This is an involved effect that is best for a formal close-up show or when you're performing for a small crowd, say, after dinner. The props and poker theme will draw spectators in and the mentalism will slay 'em.
With this story, spectators freely cut and deal a starting hand, secretly select the amount of a bet, decide which casino will host the action and make the best hand they can from dealt cards. But in the end, you pull out a magazine clipping that outlines each detail. You've correctly predicted everything.
You would probably expect a poker routine with cards and chips to be heavy on the card sleights, but this one mostly relies on an intriguing and brilliant gimmick. There are few "moves" and spectators will have no idea how you accomplished the prediction.
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With four strong predictions, visual props and a great poker theme, this one is a winner. At $165 it's expensive, but if you're willing to spend the money as well as invest the time to perform this one well, you'll gain a great close-up mentalism effect.
-Wayne N. Kawamoto
MSRP: (US) $169.50
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