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Master Mentalism and Magic Tricks

Not every magician or mentalist has the ability to put his or her crowd in sheer amazement. This is because of either the failure ratio of the tricks or mentalism techniques or because of their ordinary nature. Chances are that you already face these two dreadful situations. However, worry not because Ryan Clark & Mr. X has brought to you a trove of mentalism techniques and magic tricks that will help you win over your audiences just the way you've always wanted to. So, are you ready to stand in the ranks of professional mentalists and magicians Chris Angel, David Copperfield, David Blaine, and Derren Brown? Master Mentalism and Magic Tricks is the name of the treasure we talked about. It is a downloadable PDF containing all the secrets of jaw-dropping mentalism and magic tricks developed by a pioneer magician and mentalist referred to as Mr. X. His identity has been kept hidden because of the prevailing threats. However, despite that, he has laid out clear instructions on mastering two of the most revered niches of the industry. With everything regarding them in the book, you also get three bonuses of Over 500 Card Tricks Exposed, David Blaine Brutally Exposed, and an exclusive 30 Days Access to Mesmerize Monthly. Read more...

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Section 2 How Cold Reading works Defining terms What is cold reading

Cold reading is a deceptive psychological strategy. Among other things, it can be used by someone who is not psychic to give what seem to be a very convincing psychic readings. Cold reading is neither one single technique, nor one single procedure. It is better to think of 'cold reading' as the collective term for a set of techniques which can be used in different contexts to achieve different goals. In the first five sections of this book, I focus on the way cold reading techniques are used to deliver a convincing psychic reading to a complete stranger.

The Proofs Of Mind Reading

Nearly everyone has had evidences of Mind Reading or Thought Transference in his or her own life. Nearly every one has had experiences of being in a person's company when one of the two would make a remark and the other somewhat startled, would exclaim, Why, that's just what I was going to say, or words to that effect. Nearly every one has had experiences of knowing what a second person was going to say before the person spoke. And, likewise common is the experience of thinking of a person a few moments before the person came into sight. Many of us have suddenly found ourselves thinking of a person who had been out of our minds for months or years, when all of a sudden the person himself would appear. These instances are so common as to be generally recognized without question. These occurrences have given rise to common sayings, such as, Speak of the devil, or Speak of angels and you hear the rustle of their wings. Maybe the best available evidence of the average persons ability to...

Martins Twelve Card Trick

The Sleeve, or The Twelve Card Trick, it should be stated that although an effect of this nature has been performed for years by various conjurers, in one form or another, it has, for the most part, been accomplished by a certain set series of manipulations, which in the following treatise have been virtually eliminated. In eliminating these sleights, I have substituted in their place a new series of simple and easily mastered moves, which have been universally accepted as the most effective and baffling method of presenting this greatest of all card effects. As will he seen in the following explanation, the performance of the effect will depend, for the most part, upon the showmanship of the performer. Due to the fact that a number of cards, held in full view of the spectators, are caused to vanish one at a time until each in succession is reproduced from the performer's trouser pocket, there is a tendency toward the presentation becoming monotonous unless the performer introduces a...

List of Easy Card Tricks

After shuffling the deck of cards, the performer asks a friend to cut the deck that is in his left hand. The friend then places the top portion of the cards on the performer's right hand. The friend is then asked to take the top card off the portion in the performer's left hand. The friend looks at the card without showing the performer. The performer uses their mind reading capabilities to tell what card has been chosen. Mind Reader Self-Working Magic Trick Creative trick for young card trick peformers Easy to do, very basic card trick Turn Around Card Trick, The Main Page Card Trick Type Index Master List Card Trick Terminology Submit a Trick Exclusive Offer Search this Site Card Trick Central Bookstore Easy Tricks Intermediate Tricks Hard Tricks Other Tricks Sleights Magic Notes Links Help Awards, Earth's largest bookstore which offers more than one million titles, in cooperation with Card Trick Central present to you the Card Trick Bookstore. Through...

The Card Magic of Nick Trost

The book is divided into 17 chapters, each chapter containing effects which are thematically related. Included are Coincidences, Four Ace routines, Gambling Tricks, Poker Deals, Predictions, Spelling Tricks, Reversed Card Effects, Packet Tricks, SpecialDeck Gambling Effects, and effects using ESP cards. At the end of the book is a useful Appendix which explains 20 basic moves (Biddle Move, Braue Addition, Braue Reversal, Elmsley Count, Flushtration Count, etc.) which are used in the routines. If you are new to card magic, this Appendix is a very handy addition. For newcomers to card magic, this book is a must-buy. (In fact, if you were to own this book, Duffie's Effortless Card Magic, Steve Beam's two volumes of Semi-Automatic Card Tricks, and Phil Goldstein's Focus, you would have enough simple, effective card magic to last you the rest of your life.) More experienced card workers will find the routines in this book to be a fertile field for experimentation and variation. Highly...

Topological Card Tricks

The tricks in this chapter use cards that are torn or folded. This may seem a slender premise on which to base a chapter, but topological card tricks represent an offbeat approach that generates surprising and different card effects. Most topological card tricks requite gimmicks or manipulation that lie outside the scope of this book. The tricks in this brief chapter have been chosen because they are easy to perform and provide something of the flavor of this unique area of card magic.

Jokes About Card Tricks

Let's get this straight this fellow has broken no actual laws. Still, I think this is a crime. Here's why. If I'm a beginner I learn how to be a magician by imitation. That's generally the way it works, and there's nothing wrong with it. But if I'm a conscientious beginner, I only perform stuff that I've bought, been taught by the creator, learned at a lecture, or read in a book. Let's say I buy the book in question and use a line or two from it. I should be able to assume that I have an ethical right to do so. If my ethical position is that I should only do stuff that the creator of the material grants me permission to perform, then I will be inadvertently violating my own ethical position. This of course doesn't apply only to the beginner. The majority of magic shows are performed by amateur magicians. They don't all have the time necessary to track down sources for all the material they perform. They assume that if an author puts an item into a book, then that item is fair game for...

Entertainment and Mentalism for Corporate Audiences

1 view myself as a corporate entertainer who specializes in mentalism. My main mission is to entertain people. Mentalism is my means to this end. What follows ire questions I reviewed as I developed my corporate mentalism act. The answers presented ire based on my own experiences over the past seven years. Why do corporations hire a mcntalist Here arc four reasons why 1 believe mentalists are hired lor an event or meeting, rather than other types of entertainers Mentalism is amazing and unexplainable. Mentalism allows audience members to share the spotlight. Mentalism is a form of entertainment thai few people have seen. 1 remind myself that I'm an entertainer first and a mentalist second. I want people to relax and enjoy each demonstration. I avoid the temptation to show off. I wani each demonstration to he more than a puzzle to figure out. I want people to laugh. And I want people to leave amazed. Achieving all of these outcomes is hard work. Achieving these outcomes takes more than...

On Fat Free Mentalism

Experience has taught me that conventional conjuring and mental magic do not harmonize and, since it appeared that I was, primarily, a mentalist, I sold my magical equipment. . . From then on I continued as a professional hypnotist and mind reader, in which field I won permanent success. -- C.A. George Newmann, The Pioneer Mentalist - Ah, who the hell wants to carry all that around anyway I'd get drunk and lose it in a poker game. Before Fat Free Mentalism After Fat Free Mentalism A mentalism show of thirty years ago might have sported such props as a large chalkboard, several tables with props, weird Mental-Epic style devices, velvet change bags, clipboards about an inch thick, a holder with test-tubes of acid, strange black-box looking notepads for Q and A, and a mentalist who may have ranged from tedious to overbearing. Lectures on ESP tests performed at Duke University, Dermo-Optical Perception, and other quasi-technical jargon might have been tossed out to an audience....

The Use of Cards in Mentalism

I find this a strange subject to be writing about. The use of cards in mentalism was never even questioned when I was going through my formative years. I have a Tannen's Magic Catalog in hand as I write this. It is Catalog number 10 from the year 1973. Turning to the mentalism section, I find Dr. Jaks' Supersonic Card Prediction, Supreme Control Deck, Perfected Mental Masterpiece, Vantastic, Menta-Match, X-Credible, etc. Other catalogs I remember, such as Abbott's and Hank Lee's, had the same type of line-up. Just about every fourth or fifth mentalism effect used playing cards. The Amazing Kreskin was always on TV during those days and he always did card effects. From what I had read of Dunninger, he did many, too. When I bought books about Annemann, Corinda and Koran, there were all kinds of card routines in those pages. The thought that playing cards were inappropriate for mentalism never existed How could they be when every mentalist I looked up to used them To be fair, the magic...

