When I was 16 I read an article in a Reader’s Digest issue which I would later use to good effect a few times. The article is not something that I remember much about; I guess it was about someone recanting a special person from his developing years and mentioned a trick that this person did and later how he did it. At 16 I thought it was cool and nifty and spoke to a friend of mine, Nikhil, and we arranged that we would use this on our friends or relatives.
Ok this is the simple trick, which we label as the Wizard. Now say I wanted to pull this trick on someone I am with, I would tell this person that I know a Wizard would could read other people’s minds. And then I would take a deck of playing cards and ask this person to pick a card at random and show me the card. Then I could call my friend the Wizard on the phone, in full view of the other person and once the phone is picked up I would ask for The Wizard. Once the Wizard is on the phone I would tell him that I have a friend / relative here who has picked a card and would he be able to tell him which this card is by reading his/her mind. When the Wizard says he is ready, I would then give the phone to my friend/relative who picked the card and then the Wizard, without fail will tell the other person the card he or her had picked. Worked every time and the person would be stunned!
Wanna know how we did it? It’s simple. My friend Nikhil and I had prearranged signals for enacting this little silly trick. When I had a person with me who chose a card at random and showed it to me, say it was the 8 of Diamonds, I know which one it is right? So when I called Nikhil at his home and he picks up, I would use the first prearranged signal, which is:
“Is The Wizard at home?”
Nikhil would then start saying to me “One….two…three….four…five….six….seven…eight….” till Ace! I would interrupt him at the correct number, which in this case is eight and then ask the next question:
“I have a friend / relative here who has picked a card and could you read his / her mind and tell which card it is?”
That being the second prearranged sign, Nikhil would then say to me “Clubs…..Hearts….Diamonds…..Spades” and I would interrupt him at Diamonds and say “Ok, so I’m going to hand it over to my friend / relative now!” So Nikhil aka The Wizard now knows that the picked card is the 8 of Diamonds. I hand the phone to my friend / relative and as soon as they say “hello” he would say “The 8 of Diamonds” and hang up! Leaving a stunned person at the other end of the line and me with a big smile on my face!
Feel free to use this and trick your friends!