To perform

Remove the ESP pack from the box after explaining their origin, Holding the pack, face down, in your left hand, secretly push the top two cards to the right with the left thumb. The left little finger should be touching the face of the bottom card of the pair. Using the remaining fingers of the left hand, square the packet, obtaining a little finger break under the top two cards. This is one of the standard, "get ready" moves used to perform a double lift. Now, using the right middle finger and thumb (the first finger is curled on top of the pack), lift off the top two cards as one and swinging your hand to the right allow the audience to see the circle design.

State that the packet consists if five geometric designs. As you show the circle, push the top card of the pack (the plus sign) slightly to the right using the left thumb. Reverse the action of the right hand and bring it back over the top of the pack, and pick off the plus design card. Swing the squared three cards to the right, allowing the audience to see the plus sign. Repeat the action with the next three cards, the wavy lines, square and star. Place the six cards in the right hand back on top of the packet. Immediately flip the packet over and as you spread and show a little more than half of the packet, state that the five designs are repeated five times each, making a packet of 25 design cards. Square the packet and drop it on the table.

Invite a spectator to participate in the experiment. Remove the small envelope from the larger one. Hand it to the spectator and ask him to confirm that there are no slits, windows or trapdoors in the front and back sides of the envelope. The double thickness of one side of the envelope will not be noticed, because you are asking the spectator to examine the exterior of the envelope. Retrieve the small envelope as you pick up and hand the large envelope for him to examine. As he does so, casually reach over and remove the top card of the ESP pack. Hold the small envelope, seam side up. State that you will place one of the design cards in the envelope. Hand the small envelope to the spectator as you retrieve the larger one and place it seam side up, on the table.

Instruct the spectator to hold the envelope up to the light. Ask if he can see anything through it. He reply in the negative (the double thickness of the seam side hides the back design of the card inside). Have him turn the envelope over and repeat the inspection. Again, he'll reply in the negative. Retrieve the small envelope. Remove the card, making sure you do not flash the blank side to the audience. Place the envelope on the table and return the card to the top of the packet. Spread the cards, design sides down and ask the spectator to remove a bunch of cards. Offer up the center portion of the spread packet, keeping the top card firmly under the right thumb. As soon as the spectator has removed some cards, give the remaining packet a complete cut and drop it on the table.

Turn away, picking up the small envelope as you do. Holding it seam side up, open out the flap. Extend the envelope to your right as you purposely look away to the left. Ask the spectator to fan the cards towards himself and to remove any one of the cards, remembering the design on same. Ask him to insert the card, design side down, into the envelope as you look away. Without looking at the small envelope, close the flap with the right fingers. At this point, the envelope is being held by the left hand.

The right thumb is on top of the closed flap and the remaining four fingers of the right hand are under the envelope. The left hand now releases the envelope. The right forefinger moves from under the envelope to a position on top of the flap as the left hand reaches for the large envelope, holding it seam side up, with the thumb on top and the remaining four fingers underneath. The right thumb moves from its position atop the flap, to a position under the envelope. As the left hand beings the large envelope to the right, the right fingers grasp the small envelope between the thumb and forefinger. The unseamed side of the small envelope should now be facing you. Insert the left middle, ring and little fingers into the mouth of the large envelope, opening it as the left thumb and fingers squeeze the edges of the large envelope, holding it in the open position. Insert the small envelope into the larger one. As you do so, the spectator's design will be visible to you through the single thickness of the unseamed side of the small envelope.

Close the flap of the large envelope and hand it to the spectator. Once again have him examine both sides of the nested envelopes, confirming that the envelopes are totally opaque. Retrieve the envelope as you remove the marking pen from your pocket. Ask the spectator to visualize his design and finish as previously described.

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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