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IMAGINE HAVING 13 "OUTS" AT YOUR FINGERTIPS...RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE AUDIENCE!

By Larry Becker

The word test alone is worth the cost of this incredibly versatile prop. It'll also enable you to perform some of the most powerful mental effects ever conceived.

Imagine introducing a spectator during your show and having her confirm that just prior to showtime she freely thought of a word. She confirms that she did not write anythingdown and the performer did not attempt to influence her choice of word in any way Also, she has not revealed the word she is thinking of to anyone. In fact, the performer actually hasn 't a clue as to the identity of the word she's thinking of.

The performer removes a blank slip of paper from his wallet. After writing something on the paper, the performer refolds it and returns it to the wallet. The spectator is now handed a copy of Webster's Dictionary and asked to locate the page containing her mentally selected word without identifying it. As she is doing so, the performer removes the folded slip of paper from his wallet and holds it high in the air for all to see. The performer now asks that she read aloud the word that she's been concentrating upon and its definition. The performer then asks the spectator to open the folded slip of paper and read aloud what's written on it. It proves to be the exact word and definition the spectator has been concentrating upon. There's positively no force employed and the spectator's mentally selected word is in fact known only to the spectator until the climax ofthe effect. Most baffling of all, the slip of paper is in full view before the spectator reveals her word.

The "Versadex Wallet" enables you to do the impossible. To top it off, it's beautifully made and fashioned from the highest quality English black calf leather. The wallet contains four compartments for four credit cards (authentic faux credit cards are supplied) plus two horizontal pockets to hold the folded slip and your paper currency. Several routines included. It measures closed, 4" wide x 6-3/4" long. Like all of my creations, your satisfaction is guaranteed of your money back.

Since these wallets are hand crafted by England's Roy Roth, they're in short supply. As is our usual policy, checks will not be cashed nor credit card accounts charged until the wallet is shipped to you. What will a quality crafted, multipurpose wallet like this set you back? That's the best part. Larry Becker's "Versadex Wallet:" is yours, postpaid, for just $125.00 within the continental U.S. Canada-$128.00. Overseas, add 20% for airmail delivery,

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Versadex Wallet Routine #1

What the audience sees: The performer states that just prior to show time, he asked a volunteer to think of a word, one word in the English language. The volunteer is invited to join the performer on stage. The volunteer is asked now to confirm that she freely thought of a word...a word that she has not revealed to the performer or anyone else. The volunteer confirms that everything the performer has said is true. In addition, the performer continues, he did not influence her choice in any way, nor did he ask her to write anything down. In fact, she is positively the only person in the world who knows the word she is thinking of. Again the volunteer confirms that everything the performer has said is true.

The performer removes a sheet of blank paper from his wallet. The volunteer is asked to visualize the word she is thinking of. The performer appears to concentrate intently, then quickly jots something on the paper that he folds and places in a small pocket in his wallet with half the folded slip exposed. Placing his wallet under his arm, the performer hands the volunteer a copy of Webster's Dictionary. He instructs the spectator to look up the word she is thinking of.

The volunteer is asked to read aloud the word and its definition. When she has done so, the performer asks the volunteer to remove the folded slip of paper and to read aloud what he earlier wrote as she concentrated on her secret thought. The spectator does so and believe it or not, the performer has correctly revealed the word and its definition. Applause! What is it?

The Versadex Wallet is a very versatile index wallet. Beautifully made in fine English leather by Roy Roth, as conceived by Larry Becker, the Versadex cleverly utilizes the so called Himber principle to switch from a legitimate looking interior replete with credit cards, currency pocket and a small pocket to hold a folded slip of paper...to a second side containing twelve 4" x 4-3/4" folded slips of paper in six pockets, three on either panel.

To set up for Routine #1:

First, you should purchase a copy of Webster's New World portable "Large Print" Dictionary. If your local bookseller does not have it in stock, have them order it in paperback. There are several reasons for the choice of this particular dictionary which is published by Simon & Schuster's MacMillan Company, 1633 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10019-6785. I acquired my copy at Borders bookstore. Designed for people with poor vision, each page consists of 20-25 words and definitions, set in a single column. The large, bold type ensures the words can easily be read. The other reason will shortly be revealed.

