2 Memory Card Tricks

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Here are 2 amazing memory tricks you can perform on stage, at parties or for friends. All you need is a deck of cards. The technique can also be used to win card games.

The method is based on the Peg System. If you are not familiar please take some time to learn it then come back to this post.

Card Pegs

Each playing card has a peg which is a word which represents the card. For cards Ace to 10 the peg is a word which begins with the card suit and ends with a consonant sound which represents a number in the phonetic alphabet. eg. 2 of Clubs begins with the letter C for clubs and ends with the N sound which represents 2. You could use cone, coin, can, etc, we’ve used can. For Jacks, the suit is used eg. club, heart etc. For Kings and Queens the peg word is a word which begins with the suit letter and rhymes with the card itself eg. Queen of Diamonds – dream. See the table below for a complete list of pegs.

AC - catAH - hatAS - suitAD - date
2C - can2H - hen2S - sun2D - dune
3C - comb3H - hem3S - sum3D - dam
4C - core4H - hare4S - sore4D - door
5C - coal5H - hail5S - sail5D - doll
6C - cash6H - hash6S - sash6D - dash
7C - cock7H - hog7S - sock7D - dock
8C - cuff8H - hoot8S - safe8D - dive
9C - cap9H - hub9S - soap9D - deb
10C - case10H - hose10S - suds10D - dose
JC - clubJH - heartJS - spadeJD - diamond
QC - creamQH - queenQS - steamQD - dream
KC - kingKH - hingeKS - singKD - drink

Memorize Pegs

For each peg choose a clear and distinctive image in your mind. Make sure none of the images are the same as any image you have for numbers 1-52 as there are 52 cards in the deck as you need to peg them to the card images and don’t want any confusion. Now take some time to learn them.

Trick 1: Memorize a deck of cards in order

Get someone to read the cards out or show them to you. To memorize them in order peg the card image to the number image. Try and make the resulting image as unusual or strange as possible so it sticks in your mind. eg. if the first card is the 5 of Spades you should peg 5 of Spades (Sail) to the number 1 (Tie). For instance imagine a boat that instead of a sail has a giant tie!

If the second card is the 8 of Diamonds peg the image for 8 of Diamonds (dive) to the image for the number 2 (Noah). You could imagine Noah diving into a swimming pool.

To do this have the number peg word in your mind before the card is called. As soon as the card is called make the association in your mind. When you have memorized the deck you can recall them in order of have someone call a number and you can tell them the card in that position.

Trick 2: Identify missing cards

Another trick is to have someone remove a card or cards from the deck and you can identify the missing card/s. To do this when the card is read out picture the image in your mind then spoil it. For example if the 4 of Hearts is called picture a hare with no ears. If its the King of Diamonds imagine a spilled drink. Just picture the image for a second and that should be enough.

Once all the cards have been called out run through the whole deck in your mind and the images which are not spoilt are the missing numbers. Go through the suits in the same order each time and with practice you will be able to do it quickly.

Good luck learning these amazing tricks and if you win big in Vegas card counting don’t forget where you got the idea 😉

Credit: Harry Lorayne

Quick Tips: Trick Yourself into Feeling Confident


What’s the number 1 thing a mentalist needs? That’s right, confidence. You can have numerous tricks up your sleeve but if you don’t sell them people are going to get bored fast…

The good news is behaviourists have found a simple way to boost your confidence using body language. Your body language conveys how you feel to others but guess what? It also conveys the same information to you! If you let your shoulders slump, make nervous movements and make yourself small your brain gets the message – ‘I don’t feel confident’. It’s a negative feedback cycle!

The way to break out of it is simple, just do it! Correct your body language :) If you catch yourself slipping into negative body language – use confident body language and your brain will get the message – hey I’m feeling confident right now! So what does confident body language look like? You know it when you see it: Standing tall, shoulders back, making yourself big, if your sitting down spreading out a little, putting arms behind your head, smiling!

