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The performer shows a day planner and shows the audience that each day has a different card on each day. He tells the spectator to name a date. The spectator goes to that day and names the card. He shows an envelope that's been in view the whole time. It matches the card on the date.

I really like this effect and want to learn it, so if you know what book or video can you please let me know.


There's a card in the envolope.
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Sounds like Chronologue by Bob Cassidy.
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Sound's like Paul Gordon's diary trick.

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The plot you are describing is the Calendar Trick. It has different versions by various authors, most notably Elmsley and Simon Aronson (his is a very complex version, by the way).

To me, the most practical version is by Greg Arce. There's no envelope, but the match is ridiculously easy to do and very deceptive. It will probably be in his upcoming book.

"It will probably BE in his upcoming book".

Is there a way to check spelling and grammar within the Café? I need it.

Paul Green also marketed his effect using the calendar plot. Michael Close included his version in the Workers series.

Arce's is still my choice. His calendar set up looks really close to what you claim it is in performance. There is a considerable chance that a spectator will notice the set up in most of the other versions (with the exception of Aronson and Close, but these are not as practical)

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That could be it? But the effect I'm talking about uses a force. If the spectator names a date you turn to someone else and say pick the day before or after or another date.
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Like people said, it's in the Cassidy DVD

Watch the demo and see.

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Sounds like Chronologue, and as far as the force goes, it totally depends on what handling you use.

I will tell you I am a big fan of this effect, as I use it for both walk-around and stage. Patrick Kuffs has a nice handling which may at times require a force but allows for additional flexibility elsewhere.

Cassidy has caught some flak on this board in the past for service related issues, but I have always found him to be most prompt in addressing any issues I have had. His material is top shelf and real world.
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Sounds like Chronologue from Collector`s workshop. It is an excellent effect that definitely makes an impression with the audience.
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Hi everyone,

My version is called "The Fortuneteller's Book of Days". It was developed after seeing Alex Elmsley perform his "Fate's Datebook".

All of the aforementioned props and routines are great! If you want to see my prop, go to http://www.llpub.com/ and then do a search for the product. It is also available through your local dealer. Twenty dollars for such an elegant and classy looking prop!

Additionally, you should look at John Luka's handling from Luka in New Tops.


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