by Jim Rose
My Favorite Days
Give a calendar to an
audience member and tell
him to choose any month. Then
with a pen ask him to circle any three days in a row. Tell him
to add the three dates and give you the total. Right away you
are able to guess which days he circled.
When the volunteer
tells you the total, divide
it by 3. The number you get is
the second date of the three consecutive ones he circled.
Hand a calendar to a volunteer,
and while youíre turning your back, ask him his favorite day of
the week. Letís say itís Monday, tell him to go to any month and
to circle three Mondays in a row. Ask him
to add the
three dates and to tell you the total. Youíll then be able to
guess the Mondays he chose.
To be able to
call the right dates, mentally
divide the total he gives you by
3. The result you get is the second Monday circled. To obtain
the other two, subtract 7 to your result to get the first
Monday, and add 7 to it to get the third Monday.
The Mondays circled are the 4th,
11th and 18th. The total is 33. Divide 33 by 3 = 11.
That is the middle Monday. 11 - 7
= 4 which is the first Monday circled; 11 + 7 = 18 which is the
Here is a different version where
you ask the volunteer to circle four consecutive Mondays. Tell
him to add the four numbers and to give you the total. Again you
can guess right away which ones he circled.
from the total and divide the
result by 4. The number you get
is the second date circled. Then subtract 7 to get the first
Monday, add 7 to get the third, and then add 14 to get the
Letís say the number given you is
58: 58 - 14 = 44; 44 divided by 4 equals 11. 11th is the second
Monday; 11 - 7 = 4; 4th is the first Monday; 11 + 7 = 18; 18th
is the third Monday; 11 + 14 = 28; 28th is the fourth Monday.
I Know What Youíre
The performer says that he can
read minds. He presents a phone book to a member of the audience
and asks him to go to any page he likes and not to show it to
him. Then the performer writes a number on a blackboard which he
doesnít show to anyone. When heís ready, he asks the volunteer
the page number heís chosen. Itís the same one heís just written
on the blackboard. For more effect the phone book is passed to
another person. Again the performer guesses the same page
is working with an assistant
sitting in the audience. He
chooses the first audience member sitting on the assistantís
left side. When the phone book is passed around for the second
time, it goes to the person sitting on the assistantís right
side. In both cases, the assistant leans over and is able
to see the page number which he communicates to the performer
with a system they both know.
You send your assistant to a
different room. During his absence, the audience is required to
choose an object in the room. Once done, call him back. Without
a word and the help of a wand, point to the objects until he
calls the one selected.
When you point to
the chosen object, move your index finger a little to alert your
Sooth Sayerís Pride
In this stunt the performer is
supposedly able to answer questions before looking at them.
He asks ten members of the audience to each write a question and
their name on a piece of paper that they fold and put into a
basket. The performer takes one at a time and brings it to his
forehead and ďtelepathicallyĒ answers each question before
reading it. He then verifies with the volunteers if his or her
question has been properly answered.
works by staying one question
ahead of the audience.
The performer reaches into the
basket and takes the first piece of paper that he brings to his
forehead. After a deep Ēconcentration,Ē he seems to have
difficulty to understand the question. He unfolds it, and says
with surprise that no wonder he couldnít read it, itís written
in an illegible scribble. Secretly he glances at the question.
He then crumples the paper and
puts it in his pocket. Having seen the first question, it is now
easy for him to do the whole act. He proceeds by taking a second
folded paper out of the basket, holds it to his forehead, but
instead of answering it, he actually answers the first one that
he just put in his pocket. When he opens it to ďverifyĒ that he
answered it right, he glances at the question that he will
answer when he holds the next one to his forehead. He proceeds
until all questions are answered.
Is the Person
Alive or Dead?
Ten audience members are given a
piece of paper on which they each write the name of a friend or
a person unknown to the performer. One volunteer is chosen to
write the name of a dead person, while others write the names of
living people. The pieces of paper are dropped into a basket and
mixed. By studying each name, the performer can reveal which one
is the dead person.
is easy to guess the name of the dead
person because of the sharpness
and lightness of the handwriting. Each person is given a soft
lead point pencil, except for the one who writes the dead
personís name; he gets the sharp point pencil.
