaining the cards in the spread condition, the left hand holds all the cards whilst the right hand changes its grip and holds the right side of the spread between its thumb on the inner ends of the cards and fingers curled over the outer ends (Fig. 2). You are now in a position to close up the spread and get the actual chosen card into the envelope in the process of so doing. Here's how.
The right second and third fingertips press on the back of the chosen card and swivel it towards the right — part the spread slightly below this card sufficiently to allow it to clear the cards below it and immediately close up the spread at the same time angling the chosen card and with the left little fingertip pull down the crimped corner of the envelope. What really happens is a variation of the Kelly replacement sleight. Instead of card going to the bottom of the pack it goes directly into the envelope through the open side "in a surprisingly easy action.
Square up the cards and at the same time make sure that the card is right inside the envelope. Respread the cards disclosing the envelope, the left little fingertip keeping the open comers and side closed, as the cards are placed aside.
The right hand now takes the open corners of the envelope between the thumb and fingers keeping them closed turns it over. The envelope
is retaken with the left hand between the thumb and second finger, the first finger resting on top next to the thumb (Fig. 3). With the left fingers in this position the card is kept in perfect alignment as the right hand pulls it from the envelope.
If so desired the effect can be repeated immediately. Just turn your back to prevent anyone seeing the colour of the card you put? in the envelope. It will be accepted that a card is in the envelope before the colour is chosen because of the directness of the method used, the absence of unnatural moves, and the fact that within seconds of the card being chosen the performer is removing what the audience believe to be its duplicate from the envelope. All these factors precludes the audience from even suspecting the real method used, which leaves them completely without a solution.
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