The Best Beginners Prediction Tricks

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Who hasn’t fantasized about being able to tell the future? And of course, if you could really predict the future, would you be performing a magic trick as opposed to living at the race track and making a fortune? Predictions are a staple of a field of magic known as mentalism.

In this compilation, we’ve put together the best of our prediction tricks. In these effects, you ask a spectator to make a decision and somehow, you have predicted the outcome. We offer lots of effects and diabolical methods.

Hollywood Magic

"Film Prediction" is a great party trick and a solid example of the mentalism effect that allows you to successfully predict a randomly named and chosen film.

You ask several people to each name a movie. As each spectator names a movie, you write the title on a slip of paper, fold the paper and throw it into a bowl. After writing down the titles, you write a prediction.

Another spectator is asked to reach into the bowl and randomly pulls out a movie title, which is read aloud. When your prediction is opened and read, it turns out to be the very same film.

World of Colors

In the Color Spelling Trick, a spectator secretly selects a color and then by silently spelling it as you touch a series of cards, you determine the color. This trick relies on a series of cards that you can easily make out of index cards.

In the quirky Calendar Trick, you show a spectator a piece of paper and ask them to name a month. After naming the month you refer to a yearly calendar, find the month’s page and select a column. You ask the spectator to add the numbers in that column. When the spectator opens the piece of paper, they find that their total matches the number that you have predicted. This one relies on a quirk found in calendars.

Magic Calling

The Telephone Predictor relies on a mathematical oddity. Your spectator, with a calculator in hand, performs a series of calculations. And surprise, at the end, he or she is looking at their telephone number. We walk you through the steps and at the end, display them all on a single page that you can print out.

Book tests, where a performer somehow predicts a word on a randomly selected page are always popular with mentalists. This type of trick has been performed on national television. In the Mental Prediction, you read a series of steps to a friend that seems to offer lots of choices, but in the end, you completely predict their final answer.

It’s in the Cards

The following effects use playing cards, but you’re not limited to using cards that you play poker with. If you like, you can dress-up these effects and add some atmosphere by using Tarot cards, for example. We provide you with the methods. It’s up to you to add the atmosphere and entertainment.

In the convincing Killer Prediction, you show an envelope and explains that there’s a prediction written within. The spectator is given a deck of cards and is asked to mix it and deal the cards (face down) onto the table until they feel like stopping. When the letter inside the envelope is read, it states the exact card that the spectator last dealt onto the table.

The Mind Reader relies on a diabolical secret. A spectator shuffles a deck of cards and memorizes the card at the bottom of the deck. So you can’t see the selected card, the deck is slipped back into its box. After a bit of mumbo-jumbo, psycho-babble, you’re able to tell the spectator the exact card that he is thinking of.

While the spectator thinks that his choice only offers a 50% chance of being right, you can choose to make him either right or wrong. In the Good Guess, you display a couple of cards, place them into a bag and then remove one. When you ask your spectator which one remains, he or she is always right or wrong. It’s your choice and completely under your control.

The Dicey Card Prediction offers an ultra-easy card prediction that works with a pair of ordinary dice. Your friend rolls a pair of dice and uses the resulting number to count to a card in a deck. You then hand your friend a note that states the name of the card that he counted to.

Finally, we offer two methods for “predicting” a card that a spectator will select. Actually, the spectator thinks that she is freely selecting a card, but you have controlled the outcome from the very beginning.