I posted this a few months back in the Penguin theater but some new folks have showed up on the mentalism board (and some have returned from an absence) so I thought I would give this a whirl here. More mental magic than mentalism but I would really like to hone this into a signature effect for me. This was shot shortly after I pieced the posting.php?mode=quote&f=10005&p=1257353#method
together so the big weakness in in my presentation. Any criticisms welcome. Thanks...http://vimeo.com/20151581
On the performance front there is something you should notice psychologically that stands out,
I have discussed this in great length with others about logical thinking and there is an example in here that fits the glove.
'I can open these if you like'
and got the response
'I don't trust you'
You didn't need to point out every little action as it creates suspicion, people watch you like a hawk and question your every move.
lets look at the patter and performance,
take the deck out of the pocket with the wrapper on (when the subject looks at it they should know its new, you don't need to tell them) open it while saying the line about wanting to try something a little strange.
If tell them you are going to try something a little strange, then pull out a sealed deck they will start looking for the 'little something thats strange'.
Then you said 'you can look at them if you want' (they are controlling the effect at this point its on their terms you need to let them know that you are showing them something on your terms).
(Also because they were taking hours to open the packet, you were having to make patter up whilst they faffed about.)
I'd have shuffled the cards, then handed the cards across to them to be shuffled whilst saying,
'A fresh deck opened in front of your own eyes none the less, give them a little shuffle and place them face down on the table'
(if you ask them to 'examine' or 'look through' something they will think there is potentially something that is hidden and they will watch you closely...There is no reason for them to check something that is ordinary)
now here is another slight psychological thing you will notice,
you asked her to THINK of a card, she was confused as to what she was supposed to do and asks you if she needs to name the card to which you had to respond with 'yes because she needs to know it' (looks fishy to a lay none natural)
Say to subject two 'Whilst (insert subject ones name) is shuffling the cards, if you would like to name a random card out please, do not just choose your favorite'.
(this gives the appearance you are not watching the deck in sub1's hands and are merely asking sub 2 to name a random card...Fills time when 1 is shuffling and seems natural)
The cards will be face down at this point a cards been named out and one knows what to suspect + you have controlled the situation.
they can see your putting the band on...here is an alternative
as you reach for the deck and apply the 'MOVE' (don't want to expose anything here) say to sub1 'you shuffled this deck of cards and you (look toward 2) named a random card (as you are placing the rubber band around the deck and placing it down) ask what the was card again (as though you have forgot the card, but please don't say i have forgot, let them make that judgement)
We do this for a good reason the 'moves' are done but it sells to them you have forgot the card and if they were to look for the secret moves it would be from this moment and your work is done the decks on the table.
Get them both involved, I would like you both to just think of the 3 of hearts for me concentrate scream it in your minds and when the tension is built up to a max climax by banging the table with your right hand and and say THREE OF HEARTS it will jump out towards them and it just hammers the nail into the coffin
(long story short - If you are going to do something obvious like shuffle a deck the sub can see that you don't need to tell them use that time to patter something else)
Good strong effect Hope this helps you