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A Collection of Mentalism Routines and Ideas By Bryn Reynolds
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“Bryn Reynolds is one of the most exciting creators I have come across in many years. Whenever he sends me something it is top notch and is usually an item I add to my repertoire. THE SAFWAN PAPERS is the latest batch of material to peak my interests. Developed in Iraq, for his fellow soldiers, the material is dynamite! (Or C-4 given the situation!) There are great routines, gadgets and gimmicks that will become standard items in your act and just plain, good old straight-thinking behind powerful effects! One is already slated for my next set of DVD’s. I highly - very highly - recommend this book!”
“You know how to take an idea or effect, make it your own and add a wonderful twist to them. Wonderful thinking and inspirational. Keep up the great work; we need more original thinkers like you in our ranks. Well done.”
“As in much of Bryn's work, these ideas, ploys, and psychological reﬁnements should be kept a military secret. Reclassify these papers as Top Secret.”
"The Safwan Papers has several very clever ideas for the serious mentalist. The emphasis is on language ... not props. Your Lucky Nite could be sold as a separate routine."
I dedicate THE SAFWAN PAPERS to Goggles, Buckethead, Dirt, and Halfstein. Raising you guys from day-one kept me sane during that long, hot, summer. Your innocence counterbalanced all of the craziness, and I found true magic in that. Thank you.
Safwan, Iraq, Summer 2005:
“My GOD, its hot!…was that a gunshot?... No…. Yes…. Oh, well…. I wonder if I’ll get anything in the mail today….. Lunch was horrible…camel tastes as bad as it did when I was here in ’91….. I’m glad the guys liked my new one-card version of Kollosal Killer….That car looks suspicious….I wonder if there is anything I can do with these three bottlecaps?....What was that Koran thing?...Hey, I just thought of how I can use that Himber Ring for a mentalism routine…I better write all this
down before I forget it…Make sure the guys clean their weapons before dinner…Oh, yeah, make sure you write down those other uses for The BusinessCOIN methodology before you forget….Now where is there some paper?”
Home, Winter 2008:
“What the HELL did I write here?….I can’t even make out my own handwriting! Couldn’t I have kept track of all of this in ONE notebook?...What are these little pieces of paper I saved? Sheesh…” Hello. My name is Bryn Reynolds and I am about to get a little personal…… For this book, I had to decipher my notes and thoughts that I had handwritten while in a combat zone, and am now trying to sort them out while in the comfortable privacy of my home here in the cold winter of 2007-8. Notebooks with mentalism ideas in amongst Operation Orders. Things I MUST now shred and copy over. Scraps of paper. Index cards. Notes written on the blank pages of books. MRE cardboard boxes with codes. It’s going to be a long, long winter….but at least I’m here to do so. Some of you may know of me from my previous mentalism offerings. In this introduction you will get to know a little about me. I have had, thankfully, great success with a few of my other independentlymarketed mentalism effects such as The BusinessCOIN Prediction, The CASINOS DECK & KIT!, PYREXIA, “$” Serial Number Divination, ESPnvelope, and several others. To date, my mentalism highlight has been Richard Osterlind including my DOUBLE-DOWN casino cards effect on his DVD series No Camera Tricks. I am truly honored that these effects have been reviewed quite highly, and by some great contributors to the ﬁeld. I know what you are thinking: What the heck does this title of The Safwan Papers actually mean? I will explain. From speaking with other authors, some very well respected in ﬁelds other than that of magic or mentalism, I
found one of the hardest things in writing is thinking of a title for the book. This title took me NO time at all to decide upon, and although the title has zero impact on the routines contained herein, it does reﬂect greatly upon my mindset and scheme of reference under which most of these effects were thought of and reﬁned. I simply entitled the book after the location I was in when most of these ideas were created: Safwan, Iraq. In the interest of full-disclosure, I am not currently a full-time performer. My full-time job is a police sergeant with a larger Sheriff’s Ofﬁce in New York. I am the proud Commander of our SWAT Team and one of the regional supervisors for our multi-jurisdictional SCUBA Dive Team. I am also the supervisor of our multi-agency Drug Task Force that has at our helm a letter-agency. I get a lot of pleasure, “mentalism-wise,” out of this role as I get to interview many people who want to do some “work” for us in exchange for some “consideration” regarding their sentence. It is an amazing setting to reﬁne one’s techniques; it is a true proving ground to be able to predict with a NW or discern with a center tear, how many years they think they will get in prison! And the District Attorney wonders how we get so many confessions…. It was upon surfacing for a scuba tank change during a dive that I noticed I had a voice mail on my cell phone. It was the call I knew was probably coming: my unit was going to Iraq. I was there in 1990-91 during Desert Shield/Storm. I knew what we were in for. What I didn’t know was how much my now hobby of mentalism would help me focus and keep me grounded between moments of insanity. I will touch on why I chose to italicize hobby further down in this introduction section…. Safwan is a small city in Iraq. I was deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom with my United States Vermont Army National Guard unit from October, 2004 to January, 2006. As of this writing (2008) I am a Sergeant First Class, and am proud of my 19Delta, CAVALRY SCOUT heritage. Safwan is simply a small wild-west type of city in Iraq. During the deployment, my Platoon was tasked to operate a checkpoint in that town
I am proud to say all were adopted by US soldiers and now reside in the USA.!) . magic & mentalism were my main source of income.. In another day. very. and Halfstein. mentalism is still is a way of life for me. between our regular Quick Reaction Force missions. but I still consider myself lucky!) In all other aspects. BucketHead. Much. I spent my fair share of time there. and I have been lucky enough to share a drink or three with some of the biggest names in the business ( Hey. As per my standard. I assure you that all have been performed many. I put myself through college performing walk-around and private parties doing gambling demonstrations with a mentalism ﬂavor. Goggles. being in a combat zone truly is hours of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror. reﬁned. all use no props. if thought of just in the context of income. and to great effect. While I had some very. It does not pay the bills. borrowed items. I bought back then.for a few months. but that is a story for another day. I ﬁlled the time that I was deployed by reading. I hear they still bark with an Arabic accent. though…. as the saying goes. I hope you ﬁnd some value in these pages. many times. & performed quite frequently for my fellow troops over that time period. My wife’s very successful career in the world of 6 . OIF was much more different. Most of the effects in this manuscript were devised. and writing down new ideas as they came to me. For me. and to assign our squads through this checkpoint-duty assignment on a rotational basis. They are now committed to paper. or only those that can be carried in my wallet or pocket. and. (Well. mentalism is indeed now just a hobby. we also raised a litter of newborn wild puppies we named Dirt. practicing my existing mentalism routines. I will ﬁnish this introduction section by explaining why I chose to italicize hobby a few paragraphs above. In this era of welloverpriced eBooks and single effect releases. I also had many hours in which I had nothing to do but sit. and I hope you get as much use out of them as I do. bad days in Safwan. I knew this well from Desert Storm and many warrant executions.
help with editing and publishing options.are MUCH more challenging and difﬁcult situations than those scripted stage pieces that those captive members of a paying audience are subject to. Again. There was a time. I still perform very often. These effects have truly been great “workers” for me. I thank you very much for purchasing this book.ﬁnance. These gentlemen have contributed thoughts & ideas regarding the effects. and have generally been great sounding boards through the entire process. almost every day in fact. that thing you did for me the other night…” . I often think that these impromptu performance settings (that most of us reading this manuscript fall under) when someone says “Hey. in no particular order. though. They are listed below. and I hope they are for you as well! I would also like to take a couple of lines to thank a few of those who have helped me with The Safwan Papers. that my income was dependant on me performing. show my wife/friend/ect. and my paltry salary in the ﬁeld of law enforcement are what keep the lights on and the dog fed. and I apologize in advance for any I may have omitted: Richard Osterlind Mike Sturgeon Banachek Moshe Botwinick Chuck Hickock Jim Sisti Gabe Ableson Rick Roth 7 . but in impromptu settings.
and the prediction may be examined and even kept by the spectator. My goal was to eliminate all of those and require only my performance ability and audience management skills alone. If not. and the great use of the outs (the information on the back of the cards allows one to effectively reduce the number of required outs by half. Most reading this know the compromises required. they are left with only one card.) I am going to assume that most reading this are very familiar with the effect and its variations. and no swami gimmicks are employed. This effect and the many variations offered in his follow-up booklet Killer Konceptions have given me much great performance material and food for thought. It exactly matches the prediction. The spectator is handed a brand new deck of imaginary cards. the spectator makes all of the decisions. Please read on……. There are NO multiple outs at all. NO multiple outs. Perhaps the original is still best. I am a huge fan of Kenton Knepper’s excellent effect Kolossal Killer. subtleties.) the handling of the elimination of cards (colors & suits) if using less than a full set-up. and just ME 8 . I have performed many variations of KK over the years and to great reaction. there are no extra cards or predictions. ONE prediction. I am certainly not going to tip it here. Do yourself a favor and buy it. I love the premise (the one card in my wallet matches their thought of card. etc. but SEVEN is the version I now most often perform for the following reason: The original KK allowed for virtually any card to be named and then removed from your wallet.SEVEN EFFECT: A single playing card (or written prediction) is placed face down on the table. outsprocedures. and through a seemingly very fair elimination procedure. Cons: Once in a great while this may not work. Pros: As dealer ad copy would state.
