An impromptu mental effect that was first advertised by G. W. Magnuson in The Sphinx magazine in 1924. It is as good today as it was then. This is great when someone comes up to you and says, “Read my mind.”
You are ready to perform at any time, with no preparation and no gimmicks of any kind. That means you need no impression devices or nail writers.
The performer looks into the eyes of a perfect stranger and then jots down a prediction on the back of his business card. This is placed face down on the table.
The spectator is given a notepad and a pencil and is told to write down a few birth years and ages as directed by the performer. He does not tell the performer those numbers at any time.
Using his phone calculator, he totals the numbers and announces the total. The performer asks the spectator to turn over his prediction card written at the outset – before any numbers were revealed. The total he predicted is the same as the total of the spectator’s numbers. Indeed, a true prophecy.
You get an add-a-pad effect without a special trick pad. There are positively no switches or sleights of any kind. With this secret, you are always prepared to do an impromptu miracle. This can also be done on stage as part of your regular mental act. No secret adding of numbers in your head at any time! In fact, you don’t have to be a math wiz to perform this. So easy to do, you will amaze yourself!