“Double Coincidence” is a strong, multi-phase routine that is baffling and is not difficult to perform.
The sealed envelope with the dictionary is retrieved by one of the spectators who holds onto it in full view. You pick up a 300 page book, turn your head away, riffle through its pages and have a spectator select a page from it. The book is opened and given to the spectator. The page number is not called out.
You ask the spectator to silently read the first few lines on the left page. With no questions or fishing, you describe what the person has just read.
You then ask the spectator to read the first sentence on the right page and form a picture of it in his mind. Without fishing, you describe the sentence that the person is thinking of.
For the finale, the spectator is asked to call out any word on that line. The sealed envelope is opened and the other spectator removes the dictionary. There is note with the dictionary that you read outloud, which states the page number on which a word has been circled.
Since the first phase doesn’t call out a page number, there’s seemingly no way that you could have memorized the book or referred to a cheat sheet. The second phase with the dictionary relies on some subtle gimmicking that can withstand casual examination. The spectator can freely and quickly riffle through the pages of the book and not discover its secret.
It's in a Book
There’s also some clever dialogue and suggestion that fortifies the routine. To teach you the effect, Knight offers excellent instruction that’s based on his years of experience.
“Double Coincidence” offers a powerful and baffling book test. This is one book test that I like. It’s worth the money.
-Wayne N. Kawamoto
MSRP: (US) $89.95
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