Here we go…. We. we are going to get half of the cards eliminated before the spectator even knows we are starting anything by having some fun as only imaginary cards will allow. as her decisions do. Through seemingly exceedingly fair verbal manipulation the spectator is guided to eliminate all of her imaginary cards except for the Seven of Spades (7S. Oh. It doesn’t always work. but even if it does miss it appears you were so close as to be given quite a bit of credit…. she is told that this is a brand new deck of cards and not to disturb their order. I have never been caught out on this. though. Performer tells her that since these cards are imaginary we are going to “do something fun” that we would not 9 . not this brand!” She is asked to pantomime spreading the imaginary cards between her two hands and divide them with the black cards in one hand and the red in the other.. As she does so. be that a single playing card or it simply being written on the back of a scrap of paper. they will simply be divided into half red and half black. I also invented a brand new word pronounced: “Off-ah. It does not matter which hand supposedly holds which. always letting them make seemingly free choices with some imaginary cards. For our purposes. and if I ever am I’m simply going to tell them “no. 13 black. That prediction needs to be the Seven of Spades. of course. 13 red. We know that there are 13 red. This “order” is something which will be completely ﬂuid and may change. PERFORMANCE: The performer hands the spectator (hereinafter referred to as “her” or “she” for sake of brevity) an imaginary deck of cards and asks her to remove them from the box. Most people have no idea how a brand new deck of cards looks as it comes out of the box regarding the order and the suits.but more on that later. know that 51 of the cards are going to be eliminated to get to the target 7S. However.speaking to the spectator. METHOD: There is only one prediction required. if we need to make adjustments.) The very fact that these imaginary cards are deemed brand new aids in this.” The proceeding two sentences will become quite clear in a moment as this effect is very easy to perform. and 13 black.
would we?” It is the double meaning of “prefers to do this with” that helps us in the ﬁrst elimination phase. For the next elimination phase I suggest you try to use the “new word” that I mentioned a few paragraphs up: “off-ah. now. It is said fairly quickly and is pronounced similar to: “off-ah.” 10 . She is asked if she prefers to do this with red or black. If she “prefers” black then advise her we will use black for the rest of this and “just throw the red cards away on the ﬂoor…. the premise is logically sound in either instance and we already have them holding just the black cards before the “experiment” even seems to begin. we wouldn’t want to do that if we were using real cards.normally do with real cards. she is going to have to end up retaining the black cards in her hands.let’s just throw them away. The basic premise with this “word” is that when spoken again after her free choice. would we?” If she “prefers” red you simply have her throw the red cards on the ﬂoor for the “fun stuff you can only do with imaginary cards” and still conclude with the same sentence of “just throw the red cards away on the ﬂoor…. Our next elimination goal is to get her to retain the Spades. Either way.see.” It is the word off with a little bit of an ah sound thrown in at the end. conversely.” or it will be completely dropped and all that will be said is “deal off. Depending on her completely free choice. If they chose our target of black then we infer with our words and actions that “do this with” means: “do this entire experiment with black.” It makes absolutely no sense to you right now but let me explain the context in which I use it. now.see. Obviously. so we don’t need those red cards….” If they instead choose red then we infer with our words and actions that “do this with” means that we are going to do that fun thing that can only be done with imaginary cards: throw them to the ground with no mess because they are imaginary. we wouldn’t want to do that if we were using real cards. to get her to eliminate the Clubs. that word properly spoken will make all seem even more fair. either the “ah” portion will be more clearly emphasized as “of” as in “deal off OF.
she is going to have to deal off of the remaining Spades portion she now “holds” so this little “ah” linguistic subtlety seems to work perfectly. of these cards need to be eliminated and you decided from that little mess you made on the ﬂoor down there that were are going to try this with the black cards.One of two outcomes will be spoken: Which do you want to deal off OF? or Which do you to deal off? Here is a sample of the script I use and how I incorporate that word: “Some. so throw those Club cards there on the ﬂoor with the rest of those you have eliminated. which do you want to deal off-ah…the Spades or the Clubs?” If they choose our Spades target it is reiterated as: “ok. She already dealt off the red cards to the ﬂoor so this wording is completely congruent with her previous actions. you want to deal off of the Spades. but black is ﬁne. is a nice verbal subterfuge. actually. Of course. We could have used red. The next phase is going to have us guide her to deal to the 7S through her own free will.” No “ah” sound trailing at the end this time. To conclude. of course. Here is where the ﬂuid nature of the order of a brand new deck of cards that I discussed earlier really comes into play and becomes our friend. Except for experienced cardmen and gamblers. you want to deal OFF the Clubs so deal them onto the ﬂoor with the others we have eliminated. almost all. the black suits are the Spades and the Clubs…If you had chosen red then we would be dealing with the Hearts or Diamonds. try it with and without and see what works for you. how many people can tell you the correct order of a run of suits from a newly opened 11 . just the OFF portion is spoken. As always. Of those. but you chose black. If they choose Clubs the “ah” sound is dropped completely when you reiterate: “ok. one could always just say “which cards do you want to deal off now?” but you loose. had you selected those. what in mine and other’s opinions.” The of is now more closely emphasized. Of course.
This opens up a lot more paths to get us to the 7S. didn’t you? I know I would have. However. seven or eight cards. 12 . that we control. From just a pure statistical standpoint there are 4 out of 13 possible outcomes that could bring this routine to a successful conclusion. I feel that this is an under-utilized and underexplored premise in mentalism. I cannot ask for more from a completely prop-free. six. because of that ﬂuid nature of a new deck’s order. and I still get credit for those rare near misses. There are four different amounts of cards that she can deal off that will bring us to one of those two states. And even if we only get to the card before the 7S we can then set that next card (the 7S) aside….and turn it over to reveal it matches our prediction. along with some very carefully scripted words and physical pantomimes to be discussed momentarily.. I now perform this with an at least a 90% success rate. there are now numerous paths opened up that allow us to get to that one rock-solid unchangeable prediction. There are 13 cards in a suit. we have the leeway of dealing off: Starting at the Ace and counting down. Starting at the Ace and counting up or. or some other? You had to think there for a second. anytime-anyplace-anywhere mentalism routine. Those amounts are ﬁve. We need to have her pantomime dealing off of (remember?) her packet a number of cards that will bring us either directly to the 7S or to the card directly before it. by utilizing the previously discussed “ﬂuid nature” of a new deck. Starting at the King and counting down.deck? Is it Ace through King? Two through Ace? Does the order run from the top of the face down packet to the bottom or vice versa? Are the suits in CHSD order. but I digress…. Although there are no multiple outs when referring to the prediction. This uncommon knowledge is what allows us to pull this effect off the vast majority of the time. However. Starting at the Two and counting up. impromptu.
” As I am saying those words I am pantomiming dealing six cards onto the table. Both methods have their strong points which will be discussed momentarily.How do I get them to deal of from ﬁve to eight imaginary cards? I TELL them to.7. along with me dealing six imaginary cards to the table almost invariably will result in her dealing the correct number of imaginary cards from her packet to the table that will fall within our required range to bring this to a successful conclusion. or 8. albeit not out loud. If you have seen her count within the correct range ask her to state that number and follow along according to the chart below. This gives us an even stronger chance to hit our target numbers (5. The combination of me telling her to deal off several cards. You chose Spades. which end of the packet. Here is what I say: “You decided to use the black cards. You can even count on your ﬁngers to yourself if you have to! If you ask her how many cards she wants to deal off before she starts it will give you some lead time to do the necessary calculations relating to the chart below. Here is another nice little subtlety that can work in our favor by using this second method: Most of the time. but for this ﬁnal phase you will have to learn the following chart of possible outcomes presented below. you need to start. there is enough time delay built in to calculate.) By watching her deal these imaginary cards and counting them yourself you have a reason to now ask her how many cards she dealt. because even though you will come to memorize these possible outcomes with a few practice runs and performances. and of those we could have used Spades or Clubs. the method I now use is to just have her deal the cards silently as you count them. and were not aware of having to know exactly how many they dealt! This is perfect. they don’t know how many cards they just dealt! Often they will just deal “several” cards to the table as told. as will be the importance of why she deals them silently. because we then tell them how many they dealt! If she has dealt off 13 . There is nothing hard about this routine at all. You can either ask her how many cards she wants to deal to the table before she starts or simply have her deal those cards silently to the table as you silently count them. Don’t worry though. What I need you do now is deal several cards off of what you are holding onto the table.6. if you don’t ask them how many cards they want to deal. and starting with which card. However. on the ﬂy.
