The Pay Check Challenge
is a 10 minute feature presentation that you can present as described or change to fit your persona.
The mentalist offers a challenge. His paycheck for the performance is going to be placed in one of several envelopes. If he determines which envelope it's in, he gets to keep the check. If not, he forfeits the check and leaves empty handed.
Five people are brought to the stage. You show several envelopes, each numbered. In each envelope is a blank index card. The index cards are shown not to have any markings, watermarks, nail nicks and that are what they appear to be - blank index cards (true - they are).
The spectator closest to you is given the envelopes to be mixed. At this point no one, including you knows the order of the envelopes (true). The envelope that is on top of the stack is carefully opened (as to not reveal which number it is) and the index card is removed and your paycheck is placed in. Once again the spectator mixes everything up so no one (again, including you - once again, true) know the location of the check.
Through a process of either mind reading or lie detection, one by one spectators with the index cards are eliminated, leaving two spectators on stage. Now, down to a 50/50 chance, you reveal which spectator has the last index card and which one has your paycheck.
This routine was inspired by both Bryn Reynolds' Your Lucky Night from his Safwan Paper's ebook and Richard Osterlind's Check Effect, from his book Mystique. Steve Pellegrino's Pay Check Challenge is a new principle, different from either of those routines.
- No nail nicks
- No creases
- No folds
- No watermarks
Steve has developed this routine over the past 5 years in over a hundred performances. His professional lie detection routine is included, along with tips, variation and advice.
1st edition 2014, 21 pages.
word count: 4087 which is equivalent to 16 standard pages of text