To Perform

Follow the effect as described by first removing the coin purse and emptying the three coins into your right hand. Place the three coins on top of the supposedly empty coin purse ( it still contains the prediction slip) and hand to the spectator on your left. Remove the three clipped envelopes from your right hand jacket pocket. Take off the paper clip and keep it in your left hand. Show the three envelopes and hand them to the spectator on your right for mixing. Ask the spectator on the left to call out the dates on the three coins he's holding. Turn away and request that he hand any one of the three coins to the other spectator. Have the spectator on your right seal the coin in any one of the three envelopes that he's holding. Have the spectator with the coins select either of the two remaining coins and hand it to the spectator with the envelopes to be sealed in either of the two remaining envelopes. Finally, have him hand over the last coin for sealing in the lone remaining envelope.

Turn and remove the pen from your pocket, using your right hand. Remember, the left hand still casually holds the paper clip within slightly cupped fingers. Extend your right hand toward the spectator with the envelopes and ask him to hand you any one of the three envelopes. Take it with the right fingers and place the envelope, seam side down, directly over the paper clip in the left hand. The clip should be somewhere in the vicinity of the coin in the envelope. If you feel a magnetic attraction between the coin and the clip (the clip will jump against the side of the envelope), then write the date of the magnetic half-dollar (in our example, 1971) on the address side of the envelope.

If there's no magnetic attraction between the coin and the clip, write either of the dates contained on the other two coins across the face of the envelope. It makes no difference which of the two possible dates you write. Finally, write the remaining coin's date on the third envelope. In short, as soon as you feel the magnetic attraction between the coin and the clip, write the date of the magnetic half-dollar on that envelope. As soon as you have dated the envelope containing the magnetic halfdollar, you immediately press your fingers against the clip as your right hand takes away the envelope. Proceed to hand the envelope to the spectator on your left. The clip is retained in the left hand.

When all three envelopes have been dated and handed to the spectator on your left, instruct him to hand the envelope bearing the date 1973 to the spectator on your right (call out the date of either of the envelopes that do not contain the magnetic coin). After all three envelopes have been dated, place the cap back on the pen and using your left hand, drop both the paper clip and the pen in your pocket. Now state in your best imitation of Maxwell Smart, Secret Agent, "Wouldn't it be amazing if the date on the coin matches the date printed on the envelope?" Have the spectator tear open the envelope and check to see if the two dates match. If they do, you can then proceed to show that all three envelopes and coins match (ending #1). If they do not match, then proceed with the comedy routine that ends with the reading of the prediction in the coin purse (ending #2).

It sounds complicated, but it isn't. One or two readings of the instructions and you'll have it down pat. The reason for the detail should be obvious. Every move is timed to eliminate any awkwardness; the routine flows. That's the mark of a professional. The use of the paper clip is an extremely subtle bit of business. It's such an innocent item, no one would suspect it even if he did see it in your hand. Incidentally, if the effect should climax with all three coins and envelopes matching, then casually retrieve the coin purse from the spectator on your left and use it to place the coins in as they are removed from the envelopes by the spectator on your right. "Kliptomaniac" is a stand-up, commercial mental effect. No matter which way it turns out, you've got an outstanding effect and even more important, an entertaining one.

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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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