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Santa-Mental

by Professor Spellbinder

Mutus Nomen Dedit Cocis is the name of a classic card plot in card magic and whose basic principle was first described in 1769 by Gilles-Edme Guyot. My Santa-Mental “Do-It-Yourself” version is a way to get younger children interested in mental magic by asking the question: “How does Santa Claus know what to bring each boy and girl on Christmas? The answer is, he reads your mind so he knows what you are thinking.”

I ask four children to each think of a toy on the cards that I printed using my computer and that I cut out myself, and see if I can read their minds like Santa Claus.

Using a variation of the Mutus Nomen Dedit Cocis principle, I can reveal the toy each child has chosen, concluding with “And that’s how Santa knows what you want for Christmas. It’s also how he knows if you’ve been naughty or nice, so let’s all try to be as nice as we can from now on.”

It's a great trick to use on families, because it also knocks the socks off adults when you ask them to pretend they are children and you read their minds, too, along with their kids.

Other variations on the basic effect and using the same principles are easy to print out for all occasions, not just Christmas, once you see how it is done.

 

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