## Secret

The diabolical method is so simple, I'd better get it out of the way so we can get on with the really important stuff - the presentation! To begin, you'll have to obtain eight (8) baseball trading cards. Check your local stamp & coin shop or see if you have a sports memorabilia store in town. Specifically, what you must obtain are any four cards representing any four major league baseball players. The remaining four cards are a different story. They must be four different baseball cards depicting the same player. In other words, there are four or five major producers of baseball trading cards. Each manufacturer's photographic version of each major league ballplayer features a different photo. Just be sure that you select a player whose four shots are as different as possible relative to pose, uniform, etc.

If your player happens to be caucasian then see to it that the four different player cards are of non Anglo players. (Or visa-versa). Alternate the odd players with the photo cards of the same player. Hold the packet in your left hand, with the statistics side of the cards facing you. Stand in front of a mirror. With the left thumb, push off the card closest to you to the right. Take it with the right fingers. Push off the next card and place it in front of the card your right hand. Continue pushing off cards with the left thumb and taking them one in front of the other, in the right hand. In other words, don't change the order of the cards. Oh yes. Count the cards aloud as you transfer them from hand to hand. Watch the faces of the cards as you do this, keeping your pace nice and even. Not too slow and not too fast!

What did you see? It looks like eight photographs of eight different major league ballplayers. Believe me, to the spectator and the audience, it will definitely appear that you are showing eight different major league ballplayers. I have shown this effect within inches of the spectator's faces and not once has anyone noticed that one player appears more than once. In fact, if you show the cards to a oneāone, two beat, with the one, two beat on the even number cards (the odd players) it makes it even more foolproof by showing the odd players a fraction of a second longer than the four force player cards. Naturally at a distance of a few feet, it is impossible to spot the repeat player, but I get a kick out of doing it close-up and slowly!

Be sure to obtain the nice plastic protective sleeves that are available where the cards are sold. These will keep your cards like new and still not interfere with the working of the effect. Be sure to keep a written list of the order of the cards after you are satisfied they have been arranged in the most effective manner. This will enable you to quickly reset after you've finished.

You will also need a new Rawlings professional baseball which is available at any sporting goods store. Then, simply sign your force player's name as an autograph on the ball using a Sanford "Sharpie" blue ink marking pen . That's it. You're all set to perform.

Forgive me for blowing my own horn, but this is an outstanding mental effect. It's origin germinated years ago in an effect that I read, and remembered, by Tot O'Regan (I believe that's how it was spelled) which involved a number of different color license plates which all bore the same state in small print below the numbers. Phil Goldstein, a.k.a. Max Maven, also marketed an effect using abstract astrological designs on a card, each bearing the same name in small print in differing areas in proximity to each design. What's more, the effect is entertaining. What subject matter could appeal more to the American public than baseball? The cards are colorful and interesting props. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first major use of baseball cards in a mental effect.

## Baseball For Boys

Since World War II, there has been a tremendous change in the makeup and direction of kid baseball, as it is called. Adults, showing an unprecedented interest in the activity, have initiated and developed programs in thousands of towns across the United States programs that providebr wholesome recreation for millions of youngsters and are often a source of pride and joy to the community in which they exist.

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