This light hearted bit of mental magic is a delightfully entertaining close-up or stage effect. To perform, it will be necessary to purchase a "Revenger" novelty that is sold by such novelty stores as Spencer Gifts. They come in several different styles, but the one that I favor has the sounds of the above three weapons and a strip of flashing lights above the buttons. In addition, you will need three prediction slips. Use three colored slips of paper (blue, yellow & green) approximately 3 1/2" square.
The reason for the colors is to facilitate remembering the 1-2-3 order of the slips. you have to mix blue and yellow to make green. On the blue slip print, "I predict that you will zap the sap with a Missile." on the yellow slip print, "I predict that you will zap the sap with a Machine Gun." Finally, on the blue slip print, "I predict that you will zap the sap with a Grenade Launcher."
Fold each slip in half, three times. Obtain a manila coin envelope, 2 1/2" wide x 4 1/ 4" deep, and two bridge size playing cards which are blank on both sides. Insert one of the playing cards into the envelope. Cut off a 1/4" from the end of the second playing card and push it into the envelope in front of the other card. You now have a three-way envelope. Insert the folded blue slip in front of the smaller of the two playing cards. In between the two playing cards, insert the yellow slip. Finally, insert the green slip behind the taller of the two playing cards. The prediction slips are now in a 1-2-3 order that matches the order of the weapon buttons on the "Revenger" box.
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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.