This is an effect which I have used in my luncheon club lecture entitled 'Magic of the Mind'. Men, for some reason, respond more favourably to this type of E.S.P. trick than to some other kinds which appeal to women.
The origin of this demonstration is found in Anneman's 'Practical Mental Effects'. I have added a few touches which seems to create a good impression whether used as a close-up trick or on the platform.
The magician holds a stack of coin envelopes in his left hand. He hands one to a person on his left and another to someone on his right. Both are empty.
He now offers the person on his left a packet of about twenty blank cards (I use white cardboard cards rather than blank business cards). He is now asked to count off seven cards. He would of course find this awkward to do while holding the envelope, so you take it from his and casually push it in the centre of the stack in your left hand.
Take the rest of the blank cards from him and request that he recounts the cards to make sure that there are seven. When he confirms this hand him a pencil and say, "Will you please write a two digit number — such as 93 or 21 on holding the packet of envelopes take back his sealed envelope on top ask if he has marked the envelope. He of course answers "No." You do a double lift turnover bringing the second envelope which is sealed and contains five blank cards. The spectator signs this envelope and places it in his pocket. He will later testify that the cards never left his hands.
You turn now to the spectator on your right and ask him to carefully count seven out aloud. "Please confirm your count" . . . "Place your cards in your envelope." He does this and seals it. With the packet of envelopes on the left hand have him place his sealed envelope on top at the same time hand him the pencil saying, "Please initial your envelope on the upper corner — right here." Again doing a double lift and turnover bringing the first spectators envelope to the top. You continue to hold the stack of envelopes acting as a writing support as he signs as requested. He is now asked to put the signed and sealed envelope into his pocket and you put the remaining envelopes away, either in the pocket or on the table.
The fun starts. Turning to the first spectator say, "Sir, please concentrate on your number." You pretend to write something on one of the blank cards or on one of the envelopes you retained when disposing of the stack. "Now think of the geometric designs." You draw a triangle with a circle inside. (These hit 95 per cent of the cases and you are 99 per cent of the time at least half right).
"Sir, what two digit number did you think of?" Twenty-seven he responds. This you write in secretly with your trusty 'Boon' or swami writer. Drop the card onto the table. "What geometric designs did you draw? A circle within a triangle! Do you believe this — LOOK." Turn over the card.
The spectator is now requested to validate your drawings by showing his original cards. He opens his envelope and is surprised to find only five cards all blank. The assistant on the right is asked to open his envelope and sure enough he now has nine cards which include the two missing from the other spectator's envelope, one on which is written the number 27 and the other a drawing of a circle with a triangle.
Surely, such a demonstration of telepathy and psychokinesis is enough for one sitting. The trick is easy to do, leaving plenty of room for showmanship without which it is just another trick.
In 'The Page Boy Speaks' Patrick Page sought the solution to a card quickie; here is my answer. Whichever sleeve you want to produce the card from you must have an inside pocket on that same side of your jacket, thus the card will mainly be produced from the right sleeve as not jackets have an inside pocket on the left side, however you proceed as follows: the card having been selected it is palmed from the pack in the left hand. The pack is transferred to right hand and then placed on the table or given to spectator to hold. Left hand now goes to inside right pocket of the jacket and pushes the selected card into the right arm-hole. The card should be pushed down as far as possible but not below the elbow. This is done quickly as the left hand now removes a miniature sword, wand or a pencil, indeed any object from the pocket which you can work into the effect. Give the pen to the spectator and ask him to sign his name on his selected card or something. Make sure that the spectator sees both empty hands as you gesture to the pack. As he looks for his card the right hand bends and tugs slightly at the right sleeve where upon the card will slide down the sleeve. Raise the right hand to prevent the card dropping out. When spectator can't find card you show hands empty and then left hand reaches into right sleeve to produce the selected card. Hope Mr Page likes the idea.
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