## Coins Of The Mind

Effect:

The performer introduces a roll of halfdollars or quarters. He states that the roll contains ten coins. "With these simple props," he says, " We 'll conduct a very strange experiment in thought control."

Placing the coins aside for the nonce, the performer then introduces several small, postcard-sized pictures. These pictures can be abstract designs, Rorchact-style inkblots, or, as I prefer, those 3-D 'Magic Eye' pictures that leap out at you when you stare at them long enough.

Showing these pictures to the spectator, one by one, the spectator is asked to describe what he sees. Regardless of the spectator's responses, the performer announces that each picture contains subtle subliminal messages, invisible to the conscious mind, yet very meaningful to the unconscious.

Asking the spectator to name any number from one to ten, the performer removes coins from the roll, one at a time, until he reaches the coin at the spectator's number. "Set that one aside for the moment," he says. "We now need one more coin, and this time we'll call upon the hidden powers of your unconscious mind for our second selection."

Removing the remaining coins from the roll, these are added to the previously discarded coins, and the lot handed to the brainwashed spectator. He's instructed to shake the coins in his cupped hands and toss them onto the table. Furthermore, all the coins that are tails-up are to be removed. This elimination is repeated until only one, heads-up coin remains.

This coin is placed alongside of the first selected coin. Now, a prediction that has been in full view is opened and read. "The date on the first coin selected will be 1984. Your unconscious mind will eliminate all of the remaining coins except the only one dated 1993."

Of course, this prediction matches the reality exactly!

Method:

This routine uses the idea of a force combined with a multiple out, an idea you will tire of hearing about after reading the next three routines.

You need two gimmicks:

*A double-faced coin with the same date on both sides (see credits at the end of this article for the source of this idea).

You also need ten half dollars with distinctly different dates.

Obtain a coin roll designed to hold about ten half-dollars. You'll actually be using eleven coins, but you never call attention to this fact. If you have difficulty obtaining a suitable coin roll, you can always use modern computer technology to make an entire sheet of them, and with the judicious use of scissors and rubber cement, you're set. Or, you can go to a hobby shop and obtain a clear plastic coin tube with a screw-on top that's just the right size.

The coins at position three and five from one end are your two force coins for the first selection. You'll force one of them using a counting force that Bascom Jones published in Magick about two dozen times. He called it the 'European 10-11 Force'.

Since you have eleven coins instead of ten, it's possible to arrive at one of the two force coins using any number between one and ten.

You tell the spectators that you have a roll of ten coins; actually there are eleven coins. The double headed coin is anywhere in the stack, you don't have to worry about it for now. Your two predictions, nestled on either side of a Himber wallet or double-sided envelope, contain the dates of the two force coins, one on each side. Combined with the force, this stratagem will cover you no matter what number the spectator specifies.

One prediction prognosticates the third coin's date and the date of the doubleheader. The other one predicts the date of the fifth coin and the date of the double-header. No matter what number the spectator names, you can arrive at one of the two force coins. Here's how:

• If they name 'two', count off two coins and have them take the third coin.

• If they say three', count off two coins and have them take the third coin.

• If they say four\ count down to the fourth coin and have them take the fifth coin.

• If they say 'five', count off four coins and have them take the fifth.

• For six, seven, eight, and nine, turn the roll over and count from the bottom. This forces one of the two coins.

You can take out the appropriate prediction at this point if you like, and place it on the table.

You force the second coin using an idea of Bruce Bernstein's from his terrific book, Twenty Effects for Psychic Entertainers. If the person assisting you shakes up the coins and tosses them on the table, removing all the tails-up coins, until only one remains, the one remaining must be the two-headed coin!

Have the prediction opened and take a bow, removing all gimmicks from play and pocketing them.

The byplay with the pictures adds a certain intrigue to the routine. You Cold Readers out there will find some good opportunities based on what the spectator thinks he 'sees'. I laminate the four designs and have them numbered on the back.

Conversational Tidbits for Subliminal Suggestion Routines

"Ladies and Gentlemen, in the year 1957 an insidious experiment was perpetrated on the American public. In movie theatres across the land, the phrase 'Coca-Cola' flashed across the screen for 1/24th of a second. This interval was far too brieffor anyone to consciously notice, yet in subsequent weeks, the sales of

Coca-Cola went up 20%!

"The lesson has been learned. Since that day, subliminal suggestion has been used to sell us products, and, perhaps even more frightening — ideas!"

"We all know we don't purchase items for any logical reason. We all have a house full of stuff that we could easily do without. It is even argued that we do not buy things for logical reasons, but for emotional ones. Why else would we go down one aisle of the grocery store, and buy lemonade flavored with artificial lemon, and then go down the next aisle and buy toilet bowl cleaner made from real lemon? Can anyone explain the logic of that one to me?"

"It s far easier to plant an aversion to something in your mind than an attraction. If you don't like broccoli, for example, it would be difficult for me to suggest to you that you do like it. But, if you already like broccoli, I can easily suggest an association that would cause you to avoid it.

"For instance, in this country we think it terrible that, in other countries, it's acceptable to eat dogs. Yet, in this country, we eat pigs. Now, I ask you, which is the cleaner animal? The dog, or the filthy swine who wallows in its own filth and lives off garbage? Furthermore, in the South, we eat parts ofpigs that no one, anywhere in the world, would eat from a dog! One man's slimy garden pest is another man's Escargot."