The twelve selected words are: Antipasto, Bankrupt, Camcorder, Destitute, Editorial, Festival, Gentleman, Harmonize, Impersonate, Judgment, Kitchen and Latitude. Obviously, the first letter of each word is in alphabetical order, however, when they are printed on a white 4" x 4-3/4" card, the words should be listed in the following order: D-L-J-K-F-I-H-A-C-E-B-G.

The twelve slips of 4" x 4-3/4" paper each contain the following: "I have an impression you're thinking of the word_, which means_." Fill in each of the above words in the first blank and their definition following the word, "means." Arrange the slips in the following order in each of the six pockets in the secret side of the wallet:

(Note: Your wallet has been set up for another routine, however, it shows you how the slips are to be arranged)

Now, take two small Post-It notes and place one just below the third or bottom pocket on each of the two panels that make up the secret side of the wallet. The slip on the left should show the A-F configuration and the slip on the right should contain the G-L arrangement as shown above. Since the audience never sees this side of the wallet, the use of removable Post-It notes acts as an instant prompter as to the arrangement on the 12 prediction slips in the six pockets.

Quarter fold a blank thirteenth slip and place it in the small pocket opposite the four faux credit cards that I have supplied. Your initials have also been placed in the lower right hand corner of the closed wallet. The initials enable you to unfailingly open the wallet to the proper side as needed. Place the wallet in your left inside jacket pocket. The dictionary should be on your table.

To perform:

Prior to your show, select a member of the audience and after introducing yourself, take her aside. Explain that you would like her to participate in an experiment in thought projection during your performance. If she indicates that she is willing to do so, hand her the card with the 12 printed words on it. Explain that they are 12 randomly selected words taken from Webster's Dictionary. Ask her to look them over and to mentally select any one of them. State that she is to memorize the word of her choice and that later, you will attempt to mentally discern it.

Turn your back, explaining that you don't want to influence her choice in any way. Tell her to take her time and to firmly implant the word in her mind. Stress that she has not been asked to write anything down nor is she to reveal the word to you or to anyone else until she is asked to do so during your performance. Tell her that as soon as she has mentally selected her secret word she is to fold the card and secure it in her pocket or purse so she won't forget the word she has selected. Ask her to tell you when the card is out of sight. Thank your volunteer (?) and state that you appreciate her participation in the experiment.

That's the pre-show set up. There's no force involved and she actually never reveals her mentally selected word until after you have placed the slip containing your written impression in full view of the audience. Just follow the routine as described, making sure that you use the suggested phrasing above.

As soon as you have removed your wallet, hold it initial side up, and open it right to left exposing the credit card side. Remove the folded blank slip of paper from the small pocket and after opening it, place it on top of the closed wallet. Remove your pen and after asking the volunteer to visualize in her mind the word she is thinking of, write anything on the slip and without letting anyone see what you've written, refold the paper. Open the wallet to the credit card side and place the folded slip in the small pocket on the left. Be sure to allow the audience to view the interior of the wallet as you do this. Close the wallet and place it under your left arm. Hand the volunteer the dictionary and ask her to locate the word she is concentrating upon in the dictionary as quickly as possible.

Stand relatively close to the spectator as she leafs through the dictionary. As soon as she begins to focus on a particular page, note the first letter in the boldly printed word in the upper right hand corner of the page. (Note: all 12 words were selected near the bottom of a right hand page). The first letter in this word immediately tells you which slip you will have to remove from the secret 6-pocket side of the wallet. Casually turn and move several feet away from the spectator. Now, ask her to place her finger on the word she is thinking of. The fact that the word is near the bottom of a right hand page gives you time to spot the word at the top and move away while she is till scanning the page to locate her word.

Remove the wallet from under your arm with the initial side up. Open the wallet from left to right to expose the secret 6-pocket side. Be sure to tilt the wallet up so that only you can see the interior. A quick glance at the Post-it note prompter will immediately tell you the location of the slip you are to remove. As you remove the proper slip, begin to close the wallet, trapping the slip so that half of it protrudes from the upper end of the closed wallet. By now, the spectator will have her finger on the word. Ask her to read aloud, for the first time, the word that she has been thinking of and its definition. This is a very bold and convincing subtlety. Before she actually reveals the word she has been thinking of, you are holding the closed wallet, with the slip containing your written impression, in full view.

As soon as she has read the word and its definition aloud, extend the closed wallet with your right hand and ask her to remove the slip of paper and read aloud what you wrote only moments ago. Retrieve the dictionary with your left hand so she can remove the slip. Pocket the wallet and place the dictionary on your table as she reads your very accurate impression. Acknowledge the applause.

