Effect 25 Three Minds Into

Three spectators each remove one card from a normal deck. The 3 cards are mixed by another spectator and then returned to you face down.

Turning over the first card, you correctly announce which spectator selected it.

You then do the same for the second card.

Obviously knowing who chose the third card, you leave it face down on the table and pick up a notepad. After a moment's deliberation you write something on the pad. The third spectator is then asked to name his card and as he does so, you spin the pad around to reveal you've written the name of his card.

Like some of the previous effects, this one requires a confederate. Your confederate is the spectator who collects the 3 cards from the other spectators, who are genuine. This can be the same person already used because this is the first time they take an active and visible part in the show.

Here are the workings of the effect:

You hand a deck of cards to a spectator on the left of the audience. Mentally label him as 'Spectator 1'. You ask him to shuffle the deck if he likes but in any event, to remove one card, keep that card hidden from view and pass the deck onto another spectator to his left. The second spectator ('Spectator 2') does the same and hands the deck to 'Spectator 3'.

Now you have 3 spectators, each holding a randomly chosen playing card. Ask them each to concentrate upon and remember their chosen card.

Now turn to your confederate, gesture to him and say,

"You Sir, would you mind helping with this experiment? Can you retrieve each card and bring them to me, making sure they are face down so I can't see them? Bring the remainder of the deck also."

Your confederate collects the cards and the remainder of the deck. As he collects the cards, he marks them for you in a particular way. To mark the card from Spectator 1, he presses his forefinger and thumbnail into the top right corner of the card as he holds it face down. This produces a slight 'nick'. This can be done quickly and will not be noticed.

With Spectator 2's card, he makes the nick in the middle of the right hand side, again face down.

Spectator 3's card doesn't need to be marked.

Once he's collected the cards, ask your confederate to place the remainder of the deck on the table and then hold out your left palm to accept the cards, again face down.

Ask the three spectators to stand. Holding the three cards face down in your left hand, you say the following:

"I'm about to look a the top card. When I reveal this card, please, whoever chose it, make no sound or movement to give yourself away. Remain calm, motionless and blank faced."

While you are saying this, place your little finger above the bottom card and slide it in slightly to form a 'break' in the cards. This will be hidden from view of the spectators by your hand (see photograph below).

Now flip over the top card (keeping it on top of the cards in your left hand) and announce it.

"The first card is the three of clubs ..."

Holding your right hand palm down, slip your thumb into the break created by your left little finger. Position your fingers across the right hand side of the two top cards (see photograph below).

Now lift these two cards as one, twisting your right hand through 90 degrees so the audience can see the face up top card. This action reveals to you the face down second card (in this case, the 8 of spades). Remember that card - you need it for the final part of the act.

Rotate your hand back and place the two cards on top of the card remaining in your left hand and say,

"Could the person who chose this card repeat its name over and over in their head - 3 of clubs, 3 of clubs, 3 of clubs etc."

Pick up the top card on its own and place the remaining two cards next to each other (still face down) on the table as your return to your position.

Look at the card markings to determine which spectator chose that card. After a little deliberation say

"The three of clubs was chosen by this gentleman ..."

Walk over to the respective spectator and tap him on the shoulder saying,

"Thank you - sit down please"

Now pick up the third card (the one you haven't glimpsed), look at it and show it two the audience.

"The next card is the Jack of Diamonds. Again, could the person who chose this card repeat its name over and over in their head"

Look at the card markings to determine which spectator chose that card.

After a little deliberation say

"The Jack of Diamonds was chosen by this gentleman ..."

Walk over to the respective spectator and tap him on the shoulder saying,

"Thank you too - sit down please"

There is now one card remaining on the table and one spectator left standing. Say

"Now obviously it doesn't take a mind reader to know who chose the remaining card, so I'm going to try something different with this one. Sir, could you also repeat the name of your chosen card over and over in your head please?"

As he does this, pick up a notepad and pan. Look at him for a while then draw the card you glimpsed earlier. Keep the drawing concealed from your audience then ask the remaining spectator to name his chosen card.

After he has done so, flip around your notepad to reveal that you've read his mind and drawn a picture of the chosen card.

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