Simple Mind Prediction Trick!

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This is a really simple mind prediction trick that anyone can perform. To make things a little more interesting, we use Zener cards instead of normal playing cards.

The Performance..

First, you hand a spectator a sealed envelope, explaining that it contains a prediction. Ask the spectator to keep the envelope safe while an Extrasensory Perception (ESP) experiment is conducted.

You then spread 10 Zener (ESP) cards face down in a row on the table and ask the spectator to pick any number between 1 and 10 inclusive. You count along the cards to the chosen number, and turn over the card.

The card shows the STAR symbol.

Mind Prediction Trick

*Zener cards, also known as ESP cards, are made up of five symbols: a circle, a cross, wavy lines, a square and a star. Experiments for extrasensory perception or clairvoyance typically use Zener cards.

You then ask the spectator to open the sealed envelope and read the prediction inside..

Amazingly, the prediction reads "I predict you will choose the STAR symbol".

And the STAR symbol is exactly what the chosen card revealed!

How were you able to correctly predict beforehand that the spectator will choose the STAR symbol?

Read on to find out..

Prior to the performance, write "I predict you will choose the STAR symbol" on a piece of paper and seal it in an envelope. 

Lay 10 ESP cards (2 of each symbol) face down in a row on the table, ensuring that the two STAR symbols are at positions 3 and 7 (counting from the left).

The image below is an example of how to position the cards. For the effect, they should all be facing down. 

When the spectator has chosen their number, count along the cards as below:

  1. Count "O - N - E" from the left 
  2. Count "T - W - O" from the left 
  3. Count "1-2-3" from the left
  4. Count "1-2-3-4" from the right
  5. Count "F - I - V - E" from the right
  6. Count "S - I - X" from the left
  7. Count "1-2-3-4-5-6-7" from the left
  8. Count "1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8" from the right
  9. Count "N - I - N - E" from the right
  10. Count "T - E- N" from the left

In this way, you will ALWAYS land on a STAR symbol!

After revealing the chosen STAR symbol, you can then turn over all the cards to show that they are different.

Needless to say, do not perform this mind prediction trick more than once to the same spectator. Or else you will be found out pretty quickly! 

Have fun!

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

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  1. anastasia

    OMG ,that’s an amazing trick I will definitly try it ,allthought I have been trying to learn for a while I’m still a beginner , what really helped me to start was a book I read about card tricks

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