Addendum:

(1) If you feel the spectator can remember her word, you do not have to leave the word card in her possession. I do so, just to be safe. Remember, she will be as dumbfounded as anyone since she never revealed the word to a living soul.

(2) The use of the dictionary helps create the impression that the spectator could have thought of any word in the English language

(3) Those of you who possess the "Mother of all book tests" will immediately realize that one of the clever dodges used in that effect to learn the first letter in the selected word can also be used in this effect. In other words, to show the audience how difficult it is to perceive or transmit a thought, have your volunteer attempt to project just the first letter of her word to the audience. Nuff said!

The preceding routine is a wonderful example of the versatility of the Versadex Wallet. As a pre-show weapon, you can use a limited selection of so many things other than a word, i.e., colors, numbers, designs, makes of automobiles, countries, cities, foods, etc. The trick in constructing effective pre-show routines is to imply a much larger choice than the spectator actually had, such as the use of a dictionary in the first routine. It also helps if you can obtain a clue as to the spectator's choice before he or she actually reveals it. This will enable you to have the correct slip in full view prior to the spectator's revelation.

For example, confining the limited choice to widely separated sections of a book or magazine. Near the front, halfway between the front of the book and the middle. In the exact center of the book. Halfway between the center and the back of the book, and of course, towards the end of the book. Using this principle, you can offer a limited choice of five page numbers to the pre-show spectator. I have a book of 20th Century New York Times front pages depicting such major historical events as Lindbergh's crossing of the Atlantic, the Hindenburg Disaster and the bombing of Hiroshima. All you have to do is estimate where the spectator opens the book to determine which slip you should remove and display prior to the spectator reading aloud the headline on the page he freely (?) selected. The audience is led to believe he could have selected any page in the book through a bit of verbal deception.

Naturally, you could use any number of similar type books. So called coffee table books on subjects such as art, flowers, exotic automobiles, and collectibles. Your local bookstores are filled with them. You could also use some of the specialty decks such as those containing portraits of U.S. Presidents. Of course, the pre-show subject is given a limited choice of five presidents strategically placed in the deck as described above.

This is the routine your wallet has been set up for. You'll note that I have fabricated four authentic looking credit cards, which eliminates your having to use real cards. The faux cards are also thinner than the real thing, cutting down on bulk. I have even included a set of 12 predictions covering the following cards: AC, 2H, 3S, 4D, 5C, 6H, 7S, 8D, 9C, 10H, JS, QD and the KC. The AC prediction is in the small pocket in the credit card side of the wallet. The order of the slips in the 6-pocket side is:

Routine #2

2H 4D 6H

3S 5C 7S

9C JS KC

If you wish, you can use two Post-it note prompters to help you remember the location of each card, but the numerical order makes using memory quite easy.

The deck of cards used for this effect is easy to set up. You'll need two red backed decks of Bicycle cards. From each deck remove the cards previously noted. Arrange one set of 13 cards in a scrambled order, for example, AC, KC, 2H, QD, 3S, JS, 4D, 10H, 5C, 9C, 6H, 8D, 7S. Now arrange the duplicate set of 13 cards in the same order. Retain the remaining 39 cards from one of the two decks. Throw the remaining cards from the other deck away. Place the two matching packets of 13 cards, one on top of the other. Important, now discard the top card (AC) of the 26 card packet, leaving 25 cards. (The reason for this is so there will be only four (4) aces in the special 51-card deck you are constructing).

Using a Sanford "Sharpie" fine point marking pen that matches the red or blue backs of the cards you're using, you'll now mark the backs of the 25 limited force cards. Simply fill-in the white dot in the center of the back design on each of the 25 cards. For now, place this packet of 25 marked cards aside.

You're now going to remove 26 of the remaining 39 "odd" cards. Be sure to include the AH, AS and the AD in with these 26 "odd" cards. Now, place one "odd" card on top and in-between each of the 25 stacked/marked cards. You now have a modified 51 card "Koran" style deck. Instead of using 4 to 6 sets of duplicate cards with "odd" cards between, as is usually the case, you have only 2 sets of duplicates with each duplicate pair exactly 25 cards apart. The reason for discarding the AC previously is so you have no duplicate aces that would be easier to spot when displaying the faces of the cards to the audience. Box the cards and you're all set to perform. Oh yes, be sure to place a couple of $20 bills in the currency pocket of the "normal" side of the wallet. Place the deck of cards in your right hand jacket pocket and the wallet in your inside left hand jacket pocket.