. The Seven of Spades.what was the suit again? Oh. Four. which will get you to the 6S and wring as much credit out of it as you can for only being off by one. Five and Six…and here we are at The Seven of….” Seven: Good to go. and you will count directly to the 7: “Ok. Six: Good to go: Start counting at the Two. you have two options here. here is what you need to do and say: One: Don’t let her…you told her several Two: Same as above Three: Same as above Four: This gets “iffy” and may be one of those times where you are only going to get close. 14 . start counting from the Two. Here are the possible outcomes and what you need to do: If she deals this many cards. yet another seemingly free choice was again offered. place the card aside face down. depending on your presentational motives. four or nine cards for example.” Have her read the prediction and show it matches the imaginary face down 7S. Five. Five and Six…place the next card aside face down. still follow the above procedure. Five: Good to go: Start counting at the Two. Four. Try the ruse explained above by stating “what was that. upwards in value.a number of cards just outside our range. Three. Here. Four. upwards in value: “Ok. so you dealt off the Two. Also. 6 or 7 cards?” Many times they do not know. so we give them a further choice (!) by asking them which one they want. Three. yes…Spades. upwards in value: “Ok. As you play around with this you will see that there are many paths we can lead them down to get to the correct outcome…. so you dealt off the Two. so you dealt off the Two. we say “what was that. about ﬁve cards?” If you can convince it was. take a look at my prediction. You can start counting from the Ace.” Have her read the prediction and show it matches the imaginary face down 7S. ‘6 or 7?” Both fall within our acceptable range as listed below. Six…and we end up at the Seven. If she sticks to her guns that it was exactly four cards she dealt off. Three.
Eight…Seven…ok.” If you want to count directly to the 7S simply start at the King and count downwards in value: “King. King. 15 .” Eight: Still good to go. so you dealt off the Ace. Eight. Jack.downwards in value. you decided to deal to the Seven of Spades…here. all in order. take a look at my prediction. if they are insistent. Queen.. Ten. Nine. Nine. you could just go with the theory of close in mentalism is sometimes just as acceptable and leave it at that. This way you can set that next card. Seven…The Seven of Spades…ok. I am quite conﬁdent that you will see the spectator deals off a number of cards that ﬁts within our acceptable range of ﬁve to eight. Here is how that sounds: “Ok. this is a new deck of cards. and Eight…set that next card (7S) aside face down while we look at the prediction I made earlier…. take a look at my prediction. to get to the card directly before the 7S. And there it is…SEVEN. Queen. seven or eight?” or you could simply state: “that is way too many as you have dealt through almost all of them…start over and just deal off a few. Nine. Queen.” Conversely. Ten. Ten. Jack. if you follow the above scripting and use the six-card pantomime deal. ok. the 7S. you decided to deal to the Seven of Spades…here. If I do see them deal out nine cards or more I will follow one of two options: try the ploy detailed in the above chart for FOUR cards being dealt: simply state “what was that…seven or eight cards. which do you want it to be. Start with the Ace and count downwards in value: “Ace. I perform this very often and I truly cannot remember a recent instance that this has occurred. However.” Nine or Above: I almost never get this. I honestly believe in the combination of me stating several cards (and nine just seems to feel like more than several for some reason) and the pantomime of me dealing six cards to the table keeps them well within the acceptable range. Jack. King. aside face down.
To the spectator. the challenge for me. in a small black envelope in the currency section. even by using her own free will. Inside of my wallet I have a Seven of Spades. to bring our next experiment to a successful conclusion. she then makes the “free” choice to eliminate the Clubs. Somehow. No bet is ever actually proposed. from an antique deck. This may make them start to resist or question the elimination methods and techniques as they start to unfold. a playing card is not in view during performance. Depending on the venue (i. I’m worried someone might run off with my exposed wallet!) I’ll either leave the wallet on the table or remove the envelope and pocket the wallet. set it on the table. and mention that I would be willing to bet that the spectator is able to make the correct choices. and since we immediately segue into the counting down to the 7S phase I feel from witnessing many different spectators that it is only now that the notion of eliminating all but one card even dawns on them. As a matter of fact. especially once you start eliminating the imaginary cards. and further eliminated one of the remaining suits. I never mention a prediction at all before the start of the effect. I want to take a moment to touch on that prediction. was to ensure that the prediction is not recognized as a single playing card. If using the full wallet. However. yet play as completely unequivocal when revealed.. I feel that this somehow puts a preconceived notion in the spectator’s mind that a single card will be arrived at. but by mention of one it gives a reason for removing and setting down your wallet. She eliminated the red cards before anything even began in her mind.e. Either way. I let them open it and remove the envelope and 16 . nor do I tell them why we are eliminating cards. stopping whenever she wishes. here are the two methods I have found that work best for me to preserve that: 1. I no longer place a playing card face-down on the table before starting. she decided to stop on the only card in the deck that matches your one-and-only wide-open prediction. she has taken a brand new deck of imaginary cards from its box. She deals down through the remaining cards. After many trials. freely eliminated one of the colors. when devising and rehashing this effect through repeated performances. Before we leave this. Prior to performance I take my wallet out.
This seems at times to add another small “layer” for some spectators. I realize I have taken several pages to explain an effect that can be over with in under a minute. “If these choices are of my own free will. question mark or weird doodle on the other side. why does he make me look at that weird design each time before I decide…. as each little word and sentence ties the whole thing together in one seamless presentation that is seemingly free of any manipulation or coercion. this is an exceedingly strong piece of prop-free mentalism that has served me very well. I can see looks on their faces each time I make them look at the design. shake my head to myself as if I’ve made a mistake. Although I never mention why. but in my humble opinion. If I don’t have my wallet I simply take a piece of scrap paper. I ask them before each choice they make to look at the design.then the card. and then openly draw a spiral.?” Of course. write ‘Seven of Spades” on the back. Please give this a couple of reads and then do yourself a favor and just try it out! 17 . No one ever does. I wanted to explain every nuance and linguistic subtlety as thoroughly as I could. Both the envelope and wallet can then be examined with the utmost scrutiny if requested. 2. conversely they can open the in-view envelope on the table if that is the route I’ve taken. turn over the paper to conclude.
correctly senses under which cap the coin is hidden. See if you can spot an abnormality on one of the caps in the printing. Phase One: This phase is not as sure-ﬁre as the remaining phases are but we go for a quick kill here right off. Or a nail nick. sometimes the bend will be at the 2 o’clock position in reference to the writing on the cap. In essence. that clearly details how many hits and misses he had and also describes the denomination and date of the borrowed coin! Required: Any three identical metal beer or soda caps. or an ash smudge…you know what to do. but I like to get one under my belt without having to resort to that principle just yet. i. All items may be borrowed. multi-phase.e. The Koran principle to be taught in detail in the remaining phases is sure-ﬁre. and the aforementioned coin. and it is indeed preferable that they are. The pry marks from a bottle opener are usually best as they bend up the edge of the cap at different positions. One of these caps must be marked in such a way that it is somehow visually distinguishable by you. and perhaps even a participant.” just select one that you will use as your control cap. to rule out the possibility of gimmicked items. sometimes it will be at the 10 o’clock position. At the conclusion. If not. If the caps are twist-off then none will have this pry mark.Bottle Cap Koran This is an impromptu. The wording for this phase will read a bit lengthy. all caps that have been removed by a bottle opener will be “marked. the performer shows a prediction. but I want to make 18 . which has been in full view the entire time. are all that is needed. then you will have to squeeze the cap slightly to give it a little bend. etc. During each phase the mentalist. Even if it doesn’t hit we still bring it to a successful conclusion with the spectators being none the wiser. divination routine using only three bottle caps and any coin small enough to ﬁt underneath them.
