It is best if you Force the card on the person from whom you later borrow the cigarette, though you can present it to any other person at the table. There will usually be clues to whom smokes — an ashtray, a pack of cigarettes, or most obvious of all, the spectator is smoking! After you've done the Force, caution him to keep the face of the card hidden. Have him sign the face. Take it from the spectator, return it to the deck, and control the card to second from the top.

Show the top and bottom cards of the deck asking if either is his card. When he answers "No," place the deck on the table and tell him you will read his mind. Stare at him for a few moments, then say, "I'm not getting anything!" Please... though the line is always good for a laugh, try to do it without insulting the spectator. Bring him in on the fun instead.

Ask the spectator for a cigarette to "help you concentrate," or turn to a smoker at the table, requesting one for the same reason. Remove the matches from your right coat pocket, but screen the matchbook with your hands as you light the cigarette. Close the matchbook, then flip it onto the table next to the deck. The spectators will notice them immediately and comment.

Pick up the deck as you tell a spectator to open the matchbook. As he's doing this, casually Double Undercut the top two cards to the bottom of the deck, moving the chosen card there.

As the spectators react to the printed card and pass the matchbook around, you have plenty of time to Bottom Palm the card in your left hand so the card ends up with its face against your palm. The misdirection is strong — the spectators think the trick is over.

Since this is table-to-table magic, you're standing. Place the deck in the center of the table with the right hand. As you lean forward to place the cards on the table with the right hand, your coat will open slightly and your left hand (with the palmed card) steals the Cigarette Pull from under the coat. Don't worry about the palmed card; just take the Pull as if the card isn't there. The card may almost fold in half — don't worry about it.

When the spectators' focus returns to you, expecting you to begin a new trick, direct attention to the lighted cigarette. Draw on the cigarette, getting a mouthful of smoke, then place the cigarette into the Pull in the left hand. Release the Pull in the action of bringing your left hand up to your right hand. Blow out a puff of smoke and produce the card from between the hands in the smoke. This looks very magical! Your hands straighten the bend in the card as it is produced.

To finish, give the card to the spectator who lent the cigarette. It seems he is getting his cigarette back, but it has changed to a playing card!

You can't, of course, present it at every table in the smoking section, but it takes only a moment between sections to get the used butt out of the Pull, ditch it, get a match packet with another card printed in it, and locate the new card for the Force, before you're ready to go. The effect is also perfect for the close-up magician doing bar magic at tables for the patrons.

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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