To perform:

Remove the wallet and open it to side #1, holding the wallet so that the audience can see the interior. Remove the folded (AC) prediction slip from the small pocket. Display it as you explain that earlier you had a premonition concerning one card in a pack of 52, which you recorded on this folded slip of paper. Replace the slip in the small pocket. Close the wallet and place it under your left armpit. Remove the deck of cards from your right hand jacket pocket. Remove the cards and holding them with the faces towards the audience, "run" them from hand to hand as you state that you will use a pack of 52 playing cards, all different from one another, and well mixed. Since each duplicate pair is 25 cards apart, there's little chance that anyone will notice that the pack contains duplicates.

Invite any spectator to come forward. Ask that he hold his hands, palms up and together. Explain that you will deal the cards, one at a time, face up into the palms of his hands. Begin dealing. After 5 or 6 cards have been dealt, tell the spectator that at any time that he wishes, he may stop the deal. Tell him to take his time and to keep an open mind as you will attempt to mentally signal him when to stop. When the spectator calls "stop", glance at the back of the top card of the deck in your left hand. If the white dot is filled in, you know that you will show that card as the spectator's random selection. If the white dot is not filled in, than you know that the face up card of the cards in the spectator's hands is one of the limited choice cards. In either case, when the spectator calls stop; indicate that the spectator stopped the deal on this card, showing the appropriately marked limited choice card. One card out of a choice of 52.

Ask the spectator to hold the selected card. To enable him to do so, hold the selected card in your right hand. Drop the remaining cards in your left hand into your left hand jacket pocket. Retrieve the face up cards in the spectator's hands and drop them in your left hand pocket as well. Hand the face down card to the spectator. Remove the wallet from under your left arm. As you open the wallet to the 6-pocket side, keep the wallet tilted toward you so that only you can see the interior. Ask the spectator to call out the name of the card he stopped on and to hold it so the audience can see it. As he does this, remove the proper prediction slip, the one that matches the freely selected card. As you close the wallet, place the folded slip so that it protrudes half its length from the farthest end of the closed wallet. Hold the wallet in your left hand. Ask the spectator to remove the folded slip of paper as you extend the wallet towards him.

Retrieve the chosen card from the spectator with your right hand as you replace the wallet in your inside jacket pocket. Hold the selected card up so the audience can see it. Ask the spectator to open the folded slip of paper and to read aloud what you wrote several hours earlier. You'll receive a nice round of applause when the audience realizes that you did, in fact, cause the spectator to stop on the selected card, using the power of your mind.

Incidentally, I find that claiming you mentally influence the spectator's actions stronger than presenting the effect as a prediction.

Effect #3:

This effect appears somewhat similar to the previous one, but it contains several very strong and effective subtleties.

What the audience sees:

The performer removes his wallet. Opening it, he displays the interior, drawing everyone's attention to a folded slip of paper protruding from the small pocket. Holding the folded slip aloft, the performer explains that through his intuition he knew that there would be someone present with whom he shared several things in common The performer states that he recorded his impressions on the slip of paper which he now returns to his wallet. Closing the wallet, the performer removes a ping-pong ball which he hands to a spectator in the front row. That person is then asked to stand and to throw the ball over his head, in any direction, on the count of three. The performer counts aloud, "1-2-3!" The spectator throws the ball blindly over his head. The performer states that the person who caught, or is closest to, the ball...is to please stand.

As a spectator elsewhere in the audience stands, the smiling, the performer excitedly states, "I knew it would be you." Continuing, the performer asks, "What sign of the zodiac were you born under?" The spectator replies, for example, "Leo." The performer exclaims, "I knew it! You and I were born under the same sign." The performer asks the spectator who caught the ball to join him on stage. As the spectator comes forward, the performer opens his wallet and removes the folded slip of paper which he places on top of the closed wallet. When the spectator has reached the stage, the performer hands him a pen and asks that he sign his name across the folded slip of paper. Replacing the slip in the small pocket in his wallet, the performer closes the wallet and places it under his arm.