Eight Guidelines for Performing Mentalism to Corporate Audiences

I will use the word act to describe a series of demonstrations with a common theme. My corporate mentalism act has between three and six demonstrations depending on the amount of time I'm given. (By the way, I use the word demonstration in this book the way others use Uic words effect, experiment, or routine. This book describes nine demonstrations that 1 have performed for corporate audiences.) My core beliefs about performing mentalism for corporate audiences come from over twenty yea is' experience as a fan of mentalism. as well as my own experiences as a performer. tion in my act involves a specific mental ability I learned lrum reading the Dunninger book. for a corporate mental ism act to hold the audience's attention, each demonstration should deal with a believable mental ability. In most cases, audience members al- ready believe. That is. most people believe ihc human mind has untapped abilities. In addition, many people believe they have had a psyehic...

He Asked if I Liked Card Tricks

Each month dozens of them appear in magazines, books, videos, and online. I'm sure that 99 of these tricks are only ever performed for an audience of one - the magician who's holding the cards. That's okay, however, because card tricks are like tinker toys, we amuse ourselves by playing with them, seeking new arrangements, varying the moves, constantly seeking the perfect trick. I awoke at 2 in the morning. Eric hadn't returned, so I dressed and walked over to the lecture room. Almost everyone was still awake, gathered around tables doing card tricks. I watched for about an hour and then went back to bed. The session continued till dawn. These marathon card trick sessions happened every night of the conference. We do love our card tricks. This month's Marketplace features lots of card tricks, most of which are the familiar, friendly tricks we've come to expect. One book features material that is not so comfortable. We begin with it. Life, Death, and Other...

Multiple Mind Reading

A final note In Verbum Sapienti there is described an entertaining bit of by-play (p. 54) that Mr. Elmsley uses to avoid any tendency toward anticlimax as the final selections are dealt with in a series of mental divinations. This same business can be readily adapted to Multiple Mind Reading , and is worth your attention.

Q Can both magic and mentalism be successfully combined in a performance Why

Both Magic Pictures

A All kidding aside, I think ALL mentalism is magic or at least based on similar, if not identical, methodology. As long as the performer does not insult his audience's intelligence, all's fair in psychic entertainment. Frankly, linking three finger rings together is pretty unbelievable stuff. But, I have seen innumerable performers blow an audience's collective minds with that one. I think it's on the edge, but in my opinion, the response is worth it. Naturally, I draw the line at Run Rabbit Run and the Professor's Nightmare. After verifying that the signature on the cassette is the one he placed there, the dignitary inserts it in an ordinary cassette player (his own or a borrowed one) and presses the play button. As another spectator displays the front page of that day's newspaper, the mentalist's RECORDED VOICE is heard to CORRECTLY PREDICT THE NEWSPAPER'S HEADLINE Think about it. How many Headline Predictions can you recall that permit the TEST CONDITIONS detailed above. The...

TeMentalists Tableclotf

Magical Eight Ball

Another utility item of great potential. I always use it in my Close-up Corner and in many other circumstances where I am called on to perform mentalism for audiences of modest size. It is not, however, an item that can be employed for table-hopping. As you will see, its uses and the effects it makes possible are extremely impressive. To construct a Mentalist's Tablecloth you will require two square pieces of velvet, one blue, the other black, each a yard square. I have had the twelve signs of the zodiac embroidered in a circle on the blue velvet. You could also cut them from felt and sew them on. This is an optional idea, but these symbols can be useful for various presentations (for example, see doing so in a manner that left the person believing that he or she had felt some supernormal vibration. Dunninger concealed the plate lifter in a length of rope. The Mentalist's Tablecloth provides an even subtler application of this marvelous principle. For example The reader, knowing that...

Welcome to Derren Brown Mentalism Tricks

Derren Brown Secrets

Although Derren Brown did not invent the principle for this effect, you will have seen this perform this trick with 'the twins' and also 'the lap dancers' in his TV show. It is a classic trick of mentalism any completely impromptu. You can do this at any time and I've personally freaked a lot of people out whilst doing this at clubs and parties. If you want an effect to build a reputation on - read on Basic Effect

Card Tricks How To Do Them

This book gives the newest card tricks and sleight-of-hand yet offered to professionals and amateurs Not only does this book contain all the new tricks, but nearly every one known is fully explained and exposed by explicit directions and carefully prepared illustrations. Eighty fine illustrations.

Business Card Mind Reading

EFFECT Three spectators each write a name, a word or even draw a picture or symbol upon identical business cards. The cards are collected by a spectator and shuffled face down so no one knows which card belonged to whom. The Magician does a brief cold reading or handwriting analysis on each face down card to divine the card's owner. When the Magician reaches the last card, he takes a pen to a pad of paper and correctly draws whatever text or symbol is on the card. An absolute killer reveal

Introduction To Mentalism With Cards

It has been argued by my friends and colleagues that there is no place for card tricks in the Thirteen Steps to Mentalism, on the grounds that playing cards are suggestive of trickery in as much that they are so commonly associated with conjuring. With this argument on my hands I have been forced to form an opinion once and for all on this troublesome question, and I have decided to make a stand and stick by my guns. The answer is the existence of Step Ten. On the other hand there is no doubt at all that playing cards can be devastatingly dangerous to the mentalist. They could be his undoing, as they could also be his making, and it all depends on what you do and how you do it. We must therefore pay a certain amount of attention to the best way in which playing cards may be used for mentalism. We need not concern ourselves too much with cards other than playing cards because, for example, a set of E.S.P. cards or Zenna cards are such that although in shape they resemble playing cards,...

Intermediate Card Trick Description

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Go To Regular Index Card Trick Central Bookstore Exclusive Offer First of all the card trick centers around the idea that you know the bottom card which means you need to be good at shuffling. Make sure you know the bottom card. Mind Reader II This is just a slightly advancecd variation of the trick Mind Reader, submitted by James Blackie. Cards are eliminated by the audience but somehow appear at the end. Combination of a couple of tricks on Card Trick Central. After shuffling the deck of cards, the performer asks a friend to cut the deck that is in his left hand. The friend then places the top portion of the cards on the performer's right hand. The friend is then asked to take the top card off the portion in the performer's left hand. The friend looks at the card without showing the performer. The performer uses their mind reading capabilities to tell what card has been chosen. The magician asks spectator whether he knows any card tricks. The spectator answers Magician says Well...

Esr should the performance of mentalism omBhe performance of magic

The magician s props and illusions vs. the more conservative manner and absence of obvious props in the performance of mentalism. The major difference lies in the mindset of the respective audiences of magic and mentalism. The magician's audience knows they are about to be deceived by manual dexterity or mechanical means. It's a trick, an illusion the hand is quicker than the eye. The mentalist, by comparison, encourages his audience to embrace the power of the material and the strength of the premise. In fact, a large percentage of a mentalist's audience want to believe, if they don't already. That is the essense of the differences that exist between the two. The precursor of this effect originally appeared in my second book. Entitled Spectramental, it required the use of a cardboard drawer box. I originally obtained mine from a veterinarian who used them as pill boxes. Unfortunately, over the years many magicians and mentalists told me they were having problems finding the proper...

Silent Psychic Influence

In learning of Maya, you have learned of the threefold formula of Yogi psychic influence, viz., visualization, projection, and affirmation. You also know how to use it in relation to suggestion and hypnosis. This is the first state of training. When the initiate has mastered this stage, he is promoted to more advanced aspects of the subject, which is referred to as silent psychic influence. In this state of magical influencing, the formula of visualization, projection, and affirmation is applied in the same general way, but with an importanct major difference. In silent psychic influence the affirmation and the accompanying projection of the visualized thought are performed silently and inaudibly without the actual knowledge of the other person. It is this practice of Advanced Maya that the Hindu hypnotists have made a breakthrough from western methods as the hypnotic effects of suggestions are produced without the need for hypnosis indeed, sometimes without the subject's awareness....

