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virtualwizard
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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.
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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.

Cheers
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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.
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White Room by Ran Pink is fantastic.
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Thank you all!
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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.

https://trickshop.com/ingenious-jack-yates.html
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Reputation maker is a great project by harry robson and Matthew Wright.
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"Emotional Reaction" by Vernon is exactly what you want.
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AK-47 by John Bannon
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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.
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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.
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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.
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