Effect 7 Extra Sensory Perception

You hand a spectator a sealed envelope, explaining that it contains a prediction. Ask the spectator to keep the envelope safe while an ESP experiment is conducted.

You then spreads 10 ESP cards face down in a row on the table and ask the spectator to pick any number between 1 and 10 inclusive. You count along the cards to the chosen number, turn over the card and reveal it as the star symbol.

You then ask the spectator to open the sealed envelope and read the prediction inside. It reads I predict you will choose the star.

Write I predict you will choose the star on a piece of paper and seal it in an envelope.

Lay 10 ESP cards (2 of each symbol) face down in a row on the table, ensuring that a star is at positions 3 and 7 (counting from the left).

The above image is an example of how to position the cards. For the effect, they should be face down.

When the spectator has chosen their number, count along the cards as below.

You will always land on a star.

1

Count

O -

N

- E from the left

2

Count

T -

W

- O from the left

3

Count

1 -

2 -

3 from the left

4

Count

1 -

2 -

3 - 4 from the right

5

Count

F ■

-1 -

V - E from the right

6

Count

S -

I -

X from the left

7

Count

1 -

2 -

3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 from the left

8

Count

1 -

2 -

3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 from the right

9

Count

N -

I -

N - E from the right

10

Count

T -

E -

- N from the left

You can then reveal the other cards to be different.

ESP cards, also known as Zener cards, are made up of five symbols: a circle, a cross, wavy lines, a square and a star. Professional decks are available very cheaply from magic suppliers or occultism shops but you can easily make your own based on the designs shown above.

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