Although this is called a
Cookie Jar force, you dont need to limit
yourself to using it with cookies. You can force plastic Easter
Eggs, Lottery Ping Pong Balls, envelopes, billets and other
objects. I was reminded of this force, which I published in 1961,
by a recent post on The Magic Café Forum by Michael Jackson (
his Forum name is: immr1drfl ) asking about a way of forcing a
fortune cookie. I immediately thought of my 1961 Cookie Jar
Force, which I had never used for forcing an actual cookie, and
decided to publish it in this Wizards' Journal.
Michael did not want to use a
change bag for the force because it squashed and crumbled the
cookies to have them confined in the usual change bags available.
Also, his method required him to have a lot of duplicate fortune
cookies with the forced message baked inside. My Cookie Jar Force
requires only one item to be forced, out of many other items,
which are all different.
Surprisingly (to some) the Cookie Jar is NOT gimmicked in any
way. Keeping that in mind, here is the effect as seen by an
The mentalist (thats you!) has a playing card selected from
a deck of cards. He tells the audience that the card will be used
in a test of his abilities to predict the future. The card is
shown to everyone and put on display. He then picks up a jar of
Fortune Cookies, which are all individually wrapped in
cellophane. The jar is a simple clear plastic canister, with a
screw top. He turns the jar upside down and rolls it around to
mix up the Fortune Cookies. Then he removes the lid and has a
spectator reach inside the jar with his eyes closed, to remove
one Fortune Cookie. Spectator #1 holds his Fortune cookie in his
left hand and grabs the open top of the jar with his right hand,
giving the jar a brief mixing shake and allowing Spectator #2 to
close his eyes and take out a Fortune Cookie. This goes on until
several spectators have each grabbed a Fortune Cookie from the
jar, leaving plenty of other Fortune Cookies that were not
selected. The jar is then put away.
The mentalist tells the spectators they may exchange Fortune
Cookies with one another if they wish.
A die is then tossed to select one of the spectators from all the
others. The mentalist tells the spectator who was chosen by the
toss of the die that he/she is the chosen one. He
will now prove that he knew in advance which spectator would
become the chosen one after all these random events took place.
The other spectators all open their Fortune Cookies. Each fortune
reads: You are NOT the chosen one, but you will meet a tall
stranger with whom you will fall madly in love or
something of that nature. Each fortunes begins You are NOT
the chosen one and concludes with a different random
The spectator whom you claimed was the chosen one
finally opens his cookie. The fortune reads: You ARE the
chosen one. As proof of this, the card selected earlier was the
eight of hearts (or whatever) and you will live a long and
prosperous life (or whatever).
If you dont like my routine or plot, dont despair.
Rest assured you can use your own ideas to come up with an
original plot or routine and all you need to know is how to use a
clear plastic ungimmicked cookie jar to force one cookie, Easter
egg, ping pong ball, envelope or billet out of a whole bunch of
others. As I was having a photo taken of the cookie jar I used
for years, I came up with a new routine in which a borrowed
vanished ring is found inside a cupcake that was randomly plucked
from the jar BEFORE the ring even vanished. A sticker on the
bottom of the cupcake has the name of the spectator from whom I
borrowed the ring, and the cardboard inside the sealed cupcake
package contains the name of a card the spectator selected just
before opening it up. How cool is that?
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