[This effect previously appeared in the Mindvention 2009 lecture notes. If
you have these notes you don't need to buy this.]
You invite two spectators to help in this experiment. You remove a deck of cards casually show them face up while you remove the joker. They are placed face down on the table. You ask one of the spectators to cut off a block and look at a card. Not to remove it, just THINK of it. You really don't know what card the person is thinking about! The selection is made in the spectator's hands. The magician isn't touching the cards. The person doesn't write the card down, he merely
thinks of it.
The deck is then picked up by you and mixed so nobody knows where the card he is just thinking of is. You casually spread the cards face up telling the 2nd person the thought of card could be anywhere in the deck. You turn the deck face down and place it on the table. The 2nd person is asked to use his INSIGHT and decide on a number. Let's say he decides on 27. You ask him to deal a pile of 27 cards face down. The magician does NOT touch the cards.
After the pile is dealt you ask the first person for the FIRST time what card he thought of. You really don't know the card he thought of until he now names it.
You point out that the first person freely choose a number and dealt that many cards off. You say that nobody could know the top card of that pile. You point out that had he stopped one card sooner it would have been different. You have him turn over the other card on the other pile showing it not the thought of card. Now for the climax, the person turns over the card counted down to, and it is the merely thought of card!
Complete directions on how to make this up. The directions that give you every nuances that Devin has developed over the years.
1st edition 2012, 13 pages.
word count: 6417 which is equivalent to 25 standard pages of text