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Pendulums

ANTHEM FLINT
INTRO

The Pendulum is a tool that, for thousands of years, has assisted millions of people
in their ability to make decisions. It is a tool of not only intrigue and mystery, but
science and psychology. Many people believe that the pendulum is a tool that col-
lects magical energy and with that energy it swings one way or another to indicate
yes, no, or other information. I am a believer that the pendulum uses a muscular
twitch that is controlled subconsciously to indicate our true, inner desires. This
twitch is called the Ideomotor response. It is the same thing that, in my opinion,
controls the ouija board and other similar phenomena.
How can we, as Mentalists, Magicians, Psychic Entertainers, Bizzarists and Nor-
mal people (not that anyone is normal) use this device of ancient power? In this
packet you hold, Ill teach you how to use one of THE MOST POWERFUL
TOOLS ever created. You can use this in your everyday life, as a theatrical tool, or
if you want to create magic carrying nearly nothing you can make some of the
most impossible, visual, hands-off magic and mind-reading that youve ever seen
or done.
To practice, all you need is a string and some form of weight. I sell Pendulums
at conventions and on my website. I dont suggest buying them from metaphysical
shops as I have found that they are extremely overpriced. I suggest you also get a
purse for your pendulum if you carry it out and about. It will keep it untangled
and in good condition. The last little bit of preparation I must give to you is
PLEASE take notes and PLEASE try it before you knock it. I know some of this
may seem unbelievable, but I swear that all of this is workable and all of it will
leave people with their jaws on the floor. Please enjoy... ~Anthem Flint

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CHAPTER 1

How To Use The


Pendulum In Life
The Pendulum is a tool that is very helpful if you are mediocre at making choices.
Choice is like a muscle that must be exercised. Using a pendulum is like doing
Yoga. I want you to try this right now. Grab something that you can use as a pen-
dulum and try this with me.
Hold the string so that the weight hangs 5-7 inches below your hands. Hold the
Pendulum at about arms length in front of you and know this... You Have The
Will And The Power To Do This! Focus on the weight. In your mind say,
What Does Yes Look Like? and Will the pendulum to Swing. Left and
Right, Back and Forth, Round and Round... It will do as it wilt. If it doesnt swing
at first, you can change your arm position, change hands, or stand up and do 5
jumping jacks then try again. Also, pendulums dont work when you chew gum
(dont ask why I dont know) so spit out your gum! If your pendulum is swinging,
Great! Take note of the way it is swinging and remember that this means Yes!
Will it now, in your mind, to slow to a stop. Now we are going to try the other an-
swer, No. Focus on the weight and ask in your mind, What Does No Look
Like? This time, it will swing a different way! If it swung Back and Forth on Yes
it will swing Side to Side or Round and Round for No. If it doesnt respond at all,
That could be another way that it communicates. Often times, when the answer is
No, then there will be No response. So keep that in mind.
Now that your pendulum is calibrated try this next exercise with me. (Cali-
brate your pendulum Every Single Time no matter what.)
Focus on something around you. A person, An object, whatever you want. Find
something true to say about it and something false. For example, I see a Broncos

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Football blanket in my living room. It is blue, orange, and white. It isnt green what-
soever. You and I are now going to make the pendulum tell us the truth...
is the blanket green?
the pendulum swung No.
is the blanket blue?
the pendulum swung Yes.

You try this now! Ask the true and false questions. Once you ask and get a re-
sponse on the first, stop the pendulum and ask the next question! It should tell you
the answer! If this worked for you just now, then you can see how many ways you
can use this. Is this the right dish? Should I get this Medicine? Should I work
harder to show my wife I love her? The subconscious mind will give you the true
answer. I believe that the soul rests within the Subconscious mind and will speak
for your heart. Keep playing with this and carry your pendulum around with you
so you can try this out!
If it didnt respond to you, that is fine. There is something about you that
doesnt want to let the Ideomotor response take over. Thats fine! Go on a walk
and try again! The Ideomotor response is stronger in some people than others!
Also, if you dont believe it will work, then it wont! Believe And It Becomes So!
Now I want to remind you, Recalibrate the pendulum Every Single Time you
use it! Why? Its one of those things that is not only tradition, but it psychologically
prepares you for using the pendulum. Also when you do it, and it becomes second
nature, youll look professional. Make sure that if you hand the pendulum to some-
one else you do a calibration for them too! I will talk about that momentarily.
A great way to calibrate quickly is, Show me Yes... (swings) Show me
No...(swings) Then you should stop the pendulum entirely and ask the question
you seek the answer to. Easy as pie!
If you enjoy the pendulum, I beg of you to buy a real, crystal, pendulum. If
you use a nut on a piece of yarn or twine it looks very unprofessional. If you use

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something that looks like a piece of jewelry, you will look more professional and
that means that when using the pendulum with other people, it will be much more
likely to swing. What?! Why? I hear you ask. Simply put, the placebo effect.
For those of you who dont know, a placebo is a sugar pill or saline solution that
is administered to see the psychological effects of medication. It does nothing. The
mind creates the result. Ive heard studies that at least 70% of antidepressants ef-
fects are actually due to the placebo effect. So what do I mean a nice looking pen-
dulum equals better results? A white tablet pill is less powerful than a capsule. A
shot is more powerful than either! Things with nice packaging works better than
just an orange bottle. Packaging and looks matter! So does process! In psychologi-
cal subtleties, Banachek mentions the WitchDoctor Principle. When you do some-
thing odd on purpose then it Must Do Something! At least, thats the essence
of it. So when you pull out a nice, oriental silk purse and open it... take a deep
breath... slowly remove the pendulum and let the light hit the gleaming, opal,
stone at the end... you create power for that pendulum. It must be important if it
has its own carrying case and elicits such a delicate touch. If its important, it must
be important for a reason. That reason Might Be magical powers. That is where the
placebo begins. Keep this in mind with everything you do! If you dress nice, it
must mean youre important. If you dress with clothes that have holes and stains
then you are just a slob... which do you think people want to see perform? Which
do you think people will Listen To? Every little thing matters!
So now you have the know-how about using the pendulum in life and you
know about the psychological effects of a nice looking pendulum. Lets talk about
helping others use the pendulum to make choices!

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SECTION 1

Helping Others With Pendulums

Lets say that youre at a restaurant and your date cant decide what to have. They
have 2 dishes in mind and each sounds amazing. Here is a short, script-like, expla-
nation of how I would handle this situation!
What are you having a hard time choosing between? Which two dishes?... The Filet Mignon
and The Lobster! Both great choices! I always have a hard time making choices too, But I found
a really great tool for making decisions!
(Begin gently removing the pendulum)
This sentence is somewhat important as it builds credibility both in you and the
pendulum. You state that you are bad at something BUT this tool is great at it. Its
a well known theory that pointing out a disadvantage and then following it up with
an advantage makes the advantage more believable. Peter Turner uses an example
of a job interview. Im rubbish with a calculator, but my Mathematics are impec-
cable. See what I mean? Your skills in Mathematics is now more credible. The
next thing to note is that I use the word But. Anything said before the word But
doesnt actually matter. Youre a great friend, But I think I need to hang out with
a new crowd. The compliment means nothing at all at this point. So when you
say that you used to be bad at something But this is better, then it also implies that
you are better now.
Have you ever heard of a pendulum? You have? Great! Mine is essentially a gemstone that
has been made into a weight. This weight, when used properly, Feeds off of our energy that our
body puts out and shows us what our heart truly desires!
This is a truthful Lie. It makes it sound magical without saying its magical. I
personally would just say that, It uses Psychic Energy that we all emit from our-
selves... Since that matches my character. To each his own, right?
Let me clear my energy from the pendulum so that you can use it!

