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Topic: Think of a Card Effects
Message: Posted by: virtualwizard (Jun 14, 2020 11:01AM)
I am looking for a method that is relatively easy to do which results in divining a thought of card.

My idea is that a card is selected from the deck after a person thinks of one.
(ie: Spectator pulls it out of the deck fairly and then returns it to deck -- only to have it revealed after a bit of byplay.)

Does anyone have thoughts on how this could be accomplished without too much sleight of hand? (I suffer from a bit of arthritis)

I have a patter and reveal in mind -

Thanks for any help.
Message: Posted by: Nev Blenk (Jun 14, 2020 12:50PM)
Hello Mike - forgive me I'm not 100% sure if you want the card merly 'thought of' or chosen from the deck then looked at by the spectator before being returned.
If it is the latter then a marked deck would work. I use a marked deck quite often. I can PM you my thoughts.

Message: Posted by: ejohn (Jun 14, 2020 04:38PM)
Use a bottom or top key card, or if you can do a double undercut or any other easy control to top or bottom. Then have the spec concentrate on his card as you look through the deck and see it.
Message: Posted by: Andrew Aspen (Jun 15, 2020 02:37PM)
White Room by Ran Pink is fantastic.
Message: Posted by: virtualwizard (Jun 17, 2020 12:08PM)
Thank you all!
Message: Posted by: John7 (Jun 21, 2020 05:48AM)
You might like the latest release at Trickshop - Jack Yates Ingenious. Genuine think of any card. There are a couple of dealing sequences but the potential benefits (I think) more than make up for it. You could start it from a spectator shuffled deck (with very little effort) and at the end you could either just name the card or you could hand the deck to the spectator and ask them to remove their card. They will find that it's the only card missing from the deck and then you could produce it from your pocket. The two dealing sequences can be done quickly (since you do them rather than the spectator) and they don't seem to give any clue as to the method - in fact they would probably make the spectator more confused.

Message: Posted by: magicfish (Jun 21, 2020 10:02PM)
Barrie Richardson.
Message: Posted by: thekillingjoke33 (Jun 28, 2020 01:02PM)
Reputation maker is a great project by harry robson and Matthew Wright.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jul 4, 2020 04:00PM)
"Emotional Reaction" by Vernon is exactly what you want.
Message: Posted by: Gennovense (Jul 10, 2020 12:22PM)
AK-47 by John Bannon
Message: Posted by: MikeMgc (Jul 16, 2020 05:31AM)
I second the recommendation by John7 for Ingenious by Jack Yates. Very simple principle, yet very clever, just picked this up from Trickshop and I will be performing this with an interesting revelation idea I have been working on. Based on Liam Montiers Ultra Violet. I have a Bizzare presention around this.

I have also seen another Jack Yates effect Thought of Card effect this time on Lybrary.com - called "Above Suspicion" it sounds similar to ingenious does anyone know about this effect. For 6$ I might just pick it up.

AK-47 by Bannon is also great, but then anything by Bannon is great. If you nail the best outcome it destroys audiences.

I can also recommend Boris Wild's Pure Telepathy - From card shark - The stock effect is not a thought of card revelation, however there is a fantastic second version on the DVD that is pure gold and allows you to Nail 5 thought of cards, without seeing the faces of the cards. There is also a two deck version of this, which is even easier to perform. This is the one I use and it has fooled several Magicians as well as Laypeople.

Also like Emotional reaction as an impossible card location, but is a selected card rather than thought of card. Ryan Schlutz on his self working project for Vanishing Inc has added some nice subtleties to this also, which makes it even stronger.

Five Card Baffle - By Bob Hummer is also good. But is essentially a thought of card from a poker hand.

All the above are sleight free and pretty much self working.
Message: Posted by: Andy Moss (Jul 16, 2020 10:14AM)
For a pure 'think of a card' effect Dai Vernon's 'Out of sight out of mind' is hard to beat.

The following is my own approach which both simplifies and streamlines the methodology. In particular it also improves the presentation with respect to the positioning of the thought card throughout the routine.

It will only make sense to those who are already familiar with the original effect.

1) As the spectator looks at the faces of the cards rotate groups of six from face down top to face down bottom. Do not rush them. Just get the confirmation that you require. Afterwards the spectator will remember that they were given the chance to think of ANY card in the deck. This gives the impression of a seemingly unrestricted choice.

2) Three card pinky break within the relevant group of six,

3) Double undercut,

4) Fan the cards out face down on the table. Extract bunch of five cards from face down midst of deck "You could be thinking of any of the cards from anywhere in the deck".Transfer these five cards nonchalantly to the face down bottom of deck,

5) Twelve card transfer/subtle cut from face up top to face up bottom after the run through "As I quickly run through the deck I want you to look for your card. Do not tell me what it is. Rather just check that it still exists within the deck."

6) You will now be in the position where their thought card will either be in positions 5,6,7 or alternatively 13,14,15.

