What the audience sees

The performer talks about intuition and the part it plays in games of chance. Selecting a woman, the performer announces that he senses that she possesses an extraordinary amount of intuitive ability. To prove it, the performer states that he will ask the lady to participate in a small game of chance called, "Beat the Odds." Pointing to a beautifully wrapped box on his table, the performer removes a gift card from an attached envelope and reads aloud what is printed on one side of it."This card may be redeemed for a special prize provided you know which playing card is printed on the opposite side!" The performer points out that this means the odds are stacked against the spectator, 52 to 1. Quite formidable odds to beat. Notwithstanding, the performer states that he believes the spectator can pull it off.

The performer displays a jumbo deck of 52 playing cards, which he hands to the spectator for examination and mixing. When the spectator is satisfied that the cards are well mixed, the performer retrieves the deck and begins moving one card at a time, face down, from the top of the pack to the bottom, The performer explains that the lady, hopefully guided by her extraordinary intuitive ability, will call "stop" on the appropriate card. When she does, the top card of the shuffled and cut deck is removed and handed to the spectator who holds it close to her body so that no one can see which card it is. If you don't mind being a sexist pig, you can use that immortal David Copperfield line (I think it was his), "you have just made a playing card very happy."

The performer turns the gift card over and reads aloud the following message. "You've picked the Five of Spades—a most incredible feat. So instead of going home empty handed, you've won a candy treat!"

As he finishes reading what's printed on the card, the performer asks the spectator to call aloud the name of the card she freely selected. It is the Five of Spades! As she does this, the performer has removes the gift warp from the package and reveals a box of candy. The spectator returns to her seat in the audience as as she is rewarded with a rousing round of applause.

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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