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This is all placebo and WitchDoctor principle. Close your eyes, focus on the
pendulum, make it swing and come to a stop and then...
Awesome, now it will work for you
Hypnotically powerful statement. What you really said was, This will work.
But it wasnt a Command, it was a Statement! This sets up your date psycho-
logically and makes all of this much more likely to work.
Take the Pendulum by the little bead at the end and ask it to show you what Yes looks like,
it will swing either Back and Forth, Side to Side, or Round and Round!
This is important! Im about to share with you a few little secrets to make
sure all of this works. Trust me when I say This Will Work. It not only uses Hyp-
notic statements, but also powerful Psychological techniques to make sure the pen-
dulum swings! Practice these techniques in All You Do!
Wait for the pendulum to start swinging. As soon at it is Clearly Swinging by
the Ideomotor response and not just because their hand isnt steady... Say this.
Very good! Youre Doing Great! Keep Going!
This is Super Important!!! Reward them for making it swing. Smile and
Look Excited!!! When you do this, there will be a small release of happy chemi-
cals in their brain and they will be more likely to follow directions. If the pendu-
lum Doesnt swing, shift in your seat and say,
Let me Help you a little
Bring your hand nearer and focus your energy on the pendulum. Really believe
that you can make that Pendulum move using only your mind! By appearing to
concentrate, you add credibility to what youre doing. The WitchDoctor principle
kicks in and and they think, He must be doing this for a reason, I bet it will make
the pendulum swing. That is enough faith to cause the pendulum to move. If this
doesnt work, I suggest you try muscle testing or perhaps just letting her decide un-
der the pressure of the waiter. Anyway, lets return to where we were!
(The pendulum Swings)
Great! That means Yes! Grab it and lets figure out what No looks like!
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So now they know what Yes looks like. Perfect. Now we need to keep them in
that mood. The way I worded this is important. I could have said Stop the pendu-
lum... But I do not want them to stop anything! I want them to keep going! So I
say Grab. I know that this seems ridiculous. Its so small, how could it effect them
at all. As I said earlier, Every Little Thing Matters!!! The difference between
Always Remember and Never Forget seems trivial on the outside, But on the in-
side... Always: people want always (I love you forever and always) Remember:
Reminiscence is the most powerful tool our mind has. (Storytelling is reminiscing
and we live in a story society). Both words are Positive. As for Never Forget...
Never: No chance (Ill never make any money at this) Forget: forgetting things
causes embarrassment and stress (I forgot my phone at the restaurant{also, forget-
ting is something that causes people to think about getting older and is a struggle
for many, especially since Alzheimer's is a big fear for lots of people}). The differ-
ence between Stop and Grab is essentially the same as always remember and
never forget. Go through your scripts and see how many of these negatives are
hidden in your words. A quick example, As I riffle down say Stop... As soon as
they say Stop, they could subconsciously set up negative feelings about the card
trick. Ask them to say, Now or There instead.
Lets get back to business though...
Concentrate on your pendulum and now ask it what No looks like. It will swing in another
direction this time...
You will do the same thing that you did with Yes. You will reward them if it
swings and tell them to keep going. Make sure you dont tell them to repeat No as
it will mess up their positive thought pattern. Make sure you tell them it will swing
in another direction otherwise it might not swing at all. Sometimes people just
dont get the pattern and you want to be very clear. As soon as you get a clear No,
then you will continue.
Now will the pendulum to slow down till it is entirely still...
Wait until it is nearly still and reward them.
Yes! Very good! Now, I want you to ask the pendulum, Do I want the Filet Mignon?

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Gesture to the pendulum and they will ask. You want to tell them to ask the
pendulum and never say anything like, Dig inside yourself and Find the answer. The
point of this is to make decisions easier, and the pendulum will take on the weight.
Dont put the pressure back on them. The pendulum will either swing Yes or No.
(If yes) Awesome! You should totally order the Filet! You definitely made the right choice!
Once again, simply rewarding them and making them feel great!
(if no) Alright, very good! Try the other one!
Reward them and excitedly say Try the other one as if you're anxious to see what
their choice will be. As if everything has built up to this moment! If it answers
Yes, do the same as you would have in my first example.
(if no) Alright... Check the menu again, see if there is something else you truly desire. Perhaps
your subconscious wants something leafy or fishy instead!
Say this with a chuckle and a twinkle in your eyes. Never say, ...something health-
ier... to your date... I think that we all know what happens when you suggest health-
ier food to someone on a date. If they pick a new food then ask them to do the Pen-
dulum test with that food.
The pendulum does not work with All people, but it will work with most. Peo-
ple want to believe in magic. As James Randi would say, There is a need to believe.
Hope is something that all humans have and need. If you give up hope, you
give up a bit of life and Magic loses its magic... Make your date, client, helper, or
whoever have, hope in the pendulum. If they hope, they will create.
Of course, This example has been fairly specific to a date. I obviously could
not give you every example ever as that is bordering on the impossible. But what I
have given you are rules, principles, and a basic skeleton. So lets quickly review.

*Build credibility in the pendulum and yourself


*Clear the pendulums energy to build the WitchDoctor and Placebo
*State that it will work for them and when it does, Reward Them

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*Keep them in a positive state!
*Be Extremely Clear as to what will happen!
*Put the pressure on the pendulum
*Reward their final answer to make them feel awesome about it.
*Give them hope and they will give you results
The things that we have talked about here can work in any situation. Practice
these techniques with all you do and you will see lots of interesting changes in
your work.
If you have any other questions about this, send me an email at
anthemflint@gmail.com
Now, Ive shown you real world usage of the pendulum both for yourself and
for another person. Its time to talk about performing with the pendulum. Before
you continue, take just a few moments to reflect on the scripting and principles

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CHAPTER 2

The World Is A Stage

Performing with a Pendulum is something that is very liberating. Its also a learn-
ing experience about control. Sometimes, Its not about control and putting things
in the hands of others is often times the only thing you can do; in life and in per-
formance. What I am saying by opening with this statement is simple. Dont try to
control the pendulum. It does what it wants, it cant always be tamed. Are there
things you can do to make the effect more likely to work? Yes. Just remember, you
cannot control someone or something without causing a little damage to either
yourself or the things around you. Control is not a good thing, simply peace.
Nonetheless, I want to talk about using the Pendulum first as a prop, then as a
method.
The pendulum is intriguing and mysterious. The motion it makes is connected
to hypnosis and the purpose it serves is connected to psychics and the occult. This
makes the pendulum an extremely powerful tool! Not only will people have trepi-
dation towards it, but some people will be skeptical of it. This means that every-
one will want to see if it works or not. The thing that I find even more fascinating
and useful is that it supplies the thing that mentalism so often lacks, a visual ele-
ment. The pendulum has an inherent mystery and the motion and beauty of the
stone will catch the eye of anyone who might be passing.
I learned the importance of visual props in mentalism the first time I ever tried
Busking on the street as a mind-reader. In several hours I had made 6 bucks... I
was not getting a crowd. When I did tarot I had HUGE crowds... Same with
magic... Why wasnt I getting a crowd? Not too long after I started to get desper-
ate, a young couple approached me. I did a billet effect and as I sensed their

