The Academy Awards come once a year, but interest in the
awards is a year-round thing, and you can bring a Mental Magic
version into your shows with nothing more than some imitation
Golden Guy awards, some envelopes, and a certain something to
make your prediction come true.
Effect: After making some
introductory reference to the Academy Awards, announce to the
audience that the fairest way of deciding on who gets the Awards
would be to ask ordinary moviegoers for their opinions. You say
that you would be willing to bet the outcome would be much
different. To prove it, you will hold your own little Academy
First, you unroll a red carpet for your helpers to stand on. Then
you set out the Golden Guy awards (made from male plastic dolls
spray painted gold, if you cant find imitations of the
As you bring your helpers forward, you have sitting audience
members hold spotlights (flashlights) on them, and make a big
deal about interviewing them as they step from their
limousines to assist in the show.
You hand each of three helpers a sealed envelope and a
commemorative Awards Show pen. These are your
predictions about the winners, to be opened during the
show. Each helper signs his or her name across the
envelope flap, after certifying that it is sealed. The envelopes
are collected and placed against the Golden Guy award statue, as
pictured above. On the front of the envelopes, in large letters,
is printed the category- Best Movie, Best Actor, Best Actress.
Now each helper is given a pad to write down the list of five
nominees from each category. Members of the audience are asked to
raise their hands and call out the name of their favorite movie
to put in nomination for the award. You take an instant audience
vote on the movie called out- thumbs up or thumbs down. If the
movie gets a lot of thumbs up votes, the name of the movie is
written down on Helper Ones Pad until he or she has
collected five movie names.
The same is done for movie actors, and movie actresses. If you
want a shorter routine, just vote for the movie and skip the
actors and actresses. If you want a longer routine, add more
Now you hand each helper a red marking pen so they can circle the
winners in each category. Once again you call out the five names
collected and the audience has a final vote, but they can only
vote FOR their favorite movie and for only ONE favorite movie
(dont worry if they cheat make jokes about it!). This
time the hold up their hand if voting for their ONE favorite
movie of the five nominees. When the winner is determined, the
helper circles the winners name with the red marker.
Now, the envelopes please! After a bit of ceremony, the envelopes
are handed to each of the helpers to open and read your
predictions. Your predictions read something like this:
For the Best Movie of the Year, there are five nominations. They
are: Bambi, The Chain-Saw Murders, Bride of
Frankenstein, Gone With the Wind, and I Was a
Teen-Age Werewolf. And the winner is . Bride of
Anyway, you have correctly predicted all of the nominees and the
one chosen as the winner by the audience.
On the back of the card in the envelope, you have your contact
information printed, and the helper goes home with the card, the
envelope, and the Golden Guy Award (if you can afford all that!
otherwise they just get the envelope and card to keep as a
souvenir). You might want to have each helper make an acceptance
speech as he or she receives the award.
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