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Topic: What method he uses? I can't figure out! Ollie Mealing
Message: Posted by: dangalhardo (Jan 24, 2016 01:15PM)
Guys, my apologies for the title. I don't have any other good ideia.
Well, there is a magician called Ollie Mealing, and he performs a trick on his youtube channel that really intrigues me! This is the link:

I was thinking about what method he uses.
I thought that could be like the Open Prediction from Edward Marlo, but with a modification.
What do you guys think?

Message: Posted by: jimhlou (Jan 24, 2016 04:22PM)
Looks like real magic to me.

Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Jan 24, 2016 06:30PM)

When you have 50 posts, you will have access to the SECRET Forum. We don't discuss SECRETS here.
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Jan 24, 2016 11:50PM)
I don't think I have ever said this before, but that one IS real magic.
Message: Posted by: Ed_Millis (Jan 25, 2016 11:14AM)
Or it was the one of 2,000 that worked, and the rest of the videos got deleted.

Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Jan 25, 2016 08:02PM)
The secret is fairly easy to explain, and I'm surprised it hasn't been discussed yet as it's so ancient that it's hardly a secret anymore in the magic community.

At 2:36 in the video, you can see the utilization of the famous "ghost bench" illusion. While the bench the couple is sitting on may seem innocent, we all know that's not the case. I realize I don't need to go into too much detail here regarding the prop's workings, but it IS an old premise and may need some clarification, so I'll be concise but brief.

Each of the slats on the bench is hollow and contains a full deck of cards within the faked wooden planks. As long as the performer sits on the right (meaning "not left") side of the bench and places the first card selection down on any of the 9 slats (there are always 9 due to the "rule of three"), he (or she) can feel confident that the prop will do the rest of the work so the performer may concentrate purely on presentation...as does our man here.

From there, the rest is mechanical. As the volunteer is choosing her card, the magician has his toes carefully placed on two buttons built into the cement base below the bench. Once the spectator's card is revealed, he uses his feet to transmit Morse Code to the secret assistant hidden below the bench and base in a carefully disguised bunker built weeks before.

Don't worry. The hidden, buried assistant has had plenty of stored food and beverages to stay alert.

The assistant then decodes the message, and keystrokes the now-known spectator's selection into a complex keyboard-clockwork apparatus within the bunker that is connected by system of hermetically sealed air-operated pistons connected to the hollow bench slats above. The correct bench slat is discerned by the assistant through a steam operated scale determining which portion of the bench is being sat upon, and said assistant is able to dislodge the appropriate card hidden within the proper slat to serve - through a mini-conveyor belt and slot in the bench's surface - the correct card to the magician, who quickly switches it for the original card already setting upon the bench in front of our innocent spectator. This is all done under cover of "reality simulator" silk (of course designed by Robert-Houdin in 1869) casually, and invisibly, tossed down by the magician over the original card on the bench, that disguised the mechanical robot arm coming up through the slit in the hollow bench slat to deliver the "prediction."

It's so simple really. As all great magic is.

Sorry dangalhardo...just trying to have a little fun. It is a really good trick that you shared, but we don't discuss secrets at this level. Yet, if you keep hanging around here and contribute...and we hope you do...you'll find a lot of people willing to show you down the rabbit hole. And the hole runs very deep. Welcome. And enjoy...
Message: Posted by: dangalhardo (Jan 25, 2016 09:21PM)
Guys, thanks for the answers so far.
I will do my best to contribute with the forum. But really, I still don't have any idea from how this trick works.
I spent all day trying to figure out. Nothing, so far.
Message: Posted by: dangalhardo (Jan 25, 2016 09:29PM)
Sorry for the double post, but neither the name of the method he uses can say here?
Message: Posted by: Ed_Millis (Jan 25, 2016 09:30PM)
Welcome to the Café, dangalhardo. As you read and study (not just watch videos) about the various types of magic and the methods used, you'll get a better idea of what might be happening.

You mentioned something by Marlo?? So you know something more than the average You Tube surfer?? Why not take a minute and introduce yourself? Then we'll know a bit more about how to answer your questions (what depth you already understand, what background and references we can use to help explain things, etc.).

Message: Posted by: Papa Legba (Dec 20, 2018 02:55PM)
Does anybody know what the Ollie Mealing trick was called because the OPs link no longer works?
Message: Posted by: jeanboucher (Mar 15, 2019 08:49AM)
[quote]On Dec 20, 2018, art85y wrote:
Does anybody know what the Ollie Mealing trick was called because the OPs link no longer works? [/quote]

I am asuming they were talking about Ollie Mealing - SERENDIPITY
Message: Posted by: LingoCatcher (Feb 23, 2021 12:14AM)
Sorry for resurrecting an old thread like this, but the video the OP linked to is working again. It's Ollie Mealing's Rapport.
Message: Posted by: Nikodemus (Feb 27, 2021 01:45PM)
That is pretty amazing!
Message: Posted by: Roberto Juan (Feb 27, 2021 11:06PM)
[quote]On Jan 24, 2016, Dick Oslund wrote:

When you have 50 posts, you will have access to the SECRET Forum. We don't discuss SECRETS here. [/quote]

I joined this forum in 2014. At the rate I post, I will get access to the restricted areas by 2027