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

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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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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Made To Stick Review

Made to Stick is a book about making ideas ‘stick’. Its an important concept for mentalists because you want to create a memorable show.

Chip and Dan Heath have found 6 principles which make ideas stick:

  1. Simplicity
  2. Unexpectedness
  3. Concreteness
  4. Credibility
  5. Emotions
  6. Stories

If you understand these ideas and apply them to your mentalism routines they will be so much more powerful!


Simplicity is crucial for ideas to be memorable, and this goes for your routines too. As you become a more advanced mentalist it can be tempting to come up with more complex routines but often simple effects are more memorable!

A good simple idea is like a proverb in that it is both simple and profound. Some examples of good simple ideas are Bill Clinton’s campaign moto: ‘It’s the economy stupid’ and Southwest Airlines mission statement to be ‘the low cost airline’.

Simple ideas stick!


As a mentalist you need to grab peoples attention and keep it. That’s where unexpectedness comes in. To grab peoples’ attention you have to break their ‘guessing machine’ then fix it. To grab attention:

  1. Find core message
  2. Figure out what’s counter-intuitive about message
  3. Create message that breaks audiences ‘guessing machines’
  4. Help them refine their guessing machines

Your job is to work out how to add elements of surprise.

To keep attention create a mystery then drop in clues as you go along. Try thinking ‘what questions do i want my audience to ask themselves?’


Concreteness means being specific. Use things that people can relate to. For instance, use every day objects and ideas to create a big impact with your routines :)


You need to create credibility as a mentalist. Just by telling people you are a mentalist or by the fact that you are performing or on stage lends credibility.

Remember, our intuitions are often flawed. Factors such as beliefs, emotions and media coverage can warp our perceptions of events. If you know this you can use it to your advantage.

The audience itself also lends credibility. If you can get a member of the audience to confirm something for instance, people are likely to believe them more than you.


Emotions are very important in mentalism. People in a heightened state will see things differently, sometimes literally! There are a number of ways to engage people’s emotions. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is very important in engaging emotions.

Maslow's Pyramid


People love listening to stories. If you can link your routine together by telling a story it will be much more compelling for the audience!


Making an idea stick – the communication framework. For an idea to stick the audience must:

  1. Pay attention
  2. Understand and remember it
  3. Agree, believe
  4. Care
  5. Be able to act on it

Keep this in mind for your routine, though you might not necessarily want people to ‘act’ on your performance, you certainly want them to remember it :)

Here are some useful points to apply if you can’t get an idea to stick:

  1. No one is listening: Break their guessing machines, tell uncommon sense.
  2. Attention wavering: Create curiosity gaps. Mysteries, puzzles etc.
  3. Problems getting people to understand and remember: Make the message simpler and use concrete language. Use real world examples, stories etc.
  4. People have different levels of knowledge: Create concrete basis for understanding, use things everyone understands.
  5. Problems getting people to believe you or agree: Find telling details.
  6. People questioning you constantly: Use a springboard story or anecdote.
  7. Problems getting people to care: Remember people care more about individuals. Tell them an inspiring story, tap into their sense of their own identities.
  8. Things that used to get people excited no longer working: Get out of Maslow’s basement and appeal to more profound types of self interest.
  9. Problems getting people to act: Inspire with challenge plot story or springboard story. Msg must be simple and concrete.

Again, you are not interested in getting people to act (probably), however all the others are great tips on how to pep up your routines.

I hope you enjoyed this review, Made to Stick from a mentalists perspective!


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Mentalism Techniques: The Illusion Of Choice

A key component of mentalism is audience participation. You may ask an audience member to write something down, hide an object or think of a number.

Very often when you present an audience with a seemingly free choice you want them to make a particular decision. Here are a few methods of presenting the audience with a choice and getting the choice you want.

Card Forces

A card force is simply getting the audience member to choose a particular card. There are many card forces. Here are a few that are particularly relevant for mentalists:

David Blaine lets a certain card be exposed for a fraction of a second longer than the others, ‘forcing’ this card on you.

The ‘Classic Force’ is explained well in this vid.

The ‘Riffle Force’ is very useful too.

Mathematical Force

There are several mathmatical forces. There is The Magic Square for example. Here is another you can try:

  1. Pick a 3 digit number where the first and last digits have 2 numbers between them. (eg. 268)
  2. Reverse the number (862)
  3. Subtract the smaller number from the larger number (594)
  4. Reverse that number (495)
  5. Add that number to the total from 3. (495+594=1089)

The total you arrive at is always 1089!

