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Think of a card

Posted: June 15th, 2014, 12:01 am
by This is Daniel
What is your favorite "think of a card" ? Direct mindreading, No deck involved. Just you and the spectator's mind ?

I do silent running but a lot of people has told me there are better methods.

Re: Think of a card

Posted: June 15th, 2014, 4:34 pm
by Joe Mckay
I did a review of this ebook - and feel it has some excellent 'no deck' think-a-card effects:

viewtopic.php?f=15&t=41593&p=282277

My favourite trick in the ebook above is a simplified version of 'Invisible Deal' by Derren Brown. The Derren Brown trick is quite tricky to do - and the method above provides a clever shortcut.

I mention the Derren Brown trick since this is usually considered the best of the 'no cards' think-a-card effects.

Also - Paul Harris has a great trick in which any word is written on a piece of paper and it is divined in a very sneaky way.

I forget the name of the trick but it is in one the 'Art of Astonishment' books.

Since any word can be used - you could change it into a 'think-a-card' effect.

Re: Think of a card

Posted: June 15th, 2014, 5:11 pm
by Brad Henderson
I just have them think of a card and I tell them what it is. Though I learned through a combination of studying Garrett and Dingle, the first source you should look to today is the Berglas book.

Re: Think of a card

Posted: June 16th, 2014, 6:29 pm
by Joe Mckay
I found the trick from the 'Art of Astonishment' books.

Check out 'Million-Dollar Mind Reader' from AoA Vol.2 - page 215.

Re: Think of a card

Posted: June 8th, 2016, 11:07 am
by Ben Blau
Even though this uses a physical deck, it's one of my favorites:


https://youtu.be/6Q7xUyy1HD0

-Ben

Re: Think of a card

Posted: June 13th, 2016, 6:16 am
by Q. Kumber
This article from Scientific American should be of interest

http://www.scientificamerican.com/artic ... book-Share

Re: Think of a card

Posted: June 13th, 2016, 10:19 am
by performer
How odd. I actually thought of the six of clubs even before reading the article.

Re: Think of a card

Posted: August 7th, 2016, 1:46 pm
by Doomo
I love to do this. but needless to say, I use a wallet. I place the wallet on a spectators upturned palm. I have someone simply name a card. Then I flip the wallet open and inside is the freely named card. My fave bit of walkaround as it resets almost instantly. If ya see me at a convention ask and I will show yaz.

Tony

Re: Think of a card

Posted: November 11th, 2016, 8:05 pm
by magicfish
Roger Crosthwaite

Re: Think of a card

Posted: November 11th, 2016, 9:03 pm
by Leonard Hevia
Derek Dingle's from The Complete Works is my standby. You have two Outs and can cull the card if your back is to the wall to remove it from the empty card case or pocket/wallet. Dingle's version is basically Crosthwaite's following of the gaze and narrowing it down.

Sid Lorraine's method is also interesting and dates back to the 1940s. It possibly predates him and utilizes a duplicate card in the deck that is laid on the table face down. It's a pure Think a Card where the spectator thinks of any card in the deck. If wrong the second duplicate functions as the Out to reveal the thought of card.

Jack Avis has a nice version from Ahead of the Pack that borrows from Out of Sight Out of Mind but narrows the scope of cards to 5 instead of 9.

Re: Think of a card

Posted: November 11th, 2016, 9:11 pm
by Richard Kaufman
Go read Berglas
Do not waste your time with Dingle's inferior method


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Re: Think of a card

Posted: November 15th, 2016, 11:40 pm
by Leonard Hevia
Richard Kaufman wrote:Go read Berglas
Do not waste your time with Dingle's inferior method


Could this be one reason for our continually growing magic libraries? The never ending search to find a superior method to the effects we perform?