The Grand Opening Voodoo

After your prefatory remarks, you begin the show. The first effect is accomplished with a swami gimmick. Have the Swami gimmick in position on your thumb, and bring out your wallet. Open it to flash the notepad, and remark that you have recorded a prediction that is relevant to the future actions of a spectator.

"Our first experiment deals with the art of voodoo, which is the theory that if you cause harm to a doll representing a certain person, the injury is felt by the person himself. We need to select a wronged party, who will in turn select an appropriate victim." Point to a woman and ask her to stand up. "Hello. What's your name?"

"Jane," she answers.

"Hi Jane. Jane, will you do me a favor? I'd like you to think of somebody you haven't thought about in a long time. This should be a man—but not just any man. This should be an ex-boyfriend or husband, someone who really did you wrong. Does someone enter your mind? Can you do this? "

"I sure can. My ex-husband was a jerk."

"I'll just bet he was. Here's your chance at payback. Imagine that you have a Voodoo doll of this person, and you also have a sharp pin. Now, think about the first place you would want to stab this person with the pin. "

"Now, since this is a family show, remove the pin and concentrate on the second place you would stab the voodoo doll of the person. " This always gets a laugh, believe it or not. "Now tell us, where did you stick your ex?"

"In the right hand."

"Thank you, Jane. Would you come up here and look at the note I made a few minutes ago?"

She does, and reveals that you correctly predicted the spot where she stuck her ex.

The Art Of Cold Reading

The Art Of Cold Reading

Today I'm going to teach you a fundamental Mentalism technique known as 'cold reading'. Cold reading is a technique employed by mentalists and charlatans and by charlatan I refer to psychics, mediums, fortune tellers or anyone that claims false abilities that is used to give the illusion that the person has some form of super natural power.

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