If you plan on doing Mentalism or even card tricks, I want to share with you a very important concept you need to be aware of. It is a concept that is used in many routines. The concept is known as “Magician’s Choice”.
Here’s how it works, suppose you present a volunteer with an array of choices. It could be you just want to demonstrate that you can read their mind. Using the concept of “Magician’s Choice” you can do it easily.
With “Magician’s Choice”, it appears a spectator is getting a free choice, however, they are choosing exactly the item you want them to choose.
For example, you put five different ($1, $5, $10, $20, and $100) US bills on a table. Suppose you want them to select the $5 bill.
Ask them to point to two of the bills. If they point to the $5 bill then keep that bill and the other one they pointed to. If they didn’t point at the $5 bill, then discard the two bills they pointed at.
Now there should be two or three bills left. Ask them to point to one. If they select the $5 bill then discard the ones they didn’t point to. If they didn’t point to the $5 bill, discard the card they pointed at.
You keep doing this and by process of elimination, the item you want them to select will eventually be the only item left. By using “Magician’s Choice” you can force any item on a spectator to make it appear that you read their mind.
Only do this once in your routine, or the audience may catch on to what you are doing.