Just as tliis book was going to press, a book by Larry Becker entitled "Mentalism for Magicians" made its appearance. In it, a number prediction similar to one that I've been doing for about a year and a half was described. The reason I'm including my handling of this effect in this book is I feel thai my handling allows more freedom in the shuffling and cutting phase, which will help to dispell any idea of the cards being stacked.
Effect: The performer gives a prediction to a spectator to hold on to, stating that it contains a three digit number. The performer then shows nine cards, each with a single digit from one to nine on it. These cards are shuffled by the performer and then given as many straight cuts by a spectator as he wishes to make.
After the spectator has finished cutting the pile of cards, he is instructed to deal the cards, one at a time, into three piles and then he is to pick two other spectators to assist in the rest of the experiment.
These two spectators are asked to each choose one of the piles, leaving one of the piles out of the running.
Taking a piece of paper, the performer asks that either of the two spectators call off any one of tire three numbers in their pile of cards, which is then printed on the top of the paper.
The other spectator is then asked for any one of his three numbers and whether he would like his numbers to be placed to the right or the left of the first person's choices.
Then spectator number one is asked for a second number from his pile, which is then written underneath his first choice and then the second spectator is asked for a second number which is then placed underneath his first choice.
The remaining digits are then placed underneath each spectator's previous two choices, creating a column of three, two digit numbers.
Despite the freedom of the choices allowed, when the numbers arc added, the total matches your prediction exactly.
Method Unlike previous versions of this effect, the cards are stacked in •hi order which allows, after any amount of straight cuts, each pile of three cards to add up to fifteen.
Place the 1, 5 and 9, in one pile, the 2, 6, and 7, in a second pile and the 3,4, and 8, in another pile.
Place any card from the first pile face up on the table, place any card (rom the second pile on top of the first'card, and then any card from ilic third pile goes on top of the first two.
I'Licc another card from pile one face up on the first three cards, then another from pile two, and then another from pile three. Finally the I.im card from pile one goes face up on the stack, then from pile two and last, but not least, the last card from pile three tops off the stack.
I'eiform a false shuffle and then allow the packet to be given as many ••tiiiight cuts as the spectator wishes to make.
When the cards 3re dealt singly into three piles, each pile will add up to fifteen.
liccause of a mathematical principle called the Matrix principle, as long n cjcIi of the spectator's three choices are always in the same vertical . olumn, when totalled the three two digit numbers must add up to One Hundred and Sixty Five.
Ihe idea of having each group of three numbers total fifteen, wliich illuws such freedom in handling this type of effect belongs to an vtremely clever Chicago Mentalist, Terry Nosek. The arrangement of the«1 numbers into a stack that can be cut repeatedly is the main im-inovrment I claim for my variation of this classic effect in Mentalism.
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