This one will most likely not be chosen. By only now bringing up the idea of elimination of the null caps. due to it appearing too obvious. anyway.” As I said. She is asked to mimic the hovering action with her hand and to stop over whichever one is most “calling out to her. In either instance the cap is very slowly lifted up. As you are telling him this you are tapping the middle cap. and by tapping it you are further reinforcing that you want him to select the middle position. A second spectator is also asked to turn away as you may need her to help you with this phase. I didn’t think so.” When she does we end this in one of two ways. If they say no.sure I explain every bit of verbal nuance I use to complete this purely audacious bluff of a ﬁrst phase. then we immediately state: “No.we now have only one more to go.” Turn the cap over and set it aside. without explicitly stating this is the procedure we are going to use. makes it ﬁt in perfectly with our statement of “No. even if just with their body language and eyes. He is told to hide the coin under any one of the caps and to arrange them in a horizontal row on the table while you look away. did you?” Because of the grammatical inconsistencies in that sentence we are covered either way. that also turned away. we still bring this to a successful conclusion. I didn’t think so…alright so we have eliminated that one…. The three caps are handed to the participant (hereinafter referred to as “he”) and a coin is borrowed. Our next sentence is a bit of “ﬁshing. That second participant. is now asked to help. We now have two remaining caps. As you hover your outstretched hand back and forth over the caps you state: “You didn’t place it under the left one.) Again. then you immediately start to smile and end up with your hand hovering over the leftmost cap as you state “I thought so…” Conclude phase one by removing the cap to reveal the coin. We hopefully have now limited our choices to two (left or right. If they say yes.” but by using the following phrasing either outcome is covered. 19 . either way we are covered. even if we haven’t.
Two paths to get to the same successful conclusion! This handling of making either of two possible outcomes.…. seem correct. you eliminated the other one so obviously the coin is here…. makes use of a mathematical principle that has seen much print elsewhere. “VERY nice job…how did you do that?” After all. so we would have a dramatic ﬁnal reveal for theatrical purposes? Phase Two through…well. She did. but I believe was most widely popularized by Al Koran’s “Note Under Cup” effect from his Professional Presentations book.” I toss the eliminated cap aside with the ﬁrst while at the same time I am turning over the correct cap to reveal the coin. the correct of which the performer truly does not know. Perhaps the spectators might think we were eliminating the null choices ﬁrst. leading up to the prediction note reveal. can be seen beautifully performed by Max Maven at the end of his Kurotsuke routine in Vol. was to ﬁnd the coin. I emphasize “other one” to further imply that we are eliminating null choices. When you turn back around you will note one of two possible outcomes: 20 . If the item we are after is revealed then we have met our implied goal.however long you want this to go on… This next set of phases. If the coin is not there I state. our end goal. Either way I SMILE. If the coin is there I state to her. If it is not. The basic premise is simply that you remember where the marked cap is before you turn around. then we now instantly create the premise that we were all along eliminating the null choices to bring us to our implied goal of ﬁnding the object. After the spectator places the coin underneath a cap he is told to change the positions of the other two caps that he did not place the coin under. 1 of his Videomind DVDs. indeed. while smiling: “VERY good.Sometimes I get down and peek so only I know if the coin is under there or not.
1. How do we know which one. on occasion to test this principle out in an informal situation with friends that let me bounce mentalism ideas off of them. they were instructed to change the position of the other two caps. so if yours has not moved it is logically the one with the coin underneath. with the participant getting more and more frustrated each time! First of all. that makes this principle beautiful. Your marked cap has not changed position. and you will see the logic of this in just a few tries. or more. which of course makes this effect possible! Even if they did suspect a mark. they were told to change the position of the other two. I have done this ten times. The coin is therefore underneath your marked cap. (Remember: change the positions of the other two. not being under the cap where the marked cap was either.) I understand this may seem a little complicated on paper while reading it but trust me: this always works! It mathematically has to. I normally only repeat this phase perhaps four times before going to the prediction card ﬁnale. how would it help us. as this cap was apparently also moved (it is now where your marked cap was. Your marked cap has changed positions.) It is under one of the two unmarked caps. Remember. You know that the marked cap cannot have the coin since it was moved. again. Place the coin under any of the caps and then change the position of the other two caps. It is NOT under the cap that occupies the position where your marked cap was before you turned around. However. in the case of the marked cap having moved. they do not know one of the caps is marked. though? Simple. Although this is a mathematical principle I do not have spectators view it as such and I think a couple of reasons are involved. implying to leave the cap with the coin alone. 21 . since they can put the coin under any cap? I feel it is that little bit of lateral logical thinking of the coin. changing the position of where the marked cap starts each time. Follow along with three caps and a coin. 2. It cannot be. and.
Because of you. The Prediction Paper Finale This ending adds yet another layer to entire routine. 22 . I was able to sense the coin correctly 4 out of 5 times. in case we are not able to borrow a dime. The sheer-bluff audacity of the ﬁrst phase seems to cancel out the principle of the sure-ﬁre Koran methodology. This small piece of paper is placed face-down on the table without mentioning it before the routine even begins. Adding this ﬁnal prediction at the end seems to cancel out the idea of them trying to retrace anything.” Let’s keep numbers out of this as much as possible. don’t unfold it and put it in your pocket so you can pull it out face up without revealing the fold. then this last sentence is unfolded prior to placing the prediction face down. Middle/Center. This last sentence about the dime is heavily creased under the remainder of the prediction.) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Also.” I much prefer “Left. or Right. please do not ever refer to the position of the caps as “One.And speaking of this being a mathematical principle. thanks for lending me the year 2000 Dime! The prediction needs to be written on nice quality paper. If not. or Three. Two. Here is what I have pre-written on the back of a small piece of paper: Thank you for participating. (I think the one I missed was actually on the right. not card stock. and the hash-marks printed above are meant to represent a fold line. If we are.
nor dime will actually do this. If this fails just ask for something smaller as you don’t want it to “raise up the bottle cap so I can see under and cheat!” Neither a quarter. If I am handed a dime. Check your pocket change. and it is easy enough to retrieve as you are assembling the three bottle caps and removing the prediction. To make the year of the dime come true you will most likely have to do a switch. Quite often I am handed one and no switch at all will need to be made. I also try to keep one in my wallet next to the prediction at all times.How we make each of these predictions come true: The Dime Aspect: In order to use the entire prediction card. nickel. and usually will salt my pockets with a couple if I know I am going to be out and most likely performing. The reason I have the year 2000 Dime written on the prediction is because that year had the highest mintage ﬁgures for U. Dimes. The other two predictions are quite strong by themselves…. I save most of mine that I come across. you must borrow a dime. If there are several persons present this usually is not a problem. but without speciﬁcally asking for a dime. but it does sound logical. then I am all set. penny.S. they come up quite frequently. If I don’t then I just simply do not show that last sentence on the prediction card. If you are going to have to switch please do not make a show out of it…just do any basic switch you are comfortable with as you hand them the three caps for examination.) If someone tries to hand me a different denomination I kind of ignore them and look at what else is being offered. (If someone holds out all their change in their hand for me to choose one I do not! This would take away from the fairness of them handing me “any” coin. Many are in literature. Almost always I will end up with a dime. This is easy enough to accomplish as we do not appear to be doing anything utilizing dates. 23 . Here are the steps I use: I ask for those with change to take it out as we are going to need a small coin. hoping that a dime is. with almost four billion being made.
I simply hold onto it. as we read aloud together. If I can show the entire prediction paper. I would also suggest folding several other horizontal creases in the prediction so the portion regarding the dime is not the only crease on the paper. I hand it to a spectator to read. if I cannot. The next page will show the prediction paper with the bottom DIME portion both folded under (hidden) and then revealed: 24 . hiding the dime portion.If we now have the 2000 Dime in play the creased portion of the prediction can be unfolded and placed face down.
The Prediction Paper solves that. If you miss on the ﬁrst phase. You know you will get the next four phases correct…. There is no clear-cut ending to this that makes it a routine. it was actually on the right. or not. if it isn’t there make a comment regarding “we missed that one. of course. and the coin actually was on the right. take it as a hit. using the Koran methodology. She discerns the middle cap and coin IS there: take it as a hit 3. and have a Year 2000 Dime with me to switch in case I am not handed one.Here are the directions the ﬁrst phase can take: 1. I will do the entire routine almost as presented above. and besides. you do get to show that you predicted that miss at the end. depending entirely on how you want to play it. giving her full credit. If I am able to borrow a dime. the reason I decided to try something so bold in the ﬁrst phase:) You have all the latitude in the world in this ﬁrst phase! This can be your miss phase. I think one ‘miss’ somewhere along the way adds a nice touch.The Four out of Five Aspect: Of course. She discerns the middle cap and coin is NOT there: 26 . The following is how I handle the issue and timing of the miss (and is. quite frankly. The coin is actually on the left: 1-out-of-3 minor miracle hit for you! 2. one could keep performing the divination ad inﬁnitum.” This is exactly as worded on the prediction paper. Also. The timing of said miss is entirely under your control. you do not have to utilize the second spectator for an elimination procedure: turn it into her being wrong also and make this your miss phase! Once you turn over the middle cap you will know which direction to take: if the coin is there.
