Everyone who has ever performed the "invisible deck" knows how strong this plays for lay audiences. While the methodology of "Ultra-Coinetic" has been previously revealed in my book, "Stunners." The following presentation was not developed until I performed and lectured at the Blackpool Convention in England in 1995. A gathering of 3000 magi.
What the audience sees:
The performer states that there is a fine line between imagination and reality. During the next few minutes, the performer continues, he is going to ask everyone to step across that line and to allow their imaginations to become their reality. Three spectator are invited to stand. The performer reaches in his pocket and pretends to remove what he describes as a manila coin envelope. The performer pretends to mark the envelope with a large number "1." The invisible envelope is handed to the first spectator. The same actions are repeated with the remaining two spectators, each now holding an invisible, numbered envelope.
The three spectators are now told to use their imagination again and to reach into their right hand jacket pocket where they will find three invisible objects. A silver quarter, a steel washer and a brass PGA Senior Tour ball marker. The three spectators are asked to decide which of the three objects they are going to select, then remove it from their pocket and seal it in the invisible envelope each is holding. When the three spectators have finished miming the placement of their invisible objects in their invisible envelopes, the performer quickly collects the envelopes and pretends to place them in his right hand jacket pocket.
Turning to the audience, the performer states that he will now ask everyone to step across that thin line that separates imagination from reality and allow their imagination to become their reality.
The performer reaches into his right hand pocket and removes an actual manila coin envelope bearing the number '1'. Showing the envelope to spectator number one, the performer asks if the envelope looks familiar. Spectator number one is asked which of the three objects he sealed in his imaginary envelope, the quarter, the steel washer or the brass PGA ball marker. For example, the spectator replies, "The steel washer." The performer opens the mouth of the coin envelope and holding it in his left hand, he picks up a crystal goblet from the table.
Inverting the envelope over the goblet, a single object is seen and heard to drop into the glass. The object is "poured" into the first spectator's cupped hands which he is asked to loudly describe. He replies that it is, in fact, a steel washer. The same procedure is followed with the second spectator who states that he sealed a PGA ball marker in his envelope. The performer pours a ball marker from envelope number "2." The final spectator states that he too, sealed a PGA ball marker in envelope number "3." Undaunted, the performer pours another PGA ball marker from envelope number "3." The objects are retained by the spectators as souvenirs.
Each of the envelopes is prepared in the same manner. Obtain two opaque manila coin envelopes that measure 2-3/8" wide by 5-5/16" deep. With a ruler and X-acto knife, slice off a thin sliver from the two long edges of the envelope. Measuring upward from the bottom of the envelope 4-3/4", cut off the flap. Measuring upward from the bottom of the seamed side of the envelope, 4-1/8", cut off the remainder. You now have a step-down insert.
Insert this, folded edge down, into the other envelope and push to the bottom with the end of a ruler. This insert creates three compartments inside the envelope with the longer partition near the rear (flap side) of the envelope and the shorter partition nearest the seamed side. Open each envelope and place an quarter in the rear compartment, a steel washer in the middle compartment and a PGA ball marker in the remaining compartment. Do not seal the envelopes. Naturally, you can substitute other flat objects if the above are not available to you. Prepare all three envelopes in the same manner, using the same three objects in each. Number the envelopes #1, #2 and #3. Place them in your right hand jacket pocket in a known order. Have a heavy crystal wine glass on your table. Now, no matter which object the spectator states that he sealed in the envelope, the performer can produce it.
Follow the description of the effect. When the spectator states which object he placed in envelope number one, insert your right forefinger into the proper compartment. Gently squeeze the side edges of the envelope with your left fingers and the correct compartment will "pop" open.
Maintain the envelope in this open position and, because the remaining two compartments are pressed shut, only the correct object will drop out into the glass when you invert the envelope. Dump the object out of the glass into the spectator's palm and ask him to loudly describe it. It will, of course, be the object he freely selected. Pocket the envelope in your left hand jacket pocket. Remove envelope number two and repeat the above actions with spectator number two. Repeat the above actions with envelopes number three, emphasizing that the object they selected could be the same or different from the previous spectator's object. Allow the spectators to keep their mentally selected objects as souvenirs.
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