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Controlled Actions by Devin Knight

Effect: The magician says he will attempt to control a spectator's actions. The magician displays three envelopes numbered 1, 2, and 3 saying these are predictions. A participant selects three cards from a regular deck. The performer shows the participant three blank envelopes and asks for a number from 1 to 3.

The magician proceeds to write that number on the envelope and the participant takes one of his selections (no force) and the magician slides it into the envelope with the number the spectator named. This process is repeated with the other two envelopes and cards. The performer then displays the three prediction envelopes that have been numbered 1, 2, and 3.

The magician tells the participant to open the three envelopes simultaneously, starting with envelope 1. The envelopes which are both numbered 1 are opened. Both contain the same card, the 5 of Hearts! The envelopes which are numbered 2 are opened: both contain the 9 of Diamonds. You finally open envelope 3 - again the same card is found in both envelopes - the Queen of Spades. This is an absolute killer effect. No skill or sleight required!

1st edition 2018, 8 pages.
word count: 1522 which is equivalent to 6 standard pages of text