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Scottish Mentalist 2013 and Mind Stunt 1

2013.

Boy, didn’t it go fast!

SO fast in fact, I’ve only just stopped.

I say stopped, I mean … I’m currently recharging.

In 2013 I performed in the West End of London (or London’s West End if you will), Off Broadway in New York, received five star reviews at The Edinburgh Comedy Festival, spoke and lectured at events in Kuala Lumpar, Manchester University, Glasgow University and Edinburgh University.

I also trained up-and-coming performers at some of the largest magic conventions in the world giving them a slight insight to some of my methods.

I wrote my eighth book (which actually occurred out of boredom on a beach in the Canary Islands somewhere. I don’t do well at sitting still … There was a piña colada and an iPad involved, the rest is a blur).

I was also kindly invited to film some footage for TV.

It was fun and action packed. I got to spent time with my wonderful fans, friends and family.

You’re all amazing and helped make 2013 perfect!

Thank you.

Now then, wait until you hear what I’ve for planned for 2014 …

Until then, something amazing you might like to try.

You write down a ‘prediction’ on a piece of paper and give it to someone to hold on to so you can’t change your mind.

Ask anyone to name a coin. Whatever coin they name, you have someone reach into their pocket and remove that coin from their pocket. They tell everyone the date printed on it. They announce it’s, “1997.”

Your prediction is unfolded and it reads, “50p dated 1997.”

How?

Before we get to that, Sherlock Holmes put it best when he said ….

“You know a conjurer gets no credit when once he has explained his trick; and if I show you too much of my method of working, you will come to the conclusion that I am a very ordinary individual after all.”

… So only read on if you want to ruin the ‘magic’ of it.

I warned you!

This demonstration is based on a psychological principle and something I observed many years ago.

Like everything I do, it’s not guaranteed, I’m playing the odds. That’s all this is.

If you ask someone to name a coin in British circulation they will, most of the time, name a 50p.

“But what if they don’t say 50p” I hear you think.

Well, you have three options:
1- Cry. Not advisable (it’s messy) and makes you look inferior.
2- Tell them about this blog and the fact that they are wrong and potentially need their neo cortex looked at.
3- Ask them to name two more coins. You now have two more chances for them to name 50p.

So let’s assume they name three coins, one of which is a 50p. Explain,

“I want you to imagine picking up two, which two would you take?”

If they don’t name the 50p, they name their other two, then perfect! You’ve told to TAKE those coins, you can now state, “So you’ve left me with the 50p.”

If they state they’ve picked up the 50p and another of the imaginary coins ask them to mix both and hand one to the person with the real change in their pocket.

If they keep the 50p for them self, you make it clear that’s the one they wanted to keep and draw the full importance to that.

If they hand the 50p to the person with the change, ask them to remove a 50p from their pocket and draw the importance to that coin.

Always make the 50p the important coin, without it seeing contrived.

You’re going to have to think on your feet and learn to draw attention to the desired and relevant actions performed. It’s influence and persuasion in it’s truest form!

So, finally, how do we know it’s going to be 1997? Again, you’re playing the odds.
The majority of 50p coins in circulation were produced in 1997.

Try it.

See?

So with this in mind, you’re now able to accurately predict the mental and physical actions of your friends.

One other thing, while on the subject of coins, for you drivers out there!

Did you know that you can check that your tyres are within the legal limit using a 20p coin?

I’ll explain; insert the coin between the ridges. As long as you’re unable to see any of the border of the coin, your tyres are legal! Drive on.

If not, time to get them replaced.

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