Click play to watch a performance of the Ultimate Mind Reading Trick
Click play to watch this video. The video teaches you how to make and perform this magic trick.
(How to make and perform this magic trick)
In order to make the Ultimate Mind Reading Trick you first need to print the front side of the cards on your printer. I recommend printing the front side of your cards with colored paper. There is paper available that has one solid color on one side and white on the other, this is what I recommend. However, if you want to just use paper that is white on both sides that is fine as well as long as you can tell the difference between the front and the back of the cards; one way to achieve this is to have the front of the cards have bold text and the back of the cards have regular non bold text. You could also have one side of your cards have colored text and the other just have black text; however, it is important for you the magician to always know which side is the FRONT and which side is the BACK of the cards. Once you have printed the Front of your cards on an 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches sheet of paper, turn it over and print the Back of your cards on the same sheet of paper. Once you have printed both the Front and Back of your cards on your sheet of paper you are now ready to cut the cards out using either scissors or a paper cutter. Remember that each card should be approximately 3 1/2 inches tall by 2 inches wide. Once you have your cards cut out, I recommend you laminate the cards in order to help them last longer. I personally use the hard plastic lamination sheets because I find this type of plastic lasts longer when compared to the soft plastic.
Here is how to perform the Ultimate Mind Reading Trick. First, find a person or persons to perform this magic trick for and lay out the 10 cards Front side up on the table. Ask the person or persons to select one of the 100 countries and keep it a secret. Once the person(s) have a country selected, ask each person to tell you what card the country he/she is thinking of is on. At this point, when the person(s) tells you what card their country is located on, you need to look at the bottom of their card and glance at the last country on the bottom of the card and be able to identify the secret number for that card. As described in the video the country "OMAN" represents the number one, the country "TUVALU" represents the number two, the country "TRINIDAD & TOBAGO" represents the number three, the country "FAROE ISLANDS" represent the number four, the country "FIJI" represents the number five, the country "SINGAPORE" represents the number six, the country "SENEGAL" represents the number seven, the country "EGYPT" represents the number eight, the country "NIUE" represents the number nine and the country "TANZANIA" represents the number ten. If I was performing this magic trick for lets say two people named Cindy and Michael and Cindy selected the country of Spain, she would point to that card and I would see that "Oman" is on the bottom so for Cindy I would think number 1. Lets say Michael chose the country "Greenland", he would point to the card with this country on it and I would look at the bottom of the card and see the country Fiji listed and I would immediately think of the number 5 for Michael. It is important not to forget what secret number goes with each person. You can of course just do this trick for one person when you begin and then as you get better do it for more people at once. Now, based on the example with Cindy and Michael, after each of these people told me what card had the country they were both thinking of on it I would then have one of them shuffle up the cards and then turn them over on the table so now the BACK side of the cards were facing up. I would now ask both of them to locate the country that they chose but to still keep it a secret. I would simply tell each of them that once they locate the country they selected to hold on to the card; sometimes there are multiple countries that are chosen on the same card, this is not a big deal but I wanted to let you know that in case you are doing this for more than one person. Now you can reveal the name of the country each of them has chosen. I would take Cindy's card at this time and because her secret number was 1, I would immediately know that her chosen country is at the top of the card in the first position. In her case her selected country is "Spain". Next, I would take Michael's card and I would of course remember his secret number is 5, therefore, in my mind I would count down to the fifth country on the back of his card, which would be "Greenland". After I revealed what countries the people chose they of course are very surprised and will ask you how it is done.
Understanding the spectator's secret number is very important. The spectator's secret number can range from 1 to 10. When you get to the end of the magic trick where the spectator hands you the card Back side up and he/she tells you the country he/she selected is on the card then you need to remember the secret number for this person and count down the back of the card based on their secret number to locate the thought of country. If the spectator's secret number was one, then the chosen country would be at the top of the card in the first position, if the secret number was two, then the chosen country would be the second one from the top of the card, if the secret number was three, then the chosen country would be third down from the top of the card, if the secret number was four, then the chosen country would be fourth down from the top of the card, if the secret number was five, then the chosen country would be fifth down from the top of the card, if the secret number was six, then the chosen country would be sixth down from the top of the card, if the secret number was seven, then the chosen country would be seventh down from the top of the card, if the secret number was eight, then the chosen country would be eighth down from the top of the card, if the secret number was nine, then the chosen country would be ninth down from the top of the card and finally if the secret number was ten, then the chosen country would be at the bottom of the card in the tenth position.