Here is my version of a classic effect. I've streamlined, and made its accomplishment quite easy 3nd best of all you don't go near the selected cards.
Effect: Four spectators are asked to assist in an experiment in thought projection using the now well known ESP design cards.
Each person is first handed a piece of cardboard. If working in close up conditions your business cards would be fine. If on the stage, use larger pieces, so as to be visible to all the people watching. A pen is then passed to each assistant with the request that lie, or she print their initials on the piece of cardboard that they are holding. While litis is being done, the performer turns his back to assure that he can't possibly learn which initials belong to whom. When informed that all die cards have been initialed, the performer asks that one of the assistants collect the cards and mix them up so that dieir order will be completely at random.
A deck of ESP design cards are now shown, and then shuffled by the performer. One of the spectators is then invited to cut the deck, several Umes if he so wishes, and then take the top card on the deck after the cutting is complete. The next spectator is to take the next card off die top of the deck, then the third and dien fourth spectators also take cards off the top of the ESP deck. Each assistant is asked to hold their cards so that when the performer turns back around, he can't possibly tell who has which card.
The performer then takes one of the initialed cardboards, reads off the initials, and asks that only the person whose initials have been called off is to concentrate on his chosen ESP symbol.
After due concentration, the performer draws something on the initialed card and then he hands it directly to one of the four assistants to hold on to. The performer dien reads off the initials off of the next piece of cardboard, again asking that only the persons whose initials hitve been called is to be concentrating on their chosen symbol. Again, .liter some mental strain, the performer draws on the card and then hands it back to one of the three remaining assistants.
I he last two cards are picked up and the initials off of both of them are .announced with the request that the final two assistants should con-rentratc first on their initials and then on their chosen symbols to the exclusion of any other thoughts. This time the mental strain becomes obvious as the audience watches tjie performer not only try and decipher two distinct thought patterns, but also identify which thoughts are from which of the two people. Finally, the perfonner ili.iws on the last two cards and hands one to each of the last two assistants.
After explaining how difficult of an undertaking this test was, each pei son is then asked if they were given back the piece of cardboard with the proper initials on it. All the assistants state that they all have rri cived the proper cards! Each person is then asked to hold up their liosen ESP card and the design thai the performer drew on their piece <<('cardboard. Again, all are a perfect match!
Method: All you need for this test arc four marked pieces of cardboard, allowing you to know which piece of cardboard belongs to which lpcclator, and a deck of marked and stacked ESP cards.
Ii> perform, hand out the marked pieces of cardboard in order so that when I hey are later collected and mixed, you'll still be able to tell whose initials you are calling out loud.
imm the top down. False shuffle and then allow the deck to be cut frenly Then each spectator is to take a card off the top of the deck in the exact same order that you had handed out the marked pieces of caidbonrd.
All that you now need to do is to take a brief glimpse at the back of the now lop card of tire ESP deck. This will clue you to the identity of the i SI' card that each person is holding. The first person's card will be
• In* I SP design which follows the symbol now on top of the deck. The
• ond person's symbol must follow after the first person's and so on.
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