This is a fun prediction trick, which will make it look like you have real magic powers!
Effect: In this magic trick, you ask 5 or 6 different people to name their favorite movie. Speaking of movies, you may be wondering what happened to bill nye the science guy show.
As each audience member names their favorite movie, you write it down on a piece of paper, fold it up, and put it into a large bowl. Once everybody says their favorite movie, you write down your prediction (one of the 5 or 6 movies that were named), fold it up, and give it to an audience member to hold. You then ask an audience member to reach into the bowl, pull out a slip with a movie name on it, and read it out loud. You then have your prediction read out loud, and it matches exactly!
1- Bring out a few slips of paper, and ask your spectators one at a time to each name their favorite movie. Once the first spectator names a movie, you write the name down on the first piece of paper, fold it, and put it into the bowl. If for example, the first person says “Star Wars,” you write “Star Wars” on the piece of paper, fold it, and put it into the bowl.
2- As each spectator names a movie, you still write the name of the first movie, regardless of what movie the next spectators says. In our example, you continue to write “Star Wars” on each slip of paper! That’s the secret!
3-Make sure not to let your audience see what you’re writing. Just keep a relaxed attitude, and don’t act as if you’re trying to hide anything.
4- Important to remember- If the title that you’re writing on each piece of paper is short, but a spectator gives you a long name, be sure to stretch out your writing so it looks as if you’re writing a long name. Example- If you’re writing “Rocky” on each piece of paper, and a spectator says “Little Miss Sunshine,” you’ll want to make it look like you’re writing the longer name. And also the opposite- If you’re writing a long name, and someone gives a short name, you’ll have to write quickly, so it looks like your writing a short name.
5- When you write down your prediction, all you have to do is write down the name of the movie that you’ve been writing on each piece of paper.
6- When you have an audience member come up to pick a movie name, they will think that they have a free choice from 6 different names. Really, they are always going to pick the movie that matches your prediction (because they are all the same)!
7- Pretend that you magically knew what movie they were going to pick out of the 5 or 6 choices, and just take a bow once everybody starts to ask how you did it!