A pocket diary with random playing cards written against each date is tossed out to 8 participants in the audience, one after the other. 4 of those participants declare their dates of birth but either tell a complete lie or complete truth or half truth or half lie about their respective assigned playing cards. But the performer accurately divines their cards in spite of all the half truths or lies.
Now the other 4 participants are asked NOT to divulge either their dates of birth or their respective assigned playing cards. And yet, very impossibly, the performer accurately reveals all their cards.
Only one diary is used with a onetime preparation. It can be any type of normal pocket diary. There is absolutely no arts and crafts involved. Just the writing down of different playing cards against all the dates in the diary. Although knowing a stack like the Karma Deck (or any other stack) will be useful, it is not necessary at all.
Once prepared, this same diary can also be used for close up performances. Importantly, no physical playing cards are used in this routine – whether normal or jumbo – in both the stage and close up performances.
Even a beginner can easily prepare this diary and comfortably perform the routines. No sleights, no stooges, no preshow. Once prepared, the diary should last you many many performances, in spite of the usual wear and tear.
There is also a huge scope to engage audience members with individual cartomancy readings after the show, if the performer is so inclined.
1st edition 2016, 13 pages.
word count: 3574 which is equivalent to 14 standard pages of text