Of course.it was actually on the right!” Almost always one of these four phases will end up with the coin on the right. I would take this opportunity to take this as your miss. She discerns the rightmost cap and coin IS there: take it as a hit 5. you may not like the aspect of the spectator failing during the ﬁrst phase. Neither do I. do an Annemann-style glance back as you say something. If you do not notice your marked cap right away..” 4. since it aligns with your prediction of the miss “actually being on the right. You KNOW where the coin is: if it is on the right take this one as your miss and emphasize as if in disbelief “hmm. Try to look at them as little as possible and really play up the idea of receiving something from your outstretched hand and not your eyes. stop her on the 27 . She discerns the rightmost cap and coin is NOT there: A. It could give the game away regarding the presence of markings. Do the “elimination” procedure detailed above and take it as a hit by showing the coin under the middle cap. Here is how I get around it to give her some credit if I do decide I need to take my miss during the ﬁrst phase. Most likely the spectators will not remember the exact location of the miss anyway.A. and the 4-out-5 aspect and the year and denomination of a borrowed coin being divined is still quite a strong ending! Here are a couple of performance notes regarding this routine: PLEASE do not immediately turn around and stare at the caps as if you are examining them. You still have four more chances to take a miss somewhere else during the Koran-based phases. or: B. If it doesn’t then do not play up this aspect of the prediction as it is being read at the end. Also. You can do the “elimination” procedure detailed above and take it as a hit by showing the coin under the rightmost cap. If you have to do this a couple times. I will enlist her help for a couple of the subsequent phases by gently taking her wrist and as she moves her hand back and forth over the caps. that is ﬁne.
correct cap as you state something along the lines of “wait a second. you felt yourself pause there didn’t you…let’s check!” She will agree. Just three caps and a coin….thanks. Al! 28 . and the coin will be there.
and then secretly inserted in the 29 . The remaining envelope is opened by the lender of the bill to ﬁnd his money safely inside! This is my contribution to the myriad versions of the Bank Nite Effect theme. While there are many others that may be more elaborate and “clever” in design and method. o The envelopes are ungimmicked and nothing to do with their opacity or weight is involved. respectively. A bill of any denomination is borrowed from another participant and traded out for the piece of Monopoly money by your helper. I hope you give this a try for the following reasons: o The performer NEVER has to touch any of the envelopes. o The bill is never “held-out. All of the envelopes but one are eliminated and honestly destroyed by the person that lent the bill.” either via a thumb tip or holding it behind the stack of envelopes. by your helper and are never again touched by the performer. None of the envelopes are secretly mislabeled and are honestly labeled 1 through 5 by your helper. Neither he nor you know which one he selected. the performer NEVER touches the envelopes. The envelopes are truly sealed and mixed again. The helper honestly mixes the envelopes with numbers facedown and randomly selects any one.Your Lucky Nite EFFECT: Five truly-opaque manila pay envelopes are boldly labeled in marker with the numbers 1 through 5. It is shown that each even holds an identical piece of Monopoly money so that when a real bill is borrowed and placed in the envelope there is no discrepancy in weight or feel. They are truly ordinary and unprepared.
There will be only one sentence clariﬁed at the end to tip the secret. Everything else actually occurs and you will see that the disclaimers as listed above are actually true. there are a few other nuances that must occur along the way. These may be of any make and be of any size. When the envelopes are mixed face-down by the helper they are truly mixed. so you can read along and picture the routine as the spectators actually see it before knowing when the “dirty work” is being done. remaining envelope. The secret that makes this work will be tipped AFTER you read the following instructions. and here they are: The performer introduces ﬁve opaque manila pay envelopes. either by shredder. The eliminated envelopes are truly destroyed. It is honestly sealed in a random envelope by the helper. This is for the simple reason that what I described is actually what happens from the spectator’s point of view. Please try to play along and imagine yourself as an audience member watching me perform this in your mind’s eye. as that is all that is needed. The secret gimmick that makes this all work is completely disguised as a safeguard to further ensure the fairness of the handling… PERFORMANCE & METHOD: I was purposefully quite speciﬁc and lengthy in describing the EFFECT portion above. White letter-size security 30 . Of course. I feel it is better revealed to you then.there is plenty of credit for all at the conclusion of this routine. He truly selects one at random.o o o o last. and neither he nor you see the number on the envelope that the real money is placed into. or multiple tears…The performer may be legitimately blindfolded if desired There is no “sucker” ending in which the performer wins and the others lose…. ﬁre.
if the size envelopes you are using will require the real borrowed bill be folded. once a real bill is exchanged for the play money and sealed inside. it is best to best to nip that remote 31 . He is asked to turn them over so the numbers are writing-side down and mix them so thoroughly that even he does not know their order. then the play money should also be prefolded in a similar manner. but I truly have found that this plays so strong for me that others would conclude that the helper was my confederate and secretly helping me. and a logical review of the facts of the handling procedures would certainly rule out the possibility of him being of any help to me even if he WERE trying to. but adds another layer of shufﬂing to placate any suspicious spectators. This of course is not the case. You truly cannot. in turn. Also. You truly do not employ any of those methods when eliminating the envelopes but it is better to immediately cancel out those options in the spectator’s mind. nor should you. as long as there can be no suspicion whatsoever that you can see through them. the play money is said to be in each envelope so there can be no change in weight or feel. along with a marker or pen. Again. The person helping you with the envelopes will be inserting the bill anyway. Each envelope is shown to contain an identical piece of Monopoly or play money. and asked to boldly label them with the numbers 1 through 5. The helper you have selected is handed each envelope. this helper should be someone nominated by the audience-at-large. or anything different seen if held up to the light. If the envelopes you use require the borrowed bill be folded. On a related note. nor is any “backlighting” or ESPnvelope type technology employed. This is not necessary.envelopes may also be used. Once you have handed him the last envelope you never have to touch them again. so he will do whatever he has to so it ﬁts. These should be of as high a denomination as possible for reasons to be discussed later. A nice presentational touch is to ask him to hand them face down to a person near him for further mixing and have them returned to him. Not to be braggadocios about my own effect here. then so be it. and not by you. However.
Another 32 . And your work is done…. and the effect will proceed. either) have him randomly select one. I prefer psychometry. preferably by the audience) and as large of a denomination real bill as possible borrowed. and place the others. so he doesn’t get to immediately peek what is inside. of course. but the lender plays stronger as it is his money) to place through the cheap. while looking away. For a nice comedic moment the lender is asked if he wants to stop the effect right then and keep the play money. you may hold your hand a few inches over that speciﬁc envelope as the helper holds it out. either on his lap or in his pocket. The play money is removed from the envelope and given to the lender in exchange for his bill. and having the audience select who is your helper is best. still keeping it face down. you may have him tear the envelope and contents up as many times as his hand strength permits. battery powered hand-held paper shredder you have provided him. Conversely. which the helper then truly seals inside one of the envelopes.. also face down. It should be completely clear to all spectators that neither the helper. They truly do not. as after all. Once you are satisﬁed he has no idea which envelope is which (and of course you do not. nor anyone else.possibility in the bud right from the start. If you have a strong feeling about this one containing play money you hand it to the lender (or the helper. he will not. For this type of effect. it is of a higher denomination than the real bill he lent to be placed into the envelope! Of course. however: You do… One at a time. and toss the scraps aside. the envelopes are eliminated by your favorite presentational methodology. A new volunteer needs to be nominated (again. This envelope with the real bill is then placed in amongst the rest of the face down envelopes and a similar mixing procedure as above is followed. As the numbers are called off. ever knows which numbered envelope the real bill went into.
and you will see at the end of this how easily this is set up at a friend’s house using only ﬁve borrowed envelopes and ﬁve pieces of paper. To me. It went over beautifully. your hand is again hovered over this envelope. All of my disclaimers listed earlier are true. Regardless. and the process repeated. “Ah. It contains his original bill and all is well. and tell the spectators that it is being used TO MAKE THE WHOLE EXPERIMENT EVEN MORE FAIR! 33 . BRING ATTENTION TO IT. (I performed Your Lucky Nite near our outdoor ﬁr pit this summer at a party we hosted. as you just saw in your mind’s eye version of my performance. Another envelope is freely selected by your helper and held out. You could be truly blindfolded as the helper holds out the next envelope. if you trust him to actually hold out the correct number called for. no. and perhaps this time you are not sure. That compromise has to be something to allow us to know which of these envelopes contains the real bill. It is handed to the lender by your helper and opened by the lender himself. He can even keep the remaining piece of play money for a souvenir if you desire. I bring it right out into the open. is to have him toss the envelope into a ﬁreplace or outdoor bonﬁre. so request another. conditions permitting. With head turned. Since I have to use a compromise. as a major inconvenience for the lender to reassemble any surviving scraps of the bill he lent should your powers be off that particular night. so there has to be a compromise. we cannot do this for real. you certainly should not ever look down directly at the envelope as there is no need to.” This elimination and envelope destruction procedure is repeated until only one envelope remains. this is how it would play if one could do it for real. I’m picking up nothing from this one so hand it to the lender for destruction. at best. Of course.) Regardless of the method of destruction. it should be viewed.presentational angle. please….
