Sunday, May 25, 2008

Coin Date Prediction

I’ve added this effect in as a little bonus. It’s not as strong as the others, but I only found out about it myself the other day. You don’t get a whole script like for the other effects, so if you’re looking for that, stop reading now! I just thought I’d throw it in here as a little freebie for you!

No matter what country you live in, new coins are released from time to time. In the UK a new version of the 10p came out in 1992. This meant that in 1992, all the old style 10p coins in circulation had to be collected and new 10p coins were issued in their place. Of course new 10p coins are made every day, but the majority are dated 1992. This means that there is a very high chance that a 10p coin will be dated 1992 (although as the months go on, the effect becomes less reliable.)

If you don’t live in the UK don’t worry. Just look for a coin who’s design has changed in the last 15 years and use that. If the change is very recent, people may work it out as they will remember that it is a new design. After 5 years or so however, that will not be the case.

Just ask someone if they have a 10p coin in their wallet. Ask them to get it out and look at the date… but tell them you don’t want a coin that says 1996. (1996 was another year when a lot of 10p coins were issued, by saying you don’t want 1996 you increase you chances of being correct.)

Once they have found the coin, ask them to hold it in their fist. Then look in their eyes, read their body language pretend to do whatever fits you style so they think you are working out the date in a psychological manner. Finally reveal 1992. When I perform the trick I first say that its 1990 something, then say its an even year. Then say “Its 1992”. By revealing it in stages you get confirmation from the subject that you are right… if you are wrong then just guess!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Black & White

The performer invites a young lady to assist in an experiment. Showing a small flat bag, the performer shows that it contains small stones in the colours black and white.

"Ancient stones, in the most opposite of all colours, sometimes allow us to test in reverse order the attraction of things."

"Using the hand most connected with your mind, not your heart, take a handful of the stones from the bag"

"Now put some back in"

"Now it’s my turn...Getting interesting isn’t it"

The performer, still holding a number of stones, turns the bag upside down and empties the rest of the stones into a glass. He strokes the bag flat on the table.

"If I told you how many stones you had, that would be just guessing. So take my stones as well"

He places his stones in her hands. "You guess on the white colour and I will try on the black. It’s my favourite colour you know."

Whatever she says, you say "Good guess!", and then name the correct number. "Count the black stones, I’ll count the white." The stones are counted and found to match in
number and equal colours.

"Strange that with such opposites, such a great attraction appears. Is it you, or me or are we both very special. Please keep two stones as a memento of this moment."

The stones from the glass are poured back into the bag, and then those from the table. You are now reset, if necessary with a different number!

The effect is created using a simple small flat change bag. In one compartment are the equal number of black and white stones. These should be less than two handfuls, as you must
be able to retrieve the remaining stones in one hand. The other compartment has stones in which one colour dominates. This gives the optical impression that something strange has happened. By replacing an equal number of the black and white tabled stones into the second compartment, you are now re-set with a different number.

As a possible alternative conclusion, whatever number she says, you just say the additional number to obtain the end result. If the total of black/white stones is say 24 and she says 15 you say "great thinking" and at the same time say 9. Then add all stones together to prove that both were right!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

A Mediumistic Stunt

I use the following a great deal when introducing any spiritual effects and remark that it is a little effort to get my mental faculties collected so as to continue.

You must have at least two people sitting and on table you have a deck of cards and three
envelopes that nest, the inner one being large enough to hold a card. Pick up deck and shuffling you say you want person to select a card a little differently than usual and she is to take out a bunch of six or seven cards from deck. You place deck on table and turn back while she picks out any of those in her hand and seals inside of the three envelopes.

While she is doing this you take a bunch of cards and fanning them face towards another sitter have her mentally select one of them and then you mix cards and lay face up on table and taking her hand in yours pass it over the cards and stop on her card. Now asking person for the envelope it is placed on your left palm and with due meditation you get a picture of the card and name it.

All pure bunk and a little showmanship. The deck is in the Si Stebbins order to begin with and is false shuffled and cut. The first person takes out a bunch and deck is laid aside. She takes one out of this bunch somewhere among them so it is impossible to tell and of course this makes a break in the system of what cards she is holding.

While she is sealing up the card you pick up the bunch and fanning face up to another party for above reason you have ample time to note what card is missing and so there you are. The effect with the second person can be what you choose as long as you have a good excuse to fan out the cards. I do the above and rely on finding the right one by the old muscle reading principle, or you could take a chance by leaving one in the fan a little more prominently displayed and by showing them hurriedly the chances are that that will be the one mentally selected. At any rate even if a failure is made here it is offset by the reading of the card in envelope and as the effect is made to get your mind into condition for mental work, nothing is thought of this one fail.

(Annemann - Buried Treasure)