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Legend of Loudini

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Ask a spectator to shuffle the cards.

Have the spectators look through the shuffled deck and agree on a numbered / non-face card (that’s any card from 2 to 10.)   Ask the spectators to show each other the group selection but not to say the number out load.  Ask the spectator to place their chosen card face down on the table and to place the big pile face down next to their chosen card.

Now have the spectator pick up the big pile and begin to silently count cards off the top placing them face down on top of their chosen card.  They will count off the same number of cards equal to the number on their chosen card. For example if their chose card is the 3 of diamonds.. they will silently count 3 cards off the big pile placing them face down onto their 3 of diamonds.  Once the spectator is done ask them to let you know.

Now ask the spectator to place the small pile they’ve created face down on top of the big pile and to hold all the cards face down in their hand.

Explain to the spectator that you will now call upon the forces of the universe to find their card.  You will use their hands and sight to correctly pick the groups chosen card.

Have the spectator turn over the top card placing it face up on the table and calling out it’s value.. Jack of hearts, 3 of diamonds, etc.  Magic Tophat Icon

(Here’s where the magic happens.)  Disregard the first card as it’s a throwaway.  Ask them to place the next card face up. In your mind assign it the slot value of #1  This card two will never be “their choice” it’s simply a place holder.  Remember we asked them to find a card between 2 and 10. Now ask them to place the next card face up.  Assign this card the #2 slot.  Is this card a two of something? two of diamonds, clubs, etc.. if so you have a match! Even if it does match continue to have them lay the next card face up. which in this case would be #3.  Continue this all the way to slot 10.  When the # on the card matches your “slot count” you have a match!

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Performance tip: From time to time you will get multiple cards matching your slot number.. let’s say slot #6 has a 6 of clubs and slot #8 has an 8 of diamonds.  Here’s where luck and theater converge.  You have to pick one randomly.. lets say you pick the 6 of clubs and it’s not their chosen card.  Remind them you’re reading the card through their eyes.. ask the group to stare at their chosen card… then say, “Yes.. YES! I’ve got it!… it’s the 8 of diamonds!” (the only other choice that matched your slot number).

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Everybody’s Connected

Begin this mentalist effect by writing the following numbers on a post-it note or similar piece of paper.. leave room at the top for two additional numbers.  To find out how these random numbers are randomly selected, watch the accompanying video at the bottom.


Tell your audience you’re all going to work together to create magic.  With their help they will select a completely random 6-digit number that proves you’re all connected.  For larger groups it is absolutely key they are all able to see the numbers on a projection screen.  People who can’t see the numbers will not engage in the trick and will cause trouble.

Explain to your spectators you’ve previously chosen 5 random 5-digit  numbers and written them on a piece of paper that will be important later. Flash the piece of paper with the 5 numbers on it for everyone to see then set it aside. Here we’re setting the “anchor” by showing the spectators our list of numbers and reinforcing the idea the 5 random numbers existed long before the audience selection is even chosen.

If you have multiple spectators, each one can contribute a random number to the 6-digit sequence. Tell your spectators they can choose any single number from from 1 to 9 and that they are welcome to repeat any previously chosen number. Select someone from the audience (who can do basic math.. or use a calculator) as the “keeper of the numbers”.  They will write down the numbers as the audience selects them.  You’ll go first selecting the first digit.. I recommend at first selecting any number other than “1” then thinking about it and subsequently changing your mind with your final selection being “1” for the first number in the 6 digit sequence.  Now ask the audience to select the remaining 5 numbers.

Special MagicThis next step is very important as it affects subtle timing.  As the audience members are giving you their randomly selected numbers,  you are writing them down as well.  Below each number they select, write their number minus 1.  So if they call out “5” write a 5 with a 4 below it.. next if they call out “3” write a 3 with a 2 below it.  It’ll look something like:

ex.1 5 3 , 6 5 7
ex.  4 2   5 4 6

Have the keeper of the numbers write down the audience chosen numbers as they are called out at the top of a piece of paper. ex 1 5 3 , 6 5 7 then have them circle the number.

Below the circled chosen number have them write down your previously selected numbers: 29,762 + 42,713 + Instead of the 3rd number on your list, give them the number you subtracted from the 6 digit random number 4 2 , 5 4 6 + 17,829 + 20,807

Have the keeper of the numbers add up all five of the 5 digit numbers you have given them and show the results to the crowd.. it will add up to the audience’s randomly selected 6 digit number.

(Seed # – >111,111)