To Perform

Simply follow the effect as it is described. Be sure you hand the ball to the first spectator and be sure you emphasize the fact they are to hand the ball to the next spectator. A baseball is hard and you don't want anyone to get beaned during the selection process. I personally prefer to first remove the ball from the box it comes in, then, after showing it, I replace it in the box before handing it out. This not only keeps the ball from getting dirty, it prevents a premature disclosure of the autograph.

After the spectator has been selected and has joined you on stage, remove the cards and proceed to display them as previously described. Emphasize that they represent eight major league ballplayers with their photos on one side and a record of their achievement on the other. As you say this, square the packet, turn them with the faces towards you and fan them so the audience can get a look at the backs. Square the packet once again and turn it photo sides down.

Explain that you want the spectator to cut the packet three times. demonstrate a single, complete cut two or three times to show the spectator exactly how the cards are to be cut. Exchange the cards for the ball. Announce that you will attempt a demonstration of mind over matter by focusing your thoughts on one of the player cards while the spectator is cutting the packet.

When the spectator has completed the cutting procedure, ask him to hand you the packet of cards. Take it in your left hand (the ball is in your right hand). Quickly glance at the uppermost card of the packet. Spot the name of the player. If it is your force player, simply push the card off to the right about an inch and ask the spectator to take the top card of the packet (even though it is face down), the card he freely cut to! If the top card of the packet is not your force player, simply flip the packet face up and push off the top card in the same manner. Alternatively, raise the packet from its face-down, horizontal position to a vertical one and have the spectator read aloud the player's name from the photo side. Either way is perfectly acceptable and will not be questioned. In each instance, before you ask the spectator to call out the name of the player he has cut to, show the next card on the packet and call attention to the fact that if the spectator had cut one card deeper he would have selected (name the player on that card). Now finish as previously described and hand him the ball to read the signature aloud.

As soon as the applause has subsided, I always finish by thanking the spectator for being a great sport, and I present him with a Topps baseball trading card starter set. It contains seven player cards in a colorful package and costs just 30 cents in the local drugstore.

Well, that's it. A truly baffling mental effect presented in an interesting and entertaining fashion. It's fast. It's effective. I sincerely hope that you enjoy performing it as much as I have.

Baseball For Boys

Baseball For Boys

Since World War II, there has been a tremendous change in the makeup and direction of kid baseball, as it is called. Adults, showing an unprecedented interest in the activity, have initiated and developed programs in thousands of towns across the United States programs that providebr wholesome recreation for millions of youngsters and are often a source of pride and joy to the community in which they exist.

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