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Psi-Con Ruse

by Phil Goldstein

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Categories: Close Up, Mentalism
Media Type: Trick
Publisher: Murphy's Magic Supplies

Product Description

A spectator is asked to freely shuffle a deck of cards. The mentalist displays a book on divination, explaining that he has been studying Cartomancy-the ancient system of telling fortunes with playing cards.
An envelope is then given to the participant to hold and the performer says, "Even though we've never met before, inside this envelope is a Cartomantic reading that I've prepared just for you. Let's see if the system works!"

The top five cards of the shuffled pack are taken and displayed by being inserted into the edge of the book. The spectator is told to choose any of the five cards. The selected card is, for example, the four of clubs. The four unchosen cards are shown to be all different. When the fortune message is removed from the envelope, it reads:

"You have a compassionate nature and strong leadership potential. Your sense of humor is admired by others. Your lucky card is the four of clubs!"

Includes detailed, 8-page booklet written by Phil Goldstein and fully-illustrated by Tony Dunn and the five specially-printed cards on Bicycle stock that make this effect possible.
Date Added: Aug 6th, 2006


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Official Review

December 14th, 2002 6:50pm
Reviewed by Brad Henderson
In the interest of full disclosure, let me say that Max Maven is a friend. I do that so others do not accuse me of being in "cahoots", or in Max's case perhaps more appropriately, in "league with" the effect's creator. I nevertheless give you my word to be as objective as I can in all reviews I write as an official reviewer for My Lovely Assistant.

Psi Con Ruse is Max's minimalist handling of a popular Dr. Jaks' premise. While this concept has received many different treatments over the years, Max removes all foreign looking props and presents a handling so economical in motion that to see it performed, even when one is familiar with the original, one could easily be side swiped by a principle they already know.

And that really is what sets this effect apart, the handling. Max explains every move required to present a streamlined, intelligent piece of mind reading without any awkward stumbling or juggling of the props.

Max's instructions are terse but clear. The illustrations... [Read More]

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