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motown
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Here's a free one with postcards:

http://billherz.com/tricks/

It's in the 5th row on the right.
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Cool page, the trick is the same as magic safari and Tyler's postcards.
I was looking for a third trick I can do with the Desired State postcards Jim Kleefeld sells, but I think the Hickock Memory test then Desired State with three people is enough.
BTW you can do the magic safari with the states also! Smile
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On Mar 20, 2019, Robb wrote:
It’s the fatal flaw of all “spectator as mind reader” routines. I think we largely fool ourselves with these approaches. They may “work” but they rarely come off as more than a trick. It’s obvious why. People KNOW they can’t read minds while it’s possible that the mentalist can.

"People" are different.

There are some who believe that the mentalist might be able to read minds. It is fairly easy to suggest to those people that they, too, can read minds and have some sort of unexplainable intuition that will allow them to accomplish unbelievable things like sorting cards.

There are others who do not believe that the mentalist can read minds. They will consider both their own and the mentalst's mind reading as some sort of trick.

I would say that people who believe that the mentalist can read minds, but will not accept the suggestion that they can, too, are rare.
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I my experience, every person has some memory of either sensing their thoughts have been read or that they have read the mind of another.

So, their "belief in telepathy" is never in question. The focus is whether telepathy in some form can be controlled or demonstrated at will.

Many mentalists go too far in pushing the expectations of the audience and belief structure. (opinion)
It is possible to demonstrate some heightened acuity on the part of the performer or spectator with overreaching "plausible impossibility."
Unfortunately, such demonstrations are not very entertaining for the masses buying tickets.

Recall that Ormand MMcGill - one of the functional pioneers of stage "mental arts" advised that ALL magicians should shift to a mental demonstration at the end of a show,
since it is a natural progression of expectations from controlling physical objects. Now we have mentalist who desire to distance themselves from conjuring effects
while still milking the audience desire for awe&wonder. (for good reason)

The advice is not whether to mix or not, but to realize that of the mystic arts, mental based effects should always follow physical based ones --
so "mix" is bad, while "merger" or "elevate" might be good. As always, what does your audience of the moment expect? Follow rather than confuse.
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Interesting point.

I do try to build the level of excitement during a show with more and more difficult tricks, but I have developed a Cognitive Calisthenics show that juxtaposes visual magic with mental magic to stimulate both the left and right brains. I think with a strong comedy character everyone gets involved at some point and enjoys the whole performance.
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On Mar 26, 2019, funsway wrote:
I my experience, every person has some memory of either sensing their thoughts have been read or that they have read the mind of another.


I don't happen to fit this category but this is a fascinating approach, thank you so much for sharing. I will think about this a lot this weekend...

Best wishes,
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