LANCE BURTON'S SECRETS OF MAGIC:
This feat of long distance magic can be easily mastered in a few minutes. It's really quite perplexing and a lot of fun to do.
The magician asks someone in the audience to call out the name of a playing card. Upon hearing the name, the magician explains that, through the use of telephone telepathy, he intends to have his personal telephone psychic, the Wizard, reveal the name of the chosen card. He picks up a nearby telephone, dials a number and, after a moment, asks to speak to the Wizard. When the wizard answers, the phone is immediately passed to the person who selected the card, who, much to their amazement, hears a mysterious voice correctly identify the chosen card.
SECRET: In order to perform this unusual bit of telephone trickery, you need to enlist the aid of an accomplice. Someone who will answer the phone and play the part of the Wizard.
Begin by having someone call out the name of a playing card. We will assume the card named is the nine of hearts. Have the person concentrate on the card as you explain that you're going to use the telephone to call the Wizard, who will attempt, through long distance mindreading, to identify the card.
Pick up the phone and dial your accomplice's number. When he answers, say, "I'd like to speak to the Wizard, please..." Your accomplice instantly replies by naming each of the four suites in a slow and deliberate manner, in the following order: "Clubs, Hearts, Spades, and Diamonds." The moment he names the correct suit, (in this instance, hearts) you cut him off by saying, "Yes, the Wizard." He now knows that the card is a heart. He then calls out the cards' values in the same deliberate manner: "Ace, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, jack, queen, king. when he reaches the number nine, you immediately cut him off, saying, "Hello, Wizard..." This informs your accomplice that the card's value is a nine. Hand the phone to the person who named the card, saying, "Ask the Wizard to name your card. The Wizard replies in as mysterious a voice as he can muster, saying, "The card you're thinking of is the nine of hearts!"
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