This is a variation in presentation of the classic Bank Nite effect. The methodology of course can be quite varied, and there is no reason why that you couldn't use your own pet method with this presentation, if you so prefer.
Effect: Five identical, sealed pay envelopes are handed to a spectator to mix up. assuring that the envelopes will be in a random order. As this is being done, the performer hands another envelope to a different spectator. The second spectator is to open up the envelope and follow the directions to be found inside of it.
The first spectator is requested to deal the five envelopes down in a line in front of himself, as the performer explains what is about to happen. The performer explains that he will start to name the letters of the alphabet, and that while he does so, the spectator is to touch any one of the five envelopes in front of him each time that the next letter is called off. There are no restrictions. He may touch the same envelope several times in a row, or he may even totally ignore touching one, or more of them, if he so pleases. The performer also explains that the envelope he had handed out to the second spectator has instructions that the spectator call out l,S<op" when a specific letter is named.
Turning his back to the spectator with the five envelopes, the performer starts to calmly and clearly call out the letters of the alphabet, as the spectator behind him proceeds to touch the envelopes.
When the letter "G" is called, the spectator in the audience calls out "Stop." The performer asks that the four envelopes that were not being touched when "G" was called be placed in an ash-tray, or a clear glass bowl on the side of the table. The-performer asks to be handed the chosen envelope, as he hands matches to the spectator with which he is to burn the four unchosen envelopes to a crisp.
>tff«M,<i,r. , .i!.' burning, the performer explains that one of upH h««i 4 filly dollar bill in it, the other four being empty, ■Ali |rlt that when "Ci" was called, the spectator's finger (Bpg (hm voi v envelope. As the flames die out, the performer ||J|i|i ti.t ilio w looted envelope and openly removes a fifty UMHini il it lie could sec into the future!
(WHlIti1 Mure, this is a change in plot of the Bank Nite )||MI bmk i|uite a ways. The method I use is a finger-tip |HMiv >1'>II.ii hill, all the envelopes really being empty, so as ■Hi » luiUy doesn't matter which envelope is being touched '■«•IM.
' All'ipt 1» li uiilod to you ,have the others burnt, open yours I^HQtf Mnlle .is you apparently pull out the fifty.
fl" t<M v.ith the tip on it into the envelope and with your " flMM<</i- vitally to retain the tip in the envelope, but allow-t|#Offl out with your finger. Crumple up the envelope with iMM>li< ol It and place it in your pocket or anywhere else ■Ml 1« o y.tiuiiuvl by the curious.
i our card variation
This is basically a layman's effect. I doubt if it would fool any brother Magi unless you were able to work in a deck switch, or other such stratagem, but for a lay audience it's direct, to the point and best of all, impossible.
Effect: A deck of cards is shown to the audience, and then it is shuffled by the performer. A spectator is then asked to help out by acting as a "transmitter."
The spectator is directed to cut the deck several limes, assuring that no one could possibly know the location of any of the cards. When satisfied, the spectator is to take the now top card of the deck, look at it, and then place it in his pocket, or any other place that the performer can't see it.
The spectator is then instructed to pick up the card now on top of the deck, look at it, and try to "transmit" to the performer whether, or not, this card is of the same suit as the chosen card.
If the performer states that he feels the suits are not the same, the next card from the top of the deck is then to be picked up and concentrated on by the spectator.
This is continued for several cards until the performer states that he has the feeling the card being concentrated on is of the same suit as the chosen card. The spectator is asked to show everyone present just what card he was concentrating on, and then whether or not it is of the same suit as his chosen card. The answer is Yes!
The spectator is now to continue to pick up cards off the top of the deck, but this time they are to concentrate on whether, or not, the card matches the value of the chosen card.
Again, after several cards have been rejected, the performer states he
In Is the card now being concentrated on matches the value of the target card.
Jin spectator is asked if this feeling is correct. Again the answer is
V 0»! Hie performer then says he felt that the chosen was the , win«'It the spectator confirms is 100% correct by showing the chosen c»rd. „
Method: The method for this effect is simplicity itself. All that is needed is a deck stacked in Si Stebbins. or Eight Kings or other similar Mack.
hit simply, because the deck is stacked, the fourth card looked at by lite spectator must be of the same suit as the chosen card is, and the thirteenth card looked at must be of the same value.
I it perform, show the deck to be a normal one, and then perform your best false shuffle before placing the deck in front of the spectator. Any amount of straight cuts made will not disturb the stack, so have the deck cut several times at least.
When the spectator gets to the fourth card, state that you feel its of the ~ime suit as the chosen card. When the spectator shows the card, you can easily count ahead in the stack to find out exactly what the chosen card actually is.
When the thirteenth card is reached you already know its identity and that it matches the chosen card in value, so you stop the spectator here, and then finish as in "Effect."
This idea is based on the effect entitled "Your Card" byOrville Meyer which, to the best of my knowledge first appeared in the Jinx No. 2.
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