Dan Harlan – Tarbell 33A – Mental Magic
As you can tell by the name, this lesson was not part of the original course, but was added later due to the popularity of mind-reading tricks at the time.
All of these tricks were contributed by Karl Fulves, a prolific author and publisher of magic, and each contains a fascinating principle you can use.
Dan starts off by showing you a clever, little-known, force of a card that (once you master it) feels completely fair, and it’s perfect for non-card workers.
Then, a bit of simple number-juggling allows you to reveal a spectator’s secret number digit-by-digit with incredible precision.
Next, using a particular deck of cards (you probably already own) in a way you’ve likely never seen, you can apparently control random events.
Then, Dan simplified a method and changed the presentation to go for a direct prediction that indicates who will be left holding the envelope in question.
If you’re looking for something a bit more involved, Dan gives you all the work (both old and new) on a pseudo-voice-inflection test that boggles the mind.
Then, using a combination of layered methods, hidden information is communicated secretly from one person to another, although neither one directly sees it.
And finally, another use for a popular deck you probably have allows you to apparently identify and single out a mentally-selected card behind your back.
Now, you can use the effects just as I show them, or apply these little-known principles to your own work. Either way, your audiences are sure to be stunned.