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thought, I struck a dramatic pose. This was something I had not tried yet as it was
not something I normally do. Suddenly, people stopped. They were intrigued as to
what I was doing. After they left, I conversed with my partner and she said that the
visual nature of that pose drew people in. I thought back and remembered that I
always drew a large group when I did my close-up Q&A because I used a Crystal
and Pendulum as visual aids. At this point I realized that the tools of Psychics and
Vaudeville entertainers of olde are more than just props, they are part of the in-
trigue. They are the tool that teases the eye and entices the mind. Books are grand,
but some are better with pictures. Paint a picture for your audience that they will
never forget!
The Pendulum is something classic and elegant. It is telekinesis, spirit contact,
hypnosis, psychology, and so many other possibilities all in one! Using this as a vis-
ual aid is a great way to spice up your mentalism and magic. I dont find it entirely
necessary to give many different examples of how the pendulum can be used but
here is a few.
*Discover the hidden contents of a billet
*Get yes and no answers from the spirit world
*Find a card lost in the deck
*Answer an audience members question
*Find your lost check in the theater
The list goes on and on. Look at your routines and see which ones could bene-
fit from something visual. Practice it with a pendulum. It will feel funny, but think
about if it adds anything from the audiences point of view. Also, while youre at
it... Think about how things like a crystal ball or a tibetan singing bowl could add
even more great visual and audial value to your performance. Perhaps think about
using different scents and how that could add to your show. The more you puzzle
on this, the more ideas will come to your mind and you will find yourself neck
deep in creativity.
I think I have covered the usage of a pendulum as a prop, lets see what kind of
ways we can use it as the method!

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SECTION 1

The Method With No Method

In this section I am going to cover several effects that will fit different styles of
performers. I will teach an emotional mentalism effect that can also be an unwrit-
ten Q&A, a ghostly card effect that has two super clean methods, a Demonstration
of either hypnosis or simply the power of the mind, and a few little subtleties.
The only thing you need is a little courage and a pendulum. Max Maven said
something on his DVD, Multiplicity, that will also help. Imagine you have a
schizophrenic magician in the back of your head. No matter what your
audience member does, the magician says, YES YES! ABSOLUTELY COR-
RECT! No matter what the pendulum does, it is right.
If you have no familiarity with equivoque or as it is also called, Magicians
choice, I suggest Maxs Multiplicity. You will need some skills with this craft to per-
form some of these effects and Multiplicity is, in my opinion, the best way to learn
it.
The only other thing I really have to say is Be Creative. Take these ideas and
methods and change them to fit you.

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SECTION 2

BROKEN HEARTS: Soulmates

This is a piece that I use in a few different situations. Either with someone who has
recently lost someone they love, A couple who love each other, an unwritten Q&A,
and if I feel that its a good idea, a corporate event. Ill quickly explain if I was do-
ing it for someone who has experienced the loss of a loved one.
Effect:
The performer asks for someone who has lost a loved one recently. This person
identifies themselves and you welcome them to the stage. You ask who the person
they lost was and how long ago the event happened. After hearing what your
helper has to say, you present a simple bit of philosophy. Many wonder about the after-
life... In fact, I can guarantee that everyone in this room has thought about it. I can also guarantee
that there is an afterlife. Now this afterlife is not the one we all imagine. Its not heaven, valhalla,
or some other holy gated community in the sky. Its actually here on earth, in the minds of those
who knew you. Someone once said to me, You die twice. When your heart stops beating and the
last time someone speaks your name. In life, the impressions we leave on people are the afterlife.
The memories we shared and created. The stories we star in. You turn to your helper and
ask if they remember happy memories and stories about this person. When they
say yes, tell them that theyll be perfect for this and give them a stack of business
cards and a sharpie. Please, write their name on that business card there. They write the
name on the first, blank, business card and keep it hidden from you. When they
passed away, they were torn from the world of the living. I want you to take that whole stack and
rip it in half. If you rip them all at once, it ensures that they are identical. Do that now. They
rip the stack and you ask for one half. You state that you and your helper will mix
the pieces so that there is no way to know where each of the pieces with writing on
it is. You mix it once, trade piles, and mix it again. The two piles are spread out on
each side of the table so that they are scattered but not mixed together. This may
seem like a huge mess, You state, But when a loved one dies, this mess is often how we are left
feeling. Like everything is in shambles. What we must remember is that everything happens for a

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reason and that even in the greatest chaos, there is order. You produce the pendulum and
talk about what it does and how to use it. You calibrate it for the helper and state
that, As you move the pendulum over the pieces, it will start to swing over one. Ill push the ones
you feel energy from away from the others. They bring their pendulum over a piece on
the left. Nothing. They move to the next piece and the pendulum swings. Excel-
lent! You push the piece forward. Check the others, do you feel any energy from those?
They do not. You take the pieces that the pendulum did not swing over and you
throw them away. You repeat this process with the other scattered pieces and you
throw the unused pieces away leaving one piece from each side of the table. You
bring these together so that the tear lines up and you say, Memory will bind us. Good
or bad, For better or for worse. In memory, there is pain and pleasure. I want to dedicate this to
the loved one you lost and their memory. I want this moment to stand in everyones mind like a
monument of the energy that they left with you. You will always have a part of your loved ones
and they will always be there to guide you in times of trouble. I want everyone to see how the mem-
ory of our loved ones will guide us to greener pastures. One more time, what was the name? Af-
ter the name is spoken, you turn over both pieces to reveal that the name that they
wrote and ripped in two, is the pieces that the pendulum swung over. You give
them the pieces, a round of applause and welcome them back to their seat.
Method:
Im well aware that was a Long effect description. Im sure that some of you
will need to read it two or three times to understand whats happening. Not be-
cause you cant read, but because its a semi-difficult effect to explain in writing. If
I could put it in one sentence, Two pieces of a business card with a name on it
are found with a pendulum out of two piles of blank cards. I feel that even that
isnt a very good description, but itll have to do.
The method is simple and the only real requirements are that you have confi-
dence in what youre doing, you have a stack of cards, and you have a pendulum.
No matter what happens, act like all is going according to plan. The description of
the effect described above is the best case scenario. Its also the most common out-
come. There is another way things can happen. Its not as clean, but the effect re-
mains as powerful.

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Lets begin. Grab 5 business cards, a sharpie, and make sure you have a surface
to place everything. Obviously, you also need a pendulum. If you currently dont
have one, grab a string and a paperclip. Itll do the trick. Now that you have every-
thing, grab a business card from your stack. This is the first part of the method,
this business card is marked. There are several ways to mark it. You can lightly dog
ear each corner, you can lightly bite each corner with your canine leaving little in-
dents, you can use your nail to scrape the edges and make them just a little wider
then the other cards, if you have the right card you can pencil dot somewhere hid-
den like inside the loop of a lowercase e, and theres a million other ways to do
it. What is truly important is that you mark both ends of the card. If you dont,
youll be able to find one half of the card but not the other. So remember, mark
both ends.
Take that marked card and put it on the face of the stack so that if your busi-
ness cards were info side up, itd be on the bottom of the stack. That way, when
you hand them the stack with the blank sides towards them and tell them to write,
the first thing they see is the marked card. I hope that makes sense.
So lets look at this in performance. You bring them onstage, you stand them be-
hind the table next to you. (standing to the side of someone makes them more sug-
gestible) and have them think of the name. Have the sharpie in your pocket and
the cards, writing side down on the table. When the time has come to write the
name, pick up the entire stack and hand it to them with the blank, marked card
facing them. Then, hand them the sharpie and point to the marked card and say,
right here. They will, in turn, write it there.
So what I want you to do is mimic this situation. Write a name on a marked
card and mix it into the stack till you do not know where it is. You are now going
to do exactly what the audience member would do and rip the whole stack in half
at one time. That way all the cards are ripped exactly the same way. Mix the two
separate piles and put the left side of the cards to your left and the right side of the
cards to your right. Spread them out on each side of you and spot the marked
card on each side. Now this is where you give your helper the pendulum. A lot of
the time, believe it or not, they will swing over the two marked halves and not over
anything else instantly. In which case, there really isnt much to say. You push those

