Begin by showing the sealed prediction envelope and placing it in full view on the table. Now, remove the packet of ESP design cards from their case. Display the designs to the spectator by rapidly pushing off the cards unevenly with the left thumb into the right hand without actually altering the positions of the cards. The designs will appear to be well mixed...and they are, with the exception of the five crosses near the top of the pack. When you approach the crosses, make the spreading action especially uneven so that it's not obvious that five similar design cards are grouped together. As soon as the designs have been shown and you have pattered about the origin of the designs and their use in the Parapsychology Testing Laboratory at Duke University...turn the pack design side down and thumb off six (6) cards handing them to the spectator with a request that he mix the cards well without looking at the faces of any of the cards.
While he is doing this, casually thumb off five (5) more cards in readiness to hand to the spectator. These five cards are of course, the five crosses that match your prediction. When the spectator has completed mixing the first six cards, have him place them in a face down pile on the table. Now, have the spectator mix the next few cards (the five duplicate design cards) also face down. Have the spectator place this batch face down on top of the first face down pile on the table. Now, thumb off approximately half of the remaining cards in your hand and have the spectator mix these as well. However, this time, instruct the spectator to place the batch he just shuffled face up in a pile next to the face down pile. Finally, hand him the balance of the pack for mixing. This last batch is also turned face up and placed on top of the face up pile on the table. At this point you will have two piles of shuffled design cards on the table...one face up and one face down. State that you will now use a method of dealing the cards developed by parapsychology testing laboratories to insure a random selection of a target card. Pick up the face UP pile and hold it in your left hand. With your right hand, pick up the face DOWN pile and drop it on top of the face up cards. The assembled pack is now face-to-face. (Note: The five duplicate designs, the crosses, should be on top of the face down pack.)
Hold the packet in your left hand in readiness for dealing. Deal the top card face down to your far left. Now, turn the entire pack over and deal a second card from this side of the pack face down next to the first card dealt. Again, turn the pack completely over and deal a third face down card to the right of the first two. Continue turning the pack over and alternately dealing cards in a row from left-to-right until eight (8) cards have been dealt.
The alternating deal will leave the duplicate designs (crosses) in every other position. Reading from left-to right...the first, third, fifth and seventh cards. Reading from right-to-left, the duplicate designs would appear in the second, fourth, sixth and eighth positions. All that remains is to force the spectator to choose one of the four duplicate designs. To do this, ask the spectator to call out any number from one through eight. State that all counting will be done right-to left. If the number the spectator calls out is odd...then hand a coin or poker chip to the spectator with a request that he count over to the card in the row that corresponds to his selected number. Have him place the coin or chip on this card. Naturally, this will result in the spectator placing a marker on one of the four crosses. In the event the spectator chooses an even number...hang onto the marker and do the counting yourself from your right-to-left. This will also result in placing the marker on one of the force cards.
In either case, immediately remove all the cards except the selected card and the two cards on either side of the designated card. Turn over the two flanker cards and show the designs differ from the chosen card which you now turn face up after removing the coin or chip. Naturally, when your prediction is checked it matches the design freely selected by the spectator.
To sum it up. If the number is odd...the spectator does the counting from his right-to-left. If the number is even... then you do the counting from your right-to-left. Either way the counting is accomplished as stated and the force perpetrated in an extremely subtle manner.
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