## Effect

Two spectators are invited to stand on either side of the mentalist. Two envelopes are displayed. Placing one aside for a moment, the mentalist removes and displays four jumbo cards from the remaining envelope. The four cards are counted one at a time, face down. A rubber band is then snapped around the packet and it is returned to the envelope. This envelope is then handed to the spectator on the mentalist's right. The second envelope is then opened and four more jumbo cards are displayed with their backs to the audience. The cards are then handed to the spectator on the mentalist's left for mixing. Retrieving the cards, the mentalist displays the faces of the cards toward the audience and it is seen that each contains a different geometrical design...a cross, circle, square and star. The cards are then squared and handed back to the spectator on the mentalist's left who is told to hold the packet face down. Furthermore, he is asked to follow the instructions called aloud by the other spectator as he reads them aloud from the face of the envelope that he is holding.

The mentalist stands between the two spectators and watches the proceedings. (How's that for simplicity of performance?) As the spectator on the mentalist's right reads a list of 14 OPTIONAL moves...the spectator on the mentalist's left makes his choices and shifts his four cards accordingly. Upon completion, the spectator is left holding three face down cards and one face up card...the STAR design. The spectator on the right is asked to open his envelope and to remove its contents...the four rubber banded cards. The spectator is asked to carefully remove the rubber band and to fan the four cards. Believe it or not...even though the four cards were placed face down in the envelope earlier...one card has mysteriously turned face up...the STAR. Imagine the audience's surprise. The two spectators handle the cards and envelopes throughout. Everything can be examined. And to top it off, the mentalist appears to be an innocent bystander to the entire proceeding.