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two pieces forward and reveal it. When this happens, about 70% of the time, it is
the most fair and impossible effect ever. Completely hands-off, visual, touching... it
is impossible. Alas, there are still another 30% of your performances where they
will swing the pendulum over the wrong card. When this happens, there is one
thing you must remember.
No Matter What They Do It Is Right. Let the schizophrenic magician in
the back of your head scream, YES!!! PERFECT!!! In fact, imagine that the
crazy magician in your head is Juan Tamariz. No matter what happens, you are ok
and they are doing exactly what you want.
So, the pendulum swings over the wrong card... Big deal. You say they are do-
ing great and that they should check the other cards. Now, this is all very impor-
tant. Your script would sound something like this. Wonderful, push that one towards
me and keep checking for energy. They keep checking. Keep doing this till they sense en-
ergy on all the cards except the name, then just act like everything went perfect
and get rid of the others. Or, they could sense the energy on the name and then
eliminate the others leaving you with two. Tell them on the count of three to hand
you one, and if they hand you the name, place that carefully in the center. If they
hand you the blank, eliminate it. Classic Magicians Force Style.
Now theres one other thing they could do. They could say they only felt en-
ergy on the blank card. Remember, its all ok. In fact, besides the perfect double
hit, this is my favorite outcome. Why? Because I get to Jedi Mind Trick them. I
point right at the marked one and say, Are you sure? I felt energy on this one. Try
again... This is nice-speak for, You got it wrong. They dont want to look silly and
they will wave that pendulum over that piece. In fact, then they will choose that
piece as their final choice. Why? Because youre the expert. You are to be trusted.
You want them to succeed. They perceive this as a giant help and you trying to
keep them looking dignified. They will trust you. How do I know this? Simple. Peo-
ple will always trust a calculators results over their own pen and paper results.
Studies show that people will trust a calculator with a Blatantly wrong answer over
their own work that they did themselves. This is why the add-a-number calculator
works so well. What this means is that if you are as confident and unwavering in

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your senses as the calculator is in its answers, they will trust you. So key word
here... Believe in what you say and so will they.
If for some reason they dont swing over the piece with the name on it AND
say that they are confident in their choice, (which, by the way, has never happened)
take the pendulum yourself, swing it over the card and say, See, I knew there was
energy there! This is my least favorite thing to do, and luckily I have never had to
do it. The reason I dont even like the idea of it is simple. It involves too much con-
trol. I hate control so much. I have control issues. My whole life Ive had the need
to control things. This is unhealthy. It causes people pain. If you have the same
problem I do... Let Go. Release your grasp on things that you need to control
and let them fly free. When you do that your hands are open. You cannot receive a
gift when your hands are full of the things you wish to control. Open your hands,
relinquish control, receive the gift of freedom.
Thats enough preachy philosophy for now though.
You have now, one way or another, gotten them to choose the name card. Get
rid of the rest of that pile and move onto the next. Really, its just more of the
same from this point on. You repeat the process with the second pile and like
magic, you will get both of the name halves culled from the rest of the blanks. If
worse comes to worse, PATEO Force or Equivoque the halves you need. I know
this all seems very lazy, but in all honesty theres just not much to say other than
trust in the pendulum, your voice, and the pliability of peoples choices. If you
would like, you can put the pieces in the Psychologically Most Likely spot. Alas,
then you sacrifice the hands off nature of this just a little. Is it ok to do that? Yes. I
also think that people will always find a solution to a problem, even if its the
wrong solution. By touching the cards, I believe it gives people just another idea of
how it could be done. By never touching the cards, it really limits the possibilities
of how? and they are left with only a few logical explanations. Luckily, the most
credible explanation is the most illogical one. The pendulum amplifies psychic en-
ergy and it told him where the pieces were.
Now, there are a few subconscious things you can do to improve your hits. I
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on the position of the name card and silently repeat, swing over that one. Really
concentrate on it and really try to will them to pick that one. Many great mental-
ists have found that thinking about the card, number, or whatever other thing you
want to force and trying to telepathically send it to your audience member, has
increased their hit rates greatly. I agree entirely, especially when doing the 7
force. When I imagine sending the number 7 to their mind, I hit more often then
when I dont.
Another way to increase likeliness is to subliminally suggest it. One way to do
that, is to put the piece in the third position in a line and say something like, Its a
totally Three choice... Also, the third position is psychologically most likely to be cho-
sen. Another way to suggest it is, as youre pointing at the pieces say something
like, Out of these five pieces, you will let the pendulum swing over the one that
calls to you. As you point to the choice card say, and stress the words, The One...
Make eye contact and nod as you point to the next cards. I might use these, but I
wouldnt rely on it alone. Of course you could find a way to switch the pieces us-
ing misdirection and sleights, but again, I have found no need for this,
Nonetheless, I love this effect and I hope you love it too. Try it and see how
magical it can be! Before moving to our next effect, I want to talk about some
other ways this premise can be used.

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SECTION 3

Other uses for the Broken Heart


Principle
This doesnt have to only be about dead loved ones, it can be about anything. For
example, a PIN code, a Phone Unlock code, an address, etc.
If youre doing a corporate event, you can write the name of the company
youre working for on the marked card, and competitors on the others. Of course,
business cards are only one of the possibilities. You can use coins, stones, colors,
puzzle pieces, etc. etc...
Let your imagination go wild. I know that you may feel that the method is obvi-
ous. I know that telling them that you feel something different than them seems
like youre just blatantly giving the method away. Trust me, you are not. I have had
dozens of people fooled with this. Of course, when it hits both pieces right off the
bat, its a miracle.
There is one thing that I want to teach you using the Broken Heart Principle. It
is by far one of my all time favorite effects Ive ever performed. An Unwritten
Q&A that essentially eliminates all the stress of answering their question. It also
doesnt fill them in on everything till the question is revealed which allows you to
veer out if you are unsure or not confident about it. Lets jump right into the effect,
enjoy!