Here is the new sentence with the addition underlined: The play money is removed from the envelope and given to the lender by the performer in exchange for his bill. It was stated earlier that each envelope is given. by the helper no less. it is of a higher denomination than what you are lending me?” is when you get you peek at the mark on the back of the play money.after all. The reason I can allow the lender to keep that ﬁnal piece of play money is because I use subtle nail nicks for my marking procedure.I told you I could tip the method I use by altering only one sentence. has any idea which envelope is which when he selects one and hands you its piece of play money to exchange with the lender of the real bill. and the effect is performed as described. Neither the helper. The lender gets the play money. which the helper then truly seals inside one of the envelopes. as you speak that semi-humorous line during the exchange of “are you sure you don’t want to keep this bill…. This is easily accomplished by simply keeping them stacked in the correct order. nor anyone else. respectively. Each envelope will now be numbered. the helper gets the real bill to seal up. However. Each of the pieces of play money is secretly. If your helper hands you the play money marked #4. which the helper then truly seals inside one of the envelopes. marked on the back 1 through 5. then you will know that the real bill will be sealed in envelope Number 4. lightly. Since the 34 . to the helper in turn. Here is the original sentence from above: The play money is removed from the envelope and given to the lender in exchange for his bill. It is as simple as that. When you get your peek at the back of the play money. and giving them to him one at a time as he numbers them. you will know which envelope the real bill will be sealed in. congruent with its corresponding piece of marked play money. along with the marker.
then eliminate all but the correct envelope and one incorrect envelope. I think that for some reason the spectators create an illogical disconnect in the fact that since the numbered envelopes are shufﬂed and handled face-down that there is no possible way to discern knowing which envelope holds the real bill. once the real bill is secured inside and they are mixed yet again: I state that all but one of these envelopes are going to need to be eliminated. If the correct number is held under your hand simply state that you cannot get a clear feeling from that one. or anyone else. If states the correct number of the envelope that his bill is in I have him place that envelope in his pocket. wishes. as I feel you will ﬁnd this to be very well-received for the minimal amount of work involved. Please make this up and give it a try. and then is given to the lender for destruction. it is only fair to let the lender have his choice of the ﬁrst envelope to be eliminated! The remaining envelopes are held one at a time under your hand in whatever order your helper. Now that you are down to two. Here is how I proceed with the elimination of the envelopes. I have never been caught out or challenged in its use. If he names one of the envelopes that do not contain the money nothing is lost performance-wise. I have not stated how these envelopes are going to be eliminated so 1/5th of the time I am set up to give the lender all of the credit. Conclude as previously detailed. I would like to discuss just a couple of ﬁnal thoughts regarding this routine. In closing. I never stated how the envelopes are going to be eliminated so therefore this ﬁrst envelope is held under my hand long enough for me to sense it does not contain real money. and ﬁnishing as previously described. Bringing attention to the play money as a means to make the experiment even more fair seems to take any heat off of it.others have been destroyed there is nothing to compare that small blemish to. you can have the helper hold one in each hand as you go back and forth…the presentational angles are really quite abundant. I ask for the lender of the bill to use his intuition and to select a number from 1 to 5. 35 . Hey. He is then guided through destroying the remaining four envelopes.
An almost-anytimeanyplace-anywhere routine that will play to even very large crowds…I hope you enjoy it! 36 .There is almost no prep time and it truly can be set up in front of the spectators using ﬁve borrowed dollar-sized pieces of paper and ﬁve borrowed envelopes. Simply use the nail-nick method on the pieces of paper as you place them into the envelopes.
enables the performer to appear to be able to divine in which hand a spectator has hidden an object.. I am going to take a couple of pages to describe the genesis of this and describe one of my best performances of mentalism…. I have been performing BOHT long before I ever saw that said famous routine. that when performed with complete conﬁdence.and I wasn’t even aware of what I had just done! The reason I succeeded in the ﬁnal phase of BOHT. but for some reason it plays extremely well. especially if performed multiple times…and perhaps ending with a prediction of what had just occurred. I assure you it does work. if not perform a variation of yourself. for others it will work right away. The only reason that it may not play as strongly as you may like is that you will be giving off an air of feeling guilty that may be picked up by the spectator. When ﬁrst reading this you may think that it is just a scam and that it will never work. will drop the “too” from their description. What follows is not a complete effect.BOHT The “which hand” effect is only a 50/50 proposition. was due to me 37 . I mean no disrespect to those whom I mention that it will not work well the ﬁrst couple of tries. (and magniﬁcently) and at the conclusion I am going to point out how a very famous mentalist uses a similar technique in a routine that most of you have at least seen. with the conﬁdent air required. and it was nice to see someone of such high regard using a similar principle. It is a method. Before we begin. I will tell you up front that BOHT requires the performer to appear that he has complete conﬁdence in what he just accomplished. described below. Let you inner. emotionless. psychopath out to play for a minute and this will be an out that will serve you well. This will not work perfectly for some of you the ﬁrst few times you try it. Many will say “It is too bold!” Those that will try it out.
but there is one universal language that everyone seems to understand: making a coin completely vanish before their eyes. most did not speak good English. Once one of our interpreters informed me of this I was dumbfounded. and then spent the next few months simply sitting at the entrance to each compound to “guard” them. so therefore I used what inner-magic I had to accomplish this. They would tell their fellow captives of what I could do. I will try to be brief. I was also deployed with the Army to the Middle East during Operations Desert Shield & Storm in 1990/1. Of course. who would in turn come up and hand me a coin to vanish.” 38 . After the short ground war was over. I told them I would make their coin vanish. pocketed. we had taken literally tens of thousands of Iraqi prisoners. We set up prison camps in the middle of the desert by making “compounds” in the sand with several rolls of razor wire forming squares that would each contain several hundred prisoners. I truly believe that from their frame of reference regarding cultures. the vast majority were just regular citizens that were given a riﬂe and sent to the front lines. I came to ﬁnd out why the reactions were so strong: they thought what I was doing was real. While some were hardcore Republican Guard soldiers. Many would come up to the wire and want to talk to us. He also told me that many now referred to me with an Arabic word that loosely translated into “MagicMan.not KNOWING what I was doing so therefore had no guilt at all to telegraph. We divided our unit into shifts. that they thought I would not pull an Ali-Baba and set up what I was doing as a trick. (I had a whole bag of coins to bring home that were either sleeved. it did indeed vanish according to their eyes. (Where were they going to go in the middle of the Arabian Desert?) Most simply surrendered upon seeing us. or simply dropped into the sand!) I had some of the best reactions to a simple coin vanish that I had ever seen. but this is a great example of how other cultures view magic and those that perform it.
what sounded like to me. “He wants you to try. Try what? Apparently. My experience with what I refer to as BHAT (and no. stopping at each sitting person randomly and showing those he stopped at something wrapped in cloth. 39 . Grabbing “a ‘terp” (one of our interpreters. If I had known what was about to transpire I would have written it down. And I did…. It was what probably got me more into mentalism and further away from magic. He told me it was a “game” and explained the signiﬁcance of it. this game entailed him presenting a single stone from the cloth to quite a few of the people that were sitting. I asked my terp what was happening. to the best of my recollection now: BOHT. This beautiful experience I am about to describe truly left an indelible mark on my mind every bit as potent as some of the terrible things I had seen and done. I worked the 6pm to 6am shift. The generator-powered ﬂoodlights lit up the place. but during one of their holiday periods I recall them being up all night..and how. Usually the prisoners were in their tents and sleeping around midnight.” he told me. the Gulf War taught me a lot of life’s lessons. facing each other and creating an isle about three feet wide which one could walk down. Apparently the job to discern who actually had it was now mine. This was a big one. One would actually take it. Each would reach in and come out with a closed ﬁst. There were about 60 prisoners sitting cross-legged on the ground. Keeping security in mind. and since I was “The MagicMan” they wanted to see me do it. not Khat. but all had to pretend they did by coming out with closed ﬁsts. There were two rows of about 30 each. that leaf you chew that gets you high!) taught me even more.Being a 20 year old kid. The guy that had the cloth said something to the interpreter.) we went inside. I watched as one of the prisoners I recognized as being more “senior in social stature” walked up and down the isle. I was asked by one of the English-speaking prisoners if I would come into the compound to watch some sort of ceremony. He also described it as being called.