Becoming A Master Magician

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In this supplemental chapter to the foregoing, I will tell you of The High Magic Of India (of which all other forms of magic are but imitations), and how to develop the powers of Yoga Cosmology. This is the type of magic which is performed in secret monastaries in the mountains of Northern India and Tibet by the Adepts. This magic is in no sense supernatural, but it is decidedly supernormal, and shows a most amazing control over the forces of Nature. I will both describe the effects of such high magic and give you the modus operandi so you will know of the means of developing as do the Master Magicians.

An expanded model of cold reading

The above sources of information about the pseudopsychic technique suggest a model in which cold reading actually encompasses a number of discrete operations which appear to represent a hierarchy (see Figure 1). Strategies which appear higher in the pyramid are somewhat dependent upon the use of those lower down for success. For example, the use of information drawn by virtue of pigeon-holing the client may be needed to initiate the necessary conditions for cold reading by providing the source material for the client to react to. Similarly, Barnum statements may be used as distractor items before feeding back information unwittingly given up by the client in warm reading. However, it should be noted that although these strategies can have a particular temporal order, in that some stages tend to be passed through to generate information necessary for stages higher in the pyramid, the reading as a whole does not represent a steady progression through the hierarchy. Rather, the reading...

Cold Reading and romance

Having looked at the psychic context and the sales context, we can now look at cold reading techniques as they might apply in a romantic context. The second reason is simply that I get asked about this subject a great deal, and not just by other men. More than a few of my female friends, having perused earlier editions of this book, have shared their speculations about how cold reading techniques might play a part in relationships and relationship management. In fact three female friends have helped me to piece this short section together. If anything herein is deemed accurate and insightful, it can be credited to their assistance. So, which cold reading (CR) techniques might Fred usefully deploy in this context

Cold reading and criminal interrogation

I receive a lot of correspondence about cold reading from all over the world, and most of it is very interesting. On more than one occasion, police officers and other law enforcement officials have written to me about the possible application of cold reading techniques to the interrogation of suspects in criminal cases. I find this an intriguing idea, and during a visit to New York I had the privilege of discussing it further with Peter Kougasian, Assistant DA for the County of New York (and a fine magician too). Peter suggested I consult 'Criminal Interrogation and Confessions' by Inbau, Reid and Buckley, which is a standard textbook on the subject, and this proved to be an excellent recommendation. For one thing, it's a beautifully well-written book, and I'm a fan of good writing wherever I find it. I also found the contents absolutely fascinating. First, I will look at some striking similarities between standard interrogation practice, as described by IRB, and the cold reading...

Formula For Cold Readings

Briefly, the cold reading can be summarized as an ANALYSIS and PATTER STORY of the client's DESIRES, POSSESSIONS and FEARS. As the author deems this one of the most IMPORTANT STATEMENTS IN THIS TEXT, Here are the subjects to be considered in the composite 'cold reading' - depending on the individual client.

An Introduction To Cold Reading

WHAT IS COLD READING There have been many definitions of cold reading. Most define it as a technique or skill used to gather information about a subject who is unknown to the reader. In reality, cold reading is not a single skill or technique, but rather a series of them. Therefore, for our purposes, as magicians and mentalists, we shall define it as, A process by which the reader creates the effect that he or she has knowledge of an unknown subject's life - past, present and future. Most psychologists point to The Forer Effect and a phenomenon called subjective validation or selective memory. In general, it states that when you give people a number of both vague and specific claims about them - they tend to remember and give significance to the ones that are accurate or favorable, and dismiss as insignificant or forget, those that are not. In the case of cold reading, this selectivity of the human mind helps the subject interpret or retrofit the reader's assertions to fit his or her...

Effortless Card Magic

He seems to have the knack of creating outstanding card routines which require little or no technical ability, and which avoid the cumbersome mathematical methods which plague so many self-working card tricks. In his new book Effortless Card Magic, Peter offers us 70 routines which provide maximum impact for minimum effort. There is enough material here to keep a budding card man happy for a long, long time. But, don't shrug off these tricks just because they don't depend on muscle magic. You'll find tricks in here which will smoke both laymen and your pals at the magic club. Highly recommended, especially for those who are just getting started in card magic.

Princess Card Trick Plus

This effect is based on the old Princess Card Trick. In this version, however, the effect Lb much more direct and powerful. 1 have used it for a number of years, and I have known ir shake an audience with its seeming impossibility. Before we go on, let me emphasise that this trick ir not an opr-ntir, nor is it ei trick you would do in the middle of the show. You must finish on the Nap Hand Deal, You have been doing other card trick3, and iis the timn approaches for the Nap Hand, you switch the pack you have been using for the spocial pack. You can do this by using the switching card case described in Princess Card Trick Plus or you can simply put down your ordinary pack on a table for The effect is very striking, and capable of earning you quite a reputation either as a mind-reader or a brilliant card cheat

True cold reading using nonverbal feedback

The techniques described up to this point do not exploit information available through interaction with the client but depend instead on general truths and impression formation by the reader. When feedback is available during the reading, there is the opportunity to further refine these categories using what we have termed true cold reading (see Figure 5). This process has been likened by Hyman (1981) to the Clever Hans phenomenon (Sebeok & Rosenthal, 1981 see also Pfungst, 1911) because it exploits subtle behavioural cues emanating from the questioner during the course of the interaction to arrive at an appropriate reading. When successful, the true cold reading can follow a tree-like path, from broad trunk to branch to twig as the implicit choices made non-verbally by the client become more esoteric, resulting in end points which give very specific information indeed. And the client will tend to only remember this end point, not the stages which led to it.

Why are psychic or cold readings done

The psychic entertainer who is putting on a public show or demonstration is working in a somewhat different vein than the person who is doing a private reading. There is no confidential nature to the reading. However, the astute performer realizes that there is still a self-selecting principle at work. Generally, those in attendance will be more interested than the general public, and those that arrive early and sit in the front are more interested and involved. They are also likely to be better subjects to work with. Generally speaking, little specific information is given, and certainly, no advice. The question and answer may be used in such a way as to include a little cold reading in the response or answer. However, it is quite possible to do an entire program based only upon cold reading. In such situations, versatility is a must. The performer must have a variety of readings or approaches, as a single reading repeated over and over will, surely lose its...

Pawology Cold Reading

Once again the secret of Pawology is little more than the use of effective cold reading techniques, the main obvious advantage here being that dogs cannot talk back and as such will never be The Cold Reading methods used are IDENTICAL to those explained in the Navel Reading section of this manual and are used on the dogs owner. I also on many occasions make use of a Mentalists clipboard in order to obtain much information about the dog without the owner ever realising how I managed to find it out, in other words they end up believing that I discovered it through reading their dogs paws

Cold reading strategies

How can these findings be reconciled Often, successes by psychics have been explained not as a consequence of psychic ability, but in terms of the exploitation of common (but subtle) channels of communication using what has been termed cold reading (e.g. Schwartz, 1978 Randi, 1981). The concept is not new Whaley (1989) for example describes it as Originally the argot of psychic mediums by 1924 from the fact that the customer walks in 'cold' - previously unknown to the fortune-teller (p.173), and the stratagem was probably first hinted at in the writings of Conan Doyle through the instant face-to-face deductions of Sherlock Holmes, published from 1887. A more recent definition of cold reading, taken from Ray Hyman's classic account of the effect, describes it as a procedure by which a 'reader' is able to persuade a client whom he has never met before that he knows all about the client's personality and problems (Hyman, 1977 20). Unfortunately, this does not give us much insight into...

The Nature Of Mind Reading

The general public is almost in total ignorance of the great truths of thought transference, thought projection, telepathy, or mind reading. It is true that here and there were to be found a few scientists earnestly investigating and eagerly uncovering the hidden truths concerning these subjects. But the mass of the people were either entirely ignorant of the subject or else were intensely skeptical of anything concerning the matter, laughing to scorn the daring thinker who ventured to express his interest or belief in this great scientific phenomena. We have quoted at length from this eminent authority to show once and that this great science of MIND READING is recognized, and approved of by many authorities in science, and also to give our students the benefit of the scientific theories upon the subject. In this work we have but very little to say about theory, but shall confine ourselves to facts, and actual instruction. Of additional interest may be the fact that in the past 50...