Confident and non confident body lanagauge is written into our programming. If you take a look at monkeys their body language is very similar to humans, the difference we have is we can take a higher level of conscious control. So while monkeys automatically adopt certain body language based on their social status we can override our programming and trick ourselves into feeling confident whenever we like. Give it a try :)

Mentalist Memory Techniques: Peg System – Excercises

Pegs for Peg System

To begin using the peg system you will need to learn some memory pegs and start practicing it. It’s not rocket science but you have to take some time to learn it. Here are a few exercises to get you going.

Phonetic alphabet for numbers 0-9

0 – Z or S – first sound of the word zero
1 – D or T – letters have 1 downstroke
2 – N – 2 downstrokes
3 – M – 3 downstrokes
4 – R – final sound of word ‘four’
5 – L – Roman numeral for 50 is L
6 – g, ch, sh, soft g. g is 6 rotated 180°
7 – K, hard-ch, hard-c, hard-g. K looks like 2 7s
8 – F, V – f written out in joined up handwriting looks like an 8
9 – P, b – P turned around looks like a 9

Exercise 1

Write down the following words as numbers: climb, butler, chandelier, sounds, bracelet, hypnotize

Excercise 2

Write these numbers as their corresponding letters: 6124, 8903, 2394, 0567, 1109, 8374

Pegs for numbers 1-10

1. Tie
2. Noah
3. Ma
4. Rye
5. Law
6. Shoe
7. Cow
8. Ivy
9. Bees
10. Toes

Exercise 3

Peg the numbers to the following objects using the technique below.

9 — purse
6 — cigarette
4 — ashtray
7 — salt-shaker
3 — lamp
5 — typewriter
2 — TV set
8 — wrist watch
1 — fountain pen
10 — telephone

Here’s the technique:

  • 9 (bee) — purse. Make a ridiculous and/or illogical association of the peg word for 9, which is “bee,” and purse. You might see yourself opening a purse and a swarm of bees fly out of it, stinging you. Just “see” the picture for a moment, then go to the next one.
  • 6 (shoe) — cigarette. You can see yourself smoking a shoe instead of a cigarette, see millions of cigarettes falling out of a shoe, or you can see yourself wearing gigantic cigarettes instead of shoes.
  • 4 (rye) — ashtray. You might see yourself dropping ashes into a scooped out loaf of rye bread instead of an ashtray, or, you’re buttering an ashtray instead of a slice of rye bread. The first illogical picture that comes to mind is usually the best, because that is the one that will come to mind later on.
  • 7 (cow) – salt-shaker. Picture yourself milking a cow, but the cow has salt-shakers instead of udders. Or, see saltshakers coming out instead of milk.
  • 3 (ma) – lamp.  Picture your mother wearing a gigantic lamp for a hat. See the lamp going on and off.
  • 5 (law) – typewriter. You might “see” a policeman putting handcuffs on a typewriter, or you can see a typewriter walking the beat, swinging a club, like a cop.
  • 2 (Noah) – television set. Picture Noah sailing on a television set instead of an ark.
  • 8 (ivy) – wrist watch. You can see millions of wrist watches growing all over the side of your house, instead of ivy; or, you can see yourself wearing ivy on your wrist instead of a watch.
  • 1 (tie) – fountain pen. Picture yourself wearing a gigantic fountain pen instead of a tie, or see yourself writing with your tie, instead of a fountain pen.
  • 10 (toes) – telephone. See yourself dialing with your toes, or, you pick up the telephone, but it turns out that you’re holding your toes. (Probably talking to a heel.)

Now without looking write down the numbers with the associated objects: purse, cigarette, ashtray, salt-shaker, lamp, typewriter, TV set, wrist watch, fountain pen, telephone.

Exercise 4

Remember a list of errands: wash the car, going to the bank, send an important email, see the dentist, pick up the umbrella that you forgot at a friend’s house, buy some perfume, call the television repairman, stop at the hardware store, go to the bookstore and have your watch repaired.

car to (#1)
bank to Noah (#2)
email to ma (#3)
dentist to rye (#4)
umbrella to law (#5)
perfume to shoe (#6)
television to cow (#7)
hardware to ivy (#8)
book to bee (#9)
watch to toes (#10)

I hope you found these exercises useful. If you have any questions please dont hesitate to send a message via the contact form.

