In this post, I will give you a step-by-step guide to do a few simple mind-reading tricks using words. You will learn how to be the best mentalist at every party.
Find the deceased
In this mind-reading trick using words, you will find out who is alive and who is not from your volunteer’s picks.
- Ask for three volunteers. This is a trick that works well in front of a larger audience because you need three volunteers to do it correctly. It should be exactly three because it doesn’t work with two or four. It’s best to pick people you don’t know very well, or the audience may think you’ve colluded.
- Give each volunteer a piece of paper. This part of the trick is very important. Take a piece of paper and tear it into three parts. You give the first one, with one smooth and one frayed side, to the first volunteer. Give the second one with two frayed edges to the second person. The third person gets another piece with a frayed and smooth side.
- This trick will only work with paper torn into thirds, so make sure you have one with you if you want to perform this trick.
- Make a careful note of who got the piece with the two frayed sides, because this piece is the key to the whole trick.
- Tell each volunteer to write down a name. The first is to write down a person who is alive. The second (with the double-torn paper) has to write down the name of a deceased person. Have the third write down the name of a living person again.
- Announce that you will find out the name of the deceased. Make a big fuss, leave the room or turn around while the volunteers write the names on their pieces of paper. Tell them to toss their notes in a hat or box without giving them to you first.
- Pull out the name. Tell the volunteers to each focus on the name they wrote down. Hold the box or hat above your head, or let someone else do it so you obviously can’t see inside. Tell the audience that you already know the name of the deceased and look at the second volunteer knowingly as if their thoughts were an open book to you. Put your hand in the hat and feel for the note, which has two rough edges. Triumphantly pull it out and read the name on it.
Find the lucky guy
- Ask people in the audience to shout their names. Announce that you will write all of the names on cards and put them in a hat. At the end of the trick, you will find out which volunteer is the luckiest and you will write your prediction on a blackboard. The person’s name will then be pulled out of the hat by another volunteer and of course, you will have predicted it correctly. If you have a very large audience, you can limit the number of names to ten; if you have a small audience, anyone can participate
- Write the same name on each card; when the first person calls their name, write it on the card. For the second person, write the same name on the card again. You do this with all the volunteers who call out their names to you. When you’re done, you put all the cards in a hat. Make sure no one is watching you from too close a distance while you write down the names, or you could be blown.
- If you are performing the trick in honor of a specific person at a birthday party or other event, you can just keep repeating that person’s name so that it comes out as the lucky guy of the evening.
- Instead of naming a lucky guy, you can also predict who is going to get married soon, who is particularly mysterious, or what suits the occasion and the guests.
- Write your guess on a chalkboard. After all the names are in the hat, write the name of the special person in large letters on a chalkboard and show it to the audience. Say that you know beyond any doubt that this person is the lucky guy in the room.
- Have a volunteer pull the name out of the hat. Hold the hat high over the volunteer’s head and ask them to pull out a name and read it out loud. People will be amazed to hear the name. Make sure to put the other cards away immediately so that no one sees how you did it.
Find the map
- Cut a small hole in a pack of cards. All you need is a normal deck of cards in a box. Take out the cards and use scissors to cut a small hole in the back of the box in one corner. Put the cards back in the box and look at the hole. You should be able to see an upper corner of the last card in the deck, which tells you which card it is.
- Have this box of cards with you when you do the trick. You should of course keep the side with the hole hidden from your audience.
- If you find a box that, as is often the case, has a deck of cards depicted on both sides, the hole will be next to invisible.
- Ask someone in the audience to draw a card. Start by letting them shuffle the deck a few times. Tell him to pick a card and show it to the audience while you turn your back on him. Then he should put the card under the pile and push the deck of cards back into the box. Hold the box out to him, with the hole tucked away in the back of your hand, and let him put the cards in it.
- They’ll be pretty sure to put the cards face down in the box, they don’t want you to see their card. Otherwise, tell him to start over and choose a new card.
- Make a great show of reading that person’s mind. Hold up the locked box theatrically so that you can see the hole, of course. Then announce that you’re going to go inside your volunteer’s head and find out what card they drew. Close your eyes and raise your face to the ceiling. Then say, “I know! It’s the (name of the card)! “
- Confirm your statement by showing the card. Pull the deck of cards out of the box, being careful not to see the hole. Hold the deck in front of the audience so they can see the bottom card.
The mind-reading trick with the dictionary
- Look up the ninth word on page 108 in your dictionary before starting the trick. Write this word on a piece of paper and put it in an envelope. You put the envelope in your pocket. This is the most important part of the whole trick. If you forget it, you won’t be able to show the trick.
- Ask for two volunteers when you start your show. Give one the dictionary and the other a calculator.
- Use the calculator to ask the volunteer to come up with a three-digit number. The only requirement is that the number cannot contain two digits. For example, they could choose 365. The three digits must be different – 222 is not possible.
- Ask your volunteer to reverse his number, in our case 563. Then ask him to subtract the smaller of the two from the larger (563 – 365 = 198). At the end of the day, he should turn the number around again (i.e. 891).
- Now he should add the last two numbers together. In our example that would be 198 + 891 = 1.089. The result will always be 1.089 no matter what number you start with.
- Now ask the volunteer to give you the first three digits of the number. These are always 108. Ask the second volunteer to turn to page 108 in the dictionary.
- Now you ask your first volunteer what the last digit of their result is. Here the answer will always be 9.
- Ask the volunteer with the dictionary to concentrate on the ninth word on page 108. For your part, stare at the volunteer and pretend to try to read his mind. Finally, when you’ve built up enough tension, take out the envelope and show the piece of paper inside. Your audience will be delighted when your volunteer confirms the correct word is on the slip!
Read a volunteer’s mind
- Tell the viewer to think of a number between 1 and 5. This great trick takes advantage of certain peculiarities of human psychology. You give your “victim” choices so that they feel they can choose, but most people think of the same things. Therefore, to the amazement of your audience, they are quite easy to guess. First, you should ask your volunteer to choose a number between 1 and 5, but not to reveal it to you.
- Ask them to multiply their number by 9 and add up the two digits of the number. So if he came up with 5, that would be 9 x 5 = 45, so he’ll add 4 + 5 and get 9. He should do it quietly and for himself again.
- Ask the volunteer to subtract 5 from their number. 9 – 5 = 4, so at this point, they will have the number 4 in their head.
- Tell the person to find the letter in the alphabet that corresponds to the number. For example, 1 corresponds to the A, 2 to B, and so on. No matter which number you took at the beginning, the result will always be 4, so the corresponding letter with which it continues is D.
- Tell them to think of a country that starts with that letter. Most people will of course think of Germany.
- Now ask your volunteer to come up with an animal that begins with the last letter of its country. It’s a D again, and most people associate the letter with the badger.
- Now the volunteer should come up with a color that begins with the last letter of the animal, i.e. with an S. Black is the most common color that begins with an S.
- Now pretend you can read minds. Put on a big show, hold your temples, and tell your viewers that you are trying to invade your volunteer’s mind.
- Look puzzled and tell them that for some reason you see a black German badger in front of you. Much more often than not they will be completely off their socks, but of course, it cannot be ruled out that someone will think of Denmark and kangaroos.
- Don’t tell anyone how your tricks work. That would go against the magician’s honor.
- Be confident, then you will appear more believable.
- Do not perform a trick twice in front of the same audience, or someone will discover your tricks.