Silent Running - Regular Edition - Ben Harris - Book
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Possibly The Most Amazing "Think Of A Card" Method In Years!
"If you are seeking the holy grail of truly prop-less mentalism then you need to get this routine. Ben's thinking has always been unique and here he excels himself!" - Marc Paul (UK)
What Is Silent Running? Silent Running is a "Think Of A Card" concept that requires no props at all. You don't even need a deck of cards.
Any spectator is asked to Think of any number from 1-10, and then asked to Think of a suit (either Clubs, Hearts, Spades or Diamonds). She does all of this in her head-telling you nothing. In her Mind she combines the chosen number and suit to create the visual image of a playing card. Again, she says nothing!
it's confirmed that she is thinking of a card that no one can possibly
know, you proceed to reveal it in any number of ways, including:
The Dissolving Card - The spectator is handed a deck of cards before you begin. She is asked to think of a card without saying anything. When she has confirmed that she has a card in her mind, you ask her to imagine it "slowly fading way". Upon confirming that her mental image is gone, she is asked to take the deck and to remove her thought-of card. She attempts to do this, and counts the cards. However, there are only 51 cards and her thought-of card is not present-it has really faded into nothing! You Never touch the deck-in fact you never need to know her thought of card at all! Thanks to a clever Bob Cassidy idea, you can even do this with Two spectators, having Two cards dissolve one after the other!
Spirited Card Stab - A deck is shuffled by a spectator, spread upon the table, and covered with a sheet of newspaper. A knife is introduced and the spectator is asked to Think Of A Card. Once she has done this, she is asked to imagine the spirit of her imagined card flowing down her arms, through her wrists, into her hands and finally into the knife. At no time does she reveal her thought of card. The performer now takes the knife and lunges it through the newspaper-where it stands proud for all to see. Now, for the first time, the spectator announces her thought-of card to the audience. The knife is ripped from the newspaper and is seen to be impaling the very same card. There are no switches-the thought-of card is genuinely impaled on the knife blade!
Nothing is Ever written down-this is strictly a verbal procedure!