Six more fantastic effects from Mark Elsdon that continues where six of one left off!
Half a Dozen of the Other by Mark Elsdon - INSTANT DOWNLOAD
Three Faces South
A deck of cards is shuffled. The magician then makes an ‘open’ prediction by writing the name of a card on a piece of paper. The whole audience is aware of the identity of this card. A spectator is given the face down deck and instructed to deal cards into a face up pile on the table. At any point he is to leave one of the cards face down and then continue to deal the rest face up. The predicted card has not been seen during the deal through the deck. The deck is spread and the face down card removed. It is turned face up and seen to match the prediction!
The performer explains that he will try to predict the future choices of two or three people. He removes a cased deck of cards and turns away for a few seconds. As he turns back the spectators see him closing the lid of the card case, which he places in full view on the table.
He now asks two spectators to name a random playing card each. They name two cards. The performer picks up the case, and removes the deck, which is seen to be red-backed. He spreads through it and everyone can see that there are only two cards face up, the two just named! He flips these two cards face down and they have blue backs!
The magician spreads a deck of cards face up on the table to show that all is fair and above board. He then shuffles it, hands it to a spectator and turns his back. The spectator cuts the deck as many times as he likes and then deals the top five cards in a row on the table. Yes, the five cards are all different and if he’d cut somewhere else it would be five completely different cards!
He chooses one and remembers it. He cuts off the top third of the deck and shuffles his selection into it. He then picks up the other four cards from the table (yes, he can look at them to check that they really are all different!) and shuffled them into the top third as well. The magician turns back towards the spectator and without asking any questions he cleanly gives the deck one cut and one shuffle, and then places the deck on the table. The spectator is asked to name his card (which, remember, he shuffled back into the deck himself), the magician turns over the top card of the deck and it is the selection!
The magician riffles down the edge of the pages of a book. Neither the spectator nor the magician can see the pages. The spectator calls stop. The magician opens the book at that spot and the spectator remembers the first line of text (or the last, or whatever). Despite the fact that the magician's head has been turned away all the time, he successfully divines several words from the chosen sentence.
Ticket to Ride
The performer introduces an envelope which he says contains an unusual playing card. The envelope is shaken so that the spectators can hear the card moving about inside. One of the spectators is given a pin and pierces the envelope and the card inside (he feels the card in the envelope to make sure) at a random spot. The card is then withdrawn and the spectators are shown that its back design is a map of the London Underground. Upon closer inspection, the spectator can see that he has pierced the card (and therefore the map) at Charring Cross. The performer explains that when he arrives in London from his home town, he always alights at Euston station. The performer then removes something else from inside the envelope. Inside is a London underground ticket – it is for the journey from Euston to Charring Cross!
Only one card and one ticket are used. Neither are gimmicks are and the spectator may keep both at the end.
Is that your book Mark?
A spectator chooses a number between one and fifty two, e.g. 30. The thirtieth card is taken from the deck and repeatedly penetrates up and down through a paperback book. Finally, it penetrates one last time, stopping in the middle of the book at exactly page 30.
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