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Scarne's Power of Thought by John ScarneScarne's Power of Thought
by John Scarne

Over the years, many have (incorrectly) assumed that the "Power of Thought" effect that Scarne enjoyed performing uses the same method as the version described in the Scarne On Card Tricks book.

This is not the case, as you'll be pleased to discover if you buy this booklet. This is the version Scarne himself used and (unlike the version in the mass market book), this method doesn't rely on swapping cards in your pocket. Indeed, you need not wear a jacket at all—you can perform this effect in your swim trunks, if you're so inclined!

This method was originally offered by Scarne to magicians in a 1950 pre-publication offer to entice performers to buy the card tricks book. When the book was finally published, his private manuscript went off the market for good.

The effect is that the magician makes a written prediction and hands it to a spectator for safekeeping. A different spectator removes a group of 5-12 cards (a free choice of number). One person is nominated as captain of the committee. When this person's card is turned over, the written prediction is read... and it matches the previously written prediction!

No rough and smooth, no faked cards, no extra cards, no stooges, no multiple outs.

"Learn this routine, refine it, and you'll have something with which to baffle your lay audiences. Not only that, but any magicians who've read the 'Scarne on Card Tricks' version will be blown away by [this one], since it uses an entirely different method."

(from the Introduction by B. W. McCarron)

Magic World revised and updated edition features three new chapters.

(Note: Despite the similarity in titles, this is a different effect than the one in Paul Curry's The Power of Thought manuscript.)

This book is offered in both digital and print editions.
(A) Get the digital edition from, or

(B) Get the print edition from House of Mystery Books.


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