Many years ago, when Phil and I first started off in the magic business, we took a trip to the Magic Castle in Hollywood. We were visiting my brother who lives in Vancouver and seeing its just a hop, skip and a jump to the Magic Castle, why not find out what its all about.
We had a wonderful time there. Of course Phil loved Irma, the invisible piano player, and the food was out of this world, and oh yes, the magic. We went into one room, where a magician was performing close-up. He was an old man. In retrospect, he probably wasn’t so old. It all depends on which side of the fence you are sitting on. Anyhow, back then, about 30 to 35 years ago, he seemed old to me. I don’t remember his name, but Phil says it was Orlando.
I sat down and he asked me to pick a card, look at it and keep it face down on the table. He also picked a card and placed it face down on the table. He said his face down card was a prediction. There were maybe 10 people in the audience.
He said something like, “Whatever number is on your card, multiply by 3, then if I remember correctly you subtract 15, and then…um… add 10, I think. .” Those were not the numbers but those were the general instructions I had to follow. He asked if I did that. I said yes. Throughout the whole time he seemed unsure of himself and I knew it would be a bad outcome. I felt so bad for the guy, who was going to be embarrassed in front of all the people there but I continued. And he continued.
“Did you come up with an number?”
“Now divide it by two and give me your answer.”
Now his goose was really cooked. How could I give him that answer? I did not want to embarrass him.
“Well, what’s your answer?”
“Three and a half.”
He lead me right down the garden path. He turned over his card and it was a three and a half.
I’ve learnt much since then, magically speaking, that is!