Read Your Friend's Mind

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Read Your Friend's Mind
Ages school-age

Amaze an audience with this April Fools' ESP trick.

What you'll need

  • Paper
  • Pen or marker

How to play

  1. The trick: Place 3 identical blank pieces of paper on a table. Turn to a member of your audience and say, "Think of somebody's name, but don't say it aloud. I'm going to read your mind and write down the name."

  2. Write on a piece of paper and, without letting anyone see what you've written, fold the paper, then instruct the thinker to say the name aloud. Now repeat the process with a number — an audience member thinks, you write, then the thinker reveals the number — and finally with a color, telling the thinker to choose either red or green. Now give the 3 papers to an audience member to read aloud. Your friends will be awed by your psychic abilities!

  3. How it's done: When you pick up the first piece of paper, don't write down a name, as the audience assumes you are. Instead, write either "red" or "green." When you pick up the second piece of paper, don't write a number; write the name that the audience member just revealed. Lastly, on the third piece, write down the number that was just revealed. If you follow this technique, you'll get 2 out of 3 predictions right every time, and all 3 half the time. Either way, you'll look seriously cool. The only drawback: you'll never again be able to use the excuse, "I can't read your mind, you know!"

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