The advantage of this stack is that it appears to be completely random. In fact if the decks were legitimately shuffled and dealt as explained it is quite possible that this arrangement might turn up.
Let us assume Effect #1 has been completed and the cards have been dealt out as above. The spectators follow the procedure as described on page 51 . Each now holds two cards, the remaining cards are placed in the ESP Test Kit box and the cover placed on.
The spectators mix their cards: The menta'list turns and faces them. At this point the menta'list has no idea which cards belong to which spectator. It is at this point that the mentalist uses the MIND KEY.
The MIND KEY is not a gimmick but a poem.
CIRCLE BLUE, STAR RED, YELLOW SPIRAL, MINDS ARE WED. SQUARE GREEN OR SQUARE BLUE, BUT SQUARE GREEN FIRST, OR ELSE YOU'RE THROUGH.
Regardless of your opinion of its literary worth this little ditty deserves your attention. It must be memorized, but this should not prove difficult. Note that no reference is made to the colour brown or to the * symbol: This is because provision need only be made for 4 of the 5 colours and 4 of the 5 symbols in order for the effect to be concluded successfully.
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