This routine can make use of either the "Clip Number," or the "Number Prediction" techniques found in this book. Although tills routine has nothing radically new in it, it makes an excellent, easy to do, utility item that can be worked under almost all conditions.
Effect: The performer states that he has made several predictions in regard to several events which arc soon to take place.
'Die performer asks that someone with a coin on their person assist in the first event. The performer then requests that the assistant flip his coin into the air. and then he is to call out loud whether the coin has landed either "Heads" or "Tails."
As the coin Hip is happening, the performer removes a wallet from his pocket, opens it, and openly removes a single sealed pay envelope, which he hands to a spectator for safe keeping.
A deck of cards is now shuffled, and the performer allows a second spectator a free choice of any card. The card is then shown to all, and its identity is called out for those who might not be able to see it well. Finally, for the last event, a three digit number is formed in what appears to be a totally fair method by two other assistants from the audience.
The performer reviews the results of the three events. He states whether the coin had landed "Heads" or "Tails," what playing card was shown, and then last, but not least, the three digit number formed by the audience. Yet after a short spiel on how utterly impossible it would be to predict the outcome of the three events, the spectator who is holding the prediction envelope is asked to open it and read the perfomier's three predictions out loud. They have predicted with perfect accuracy which way the coin had landed, wliich card was picked and what three digit number was formed at random!
Method: This is an effect tiiat I like to use quite often. It's simple, ■ lit«-I. easy to present, and it seems to make sense to the audience.
Hie set up is as follows: Decide which number force you wish to use, in that best fits the conditions that you will be working under. If you ili tide on the "Clip Number" technique, you must fill out the predic-11'mis just before your show. If using the "Number Prediction" technique. you can do all the set up at home.
Hie only "event" not forced in its outcome is the coin flip, so two mediction envelopes must be made up. One states that the outcome of ihe three events will be "Heads," then whatever force card youU be unrig, and the number, depending on which method you decide upon. I • rpt for predicting the coin will land on "Tails." the other prcdic-Hon is identical. Place each prediction envelope in each side of a I limber Wallet, after marking one of them so that you'll know if you've opened the wallet to the proper side, and you're set to go.
In performance, have the coin flipped, timing your actions so as to be - i ll to be holding the wallet in full view just as the result is being called "II lust open the Himber Wallet to the correct side, handing the "pre-«1 it'lions" to one of the spectators to hold on to as you get the deck of aids in readiness for the card force. (I use a Pop eyed force deck when I perform this routine).
Ihcn, just finish off with either the "Clip Number," or "Number Prediction" technique and take your bows.
<)l course, instead of the Himber Wallet, a double envelope could be used, or even the old dodge of having two envelopes, one in your inside i.icket pocket, and one in your shirt pocket.
m entalist's force
Here is a card force that 1 have had a lot of fun with. It's quite easy to do and has very little chance of failure. Most of the tirne, it will seem impossible to those watching you.
Effect: A borrowed deck is shuffled and mixed before being handed to the performer. The performer then quickly fans through the deck, looking for a special card, which he then removes without letting anyone else see its identity and places it face down, off to the side.
The performer then holds the deck, face upward and starts pulling cards, one at a time off the bottom, placing the removed face up cards in a pile, with the request that a spectator say "Stop" whenever he wishes to. When "Stop" is called, the performer turns the deck face down and hands it to the spectator who is to look at the now top face down card on the deck. Although "Slop" was freely called, and the performer was legitimately seen to be pulling cards off the bottom of the face up deck, the chosen card and the previously removed prediction card are a perfect match.
Method: This force may read a little strangely, but in use it has proved itself over and over again.
Two basic techniques are used. First of all, when you fan through the deck, you are really looking for the mate of the seventh card from the top of the deck, assuming the deck to be faces downward. That is your prediction card.
After the prediction card has been laid off to the side, you proceed to hold the deck in position to perform the "Glide" (An extremely simple card sleight,) only instead of the deck being face down, as in the usual way, the deck is held so the cards are facing upwards.
As you start pulling cards off the bottom of the deck (your force card is now seventh from the bottom because the deck is being held face
tte i l> h li-yitimately and keep your hand slightly tilted so that those piling «.an actually see the cards are really being removed from the
||. Mist three cards are being pulled off the bottom of the deck, tell the spectator that he may say "Stop" at any time that he ||> About four out of five times, "Stop" will be called as you in .1 pulled off the sixth card. If so, great. Just turn die deck face mil have the force card taken off the top of the deck.
**8i has not been called by the sixth card, proceed in this manner, kyou pl.ico the sixth card down, briefly pause and state, "Remember, i n. say "Stop" whenever you have the urge to." This pause allows i Ii.iihI that is holding the deck to drop slightly, cutting off the utni's view of the bottom of the deck. The fingers pull back the . ml about an inch or so (the Glide) and the other hand continues ill cards off the bottom. Because the force card has been pulled win spectators can be assured that they will stop on the force |i • i|uitc a simple matter to square up the force card as you turn tin k lace down.
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