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Read your friends' minds with this easy book test miracle!
If Harvard offered a PhD in deceit, this would be it. Award-winning magician Brian Brushwood takes viewers on an inside tour of bar tricks, street cons and scams. If you watch carefully, you'll never have to pay for a drink again!
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Effect: a randomly selected word is selected from a randomly selected book... yet without peeking or cheating, YOU tell them which word they're thinking of!
Method: As you'll see in this episode, the first thing you'll have them do is pick a book. Brian offered 3 choices, but it works just as well with one book.
Next, have them pick a 3 digit number, with all 3 digits different. This number will be truly random, but by having them make a couple of calculations, you'll be able to force a particular outcome:
-step 1: pick a 3 digit number, all 3 digits different
-step 2: reverse all 3 digits, and subtract the smaller number from the larger. (in other words, if your first number was 123, you would subtract that from 321, giving you 198).
-step 3: take your NEW number, reverse the digits again, and this time ADD the two together. (in this case, we would add 198 to 891, giving us1089)
(every time you follow these steps, you will always get 1089! ...try it a few times, I know you don't believe me)
Once you have this number, tell them the last digit will be the word number, and all preceding digits will be the page number. (every time it will be page 108, word #9, but it's important that you act like you didn't know that).
Have them open the book, find the word (which you've previously already memorized), then reveal that you've actually read their mind!
See if Kahley can remember the steps and math to pull of the book test.