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But for the next few pages, I'm going to restrict myself to more formal presentations for both the stage and close up. These are effects that have worked well for me in a variety of situations. Try them out.

The precursors to these two effects go back a bit. The original version of this basic effect appeared in The Magic Menu The International Journal for Professional Restaurant and Bar Magicians published by Jim Sisti, the January/Februany 1997 issue. It also appeared in my video "Strivings Speaks Again" (1997). 'ESP In My Pocket' versions 11 & 111 appeared in my 1999 book "Pseudo-Psi". These two versions represented substantial improvements over the original. The two versions presented here dramatically expand the possibilities in the audience selection process. These two new methods combine the best of versions II & 111 along with some new (in print) handling ideas.

The main difference (from the spectators point of view) is that instead of just one symbol or digit being selected, multiple digits or symbols can be selected and arranged by the audience. Then the performer reveals that, he knew all along what would transpire. This is powerful stuff! Ill give you two presentations, both based on the same basic modus.

The perfonner displays a coin envelope on which are printed five ESP symbols (circle, plus sign, triangle, square and star). He also shows that the envelope contains a single folded slip of paper which is then left In the envelope.

The perionner then explains the influence that certain geometrical shapes and designs can have on people, influencing their behavior, decisions and other aspects. After this brief discourse, the performer asks a spectator to name any one of the five symbols depicted on the envelope. Suppose they name the square. A second spectator is now asked to name a different symbol. Suppose they name the plus sign. The performer then cleanly removes the slip of paper that has been in the envelope, has the spectator open and reveal a p/us sign inside a square!

The. perfonner displays a coin envelope on which are the single digits zero through nine. He also shows that the envelope contains a single folded slip of paper which is then left in the envelope.

The perfonner then explains the influence numbers can have on people, influencing their behavior, decisions and other aspects. After this brief discourse, the perfonner asks a

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spectator to name any one of the single digits depicted on the envelope Suppose they name the number five. This is repeated with two other spectators, each naming a single digit The three spectators then arrange the freely chosen digits into a three digit number. Let's say ihey arrive at the number 340. The performer then cleanly removes the slip of paper that has been in the envelope, lias the spectator open and reveal the number 310!

Both of these effects are based on the exact same methodology and principles, although with slightly different details.

In the case of each of these two effects, you 're going to construct a Window Double Envelope (see the section on 'Revealments' for details), but with a very special feature built in.

Pictured here is the artwork for the five ESP symbols. Take this to a copy place and make a copy, cut it out and glue it to the solid side of a manila coin envelope. It does not {and should not) go clear to the edge of the envelope. There should be a small border around the white paper of the photocopy. You will now construct a Window Double Envelope with this artwork intact Even though this process is completely described in the Revealments' section, I'll describe the whole thing here again because there are some very important differences here. The hole that is normally cut into the solid side of the envelope is cut on the exact inner edge of the square that is in the middle of the envelope! The square disguises the fact that the hole exists! Here's the construction process.

You'll need two manila envelopes, as usual for a Window Double Envelope. Take a pair of scissors and trim all four sides of one manila coin envelope as close to the edge as possible. Then take the resulting single sheet of paper {the solid side of the envelope, not the glued side) and trim about 1/8 of an inch off one end. Take a piece of white paper thai matches the photocopy and cut it to s/ighify smaller size than the panel you just piracies ^t'om ^Hip

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created from the manila envelope. Glue this to one side of single siieel. Place this aside for the moment.

Going back to the envelope with the symbols on it Slide the old playing card into the envelope so it is somewhat centered. Using the Exacto® knife, cut along the inside border of the square that is In the center of the envelope. The card inside will keep you from cutting all the way through the envelope. This will result in a window in 1he center of the envelope, surrounded by the outer frame of the square design.

