Mental Magic Word

Effect The performer introduces a pocket dictionary. The spectator looks through it, has a free choice of any one of the thousands of words, then writes his selection on a card. This card is inserted momentarily in the dictionary. After a moment of concentration, the spectator removes the card and places it in his pocket. He then hands the dictionary to the performer who opens it and immediately announces the chosen word and reads its definition. Preparation The working is simple, and there is...

Billet Switching

There are two essential switches of folded paper slips that everyone doing mental work should learn. The first or simple method is not new and is merely an exchange of folded slips. The second method, or folding switch, is my own and consists of reading a paper slip which is then switched for a palmed dummy as you refold it. The dummy is then handed to someone to hold, while the one just read is finger-palmed and retained in your hand. The size of the paper should be 2 1 2 x 3 1 2''. Hands...

Encore Voodoo

The following effect is an impromptu variation of the above trick, and one that will certainly appeal to many of you. To start, the performer announces an experiment in witchcraft. A bit of Voodoo ceremony used to impress ignorant souls that the incantating and muchly overdressed native Witch Doctor is really possessed of powers beyond the reach of ordinary mortals. A power that permits him to send his astral body into far off places during the curious and forbidding rituals of the Voodoo...

Ghostatic Touch

Effect (1) The performer has any person freely select a card from a shuffled red deck, and another person select any card from a freely shuffled blue deck. When the chosen cards are named, it is found that both persons have selected the same cards. Both Jack of Diamonds (2) The red deck is shuffled by one spectator and then placed in the performer's inside coat pocket. The other spectator shuffles his blue deck and places it in his own inside coat pocket. This person then reaches into the...

Paroptic Vision

Here is a most unusual test that requires no preparation and may be introduced into your program at any time. It is one of those mental tests that can be done before any sized audience, yet is just as effective when presented for a single person. Professional performers know how rare such an effect is and how hard it is to find one. Effect The performer borrows a deck of cards and states that he is about to do a test that should not be confused with card tricks or sleight-of-hand. It will be...

Diabolical Influence

Psychiatric Sorcery

A thought card trick without impressions, switches, Of all the bare-face swindles to cross my path, I consider this original effect of Mr. Solomon's worthy of the highest award. I only fear the reader will think it all too simple, and not give due consideration to the effect upon the witnesses. I believe it to be the acme of drawing room conceptions. Effect The performer has a deck of cards, a gummed sticker, a pencil and a piece of paper. He starts by taking a card from the deck, for instance,...