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Michael Peterson
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Thought Association Card

Effect:

Two volunteers are handed a card containing 80 words (no repeats). Each volunteer is asked to mentally select a word (free choice). The volunteers mentally spell their words as you attempt to sense any reactions they have to the letters. Silently focusing on one of the letters, each volunteer is asked to think of a new word beginning with that letter. This process is repeated two more times, making it impossible for anyone to have any idea of the final words in the minds of the volunteers.

You ask the volunteers to concentrate on their final word selections as you write your impressions on the back of your business card. Only after you have placed the business card on the table do you instruct the volunteers to announce the words they have in their minds and have one of them turn over the business card. The words on the business card match the volunteers’ words!

Impossible? Your audience will think so…

- Nothing written down
- No fishing
- No switches
- No secret writing
- One or two volunteers
- Fits in your wallet

* “Thought Association Card” was designed to be used with U.S. volunteers.


I really like this!

It's a good effect that requires no memory work(besides remembering the sequence/steps).It's pretty straight forward,the method flows nicely & no one is spending half an hour doing nonsensical mathematical equations to get to a special number or anything like that.

This is a PDF download,you do not get a printed,laminated card as you do with most wallet mentalism cards.
I like this a lot,you can print new ones as needed & laminate them yourself(if you want to).

2 versions of the card are included to print.

I'm thinking of using this for pre show as part of a prediction routine I do.


Definitely recommended!


Mike
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Hi Mike,

This could definitely be used as part of a prediction routine. Let us know how it works out (and thanks for the great review).

Regards, Steve
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Michael,

I would be interested in hearing more how you would use this for p**-s***. Not knowing anything about you, your character or your style, might I be bold as to recommend you try it a few times just as Steve has written it up before using it in a different manner?

I recently performed this at a show before a group of Realtors, and the reaction was nothing short of amazing. It absolutely floored them. In talking with Steve about variations, I suggested having the spectators write something down. While he did not tell me I shouldn't do it, he did recommend, in a kind and gentle manner, that the spectators not write anything down.

So, I performed it just as Steve wrote it up, and it worked beautifully. The reaction is so strong, I fear you might diminish it somewhat with p**-s***, though I could be wrong.

Best wishes,

Bobby
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Nice Review, worth a look then.
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I bought this two days ago knowing how it worked. It was easy to learn so I decided to preformed it yesterday.

The person started laughing really hard when I told them their word. They were completely taken by the way I knew the word that they were only thinking of.

I asked them if it felt like I really did read their mind and they said, 'HAIL YEA!" .......

I am really happen that I bought this. It is a keeper. And something the appears to be the REAL DEAL!



Best
Ray
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Is the thought of new word also on the card or can it be any word?
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On 2012-07-31 08:30, Russell Davidson wrote:
Is the thought of new word also on the card or can it be any word?



The thought of new word is not on the card. That would take away from the overall look and feel of the routine. For a better understanding of the routine, re-read the opening post.

Best
Ray


P.S in my above post I have the word happen instead of happy. That is because I am using a darn iPad and it makes corrections whenever it thinks it knows Better than me. LOL

Ray
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Hi Russell,

I just want to mention that the current version of "Thought Association Card" is designed to be used with U.S. volunteers. I am currently working on a UK version and hope to have it out in the very near future.

Regards, Steve
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Ray,

Nice to hear about your success. It is freaky. Isn't it a shame, sort of, that we never got to experience the effect performed for us, because this is a thing of terrifying beauty, if I may steal a phrase.

Ray, what was it like for you the moment before the spectator(s) revealed the words? At that point, I was thinking it was sink or swim. There is no turning back. I was relieved and elated when I correctly predicted both words. This is an amazing effect. I have put it in my show.

Russell, the effect is a Cognitive Association Skills Test. So, the words on the cards are a jumping off point for the spectators to think of other, random words.

Bobby
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I assume you can't name the original word... Is that correct?

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Hi Craig,

That is correct, you cannot name the original words the volunteers chose. You could, if you wanted to, shorten the routine and reveal their words one step earlier in the process (but I would not do so).

As Bobby mentioned, I always experience a little bit of anxiety (for any mentalism effect I perform), because there is always the small chance that something will go wrong. I've seen magicians, as volunteers, accidentally drop a pack of cards and ruin the effect! I think the anxiety, however, is a good thing; if you are (actually) just a little nervous, that is likely to come through in your performance and, I believe, help "sell" the idea that mentalism is not a 100%, sure-fire thing... it makes it more believable. Well, just my opinion Smile

Regards, Steve
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On 2012-07-28 23:35, robwar0100 wrote:
Michael,

I would be interested in hearing more how you would use this for p**-s***. Not knowing anything about you, your character or your style, might I be bold as to recommend you try it a few times just as Steve has written it up before using it in a different manner?

I recently performed this at a show before a group of Realtors, and the reaction was nothing short of amazing. It absolutely floored them. In talking with Steve about variations, I suggested having the spectators write something down. While he did not tell me I shouldn't do it, he did recommend, in a kind and gentle manner, that the spectators not write anything down.

So, I performed it just as Steve wrote it up, and it worked beautifully. The reaction is so strong, I fear you might diminish it somewhat with p**-s***, though I could be wrong.

Best wishes,

Bobby



How would I use it for pre show?
Are you joking?

The way it's written up works just fine,but I rarely do things as they come out of the package.

I must be missing something, how would pre show diminish the effect?

They make choices & have a word in mind,I reveal it later.

As my routine goes,before the show,several people make free choices(a word from a book,an amount of change,a movie & a random object).Later in the show,a locked box that has been in full view all night Smile is unlocked & all the choices are correctly predicted.

This could easily replace how the word is chosen.

Mike
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Picked this up today and it's very clever. The only problem I foresee is that this isn't going to work well with a large amount of people...you run the risk of them not being able to think of an appropriate word for the initial letter match and then run off on an unexpected tangent. Still, it's going to be fun playing with it!

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Mike,

Thanks. What you have described is impressive.

I made a decision to no longer use pre-show and look for ways to accomplish the same kinds of things in real time, as I have done with Max Maven's Four-Sided Triangle. And Steve's effect plays strong, very strong, as it is.

I wish you well and would love to hear how it works out for you.

Bobby
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Craig,

I looked for guys in their late 30s or older.

Bobby
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Hi Craig,

I've found it fairly easy to sense when one or both of the volunteers are having some trouble with the first word. In those cases, I've suggested they "use a lifeline" and ask a friend to help them out and that's usually enough. Bobby's suggestion about guys in their late 30s or older as volunteers will also help avoid any problems from the start. In any case, I know you'll have fun with this Smile

Regards, Steve
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I did this last night and once again it totally rocked!

I am really starting to like this more and MORE!




Ray
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Hi Ray,

That's great! I love the reactions Smile

Regards, Steve
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On 2012-07-31 19:43, cpatchett wrote:
Picked this up today and it's very clever. The only problem I foresee is that this isn't going to work well with a large amount of people...you run the risk of them not being able to think of an appropriate word for the initial letter match and then run off on an unexpected tangent. Still, it's going to be fun playing with it!

Craig



I have solved this little issue!

I have re-worked the routine in the event that this may happen. It is now 100% user friendly and so easy! LOL

So you can now have a plan B to work with when you need it.



Ray
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Hi All,

I will be including Ray's "Plan B" in a revised manuscript that I will send out to all those who've already purchased Thought Association Card. It's a very clever solution.

Regards, Steve
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