Removing a deck of cards from his pocket, the performer shows that the cards are all different from one another and are well mixed. The spectator freely selects one card that is shown to be the three of spades. "I knew it", the performer exclaims excitedly, "the three of spades is my lucky card too!" By now, the audience suspects that the similarities are a put on. The performer retrieves and opens his wallet. The spectator is asked to remove the folded slip of paper in the small pocket. The performer inquires if the signature on the slip is his? The spectator states that it is. "Then please open and read aloud what I recorded earlier," the performer asks. The spectator does so. This message on the slip reads as follows: "Amazing as it might seem, you and I share the same Sun Sign! We were both born under the sign of Leo. And to top it off, we both share the same lucky card—the Three of Spades!"

This is a most entertaining as well as baffling routine. Naturally, there are 12 prediction slips which read as stated above. Each prediction contains a different horoscope sign, but the "lucky card" is identical on all 12 slips, the 3S. The folded slips are arranged as follows in the 6-pocket side of the wallet:

Aries Aquarius Libra Pisces

Cancer Capricorn Sagittarius Scorpio

Gemini Leo Taurus Virgo

Aquarius, Capricorn and Leo overlap Aries, Cancer and Gemini. Pisces, Scorpio and Virgo overlap Libra, Sagittarius and Taurus. As previously explained, I record the above layout on two Post-it notes which are then affixed just below the pockets on either panel of the 6-pocket side to act as prompters. A blank folded slip is placed in the small pocket of the credit card side of the wallet. You will, of course, force the 3 of spades. Any good card force will do, from a simple crosscut to the classic force.

Personally, I use a jumbo roughed, force deck obtainable from Haines House of Cards or your local magic shop. I work stand-up, so the jumbo cards are well suited since they can be viewed by a large audience. Incidentally, these jumbo force decks do not spread easily so I suggest that you obtain some fanning powder from any magic shop and treat the back and face of each pair so they can be displayed smoothly. Naturally, I mean treating the back of each force card and the face of each odd card.

What makes this routine particularly effective is the handling of the folded slip in the small pocket. When you first remove and display the folded slip to the audience, after you've allowed the interior of the wallet to be seen as you remove the slip, you tilt the open wallet up so no one can see the interior. As you replace the folded blank slip, you don't replace it back in the small pocket, instead, you place it inside the currency pocket, in front of the $20 bill. Later, when you ask the spectator to come forward, you open the wallet to the 6-pocket side, remove the proper prediction bearing the spectator's zodiac sign and place it on top of the closed wallet. When the spectator is asked to sign the slip, he's actually signing the appropriate prediction. Then, you open the wallet to the credit card side and in full view of the audience, you place the folded slip in the empty small pocket. That's it. It's all over. Finish as described.

Effect #4:

What the audience sees: The performer asks a member of the audience to assist in an experiment to see if it's really true that "money talk." The spectator is asked if there is any way that the performer could possibly know what denomination of paper currency he has in his wallet or pocket? The spectator replies in the negative. The performer removes and opens his wallet and removes a folded slip of paper. Opening the paper, the performer writes something, folds the slip and after the spectator's initials are printed on same, he replaces it in his wallet.

The spectator is now requested to remove any denomination of paper currency from his pocket or wallet...a $1, $5, $10, $20, $50 or $100 bill. The spectator, for example, removes a $10 bill. The performer instructs the spectator to fold the $10 in half, twice, with the lighter side out. The bill is then initialed and placed in the small pocket of the performer's wallet, along with the initialed, folded slip of paper. The wallet is closed and placed aside. Picking up a pad of paper, the performer states that he will try to prove or disprove the cliché that "money talks", through the use of clairvoyance, the ability to see that which ordinarily cannot be seen.

The performer writes something on the pad and then places it, writing side down, on the table. Opening his wallet, the performer removes the folded slip of paper and $10 bill which he hands to the spectator. The spectator is asked to confirm that the initials on the slip are his, which he does. The performer asks the spectator to open and read aloud what is written on the slip. The spectator does so and the contents of the slip reveal that the performer did, in fact, know that the spectator would remove a $10 bill.

The spectator is then asked to unfold the $10 bill. The performer shows that he wrote a serial number on the pad. Holding the pad so that the audience can see the number, the spectator is asked to read aloud the serial number on his $10 bill. Amazingly, the performer has accurately discerned the serial number on the spectator's $10 bill.

How? This is a routine that you save for special occasions. The reason? "Money Talks" requires a little work. Before your performance, approach a male member of your audience. After introducing yourself, ask for the gentleman's name and whether or not he is willing to participate in a little experiment during your performance. If he agrees to participate, inquire as to whether or not he has any paper currency in his pocket or wallet. If he states that he does, tell him that you'll call upon him during your show.

