The Secret

Prior to your performance, arrange to meet with a member of the audience. Preferably someone whose integrity is beyond reproach and/or someone selected by the person or committee who hired you. Once you're alone with your victim, open your Himber style pocket secretary or wallet and show that it contains a 3" x 5" file card fastened to one panel. You then hand the spectator an invisible ink pen, explaining that you want him to draw anything that he wishes on the file card, using invisible ink. The reason, you explain, is to burn the image into his mind but to prevent you or anyone else from seeing what he has drawn.

Turning your back, the spectator is told to draw his invisible picture. When he has finished, ask him to close the wallet to allow the ink to dry completely. You then turn and retrieve the wallet, holding it in the closed position for a few seconds as if waiting for the ink to dry. Open the wallet (actually the reverse side) so that only the spectator can see the interior of the case, inquire if the drawing on the file card is totally invisible. When the spectator states that it is, have him remove the blank card and seal it in the envelope that's stored in the pocket on the left hand side of the wallet.

(Note: Because you're using a Himber style wallet, the spectator has actually removed a duplicate blank 3" x 5" file card. The card containing his invisible ink drawing is now safely hidden from view in the opposite side of the wallet). Once the spectator has finished sealing the file card in the envelope, ask that he keep it for safekeeping until it is called for during your performance. Remind him not to forget what he has invisibly drawn on the card and not to reveal it to anyone else.

As soon as the spectator has left the room, you remove a developer pen (I'll tell you where to get them in a moment) and proceed to develop whatever the spectator drew on the original file card. Armed with this information, during your performance as you recap what transpired earlier, you state that the spectator drew anything that he wanted to on a blank file card, using an invisible pen. The spectator who drew the picture using an invisible ink pen will assume that is what you meant. The audience, however, will think that the spectator pretended to draw something on the file card using an imaginary pen. Therefore, when the spectator is later asked to draw the picture he has in mind, the audience will assume that he is drawing it for the first time! It's this little bit of double speak that makes "Transparen-see" such an effective design duplication effect. Good friend Lee Earle, was very helpful in developing this facet of the presentation.

You then proceed to duplicate the spectator's drawing on a dry erase board or a sheet of cardboard. Don't let anyone see what you have drawn. Place it aside, drawing side down. Now, hand the spectator a bold marking pen. Have him remove the blank card (he thinks it contains his invisible ink drawing) and ask him to use the marking pen to duplicate what he drew with the invisible pen so that the audience can clearly see it!

The pens that I use are similar to those described in the "Laser Gazer" effect elsewhere in this book. But, to save you the time of looking it up, here it is again. Purchase a set of "Pentech ERASABLES" (or a similar brand). Eight thin line erasable markers manufactured by Pentech International, Edison, NJ 08817. Fisher-Price also manufactures a quality set of erasable markers. They're available at stores such as "Toys 'R Us." Seven of the markers are brilliant watercolors. One is a liquideraser. You'll only use two of the markers. The white liquid eraser and any one of the colored pens, preferably the red pen. The white marker is normally used to erase the colored markers, however, in this case you do just the opposite. The spectator draws with the invisible ink in the white liquid eraser pen and you later develop what the spectator drew using one of the colored ink pens.

To prepare, if you don't have one of my "Becker Blockbuster" pocket secretaries, use any Himber Wallet. You'll also need two 3" x 5" white, unlined file cards. On one side of each card, place a spot of adhesive. Avery makes a self-adhesive "Spot-o-Glue" that's perfect for this. Otherwise, use a small piece of double-sided Scotch Tape. This will enable you to affix the cards to the right hand panels of your Himber Wallet, one card on either side. In the left hand pockets, place a manila envelope large enough to accommodate the file card. Naturally, you'll need an envelope on each side of the wallet. Together with the proper pens, you're now all set to perform.

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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