Read Minds Like A Book!

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Mind Reading Trick - Literally Read Minds like a Book!

This is a mind reading trick using 3 paperback books and a deck of cards. And oh... a little bit of memorization too..

The Performance:

You produce 3 paperback books and invite a spectator to choose one of them. You will also invite another spectator to cut a deck of cards. On the bottom pile of the cut deck, add the values of the first two cards.

With this total value of the two cards, ask the first spectator to turn to that page on the book that he chose earlier. On this page, ask the first spectator to focus on the first line of the page.

You will also concentrate hard and be in deep thoughts, and mumble a few words. Then, you will pick up a notepad and scribble something onto it.

After that, you will ask the first spectator to read aloud the first line of the page, and it matches exactly what you have written!

Amazing. But how does it work?

Mind reading trick using books are a staple part of mind reading and there are a whole variety of methods. This is one of the most simple and uses a stacked deck of cards, which is also called a 14/15 stack.

To prepare the stacked deck, remove the Ace of Hearts and Ace of Spades from the deck. Then arrange the the remaining cards as follows, with the 7D at the bottom. All cards are face down:

7C 8C 6D 9S 5C 10H 4D JS 3C QS 2D KS AC KH 2H QC 3D JH

4S 10C 5D 9C 6S 8S 7S 8D 6H 9H 5H 10D 4C JD 3S QH 2S KD

AD KC 2C QD 3H JC 4H 10S 5S 9D 6C 8H 7H 7D


S = Spades

H = Hearts

C = Clubs

D = Diamonds

J = 11

Q = 12

K = 13

A = 1

With this arrangement, it doesn't matter where the cards are cut (by the second spectator). The first two cards on the bottom pile will always add up to 14 or 15.

In one of our recent posts on magic trick with coins, we talked about "the magician's choice". It is where you will direct the spectator to choose what you want them to choose, even though it appears like a free choice.

Similarly in this this performance, by using the magician's choice you will be able to lead the first spectator to choose the book that you want them to.

So since you already know which book the spectator will choose beforehand, all you need to do is to memorize the first lines of pages 14 and 15 of the book. Voila!

Alternative way of delivering this performance:

To create a more amazing effect to this mind reading trick performance, you can consider getting a general impression of what's happening on pages 14 and 15. And then draw a picture on the spot (you would have known what to draw beforehand, of course!) to illustrate pages 14 or 15.

Or you could use some clever patter to tell a story that leads to what pages 14 or 15 are all about!

How would you deliver this performance to create an even more amazing effect? Share with us in the comments below!

Want to have some more tricks up your sleeves? Check out these other Cool Magic Tricks Revealed!

If you want learn more in-depth mind reading and mentalism tricks, you may be interested in this program review, on "Mastering Mentalism Effects & Magic Less than 30 Days

Read also: 5 Easy Mind Reading Tricks

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  1. Salemusica

    I glued my boyfriend to the chair with this game. I hope my boyfriend understands my passion for magic. I love this job

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