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SECTION 4

Broken Hearts Q&A

Effect:
You begin by asking your helper,Do you have a question about your future that you really
want to know? Like... Will I make more money this year? Or... Will I get married? Something
that you really want to know. If you could ask a psychic any question about your future, would
you know what that question might be? Give them a moment to really get their ques-
tion in their mind. Once they have the question, state, You probably think that your
question is really specific to you and that you are the only one thinking about this exact question,
but the truth is everyone tends to think about one of four kinds of questions. They think of either
health, (draw a medical cross on a business card) Relationships, (draw a heart on another card)
Education, (draw either a book or a graduation cap on another card) or Money. (Draw a money
sign on the last card) Does your question fit under one of these categories? Dont tell me which.
They will say yes. I want you to really concentrate on the card that has the symbol that relates
to your question... You count through the cards and ask, Is your question about educa-
tion? They look at you with shock in their eyes and say yes! Is your question some-
thing about college? Once again, they let their jaw drop in astonishment of your psy-
chic demonstration. You mix the cards, tear them in half, and you go through the
motions of broken hearts. There are two pieces left and you say, Ok, you have elimi-
nated all but 2 pieces. If these two pieces match, that means that your intuition is impeccable and
that if you follow your intuition you will hit your goal. If these two pieces dont match, it just
means that you need to practice your intuition. Ill let you do the honors... They turn over the
two pieces and it is the education pieces matching perfectly!
Method:
This is uncannily easy. Im just going to cover how you deduce the question
and how to get out of a tough situation. This follows two principles, The age old
question principle and the watch principle. The age old question principle is essen-
tially dynamite mentalism simplified. This table should explain it pretty clearly.

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IMPORTANT AGE
15-25 25-35 35-45 45-55 and up
SUBJECTS

education money relationships health


relationships relationships money relationships
money health health money

Now, how this works is simple. The question category on top of each age group
column is the most important thing to people of that age... At least, most com-
monly. Thats why I included a second and third most important. Not everyone is
the same, so if your first guess or feeling isnt right, then you at least know what
else might be on their mind. This allows you to take a really good guess as to what
their question might be. Now of course, that is just the first piece to getting their
question. Here is a second grid touching on the most common questions in each
category.

money education relationships health

What college will I go


will I win the Lottery?
To? Will I find my soulmate? when will I die?
Will I do well in stocks?
what will I major in?
will I marry soon?
will my beloved family
should I start my own will I pass this test? Will Will my son/daughter/
member get healthy
business? I pass this class? other relative marry
soon?
soon?
will I make more money Should I go back to Is my husband/wife
should I see a doctor?
this year college? cheating on me?
should I quit my job? Will my son/daughter/
should I ask my crush
will I get a job other relative do well in when will I be healthy?
on a date?
will I get a raise school?
will I have my dream will I have a better
will I have a baby? will I lose weight?
job? School year this year?

These are in no particular order and some boxes have more than one question
within them. The reason for that is that everyone is different but some questions fit
in the same area of wonder. This is very much an intuitive thing and also a logical
thing. For example, a fifteen year old boy is not going to ask if he should go back
to college. Nor will he ask if he will do well in stocks. He will ask about getting a

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job or dream job, passing a class, having a better school year, asking his crush on a
date, (and depending on his weight) if he will lose weight. Of course, there will be
the odd balls who will ask about having a baby or knowing when they will die, But
these are few and far between. Now I know this sounds like a bunch of guess work
and in a way it is. What you must remember is that most people will think of the
same question over and over again. They will think that their question is so spe-
cific to themselves when in reality, they are thinking of the same question that eve-
ryone else thinks of. You will be fine! If you hit it, great! If you dont hit it, Thats
fine too! And besides, heres a little scripting trick that you can use to make a guess
seem to be an example.
So your question was about education yes? What was your question? Was it
like, Will I go to college?
Once you figure out the kind of question, you can say what is in bold a little un-
sure of yourself and if they say yes, you guessed their question. If you are incor-
rect, they will just say the question they were thinking of because what you said
was simply an example... at least, in their mind. Although, if you are super confi-
dent, just ask if their question was Will I go to college. If that hits, it looks like a
miracle. So theres a little confidence building script trick!
Nonetheless, that leads me to how you execute the watch principle. The watch
principle is how you deduce the category. The watch principle is simple and
straight forward. Whats more, not only is misdirection built into the method, but
the method is completely un-detectable by the person who is helping you. As you
tell them to focus on which card correlates to their question, you pass the cards in
between your hands in front of them. Dealing them one at a time, you watch their
eyes. Their eyes will follow one card in particular. Deal through them twice. This
time, their eyes will stick to one pile until they see their card. Now you know which
category they are thinking of. Lets review this in a real world example.
You hold the cards in your right hand and lift them up preparing to deal them
to your other hand...Focus on the card that correlates to your question... Start dealing
from your right hand to your left Slowly.... One at a time... Their eyes will stick to
one card. Finish going through the stack and repeat. Their eyes seemed to have fol-

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lowed health, lets see if it happens again. You start passing the cards to your left
hand again. Their eyes land on health and they quit looking at the cards, secure in
their minds of where health is and what health looks like.Is your question about
health? They confirm your suspicions. They are a 50-60 year old male. My suspi-
cion is that he want to know when he will die or if he should go see a doctor. Are
you wondering how long you will live? Once again they confirm. If perchance they are
not thinking of that question, you can either guess again, use that neat little script
trick I showed you, or just ask them to tell you. Thats it. You now know the ques-
tion.
Now, once in a blue moon, they think of a question that doesnt fit under any
of the categories. They will tell you so when you ask them if it fits under one of
the categories on the cards. In which case, the routine gets a lot easier, but not as
impressive. You ask them to either tell you the question, a category it could fit un-
der, or you ask them to write the question down.
In the last situation you can use a peek of some sort to figure out the question
they have written. This can really make the routine impressive again. I have a peek
that will be released in a later work by the name, My love letter to card
magic. Keep your eyes open for that!
If they name the question or a category aloud, think up a symbol for it and
draw it on a fifth card. This makes the routines method super easy. No matter
what happens, you have to dog ear the category they are thinking of on both sides.
This of course allows you to do the broken heart method! Thats really the meat
of this routine. The rest is rinse and repeat of the last routine. This also allows you
to Repeat the broken hearts effect with a twist.
The last thing I should cover is how to answer questions. Im preparing to re-
lease a DVD called Question and Advice which is exactly what I think Q&A
really should be called. Answers are dangerous. Advice is an opinion. It will only
be followed if the sitter agrees with that opinion. That makes it waaayyy safer
than an answer. Answers to questions like, When will I get married will often
sound like this. You will be married in June of 2023! That is dangerous! Why? If
you know anything about the bible, you know the saying, Faith the size of a Mus-

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tard Seed. The idea is that if you have just a little faith, you can move mountains.
Well... if someone has faith in what you say... just a little faith... it affects their ac-
tions deeply! It can move mountains in their life... Sometimes these mountains are
not meant to be moved, but climbed. What I mean, is that if they are dating some-
one that isnt really their soulmate or someone that they dont know all that well
and its March of 2023, They will do anything to make that prediction come true
and they might end up doing something stupid.
I know this is an extreme example, but truly, its not too far from the truth.
Teenage girls always ask me who they will marry. If I say his name will be Harry,
they will only date guys named Harry. If I say he has glasses, they will only date
guys with glasses. Do you see the problem you could cause? They will ignore peo-
ple that they could possibly spend their life with because they are chasing all the
boys in their school named Harry who wear glasses. So what do we say instead?
Well, I cant tell you their name since I feel that you need to have a few life experiences in dat-
ing before you know this person. If I tell you their name, you will simply rush past these experi-
ences and be left completely unaware of what you truly need. What I can say is if these two
pieces match, it means your intuition is really strong and it means that you will end up guiding
yourself to your soulmate. If they dont match, its OK. It just means that you need to practice de-
cision making and intuition. The one piece of advice I can give you either way is this... Never set-
tle for less than amazing... Ill let you do the honors. They turn over the card and get ex-
cited knowing that they will guide themselves to the right place.
You see how this is nice, safe, inspirational, logical, and personal. This is how
every Question should be answered! Memorize as many sayings as you can. For ex-
ample... Perfect love vanquishes all evil, Dont throw out baby with the bathwater,
Never settle for less than amazing, Ask and ye shall receive, etc., etc... These are ex-
cellent answers. Not only are they great because they are good advice, they are
also popular and based on the 100th Monkey theory, the more people who be-
lieve in something there are, the more true that belief becomes. They will see
your answer as true because they will have heard it before. So really, thats my
thoughts on answering questions.
So lets finish with a recap.