Credit:How to Develop A SUPER-POWER MEMORY by Harry Lorayne

It’s Like Having A Superpower


Here is a technique to explode the power of your memory. You will not believe how simple it is. Learn and apply it you won’t believe the results. Use this technique to memorise routines, anecdotes, jokes and to perform amazing feats of memory.

So what’s the technique? It involves using Key Words. A Key Word is a single word or phrase which sums up a thought. Look at the method for remembering a speech below and all will become clear.

The Key Word technique is used with the Link System and the Peg System. If you are not familiar with those techniques read up on them here > Link System : Peg System

Great, you’re now familiar with the Link and Peg System, let’s dive in!

How to Remember a Speech

  • Write out the speech in full.
  • Run through the speech a few times to get the gist of it.
  • Get a piece of paper and write down Key Words for each thought in the speech. A Key Word can be a single word or a short phrase. There should be a word or phrase in each sentence or paragraph which brings to mind the whole thought. That is the Key Word you need to write down.
  • Write down the full list of Key Words, one for each thought.
  • If you want to and its possible use the list of Key Words when giving the speech.
  • If you need to recall the speech from memory you need to memorise the Key Words using the link system. Using the link system you visually link together the Key Words, the first with the second, the second with the third etc.

At first you may need a number of words for each thought. Use as many as you need, once you gain confidence with the technique you will only need one keyword for each thought. Focus on the thoughts and the words will take care of themselves.

If you need to remember the speech word for word use the same technique. However you will need to go over the speech and Key Words more times.

Remember Scripts, Jokes, Stories and Anecdotes

The same system of linking Key Words can be used for remembering scripts. In this case
it is usually necessary to memorize them word for word. You will have to go over them more often, but the Key Word idea will make it much easier for you.

You can also apply the technique for jokes, stories and anecdotes. Just take one word from the story, a word from the punch line is usually best, that will bring the entire joke to mind. When you get your Key Words, you can either link them to each other to remember all the stories in sequence, or use the Peg System to remember them by number.

Amazing Feat Of Memory

You can also use the Key Word technique to perform feats of memory for an audience. A great trick to perform is memorising a magazine. To do this you will need to combine the Key Word technique with the Peg System.

  • Memorise what’s on each page go through the magasine before the show. To do this get a Key Word from each page then associate it to the peg for the page number.
  • Give out copies of a magazine to the audience and ask them to call out page numbers. You can tell them what’s on each page, for instance if its an article about a footballers wife you would say that, if its an advert for bingo you would say that.

True Memory

These techniques are systems for assisting true memory. As you use the systems you’ll find your true memory getting stronger. The best example of this is in memorising a magazine. To make the associations in the first place, you must really see and observe the picture on the page. Because of this, when any page number is called, the peg word for that number acts as an aid so you can almost reproduce the entire page in your mind’s eye. You will know on what part of the page the picture is located. Prove this to yourself – give it a try!

I hope you found this article useful. If you haven’t already don’t forget to subscribe to the free mentalism course. Best wishes.

Credit: Super Power Memory, Harry Lorrayne

What Are You Not Seeing?

girl observation

“What one has never properly realized, one cannot properly be said to remember either.” Eustace H. Miles

Most people go around in a daydream like state not really paying attention to what’s going on around them. You don’t have to be like that. Here are 4 exercises to improve your powers of observation today.

Exercise 1: Remember Items in a Room

  • If you are in a familiar room right now take a piece of paper, and without looking around, list everything in the room. Write down everything you can think of, describe the entire room in detail. List every piece of furniture, electricals, pictures, decorations.
  • Now, look around the room and check your list. Notice all the things you did not put down on your list, or never really observed, although you see them all the time.
  • Now take a closer look round. Step out of the room and test yourself once more. Your list should now be longer.
  • Try the same thing with other rooms in your home. If you keep practicing, your observation will become keener.

