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First, I'll describe how it should look when you're presenting the full routine. Immediately after, I'll make some remarks that will have a bearing on how you may want to present it.

You ask two spectators to assist by coming onto the stage. On the table holding the blindfold are a few large Band-Aids®, a deck of jumbo cards, a blackboard, and a piece of chalk. Your helpers inspect the blindfold, then place it on you after taping your eyes.

An assisting spectator is asked to pick up the blackboard. Then, the helpers are each asked to remove some personal item they're carrying on themselves, and put them on the blackboard. You move your hands slowly above the objects, never touching them, then ask them to place the objects away. Addressing each spectator in turn, you begin to divulge the "impressions" you got from the objects, identifying each person's item.

For the next phase, you ask one of the spectators to pick up the deck of jumbo cards, mix it, then remove a half-dozen cards from different parts of the deck. He is asked to mix the packet of cards, give them to you, and return to his seat. Holding the faces of the cards toward the audience, you peel off the front card, asking the audience to concentrate on the image of the card, as you hold it high. You ask the whole audience to try projecting it to you. You receive the impression of the color, then the suit, then value, correctly naming every card one-by-one!

Finally, you mention the remaining spectator has a sealed envelope in his possession. You remark this spectator drew a design on a piece of paper under test conditions, which you specify. He confirms each step of what he did. You ask him to hand you the blackboard and chalk. Asking him to concentrate on his design, you slowly draw something on the blackboard, then put it aside, surface-down. When you're finished, you whip off the blindfold and pull the Band-Aids® from your eyes. Now you request the helper open the envelope, remove and unseal the image from its wrapping, show it to the audience, and explain what it is to those too far away to see. You turn over the blackboard, showing you have duplicated the drawing, and take your applause!

By the way, nothing is gimmicked. No evidence is left behind. The spectators are free to check everything on stage before, after, and as you're using it.

During the routine several principles are used in varying ways. I'll discuss each in turn. I've explained tiny parts of what I do in the past, but not all of it until now.

Part of it — a single page on the method behind the card reading — appeared in my 1989 lecture notes, RICH WITH A TWIST. A quite brief description of the routine, with a marginal and incomplete explanation, was published in my dear friend Bascom Jones's Magick #418 during 1989. And, in 1990, a version of Paroptic Psychometry I was included on my Challenge Magic! video. However, this is the first time everything appears together ... and considerably more!

As I explained in my SEAFIRE SEQUENCE book, I do not do my routines entirely by rote. I prefer to use them as a framework within which I interact with the audience. The routine I've described is intended to give you a structure to make it simple for you to envision the whole of Supernatural Sight and what it can be. However, it is an idealized presentation I only use if the occasion calls for a complete blindfold act. As an act it plays beautifully — the three segments are extremely different, and the routine ends with an impossible-seeming finale.

I have used the entire routine several times in presentations for corporate clients like Starter Sports and CIGNA Insurance. But, more often I do shorter shows, and don't want to be on stage blindfolded for a long time during my performance. Depending on the client, the amount of time I'll be working on stage, and how I feel about the audience, I edit the routine to fit the circumstances. All three segments of the routine are tried and proven, but more often than not I use just one in a show.

To make it easier for you to follow, I'll explain the concepts and methods behind each effect in the routine in detail, as if you're doing it stand-alone. Then, after you fully understand all the sequences, I'll give you a synopsis of how you would handle the routine if you decide to perform it complete.

The Art Of Cold Reading

The Art Of Cold Reading

Today I'm going to teach you a fundamental Mentalism technique known as 'cold reading'. Cold reading is a technique employed by mentalists and charlatans and by charlatan I refer to psychics, mediums, fortune tellers or anyone that claims false abilities that is used to give the illusion that the person has some form of super natural power.

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