Mental Epilogue

by Jim Gerrish

Effect:

The mentalist/magician shows a chalkboard or whiteboard that is covered up on the bottom half by a cover that is bolted in place with wing nuts and locked with a padlock. The top half of the board is divided into three segments by white or black lines, and the cover is made of solid wood with brass studs and grommets for decorations.

The mentalist states that he has made three predictions during the last night of the full moon and that his predictions concern something that the audience is about to make come true by their actions this evening. He explains that he wrote his predictions on the bottom half of the board, points out that it is sealed and bolted (padlocked, if you wish) so he can’t change his mind, and tells the audience that he wrote his predictions in white chalk or black marker pen. He now gives a spectator a choice of red, blue or green to choose the marker pen that he will use to write the results on the top half of the board. Let’s say they choose RED. He then asks the first choosing spectator to point to three people in the audience, preferably ones she doesn’t know. They stand. The mentalist asks each of them to shout out a digit from zero to nine. They should pay no attention to digits that others have given, but fix on one digit NOW and be prepared to call it out when the spectator randomly points at each one. Let’s say that the random three digit number thus generated is 187. The mentalist then records the number in the left section at the top of the board.

The last person to call out a number then becomes the new chooser to select someone in the audience to call out a color. The mentalist asks this spectator to give her name, nickname or initials. He then records in the center segment at the top of the board (for example) Green; Rita. This spectator then chooses the last spectator who will think hard and then come up with a single word that describes his present mood or emotional state (my example choices are just made up- you can freely have almost any choices you want, but they have to be brief enough to write in the space provided on the board!). Again the mentalist records this in the right segment at the top of the board.

At this point the mentalist brings the board over to the spectator and asks him or her to help in unfastening the bottom cover, by twisting off the wing nuts that hold it securely in place, unlocking the padlock, etc.

The bottom cover is removed and it is seen that the mentalist’s predictions, all written in a different color chalk or marking pen, match almost exactly the results on the top of the board. The differences are minor. A seven on the top might have a slash through it, while the one on the bottom does not. Rita’s name might be shown as Riba. The word chosen might be misspelled on the bottom of the board, but spelled correctly at the top… and so on. This is all good mentalist’s theatre to make the effect more memorable in the eyes of the audience.

The board really is ungimmicked and may be left with a spectator who could be asked to erase the information for another effect in which the board might be used.

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