Can anyone learn cold reading

This is a common question, and the answer is the same for cold reading as for anything else. Almost anyone can try their hand at it, but there will always be some who have more natural aptitude than others. Good cold reading tends to require the gift of the gab, modest acting ability, lack of nerves, and a touch of 'stage presence'. If a person has these qualities, he or she can probably learn to be a good cold-reader. Charm and charisma obviously help, but I seem to have done okay despite a conspicuous lack of both. It is important to point out that different practitioners learn cold reading in different ways. It is a little bit like playing the piano some learn from books, some are taught, some more or less teach themselves as they go along. Some have a very analytical approach, and teach themselves by studying and practising for many years (which is what I did). Others more or less develop the knack without trying. believe she must possess a psychic gift. In time, she was able to...

Welcome to Card Trick Central

Resources This is one of the most commonly asked questions by people who are wanting to get involved with magic. What should you buy Not buy My best advice is to first determine what it is you want to do in magic. Close-up magic, Stage magic, Sleight of hand magic, Mentalism, and the list can go on and on. Considering you are at a site which contains Card Magic, I will concentrate on close-up sleight of hand magic using cards. The first main hurdle you need to overcome is to decide if you want to persue magic using books or videos as a means to learn. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. What follows is only my opinion on the subject. I personally prefer books to begin learning. Books contain much more than just how to do tricks . Knowing how to do a trick is not even half of what you need to learn about magic. Royal Road to Card magic- Available at most magic shops Performing Card Tricks (and others, too ) Anyone can learn to do card tricks. If you got this far on the...

Can You Tell Me the Best Card Tricks by Eugene Burger

Much of my email is from magicians who are asking questions. Sometimes they ask so many questions I would need to write a small booklet just for them if I were to answer them intelligently. Often the questions are the same. One of the recurring questions that has been asked on more than a dozen occasions is this Can you tell me the best card tricks I am reminded of a posting on one of the Internet magic bulletin boards where a writer explained he had purchased a specific (large) book and asked whether anyone would be interested in splitting the reading of it with hi--so they could tell each other the best card tricks. Since I suspect I will be asked for my recommendation of the best card tricks many more dozens of times in the future, it seems like a good idea to answer this question once and for all here. Eventually, I think we'll put this answer up on my website and then I'll be able simply to refer new email questioners to that place for my answer. Tidy. Ready I strongly feel that...

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Help Wanted Card Trick Central is now looking for people with knowledge of card tricks, and basic graphic experience. If you have a scanner, and magic books this job can be for you. E-mail me for more info at ehillsman For your work you will receive access to the hard card tricks. Help Wanted Card Trick Central is now looking for people with knowledge of card tricks. Card Trick Central is looking for people to classify the card tricks listed in Card Trick Central into categories (impromptu, self-working, etc.) Email me if you are interested at ehillsman For your work you will receive access to the hard card tricks. + Help Wanted Card Trick Central is now looking for Card Trick Central Editors to check grammar, spelling and accuracy of posted tricks. If you really would like to help Card Trick Central become a better overall site, e-mail me for more info at ehillsman A Help Wanted Card Trick Central is growing very quickly. And I need...

Q Can music be integrated into a mentalism act

It would depend in great part on the type of mentalism that's being performed. A more serious effort that involves a significant amount of cold reading would probably suffer from a musical accompaniment. However, a fast paced presentation sprinkled with light humor and spiced with a dramatic climax could benefit substantially. One of my recent performances was backed by an excellent keyboard musician who filled some potentially dead spots with delightful background music and added cute sound bytes and musical emphasis to several effects. When I was revealing a mentally selected telephone number, I asked the spectator if she could hear her party's phone ringing in her mind. The audience actually heard the sound of a phone ringing at that precise moment It got a great laugh and made the presentation even more effective. While perusing one of my World of Super Mentalism books some time ago, I came across an effect called Midas Mentalism which involved changing a silver coin to gold....

List of Other Card Tricks

This is a Card trick that involves mutilating two cards but it's worth it. With this card that is created you can do tons of tricks with. The magician takes a long-stemmed glass and announces that he's going to perform a card trick. The thing about this card trick is that he won't be able to touch the cards, because they'll be inside the glass the whole time Placing the pack face-out in the glass, the magician states that he's going to find all four aces using special Locator Cards . He reaches into the glass and pulls out a red number card (we'll use the Ten of Hearts for the example) and puts it in front of the rest of the cards in the deck so that it is the card the spectator now sees looking at them through the glass. The magician then states that he will let that red 10 find a red ace. Holding the glass by the stem, the magician passes a cloth napkin over the glass quickly. When the napkin has completed it's quick pass, the red 10 has been replaced by a red ace The magician then...

Irihii three card trick

An effective move that is sometimes used in conjunction with the three card trick is known as the Mexican Turnover . This is by no means a difficult sleight once the correct position of the cards involved is acquired. The effect, which I will briefly describe, is known to all card magicians. The Mexican Turnover is a useful move when acquired and apart from its value in the three card trick, it has other uses in card effects. An impromptu item I often perform in this connection comes to my mind. This is a magical transposition of two selected playing cards. Two freely chosen cards are placed face upwards on the table a short distance apart. The performer then takes any card from the pack and holds it between the right thumb and forefinger (position Fig. 1). In this case, however, the card is held face upwards. I will again suppose the selected cards to be a queen and the eight of clubs and that the card in the performer's hand is an ace.

More Professional Card Tricks

It is written in a similar, humoured manner to my first book, Four Professional Card Tricks . This new book will teach you some really great card magic - CRAZY MIXED UP POKER. My best self-working card trick. The spectator shuffles and cuts the pack. Winning hands are still dealt. This is a spoof demonstration of card sharping, crammed with comedy and laughter.

Mind Reading Par Excellence

Mind Reading, Crystal Gazing, etc. has become one of the most fascinating arts of recent years to mystify and amuse audiences of a mixed nature. Those who are skeptical as well as those who have true belief both find it has compelling interest. The following treatise will tell you in a concise manner just how you may prepare a nice act in mind-reading that will reach both the believer and the skeptic, and all without a great outlay of time, money or preparation. During the passing out of envelopes and cards, the time taken up in the writing of questions by audience, the seer or lecturer should arrange a spirited talk on Mental Telepathy, Crystal Gazing, Mind Reading, Thought Transference, etc. letting it be of sufficient scientific nature to not permit the audience to treat the matter too lightly, yet not of such a deep nature as to Iiore the usual mixed audiences that you find you will have to work and endeavor to entertain and mystify.

The Ramo Samee Card Trick

Magician's Tricks and How They Are Done. by the late Henry Hatton and Adrian Plate, is a feat they describe as one of the most incomprehensible tricks ever invented. While the Hatton and Plate trick is excellent, it depends upon the use of a deck of but 32 cards. and that I do not care for. Further, it depends upon the performer's memorizing several tables. As my method uses the entire deck and does away with tables. it is actually new. The feat is a favorite with several of my magician friends and I call it by the name they have given it-- The Ramo Samee Card Trick. Ramo Samee, an East Indian magician. was the first recorded performer of his nationality to appear in America. There is nothing East Indian about the trick-but then you know how it is with a name for a trick. The Ramo Samee Card Trick

The Technique Of The Cold Reader Applied To The Stage Mentalist

Practically all stage mentalists, when presenting a 'question and answer' act, concern themselves ONLY with giving ANSWERS to the questions. This type of presentation will be tremendously effective. If properly done, BUT why should not the stage performer add to his EFFECTIVENESS by using some of the technique of the COLD READER The stage performer can not only answer the question, but build a most effective thumbnail 'cold reading' around the patron - project the situation into the future, and predict the 'arrival of a letter bearing glad tidings, a new heart interest, an unexpected legacy and other pleasing expectations. ' These need not be in the realm of fancy, as careful analysis of the individual, plus the KNOWN question and a little psychology will reveal. Much of the statistical background, facts of life and general technique, as herein outlined, can be utilized to great advantage by the stage mentalist.

