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by Abhinav Bothra

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Coalesce by Abhinav Bothra

Coalesce is a scripted 30 minute act of prediction, pseudo-hypnosis, mind reading (both by performer as well as the participant).

It only needs:

  • A deck of cards, a marker and 2 extra jokers
  • An envelope with 3 minutes of preparation (no arts and crafts)
  • A close-up pad
  • A table and 3 chairs
Back in 2016 I published 3 short e-books – A Thought Covertly Conveyed (ATCC), A Thought Stumbled Upon (ATSU) and A Thought Left Unsaid (ATLU). The similar names were intentional because they all were part of an act (note : part of an act) – Coalesce is that act.

ATCC :: A hybrid of a card trick and the plot spectator as mind reader dressed in the clothes of hypnosis. Participant 1 selects a card and secures it under his hand. Participant 2 is asked to close his/her eyes and is put through a simple process at the end of which he/she points to the mate of the selected card from a ribbon spread.

ATSU :: A 4 of a kind gets chosen by Participant no. 1, one of the 4 cards is then given to Participant no. 2, who in due course of time correctly deduces the suit and then the value of the card without any prior knowlege of the selection.

ATLU :: A thought of card is conveyed to everyone (without writing down or uttering a single word) while the performer has his back towards the audience. Once done, the performer turns back asks a couple of random questions and hesitatingly pulls out a single card from a deck of playing cards. And that happens to be their thought of card.

Also included is a pseudo truth-teller and liar routine using a the deck of cards in play.


  • Involves only one simple sleight done just once.
  • Packs small Plays Big
  • Ideal for audiences up to 100 (depending on seating arrangement)
  • You can give out everything (the deck, marker and the envelope) in the end.

1st edition 2018, PDF 44 pages + video: length 22 min
word count: 6351 which is equivalent to 25 standard pages of text