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I frequently use this presentation on smaller platforms, and at trade show appearances in a company's booth. As a standalone presentation, it's quick and enormously effective. It also takes the effect away from a Seeing with the Fingertips or Sightless Vision presentation, which I've never liked. In those types of routines, I feel the method is too close to the effect. I separate the method from effect by putting "distance" between them, giving the mixed interpretation of both Psychometry and mind reading.

All you need is the blindfold and a blackboard, or a tray. I use my Ultra Board instead of a tray, because I like to reuse objects I've performed with earlier in the show, tacitly demonstrating the innocence of those objects. If you know the Ultra Board method, you know anyone can handle it and never guess the secret.

Invite two spectators to assist you. You introduce what will happen with the spectators by saying, "I'll ask you to serve as the eyes of the other members of the audience. I want you to inspect this blindfold, and assist me when I don the blindfold." Having said that, you go through the inspection process for the blindfold. Have a spectator try it on, then verify the opacity, if your method allows it. Those who know my method already know the Apex Stainless Steel Blindfold has those attributes, and additionally, allows me to have my eyes taped with the two oversize Band-AidsĀ®, as described in THE BLINDFOLD BOOK. After you have the blindfold on, you allow the spectators to confirm you truly cannot see.

You say, "This blindfold is designed to block sight, the strongest of the five senses. I want to see with my mind, not my eyes." You ask a spectator to pick up the blackboard, grasping it by the edges.

You then ask each helper to remove some personal object from their pockets and put it on the blackboard. You say, "It can be anything ... a piece of personal jewelry, a credit card, a photo, or even a lucky coin. The two objects should be different... distinctive ... associated with you."

Once the objects are on the blackboard surface, you wave your hands slowly above them, fingers outstretched, never touching them to get your "impression." Of course, you can see exactly what they've put down and remember the details. Now, direct the spectators to put the objects away, and concentrate on a mental image of them.

At this point, when I'm performing only this effect, the blindfold comes off, and I pull the Band-AidsĀ® from my eyes. If you've watched my Challenge Magic! video, you already have a good idea of how the remainder of this plays, and how I frame what I say. I give the impression of reading the spectators' minds, as if I'm receiving a gradual picture of what the objects are, and whom they belong to, stringing the revelations out, having the spectators affirm my impressions as I progress.

On my video, one spectator put his wallet on the blackboard, and the other, a round plastic disk with some printing on it. For the first spectator, I led into identifying his object this way: "I felt as though one object was organic ... as if it was alive at one time." I then gradually revealed it was leather. Only then did I seem to grasp who the thought waves were coming from: "By any chance was one of the objects made of leather- Was that in fact your object?" I turn directly to the spectator whom I've just identified as the owner of one object and now seem to focus on his thoughts as I continue: "Was it... is it... in fact your wallet?" And, imme diately, I become specific: "A brown leather wallet! Am I right?" The spectator will, of course, agree.

For the second spectator, I began getting the impression of his object this way: "Your object... at first I was going to say a half-dollar ... a silver dollar ... a coin of some sort, but that's not right is it?" I got the answer, "No," which actually affirmed what I was saying and dramatized the unclear impression I was supposedly getting. Following up, I'll head for "Yes" answers several times, each time as I supposedly receive clearer and clearer notions of the spectator's thoughts: "But you're thinking right now that's close." The spectator replies, "Yes." You say, "It wasn't metal... it was plastic?" Again, the answer is "Yes." You say, "Are you thinking of white plastic?" Maybe he wasn't, but the way you ask the question gets an affirmative reply, implying you caught his exact thought. You proceed in this vein: "There was some kind of writing on it... and you're thinking of that right now?" Perhaps not, but the audience again gets the impression you seem to have caught his thought as he replies, "Yes." You say, "Would you picture in your mind what the writing is?" Another, "Yes," though you haven't told him anything. Now, you get down to his specific thought: "I'm getting a word ... something like ... like sargeant ... or something of that nature?" He'll confirm it. Then, to cap it off, you repeat, "Is that it?" And, the reply is another "Yes."

Those of you who know about gimmicked blindfolds may not immediately understand how this presentation affects a group of laymen. For the moment, try to imagine what the spectators think has happened: They've seen two objects put in front of you that you could not possibly see. You got an impression not by touching the objects, but by simply waving your hands above them. The objects are then hidden and your sight restored. Only then do you begin getting the thoughts of the spectators, identifying each object, then who owns it, revealing the particulars of the objects as the spectators think of them.

The perception of a lay audience of what happens in this effect is vastly dissimilar to a Sightless Vision routine in which you seem to see through a supposedly impenetrable barrier.

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