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this is a black one" etc. Half way through, you stop, have the remainder reshuffled and hold them above your head where all but you can see. You continue to sort them into blacks and reds. This should be done with all the speed you can muster without becoming inaccurate. As soon as you have 26 reds in one pile and 26 blacks in another, pick up the red ones and proceed to shuffle them—inviting the spectator to shuffle the blacks. You will not use the blacks, but you do want the spectator to have them in his hands because in a moment, while sorting hearts from diamonds, he will examine those black cards (they do every time!) and he is going to find them all ordinary—because they are all ordinary.

"Let me go a step farther, which will you choose next—black or red?" Whatever he answers—you keep the red. "Black" he may say, so you reply "right, take the black and try and do as 1 do with the reds—guess the suits". Or he may reply "red"—whereupon you say "very well, let me see if I can find the different suits". The classic phrase "That leaves" does not enter the conversation!

When is what necessary for you to decide one factor—black from red, you had only to concern yourself with the position of one notch. The one that indicated colour—so your finger should have been guided to within half an inch of that point before it actually touched the card. You do not have to go through the unnatural motion of running the finger down the full length of the card. Our next concern is to differentiate between two red suits, this we do by approaching the suit indicator or notch (see diagram 2). The cards are again mixed—first by you, then after a few have been dealt into two piles, a little more mixing is allowed by the spectator. As a diversion at this point, you may take the deck below table level, bringing the cards up one at a time and naming them before they reach sight.

Finally we have two piles, each contains thirteen cards of one suit. By the same means as was used to force the reds from the blacks, you now force the hearts so that you may divide the odd from the even. You do not encourage the spectator to handle the diamond pile as they are faked. Normally they will have had enough of examination after running through the blacks earlier on—so simply place them on the bottom of the black cards. Run through the odd and even sorting and when complete infer that you could now go the last step and name each card individually. By now they will have had enough—but you are in a very favourable position to perform a master move of magic. Pick up the red cards and add them to the bottom of the deck. Take the full pack and give it a good false shuffle. Immediately proceed to perform "Out of this World" which, in the circumstances, could not be a better effect. By the time the spectator has sorted the cards themselves you have finished a pretty good routine that's going to take a lot more sorting out before the method is uncovered! (Note: Paul Curry's "Out of this World" may be obtained from your favourite dealer; should you be one of few people who do not know it—my advice is hasten to get it now).

(5) Colour Conscious

Using the Ghost Deck described above, divide the cards into black and red to start. Have any red card chosen and placed by the spectator amid the blacks. Holding the cards under the table, you quickly locate it and then i c 7 r" r r i \ i count how many cards are on top of it. Square up the pile and bring it to the table top putting it down in the middle of the table and saying "That's funny, I'm sure I could do it—lend me a bit of paper, I must see where 1 went wrong". Take any bit of paper and quickly jot down a few meaningless calculations—ending up with the announcement "I cannot understand it— my calculations show it must be the fifteenth card from the top" (for fifteen, insert however many cards were above the red). "Would you check it once more please"—hand the pile to the spectator who counts down to the fifteenth card and finds it is the red one. Within five seconds you are going to have everyone who can add two and two trying to work out how you can calculate the position of the red!

I should mention that the cards when dealt by the spectator should be placed face down on the table, the last one of the count then turned over and shown. If they are dealt face up, it looks very suspicious that you get a run of fourteen blacks before you reach the first red—which happens to be theirs!

The Art Of Cold Reading

The Art Of Cold Reading

Today I'm going to teach you a fundamental Mentalism technique known as 'cold reading'. Cold reading is a technique employed by mentalists and charlatans and by charlatan I refer to psychics, mediums, fortune tellers or anyone that claims false abilities that is used to give the illusion that the person has some form of super natural power.

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