Stage Version

The aforementioned is a close-up routine. To utilize the "Intuition" principle as a dynamite stage effect, simply load five memorized cards under the gaff. Select any one of the five cards as a "Prediction," for example, the King of Clubs. On a small piece of cardboard, write, "The King of Clubs will be left for last!" This prediction card is placed under the rubber band as in the close-up version. At that point in the routine, when the spectator has finished shuffling the deck, retrieve it in your left hand. The right hand holds the card case with the prediction card inside. You ask for a second volunteer. As you point to someone with your right hand and ask that they join you on stage, you bring the case back over the deck and smoothly deposit the five card stack and gaffed card on top of the deck in your left hand. The selection of the second spectator and his or her forward movement provides ample misdirection and cover. Just be natural and don't make it a "move."

Hand the card case to the second volunteer. Ask the first volunteer to hold out his hands, palms up. Turn your head away and proceed to deal five cards from the shuffled pack, face down on the spectator's hands. Discard the balance of the deck in your jacket pocket. Have the spectator fan the cards and so that only he can see the faces. Proceed to reveal the cards the spectator is looking at—one at a time. Save the force card for last. Ask the second spectator to remove the prediction card and read it aloud. Have the first spectator show the final card in his hand.

I have performed this effect in practically every type of performing condition. Surrounded. Close-up. Stage. In fact, I even opened with it during an appearance on a one-hour Japanese television special. Since then, I've had many people view the tape of the performance and to date, no one has ever noticed the casual placement of the "force stack." So no matter what the venue, "Intuition" is a natural.

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Over the years, I've had the pleasure of getting to know some of the finest people on the face of the earth. My friends in the mystical arts are the frosting on the cake.

Friendships that have both endured and matured over the years. Larry White is one of those magnificent dividends to an already rewarding lifelong passion. As you will have already discovered, I asked Larry to write the foreword to this book. When I received it, I was very flattered, but a bit embarrassed by the accolades. However, I know Larry was sincere, so I didn't change a word.

Larry White is not only one of the most creative minds in magic and mentalism, he's a true gentleman as well. One of his finest creations, and a personal favorite of mine, is "Get The Picture." Those of you who purchased it know what an effective and diabolically clever peek device it is. I was quite honored when Larry told me he would like to contribute it to this book. There haven't been many mental effects created by others that I have chosen to market over the years. Larry White's "Get The Picture" is one I was delighted to use and feature in my retail catalog .

The Art Of Cold Reading

The Art Of Cold Reading

Today I'm going to teach you a fundamental Mentalism technique known as 'cold reading'. Cold reading is a technique employed by mentalists and charlatans and by charlatan I refer to psychics, mediums, fortune tellers or anyone that claims false abilities that is used to give the illusion that the person has some form of super natural power.

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