Very First - Impression
This routine is meant to be as an opener. After some research, it appears that the clever Michael Weber has flirted with a very similar idea. He used the idea as a closer, while I offer here the idea as an opener. Note that the underlying principle behind this method has, inevitably, been alluded to in one form or another by Marlo and/or Vernon, or is buried within Tarbell.
Malini for Dummies
Ever since the very first time I saw David Copperfield perform a "newspaper card stab" in a movie, I've considered the card stab to be one of the more seductive presentation in magic as far as card tricks go. (Not quite as seductive as Jamie Lee Curtis in her prime, but close.) A great many versions have been shared and published and some are real gems. Have you done your homework? Note that the underlying principle behind this method has, inevitably, been alluded to in one form or another by Marlo and/or Vernon, or is buried within Tarbell.
If you've never come across a difficult spectator (difficult - a polite word) who was trying to impose his own rules and conditions in the course of performance ... you haven't performed much for real people! And it's too bad, because you may not quite fully appreciate the following designed for that particular "clientele". The underlying principle is very useful, even if it has, inevitably, been alluded to in one form or another by Marlo and/or Vernon, or is buried within Tarbell.
Step by Step Brainwave
Ted Anneman's is irrevocably associated to mentalism, and deservedly so; but he also was a relentless creator of card effects. The inspiration for the following lies in a creation named, "The Walk around Discovery" bring to my attention by Jan Bardi. There is much conjuncture as to the possibility that this particular concept has, in the past, been in one form or another by Marlo and/or Vernon, or is buried deeply within Tarbell.
The magician removes from his pocket a folded card and places it in full view in his outside breast pocket, half of it still protruding. He has someone to think of a card, and then to call it out loud. Then the magician pulls out the named card from a deck and makes some comment about the selection. To finish, the magician openly takes the protruding "prediction" card from his pocket, unfolds it, and it is a perfect match with the just named card.
With the lights dimmed, the magician walks on stage holding four different color glow sticks in one hand and "a prediction" in the other, behind his back. He steps forward and invites any three spectators in the front row to each name a color and removed the same glow stick from his hand, leaving him with only one at the end. Without any fumbling, or extraneous movement of any kind, he turns around slowly, showing the glow stick in his other hand to be a perfect match!
The magician introduces a slip of paper (dollar size) with a jumble of handwritten letters scattered about on one side (the other side is blank). He asks a participant to form a word in his mind using letters from the jumble, then folds the paper into sixteenths at his fingertips. He shakes the paper gently to "move the letters around", then he unfolds it, showing the mentally chosen word now clearly spelled out in the center of the paper.
The title stands for: "Any Card at any Numbered Envelope". Yes, any card at any envelope! All of the envelopes are numbered from 1 to 52.
1st edition 2011, 19 pages.
word count: 6481 which is equivalent to 25 standard pages of text