Birthday Cards

My late friend, Eric Mason, was a skilled close-up worker. Although he was a keen sleight-of-hand man, the trick of his which people like best was when somebody would apparently freely select a card, then find its name written against his birthday in his pocket diary. The plot itself is generally credited to Ted Danson, but many other people have published versions, including Bob Cassidy and Alex Elmsley. Eric's method required him to ascertain the birthday prior to the card being selected. But...

The Color In Your Mind

How many of you in this room believe in mental telepathy Raise your hands. Do you know that a recent study published in a Journal of Parapsychology found that nearly seventy percent of the people asked believed in this phenomenon, and nearly fifty percent said that they had personally had such an experience in the last six months. Personally I am agnostic on this widely believed phenomenon, and the older I get the more skeptical I become about the existence of all aspects of ESP. Of course, I...

Business Card Center Tear

Coloring Book Magic Trick Revealed

The classic center tear can be a powerful weapon for discovering written information. The best demonstration I ever saw was done by Eddie Fields in a Chicago bar in the 1970s. He treated the folded slip with complete indifference as he ripped it up quickly, and casually dropped the pieces into an ashtray. He then lit a cigarette and went on to reveal my thoughts. There was no fumbling, no apparent opportunity to look at the paper and no nervous patter while stalling for time. In recent years...