Impossible Chance Prediction

Using the principle of two Double Flap Switch Envelopes together with a Himber Style Switch Wallet as used in "Miracle Prediction 2" (p.21), a most interesting challenge prediction effect can be achieved.

EFFECT: The magician shows a wallet and opens it to reveal an envelope inside. Within this envelope, he explains, is a piece of paper on which are written some instructions. These instructions are a prediction, the importance of which will become apparent later. The wallet is closed and left in full view on the table.

The performer now brings out a £5 note and five blank pieces of paper, plus six pay envelopes. A spectator is asked to put the £5 note and the pieces of paper into the envelopes, one in each. Only one envelope contains the money, the rest are obviously worthless.

The spectator is now asked to mix up the envelopes until he is satisfied that no one could know which one contains the money, and to then put them out in a row across the table. Having done this he is invited to change his mind and alter the position of any of the envelopes if he wishes.

Once he is happy, the magician opens the wallet, removes the envelope and from within pulls out the piece of paper which he hands to the spectator to read out. The paper instructs the spectator to hand the magician the fourth envelope from his (the spectator's) left. He does so. If the £5 is in any of the other 5 envelopes, the magician explains, the spectator may keep the money!

One by one the spectator removes the contents of the five remaining envelopes and on each occasion discovers a blank piece of paper! The magician thankfully removes the £5 note from his, thus proving his prediction was correct.

REQUIREMENTS: 1. Two Double Flap Switch envelopes with their flaps pointing in opposite directions. 2. Eleven slips of paper, approximate size 75mm x 75mm. 3. A £5 note (or larger note if you can afford it!) 4. Six pay envelopes.

PREPARATION: On six of the slips of paper you write a prediction. The wording should read something along the following lines: "Please hand me the 1st envelope from your left in the row." Each of the six predictions is the same except that the number of the envelope is changed. So one will have " the 2nd envelope " and another will read " the 3rd envelope " and so on for all six. Fig. 6.

Incidentally, before you write the predictions for envelopes No. 2 and No. 5, cut about 25mm off the length of the paper so that you have two shorter pieces.

With the predictions written, fold each piece in half along its length. This will give you four pieces of 37.5mm x 75mm paper and two pieces of 37.5mm x 50mm. Fig. 7.

The prediction papers are now loaded into the Double Flap Switch Envelopes as follows: Into one pocket of a fake envelope slip the prediction with " 1st envelope " written on it. The " 2nd envelope " prediction, which is one of the shortened pieces, place in front of the first piece i.e. nearest the front of the envelope as it faces you now. The reason for shortening the " 2nd envelope " prediction should now be obvious. With two slips of paper inside, you need to be able to reach in and immediately pull out the correct one, and it is far easier to accomplish this if one is shorter than the other.

Having loaded these first two pieces, turn the envelope over end for end, and slip " 3rd envelope " into the other pocket. Close the flap, turn the envelope round through 180 degrees so that the top of the flap is now pointing to the ground and slip this envelope into the Himber Style Switch Wallet. You should now be as in Fig. 8.

Put the other three predictions into the other fake envelope in the same way, the shortened "

5th envelope " prediction being in front of the

" 4th envelope " one and the " 6th envelope " slip being on its own in the pocket on the other side.

This loaded envelope goes into the other side of the Himber Style Switch Wallet, so that this side looks the same as the other. Close the wallet and that is now ready.

The only other preparation is to fold the other 5 pieces of paper once in half, and then to fold the £5 note twice in half across its width. It will then be about the same size as the pieces of paper. Finally, put a pencil dot in the bottom right hand corner of one of the pay envelopes on the flap side so that it becomes a marked envelope (any method of marking will in fact do) and place this on top of the pile of six pay envelopes.

PRESENTATION: Begin by drawing attention to the wallet. Open it to either of the two sides and explain that the envelope inside contains some instructions which are in effect a prediction. Close and place in view to one side.

You say that you are so confident (?) of your prediction that you are prepared to risk some money on it. Show the £5 and folding it, slip it into the marked pay envelope. Drop it on the table. Ask a spectator to pick up the remaining envelopes and slip a piece of folded blank paper into each one.

He then mixes the envelope with the £5 note inside along with the other five and you ask him to put them out in a row on the table. When he has done so, invite him to change over the position of a few of the envelopes if he wants to.

Once he is satisfied, you note which envelope contains the £5 note via the marking and thus its position from the spectator's left end of the row.

Pick up the wallet and open it to the side to reveal the correct envelope for the needed prediction slip. Remove the envelope as described in "Miracle Prediction 2" (p. 20) so that you will have access to the correct pocket from which you can swiftly remove the relevant piece of paper. Discard the wallet and fake envelope, and hand the prediction paper to the spectator.

All that remains is for him to read out your prediction and hand you the envelope mentioned on the slip of paper. One by one he empties the other five, before you reveal that, luckily for you, your prediction was correct!

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