The power of cold reading

There seems to be a growing appreciation of the need for entertainment in the presentation of mentalism. Gone are the vaudevillian days of watching the entertainer awe an audience with his special powers , except perhaps for a relatively few master showmen such as Geller. Today's audiences are fed a diet of 'IV and movie, fast-action programming. To sit back and watch a slow moving plot that intrigues only the performer is definitely not HOT. We feel that cold reading can be presented with real impact and entertainment. It can be an act unto itself, or it can radically alter the nature, power and entertainment value of effects. Consider that the most powerful word in any language is that person's name. It has the lowest auditory recognition threshold. It is a proven winner in sales as witnessed by anyone who has taken a Dale Carnegie course, and it is central in each person's interest. If we can involve each member of the audience in the presentation of our programs, we have created...

Navelgazing Cold Reading

Well Fellow entertainer as you've probably guessed already the main secret of Navel-Gazing is Cold-Reading But look at what I said again and you'll see one of my favourite Cold reading techniques in action which is to say something which is detailed but then end it with a positive closed question which can only really be answered YES by the subject as to answer YES is in their own interest Here once again the closed question technique is used and once again it's in her interest to answer Yes - don't underestimate this cold reading technique its very useful indeed. 12) Next we'll discuss the use of Closed questions just a little bit more before explaining how I use the power of Open Ended Statements and Questions for Cold Reading Success. I hope you get the hang of it as Open statements are a very easy way of devising Cold Reading patter which will fit every person on this planet or as it is known in the Cold reading trade Boiler-Plate . 17) Two last points on Navel Cold Reading and...

Spectacular Unforgettable Magic

So how can a giveaway generate that kind of money Simple. Your giveaway has your contact details on it The specifics of the giveaway are really not that important, but you want something with a perceived value that is easy for the kids to have fun with, so it could be any simple magic effect that they can do. These are the type of magic tricks that you usually find in a boxed magic set, and that can be purchased inexpensively in bulk from many magic suppliers. With a private kids party though, magic tricks as giveaways work especially well, because not only is there a higher perceived value to your show, but the kids will ALL take home the magic trick, and you can be sure they will talk about it and show their parents. We suggest putting a little package together in one of those clear plastic re-sealable bags, to include one or two simple magic tricks, your business card, the instructions for the tricks, and perhaps a little leaflet with some further simple tricks that can be...

Q What are your pet peeves about mentalism

Mentalism or mental magic or just plain magic has given me 49 years of solid enjoyment as an all-consuming love affair that has raged unabated. Speaking for myself, anything that can last that long and still be as appealing as the day I discovered it, can't be all bad. After several days of arranging close to 4000 cards in alphabetical order, the dining room table was completely covered with cards as I began to make up 8-card sets. It was quite a chore. After making up several hundred sets, I visited the local Walmart store to purchase some baseballs. I inquired how many they had in stock. The manager asked how many I needed About 300 I replied. I'll never forget the look on his face, but over the years I found that it was just too complicated to explain why I really needed various objects which eventually found their way into a trick. I simply told him I was the manager of a Little League team. That seemed to satisfy his curiosity. The All-Star Miracle was...

From 21 New Card Tricks 1936

Most magicians know the card trick where a selected card is replaced in the centre of the pack, the pack is riffled and the card shown to be on top, having apparently been pulled right through the pack. Of course, the secret is that you made a Pass and brought the card to the top. The effect of the trick I am about to describe is similar only the selected card is returned to the centre of the pack face up.

Q What importance does audience belief play in a successful mentalists performance

A I'd have to say that some measure of belief in the existence of extra sensory perception and other paranormal occurrences is definitely helpful, but not absolutely necessary. The so called suspension of disbelief we've heard about over the years has never been very apparent to me in ANY of the many performances I've witnessed by both mentalists and magicians.

Lesson 36 More Card Magic

I teach you Card Magic with a regular deck of cards, purposely avoiding effects which require specially printed cards. I want you to know how to perform with an ordinary deck so that you are ready for impromptu work, for emergency work. You can add fake cards to your work later on, if you desire to. They are not difficult to obtain. But right now, I want to feel that you are learning real Sleight of Hand with Cards and have the ability to take your place in the field of Card Magic as a real Sleight of Hand performer.

Twodeck Card Tricks

This simple premise is responsible for the development of some of the most intriguing card routines. In such tricks the presentation is important. Stress that it is possible for two minds to operate on the same wavelength. When the trick is brought to a successful conclusion the spectator can only conclude that it was the result of an amazing coincidence or a demonstration of genuine mind reading,

Mind Reading

The manner in which the mind of man works is still a subject of speculation and semi-scientific hypothesis. cerebration is yet a mysterious function, and all explanations of it seem to be based mainly upon guesswork. Scientific men, doctors and physiologists are tr,uliesl to accept the sham-scientific rubbish of the thought-reading mountebank and try to explain his tricks evolving strange theories of nerve telegraphy. Now and a physician, whose common Sense outweighs his desire to account for mental phenomena by inventing new theories of cerebration, sees through the humbug and takes a rational, prosaic view of the performance, but as a rule doctors know just enough of the wonderful construction of A feat frequently performed by mind-readers, which seems to increase the difficulty and is generally taken as proof that the thought is transferred without muscular indication, is finding a hidden thing by taking the hand of a person who does not know its location and having the person who...

Card Tricky

EFFECT Three cards are removed from a small envelope which can be examined and are displayed to reveal a QH and two AC's. The performer explains about the famous three card trick in which a spectator would be invited to bet money on where the Queen is. Today, however, the tables are about to be turned, as it is the performer, not the spectator, who will be asked to risk his money to find the Queen. COMMENTS This table hopping routine is a variation of my effect Credit Scare, which is detailed on page 104. I wanted a 'three card trick' effect which was easy to do and re-set and which had a surprise finish and this is the one I came up with. It is quick and to the point and magically very effective PRESENTATION Slip the band off the envelopes and lift off the top one, removing the three cards from inside. Replace the envelope on top of the pile and place the pile down on the table. Show the three cards and explain about the three card trick. Put the cards face up on the table.

Mind Reading 101

I then inform the young man that he has successfully passed Mind Reading 101, which could save him much grief with the ladies in the future. This is certainly among my all time favorite mental effects as I enjoy the on-the-fly interaction with the participant in Equivoque. I find many mentalists are reluctant to use the Equivoque technique because they feel it is simply not convincing enough, especially for the stage. I see it as similar to a card magician using a top-change It has to be repeatedly performed under fire to develop confidence with it. I prefer to use Equivoque in conjunction with an impression device, so that the audience believes that you do not know which is the correct choice. This takes a lot of heat off the entire process. I urge you to read Phil Goldstein's (Max Maven) manuscript on the 5 item equivoque, Verbal Control. A Treatise On The Under-Explored Art of Equivoque. Mind Control by David Eldridge is another impressive study of equivoque...

Magic Vs Mentalism

There has always been a certain rivalry between magicians and mentalists. Magicians tend to frown upon mentalism because many proponents of the art portray themselves as real and their performances are often accepted as such. They consider this to be dishonest. Mentalists, on the other hand, tend to look down upon magicians as mere tricksters who are far removed from what they do. They see what they do as child's play and not serious entertainment. Both viewpoints are entirely erroneous. It has been the author's contention for over 35 years that mentalism isn't too strong, but rather a lot of magic is not strong enough. This has been proven over the last few years by the idiosyncrasy that when a magic effect becomes too strong, it is usually moved into a different category. Metal bending is considered telekinesis rather than legerdemain. Moving an object on the table is the work of a psychic, not a magician. Even when a mentalist does an effect that is clearly a magical one, such as...


With the recent upsurge in the popularity of mentalism, a discussion of this branch of magic is most certainly in order. Mental-ism represents a remarkable type of magic that has an appeal all its own. We, as humans, instinctively assume what goes on in our heads, our innermost thoughts, is totally private and almost sacred. When that barrier is breached and someone seems to enter into that innermost region, the mystery created is of a different one entirely. Unlike a physical occurrence which affects objects we can touch or might even own, mentalism goes further, entering into the deepest regions of our mind and touches our thoughts, our decisions and even our future. This has a remarkable effect on the human psyche and is not to be taken lightly. Most mentalists start as magicians who decide to move into this field for one reason or another. Some believe it will bring greater monetary gain while others view it as a more grown-up type of magic. Whatever the reason, it is not uncommon...

