Looking for conversation on the various permutations of this particular trick.
I perform TOD often, and find that it's absolutely killer. First of all, it's baffling because you don't touch the deck throughout the routine. Secondly, it plays large, because you choose a couple people deep in the audience, and the stage area begins to encompass everyone.
Thirdly, you can briefly and casually fan the cards and show the deck to be normal (even if it isn't quite). Fourthly, if you perform another card trick first and then execute a deck switch, you can make the normalness of the deck implicit rather than ever having to fan the cards. (This is something I discovered last Sunday evening during a show, performing a rising card and then TOD, and a tactic that I will explore further in future performances.)
And fifthly, :D it feels like real mindreading. It's direct, and although requires some fishing, the fishing can with a little finesse be made to look entirely justifiable.
Is there much of a difference between the various versions of this trick? I can't imagine that the version I use can be improved.
Oh, sometimes I run into spectator management problems. Once, an older lady thought that the ace that she peeked was "a face card," and that threw me off and caused me to fail to identify her card.
Another time, a woman said the name of her card out loud immediately after the trick was over, and even though it was in a cabaret situation, the other woman on the other side of the room said, "That's strange. That was my card, too!"
I perform this in either my magic show or my mindreading show. Because it uses cards, it feels like a magic trick. But strictly speaking, it is mindreading.
I'm often tempted to use another stage card trick, Defining the Difference, by Rick Maue, which is delicious and uncommon, in place of TOD. In a way, DTD seems like another version of TOD. If magicians are in the audience, I might use DTD. However, TOD is a little easier and requires one fewer prop.
[TOD or DTD? Or DOT or STD?] :D ;) :)