To Perform

Insert the three poker chips in the cardboard box and replace the 2 long rubber bands over the drawer ends. The prediction envelopes are in your jacket pocket as previously described.

Begin by removing the long rubber bands and placing them to one side. Open the drawer approximately 3/4's of its length. Do not fully remove the drawer from the sleeve. Pour the three chips onto the table. Explain that you want the spectator to place any one of the three chips in the box ...close the drawer...and replace the two bands around the drawer as originally shown. Then, the spectator is to place the remaining two chips in his pocket. All of this, you explain, will be done while your back is turned. While the spectator is completing his task, patter about clairvoyance, etc. As soon as the spectator has indicated that he is ready, turn and pick up the box. Show it all around, pointing out the fact that not only is the drawer tightly secured shut... but that the box is also totally opaque.

The spectator should be on your left as you face the audience. You are now holding the box in your right hand. The dot on the box is up. The long edge of the box faces the audience. The right first three fingers are on the long edge of the box that faces the audience. The right thumb is on the side closest to you. The right little finger should be resting against the right end of the drawer, between the rubber bands. Now, the right hand is going to place the left end of the box into the left hand. Just before you do this, ask another spectator to step forward and stand to your right. As he comes forward, place the left end of the box into the left hand,

Grasping the box with the first three fingers of the left hand on the long edge facing the audience. The left thumb is on the opposite long edge closest to you. Do not look at the box as you perform the following move! With the right little finger...push the drawer inward to the left until the drawer has opened a little more than 1/4" at the left end. Now, squeeze gently applying a slight pressure between the thumb and fingers of the left hand. The drawer will be trapped in an open position by the pressure. The fingers of the left hand hide this fact from the audience and besides, all attention will be focused on the spectator who is coming forward. Ask the spectator on your right to hold his right hand...palm up. As he does this, glance down into the open drawer and spot the color of the chip inside. (note: be sure you tilt the box slightly as you place it in the left hand to allow the chip to slide to the left end where it can easily be spotted.) As soon as you have the information...relax the pressure of the left fingers and thumb and presto...the drawer automatically closes thanks to the rubber bands.

Immediately hand the box to the spectator on your right to place on his outstretched palm. The dirty work is done. Quickly. Innocently. And you're set to bring this fiendish conception to a climax. While the spectator is placing the box on his hand...reach into your pocket and remove the envelope containing the proper prediction. In other words, if the chip in the box was red, remove the first envelope closest to your body. And so on. Hand the envelope to the spectator holding the box for safekeeping until the experiment is completed. Turn your back to the spectator on your left as you ask him to remove one of the two chips in his pocket. (note: you now know the color of the chip in the box. It is this information that enables you to complete the effect. Suppose the chip in the box was red, then proceed as follows: have the spectator hold the chip in his clenched fist. You know that since the red chip is in the box, then the two chips in the spectator's pocket have to be blue and white. To determine everything you need to know requires but one question. Tell the spectator to concentrate on the color of the chip he is holding. State that you seem to be getting the impression of a light color. Ask, don't tell me the color, but are you concentrating upon the lighter of the two chips in your possession? If the spectator answers yes...then you know that he is holding the white chip in his hand and the chip in his pocket is blue. If the spectator answers, no...then you know that he is holding the blue chip, to which you answer, haven't you ever heard of light blue? This will pass as a humorous way to reveal the color of the chip he is holding. You can then proceed to reveal the color of the chip in his pocket which is naturally, white.

Before proceeding to the prediction and climax of this effect, let me further explain the revelation of the chips being removed from the spectator's pocket. Suppose the spectator originally placed the white chip in the box and the red and blue chips in his pocket. The probing question that you ask is as follows: is the chip you are holding blood colored? If it is in fact red, the spectator will answer yes...and you can continue to reveal the color of the chip in his pocket as blue. If he answers no...then you know that he is holding the blue chip and you answer humorously, what's the matter, haven't you ever heard of a blue blood? You'll get a laugh, but more important, you can now proceed to reveal the color of the chip in his pocket as red. Finally, suppose the spectator placed the blue chip in the box. This means that you have a choice between red and white. The question to ask in this case is i seem to be getting the impression that the chip you are holding has something to do with blood! Yes or no? If the spectator is holding the red chip he will agree and you can continue to reveal it as being red. If he answers no...because he[s holding the white chip...immediately counter by saying, what's the matter, haven't you ever heard of white corpuscles? This will get a chuckle...but just as important, it lets you know that the chip in his pocket is red.

You can see that no matter how the chips are dispersed, with just one simple question, you know the color of the two chips held by the spectator. When you correctly hit the color of the chip he is holding, the impact of the three revelations is tremendous. After all, you do have a 50-50 chance. But, even if you're slightly off...the humorous out is still effective since from the audience's point of view your next two impressions are direct and right on target.

Once you have successfully identified the color of the chips in the spectator's pocket...have the person who is holding the envelope hand it to the spectator with the chips. Have him open and read aloud your prediction. Everyone will be amazed that you not only determined the color of the chips being held behind your back...but that somehow you also knew in advance which of the chips would be sealed in the box.

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Fundamentals of Magick

Fundamentals of Magick

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