You will need a deck of blue-backed Bicycle® cards, a felt marker, and a Cigarette Pull.

You will also need some books of matches, like the one shown in Figures Three and Four. From the mid-1980s through the beginning of the 1990s, you could get a box of 50 of these preprinted matchbooks — each with a different card inside — from magic stores for about five dollars. If you were smart, you could get them in grocery stores for a tenth of the dealer's price! At the time, Diamond International Corporation owned both the

Diamond Match Company and the United States Playing Card Company, manufacturer of the well-known Bicycle® brand of cards. They made the match packets to promote both brands. Jeff tells me that USPC used to ship him the matches in huge cartons — he just gave them away, putting them in orders. After Diamond and USPC split, the quality of the cards certainly improved, but the matchbooks vanished from the market.


The dealers may still have some, but with the arrival of easy computer graphics, low-priced color printers, and cheap color copies, you can make them yourself. Just get a carton of book matches without printing on the covers. Now, all you have to do is scan or copy the front and back of a card, shrinking it to size. Then paste the face inside a book of matches, and the back on the blank cover.

All the Diamond-made Bicycle® matchbooks I saw and used had a blue-backed card, that's why I used a blue-backed deck. Now, when you make your own books of matches, you're no longer restricted to blue, or the back design of the Bicycle® brand. You can make them in red, and in any back you prefer.

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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