by Jim Rose
I Know the Music
Playing in Your Head!
I saw this mentalist in Belgium
last year during the Ghent Festival who had a little act that
was so sweet I can’t wait to describe it for you.
The performer had ten cassette
tapes that all looked the same because there were no markings.
He demonstrated that each one had a different type of music by
playing a little from each one Rock N’ Roll, Violin Solo, Jazz,
Rumba, Folk, Sinatra, Spiritual, Opera, Sousa March, and Reggae.
When finished, he’d mix them all up and put them in a bag which
was handed to an audience member. He’d write something on a
piece of paper and ask the volunteer to reach in and pick out
any cassette. The one he picked was the violin solo. He asked
the volunteer to read the prediction which said “Violin Solo.”
No one caught it but
me. Each cassette
had ten seconds of different
style of music, but the rest of it was the violin solo.
For this “telepathy” trick take
six Newsweek magazines. Replace the covers of five of them with
covers from other editions. Now they look like different issues,
but the inside pages are all the same.
First, the performer shows the
six “different” magazines to the audience and asks a volunteer
to pick one. The performer walks back to the table and
nonchalantly puts four magazines down and keeps one to show the
volunteer what he has to do.
He says, “pick any page and say
out loud which one you chose.” The volunteer is asked to look at
the page very carefully, but not to show it to anybody.
Meanwhile the performer secretly
scans the same page in his magazine paying attention to titles,
pictures, and most of all the last word before putting it down.
He asks the volunteer to concentrate on his page as hard as he
can. He explains that telepathically he can recreate the page on
the chalkboard. The performer slowly does a rough sketch and
writes the final word that was on the page. The volunteer is
then asked to verify the sketch and last word, which of course
represents his page.
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