10 ultra-powerful, stream-lined mind-reading and influence demonstrations for the modern performer. Written in an easy to understand format with pictures throughout. Some are new effects from Dee Christopher some are ones taken from his previous publications.
The performer removes two cards from the deck; upon one’s face he writes “Truth” and the other “Lie.” These cards are to be used in an experiment of psychological lie detection. The performer face holds the cards down. The spectators are invited to say a statement about themselves; this can be either truth or a lie. For example: “I live at house number 42.” Or perhaps, “I have a cat.”
Once the statement is said, the performer selects one of the two cards and the spectator reveals if it was truth or lie. The performer is correct. This is a skill that everyone possesses; it’s just a case of tapping in. A second spectator is offered the chance to guess if the first spectator is lying or telling the truth. A statement is said and it is shown that the second spectator too was correct in their thoughts! Up to now, this has been just a 50/50 chance of success; the performer offers to turn it up a notch. The rest of the playing cards are taken out and the spectator draws a truly random card from the middle to remember. Four other random cards are dealt out also and the five are well mixed by the spectator.
From here the spectator lays out the five cards face up in a row. They are asked to touch each card, one by one, saying: “This is my card” in each instance. It’s the performer’s job to guess on which occasion is the truth being told. The performer of course names the correct card, proving his lie detection skills to be second to none!
The performer takes out three poker chips of different colours. Out of sight these are mixed and a spectator is asked to place each one in a different pocket while the performer’s head is turned, or he is blindfolded. The performer turns around and reveals where each chip is located through supposedly reading body tells.
An evolution of the Mexican Turnover. A prediction card from a different deck is placed on the table and a card is named by a spectator, an indifferent card is used to flip the prediction at arms length to show it matches perfectly!
The magician calls over his assistant, his partner perhaps, (the other half to the two people you generally require for a two-person code) to help out with this effect. The assistant is blindfolded or asked to stand back to back (or cheek to cheek to coin a Banachek phrase) with the spectator. Now, in a moment I am going to ask you (the spectator) to silently select any of the five standard Zenner symbols and my assistant here is going to attempt to divine this selection! Ok, could you please point to one of these symbols for me…That’s perfect, thank you! Assistant! (Feel free to use their real name here) Divine the thought of symbol! The assistant will of course reply with the correct choice – in this case, the star!
A spectator as mind reader effect based on the Syllacode concept.
Two coins are borrowed, or for ease of presentation, the performer can bring them out from his pocket. The coins are held fanned at fingertips; everything looks as fair as it possibly could. A coin is selected and is held in the spectators closed fist. They hold their arm out holding the fist palm side down. The other coin is gently waved over their hand and everyone sees it slowly arching and melting upwards. As this happens the spectator admits that they can feel it happening in their hand too! The coins are bending in synchronicity. With a final wave of the coin in the performer’s fingertips, one side of it violently curls inward and when the spectator’s hand is opened their coin has been effected it the very same way.
A boxed deck is placed on the table; the performer explains that this is a prediction. Another deck is introduced as our working deck. To keep the demonstration streamlined, only half the deck will be used. This half is offered to the spectator to shuffle as they wish. As the deck is being shuffled, the performer explains that through noticing what kind of person a participant is, you can predict to a great deal of accuracy how they shuffle a deck of cards. The prediction deck is there as proof of this. Once the spectator is done shuffling the cards, they are taken back and the prediction deck taken out of it’s box.
One by one the cards are dealt from the top of each deck, matching perfectly every time!
A spectator thinks of a random word, when given a blank card and a pen, a second spectator auto-writes the thought of word without it being spoken aloud behind their back without knowing how!
THE NEW BLACK
An envelope is sat on a pedestal in full view. A spectator is asked to name any ESP symbol, the circle, cross, wavy lines, square, or star. Another spectator is then asked to think of a word from a random page in a book. A spectator opens the envelope and inside is the thought of card with the thought of word written across it!
THE TURNOVER BEND
A spoon is borrowed and held at the magician’s fingertips. It is shown from all angles and then effortlessly droops, bending at the neck.
1st edition 2011; 45 pages.
word count: 11864 which is equivalent to 47 standard pages of text