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1: Ask them to think of a question and then categorize it under Health,
Wealth, Relationships, or Education. If they cannot categorize it, make a new
card.
2: Use the Age Old Question principle and the Watch principle to decipher
what their question is. Reveal the question and accept the gasps of amazement as
compliments.
3: Dog ear mark the thought of card in the same fashion as you would for Bro-
ken Hearts, Being sure that both sides are marked.
4: Mix the cards and rip the pile in two. Give one half to spectator to mix as
you mix the other half.
5: Spread out the cards in any fashion you desire and teach them the way of
the pendulum. Be super sure to use your hypnotically powerful words.
6: Let them find their pieces. If they get off track, get them back on track by
telling them that you feel energy on the right piece.
7: Bring the pieces they found into the middle and align the tears.
8:Tell them that if the pieces match their intuition will obviously guide them to
the right outcome. Turn over the pieces.
9: Allow your audience to bow before you as you have now shown your power.
You will now be renowned as a Guru of great knowledge as well as...THE
GRAND POOBAH!
All silliness aside, thats all there is to it. This routine is one of the most power-
ful things you can do one on one and it will always stay in the mind of the person
you do it for. I know it seems a bit uncanny and perhaps impossible. Go out and
try it, I promise youll see results.
Now I want to move from the Heavy-duty Strict Mentalism into the mental
magic realm. The next routine has befuddled hundreds of people including magi-
cians and I do it more than almost anything in my repertoire. Please enjoy.

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CHAPTER 3

Mental Magic

The following routine requires an extra prop that you can buy from any magic re-
tailer. In fact, you may already own one. I suggest buying seven or eight of them.
Not because you can break them or lose them, but because if you need to repeat
the effect for the same group, youll need another. The other reason that you want
seven or eight is that you might want to do what I did and change every trick using
cards to this methodology. Its up to you.
Fear not, I will also teach an impromptu way using all normal and borrowed
items. That method will be completely examinable and impromptu. If you dont
have a pendulum, you could fashion one quickly from some thread and a paper-
clip. You could also just use magicians choice instead of a pendulum. No matter
what you choose, this is a reputation maker. It looks like broken hearts except its
even easier.
I really hope you enjoy these routines. They have served me well and as before,
I really hope you send me videos of you performing. Please find me on Facebook
or E-mail me at Anthemflint@gmail.com. SO... without further ado, I present to
you some mental magic. Enjoy.

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SECTION 1

1 in 52
Effect:
You present a pack of cards and ask to have a single card selected. A young
lady with excitement dancing in her eyes plucks a card out. Unbeknownst to you,
it is the Jack of Hearts. They bury the card back in the pack and the pack is shuf-
fled. You produce a pendulum, place it in the young ladys fingers and state,
I know this seems weird, but youre going to ask that little rock on the end of this chain Two
questions and these Two questions are going to tell us everything we need to know about your card.
The first question is what does yes look like? When you ask it what yes looks like it will swing ei-
ther back and forth, side to side, or round and round. The second question is what does no look
like? When you ask it what no looks like, it will swing either back and forth, side to side, or round
and round BUT this time it will swing in a different direction. That way, we know what yes
looks like and what no looks like. Okay?
The young lady responds with a nod. You proceed to find out what yes and no
look like. Now the time has come to find out where the card is. The pack is split
into many little piles. The young lady positions her pendulum over each packet.
The pendulum signals which piles are devoid of the Jack of Hearts. No... No...
No... Yes! The pendulum signals that this is the pile! You collect the other piles.
You spread the cards in the selected pile out. There are 7 cards laid out on the ta-
ble now. They repeat the process. No... No... Yes! The third card seems to be the
winner. You collect all the other cards. You ask them which card they selected.
The young lady responds It was the Jack of Hearts, spooky magic man... You
tell the young lady that the honor of revealing the card is hers. She turns over the
card and bursts into hysterics. The card is indeed her card. Abracadabra.

Method:
This is the easiest effect in this book. It is also probably the most light-hearted.
The method, I can tell you in four words...

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SECTION 2

One Way Force Deck

Thats right kids. A One Way Force Deck. A deck of cards consisting of only one
card. 52 of the same card. It doesnt get more simple than that! No need for deck
switches, no need for card controls. Nothing. This is totally self working and com-
pletely fair. You simply allow them to eliminate the cards. In the end, no matter
what, they will chose the Jack of Hearts. There are a few little things you can do to
improve the effect, but these are all personal choices.
I suggest having one indifferent card on bottom so that you dont flash a sec-
ond Jack of Hearts. The only disadvantage to this is that they might choose the in-
different card during the elimination process. This has never happened to me, but
it could. So if youre worried about that, either palm it out, keep track of it, or just
dont use it. Having an indifferent card, you can also eliminate all but two, top
change the last No for the indifferent card, and turn over the chosen card with
the indifferent one. This may give the illusion that they are all different. I person-
ally have found that by showing more, Im trusted less. I have done everything in
my power to appear to be fair, yet people always try and catch me when I do that.
When I am unfair, people tend to trust me more. Why this is, Im not sure. None-
theless, this is just my personal experience.
Another thing you can do to make sure that you are not discovered to be using
a one way force deck, is to put the cards back in the box as soon as the final card is
chosen. Meaning that as soon as they eliminate all but one card with the pendu-
lum, you take the deck, box it, and pocket it. I love the line that I use when I do
this.
Fifty-two cards came out of the box, Fifty-one go back in. There was only one other time
when only Fifty-one cards were in this deck. That was the moment that one was in your hand.
What was the card in your hand, the card you selected?

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They reveal the card to you, you build the pressure, you reveal the card, and
you accept your applause. By putting the cards back in the box and pocketing
them, you put the cards out of sight and out of mind. No one will ask to see the
cards. The dramaticism of the single card on the table, as well as the fact that hu-
mans will always take the easiest route, assures that they wont ask to see the deck.
If they did, it would kill the mood and it would simply be too much work for them.
So lets review...
1: Remove the pack from the box and have them select a card.
2: Bury the card and shuffle.
3: Teach them how to get Yes and No from the pendulum.
4: Cut a bunch of piles all over the table.
5: have them select one pile with the pendulum. Continue eliminating till two
cards are left
6: Eliminate one of the final two cards and put the whole deck in the box.
7: Build pressure, reveal the card, live on forever in legends and stories.
And that is it. It is super simple. Try it, love it, and cry the tears of italian an-
gels.
BUT what if you are without a one way force deck?!?! What if you are stuck in
the woods with nothing but a rock, a string, and half a deck of cards?!?! Dear
God!!!
Fear not Plebeian, I have a solution. This is the exact same routine with one
small change. It will serve you well in impromptu situations where you have noth-
ing. So without further ado, 1 in 52 (without a net)...

