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Pay Check Challenge

by Steve Pellegrino
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Pay Check Challenge by Steve Pellegrino

The Pay Check Challenge is a 10-minute feature presentation that you can present as described or change to fit your persona.

You offer the audience a challenge. You are going to place your paycheck for the performance in one of several envelopes. If you determine which envelope it's in, you get to keep the check. If not, you forfeit the check and leave empty-handed.

You bring five people to the stage. You show several envelopes, each numbered. In each envelope is a blank index card. The index cards are shown not to have any markings, watermarks, nail nicks, and they appear to be - blank index cards (true - they are).

You give the spectator closest to you the envelopes to mix, number side down. At this point, no one, including you, knows the order of the envelopes (this is true). Next, the spectator carefully opens the envelope on top of the stack and removes the index card, replacing it with your paycheck. Once again, the spectator mixes everything up, so no one (again, including you - once again, true) knows the check's location.

Through a process of either mind-reading or lie detection, one by one, you eliminate spectators with the index cards, leaving two spectators on stage. Now, down to a 50/50 chance, you reveal which spectator has the last index card and which one has your paycheck.

Steve Pellegrino's Pay Check Challenge is a new principle.

  • No nail nicks
  • No creases
  • No folds
  • No watermarks
Steve has developed this routine over the past five years in over a hundred performances. His professional lie detection routine is included, along with tips, variations, and advice.

1st edition 2014, updated 2021, PDF 16 pages.
word count: 3887 which is equivalent to 15 standard pages of text

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