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I am currently working on a close up mental epic utilizing business cards to write my predictions. When writing the predictions, I am wondering how get around this problem: when your “prediction” takes longer (or shorter) to write and what the audience member is thinking of. For example: You ask your spectator to think of an object. They are thinking of a bat. However, for the previous question they answered “strawberry”. Now you are faced with trying to write “strawberry” when, in the audience’s mind, you should be writing “bat”. What are some ways to get around this for close up?

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One solution would be to draw a quick picture of a strawberry.
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If the situation were reversed, writing "bat" when you should be writing "strawberry", you would just write "bat" and keep on pretending to write the number of letters in "strawberry." That's not the problem.

When you are faced with having to write "strawberry" when, in the audience’s mind, you should be writing "bat", you can probably get away with writing half the word "straw", and then look up and say, "How many T's in bat? How many B's? There goes my dyslexia again. Let me start over." Pretend to erase what you have written and on the second try, you complete the word by writing "berry." As an additional bit of humor you can say, let me check my spelling. How do you spell "bat?" They say, "B-A-T," and you say "Darn!" and pretend to erase another letter. It gets a laugh but it solves the problem. On the other hand, you have to decide if it's worth calling attention to it and maybe, as John suggests, you should just brazen your way right through it.
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All good suggestions.

The other approach is to develop a sort of 'nervous pen stroke,'which is to say that your pen is constantly moving...something that people do (kind of bounce it between fingers when thinking). If you look away while you are doing this, they really can't tell when you're actually writing and when you're not.

I may be mistaken, but I believe Banachek makes a similar suggestion for another routine on his DVD series.

Of course, the beauty of using a full Mental Epic (I absolutely love Supreme Slate Of Mind), is that it covers your writing.
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