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In this effect the behaviour of a spectator is predicted not once, but three times over. Your spectator examines a blank faced deck of cards. On six of the cards you have drawn symbols - two cards with a circle, two with a square and two with a cross.

She observes you position three different symbols cards at various locations inside the pack of blank cards. The deck is then turned face down and she is asked to position the matching three symbol cards face down at various places in the deck. She is given complete freedom where she places her three cards.

This completed, you explain that you are not now going to pick up the deck and do a lot of jiggery pokery or sleight of hand with it, because this is not a trick. We like to think our actions are under our control, or at least maybe just random. But actually our behaviour is curiously predictable.

You simply turn the deck face up and spread the cards across the table. Each time she placed a symbol right next to one of yours. But not only that, astonishingly, each of the pairs match precisely.

This version of the card matching effect has a number of points to recommend it. Three matches make a big effect, the ESP symbols give a strong mentalism feel, you are completely clean at the end, there is no tell-tale evidence that the effect was anything other than entirely genuine, there are no gaffs of any type, it's easy to do, and the only requirements are a blank deck and a marker pen to draw on the symbols.

Comes complete with an instructional DVD and custom printed ESP cards. Add your own deck or blank faced deck!

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 26th, 2015
There is useful information here, but there are issues, too.

First of all the ad info is contradictory. You don't write ESP symbols on a blank deck. You DO get 3 pairs of bicycle-backed, poker-sized non-gaffed ESP symbols...in my case, two each of circles, wavy lines and stars. (Ad has been up for years...how about an update?)

However, if you do buy this, by all means also buy the matching color Bicycle blank deck if you don't have one. They say you can use a regular deck, which is true, but really way less effective in the final display, as even Mr. Nardi admits. I think the blank deck should be included. Not including it on the assumption that "most magicians probably have one" is bad logic.

The technique is derivative, but credited and significantly different. Know that a table will be required. The presentation is mentalism, not so much magic. The provided presentation is slow and dry. The technique requires three separate, "Stop me any time you like" face down card deals for the participant to place their three symbol cards in the deck, the mentalist having previously inserted his three symbol cards at his mentally ascertained locations.

The deck is spread face up and the 6 cards are seen to be matched/paired at 3 locations in the deck - see why the clutter of a regular deck would dampen the reveal?

So. To laymen, a blank deck is strange. Why use one at all in the context of mentalism? Why not just lay the symbol cards down next to each other and see if they match? And what about the other two ESP symbols? Why Just 3? This is trying to be mental magic, and for me it doesn't work: the process is tedious and time consuming for the effect it delivers. In this case, (well executed) sleight of hand instead of the nearly self-working technique provided would significantly improve the pacing, but not the overall illogical approach to a mentalism effect.

I gave it 3 stars because I did learn something.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 21st, 2012
The method is simple, and you can adapt it to different presentations. Nice pice of Magic, Period.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 18th, 2012
Fabulous trick that uses no gaffs, so you're clean from beginning to end. The trick not only comes with the ESP symbol cards but a terrific method that can be applied to other tricks such as kings finding their suited queen in a regular deck
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