Now slide the single sheet (with the white paper glued to it) into ihe envelope with the while side facing the cut out window. Slide the sheet clear to the bottom. It should not extend beyond the top opening of the envelope when fully inserted. If you now look at the symbols, it appears that everything is normal The paper in the envelope shows through the window and masks the opening. Inside ihe envelope there is a solid compartment (towards the glued side of the envelope) and a compartment with a window cut out of it

Now take the five slips oi filecard stock. Using the pen write each one of the five symbols on a slip Take the 'star' slip, fold it neatly into quarters and put it into the solid compartment of the window-double envelope.

Fold a single dummy billet ana place it into the solid compartment of this special envelope. Have your pocket writing device in place and you're ready to go.

Proauce the envelope and show the various designs. It helps if you very slightly buckle the envelope with your forefinger to make sure there's no gap in the window. Open the envelope to the solid compartment (easy to do with your left thumb helping) and remove the folded slip therein. Replace it and close the envelope, holding it in your left hand,

5 Patter about the various symbols and. how they affect people While paltering, casually place your right hand in your trouser pocket and assume a relaxed stance, gaining control of the index in the process. Ask a spectator to name any one of the symbols. Patter for a bit and ^ then ask a second spectator to name another symbol In your pocket, draw the two symbols, ii preferably one inside the other. This makes far a dramatic conclusion when they are revealed!

Patter a bit more while you finish the drawing and folding. Load the slip under the ^ envelope and reveal in the normal fashion. Trust me, this is a miracle!!

You can also have your spectators name any geometric design. Obviously you've got most of the common ones covered ana most people will opt for one of the designs they see. Still it makes for a wonderful touch that the spectators could select, any two geometric designs they wanted, and you still got them, one inside the other!! Powerful stuff!!

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One more thought. Of course this can also be used for the classic psychological force of, Think of any simple geometric shape like a square, but don't use that one. It's too obvious. In fact think of a second simple geometric design and put it inside the first one you thought of. Concentrate,' Then you reveal a triangle inside a circle. It's completely psychological and works much of the time You simply have the dummy billet with a triangle inside a circle In the envelope and then be ready to pocket write anything else that might get named. Works like a charm!

One extra note here. In "Pseudo-Psi" (1999) I included explanations of the meanings of the various symbols which can be used for a reading type of presentation. By combining two spectators and two symbols, you can do a reading of the two people (couples work incredibly well here) and how they connect and interact. While this is being done, you are doing your dirty work. When the two symbols are then revealed, this provides a solid 'kick' that is incredible. For more info on the meanings of the symbols, see "Pseudo-Psi". Try this with a couple, you won't believe the response!

You're going to construct an envelope similar to the 'window double envelope' that was made in I7.SP IV. Take the artwork that you see here and get a copy made. Cut it out and glue it to the face of one of a mariiia envelope, just as you did in ESP IV. Cut the same partition as you did in ElSP IV with the white paper cover.

You're also going to cut a hole in the envelope as you did in ESP IV. If you look at the artwork supplied here, you'll notice a *0' in the middle of the smattering of digits. This is the location of the hole. Slide the old playing card into the envelope and. using the Exacto® knife, cut a hole exactly along the Inner edge of the '0'. Slide the partition into the envelope, making sure that the plain paper side of the insert shows through the window. Place a dummy billet into the solid compartment of the envelope and you're ready.

The rest of the working will be obvious. The three digits (more or less can be used) are selected and arranged. You write them in your pocket and load them through the window in the envelope.

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Both of these versions have a lot to recommend them, the main feature being that you tan handle the envelopes quite cleanly and open. Both sides can be seen and it makes a wonderful and baffling effect. Try this out. It kills!!

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This effect originally appeared in my lecture notes from 1996 titled "Mental Melange" (out of print). It also appeared on my lecture video, "Strivings Speaks Volume 1". At ihe time of this writing 1 have the entire set up available as a separate marketed item complete with the pen, materials for a basic desk, and everything else to perform it_ It's a solid effect and has everything needed for a successful and highly commercial item using pocket writing as part of the modus. Since the notes that this originally appeared in are now out of print, here's the write up exactly as it appeared in "Mental Melange".

