Hand the bag to the young lady and ask her to hold it high, "In your best Vanna White Position. " While she's selecting the three participants in the audience, remove the pad and pen from your pocket, taking care not to flash your secret slip. Pull the slip out and hold it in place at the bottom of the pad with your thumb, with the Total field on top. In a minute you're going to write the numbers in as they're called out, but we'll get to this when the time comes.
This interaction will use a very strong mentalism method known as Double-Writing. You point to each participant and ask them to call out their name. Write it down. Then ask for the number. This is important. Why?
Well, it doesn't make much sense to write down a three digit number, does it? You're a great mastermind and you can't even remember a three-digit number? But by writing down the name and the number you just want to make sure you get the correct number for each participant.
The first person calls out their name. Write it down. Then ask for a number. Write it down, too -- twice. Once by the name and again in the blank Total field of your secret slip. In the example I gave above, the guy called out "6" when I gave him a choice between 1 and 5. This happens a lot in real life. Years ago, I used to make the guy obey the restrictions but someone who's acting like a smartass will often argue with you, demanding explanations for why he can't have his own number, etc. I prefer to get the laugh and move on, making it
look like I outguessed him. "I heard about you, Pete. They warned me about you."
The three numbers are called out and written in the appropriate positions. Don't worry that anyone will catch you double writing; the audience is too busy watching the interesting stuff, which happens to be the three participants standing up and calling out numbers.
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