The mentalist hands an unprepared pack of playing cards to any spectator for mixing. While the cards are being thoroughly shuffled, a small brown paper bag is handed to a second spectator for examination. The bag is then opened and placed upright on the table. The mentalist asks the first spectator to place the shuffled pack face down into the paper bag. Remember, up to this point, the mentalist has NOT touched either the cards or the paper bag. He then explains that the bag will in effect perform the same function as the shoe in Las Vegas casinos...in other words, it will preclude any possibility of manipulating the cards. Now, the mentalist picks up the paper bag and begins to remove one card at a time, dropping them face down in a pile on the table. At any time he wishes, the spectator is instructed to yell STOP. When he does so, the mentalist IMMEDIATELY hands the bag to the spectator. Turning his back, the mentalist instructs the spectator to remove the next card from the pack in the bag and to note its identity. Without asking a single question...and with his back still turned to the spectator, the mentalist correctly identifies the playing card the spectator is concentrating upon.
What a beautiful effect. The bag and cards are totally unprepared in any way. The pack is genuinely shuffled. There's no complicated sleight of hand required. All that's needed is the delightful secret that makes this fabulous effect as clean and simple as it reads.
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