Change in Pocket #
The performer says he will make a
prediction and writes down how many coins a designated audience
member has in his pocket. After the volunteer counts his coins,
he is asked to say the number aloud. The performer then
shows him he has written the same number in his prediction.
The performer pretends to write
on an index card with a pencil. Once he hears how many coins the
volunteer has in his pocket, he secretly writes the exact number
with his thumb tip.
*This is my favorite version of
using a thumb tip writer (Thumb
Change in Pocket # 2
Here is another simple version to
guess how many coins someone has in his pocket. This trick can
be done while your back is turned to the audience. Ask a
volunteer to write any number on a piece of paper and not to let
you see it. Letís say he chose 10. Tell him to multiply it by 2
(10 X 2 = 20), and to then add 8 (20 + 8 = 28) and now to divide
that number by 2 (28 divided by 2 = 14). Then tell him to
subtract the original number from the final result (in our
example 14 - 10 = 4).
To finish, tell him to add it to
the number of coins he has in his pocket (letís say he has 5
coins so 5 + 4 = 9). Ask him the total (in this case it is 9).
When the volunteer tells you what it is, always mentally
subtract 4 from it (in our example 9 - 4 = 5). The number
you get (in our example 5) is the number of coins he has in his
The Shoes Say it
The performer brings five or six
people onstage. A folded bandana is put over his eyes. He
asks one volunteer at a time to come towards him and to place a
personal object in the palm of his extended hand. Once theyíve
all done it, the performer, after removing the handkerchief,
will be able to identify
the owner of each object.
The secret is
to be able to see the shoes
of the person who hands over an
object. This can be done easily with the blindfold trick listed
Sleights for Deception.
Two Heads Equal One
There are ďsuper natural powerĒ
seminars that use tricks. The meeting starts off with a
discussion about how everyone should stay on the same page.
Two volunteers are brought up. One is told to leave the room.
The speaker has two 3x5 white index cards with a circle drawn on
them and a dot in the middle. He hands one to the volunteer and
asks him to stare at the dot, and to think of a number. Letís
say he chooses number 54. The speaker asks him to announce the
number and to write it over the dot but inside the circle. While
the volunteer is doing this, the speaker uses his thumbnail to
secretly indent the same number over the dot on the other card.
After the person has written the number, he is instructed to put
the card in his pocket.
When the secluded volunteer comes
back onstage, he is told to stare at the dot until a number
appears (notice instructions have been changed slightly because
the speaker wants him to see the indentation). If he has a
hard time seeing, the speaker shifts him around a little so the
light hits at the right angle. He then tells him to write the
number down. After he falls for it, and they always do, the
volunteers are told to exchange their slips of paper and to read
each otherís number aloud. They are both the same.
Never a Loser
Get two people from the audience
and challenge them to a gamble in which they cannot lose. You
have three envelopes of the same size, one ten dollar bill and
two scraps of paper the same size as the ten dollar bill. The
bill and the two pieces of paper are folded and each placed in
an envelope. The envelopes are mixed, and you and each of the
two audience members get one. Whoever gets the ten dollar bill
gets to keep it. Because of your magical power, it seems that
you always get the money.
itís done: Glue a small piece of
pencil lead to the
ten dollar bill. Hide it by holding it with your thumb. Tell the
volunteers to fold the pieces of paper in half by demonstrating
with the bill. Then hand the folded bill to one of them. Turn
your back and ask him to put the money and each of the two
pieces of paper in different envelopes. Ask him to seal
them and to place them back on the table. You mix them up and
ask spectator # 1 to pick one. Take it and feel it. If he
took the one with the money, tell him that he picked yours, then
proceed by asking both of them which envelope they want for
themselves. If spectator #1 didnít pick the one with the money,
then let him have the envelope he chose. Now ask spectator
#2 to pick one envelope. You do the same as above, if he chooses
a regular one, give it to him; if he chooses the one with the
money, keep it and tell him he picked it for you. In every case,
you will always be the winner. (See the section
The Sure Bet).
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