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magicfish

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Hey fellas, just thought I'd share this very effective item from Harry Lorayne's Best of Friends. Many of you will know it.
It is an anytime anywhere impromptu pseudo memory effect. It's a great item on its own or can be slotted in at any time. A shuffled deck is used and the spectator thinks of any number and remembers the card at that position. The spectator cuts the cards several times. The performer's back can be turned throughout. The magician then retrieves the deck and deals through them rapidly faceup- memorizing the deck. The question is now asked, "what card are you thinking of? The ten of spades? The ten of spades is the 23rd card in the pack and If I'm not mistaken the three of hearts is the card right before it and I believe the two of clubs is immediately after it."
The spectator counts down to the 23rd (or whatever) card and finds his card surrounded by the other two mentioned.
It's a gem.
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Thanks for the suggestion, magicfish. I will look this up. Terry has another fantastic effect that gives the impression that you have a super human memory in Harry’s Apocalypse that is called “Pseudometry”. It’s great! Our very own JohnnyNewYork has some great work on that particular effect that reduces the amount of mental calisthenics that are necessary (they’re minor to begin with but still made me nervous under pressure.

By the way, Harry’s afterthoughts on Psuedometry take the effect to the next level, but would probably require you to purchase his Superpower Memory book. Which wouldn’t be in bad idea anyway :-)

So many gems in Harry’s books. Hidden in plain sight.

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MagicFish — Terry Lagerould is an unsung hero with card magic — all of his routines are beautifully constructed and I’m always surprised that we don’t here more about him or his work. Thanks for mentioning this routine — I’m not familiar with it but it’s now on my “must study” list.

Rudy, thanks for mentioning my humble input/handling regarding Lagerould’s Pseudometry (another great memory routine contained in Lorayne’s awesome Apocalypse collection). By the way, for TMF members, many of the handling ideas that I came up with were the direct result of participating with the TMF online sessions — it’s always great to get ideas from the other guys here and I always learn a bunch — everyone should make time for those sessions, for sure!

There is another memory effect published by Joel Givens (it’s a video download that has some rather clever and easy-to-do pseudo- memory “convincers”).

In one of the Lorayne books Harry mentions that he sometimes mixes in a pseudo-memory routine when he is demonstrating his authentic memory skills and he’s a little tired. That is pure genius and probably one of the reasons he’s still going strong, I think!

Thanks again Magicfish — you always turn us on to some real gems! — johnny
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Good call on Joel Givens, Johnny. The routine is in his book, Session. Very cool. He performed it for me before I had the book and it definitely fools!

Also, good call on Terry LaGerould. He flies under the radar a lot. But you're right about his work being very cool. Easy with great presentational hooks.

I think his first publication was put out by Bruce Florek, another Michiganer. I met Terry at an Abbott's Get Together some years back. I think he was visiting Bruce.

That first publication was, The Tahoe Files and had some great stuff like "The Man From New York" and another one about Hijackers whose name I have forgotten. It was something like "747" maybe??

Get Terry L's books if you can!

Mike
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Originally Posted by Rudy Tinoco
Thanks for the suggestion, magicfish. I will look this up. Terry has another fantastic effect that gives the impression that you have a super human memory in Harry’s Apocalypse that is called “Pseudometry”. It’s great! Our very own JohnnyNewYork has some great work on that particular effect that reduces the amount of mental calisthenics that are necessary (they’re minor to begin with but still made me nervous under pressure.

By the way, Harry’s afterthoughts on Psuedometry take the effect to the next level, but would probably require you to purchase his Superpower Memory book. Which wouldn’t be in bad idea anyway :-)

So many gems in Harry’s books. Hidden in plain sight.

Rudy

Thanks Rudy, you and the others here have great taste. I remember my jaw dropping when I first read Pseudometry. So devious and what an effect! But I also remember being slightly intimidated. I would love to know Johnny's take on this.
I'm well versed in Harry's Memory systems having studied The Memory Book many years ago.
How can I learn Johnny's treatment of it?
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Before we get too far off Pseud-O-Mem, I'll be performing it today. It is easy to do, and again, Harry adds a follow up convince in the afterthoughts that is automatic!
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