Navel Mind Reading

I've taught you Navel-Reading and Navel-Healing, so now its time to reveal my secrets of Navel Mind Reading or as it is also called Belly Button Mind Reading Essentially this is just a way of presenting standard Mentalism effects in a manner which gives the audience the impression that you are reading the subjects mind by way of looking at their Navel for information. I'm sure you can already think of numerous routines, which could be presented as demonstrations of Navel Mind Reading, but for the sake of completeness I'll explain two of my favourites.

Birthday Card Trick

The Birthday Card Trick is a splendid effect, and it serves well here as ar. introduction to something that has never before been properly explained in print, . . the Torn Centre. With this firmly in mind, X will describe the effect and working of the Birthday Card Trick, and then go on to describe fully my own method for the Torn Centre, In addition, I shall describe a most useful gimmick which 1 have employed for years, to supply me quickly and easily, the information written on any torn centre. Here, first, is the Birthday Card Trick. You require two small plastic calendars, the kind that are abouL playing card size, and usually have a matt surface for writing notes on one side and a full year calendar on the other. Just off centre on one of the calendars, cut a hole about one inch by one and a half inches. You also need some pieces of paper, or better still, a pad of paper, about three and a half inches by two and a half inchesin sizes, and a pencil. To set up for the trick, have...

The Fourcard Trick

Now I want you to try Lo follow Lhe joker. It's a sort of three card trick wiLh four trick cards. To begin, I shall put Lhe joker Lhird from the top. Fan Lhe face-up packeL in Lhe lefL hand and place Lhe joker second from Lhe face. Then, beginning at the rear of the fan, touch each card as you count iL One, Lwo, three.

Using Cold Reading

Cold reading is an extremely powerful tool for doing this. Some of you might be wondering what the hell cold reading is. Cold reading is reading people without having any prior information about them. This is what psychics and palm readers do. The nuts and bolts of cold reading Once l began to realize that women share many similarities, I realized that l could use generalizations to describe a woman's inner psyche. Now the weird thing was this Not only did women think l was accurate with my cold reading when l used these generalizations, but they rarely every pegged me as using generalizations. In fact, they labeled me as someone who had powerful psychic abilities for pointing out the unique person they thought they were. I think the reason this works is that people's vanity about being unique prevents them from realizing that you are using generalizations. Also, when you are vague, people will fill in the details on their own. Albeit, their minds will assume it was you who told them...

Ways Of Mentalists

It is unlikely that a single reader will agree with this article. Mentalism (horrible word ) is a very contentious subject among magicians. Many of them look down on it from a great height, little realising that thought reading and that sort of thing has a wide appeal, especially for women. On the lowest grounds, it is fatal for the mentaiist to give the wrong idea of his act. If he does, he is quickly given away by somebody and is then put down as shoddy not clever or even smart. Why mentalists should parade the stage looking like Mephistopheles or dreary professors, I cannot imagine. They have up their s'eeves immensely mystifying tricks which, properly presented with a smile, can make grown-up children's eyes pop out. Because of the questions and choices they invite, they can so easily get in the subtle comment.

The Two Card Trick

I have done this effect myself for years, using it to work both sides of a room during stand-up shows. It doesn't require people to come up on stage, and yet iriless than a minute, it can create the impression you can do absolutely anything you want with a pack of cards. Look at the title of the effect, andyou can tell it was named The Two Card Trick in order for me to be able to recall my own performance material, and not so it would sound impressive in a Table of Contents.

Mind Reading In Dogs

Camera Obscura

How to Train a Dog to Pose as a Mind Reader, Magician and Mathematician The remarkable performances of the well-known trained Bozzie, have of late attracted widespread attention. Not only has she puzzled the acute observation of Chicago's keen eyed newspaper men and justices of the peace, but she has been exploited as a mind reader, and preached about as being a model for poor, unenlightened mortals to emulate. The Press Club of Chicago has pondered over her performances, and has finally come to the conclusion that she is an unsolved enigma. The supposition that a dog can be a mind reader or a mathematician no person of good sense will consider for a moment, still less would one believe that a dog is able to learn cards, letters, numbers or words, any more than one would be able to draw the moon down to the earth. And yet it seems that the great mass of people will never learn that

The Three Card Trick

The Three Card Trick can suitably be termed a classic everybody has heard of the effect even if they may not have seen it performed. I propose describing to you the trick in detail. It is not, as some people imagine, a matter of extreme rapidity in its presentation. The false throw of the top card from the two held in the right hand can create a perfect illusion if the cards are held in the correct way. In order to describe the effect from the start the performer first removes three cards from the pack. I personally use a red queen and the seven and eight of clubs. These cards are squared up with the backs uppermost and then bent inwards lengthways they are next placed in a row on the table, the queen in the centre. This is shown in Fig 1.

Card Trick

Card Trick which I honestly believe is one of the most effective card tricks that can be presented before an audience. During the early part of the century a Prof. Agostin, calling himself a mentalist. made hi3 appearance in Philadelphia. He was at the very heighth of his career around 1910 and 1911, doing, for the most part, muscle reading, thought problems, and the general type of pseudo-scientific feats. Around 1923 Carl Brema told me many stories of Agostin and his work. He said that the only thing he ever had caught on the card trick was a shift of cards to the bottom, but it didn't mean much for Agostin had called for them at random, awl Carl meant random. Card tricks, at that time and still, were my forte so I was more than interested. I evolved a duplication of A-gostln's effect and first published it in one of the series practical Card Tricks. Quite a few years later I Inserted the trick, with Improvements, In an issue of Seven Circles magazine. Herein, now, I give you the...

Are psychic readings beneficial

This is an interesting debate, but it has nothing to do with this book. I am exclusively concerned with whether someone giving a reading is using genuine psychic powers or cold reading. I hope that by reading this book you will have enough information to decide this for yourself.

Terms used in this book

I will use the term 'psychic' to mean anyone providing such a reading and using cold reading to do so. This point cannot be emphasised too much. Let us imagine for a moment that there are genuine psychics, and people who pretend to be psychic but just use cold reading. This book is exclusively concerned with the activities of the second group.

Classics of Magic Direct Hits On the Ropes

Direct Hits is a 48-page book which contains a wide variety of card magic. This book (and the one which follows) are much more than just lecture notes. The items are well described, and are accompanied with photographs. More than a dozen effects are explained and all are well within the abilities of the average card man.

Book Now For Your Club

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Its Not Magic But

Of interest to magicians is one chapter devoted to magic trick illustrations, and this chapter was co-written with Mr. Swiss. Tufte discusses magic illustrations for two reasons they are the two dimensional representation of actions which occur in space and time and the field of conjuring is related to disinformation design, in which the viewer is intentionally given information which leads to incorrect conclusions.

Background and Philosophy

1 enjoy demonstrations that allow audience members to test their mental abilities. Psychological forces are one common way menralists can reach out to everyone And when done well, psychological forces create an experience that's fun. interesting, and amazing. These forces often cause more audience members to believe that they may possess some untapped mental abilities. This demonstration takes more time than most standard psychological forces. But people actually learn a new mental ability they can show their friends the next day. This is free advertising. In fact, the mnemonic I use could be printed on the back of your business card and given to each person in the audience. The purpose of teaching people to say the alphabet backward is to lei people experience that they have more mental ability than they realize. Once people experience success for themselves, they arc more likely to believe the other claims 1 make during my act.

Taschypsychography or Long Distance Second Sight

Gentlemen, five of you please take the mind reader outside of the hall and keep him in charge for half an hour. Five of the committee take the mind reader outside while the other five watch the man on the stage. He now requests the committee of five to take him outside and to keep him until after the mind reader has finished. The committee does so and the mind reader returns. He at once sees the watch and the committee asks him what time it is by the watch. The answer is 12.03, the watch is opened and the answer is found to be correct. He then tells that the number of cigars is six in the case and that the name on the slate is Harry and the number in the sealed envelope is 94. All prove correct. Explanation--The table which must be a round one is divided mentally into 24 pairs, 6 in a row and 4 deep. There are no lines upon it, but the mind reader and manager have made a mental division of it with a pin in the centre to guide them, if they are a little clumsy they can readily see any...

