Submitted By Tyler Fox
Effect: The magician is seen to be concentrating hard and then is seen to write something on a paper note pad and does not allow the spectator to see what he has written. The magician then announces that he has read the spectators mind and already knows what the spectator is going to answer for the question he is about to be asked. The spectator is then asked to think of a number or a simple shape such as a triangle, square, hexagon or other and announce this out loud. The note pad is then revealed to find that the magician had written the same number or shape as the spectators answer!
Method: Make a gimmick by taping a small piece of broken pencil lead to your thumb, ( use clear adhesive tape such as Sellotape so that the spectator will not see it and remember to keep the sticky side facing out ). Initially write nothing down, ( only appear to be writing down something ) and when you hold the pad so that the top sheet is not visible to the spectator, do so with your thumb facing the top sheet of paper that you had supposedly written something on ( See picture 3). When your victim says their chosen number or shape, simply write it on the paper with your thumb and then show it to them as your prediction.
This trick is really convincing but depends a great deal on the magicians performance. Try your hand at acting, look as if you are really concentrating and that the trick requires real mental effort on your part. This will reinforce the illusion that you really can read minds.
1) Place tape round thumb. 2) Place pencil lead on tape. 3) Hold note pad away from spectator.
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