Magicians Choice

Magician’s choice relies on the fact that you know something the audience member doesn’t. No matter what choice the audience member makes the choice gives you what you want.

As an example, I was at a mentalism show recently where the mentalist was smashing cups with his hand. One of the cups had a large metal spike under it. Of course the guy didn’t want to take any chances.

A dice was rolled for several choices ( it was sure to be loaded) then for the final 2 cups the mentalist asked an audience member to choose the cup. There were nos 2 and 3 left. The audience member picked 3 and the mentalist said ‘ OK, you have 3 which means only number 2 remains and hit 2’. If the audience member would have said 2 the mentalist would have said something different and still hit 2.

Giving the illusion of choice is important in your audience participation, take a look at and practise all these techniques. Once you understand them you can progress to more complicated forces.

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3 Cold Reading Techniques

cold reading

1. Use Barnum Statements

The term Barnum statement comes from the P.T Barnum expression ‘we’ve got something for everyone’. A psychologist called Bertram Forer came up with the idea of statements which could be applied to anyone.

He provided volunteers with personality evaluations and all agreed they were highly accurate, the only problem was all the evaluations said exactly the same thing. You can use Barnum statements during cold readings and be pretty much guaranteed a hit. Here are some examples:

  • You have a great need for other people to like and admire you.
  • You have a tendency to be critical of yourself.
  • You have a great deal of unused capacity which you have not turned to your advantage.
  • While you have some personality weaknesses, you are generally able to compensate for them.
  • Disciplined and self-controlled outside, you tend to be worrisome and insecure inside.
  • At times you are extroverted, affable, sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary, reserved.
  • You’re an independent and creative thinker.
  • Security is one of your major goals in life.

2. Use Questions

The intelligent use of questions is vital in cold reading. If you can use questions cleverly the sitter or audience will provide the information without even realising it.

Try asking direct questions for things that are very likely to get a hit. These are things that are generally true for everyone or people within certain demographics eg. have you ever had a pet? Observe the person too eg. if they are wearing a wedding ring ask ‘are you in a relationship?’

Use indirect questions to prompt the sitter to supply further information if you are searching for a hit. eg. does that sound right?

3. Re-state Information

Try to remember the info you get from a sitter and use it later in the cold reading. This is a great technique. You might think it is easy for the sitter to spot but if you wait a while to restate info and do it cleverly you are guaranteed a hit. The sitter won’t have a clue they provided the info.

Re-stating information like all cold reading techniques takes a bit of practise but its a very useful technique, as are all these 3.

Mind Reading Trick – The Centre Tear

A classic of mind reading is the ‘centre tear’. With a centre tear you can deduce information a spectator has written. You get the spectator to write or draw something on a piece of paper then covertly tear out that section and secretly take a look at it. Here is a centre tear method you can try:

For this trick you need a ‘billet’ (piece of paper or card) roughly 7cmx7cm, a pencil and a cigarette lighter.

Step 1: Pre-fold the billet into 4 equal quarters like so:

center tear

Step 2: Draw an elipse in the middle about 4cm across

center tear2

Step 3: Hand the volunteer a pencil. Ask him to think of a name clearly in his mind and print it on the middle of the paper.

Step 4: Once he has done that ask him to fold the billet back up like it was before. Once folded show everyone there is no way you could see through the paper.

Step 5: You are now going to tear the billet. Place it so the circle is between your thumb and index finger and tear it out. Now tear off another third. Rip the remainder of the billet again and again, placing the torn off piece at the bottom of the pile each time.

Step 6: Slip the centre into your right hand and transfer the other pieces into your left hand. Focus everyone’s attention on your left hand at this point.

Step 7: Now place the pieces of paper in your left hand into an ashtray. Reach into your right hand pocket where you have the lighter and at the same time you get the lighter, drop the centre piece of paper into your pocket.

Step 8: Show everyone the lighter, making sure everyone can see there is nothing in your right hand, then light the papers in the ashtray.

Step 9: As the papers begin to burn turn away and say ‘I won’t look in case it becomes visible’. Now secretly reach in your pocket, grab the paper and take a quick look.

Step 10: Perform a mind read on the volunteer to reveal what was written.

This trick requires quite a bit of practise to get the sleight of hand and misdirection right. Make sure you have practised it plenty before your first performance :)

How To Hypnotize: A Classic Induction

How To Hypnotize

This induction is based on the Elman Induction. To begin with the subject should be sitting in a comfortable chair with you sitting close by.