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SECTION 3

1 in 52 (without a net)

Effect:
The exact same as 1 in 52, Except that instead of learning yes and no, you sim-
ply teach them to make it swing. Otherwise, Its pretty much the same thing.
Method:
Goodness, I didnt think Id be teaching the same trick twice. What I mean is
not that this is the same as the previous effect. I mean that it is pretty close to iden-
tical with Broken Hearts. Here is what happens.
They remove their desired card, show it around, and before they plant it back
in the pack you take the card from them and crimp the corner. Now I mean
REALLY crimp it. The idea is that when it is buried, youll be able to see a break
in the pack. As you take the card from them to bury it, you simply use your pinky
to crimp the corner. As you bury the card, make sure that you bury it crimp side
in first. That way, you can display the card half buried and no one will see the gi-
ant crimp youve made. Also, this ensures that when you set it down, naturally the
crimp will face you instead of your audience.
So lets catch up. They have selected a card, shown it around, you have taken
the card and crimped the corner and buried that corner in the pack. As you slide
the card in, youll notice that the crimp is on the lower half of the pack. Set it
down in front of you with the break towards you and youll see a big old break.
Thats your card. Now, feel free to shuffle the cards as much as you like. That
break will still be there. Just as before, use the time spent shuffling to teach them
how to use a pendulum. This time, youll teach them a bit differently.
Instead of teaching Yes and No, you will simply make it swing. Just like it did
for Broken Hearts. In the end, this will be the exact same thing as Broken Hearts.
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the path themselves, and if they happen to stray you can guide them back with
the, Are you sure? I feel energy here, try this one again. Jedi mind trick. So once again,
not too much to cover other than the end.
After shuffling and teaching pendulum use, you cut the pack into more than
two piles (so that you have some wiggle room) and you start eliminating. All you
have to do is keep the crimp card on the table. Do the exact same things you did
in Broken Hearts. Once you eliminate the first piles, split up the pack again and
eliminate even more piles in the same fashion. Now, youll probably be down to
about 8 cards. This is the only thing that can go sour if you arent paying atten-
tion.
With these last cards, you will want to make sure you Un-Crimp the chosen
card. That way, no one can tell how you would have known where the card is.
Spread the cards out and allow them to find their card. Make sure you keep track
of their card. Since its no longer marked, it could be easy to lose track of. Let
them do what they always do and let them eliminate down to One card. If you
need to help them, do so. Finally get rid of all the other cards, reveal that they
were right, and give them a round of applause.
I know that Ive been very slack with explaning this routine. The reason for this
is simple. You already have the tools to do this, I already taught you how to use
these tools, and I think that, in the end, if you needed to do this impromptu, you
could have figured this out on your own. So lets wrap this baby up with a recap.
1: Have your willing and oblivious victim pick a card.
2: As you take the card to bury it, Crimp the Hell out of the bottom corner.
3: Bury the card, crimp side first, into the pack and lay down the cards with the
crimp facing you.
4: As you teach them to use the pendulum (Remember, not Yes and No, just a
simple swing) you shuffle the cards.
5: You cut at least 3 piles and they eliminate all but one pile. The pile with the
crimp.

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6: Cut more, even smaller piles, onto the table for elimination.
7: Once all but one small pile is gone, un-crimp the chosen card and spread out
the final cards on the table.
8: Keep track of the selected card and let them eliminate all the others. Re-
member that if they arent hitting the nail on the head, its just like magicians
choice. Get them back on track with your Jedi Mind Trick
9: Once the selected card is left, reveal it and hear the praises of your name
sung throughout the eons.

So just remember while performing this, its just like Broken Hearts but without
all the tearing. Just keep track of their crimped selection and if they dont follow
the right path, guide them back to it. Remember, you are like a Shepard guiding
your audience through an inspirational and magical journey. In all these effects,
you are a leader. You are not in control, you are letting the magic happen around
you. You simply show the road to them, you dont force them down it. Remember
that in all you do.

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CHAPTER 4

Ideomotor Testing

This will be the final chapter of this book. I hope you enjoyed and I hope that
you've learned a lot! This last chapter is just a little extra tool that you can use for
several purposes.
*A really great (as Bob Cassidy would call it) Macro effect.
*Finding the best subjects for ideomoter based effects such as the ouija board
and table tipping. As well as finding great hypnosis subjects and muscle reading
subjects.
*Turning your audience from onlookers into participants.
*A lot of things I havent even thought up yet.
So lets jump right into it! This is a super useful tool that you will find lots of
use from. You already have the foundation to do this, and I promise it will come
naturally.

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SECTION 1

Mass Hysteria

If you could have every single person in your audience experience a magical mo-
ment in their hands, that they could take home and experience again and again...
Would you put that moment into your show? I did. In fact, It serves many pur-
poses for me. I call this Mass Hysteria. Here is the original idea and effect.
Effect:
You state, Under each of your chairs you will find a washer on a piece of yarn. Please, re-
trieve the items beneath you. Youll notice that on one end of the thread is a knot. Please hold the
knot at the opposite end of the washer so that the washer is hanging below your hand. We are all
going to experience the power of Psychokinesis together.
You ask everyone to stand and hold their pendulum in front of them. You tell
them to focus on the pendulum.
You have the will and the power to do this. In your mind, will the pendulum to swing side to
side. Imagine that two invisible forces are pulling it left and right.
The whole room starts to fill with moving pendulums, you come over to several
people who are really making the pendulum swing. You tell them that they are do-
ing excellently and ask them if they are moving it with their hand or if they are
moving it with their mind. They state that they are doing it with their mind. You
tell them that this makes them very powerful and that if they master this ability,
they could move mountains and make amazing things happen in their life.
Keep focusing... Great. Now, I want you to tell that pendulum to shift weight and begin to
swing in a circle. For those of you still having a hard time getting your pendulum to swing, try
really hard this time. It might be easier this time, the energy of the room really is getting strong.
You keep telling your audience that they have the power to do this, it will swing
round and round, and that the energy really is building. The room becomes very
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change as well. You start to ask people if they are moving the pendulum with their
mind. They confirm this and say that they are not using their hand to move the
pendulum. You close the routine out.
Finally, focus on the pendulum and will it in your mind to slow down till it is totally still.
You wait a moment and the pendulums become still. You put your jacket back
on and move to the next effect. Typically you would select people who were espe-
cially good at making the pendulum swing and go into something where the
method is involving either muscle reading, ideomotor response, or hypnosis and
suggestion.

