Before the choosing, a small slip of parchment paper is inscribed by the Shaman and placed under a glass on the table for safe keeping. The pins are displayed and it is pointed out that each has a different appearance. One might have a skull head, as shown to the left, while another is a plain black bead, or a dark blood-red bead. Another might have a wrinkled seed look, or a cube shape. The heads of the beads are presented to a spectator who freely chooses a pin and removes it from the cloth.
The Shaman lifts the glass and flicks the paper to the spectator to pick up and read. It says (for example): You will choose the skull pin. Please note that the spectator has a completely free choice of hatpins- no force.
This chosen hatpin can then be used in the original effect.
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