(1 review, 2 customer ratings) ★★★★★
A self-working principle which determined a person's thoughts . . . Listen to this bewildering effect. A pack of cards is shuffled and a spectator merely thinks of a card. The pack is then dealt once, twice and finally a third time into two piles. Before completing the last dealing the spectator may, if he so wishes, shuffle both halves. Despite all this, when the spectator deals through the pack he finds there are only 51 cards; the thought-of card has vanished!
The performer produces the card from his pocket before the spectator names his chosen card. An astounding climax which completely floors the audience. There is no clue to the miracle. It must be genuine thought-reading, for throughout the routine everything is above suspicion.
NOTE THESE POINTS: There are no fake cards, no complicated set-up. (There is a small four card set-up on the top that has to be preserved through the first shuffle - easy to do with a riffle shuffle, or these four cards need to be palmed out, remaining deck handed out for shuffle, and then added back.) The system is capable of many variations. One pack only is used and it may be borrowed. It is easy to perform. The spectator does not write anything. The card is chosen in his mind and strange to say you know the card before the spectator names it. The final palming out of the spectator card is not necessary. Author suggests other ways to finish the trick.
1st edition 1966, PDF 5 pages.
word count: 967 which is equivalent to 3 standard pages of text
Reviewed by Ricky Morgan (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★ Date Added: Friday 25 June, 2021
I have been involved in the magic scene performing, buying tricks and effects, reading books on magic and allied arts since the early 1960s. I used to buy the majority of my props from the Supreme Magic Company in Devon sadly no longer with us and sorely missed. I think it's true that the majority of tricks today are based on the older principles and when you have been involved in magic for the length of time I have you tend to recognise something "new" as being a rehash of something quite old - that is why the older standard tricks such as THE EGG BAG - THE LINKING RINGS - THE CUPS AND BALLS are still going strong even today. I am a professional children's entertainer but still love close-up magic especially coins cards and everyday items. This manuscript is worth its weight in gold as a clever mental item and this copy is far better than the typed-out one I had in the '60s.