"The Film Prediction" is a mentalism effect that allows you to successfully predict a randomly named and chosen film. You ask several people to each name a movie. As each spectator names a movie, you write the title on a slip of paper, fold the paper and throw it into a bowl. After writing down the titles, you write a prediction.
Another spectator is asked to reach into the bowl and randomly pulls out a movie title, which is read aloud. When your prediction is opened and read, it turns out to be the very same film.
In the Color Spelling Trick, a spectator secretly selects a color and then by silently spelling it as you touch a series of cards, you determine the color. This trick relies on a series of cards that you can easily make out of index cards.
In the quirky Calendar Trick, you show a spectator a piece of paper and ask them to name a month. After naming the month you refer to a yearly calendar, find the months page and select a column. You ask the spectator to add the numbers in that column. When the spectator opens the piece of paper, they find that their total matches the number that you have predicted. This one relies on a quirk found in calendars.
While the spectator thinks that his choice only offers a 50% chance of being right, you can choose to make him either right or wrong. In the Good Guess, you display a couple of cards, place them into a bag and then remove one. When you ask your spectator which one remains, he or she is always right or wrong. Its your choice and completely under your control.
The Telephone Predictor relies on a mathematical oddity. Your spectator, with calculator in hand, performs a series of calculations. And surprise, at the end, he or she is looking at their telephone number. We walk you through the steps and at the end, display them all on a single page that you can print out.
Book tests, where a performer somehow predicts a word on a randomly selected page are always popular with mentalists. We offer such a test that uses any book in A Dicey Book.
This one has been performed on national television. In the Mental Prediction, you read a series of steps to a friend that seems to offer lots of choices, but in the end, you completely predict his final answer.
Its in the Cards
The following effects use playing cards, but youre not limited to using cards that you play poker with. If you like, you can dress-up these effects and add some atmosphere by using Tarot cards, for example. We provide you with the methods. Its up to you to add the atmosphere and entertainment.
In the convincing Killer Prediction, you show an envelope and explains that theres a prediction written within. The spectator is given a deck of cards and is asked to mix it and deal the cards (face down) onto the table until they feel like stopping. When the letter inside the envelope is read, it states the exact card that the spectator last dealt onto the table.
The Mind Reader relies on a diabolical secret. A spectator shuffles a deck of cards and memorizes the card at the bottom of the deck. So you cant see the selected card, the deck is slipped back into its box. After a bit of mumbo-jumbo, psycho-babble, youre able to tell the spectator the exact card that he is thinking of.
The Dicey Card Prediction offers an ultra-easy card prediction that works with a pair of ordinary dice. Your friend rolls a pair of dice and uses the resulting number to count to a card in a deck. You then hand your friend a note that states the name of the card that he counted to.
Finally, we offer two methods for predicting a card that a spectator will select. Actually, the spectator thinks that she is freely selecting a card, but you have controlled the outcome from the very beginning.