1. Deep breath and closing the eyes

Say ‘Sit back and relax. Take a deep breath and then just let it go, that’s right….

now take another breath and feel your eyes closing, shutting tighter and tighter, your eyelids so relaxed, so tired, so heavy, that you can’t open them.

….Your eyes are now so relaxed you know they will not open. Even and when you try to open them you can’t. Try to open them now’ (the subjects eyes remain closed).

2. Relaxing the body

‘Take that same quality of relaxation, and allow it to spread from the top of your head right down to the tips of your toes like a wave of relaxation….

…let go and relax every muscle in your body…. that’s right’.

3. Fractionation (to deepen the trance)

‘In a moment I’m going to ask you to open your eyes and when I do I want you to open them.

….When you open your eyes my hand will be there. I will move my hand down and when I do I want you to close your eyes again. As you do I want you to double your relaxation’

Get the subject to open and close their eyes 3 times.

4. Hand drop test (dropping hand to test for loss of muscle tension)

‘In a moment, I’m going to pick up your left arm by the wrist….

….when I do your arm will be loose and limp like a wet dish cloth.

In a moment I am going to release your arm and as it drops down you will go even deeper into trance…. That’s right…. allow yourself to go deeper down now…. ‘

4. “Losing the numbers” (deepener for mental relaxation)

‘In a moment, I’ll ask you to begin slowly counting out loud backwards, from 100. Within just a few numbers, the rest of them will just disappear. As you say each number and feel yourself go deeper and deeper….

So starting now… I will count with you to start with 100, 99, 98….

and as you count those numbers will relax you more and more…..

And when you have relaxed those numbers right out of your mind…. you can stop counting….. as you drift further from your mind, lost, one, good.’

Ask ‘Are the numbers gone now?’ Make sure you get a response. The subject is now in trance with their body and mind fully relaxed.

5. Awaken

To conclude the trance simply say ‘As I count to 3 you will open your eyes, 1….2…..3 …… wake up’

Contact Mind Reading Trick

Contact Mind Reading

A person’s thoughts are often given away through their body language. In this trick we are going to use muscle reading to get a person to lead us to a hidden object.

In Derren Brown Trick of The Mind 1 [DVD] [2004] Derren uses this skill to find an object hidden in the labyrinthine streets of Venice. Derren has a highly developed ability to read body language, however, it is likely he started learning by practising simple muscle reading techniques like this one.

Here is the trick as shown on hit TV show The Mentalist > a0gn6E1tCNs

The Trick

This trick is ideally performed for 1 of more people in a room at a gathering of friends or a party. You need a subject who will hide an object eg. a coin in the room and you will then use contact mind reading to determine where the object is. The subject should be responsive and willing to follow your instructions for this to work correctly :)

Step 1: Tell the subject to hide the object somewhere in the room while you step out for a minute. The object must be hidden somewhere within reach and must not be on the person.

Step 2: Leave the room while the object is hidden. Don’t peek! You might want to take someone to watch you if there are more than 2 of you present so everyone knows you haven’t looked.

Step 3: When you go back in the room take one of the subject’s hands in your hand. Tell them to relax their arm and support the weight.

Step 4: Now you must convince the person to follow your instructions. Tell them the success of the mind reading trick depends on the strength of their will power to make you go to the object. Tell them not to lead you but to repeat over and over in their mind where the object is.

Step 5: Lead the person to the middle of the room and at this point tell them to now begin repeating in their minds which direction the object is in.

Step 6: Move their hand in one direction and feel for resistance. If you feel resistance, try the other way, if not continue in the same direction. The object in in the direction where least resistance is felt.

Step 7: Once you think you know which general direction the object is in begin to pull the subject towards it, still being aware of resistance.

Step 8: When you get in the general location of the object ask the person to repeat in their mind the direction. Is it up or down? A little more to the left or right? You might feel the arm move. Move the hand, again feeling for resistance.

Step 9: You should now know where the object is. You can either reveal it or lead them to another place in the room before revealing it.


Of course you are not going to be able to perform this trick right off the bat. You need to practice with a friend before you perform for a larger group. The more practice you get with different people the better you will get.

Here are a few things to bare in mind to make the contact mind reading trick a success:

  • The subject needs to follow your instructions. The effect will not work if the subject thinks of somewhere else in the room to trip you up .
  • When practising with a friend its fine to let them know you are muscle reading. However, when performing give the impression you are mind reading and don’t let the audience know you are muscle reading instead.
  • The trick works on a principle called the ideomotor response. This is largely an unconscious response which means the person will not be aware they are leading you in any particular direction.
  • Some subjects are more suggestible than others, with some subjects you may feel their arm actually pulling you towards the object.