The Original Effect

The indexes are filled with papers bearing names of cards. The performer asks a spectator to shuffle an ordinary deck, and while this is taking place the performer writes something on a slip of paper, folds it, and drops it into a hat, or cup. However, he finger palms the slip, on which he has written JOKER. The spectator is asked to think of a card, and then to remove it from the deck and place it on the table, face up. A few seconds are taken up with queries as to whether the spectator was "made" to take any particular card. The proper paper has meanwhile been secured, and that hand picks up the hat or cup with fingers inside (dropping the paper) and offers it to someone. This person removes, opens, and reads the prophecy. This effect also can be worked as pure mindreading by Itaving the person think of the card before the performer writes.

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