Mind Over Matter by Corinda

The Effect. A pack of cards is taken and shuffled then dealt face down on the table into a big square—every card being separate. The Mentalist writes a Prediction on a small slip of paper which he rolls into a ball and hands to any spectator. The spectator is invited to place the Pellet under any card he likes. This having been done, the card is turned over and the pellet read aloud by the spectator—it names correctly the chosen card; a Prediction has been made! All the other cards are different and a complete pack is used.

The Method. You require a Stacked Deck (see Step Three) or a marked deck. You also require the Tremaine-Corinda Pellet Index as described on page 93 of this book. To start, if the cards are marked—have them shuffled and dealt into a square. If they are stacked, false-shuffle yourself and deal them out in order so that you know by position the name of any card. There's nothing to that so I will not waste time with explanations.

Tell the audience you are going to make a Prediction and write "3 of Hearts" on a slip. Roll up the paper and give it to the Spectator telling him to place it under any card. If he puts it under the Three of Hearts—which could happen—you allow him to remove it for the climax, making the most of your good luck. If not (which is somewhat more likely!) you take the correct Pellet from the Index, roll it and switch it as you reach forward to turn the card face up. (See page 95 (10) "The Switch and the Force".) It's a case of mind over matter—"you don't mind and I don't matter!"

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