Or Unambiguous Mental Discernment

I n this methodology the cards are spread from hand to hand, the faces of the cards towards the audience participant, the backs of the cards to the performer. The participant sees a number of cards, and is asked to mentally note one of them. The Performer divines the name of the thought-of card. The classic handling of this method, as described in Hilliard's GREATER MAGIC The pack is held face down in the Performer's left hand in dealing position. The Performer cuts the pack and keeps a break...

First Match

Each person mixes their set of cards. The participant is instructed to lay their set of cards face up on the table in a random order. During this action, the Performer contrives to help the participant, and in so doing, makes certain that the WAVY LINES card is second from the right end of the row of five cards, from the Performer's point of view. While mixing his own set of cards, the Performer has contrived to bring the WAVY LINES card in his set to the fact of the stack he holds. As he helps...

Bekond Erdnase

Reginald Scot, in his ground-breaking expose THE DISCOVERY OF WITCHCRAFT (published in 1584) was probably the first to point out in print that by watching where the volunteer watches, a Performer might be able to tell which card was chosen. In his words The eyes bewraieth the thought. In fact, the concept of forcing or locating a though-of card from a fan of cards likely has its origins in Scot's book. In THE DISCOVERIE OF WITCHCRAFT Scot describes the notion of tossing the cards onto a table...