The Effect

The performer states that numerology and astrology have been associated with one another throughout recorded history. To demonstrate this, the miracle worker explains that he will attempt an experiment using the calendar and a pack of 52 playing cards. "As a matter of fact," the performer continues, "the calendar played a significant role in the creation of playing cards. For example, there are 4 weeks in a month and 4 suits in the deck, 13 weeks to a quarter and 13 cards in a suit, 52 weeks in a year and of course, 52 cards in the deck. And if the values of all the spot cards in the deck were added together, plus the Joker, they would equal 365, the number of days in a year."

Handing the pack to a spectator, the performer requests that the cards be examined and shuffled to make sure they're all different and thoroughly mixed. As the spectator examines and shuffles the pack, the performer shows a sealed envelope which he hands to a second spectator for safekeeping. The performer retrieves the deck and asks the first spectator to concentrate upon the month of his or her birth, or the birth month of a friend or relative. For instance, the mentalist continues, "If you're thinking of the month of September, the ninth month of the year, I want you to silently remove nine cards, the numerical value of the month of September, and place them in my pocket while I look the other way." As the procedure is explained, the performer demonstrates by removing and placing nine cards in his jacket pocket.

Removing the nine cards from his pocket, the performer replaces them on top of the deck. As the performer turns his head away, the spectator is allowed to remove the number of cards that matches the month upon which he is concentrating. As soon as the spectator has placed the cards in the performer's pocket, the performer retrieves the remainder of the deck and removes twelve cards representing the months of the year. Pocketing the remainder of the deck the performer states that as he displays the twelve cards one at a time, the spectator is to remember the card associated with the month he or she is concentrating upon.

As the performer displays each card, he calls aloud the month associated with that card, i.e., "January" as the first card is displayed, "February" as the second card is shown, and so on. When the mentalist has shown all twelve cards, he states that the spectator is now concentrating upon two things, a month, and the playing card associated with that month.

The performer retrieves the sealed envelope that the second spectator has been holding. Opening the envelope, the mentalist removes a letter which he proceeds to read aloud. The contents of the letter reveal both the month and the playing card the first spectator was concentrating upon. After the spectator has acknowledged that the prediction is 100% correct, the performer displays the letter to both spectators and the audience and takes a well deserved bow.

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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