I'm sure every performing mentalist has come up against this challenge at one time or another. You have performed some of your mental miracles and someone chirps, "If you're so good at this, why don't you just mentally divine the numbers and win the lottery?' What we have here is a possible answer to this query.

Effect - The performer (that's you!) displays a novelty pen that has a clear globe on the non-writing end. This globe is filled with 40-odd numbered balls, a la ihe lotto contraption on TV. The barrel of the pen is partially transparent and will accommodate exactly six of the numbered balls, allowing you to simulate a roll of the lotto.

You explain that you have yet to master the accurate prediction of all six numbers on any given lotto drawing, however you have gotten up to one number with reasonable consistency. You explain that you have written a prediction that is contained in an envelope, which you display and repiace in your pocket Demonstrating how the pen works as a lotto simulator, you allow the spectator to satisfy himself as to the randomness of the device.

You now have the spectator decide how many 'rolls' of the balls they will do arid which position (one through six) they want at that desired roll. Suppose they decide to roll three times and on the third roll, they want the fifth ball. They can now roll the balls three times and on the last roll announce the identity of the fifth ball. Suppose it is 36. You now reintroduce the envelope and produce a folded card. On it is written a single number, in this case 36!

Method - These little pens have caught the attention of many mentalists and magicians in the last couple of years. As far as I know no one has actually figured out anything to do with them yet This presentation occurred to me as I was toying with the pen and it has proven to

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be a very entertaining interlude in my programs, Due to the size of the prop involved, it is primarily a close-up type of effect, however, 1 have used it successfully with small banquet audiences.

You will need to acquire one of the pens. See the illustration at the beginning oi this effect. I bought mine at a Walgreens store and have seen them in office supply houses as well as stores that stock novelties. Unfortunately, it has been a few months since 1 have seen them locally so you may have to hunt around somewhat They are worth the search as they automatically generate interest. You will also need some 2 1/2" x 3" cards, one of them folded into quarters. I took a stack of 3" x 5" cards to a quick print place and had them cut them in half. You will also need the shortest barrel pen you can find that matches the writing of the lotto pen. There are other alternatives which 1 will explain at the end of this write-up. Finally a manita coin envelope with a window cut in the back of it completes the props.

Place the envelope in your shin or jacket pocket, preferably a right side pocket, with the window against your body. Put a small stîick of cards in your right front pants pocket 1 am assuming that you are right handed here. If you are left handed, simply reverse the locations of the props. The top card only needs to be folded into quarters and reopened. It is placed on top of (he stack away from your body. The small pen also goes in this pocket. The lotto pen itself is anywhere that is convenient

Go through the presentation as outlined above up to the point where the actual number is.revealed. You should be standing casually with your right hand in the pocket as you give the spectator instructions. As this takes place, locate and correctly position the pen stub in the right pocket, ready to write the chosen number on the pre-folded card. When it is revealed, write the number as large and legible as possible, using the stack of cards as a backing for your writing. Drop the pen stub and refold the card.

Palm the card from the pocket as you reach for the envelope with your left hand. Simply place the envelope directly over the folded billet as you patter about the impossibility of the situation. You can now open the envelope and reach in, grasping the billet through the unseen window, and extract it as if it came from inside the envelope. As you hand the billet to the spectator, quietly pocket the envelope and finish as outlined above.

There are, of course, other alternatives to the above scenario. There are ink nail writers that are now available. I have not used one so I can't vouch for them at this point Their use seems obvious, though. This would allow for apparently writing the prediction with the lotto pen and having the card in sight the entire time. Simply nail write the correct number when the time comes. Likewise, if you stay with the pocket writing, the prediction can end up virtually anywhere. A card-to-sealed-envelope-in-wallet set up comes to mind as a very viable alternative. Just use your imagination. It's a fun effect to perform and watch. Get the pen and go to work. Now if we could just get those other five numbers...

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