Scripted thoughts

Although many effects along this particular avenue have been created before, the handling that I have developed might well be the easiest, most deceptive to those watching, and best of all, it's totally impromptu and may be done with a borrowed deck.

Effect: A deck of cards is borrowed and a spectator is requested to assist in this experiment. The performer requests that the assistant shuffle and mix the deck as much as they wish to and then they are to hand approximately half the deck to the performer when done.

The performer explains that both the assistant and he are to turn their backs and pick out any card that is in their half and then, without letting anyone see the identities of the cards, they are to be placed face down on the table. After the performer recaps what has happened and how no one else could know which two cards have been picked, the performer slides one of the chosen cards face down into Iiis half deck, requesting that the assistants slide the other one into his half. The halves are then placed together and back into the card case.

The assistant is then asked to pick out another spectator. The performer explains what he wishes this new assistant to do. He tells the spectator that he is to take the deck of cards into another room (or a secluded corner etc.), remove the deck from its case, and then slowly look through the entire deck. The performer explains that two cards out of the entire deck will somehow seem different than the rest of the cards and these two cards are then to be removed from the deck. The performer also explains that the spectator shouldn't feel pressured or rushed, because the last person who attempted this test kept insisting diat both of us should concentrate harder and harder until alter about three or four minutes they came back into the room sure that they removed the wrong two cards, but they were both correct to his great surprise.

The person leaves the room as the performer requests that the first assistanl concentrate on his card while he concentrates on Ms own choice. After several minutes the spectator comes back into the room with his two cards. The performer and his assistant state for the first time which two cards were being projected and then ask die other spectator to show which two cards were chosen. The spectator removed the correct two cards!

Method: Obviously, the two cards must somehow be brought to the attention of the spectator who will be looking through the deck. In this version, the two cards will be found to be reversed in the deck when the spectator looks through it. This is accomplished with ease by an old trick of Walter Gibson's called "The Double Reverse."

When half of the deck is handed to you, both you and the spectator are to turn your backs and remove a card. What you really do is to remove a card, remember it and after turning your half face up, place it face down on top of the face up half. Then remove any other card from your half, which although you will pretend is your choice, its identity doesn't matter.

Place your indifferent card face down on the table next to the spectator's actual choice. But when the cards are to be placed back into the halves, you slide the spectator's card into your half, which means the spectator puts your indifferent card into his half. What you now have is the spectator's choice reversed in your half with the card you memorized also reversed on top of your half. Because of the reversed card on top, no one should be aware your packet was face up when the spectator's card is placed into it.

Ask the spectator to place his half on the table and as he does so. you reverse your half so it is all face down, except for the spectator's choice and the card you had memorized which are now reversed in the deck, and place your half on top of his and replace the deck in its case.

All that remains is to have someone picked to look for the two cards. Notice a script is given to the person before they go into the other room. I can't express how important this script is, but try it once and you'll appreciate the difference it makes in how the spectator plays his part.

When the identities of the chosen cards are to be revealed, allow the spectator to name liis choice and then you lie and state that the card you had reversed on top of your half was your choice. Have the two removed cards shown, two perfect matches.

Another nice touch is that although the spectator knows how he found the two cards, he is still fooled by the fact he "knows" no cards were reversed during the handling which was above board and openly fair.

i elepathy by item rius is what I would call a utility routine. Excellent for when you're not truly prepared, but you wish to do something impressive.

I fleet: An experiment in telepathy has been suggested, so the perform-cr asks for a volunteer to act as a transmitter, and a piece of paper for him to write upon.

I he performer hands a pen to the transmitter with the request thai he look around the room, and mentally decide upon one object, and one object only, to be the "target" for this experiment. The performer then asks lliul the transmitter write down the name of the target object anywhere on the piece of paper, and when that is done, to write down any four other items also at random positions on the piece of paper.

I x plain in ; that he can obviously have no control over Ihe transmitter's choices, the performer has only one method of telling which of the five items is the target object, namely, by telepathy. Gazing over the list, the performer states that he feels he knows which of the objects is being transmitted to him and when he reveals it. it proves to be one hundred percent correct!

Method: There are several ways of approaching this utility routine.

\ pen that has not been written with for a period of at ieast several hours will leave a telltale mark on its first stroke. The ink has dried on ihe tip, so a difference is visible between its first mark and the rest of us printing because the ink is slow to start to How. In other words, the In si line starts out faint, then it quickly becomes normal. Along the vime lines, a pencil that has been highly sharpened may be used in the vtmo manner, only the pencil mark is tliin at the start, quickly getting thicker as it proceeds.

H.ive your pen or pencil sel-up as above and just follow the effect. Jiist make sure it is the target item that the spectator writes down first, .mil you should have little trouble spotting it.

Here the "chair" is the target item. Positions No. 2 ( Cup) and No. 4 (Chair) are the most favorable. Also notice how " Chair" has been written a bit neater, and has the faint mark at the beginning.

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If you don't mind taking chances, here is a totally impromptu handling of this effect. Borrow a pen to use hoping it hasn't been used for a while. Instruct the transmitter to carefully print the target object and then after a brief pause, have them quickly print the other four items.

Several clues should bank the odds in your favor. First, with any luck, the pen should leave you a faint line to spot. If not the target item will probably be one next to the central object, that is, either just above or lust below the middle, and the target object will also be printed a bit neater and clearer than the others.

Also, if you have a chromatic pen, you may repeat this effect immediately.

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