As soon as you're alone, print the spectator's initials in the same place on six folded slips of paper. Each slip contains a prediction that you have an impression that a member of your audience, when asked, will remove a $1 (a $5, $10, $20, $50 or a $100) bill from his wallet. The folded prediction slips are then placed in the six pockets as follows:

Using a spiral pad that opens like a book, on the inside of the front cover, lightly pencil in the serial numbers of six bills, a $1, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 bill prefaced by the denomination of the bill. For example, ($1) B83641129F. Fold the bills in half horizontally from left to right. Again fold the bill in half horizontally from left to right.

Now print the spectator's initials in the same location on each of the six folded bills. Pair the folded bills with the matching initialed prediction slips in the six pockets, overlapping the slips. Place a folded blank slip of paper in the small pocket on the credit card side of the wallet.

To perform, invite the pre-show set up spectator to participate in an experiment as previously described. Fake the writing of a prediction. Fold the slip and after asking the spectator for his initials, print them in the same place as on the six prediction slips secreted in the other side of the wallet. After the spectator has produced a bill, you know which slip and bill will have to later be removed from the six pocket index. Have the spectator fold the bill in half horizontally with the lighter side out. Then have him fold it in half again, horizontally. Take the bill and after printing the spectator's initials on it, place it in the small pocket overlapping the folded, initialed slip of paper.

When you open the pad, copy the appropriate serial number on the first page. The list of six serial numbers on the inside of the front cover simplifies this task. Close the pad and place it on the table. Open the wallet to the 6-pocket side, holding it so that no one can see the interior of the wallet. Grasp the proper slip and bill that match the denomination of the spectator's bill and hand them to the spectator. Close the wallet and pocket same. Finish as previously described. To hide the prompter on the inside of the pad cover, simply open the pad and fold the cover behind the pad as you show the serial number on the first page.

In "Martin's Miracles", written by Eric C. Lewis, is an effect entitled, "Technicolor Prediction." The effect is very similar to my effect, "Technicolor Bank Nite" which was performed with several of my gaffed coin purses. The "Versadex Wallet" is perfect for performing such an effect using three colored slips of paper. To prepare, make up three folded slips of paper made out of three different colored pieces of paper, i.e., red, yellow and blue. Each of the slips contains the following prediction. On the red paper write, "I predict that you will choose the red slip of paper." On the yellow paper write, "I predict that you will select the yellow slip of paper." On the blue paper write, "I predict that you will select the blue slip of paper." Place the three folded colored gag predictions overlapping

Other possibilities:

one another in the small pocket with the red on the left, yellow in the middle and blue on the right.

Make up six additional prediction slips. Two red, two yellow and two blue. On the first "red" prediction write: "I predict I will be left with the red slip of paper. The person to my left will have the yellow, and the person to my right will have the blue." On the second red prediction, change the wording to reflect the following: "I have the red, left the blue and right the yellow." On the first "yellow" prediction: " I have yellow, left has red, right has blue." On the second "yellow" prediction: "I have yellow, left has blue, right has red." On the first "blue" prediction" "I have blue, left has red, right has yellow." On the second "blue" prediction: "I have blue, left has yellow, right has red."

Arrange the six prediction slips in the three pockets on the right panel of the 6-pocket side of the wallet:

To perform, open the wallet to the credit card side. Show the three folded colored prediction slips. Let the two spectators make their selection leaving one of the colored slips in the wallet for you. Close the wallet for a moment and use it to point to each of the two spectators on either side of you as you reiterate what has taken place. Then, as you say "And I was left with red (or whatever color it was), casually open the wallet to the 6-pocket side, holding it so no one can see the interior, and quickly remove the required prediction.

Finish by having each spectator read his prediction. After the second prediction, the audience will realize that it's a complete scam...until you read your prediction which indicates that you really did know who would select which colored prediction. In my Technicolor Bank Nite effect which was marketed in 1981, the purses were made up in three different colors. The first prediction read, "You will select the Red purse." The second prediction read, "Your second choice will be the Blue purse." When I opened the purse left for me, I removed a brand new $100 bill.