Method:
This is of course very similar to the opening chapters of this book in that it is
linguistic. I do want to break it down though as I think it is a really interesting
thing to do in a show. I always use this routine to open seance pieces. I do this be-
cause I tend to use ouija boards (which requires ideomotor response) or other ef-
fects requiring trance states and hypnosis.
Lets begin by saying that you can make pendulum from nearly anything. Jon
Stetson told me he used paperclips and thread to make enough for an arena. I use
washers because I like the weight of them. Also, people are less likely to lose it that
way. You can also be creative if youd like. Get yarn that reacts in blacklight, use
wooden nickels as the weight, etc. Make the pendulum any way that you would
like. If you want to do something for promotional reasons, you can make every
pendulum have your phone number on it with your name. They will take these
home and they will keep them for as long as they can. It is a great way to make
200 or more people keep a theoretical business card.
Before the show, set a pendulum on the floor under each seat and then youre
all set. When youre ready to do the routine, simply draw attention to the pendu-
lums and begin. There are a few things to remember when doing this effect that
will increase your odds. One of those things is having a pendulum of your own.
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hold the pendulum by the knot as much as you want and still, every time I do this
effect, someone holds it by the weight. People need visual examples. Otherwise,
they just look at you like a cow looks at an oncoming train. Its not that these peo-
ple are stupid, it just means that they learn things differently. Some people natu-
rally do better with audio and Some people do better with kinesthetics. The pendu-
lum has both naturally built in. Help out the visual learners and have a pendulum
of your own. Another way to make it more successful is to single people out. What
I mean is that you select people to come onstage and you only have ten or twenty
people doing the pendulum. This puts the ten or twenty people that have pendu-
lums under pressure. They feel obligated to make the pendulum move. Unfortu-
nately, now it is much less of a macro effect. So If you want to make your whole
audience get involved, dont single people out. Instead, reward few to see results
from many.
I think it is much easier to get results with honey than it is with vinegar. So, in-
stead of putting others under pressure, reward a few people so that others wish to
also be rewarded. When you tell one person that the reason that the pendulum
swings is because they have the power to make their life great, then everyone else
will make the pendulum swing because they too want to know that they can do
great things. Its nearly the same thing as a Barnum statement. You say something
that fits everyone, but it makes one person feel special. In this case, you attach an
action to a compliment and everyone wants to feel complimented. I think that this
is an excellent way of achieving results.
Another thing that oddly causes this routine to be more successful is music.
Have a floating and gently rocking song. This makes people relax, loosen up, and
actually move the pendulum more. Besides music, your body movement can have
a huge impact on the success rate of this effect. Moving your arms in the way you
want the pendulum to swing always elicits a response. Repeating words rhythmi-
cally such as, The pendulum will swing Side to Side... Left and Right... Further and Further,
Side to Side... can really get the ball rolling. Otherwise, giving your audience the
power is the main reason this routine works. So lets break down this routine.

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1: Everyone has pendulums under their seat. When the time comes, tell them
to take the pendulums and hold it by the knot in front of them.
2: Tell your audience that this is about PK and that they will move the pendu-
lum with their mind. A very important statement is, You have the power to do
this...
3: Allow your words and the music to hypnotize their senses. Remember to
speak rhythmically, repeating key words. Start by telling the audience that it will
swing left and right. Use statements like, It will swing along an imaginary line,
imagine energy pulling it from each side making it go further and further... And
of course, when its clear that it is working, reward them with a, Great job!
4: Find someone who is doing a really great job and ask if they are using their
arm to move it. They will say no. Reward them to make other audience members
pendulums swing even further. Do this with several people and the effect is even
stronger.
Now, before breaking down the second half, there are a few subtleties Id like to
cover. The first subtlety is when room gets really hot because of the amount of en-
ergy in the room. This is merely suggestion. Psychics and Mediums have been
changing the temperature of rooms for years. Whether they know that it is sugges-
tion or not depends on the Psychic. This works by telling them that the room is get-
ting warmer. That is it. Good acting definitely helps in this. You may be worried
that they wont believe you... You just told them that they are capable of
moving a piece of metal on a string with their mind and then it
worked... I wouldnt be too worried about the audience not believing
in you at this point. You can choose to tell the audience that the room will get
warmer before they start swinging the pendulums. I think that while this works, it
is not as believable as doing it in the middle of the routine. When you do it in the
middle of the routine, it seems like it wasnt expected which also suggests that this
group of people is special. I think that when you suddenly have to remove your
jacket because its so hot, it seems more real than coming out and immediately say-
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Now to suggest this, I do several things. First, I take off my jacket and say, The
energy is really moving tonight. You can feel how hot its getting in here, right? You guys must be
doing a really great job. Even more pendulums should start swinging! Lets keep going! The sec-
ond thing I make sure to do is keep the hot room a constant theme. That way the
room gets hotter and hotter and hotter. I dont do this by saying anything about
the heat again. I simply continue doing the things that someone who is hot would
do. I roll up my sleeves, I drink water, and I dab the sweat from my forehead with
a handkerchief. These all subconsciously say, Gee, it sure is hot in here!. Of course,
afterwards, wait a few minutes and then put your jacket back on. This suggests the
room is cooling down. Now, besides the fact that its a neat thing to do, why do
this?
Well... partly the witch-doctor principle. This is like an inception witch-doctor
principle. First, you make the pendulums swing and because of that, it makes the
heat seem more real. It attaches something true (The pendulum is swinging) to
something untrue (The room is getting hotter). That in itself is the witch-doctor
principle. Then you add a layer, and this is the Inception-like part. Because the
room is getting hotter, the energy is getting stronger. This means that people who
are having a hard time will start to suddenly have success. This happens because
they believe that since there is more energy in the room it will help the pendulum
swing. Literally you attach something true (The room is getting hotter [True be-
cause of the 100th monkey theory]) to something untrue (Suddenly this will work
even better) and the untrue thing once again becomes more true. Meaning that
you just double witch-doctored people. Now, even more of the room will start to
swing.
So, now that Ive covered that, lets continue with the breakdown.
5: You remove your jacket claiming that its getting hot because of the energy.
You also state that even more pendulums will start swinging.
6: You now state that the pendulum will swing round and round. It will struggle
with its weight and shift directions. Remember to say things like Round and
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7: The pendulums will start to shift directions and swing in a circle. As this hap-
pens, roll up your sleeves and drink some water.
8: Approach some people who are doing really well and ask them if the pendu-
lum is moving on its own. They will say that it is. Reward them and return to the
stage.
9: Wipe your brow and state that the pendulums will now slow to a stop. They
do. The audience applauds.
10: Take donations and start the church of the Grand Poobah.
Thats all there is to it really. This can be adapted to fit many situations though.
Like I said, I use it to find the most receptive people to hypnosis and suggestion as
well as those with a strong ideomotor response for things like the ouija board or ta-
ble tipping. You can use it to find the people who will work best for Broken Hearts
and 1 in 52. You can have only people who have lost a loved one do it and then go
into a mediumistic routine with one or more of them. If you are doing a Q&A,
you can have every question in the whole room answered at the same time. Lots
of cool Ideas to be had.
If you have any neat ideas, questions, or success stories, PLEASE send them to
me. Email me at anthemflint@gmail.com. I would love to hear what you have to
say. Thank you so much.
Lets wrap this puppy up.

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CHAPTER 5

Afterword
Well I hope you enjoyed this little book. I want to thank you for your time and I
want you to know that it means a lot to me that you read it all the way to the end.
If you want to see more of my products, visit www.anthemflintshop.com and if
you want to see me performing, visit www.anthemflint.com
If you have a PDF copy of this book, please dont email it to your friends. You
paid good money for this book. If they want it, tell them about my site. You de-
serve to perform these without your friends butting in on the methods. You de-
serve to do something unique. You also deserve the gratitude of fooling the pants
off of your magic friends.
Before we part, there are a few things that I want to say that summarize this
book and the lessons within it quite well.
1: There are lots of numbered lists
2: The author is a bit tongue in cheek
3: Magic is the art of letting go. Control can hurt you. Stop trying to control
every little detail and let the magic have its own life. We all know that there is no
way to control life. Life barrels on like a runaway train.
4: The pendulum is a real tool that does real magic. Not because the object is
magical but because we as people are magical. Lets show people how magical
they really are. There are a lot of people who really need to know that right now.
5: Lastly, love your audience and they will love you.
I really hope you learned some cool stuff from this book. If you did, and if you
enjoyed it, please leave a review on the blogs and forums around the web. On the
other hand though, if you didnt like the book, KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT!
Thank you for reading. Im Anthem Flint, God Bless.

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