Performance and Patter

I've discovered thai lo present many of these demonstrations successfully, I need to exercise my mind each day. To exercise my mind, I in currently using a gift given to me by ¿¡ friend of mine who teaches a class on Memory Skills, lie calls it his Mega- Memory Practice Kit. It consists of 4H different cards that can be arranged in a practically infinite number of sequences to exercise yot.tr mind.

Note: Tills routine uses only 40 cards., but I want to create the illusion dial 48 cards are involved.

I lake 1he ;;nrire set of cards out of the envelope Holding the cards face down in my lefl hand. I cut above the short cards and show the audience the bottom card of the li Stack.

Each card has a colored dot, so, to exercise your mind, i on can mix the cards, look at a stack of cards, and try to memorize just the colors. Each card also has a number, so another simple way to exercise your mind is to mix the cards, look at a stack, and try to remember the numbers, And each card also has a drawing, so another way to exercise your mind is to mix the cards, look at a stack, and try to memorize the drawings.

Tonight, i wiii attempt to memorize all three: the colors... the numbers... arid the drawings.

As I make these statements, I take about half of Stack B and hand ii lo a person 0:1 my right and 1 give the remainder of Stack B to a second person on my right. Then, as 1 walk rr> the «id:* of the audience. ! flin wpi- thp «'nek the drawings arc face up, 1 hand a third person about half of the face-up Slack A. 1 give the remainder of Stack A io a fourth person.

I retain the stack of short cards.

¡'lease mix your cards as / 'in doing. To make ft lis dem-onslration more difficult. / will place these 7 or 8 remaining cards hack in the envelope. This actually makes the memorization I will attempt more difficult because I won't know what cards are missing from the set of 48 cards.

Tins is not true, but it disguises the method.

1 ask the first person (on my right) to hand his or her cards to the second person and then ask that person to mix the cards further. I do the same with the third and fourth persons (on my left).

Key Point: At this point, it is critical to collect and false shuffle the drawings. Bob Cassidy emphasized that the false shuffling is absolutely necessary to disguise the methodology. 1 agree with Bob. Since I have minima: card handling skills, here's what I do to ercatc rlie illusion of mixing the cards.

I walk over to the person on my left and ask for lii.>. or her cards. This is Slack A. I place these (face down) on my left hand. As I walk back to my right, 1 Hindu Shufllc Stack A.

As I finish mixing Slack A. I use my thumb to pull a lew of the top cards toward me to create an in-jog. With my right hand. I take the remaining cards Stack B —and place them (face down) on the cards in my left hand. I also get a break using ilie fatty part of my palm (the pari of my palm closest lo my thumb).

Now for the one card move: I take ilie cards above the break (and the in-jog) and do a Hindu Shuffle with these cards. I'm re-shuffling only Stack li.

A ad now one final mixing. So we start this demonstration with a stack of about 40 cards mixed by one. two. three, four, five, people.

Now fur the hard part. I will attempt to memorize as many cards a.s I can. Would someone with a second hand on his of her watch please time me. Beginning when I say "Go, " I will try to memorize as many cards as I can.

Looking at ihe bottom of the stack of.'>2 cards, I slowly count off the first 16 cards (Stack A). I take about 15 seconds. I hold these 16 cards in my right hand.

How long did that take?

Often I will get several different times, which can be used as an opportunity for humor. 1 walk into the right side of the audience and hand these 16 cards to someone to hold. 1 have just given this person Stack A to hold.

Now for the hard part, / will fry to memorize all of the remaining cant's without forgetting the cards I've already seen. Who is my timer this time? Tell me when to start.

When the person says''start," I look carefully a leach of the remaining cards. I make it look difficult. I take about 20 seconds. When I'm done, I ask how long 1 took. Now 1 walk to the left side of the audience and hand

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these cards to another person. This person has Stack B. I invite both people with cards onto the stage and introduce myself to each person.

Psotc: As I face the audience, the person, with Stack A is on my right and the person with Stack H is on my J eft.

/ need each of von to sort your cards by the colored dots. Group all the cards with red dots together Same for the blue dots. Same for the green and yellow dots. Don i let me see (he cards.

Key I'oint: As this sorting is being done, it is critical to till this dead time. To till this time, 1 talk about the visualization techniques I use to memorize the cards. What I say is not true, but it sounds believable. I suggest you check Rob Cassidy's book or videotape to gc! ideas for develop ing your own presentation. (.Sec "Books and Supplies."}

Have wit each soiled your raids by colors'' Thanh you.

I will start by try ing to call out the numbers and pictures of (he cards with the red dots. Please look at only the cards with the red dots. Iff correctly remember the number or drawing on a card you arc holding, please show it to the audience and then place it in my hand.

I will step closer to the audience so I can't see the cards you are holding. Ralph (the person on my right), / remember seeing only three red dots in the stack you arc holding... is thai correct'.' I believe you have the card with (he ^9 on it... a circle with a triangle inside it . <■• thai correct?

Show it to the audience and place it in my hand. You also have, the card, the heart... and the #3 card, the triangle? Please put those in my hand.

As I call :he cards. I emphasize showing the audience each card so the audience will know I am correct. 1 call the cards in this order to disguise the relationship between the «3 and triangle.

Sue. you have five cards with red dots... is that correct? You have the 7ti card, the table... the <12 card, the arrow. . the r.4 card, the book... and the «5 card, the ladder Am I correct.'' One last card... I always have trouble remembering this card It !\ the card with an eye... k7. Am {correct?

' coniiuue by cnMing out the numbers and drawji^o of cards with lite blue clots, green dots, and yellow dots.

I vary which person I work with first tor the remaining colors. I call oui some numbers in a set from lowest to highest; others 1 call out from highest to lowest. This makes it more amazing.

At the end of the routine, I have all the cards in my hands. No mess. .' thank the people on stage and take a bow.

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