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I think I'll just be sending out the preliminary footage of that one to those who send me private requests, as opposed I just putting the link here. To those interested, please send me a private message. (If you liked "Polygraph," you'll definitely like this one. I think it's even stronger.)
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Another feature of my hands-off think of a card is that it can be done for two or three participants at the same time. This makes it look all the more difficult, and can multiply the effectiveness of the routine. It doesn't have to be done this way, but it is an option.
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Oops, I meant to type four, not three. In other words, you can do it with anywhere between one and four participants.
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HI Ben,

I just PM for you.

thank you
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Doing some filming for this project tomorrow. Hope to get a lot done. There will possiblty be some new footage to view by the end of the day, but if not, sometime early in the week. I'll post an update here as soon as I have more info.

Thanks to everyone who has PM'd me to show your support. I hope not to disappoint!

-Ben
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So today's intended "filming" turned out to be more of a preproduction meeting. The current plan is to do the actual shoot one week from today. I must offer my apologies that this is taking longer than I anticipated. I hope it will be worth th wait!

I will post another update next Monday night with a better estimate if when the new footage will be available. Thank you all for your patience!
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On 2013-12-18 14:38, Ben Blau wrote:
I'll be filming my hands-off "think of a card" routine on Monday. Anyone interested in seeing that?

-Ben
Extremely interested sir!

jc
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Thanks, John! I hope it lives up to your expectations!
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I have no doubt Ben!
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Excellent Ben! Could we see more of your performances?
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Send me a PM, and I should be able to send you a link to my bonus effect, "HOTOAC" (Hands-off Think of Any Card) later this week.
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Is footage of the effect going to be available today?
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Sorry to say that today's shoot has once again been postponed until Friday. Patrick is feeling somewhat under he weather, and just doesn't feel up to doing it today. (Understandably so -- It's a lot of work!)

Let's wish Patrick a speedy recovery, and keep our fingers crossed that the shoot will finally happen without incident THIS FRIDAY, 1/3/13.

In the meantime, please feel free to ask me whatever questions you want regarding the H.O.T.O.A.C.

-Ben
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Agreed! Let's hope Patrick feels better! Regarding your effect... are any questions asked? Meaning they give you the packet from which they thought of a card... and the performer immediately removes it?
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Some conditions of the H.O.T.O.A.C. card effect (Hands-off Think of Any Card):

1. No questions asked,unless you choose to do so for theatrical/presnstational reasons. (In my presentation, I do ask a question for theatrical reasons, but then I interrupt his response by appearing to change my mind, saying, "Actually, don't answer that... I don't think it's fair for you to tell me too much about the card you're thinking of."

The whole context for that exhange is during a phase where I ask the spectator to begin visualizing an image of his thought-of card, and I say "I'm getting the impression of a NUMBER card, not a PICTURE card, am I corect?" But before he gets a chance to answer, I interrupt by saying, "Actually, don't answer that... I don't think it's fair for you to tell me anything about the card you're thinking of... At least, not yet...") This exchange is totally optional, but it helps in my particular script.

2. A completely regular bicycle deck used, although any normal deck of cards (any brand, as far as I know) can be used to perform this routine. (Can even be performed with a brand new, previously unopened deck that is factory sealed and purchased by the participant himself, giving you no access to the deck whatsoever.)

3. Can be performed for a single participant, or up to four at the same time, using the entire deck which has been thoroughly shuffled and divided up among the four participants into approximately equal packets. (They do not have to be the same, and it is the first participant who does the initial shuffling who subsequently gives each of the other participants their respective packets. In this case, each participant can also mix their cards both before and after they make their mental selections. All while your back is turned. The cards are genuinely mixed, and you can't (and don't) know what cards are held by whom.

3. Before the effect begins, the initial shuffling can be performed either by the performer or the participant(s) - whatever best suits your performing style.

4. PARTICIPANT(S) spreads through the cards IN HIS/THEIR OWN HANDS while your back is turned (faces toward themselves). HE (or THEY) THINKS OF ANY CARD HE WANTS TO, from a deck THEY just shuffled and you have never since touched... all while you still face away.

5. Once a card is being thought of the participant(s) is/are asked to lock the image into his/their mind(s) (never spoken, never written down, etc.), it is merely shuffled back in with the rest of the cards, BY THE PARTICIPANT(S). (And, you're back is STILL turned away.)

Only when all these things have happened do you turn back around to face everyone. At this point you have no idea what cards are being held by which person, and no idea what specific card each participant is merely thinking of.

At this point, you're ready to do some direct mind reading, and ask each participant to visualize their cards in the most engaging way possible. As you're done this for all four participants, you can confidently take back their packets, one at a time, and remove a singe card, handing it to each respective participant by placing it face-down into their hands. Once the cards are in the custody of the participants, only then are they asked to name the cards they were merely thinking of. They turn over their cards, and all four are correct.

Food for thought?
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On 2013-12-30 13:00, Your Thinking Cap wrote:
Agreed! Let's hope Patrick feels better! Regarding your effect... are any questions asked? Meaning they give you the packet from which they thought of a card... and the performer immediately removes it?


That is 100% accurate.
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But some build up helps the presentation, of course!
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Incredible!
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Let's quit dreaming. LET'S MAKE IT HAPPEN!!
The ULTIMATE Routine Series: rebirth soon!
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It will happen, I promise!
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