You could also perform an invisible dice routine. Ask for a volunteer who has played the dice game known as "craps." After you have the spectator on stage, state that you'll use a very special pair of dice. Mime taking an invisible pair of dice from your pocket. State that the object of the game is for the spectator to bet an enormous amount of money that he will initially throw a "7" or "11" total. Hand the spectator the invisible dice and tell him to shake them up good and to throw them onto an invisible table. When the spectator does so, appear to look at the invisible dice and announce, "Oh my, it's a "2"...snake eyes, you lose. Smile as you say, "Of course that was just for practice. Perhaps you should first make sure they're not loaded." Have the spectator throw the dice a second time. "Good", you state, the total showing on the dice is "10." "Throw them again", you continue. When he does, look at the invisible dice and exclaim..."Oh my, it's a "7"...craps, you lose!"

State that since everyone now knows the dice are not loaded, you'll attempt an almost impossible feat...trying to predict in advance the number the spectator is about to throw.

Caution the spectator that the object now is not necessarily to win, but to throw any total from "2" through "12"...a number that only he will be able to see in his mind's eye. Open the wallet and show the folded slip of paper containing your prediction. Close the wallet and have the spectator throw his invisible pair of dice one final time. Ask him to reveal for the first time, the total number of spots showing uppermost on the dice. Open the wallet to the 6-pocket side and remove the appropriate prediction which the spectator reads aloud.

Another routine which I originally created for my "Audio Prediction" effect concerned the selection of a two digit number. To begin, write the following prediction on 12 slips of paper. On the first slip, write: "I predict that the number you will think of is the number 24!" The remaining 11 predictions should each predict one of the following numbers: 2628-42-46-48-62-64-68-82-84-86.

Prepare two Post-it prompters as follows:

Affix one prompter on the left panel and the other prompter on the right hand panel of the 6-pocket side as previously described.

State that you will attempt to transmit a series of thoughts to the entire audience. Ask everyone to think of the first color to pop into their mind when you clap your hands. Now ask how many were thinking of the color red? Ask for a show of hands. Now ask how many were thinking of the color blue? Ask for a show of hands. By this time, everyone's hand should be in the air. Now ask everyone to think of a number between 1 and 10. Inquire how many were thinking of the number "7." Ask for a show of hands. Tell the spectators to keep their hands up. Now ask how many were thinking of the number "3." Again call for a show of hands. You should now have a majority of the audience with their hands in the air. Finally ask everyone to think of two simple geometrical symbols, one inside the other. Ask for a show of hands from everyone thinking of a triangle inside a circle or vice-versa.

This is a well known bit, but the use of psychological forces is an excellent way to introduce the audience to the phenomena of telepathy. Now, you state that you will attempt an even more difficult demonstration. Have a spectator stand. State that to demonstrate the difficulty of thought transmission he is to attempt to mentally transmit a two digit number to the entire audience. State that to make it interesting, the spectator should think of a two digit number...making both digits odd and different from one another.

Have the spectator call out the number he attempted to transmit, for example, he says, "59." You immediately ask, "Who else besides me correctly received the number 59? Please raise your hand!" Regardless of the response, look at the spectator and state, "it appears that at least you and I are on the same wave length." Continue by saying, "Sir, now we'll try something that's practically impossible. Please think of a two digit number and to

24 28 46

26 42 48

62 68 84

64 82 86

make it more challenging, make both digits even and different from one another. I repeat, make both digits even and different from one another." For example, the spectator responds, "48." You immediately open the wallet to the 6-pocket side without letting anyone see the interior and remove the proper prediction slip.

Another presentation is to have the spectator roll one frame of an imaginary game of bowling. Since there are 11 possibilities, you simply prepare predictions that cover 1 pin down, 2 pins down, 3 pins down and so on through 9 pins down. Plus, two predictions that covers a spare and a strike. In other words, you allow the spectator to throw 2 balls. If he knocks them all down with the first ball, he scores a strike. If he rolls one ball and doesn't knock them all down, but does so on the second ball, he scores a spare. If he doesn't score a spare with the second ball (knocking down the pins that remained standing after the first ball) but knocks down a total of anywhere from 1 pin to 9 pins, you've also got him covered. Naturally, you should initially stress that the spectator is to try and create an unexpected finish, one that would be difficult for anyone to predict in advance.

You can have a spectator deal himself an imaginary hand of poker and predict the outcome. You can predict a choice from a selection of colors, song titles, postcards, travel folders, trading cards, even your sponsor's products or services. The possibilities are endless.

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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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