Do you see yourself as the next Derren
Brown ? Here is a selection of mental trick observations and ideas that
you can improvise on.
1. Think of any card, it's a wild guess but a spectator will almost
always think of the Nine of diamonds,
Ace of spades, Queen of Hearts
or the Six of Clubs. Have each of those cards hidden on you in
different pockets, remember which card is where so that you can reveal
the hopefully chosen card.
2. Pick a number between 50-100 with even and different
digits. Answer: 68.
3. Pick a number between 1-1,000 Answer: 333
4. Fan a set of cards with one face card and the 4H
in the center. Nine times out of ten, the spectator will pick the
four because it's in the center and it appears uncommon. (i.e. 7C,AD,4H,KH,9D)
. Have a duplicate 4H, already slipped into
the spectators pocket and ask them to check the pocket after they have
hopefully selected the 4H from your cards.
5. Borrow a coin from someone, secretly switch it with an already
bent coin that you had in your hand and have them hold your coin in their
hand. Tell them to concentrate and imagine that the coin that they are
holding is bending. When they open their hand to examine the coin, they
will think that the coin has bent while in their hand. Tell them that
they have they have bent it with their mind! Just stick your coin in a
vice and bend it previously to performing the trick.
Say things to help your magic like: Let me show you something
strange, I'm going to try something, I've never done this before, It's
bizarre, Do you (Did you) feel that? That's crazy, That's scary, Can
I try something with you?
The above ideas are observations
that you could use in a variety of acts and even use as part of
a street magic style performance. If done convincingly enough (
and with a little luck on your side), the audience could think that
you have read their mind. I'm not saying we will all gain the same
reputation for apparent mind reading as say, Derren Brown, David
Blaine or Chris Angel but heck, it's a start.