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Food For Thought by Devin Knight

The performer shows a menu card from a restaurant listing various foods. Anyone is invited to come forth and secretly write the name of any food from the menu on a blank index card and drop it face down on a plate.

NO FORCES OR RESTRICTIONS. The performer says the special of the day at the restaurant is two for the price of one. To get the special the performer has to order the same item. Performer than secretly writes down his choice from the menu on another index card and drops it on another plate. Once this has been done the performer and participant exchange plates and both show the audience the name of the food written on the index cards. Amazingly, the performer and participant both chose the same food! As a final Kicker the performer shows that he PREDICTED the food the participant would choose. [Note: the kicker prediction is not a 100% sure thing, but will happen roughly 80% of the time.]

No carbons used or secret impression devices of any kind. The person is only given one stiff card to write on. Baffling beyond words. This effect fooled almost everyone who saw it at Devin's Lecture.

Complete directions, disposable plates at your grocery store and the PDF has the menu you print off your computer. Comes with full directions and bonus effect where the performer shows he predicted the food that would be chosen.

[Note that this uses the same technique as Impossible DEVINation.]


"FOOD FOR THOUGHT, will not only give you nourishing FOOD FOR THOUGHT, it will FOOL you-as it did me! It epitomizes the Kismif principle: Keep it simple, make it fun." - Jon Racherbaumer

"One of the effects I greatly enjoyed at the Las Vegas Mindvention was Devin Knight's "FOOD FOR THOUGHT." Clever stuff. Good entertainment." - Larry Becker

"The method is clever and the effect makes use of everyday items...If you like the idea of conjuring with food items from a menu, Devin Knight's "Food for Thought" can cook the minds of spectators." - Wayne Kawamoto, Magic & Illusion 2/23/2010 Full Review

"Devin Knight's Food for thought is a fun, fun idea....this is one of my favorite effects of his...It's fun and entertaining…what more could you want?" - Christian, MyLovelyAssistant 11/1/2010 Full Review

"Food for Thought is a very workable real world bit of mental magic that is full of potentially perplexing possibilities. It is something I'll be adding to my repertoire." - Payne Fifield, M-U-M Magazine 5/1/2010

1st digital edition 2012, 13 pages.
word count: 4575 which is equivalent to 18 standard pages of text

Reviewed by Joe Libby (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Sunday 24 March, 2024

I have a vague memory that Devin's IMPOSSIBLE DEVINATION came in for some criticism because the method, while very clever, didn't seem logical.

In any case, Devin resolved any perceived shortcomings with FOOD FOR THOUGHT. The method makes perfect sense for the restaurant theme and routine. The necessary props cost just pennies; eventually, they will have to be replaced, but you can use them over and over again. The menu card included in the PDF is plain black text, but it's easy to read, which is more important than being "pretty."

It'll take a little practice just to get the hang of it, but I will be adding FOOD FOR THOUGHT to my repertoire. It should be a winner in almost any magic or mental act.

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