Exercise 2: Remember a Friend’s Face

  • Think of someone you know very well. Picture his or her face and see if you can describe the face on paper. List everything you can remember. Go into detail: list hair and eye colour, complexion, outstanding features, whether or not they wear glasses, what type of glasses, type of nose, ears, eyes, mouth, forehead, approximate height and weight etc.
  • The next time you see this person, check. Note the things you didn’t observe and those you observed incorrectly. Then try it again! You will rapidly improve.

Exercise 3: Remember a Stranger’s Face

  • A good way to practice this is on the bus or train. Choose someone and look at them for a moment, close your eyes and try to mentally describe every detail of this person’s face. Pretend that you are a witness at a criminal investigation, and your description is of utmost importance.
  • Look at the person again and check. You’ll find your observation improving each time you try it.

Exercise 4: The Shop Window

  • One last suggestion: Look at any shop window display and try to observe everything in it.
  • List all the items without looking at the display and go back to check. Note the items you left out and try it again.
  • When you think you’ve become proficient at it, try remembering the prices of the items as well.

Credit: Harry Lorayne, How to Develop A SUPER-POWER MEMORY. To download the ebook go to the books page.

Well done if you got it, the girl in the image has an extra finger :)

How To Remember Anyone’s Name

remember names

A persons name is the single sweetest sound they can hear, yet many people struggle to remember names. Have you ever been in the situation when you couldn’t recall someone’s name, even after you had met them a number of times? I bet it was embarrassing….

As a performer, remembering names can give a more polished edge to your performance, and if you are speaking with people after the show they will be impressed if you can recall their names :)

Below are some easy things you can do to remember names followed by a KILLER system. Use this system and remember everyone and anyone’s name.

Do You Do This?

There are some simple things you can do to boost your ability to remember names by 50% with little effort:

  • Take an interest in the persons name when you hear it.
  • If you have not heard the name or are not 100% sure what the name is ask the person to repeat it.
  • If you are not sure of the pronunciation ask the person to spell it or try to spell it out yourself. If you make a habit of spelling out people’s names when you meet them you will soon know the common spellings of many names. If its an unusual name or one you have not heard before don’t be afraid to say so.
  • Use the persons name when you are speaking with them. Don’t overdo it but where it feels natural say the persons name, for instance when saying goodbye.

The System (To Remember Names)

Use this system to remember everyones name in a room and remember that persons name the next time you see them. The system is based on creating an image for someones name in your mind then associating it with a facial feature.

Step 1: Create An Image

First we’ll look at surnames. Surnames can be separated into two categories, names with meaning, and names with no meaning.

  • Surnames with meaning: Cook, Carpenter, Fox, Baker, King, etc….
  • Surames with no meaning: Mooney, Littman, Carson, Linkfeld, etc….

Some surnames have no meaning but will suggest a picture in your mind. eg. Lincoln would suggest a picture
of Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Jordan might suggest a picture of the River Jordan.

This gives us a total of 3 categories: names that have a meaning, those that have no meaning but suggest something and names that have no meaning and do not suggest a picture.

For names with no meaning and which don’t suggest a picture you must make it mean something. eg  If
you meet a Mr. Freedman,  picture a man being fried. Fried man—Freedman. If the name were Freeman, You might want to picture a man escaping from prison, he’s a free man.

The key thing to remember when thinking up an image is to make it silly. The more ridiculous, the easier it is to associate the image with the face. Also, giving the image movement makes it easier to remember.

After meeting a lot of new people, and using the systems, you will find that you’ll have certain pictures or thoughts
for names that you come across very often. eg. for Cohen or Cohn you might picture an ice cream cone, for Smith you might see a blacksmith’s hammer.