Do not provide feedback

As we have already seen, cold reading relies to a great extent on feedback. Hence to block cold reading, you make sure you do not provide it. Evading questions is one way of doing this. The other is to provide feedback which is useless for cold reading purposes. For example, suppose the psychic provides a response cue such as And I believe this is making sense to you isn't it . You can say

Subtle Glimpse of Folded Billet

In his vest pocket the performer has a number of soft lead pencils, and with the folded billets in his left hand, on top of a few opened billets (but with creases), he is ready to proceed. He makes the usual opening talk about mind reading, etc., and explains that he has the spectators write their questions the better to concentrate on them. He steps down in the audience, and as he passes out the billets and pencils, he calls attention to the fact that the slips are numbered--each spectator is to remember his number, then open his billet and write his name at the top, the question underneath, and finally fold the slip in the original creases. No one is to show or tell what he has written

The Cigarette through Shirt as Misdirection for Extensive Thievery

Much of the time, this is fine for our purposes, but it is not what we really want here. Consider this alternative handling. You have stolen the watch, and have it casually held unseen in your left hand. You are sat some distance from the spectator. You are having a conversation about aspects of the magic and mind-reading, and are allowing your tone to become serious and gently imposing rather than light-hearted By maintaining eye-contact and lowering your voice, you allow your words to develop a hypnotic quality. Your body language and non-verbal communication suggest complete seriousness on your part, and the spectator is drawn into that. You continue talking, and say, 1 would demonstrate more of what I mean, but I do not have the time now. You've sat there listening to me br a while, haven't you What is the You stop and suddenly surge in your seat. You close your eyes and inhale deeply, clenching your left fist around the watch and bringing it up in front of you. - time, anyway you...

Stupid credulous and gullible

If you have a good grasp of how cold reading works, and how to block it, then it cannot be used on you. Otherwise, it can. It makes no difference how smart, highly-qualified or intellectually brilliant you may be. None of these qualities present any difficulty to a good cold reader. What is more, deception itself is an extremely vast and complex field. It can easily occupy a lifetime of study, and embraces many specialised arenas. Experts in one area (such as card manipulation or gambling scams) may know next to nothing about other areas (such as metal-bending and cold reading).

TA Waters Mind Myth and Magick

Waters is the author of Mind, Myth, and Magick, a monumental (and wonderful) 800 page book which is required reading for anyone interested in mentalism. On this video T.A. demonstrates and explains 12 routines from the book. The routines use common objects such as envelopes, playing cards, and tarot cards, and all are within the abilities of the average magician.

Marc Paul Lecture Video

New from Dynamic fx Limited is this 60 minute video featuring clever stand-up close-up magician Marc Paul. The video was shot live at a lecture Marc gave at the Hen and Chickens Theatre in London. Because this was a live shoot, the video suffers from some lighting and distance problems. Two cameras were used, however, and there was nothing which was unclear. The emphasis is on close-up and mentalism, and most of the routines use a deck of cards. Marc does a fine job performing and explaining the material.

The Magic of Spain Ascanio

This is card magic of the highest caliber, and for that reason will be of most interest to intermediate and advanced card magicians. Ascanio's explanations (and Eric's translations) are the for the most part clear and understandable, although every now and then a move will slip by without a full explanation by Ascanio. This can be confusing, because Ascanio's handling of double cards is so superb that it's impossible to tell which card(s) are the doubles. You can figure it out, but you'll need to hit the rewind button a few times. Like the Tamariz videos, The Magic of Spain - Ascanio allows us to spend time with another of magic's great thinkers, one who also knew that art is in the details. Master the sleights and finesses presented here, and your card magic will be elevated to the highest level. Highly recommended.

The Last of The Spike Tricks

Seemed like a good idea, but my friend Lee Nobel once told me that when he performed the Spike trick at one of the Psychic Entertainer's Association conventions the lighting was such that he couldn't see the hair. He trusted that the spike would be under the marked cup -- and it was. In one of my previous books I suggested performing the Spike trick with a large magnet embedded in the base and using a concealed compass to locate it. Many mentalists didn't like the idea of having to conceal a compass by sleight of hand, and although I performed this method many times I couldn't ignore the feeling that I was moving in the wrong direction, making the trick too complicated, dirtying it up. So back to the drawing board.

May 2001 Seven Year Itch

If you only wanted to purchase one tape to get a feel for Pat Page's style, I would suggest the 25 Super Tricks video. The tape leads off with a wonderful utility item, The Auto Force Deck. If you are performing a routine that demands a sure-fire, completely convincing force, this one fits the bill. In addition to card tricks, this video features magic with coins, handkerchiefs, thimbles, and ropes. Be sure to check out The Everlasting Cut & Restored Rope Trick. It is a serious fooler. The London Stage Lecture video covers magic with billiard balls, thimbles, coins, and the Topit. The opening trick is the barehanded production of feather flowers. To be honest, I don't think that I would ever be in a situation where I'd want to produce a feather bouquet, but if for some reason (like losing a bet) I had to do this, I'd use Pat's method. It takes what is normally a lame trick and makes it very magical. Another highlight of this tape is Pat's Miser's Dream routine. (I should mention that...

Hello I Must be Going

Mac This is the second volume of Roberto Giobbi's four-part series on how to grow up to be a great card magician. Mike and I discussed Volume One in our first column together May 1995 . Everything that was said then applies to this volume as well. It is nicely produced. The translation from Giobbi's original German by Richard Hatch seems so good as to be rendered invisible. There are many clear illustrations to eliminate all doubt as to exact finger placement for any described sleight. And there is plenty of stuff described here. A year ago, Mike and I spent a great deal of our time talking about whether or not you should buy Volume One of this course or go for Hugard and Braue's venerable The Royal Road to Card Magic. Having only Volume One of Giobbi's work to look at, I was teetering on the edge of the fence. Now that I have two volumes to pore over, I jump off that fence into the Roberto Giobbi pasture. If you buy Volume One and Volume Two and learn everything in them, you'll be...

My Friends Are Slowly Turning Into Books

There are two other trick chapters that you may want to read before you tackle the books from cover to cover. The first is Capek Would Be Proud, which details the workings of The Robot Deck, a remarkable stacked deck effect. The other chapter is On To Toronto, which details a lecture that Stewart gave to the Hat and Rabbit Club of Toronto in 1952. That Allan Slaight and Howard Lyons were able to reconstruct the effects from this lecture is amazing. Even more amazing, however, is the concept introduced by Stewart in which each card trick in a routine successively arranges cards that are used further down the line. Thus, the deck gets stacked a little at a time. This lecture was a traumatic event for Stewart, for it was not well received. The old adage states that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. In this case Stewart was really early. Here's some the topics discussed in Volume Four Force Techniques, Card Switches, Packet Switches, Deck Switches, Estimation, Culling...

January 2001 Melt Down

So, you're telling me that you've gone through every card trick in The James File, the two bound editions of Apocalypse, all three volumes of Semi-Automatic Card Tricks, and the electronic book Virtual Miracles and you still want more card tricks. Well, why don't you make up some yourself You can do just that if you study the information in Card Concepts by Arthur F. MacTier. Subtitled An Anthology of Numerical & Sequential Principles within Card Magic, this big book examines the underlying principles of mathematically oriented card tricks. If you've ever wondered why Elmsley's Penelope's Principle works (and if you haven't, shame on you) you'll find a discussion of it here. The format of each chapter is the same. Mr. MacTier discusses the principle at hand and examines the mathematics behind it. He then offers a card trick that utilizes that principle. For the most part, these are not totally original tricks. Rather, they are re-workings of established routines. Each chapter ends...

Youre a Green One Mr Minch

Next on my list are Gary Plants' two new card tricks, The Impossible Close-up Rising Card, and The Magnetized Cards (Marketplace November 2000). I've been having a ball with these two tricks, performing them in the Houdini Lounge in the Monte Carlo Resort. The audience reaction leaves nothing to be desired. In fact, when I visited the Magic Castle one evening in late October, I discovered that stories about my performance of these two tricks had preceded me. I had several requests to perform these at the Castle. These are the best two card tricks of 2000. Nothing else even comes close. Finally, if you're looking for a gift for someone just getting interested in magic, pick up a copy of The Magic Show by Mark Setteducati and Anne Benkovitz (February 2000). Easily the most ingenious book of 2000, this brilliantly designed tome allows the reader to be both performer and spectator. You simply follow instructions, pulling tabs, turning flaps, and spinning dials. The book does all the work....