This was well before Abu Ghraib. but we still had our concerns. Hell. and my fondest memory from that episode is remembering my superior ofﬁcers thinking “why does Reynolds never seem to have any discipline problems in his compound?” My oncein-a-lifetime version of walking on water.I didn’t want to spend all night guessing sixty guys. I didn’t overthink anything. I simply thought that was the hand with the stone. and get back to my post. I recall more dancing and hollering. Honestly. and Jack Bauer-like interrogation over the last 15 years I am in a better place research-wise to make an informed decision as to which hand 40 . One of the luckiest guesses of my life. That guy stood up. “YEA! Now try the HAND!” is as close as I recall to what was said next. apologize. From the result. Terp and I left. and his look back to me is one I will not forget. so I decided to take a quick guess. it is probably better that I hadn’t. I didn’t care…this was getting surreal. I simply grabbed one and covered his ﬁst with my ﬁngers. Ever. and the cloth-holding “elder” and he started dancing! Uh-oh….what just happened? Yep. The stone-holder held out both hands. I didn’t have anywhere the experience in body language “tells” that I have now. I simply walked up to one of the guys sitting and pointed at him. though. let alone have attended The Reid School of Interview and Interrogation. I looked at the “terp” with a “can we go now?” look. I got it right. Declining wasn’t an option from the uproar. Two for two. I had to get out of there. He had the damn stone. and I certainly did not want to get caught playing a game with the prisoners by someone higher ranking then me. I hadn’t even started my career in law enforcement yet. I am a huge fan of the impromptu “which hand” type of effects. he had no choice but to open the other hand. Apparently there is a “Part II” to BOHT. I had to get out NOW. It contained the stone. gambling. Sixty guys causing an uproar. For obvious sentimental reason. With me holding his one ﬁst closed. and I didn’t want to get in trouble. I cannot remember if this was his left or his right. Through various courses in psychology.
to his mind. Arabic method of old. I will never be more lucky than I was in 1991 – and to be lucky is better than to be good!) While most of the time I can control a performance setting while setting up this “which hand” premise. He has a clever handling that allows him to narrow down who is holding the stone to two ﬁnal spectators.) A simple reread. It may be a very crowded bar where I cannot devote my full attention to the participant. as much as I love these methods.” there are others where honestly I cannot. Again. WOW! I could either be indicating the closed ﬁst I grabbed as being indicative of where I thought the coin was. Thinking about this later opened up a whole new way of thinking and structuring of effects for me. ancient. and have time to get my much cherished and needed “tells. To the spectator. 41 . The routine and famous mentalist I refer to at the beginning of this is Max Maven and his excellent Kurotsuke routine. Those that claim deﬁnite. either path we take looks like it was the only logical choice. or I could be eliminating it by not allowing it to open. accuracy rates with their purely psychological methods are lying to you….: since he could not open it he had no choice but to open the one I was not holding.. Or. He brought the whole thing to a successful conclusion in his mind. When presented both closed hands by the prisoner.S. quite honestly. and can pull your a** out of the gutter when one of the “pure” psychological methods fail….presented to me holds a hidden object.Humans are very individual creatures. it may be a participant which I simply cannot read. However.and they will (BOHT is a “pure” technique also: pure B. above. BOHT resurrects my lucky. as mentioned elsewhere in this book. there will be times when your purely psychological tells are off. of how I pulled this off accidentally will tell you what I base my “hand grab” technique on. 100%.. apparently. and unless you have spent a lot of intimate time with a particular one. (However. we have two different paths to lead us to the same desired result. I was eliminating that hand. I grabbed the one that I thought had the coin and thought that by grabbing his hand I was indicating such.
I told them to open their hand. gently pushing it down to their side.. I try to conjure up a look like a light just went on inside my mind & I immediately do two things simultaneously: I grab hold of one of their ﬁsts with my hand. with one of my hands. I am going to put it all together here now. Arguably the most desirable of the two possible outcomes. and take hold of their open hand. similar to how I am going to describe my BOHT handling. they did. but here is how we still bring this to a very successful conclusion when the object is not there 42 . and there is the object for all to see. holding it shut. but most of you have seen the clever way in which he manages the ending. almost as if I am displaying the object on their open hand and using that hand as a “display tray” to proudly display my prize. I simply look back and forth at each hand while softly. but loud enough for the participant to hear. While I am all for the occasional miss in mentalism. To see a well-known mentalist perform something very similar to what I had been performing for quite some time made it feel “justiﬁed” in my mind. mutter to myself: “If I am going to ﬁgure out which hand the ****** is in I need to eliminate the one that it isn’t in…. with the object on it. I was SO happy when I saw him perform this routine.” I say this almost as if I am talking to myself and am giving myself direction and guidance on what I need to do to be successful. In the above paragraphs I have sprinkled how I employ my BOHT handling.From there it is all audacity and bluff. We will assume that the spectator is holding an object in one of two closed outstretched ﬁsts. I raise it up a little into the air. this is a technique to employ when you simply have to appear to get it right. You simply are not conﬁdent that you got your tell(s) correctly and want to appear to bring this to a successful conclusion. and with my other hand I point to their other ﬁst and command “Open that hand!” No matter what I see I loudly give a self-congratulatory “YES!!” OUTCOME # 1: If the hand they open contains the object I immediately let go of their closed ﬁst. I am certainly not going to tip it here.
They don’t even need to open their hand to show the object to conﬁrm this success! This works because we implanted the suggestion of an elimination process. as performers. brush their open hand down to their side while at the same time my ﬁst that is holding their closed hand raises both of our hands high into the air. just as we muttered to ourselves that we HAD to do that in order to locate the hand that DID have the object. Any reaction other than an air of complete success on your part. We have primed the participant to accept either outcome as logical by our verbal utterances and. Please give BOHT a few trial runs in real-world settings. I hope it is an effective “out” for you as it has been for me. much like a referee does for a winning boxer after he has delivered the knockout punch! The combination of this gesture that symbolizes winning and success in our culture. coupled with a conﬁdent “YES!” on your part will ensure that in the mind of the participant that you succeeded what you were trying to accomplish. how we then react to the situation. for either outcome. by seeding the idea of elimination in our mutterings to our self. will result in less than stellar reactions.OUTCOME # 2: If the hand they open does not contain the object I still give the “YES!” verbally and do two things: I nonchalantly. softly. We. We successfully eliminated the hand NOT containing the object. deﬁne what success is…… I hope you go forth and always ﬁnd the correctly colored stone in all aspects of your life…… 43 . just as importantly.
This way they will still bring the effect to a successful conclusion through free choices of their own and yet don’t expect a prize at the end. The game was played by paying a fee and getting a guess at which of the colored strings had a prize tied to it. but…. and I have never been questioned on it! EFFECT: The performer shows ﬁve different colored loops of string or yarn protruding from the top of his closed ﬁst (the pictures show luggage tags numbered 1-5.HIMBERSTRING I often try to see if I can put a mentalism spin on props that are normally reserved for use in “magic tricks. If the guess 44 .” One such item that serves many magicians well is the Himber Ring. The performer shows that the ends of each loop are genuinely and securely knotted together forming a solid loop. but the story sounds like it should be true. because the colored strings would not show up well in these black & white photographs) and tells the story of a carnival game from years gone by. you could.) I tell them they are going to be using their intuition to play for me. Nor do they feel the “sucker effect” of having chosen all but the correct string. I have no idea if this carnival game ever existed or not. Oh. The patter I use describes a very old carnival game where a prize could be won. which would also work quite well. After a brief wait from my friendly Ebay dealer I had in my hands an actual very good quality Himber Ring for less than $20. Since at the conclusion of the routine you cannot give them the ring (well. and by the way. Then one day I thought about a ring-on-string effect and how it could be adapted to mentalism and it sparked this routine. The gimmick was closed when I received it and it actually took me some time to ﬁnd the break where the gimmick opened! This routine has a Bank Nite routine type of feel to it. I had never purchased one because I had no desire to perform a linking ﬁnger rings or ring-off-string routine.
at the conclusion. Good so far….A second color is selected and a second solid loop. This continues for strings three and four. It is also noted that in normal carnival prize fashion that the prize wasn’t even worth the cost of the ﬁrst fee but that during tonight’s performance the prize is quite valuable since they are trying to win a prize for the performer! The spectator then gets to make their ﬁrst selection. and get to pick another string. just a solid tied loop. remaining for the performer. is removed from the ﬁst. sans prize. the one with the prize tied to it. The ﬁrst color is selected and removed from the hand. the player could then pay a slightly higher fee. and of course. The performer opens his hand and shows that a gold ﬁnger ring is securely tied onto the last remaining loops of string! 45 . The goal for the spectator is to eliminate all four incorrect strings and leave the ﬁfth string. The performer goes on to state that since he knows which color string has the prize tied to it that he will try to psychically guide them through the process. If the guess was unsuccessful. Nope. This fee increase went on until the player won or quit playing. since the odds were now better. the spectator was able to successfully eliminate all four incorrect strings.was successful the player kept the prize.