Step 2: Associate the Image with a Facial Feature

Whenever you meet someone new, look at his face and try to find one outstanding feature. eg. small eyes, thick lips, high forehead, a long nose. To remember their name, associate the image you have for their name with the outstanding feature. So for example for a Mr Fox with a large forehead picture a fox running round his forehead :)

First Names

The system works the same for first names. Substitute words for first names are easy to find. For instance Harry could be hairy, Jenny could be a Spinning Jenny, Pete could be a peat turf. If you use the substitute word idea for remembering first names, after a while you will have one ready for everyone you meet.

Review Names

Each time you look at a person, their name should pop into your mind which helps strengthen the memory. If the name doesn’t come to mind, ask for the name again, or ask someone else to give it to you. Then strengthen your original association.

Writing names down and reviewing them can help you remember. Use the systems when you meet people people then at the end of the day, think of each new person you’ve met and as the name comes to mind note it down. The next day go over this list of names. As you look at each one, a picture of the person’s face will come to mind. Just picture the person for a moment, and see your original association of the name to face. Do the same thing a few days later, a week later, and so on until the faces and names are permanently memorised.

Alternative Method

An alternative method for remembering first names is to picture a person you already know with that name . If you meet a Mr. Jim Holden, you could use the substitute word holding to associate to an outstanding feature; then put your friend, Jim, into the picture (in a ridiculous way) and you’ll remember that Mr. Holden’s first name is Jim.

Now you have a system to remember anyones name. It may take a little effort at first but these methods alone can convince people you have a photographic memory, give it a try!

Credit: H. Lorayne. If you find these ideas interesting take a look at the ebooks available on this website for only $7.

The Revelation Effect Review

The Revelation Effect Review

The Revelation Effect is a mind reading effect taught by Australian mentalist The Mind Reader. In the video he reveals how to approach complete strangers and perform powerful mentalism. The Revelation Effect actually comes as a package which includes 4 videos.


  1. The Revelation Effect
  2. Think Of A Card
  3. Psychological Opener
  4. Questions and Answers

1. The Revelation Effect

The Revelation Effect starts with 3 performances.

Performance 1

The Mind Reader approaches a group of 6 girls. He asks one of them to think of someone then write the persons name down on a piece of paper without showing anyone else. Then he gets the group to focus on what the name is and speculate on the sex. Next he asks the girl to imagine the person walking towards her. From there he guesses it is a friend, then best friend, then the name. Needless to say the girls can scarcely believe it!

Performance 2

For performance 2 The Mind Reader approaches a male and female sat on a wall near what looks like a beach. This time he asks the girl to think of something, then he hands her a piece of paper to write it down. He takes the paper back and they all agree there is no way he can see through it (it’s thick paper) and the paper is handed back to the girl. The Mind Reader then begins to narrow down what the thing might be. A person is ruled out, and the girl reveals it is something funny. As in performance 1 he gets the girl to imagine the thing coming towards her, as she does so he guesses its an animal then the animal – a bunny!

Performance 3

The two ladies in performance 3 seem most convinced The Mind Reader has psychic abilities. They look like friends taking a stroll by the beach and are around 40-50. First he gets them both to think of someone then gets one to write it down. Again he asks the lady to imagine the person coming towards her and he guesses its her husband but she’s not giving much away so he gets her to repeat the name over in her head. When he gets it they are both amazed and ask if he’s a clairvoyant.


After the performances The Mind Reader explains his method in 5 steps. He also shows you how you can perform the effect with a drawing on the paper or with an object in the room. An explanation is given of how best to perform the effect one-on-one and he gives advice on practice and performance.

2. Think Of A Card


There are 3 performances of Think Of A Card. Performance 1 is one-on-one with a girl, 2 is to two girls and 3 to a larger group of teenage boys. The effect is as follows: He gets someone to shuffle the cards then gets them to select a card as he riffles through them. The Mind Reader then guesses the card. For the larger group he does the effect on two of the boys at the same time.


In the explanation The Mind Reader tells us this is his favourite mentalism effect using cards, always works and always gets a great reaction. The method and performance are explained, an alternative performance is explained as well as how to perform the trick to a large audience.

3. Psychological Opener

In The Psychological Opener you are shown how to use psychological forces alongside The Revelation Effect. The Mind Reader demonstrates how to correctly perform the forces and gives you a selection to use such as numbers, shapes and colours.

