Vanish Magic Magazine Vanish magazine 38 - Page 128

13 ESP BY NUMBERS BY JOHN BANNON more use than the effect. While it's a great routine I still felt it lost something by having the prediction printed on a card. The reason I say this is because it makes the trick seem to mathematical. John does have some subtle nuances to disguise all this and make the cards appear as though they are random but there was just some- thing odd about having the outcome printed on a card. Perhaps it might just mean if I were to perform it I would write something down on my business card. I think this is probably aimed at the beginner because it has that feel about it. It's a self-working trick and you can pretty much perform it out of the box as soon as you finish watching the down- load. To make it seem more realistic or even have more impact, the girl in the video didn't seem that surprised, I would probably write the prediction down. The other problem with having it printed on the card was that you can only do it once and not repeat it if that person is watching again. It just becomes more obvious for them if the outcome is always the same. The method is easy and it's a self-working card trick nicely hidden by using ESP cards and very topilogical. Having said that it's not a bad trick, I think for the beginner it's great, and a great introduction to a well known method. As I said for me personally I got a lot of value from the ideas using playing cards. You display your ESP ability testing deck to your spectator, explain- ing that the symbols and random numbers featured on the cards are used to gauge the extrasensory abilities of members of the public. For the initial test the spectator freely selects five cards from the pack. Despite the hands off, uber clean selection process you clearly demonstrate that you predicted not only which five cards they would select... but in which order too! So far, so incredible, however that is just phase one. The true mo- ment of astonishment is about to land!!! You draw attention back to the random numbers printed on