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.

Secret: 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.

 

Day Tripper

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 GENIUS MIND to add the three dates and to tell you the total. Youíll then be able to guess the Mondays he chose.

 

Secret: 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.

 

For example: 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 third Monday.

 

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.

 

Secret: Subtract 14 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 fourth Monday.

 

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 Thinking

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 number.

 

Secret: The performer 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.

 

Psychic Object

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. Secret: When you point to the chosen object, move your index finger a little to alert your assistant.

 

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.

 

Secret: This trick 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.

 

Secret: It 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 # 1

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 Tip Writer).

 

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 pocket.

 

The Shoes Say it All

 

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.

 

Secret: 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 under Devices And 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.

 

Secret: Hereís how 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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