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Someone hands you a deck of cards and asks you to do a magic trick.

'I don't do magic, but I can read thoughts. Let me show you something...'

So, what do you do?

Funnily enough this happened to me the other day. I did some ancient card tricks, dressed up as mind control / thought reading. Do As I Do and Card In The Pocket - both of which I learned in my early teens.

I realised that, apart from stuff like Osterlind's stack and various gaffed decks, I was pretty thin on impromptu card stuff that could be classed as mentalism.
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OOTW.
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I also do a version of OOTW. I also have a very simple CAAN that I frame in a variety of ways - usually either a feat of memory by the volunteer or of influence to get them to choose a specific number.

Also got a version of a Hector Chadwick/Spidey routine that's a sort of card guessing/mind reading thing.

Otherwise I have a variety of ways to divine a thought of playing card.
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At the moment, it's "Philter", but only probably because it's so new and I'm feeling the initial giddiness about it.

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Liam Montier has a video on 'With Any Shuffled Deck' that has a few items that would work well for this sort of thing. Maybe John Bannon's 'Ulterior' as it also can set you up for you're next effect with the same deck.
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I'll also note I've done a version of Poker Player's Picnic framed as the ability to influence them to cut to certain positions.

It's really just down to your ability to script.
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The 9 card trick is a go-to for me. I also like Gemini twins and the simple "deal the cards in two piles" prediction force routine. No idea what it is called.

Ian Rowland has a couple of excellent ideas in his Penguin lecture.

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Let them take a card, p**k the bottom, let them cut the cards, let them put theirs on top, let them put the rest of the deck on top, couple of cuts and then spread out the cards.

I do this twice, first I hold their hand and find their card.
The second time I ask them to follow my hand with their eyes and I find the card again.
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Depends on the moment, but I don't have a single favorite... I have "favorites". It could be a Single Card Divination, Multiple Card Divination, OOTW, ACAAN or even Pentakill (finding the 4 aces through "memory", plus a selected card).

The kicker from my impromptu OOTW, I love their reactions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkJvL4qsFWs
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Prediction on the back of a business card, demonstrating the ability to mentally influence a person's mind by what I say, how I say it, and when I say it. Y'all already know how.
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I have them mentally send a card to me. I never have a card selected, as in taken out of the deck. Usually I have them cut off a portion of cards and look at the one they cut to, or I riffle a corner and have them stay stop. Nu Way out of this world is pretty great, too, as is the classic 'You do as I do". Also worth mentioning is Diplobia by Paul Vigil.
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C*****c f**ce a random card face down to the table, participant covers it with a hand, good equivoque (ala Joshua Quinn)--it's devastating.

Participant gets all the credit.

Nowadays people really don't associate me with cards, so I just don't get asked. But when I did this it was all I needed.
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Seven by Bryn Reynolds from his ebook Safwan Papers. You don't even need a deck of cards to do it.
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On Aug 8, 2017, terrillific wrote:
Seven by Bryn Reynolds from his ebook Safwan Papers. You don't even need a deck of cards to do it.


Yes I should have thrown that in before you as I am a 7 aficionado.

I would have just had them pick a card and look at a blank piece of paper etc and divine each piece.

I can't remember that last time someone had a deck of cards and I didn't. And they handed me a deck. I am not sure it's ever happened even when I worked professionally for 15 years.
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I just learned Muldoon Match. Easy, casual, the spectator is the magical one.

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For me its 'Tracker'

Killer reactions and can be done with zero prep with any deck.
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On Aug 8, 2017, bevbevvybev wrote:
Someone hands you a deck of cards and asks you to do a magic trick.

'I don't do magic, but I can read thoughts. Let me show you something...'

So, what do you do?


After the runaway success of my first Penguin Live Lecture, I've been invited back for another and you might be interested to learn that I'm exploring the theme of Mentalism with playing cards in my second Penguin Live Lecture next summer. This new lecture will focus on how to present compelling mentalism using playing cards while avoiding the perception that you are a magician - indeed, the effects shown will not require any sleight of hand whatsoever. Just convincing plots and justifiable, natural reasons for introducing playing cards that result in direct mind reading and entertaining revelations.

To answer the question in the near term, however, I'd have to say that The Crusade is my go to piece of anytime, anywhere, convincing mentalism with a borrowed, shuffled deck of cards.

Looch's 'Tracker' is also pretty incredible and I have personally seen it get a LOT of really great reactions when he has performed it.

Best,

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