Making a Coincidence Something More...
I'm really starting to enjoy card tricks that rely on nothing more than probability and a little bit of luck. These type of things don't always work, so I only attempt one at each performance. Sometimes, I get really lucky and have a miracle. But when I fail, I can make it make funny as hell.
Some tricks that fall under this category are:
- Having a spectator call a friend, instructing them each to name a card simultaneously, and the named cards are identical.
- Having someone merely think of card, which you proceed to pull out of your wallet - without any 'Off By One' lunacy.
I recently had an absolutely fantastic experience with "The Trick That Cannot Be Explained."
In between tricks, while I was talking with people and they were ignoring my hands, I secretly turned a card over. I asked a lady to think of a card. She spread the deck and the card was face up.
Another guy then asked if I could do it to him. The odds weren't great, but I acted confident and in control because that's how you pull these things off. The guy named the 2 of clubs. I turned the deck over, and he saw the 2 of Clubs right there on the bottom of the deck.
I think it was one of the most powerful tricks I've ever performed. I've decided to make "The Trick that Cannot Be Explained" a regular in every extended performance.
(If you're interested in such effects, Derren Brown's "Pure Effect" has an entire chapter on it. The rest of the book is excellent as well.)