Mind Reading Magic
Everyone would like to be able to read minds and have psychic powers.
Effect: In this baffling routine the magician asks a member of the audience, a series of questions, a lot of them that are unique to that person.
The spectator is asked to write each answer on a piece of paper and place the piece of paper in glass.
At the same time, the magician is seen to be concentrating deeply and writing his prediction on a separate piece of paper which he also puts in another glass.
After the last question has been asked, the magician's predicted answers are compared with the spectator's answers and are found to be the same.
This can get an amazing reaction from the audience as the magician is seen to be able to read thoughts.
Method:The spectator is asked a series of questions and asked to write them on a piece of paper and place the piece of paper in a glass.
After each answer has been placed in the glass by the spectator, the magician asks the spectator what answer they had given. The magician acknowledges that he had also predicted that answer and placed it in his glass.
Really, the magician writes the spectators answer one question behind. The spectator has told the magician, the answer to the last question asked which the magician will write and put in his glass after asking the next question.
When the first question has been asked and the spectator reveals his answer, the magician has placed his supposed prediction in another glass at the same time.
What he has actually written on his paper is " carrot " which is the most probable answer to the final question that the spectator will be asked shortly.
This will allow the magician to write each answer as the spectator reveals it. The spectator will be unaware that the magician is writing his answers one question behind.
Take out the papers from the glasses and pair up the answers. Stand back and watch the amazed expression of your onlookers.
Example Questions :
Question Spectator's Answer Magician's Answer 1) What is your favorite football team? Manchester United Carrot Magician's Answer:Carrot 2) Who is your favorite music artist? Britney Spears Manchester United Magician's Answer:Manchester United 3)Favorite Color? Green Britney Spears Magician's Answer:Britney Spears 4)Favorite Car? Ferrari Green Magician's Answer:Green 5) Name a vegetable Carrot Ferrari Magician's Answer:Ferrari
You should find that most people will choose carrot as their choice of vegetable, however this will not always be the case. If they choose another answer then the audience will still be impressed that you have predicted the other answers.
Telepathic Telephone Directory
A spectator is asked to call out a three digit number, which is written down. Another spectator is asked to make certain calculations with the numbers, and announce the result.
He is then asked to look in the telephone book at a page and name indicated by the results and concentrate on the name at that number.
The magician concentrates, deeply and announces the name that the spectator has been concentrating only. Has the magician really read the spectator's mind?
How Its Done:
Before staring this trick, turn to page 108 in the telephone book and count down to the 9th name on the page. Write this name on a slip of paper and seal it in an envelope.
Ask someone to call out a three digit number, or have three different spectators each call out a one digit number. Write this down in plain view, on a slate or large sheet of paper.
Invite another spectator to come up to make some calculations. For example, suppose the number was 653. Ask him to reverse the number (356), and to subtract the lower number from the higher:
653-356 = 297
Ask him now to take the result ( 297 ), reverse it, ( 792 ) and add the two together:
The answer will always be 1089 , no matter what numbers are used. If only two figures result from the subtraction, be sure to add a zero at the left, such as 079.
Now the spectator who is holding the telephone book is asked to look on the page indicated by the first three numbers, 108 , and to count down to the name indicated by the last number, 9 .
The spectator is asked to concentrate on the name on the page and the magician appears to be concentrating also to try and read the spectators mind.
After a short time, the magician announces the name that the spectator has been concentrating on. This is quite convincing mind reading magic. The trick can be varied by this method.
Write the name to be chosen on a piece of paper which is then placed in an envelope and the envelope is then sealed.
The spectator is presented with this envelope at the beginning of the trick which he is told, contains the magicians prediction. At the end of the trick, he is asked to open the envelope and announce the prediction.
This trick can be improvised on by using a dictionary, thesaurus or other type of book. A lot of the entertainment value depends on the magicians performance, so get practicing for that acting award!