This effect follows the now fairly standard three part prediction test, but with a couple of new twists that 1 hope you'll like.
Effect: Three people from the audience are asked to assist you. The first assistant is asked to freely choose any playing card from a deck of cards tliat are spread face down on a table, lire performer, who is holding a small group of pay envelopes in his hand, slips the card face down into the top envelope and places it aside, after the spectator has looked at the card.
A blank business card and a pen are given to the next assistant with the request that they print down on the card any two digit number that comes to mind. This done, the performer slips the card face down into the now top envelope that he is holding and then places it aside also.
Last, but not least, the final spectator is asked to print the first name of anybody that comes to mind. As before, this card is also sealed face down into an envelope and is also placed aside by the performer. After the name card has been sealed and placed aside, the performer is seen to be left holding only a single sealed envelope. A fourth spectator is asked to come up on stage. The performer rips off the top of the envelope and removes two business cards and a playing card, which he hands to the fourth spectator to hold on to.
The performer now opens the first spectator's envelope and removes the playing card that they had picked. "Did you freely choose the----
of ? the performer asks the first spectator. The answer is
"Yes," The performer then asks the spectator with the predictions to show what card he is holding. They match exactly.
The performer now opens the second person's envelope. "Did you freely choose the two digit number--?", the performer asks. "Yes,"
is the answer. The spectator witii the predictions is then asked what
This envelope is empty
This is the "tucked " envelope which contains a duplicate of the forced card
This envelope contains a blank business card
This envelope contains a blank business card
two digit number he was given by the performer. Again an exact match.
The last envelope is opened and tire freely selected name is read off as before. When the spectator is asked to read the predicted name that the performer gave him, it too is a perfect match!
Method: This effect is based on the concept of Orville Meyer's brilliant effect Tervil. The mechanics of it are based on a slight variation in the handling of the flapless envelope switch that goes back years.
To set up for this effect you will need to have four pay envelopes, a single force deck, and some blank business cards.
Place a blank business card in two of the envelopes and then place them flap side down on the table. The flaps should be extended outwards, not folded back as usual. Moisten the flap of a third envelope and then tuck its flap back inside of itself, sticking the flap to the inside. Place a duplicate of your force card into this envelope and then place it on top of the other two envelopes. Place the final envelope, flap extended, on top of the other three and you're set to go.
As is now obvious, the playing card is forced from the forcing deck. You then take the card face down from the spectator and then place it into the top envelope of the stack, which you then place aside, by pulling the envelope away from the stack by its flap.
Upon receiving the two digit number, it will be slipped into the now top envelope, the one with the tucked in flap and the duplicate of the force card. Then grab the top visible flap and pull it away from the other two envelopes as you did with the first envelope. This looks as though you have removed the top envelope, but really it is switched for one in which you had sealed a blank business card.
The third choice is again slipped into the tucked envelope, but by again pulling on the visible flap to separate the envelopes again accomplishes your switch.
Let's review what has happened. A forced card was legitimately sealed into the top envelope of the stack. A two digit number was placed in the "tucked" envelope and then was switched for one with a blank business card in it. The name card is then also slipped into the "tucked" envelope and is again switched for one with a blank card in it. This leaves you holding what appears to be a sealed envelope, but which now contains a duplicate of the chosen card, and the actual choices of the two other spectators.
As the fourth spectator is coming up to help, you tear off the top of the tucked envelope, as though it were sealed, and remove its contents. As you hand them to the spectator to hold on to, you casually must memorize the two digit number, and the first name.
You now open the first person's envelope and show the force card. Have the spectator who is holding the predictions show the duplicate. One match. Now for some acting. You open the "second person's envelope" and pretend to read off the two digit number, although the card is in reality blank. Ask the spectator what number you had predicted. Match number two. The last number is opened and again you pretend to read the name off the blank card and then ask what the name was that you had predicted. Match number three!
Why the card force, is probably the question in your mind. Here are several reasons. It must appear to the fourth spectator that only one person wrote down the predictions. Since people print numbers and letters in differing styles, this won't give you away and in addition, the visual of the two matching cards subtly leads away from the idea ol a possible switch.
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