METHOD: I am sure if you have been reading along you have deduced that the Himber Ring is simply hooked onto the last string and locked closed before the ﬁnal string is withdrawn from the hand.) FIGURE 1.) As each string of the four is named it is withdrawn from the ﬁst and handed to the spectator. 1. ﬁngers (ﬁg. When the ﬁnal string remains in your hand it is a simple matter to use your thumb or opposite hand to put the loop into the open ring and quietly close the gimmick (ﬁg. 2. The ring’s gimmick is in the open position the entire time and the ring is simply clipped between ﬁrst and second. or middle two.: INITIAL STARTING POSITION 46 . The spectator’s choices truly are free.
One a performance note. I have the portion of the strings with the knots outside of my hand and visible the entire time. The get-ready preparation is a snap: since the spectator’s aren’t supposed to see what is in your hand until the conclusion. is it only natural to for you to turn around while you get everything set up. If using the colored string approach.if I have trouble locating the joint in the ring then I have no fears of 47 . make sure that the strings are tied securely and put in an extra knot or two at the end. the ring and bundle of colored strings easily ﬁt in a watch pocket of a pair of jeans.FIGURE 2: ENDING POSITION WITH RING READY TO BE CLOSED SHUT Please give this a try as I’ve found that it plays quite big for the minimum amount of space it takes up in your pocket. as I do. I have found at the conclusion of the routine when I brieﬂy hand them the string with the ring “tied” onto it (yes. I actually hand them the string and Himber ring…. Also.
It is the string. By making it clear. and enjoy! 48 . non-verbally. click the ring on the remaining string.them discovering it) that it is not the ring that closely gets examined. Play it out. and not even a hint of equivoque. then backtracking can only lead them to one conclusion: that you did inﬂuence their decisions! And because there are no “wrong” decisions they can make. that the knots are indeed genuine. there is a LOT of room for interaction with the spectator regarding the decisions of what colors to eliminate. as they are.
They all have the upside of doing what they are designed to do.” If you want 16 outs. but a utility item that has served me very well over the last couple of years. HOW TO USE ANY WALLET YOU WANT AND MAKE IT INTO AN INDEX WALLET! This concluding piece is not an effect. and once you are done you just throw it into the currency slot of whichever wallet you choose. I have owned almost every hip-pocket style index wallet out there. or do not offer enough regular credit card slots or other compartments (and I need those pockets to store more mentalism!) I always buy any new commercial index wallet that comes to the market but I always come back to this simple idea and throw one or two into a regular wallet. Now take this bill and position it so the top edge is resting exactly in the middle of THE UNITED 49 .THE $4 BILLET INDEX OR. If you wish for stability. This index I am about to describe will take you about ten minutes to prepare. and of course each slot can be used to house more than one type of “out. per-se. All you will need to prepare this are four one dollar bills (the newer the better) and some Scotch tape! STEP 1: Take one of the bills and lay it face-up on the table. Take a second bill and fold it from the bottom to the top so the bottom edge is resting just underneath where it says FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE on the top of the bill. It offers 8 slots. you may tape it to the table temporarily with a little piece of tape on the long top and bottom edges. but for me they either are too big. make two of these. Crease this fold quite sharply. are not stylish at all.
Refer to Fig.STATES OF AMERICA on the bill taped to the table. Rip off about an inch of tape. but don’t need to do that just yet. FIGURE 1 Ensure that the bills are both aligned on the left and right edges. Any more than that on the inside would limit the size of the billet that we will be able to place in the index. make sure the creases are nice and 50 . and try to ensure that only the white borders get tape on them. Take a small piece and tape the folded bill to the bill on the table by placing a small piece of tape on the center of the folded bill and taping it over the bottom half of Washington’s portrait on the bill on the table.) We now need to tape the left & right white border portions of the folded bill to the white border portion of the bill on the table. (The entire center of all of the pocket bills will eventually be taped right up through the center to act as our divider. STEP 2: We will now take a third bill and again fold it just as we did for the second bill by making sure the bottom long edge is folded up to just underneath FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE.1 for a position check. rip that in half vertically. Again.
Please now refer to Figs. The bottom “V” portion of this fold needs to be aligned exactly along the bottom long edge of the bill taped to the table. By not taping this portion it will be easier to fold the entire packet/index once it is loaded with billets. Tape this bottom edge of the “V” to the bottom of the bill on the table for the entire length of the bottom with the exception of about ¾” in the very middle.sharp. 2 & 3 to for a position check for Step 2: FIGURE 2 FIGURE 3 51 .
for a routine of mine. This step can be seen below in Fig. We now have an index with four separate tiered compartments. try not to tape any further inside the bills than the white border edge. Again.To conclude Step 2. Again. loaded into the same eight pockets.4 (also pictured are eight folded Heirloom cards inside the index. 52 . tape all of the left and right short edges down. each pocket can hold more than one type of prediction. you will see eight New York Lottery tickets. Only use one width of tape for this. This effectively divides the whole packet into eight separate compartments. below.) FIGURE 4 In Fig 5. To divide them into eight compartments we move on to the very simple Step 3: STEP 3: This step merely consists of taping up the very inside center of all three bills.
to cover the billets.FIGURE 5 STEP 5: This ﬁnal step is simply adding a fourth dollar. leave about a ¾” gap in the very center for ease of folding. Refer to Fig 6: FIGURE 6 53 . to the entire packet by taping it only along the bottom edge to act as a hinge. Again.
7 shows the entire index in my wallet with the cover in the “open” position: FIGURE 7 Fig. Fig. 8 shows the cover starting to ﬂip up to hide the billets: FIGURE 8 54 .This ﬁnal bill acts as a “cover” for the billets. You can hold it up against them with your left thumb to show the entire contents of the currency portion of your wallet. or you can hold it open with your right thumb to access the billets.
Additional Thoughts on the $4 Billet Index: If you have a use for an index. If you are concerned about someone behind you in line at the store looking into your wallet and seeing the index. so make it easy on yourself and use tape instead of glue. and a simply wiping motion with your index ﬁnger and thumb will open it right up when you are ready to remove a billet. It only takes a few minutes to put together. Any tape will not be seen. you may casually ﬂash the inside of the wallet after to get the correct billet. please try this out as I think you will love its ease of construction and simplicity of use. a lot of bills in circulation have been taped back together. here is how I would handle it: Simply scoop out the index. While I have never been asked to have my wallet examined after an effect. The “ﬂap” bill will seal over the index from your sitting on it. try what I have recently incorporated with mine: use a tiny dot from a repositionable glue stick in each both the top left and right corners. and if you ﬁnd it isn’t something you can use you can always respend the bills! The ﬁrst one of these I made took me forever because I used a glue stick. and silently pocket it. fold it. etc. custom “$” set. What a pain! The reason I did this was I was worried about the spectators seeing some tape on the back of the bill on the bottom of the packet. I had to wait for each section to dry. ESPnvelope or DOUBLE-DOWN cards!) I hope you can use this! 55 . Who Cares!? This is never seen. along with all of your money. use cardboard spacers. making it into a joke that you don’t trust them with your cash! Your wallet is now as clean as can be (unless they discover your BusinessCOIN & variants. At the very most. and even if was.
You will if you want to. impromptu. feel the same. I hope you get something out of it that you can use. And. by the way…. but if you do.com Bryn Reynolds March. I would appreciate it if you did not. For those interested in some of my other effects that have been released individually. Also included in 2. yes. copying or forwarding an eBook to a friend.) Book Test work coupled with Psychometry. 2008 56 . and I am appreciative that some of those in the mentalism ﬁeld. to learn methods to try to prevent that. In all. These will include several new variations utilizing the technology employed in The BusinessCOIN Prediction. For real people. performance settings. and ONE diary. there will be a SAFWAN PAPERS 2. to include necessary gimmicks & props. Oh yeah…I may release one of my pet pieces that utilizes a Binary Code… In this age of eBooks. you do. I am fortunate that others that I have shared them with believe so as well.myfoolmoon. Some have said they should be separate releases priced more than the book in entirety. whom I highly respect. I certainly would not have offered any of these had they not been real-world workers for me. or special software to combat.0. a couple of new methodologies for the genre of Diary/ Chronologue effects (that utilize no real playing cards. I had developed several other effects during the time period mentioned in the introduction section that I feel will be worthy of release. I certainly hope you will ﬁnd them very worthy. so to speak. a single Index Card that doubles as a gimmicked Mental Epic Board…for real. and a couple of sets of re-written instructions for effects that have very sold well for me as separate releases that I no longer have time to make up myself. in drop-of the-hat. it almost seems commonplace for authors to place some admonition in against. please check out my website at: www. and again. nor inclination. I simply do not have time.In Conclusion. I would again like to thank you for purchasing THE SAFWAN PAPERS.0 will be effects that were “in the works” well before my most recent deployment.mindmagic. and I simply have no time. and others that are of a much more recent vintage.
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