4. Q & A

For the Q&A The Mind Reader has asked users of Revelation Effect to email him with their questions and has compiled them into 17 questions and answers. The Q&A is designed to help people who have been out and performed The Reveleation Effect.


The Revelation Effect videos have high production values and are packed with valuable content. The great thing about The Revelation Effect is the techniques are not over complicated and therefore suitable for beginners. The methods are broken down step by step and are explained clearly. With a little practice a beginner will be able to perform the tricks to complete strangers within a week.

With the Psychological Opener and Think Of A Card you have a mini routine to take to parties or perform to strangers in the street. These are all simple but very powerful effects that are sure to get great reactions once you’ve tried them out a few times. I think beginners will get a lot out of the videos and there is a free trial and 60 day money back guarantee if you are not happy. I would recommend The Revelation Effect to anyone who wants to learn mentalism and mind reading.


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Happiness Hypothesis Review

The happiness hypothesis is a book by Jonathan Haidt. It’s essentially a self help book but what separates it from just about every other self help book is the level of research and range of evidence presented.

If you want to be a mentalist or if you want to achieve anything in life you need to master yourself. You will have to put countless hours into practicing your skills to get to a good level. Take a look at Derren Brown, Dynamo, David Blaine, all these guys have put in time and a tremendous amount of effort to develop a range of skills to make them masters of their craft. Getting your psychology sorted will set you up with the right attitude and understanding to achieve whatever you desire.

Happiness Hypothesis Central Themes

Elephant and Rider

An analogy used throughout the book is that of the elephant and the rider being like your mind. The rider is your conscious mind and the elephant your subconscious. The elephant needs to be trained to do as you ask it, the rider has to guide this great beast and of course it won’t always do what the rider wants!

Your brain evolved in stages with some parts having evolved millions of years ago and some more recently. The automatic parts of your brain evolved in ancient times and it is those areas that need training. This part of the brain is also responsible for gut feelings and intuition. Your subconscious reacts to pain and pleasure, things you like, danger in the fight of flight response.

If you can’t manage to control your mind there are 3 things which have been proved to help get your mind under control: meditation, cognitive therapy and prozac. Meditation is to free you from attachment, congitive therapy is a successful treatment for depression and anxiety and prozac is also for anxiety and depression.

Friends and Relationships are Important for Happiness

Humans are social animals who have evolved to live in groups. That has lead to certain traits amongst humans. Altruism where people help each other has evolved, tit for tat strategies, gratitude, revenge, gossiping, reciprocity have all evolved as a result of humans being social animals. Caring for young babies is also linked with long term happiness and has been proved in experiments with monkies.

Happiness Comes From Both Inside and Outside

If you are to achieve happiness you need to do more than attain enlightenment as presented in Buddhist culture. Setting and achieving goals leads to happiness, as does progress towards them. If you become highly competent at a skill doing an activity where you use it becomes very natural and this state is described as flow. People in a state of flow are very happy. However a spiritual side to life is also important. For instance living a moral life leads to more happiness, not judging people makes you happier too.

This book really is worth seeking out. If you are already familiar with self help materials you will certainly learn a great deal more however its also suitable for an attentive beginner.


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Why People Believe Weird Things Review

As a mentalist you want people to believe you can make predictions, have special powers and can read minds. Logically both you and everyone else know you rely on other techniques to create the illusions. However, you don’t want people to know that. Luckily for you people do not think logically and this book will give you a deeper understanding why.

The good news for you is:

  • 96% American adults believe in God
  • 90% in heavan
  • 79% in miracles
  • 72% in angels (1996 poll)

People believe they have seen the bright lights of heaven coming towards them, have been abducted by aliens, they believe in myths, join cults. Why? Because it gives them comfort and a sense of meaning. For many believing in something is preferable to accepting they are just a collection of meat and bones hurtling relentlessly towards the grave.