The Greater Artful Dodges of Eddie Fields

Eddie Fields was a pitchman, a carnival worker, a bar magician, a gambler, an astrologer, a psychic entertainer, and, along with George Martz, formed one of the greatest code acts in the history of magic. Fields is a master of psychology, and his love of subtleties and swindles shines through in this updated collection of his magical creations. The book focuses on card magic, with the emphasis on subtlety rather than knuckle busting sleight-of-hand. The first effect, Way-Ahead Card to Cardcase, admirably illustrates this approach. A spectator shuffles his own deck and then cuts it into seven piles. The name of the top card of each pile is recorded onto a piece of paper. The spectator decides on one of these cards. This card vanishes from the deck and appears inside the card case. There are absolutely no sleights. Here's another example A spectator shuffles a borrowed deck. He makes note of the top card. The magician asks the spectator to sign the card with an invisible pen. The...

Raising the Dead for Fun and Profit

The next section of the book details marketing schemes, including print advertising, mailers, and the use of entertainment agencies. Explained here are several successful marketing approaches used by psychic entertainers in various parts of the country. If your desire is to make a Seance Party a viable part of entertaining career, you'll find the information in this section to be extremely valuable.

September 2001 In the Beginning

In a marketplace that is dominated by books devoted to card tricks and close-up magic, it is a refreshing change to receive a large, hardcover book devoted to mentalism. Scott Wells' company Magic Inspirations has released Peek Performances by Richard Busch, a hypnotherapist and psychic entertainer. Experienced mentalists will certainly find much to stimulate their imaginations. Mr. Busch's focus is the surreptitious gaining of information. This information may be a phrase written on a billet, words on a page of a book, or the identity of a playing card. (Incidentally, the use of the word peek in a magical context can be a little misleading, since it can be used in diametrically opposite situations. In card magic a spectator peeks at a card as the deck is held at the magician's fingertips. Later the magician can then glimpse the card that the spectator peeked at. In Peek Performances the words peek and glimpse are used interchangeably). Mr. Busch offers several methods for peeking...

Arcade Dreams Marlo Without Cards

You probably associate the name Ed Marlo with card magic, and indeed, Ed was a prolific creator of card effects and sleights. But Ed was interested in all facets of magic, and published a large amount of non-card material. Jon Racherbaumer has assembled, rewritten, and annotated this material, and the resulting collection contains a wealth of routines for standard props that you probably already own. For a period of time Ed Marlo worked as a demonstrator at the Treasure Chest, a store in the Chicago Loop which featured pinball machines, books, records, souvenirs, toys, and magic tricks. The Arcade Dreams section contains routines which Ed developed for standard slum items the Red Snapper, The Ball and Vase, The Magic Frame, and the Bill Tube. Highlights in this chapter are Colorful Vision, a four-phase routine for the standard Colorvision prop which will fool laymen or magicians and Poor Man's Locking Key Routine, which is a routine for the cheap, miniature linking rings which came...

Not For Sale to Minors

Within the first year's publication of MAGIC, an advertisement appeared here with a couple of crudely drawn guys yammering at each other about a new magazine called The Crimp. The ads were different each month and all of them were hilarious. They were written and illustrated by Jerry Sadowitz, a person I knew by reputation only. Mr. Sadowitz had written some very good books on card magic. Also, my roommate at the time, comedian John Riggi, had told me a wild story about some crazed Scotsman who was on the show with him at the Montreal Comedy Festival. It was this same Jerry Sadowitz. What's in The Crimp It's really more of a 'zine ' than a magazine. It is hand drawn and lettered by Jerry Sadowitz. In every issue there is at least one thing that makes me laugh out loud. Not just snicker, but also really, really laugh. There is also always something most people will find offensive. And it seems an afterthought, but in addition to the filthy cartoons and rants, there is what I consider...

The Experts Portfolio No

The book is divided into two sections Card Magic, featuring six routines and two very visual card changes and The Expert's Turn to Deal, featuring five really fine gambling routines and Jack's method for stacking cards using an overhand shuffle. My favorite routines in the Card Magic section were A Dance for the Devious, in which four queens vanish one-at-a-time and then make a flash reappearance Steppin' Out with Molly, an extremely commercial Three Card Monte routine with some great magical surprises and A Potent Presage, in which the spectator finds the mates of three predicted cards, followed by an unbelievable kicker. The most amazing thing about this routine is that it is completely sleight-free. It will also fool anybody - magician or layman.

Fortunetellers Book of Days

Green's routine is also based on Fate's Datebook and Mr. Elmsley is properly credited. What is offered in this routine is both a method which requires no memorization (or calculation) and an interesting and nicely produced datebook. Besides having the names of playing cards written next to each day of the year, there are also astrological readings. This can provide you with a springboard into a cold reading if this is your style.

Putting Shows Together

Yes, you could become a successful children's entertainer and do nothing else. The same applies to other genres of magic such as illusions, mentalism and so on. But magic is now your business. To sit at home because you can only do close-up for example, when other performance areas are open to you, is to throw away opportunities to increase your income. Like a good book, a good magic show needs a beginning, middle and an ending. Continuing with the book analogy, have you ever picked up a new book only to read a few lines and lose interest Whatever the author tried used to capture your attention obviously didn't work because you were not sufficiently stimulated to continue reading. Similarly with your show, you absolutely must win the audience over within the first minute or so in order for them to stay with you for the rest of the act.

Alien Invasion and Grandpas Deck

This is another cute trick, and it will appeal to those who are just getting into card magic and have very limited technical ability. The only moves involved are the Elmsley count and any type of force. (Neither the Elmsley count or the force are explained in the directions.) The problem I have with this trick is that it feels like there should be more happening - in other words, the routine which Danny provides should be the first phase of a longer routine in which the cards change into several different selections. Unfortunately, that's impossible with the cards provided. Also, you start the trick dirty

December 1998 Tales from the Road II

This is a clever trick, and I think that both magicians and laymen will find it quite puzzling. Obviously, with any trick of this nature in which the choice is limited to a relatively small number of words and the selection procedure is somewhat contrived, you are not going to convince people that you are a real mind reader. For that reason, POW is more suitable for a magician who wants to perform a mental-flavored effect rather than someone who presents himself as a mentalist. But if you're looking for a simple, effective mental trick that you can carry in your wallet, POW is worth your consideration. Dick Stoner is a very successful trade show magician. His magic shop on South Harrison Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana will soon celebrate its 50th anniversary at the same location. This store holds fond memories for me. When I was six years old my parents took me to this store and Dick Stoner sold me my first magic tricks. Mr. Sisti has added a nice touch which completely eliminates the...

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Some of the better thoughts on this have come from Eugene Burger, Jim Sisti and Kirk Charles among others. You can, without too much work, adapt these to the mental close-up worker. The ideal situation is for the organizers to announce (or just make known) the fact that a strolling mindreader will be circulating and to be sure to see them. This certainly makes life easier. I find that this is not always possible, though, so I have frequently had to resort to a cold approach. Those cited above have some very good lines that work out fairly well for mentalism. My personal favorite, though, actually comes from my good friend Richard Webster. It is included here with his very kind permission. He will approach a stranger (preferably a woman) and ask, Excuse me, but have you One of the truly great things about this little world of psychic entertainment is the people you meet and get to be friends with. As this is being written, I have yet to actually meet John Riggs in person. We have...

By Mark Strivings

Method - Obviously this is not brain busting mentalism, but it is very entertaining for the right audience. I've used this with daycare audiences as well as adults (with different presentations) and it plays great The source of inspiration for this is a terrific piece that my buddy Earl Keyser published in Magick magazine several years ago using balloons. What 1 liked most about Earl's presentation was the fact that there was movement involved. Here we had a mentalism presentation that was uisually interesting. I wanted to carry the concept into the close up arena and this is the result Count to three and have everyone let go. Only the chosen toy will walk away (or whatever it does) A very nice piece of light and breezy mentalism.

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