Choose a Celebrity
The female spectator mentally selects one of five male celebrities and the male volunteer mentally chooses an actress. They each spell the name of the chosen celebrity using the cards-one for each letter. After concentrating and without asking questions, you name the two chosen celebrities. After a bit of byplay, you show that the chosen male celebrity card is now found among the female cards and the selected female celebrity is found among the male cards.
While the main effect is adequate, the ending, on the other hand, felt awkward to me. You get the selected cards to travel to the other piles, but the handling requires you to bring the piles together for seemingly no reason. I suppose it’s magic that you knew which card was selected and then transferred it. But the handling, as described in the instructions, sounded downright blatant.
In the Cards
A far better mind reading effect that uses postcards is “Postal!” by Larry Becker and Lee Earle (please click here to read our review). Perhaps Becker and Earle can work up a version of “Postal!” that covers celebrities for a killer effect.
-Wayne N. Kawamoto
MSRP: (US) $50
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