Monday, December 27, 2010

Derren Brown's Mental Card Selection

Here is a great way to have someone think of any card you want. Derren Brown has done this many times.

The 5 of Hearts
“Ok, what I want I to do is to go with me here…listen to what I’m going to
tell you…look at me closely…ok…don’t think of your favourite card…or
any one card in particular…just see it as it comes to you…ok?
Excellent…ok…I want u to see a card…nice and bright…burn it in your
mind (hold your fist to your forehead)…good and a suit (move your fist to
your heart…pat it on your heart a few times)…good…and make it a card I
wouldn’t usually go for…a slightly strange card…an ordinary
odd (emphasise odd slightly with voice tonality) card…now see its value (as
u do this open your fist out so the 5 fingers are spread — wave this across
from left to right or vice versa quickly…but not so quick they don’t register it for
a second or so. Use your hand like you are emphasising what you are
saying…don’t pay too much attention to it)…ok…and once you have the
value stick with it…”
And they mostly say the 5 of hearts. U can reveal the card how u wish …I’ll
leave that up to your own personal preference.

3 of diamonds
To do this effect all you need is one card (3 of diamonds).
Put the card in your jacket pocket and you are ready to perform the effect.
Here is the script to do the effect.
“I have a card in my pocket (take card out, don’t show the face of the card)
look here it is, I know what it is because I have it here, I am going to try
and transmit this playing card to you. If you try and guess what it is or if
you go for your favourite card or try and catch me out you will get it
wrong, so don’t just pay attention and see if you can get it. I’ll put it in
my pocket for later. Here’s what you do you build an image in your mind
imagine a screen you’ve got a screen in you mind like that imagine the
little number down at the bottom and up at the top like that and the
things down the middle the bum bum bum down the centre of the card,
visualise that in you mind on the screen make the colour bright and
strong and vivid so you can see it clearly with the suit the screen and the
4 corners visualise that, now sharply in your mind look at me and now
say it out loud, say the card you have don’t change your mind, have you
got it (wait for name of card (3 of diamonds)) then reveal the card in your

1. while saying “imagine a screen you’ve got a screen in you mind like
that” put you hands in a diamond shape (like picture))
2. while saying “imagine the little number down at the bottom and up at
the top like that” draw a 3 with your finger down at the bottom and up at
the top (like a playing card has) make sure you draw the 3 backwards so
the subject sees it the correct way round)
3. While saying “bum bum bum” point 3 times with your finger each point for
each “bum” also put each point under the other.
4. While saying “down the centre of the card” point with 3 of your fingers on
the same hand vertically
5. Every time you say “screen” put your hand in that diamond shape.
All of this sublimely tells you to pick the 3 of Diamonds. How? Well, you put
your hands in a diamond shape (yes a DIAMOND shape) then you draw a 3 at
the top and bottom (yes a 3) then you say bum 3 times. Then you point with 3
fingers and finally you tell them to make the colour bright and strong and vivid
(which can only be red).
So let’s look at the language you need to use to force the card you want…
If you want a red card use words like —
Colourful, Bright, Warm, Burn, Intense, Vibrant, Rich and so on…
If you want a black card use words like —
Dark, Cold, Mysterious, Shadowy, Faint, Dim and so on…
(I’ll leave the postfixes of these words and the ways u work these into your
presentation up to you — you guys are smart enough to make your own great
patter up after all…)
Suits —
Hearts — Patting your fist on your chest…’Feel a suit’…
Diamonds — The D.B. hand move works well…else ‘see a suit…warmly
and richly in your mind’…
Clubs — ‘See the suit emerging from the sort of klutzes n bums…’
Spades — ‘See the spare suit’…‘Don’t dig around for the suit let it come
to u’…
If you want a number card use words and phrases like —
‘An ordinary one’…‘A regular card’…‘A simple card’…etc etc…
If you want an even card use words and phrases like —
‘Even see the value of the card appearing’…‘A regular value’…‘A nice
neat value’ and so on…
If you want an odd card use words and phrases like —
‘A slightly strange card’…‘An odd card’…etc etc…
If you want a court card use words and phrases like —
‘Paint it in your mind’…‘See it like a picture/painting’…‘See it in fine
detail’…and so on…
If you want a court values use words and phrases like —
Ace — ‘Cool card’…‘Popular Card’…‘Make it a winner’…
King — ‘Important’…‘Dominant’…‘LinKING with’…
Queen — ‘Precious’…‘Protect’…‘Pretty’…
Jack — ‘Don’t make the value too obvious’… ‘Not a member of a pair’…
(this ones a tuffy!!)
So there we are…your going to have to build your own patter around these
starting points…and that is all they are but in theory you should now be able to
suggest any card in the deck…
Don’t underestimate the power of voice tonality and hand motions too…though
it’s not too hard to figure some out for the card your doing.

Classic Coin Matrix

A great classic trick. Impromptu. Uses only 4 coins and 4 cards. If you need any clarification with this, just ask!

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Criss Angel's Levitation

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Gambling PSA

Here's a video I had to make for my TV production class last year. I did it on a Gambling PSA. Let me know what you think!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Cough Cough by David Blaine

Performance: The magician has a card selected and signed.

The card is then shuffled into the pack by the spectator and it is the magicians job to locate it.

Unfortunately the magician cannot seem to get it right, but after a few attempts, the magician seems to actually regurgitate a tightly folded card.

It is the spectators card, with their signature.

Preparation: You need a pen and a deck of cards .

Method: Have the spectator select a card from the deck and show it to the audience.

After the card is signed control it to the top of the deck by means of a Hindu Shuffle control or a revolving pass.

The deck is now held in the standard dealing position in the left hand ( with the chosen card at the top )

Get a finger break under the top card and palm with your right hand immediately.

Flourish the rest of the deck with a one hand cut, or one hand shuffle with your left hand and offer it to a spectator to simply mix up the cards.

Make sure the spectator starts to shuffle because some stubborn people start to look through the deck looking for their card.

Then turn your back making this move seem natural to show that there is no possible way that you could know where the card is.

At this time you are folding the palmed card into eighths. ( The smaller the better ) This is easy, as your back is turned you can use both hands to do this and then slip the tiny package in your mouth between your cheek and gum.

Turn around to face the audience. As the card is folded so tightly in your mouth, you can talk normally.

Take the cards and act as if you messed up .

Turn over a couple of cards to reveal what was supposed to be their selection. The card will of course be the wrong selection.

Do whatever you want, just make yourself look bad.

As soon as people start to laugh at you, act as if your hurt, as if something inside of you is wanting to get out.

Make the audience curious, and have the suspense build up.

As soon as they reach their peak work the card out of your lips and and slowly spit the card out onto the palm of your hand.

Unfold it, and watch the audience scream as they see that it is the chosen signed card.

It looks as if you somehow swallowed the card beforehand and regurgitated it back up again.