The book looks at how people go about trying to prove and disprove things often using spurious methods. For instance the proponents of creationism focus on blowing holes in the theory of evolution rather than focusing on proving we were all crafted by God. There was a large movement to deny the holocaust in the 20th century based on bits and pieces of speeches while ignoring crucial evidence such as Hitler announcing he wanted to eradicate the Jews and countless testimonies. Nevertheless thousands believed these claims.

Psychologists in the 60s and 70s used recovered memories to prove children had been abused when in fact no abuse had taken place and were subsequently sued by their clients and the wrongly convicted. The book looks at the cult of objectivism and Ayn Rand which tapped into many beliefs and philosophies of the 20th century for instance individualism. Millions subscribed to the central tenets of objectivism but they largely fell away when Rand didn’t follow her own philosophy – is that a reason for it to be discredited?


This book is useful for furthering your understanding of why people believe things that aren’t logical. After all one of your primary goals of being a mentalist is to convince people you can do things others can’t with your ‘powers’. There are better books on this type of psychology however this is still a very interesting book, it is relatively short and worth a read. You will certainly gain a better appreciation of psychology and the fragility of the human mind if you do and that’s certainly worth knowing.


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4 Criss Angel Mind Reading, Mentalism and Magic Tricks

Here are 4 Criss Angel card tricks with explanations by the man himself. The first 2 are mind reading tricks and there’s a prediction and an easy magic trick too. All are suitable for beginners with a deck of cards and the willingness to put in a little practice. Good luck :)

1. Card Thought

Effect: Criss asks an audience member to cut a shuffled deck of cards and another audience member selects a card. Criss then deduces what the card is through mind reading.

While shuffling the deck Criss takes a peek at a card then shuffles the card straight to the top of the deck and makes sure it stays there. Then the cards are placed on the table and cut by an audience member. With misdirection Criss makes the audience member mis-remember what actually happened so he and the rest of the audience think the card in the middle is a cut card when in fact it is the top card which Criss has memorised. Then he gets another member of the audience to pick up this card and performs ‘mind reading’ on her. :)

2. Into the Mind

Effect: Criss asks an audience member to write a number between 1 and 100 on a post-it note then reads her mind to work out the number.

In this trick Criss gets a peek at the number ;). Criss prepares the post-it note with the sticky part in the right place and gets the girl to write the number on the pad. Then he takes the post-it back and retreats to the back of the room. Once at the back of the room Criss is able to stick the post-it to a chair, turn around, take a look, turn back and get the post-it back in his hand without anyone noticing. He does this of course, with misdirection. Once he has the note back in his hand he performs the mind reading on the girl then reveals the post-it note to the audience with the number written on it.

3. Double Card Prediction

Effect: The deck is shuffled by one audience member then Criss looks at the cards and removes 2 from the deck. Another audience member then places the cards at random in a pile. Next Criss takes the cards and deals them into the palms of 2 other audience members. The top 2 cards are revealed to be the same as the 2 Criss selected earlier :)

This trick relies on selling the fact the second audience member has placed the cards at random on the table (when in fact they have placed the first few cards where you want them). The first shuffle is done by an audience member then Criss takes the cards and looks at the top 2. He then searches for their pair in the deck and when he has found them places them face down on the table. The deck is then passed to a second audience member who is told to place the cards on the table. Once the first few are down Criss says, ‘place them at random, place a packet down if you like’ etc. and ‘stop when you want’. Criss knows the 2 cards on the bottom are his cards. Now the cards are dealt to another 2 audience members and the top cards are revealed to be paired with the ones on the table.

4. Four Aces

Effect: The audience member places the cards randomly on the table then deals 4 packets and an Ace is on top of each packet.

The secret here is to get the Aces on top of the deck before you hand them over to the volunteer without arousing suspicion. Once you have done this the trick works itself. Criss asks the volunteer to place the cards on the table and once they have placed 4 cards down tells them they can place them at random, from the middle of the deck, a number of cards at once etc. and to stop when they want. Now he get them to gather up the cards on the table and deal them into 4 piles. The Aces appear on top :)

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