7) Use a marked deck if not impromptu. It will aid in a cleaner reveal.
Message: Posted by: John7 (Jul 17, 2020 08:48AM)
MikeMgc - The trick on Lybrary is the same trick with a different name. I got suckered into that because I liked Ingenious so much. It's not so bad because I can get the Lybrary version on my phone for when I'm not at home. The Trickshop version is just saved to my computer. I'll probably try out Ingenious this weekend. I suspect it could be awesome (especially if you hold out the small set up and add it after the spectator has shuffled). And the first dealing sequence could be made to seem shorter by telling them to change their mind about the thought of card a couple of times while you're dealing "Think of a card. No that's not it, change your mind. No that's not it either, change your mind again and think of a different card. That's it - fix that card in your mind". By this time the deal will be finished.
Message: Posted by: Jerskin (Oct 15, 2020 08:17PM)
Intercept by Harvey Berg
Message: Posted by: SamChak (Oct 15, 2020 09:10PM)
[quote]On Jun 15, 2020, virtualwizard wrote:
Does anyone have thoughts on how this could be accomplished without too much sleight of hand?
[url=https://www.conjuringarchive.com/list/book/726?highlight=38628][b]The Invisible Card[/b][/url] by Simon Aronson (1943-2019) from his book [b]Try the Impossible[/b]. Relatively easy to do, but requires a full memorized deck.

Message: Posted by: magicfish (Oct 16, 2020 06:44AM)
[quote]On Jun 14, 2020, virtualwizard wrote:
I am looking for a method that is relatively easy to do which results in divining a thought of card.

My idea is that a card is selected from the deck after a person thinks of one.
(ie: Spectator pulls it out of the deck fairly and then returns it to deck -- only to have it revealed after a bit of byplay.)

Does anyone have thoughts on how this could be accomplished without too much sleight of hand? (I suffer from a bit of arthritis)

I have a patter and reveal in mind -

Thanks for any help. [/quote]
This is Mindreading? By Harry Lorayne
Message: Posted by: magicthree (Oct 16, 2020 11:32AM)
I like this one by Joseph B.

Message: Posted by: SamChak (Oct 16, 2020 01:40PM)
[quote]On Oct 17, 2020, magicthree wrote:
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Although not strictly "[b]Think of a Card[/b]" plot due to the physical selection, Joseph B.'s card trick is a nice [i]Lost and Found[/i] routine.
Message: Posted by: magicthree (Oct 16, 2020 04:10PM)
Good point Sam.
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Oct 16, 2020 04:52PM)
I am in agreement with Nev Blenk, marked cards, though it may take some search for the right ones for you. I have seen many but have not found ones easy enough for me to read with my eyesight.
How are you with a mem deck? One card out of place in a mem deck and it will stick out like a sore thumb to you.
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Oct 17, 2020 12:02PM)
A couple other thoughts also... one way deck or stripper deck.
Message: Posted by: ipe (Oct 19, 2020 08:39AM)
With a little change, John Bannon's "Sort of Psychic" could be a very direct and convincing think-of-a-card effect.

The Hummer's "Mathematical Three-Card Monte" principle, could be a good one too. Less impossible (only one in three), but you could repeat it few times.
Regarding this principle, do you have some subtleties to enhance it? What your favourite published effect base on this principle?

Other effects I really like on this plot, but less "pure":
- Devastation
- Emotional Reaction (and other hands-off key card effects)
- The Truth-Telling Joker

I have yet to try Ran Pink's "The White Room" and see if it is deceptive. What do you think about it? How do you use this principle? Did you tweaked it?
Message: Posted by: ipe (Oct 19, 2020 04:50PM)
I cannot see any review about this one. Could you please talk a little bit more about this effect?
Message: Posted by: SamChak (Oct 21, 2020 01:54AM)
The spectator thinks of any card, and this card is shown to be the only reversed card in the deck.

A [i]gimmick-free[/i] [b]Invisible Deck[/b] plot by Ernesto Melero that can be achieved through pure sleight.

Message: Posted by: ipe (Oct 22, 2020 08:27AM)
Hi Sam, I very interesting effect from Melero, indeed. But I don't think it is self-working, right?
Message: Posted by: SamChak (Oct 23, 2020 12:18AM)
Yes ipe. Melero's [b]Invisible Deck[/b] requires a setup. It serves as a [i]practical[/i] opener because the performer doesn't need to do a deck switch, which is required in the classic [b]Invisible Deck[/b]. The performer can continue using the deck that was setup previously for a card trick or another mentalism effect.
Message: Posted by: padre rich (Oct 24, 2020 10:57AM)
Harold taylor had a great version of think of a card.it's listed on lybrary.com as MR.BONES...i have used it for decades.at the conclusion the audience is silent,baffled by the impossibility of it.easy,practical,give it a look...
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Oct 24, 2020 12:37PM)
Roger Crosthwaite
Message: Posted by: SamChak (Oct 24, 2020 01:34PM)
[b][i]A Card Merely Thought Of[/i][/b] by Molim El Barch

The mentalist fans the cards in front of the spectator's eyes. It's a free choice. The spectator looks through the cards and chooses one only in their mind, while the mentalist faces away. After squaring the deck, the mentalist is able to reveal the thought of card with 100% accuracy.