The Effect

The performer introduces the 22 Tarot cards of the Major Arcana. Spreading them between his hands the mentalist allows the spectator to look at the faces of the cards. Closing the spread, he hands the cards to a spectator to mix. Once the spectator is finished shuffling, the performer takes the cards and states, "I am going to put the cards in balance. This is very important when dealing with the Tarot." The performer begins mixing the cards in an unusual manner. When he is finished, half the deck appears face-up and half is face-down. The face-up portion (Stack "A") is placed face-down to the spectator's right. The face-down portion (Stack "B") is placed to the spectator's left.

The performer asks the spectator to point to either one of the two piles. For example, the spectator points to the one on his left (Stack "B"). The mentalist holds these cards up in a fan with the faces towards the spectator. "Please select one card of the Tarot, one that perhaps appeals to your senses. This card will be your significator card." A card is chosen (without showing it to the mentalist), noted and returned to the opposite pile (Stack "A"). The spectator shuffles the pile which now contains his chosen Tarot card until he is satisfied that they are fairly mixed. He sets this pile aside for a moment.

The mentalist now has the spectator mix the other stack (Stack "B") and then cut the packet into two small heaps. "Please turn over the top card of each heap." Now, the performer gives the spectator a personal reading using the two face-up cards, weaving the spectator's personality into the reading. The performer continues, "The card on your left tells of your past and the card on the right hints of your future. From the position of these two cards in their orientation to each other they tell me something of your present."

The mentalist picks up Stack "A", fans the cards with their faces towards himself, and removes one card which he positions face-down between the two face-up cards. "Which Tarot card did you select?" the performer asks. For example, the spectator replies, "The Star". Upon turning over the face-down card, it is seen to be the card chosen by the spectator. The performer remarks, "The Tarot never lies!"

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