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The Book of Whichcraft



Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Genuine Methods of the Game . 6

Twofold 11

Hands Off Method 15

Twofold 2.0 . 17

How to Determine Which Hand is Dominant . 23

Hypothetically Speaking ... 25

Hearsay ... 32

Witchy Which 34

Constructing Your Own Impression Device ... 37

Acidus Novus Alternative ... 39

Stage Opener .. 42

Closing Thoughts ... 44

Credits 45


Before we get started, let me state how much I appreciate your patronage and support. And let me

also clarify that the following work is obviously not associated with the occult. Rather, the title

you read above is simply a clever misnomer alluding to material that will teach you all you need

to know about the mental divertissement of the which hand game.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with this game - or at least the given title - it is a game in

which Person A holds something (i.e., a coin) behind their back and secretly places it into a hand

of their choosing. After doing so, Person A extends their closed fists in front of them and asks

Person B to guess which hand holds the coin. A game of what seems to be a pure 50/50 chance. It

is one of my favorite pieces for close-up or opening a stage show.

The which hand game is one that is almost universally recognized and used by lay people

everywhere. It is something familiar that can help you establish a rapport with your audience while

also exhibiting the powers of your mental prowess, ultimately assisting you in segueing into

another demonstration of mental magic.

This book that you hold in your hands is my collective works on the which hand game. There

have been innumerable methods and portrayals of this routine - ranging from expensive electronic

devices all the way to propless impromptu methods with clever phrasing and everything in

between. Herein, you will find a multitude of techniques and presentations to accomplish the

aforementioned effect through what I consider to be some of the most effective means possible.

Some of these methods are my own original creations; some are slight alterations of various


I aspire to equip you with the knowledge of how to actually divine which hand a coin or bill - be

it real or imaginary - lies in. I feel that we as performers often resort to using gadgets and gimmicks

before trying to perfect what we claim to be able to do. I am not saying that I am opposed to the

usage of gimmicks, but we should at least be willing to try something new - or something old for

that matter.

Nevertheless, I have accumulated a number of foolproof outs that do not compromise the integrity

of this effect in any way and will ultimately still leave your spectator baffled. These outs will

provide you with the confidence you need during your routine so that you can focus on your

performance and work up to the real deal and eventually dispose of the gimmicked methods. I

encourage you to read this book in its entirety so that you are sure to consume the details of each

routine - learning every subtlety and nuance that I have to offer. I give you my Book of Whichcraft

- use it wisely


The Minister of Magic

Genuine Methods of the Game

I have placed what I consider to be one of the most important sections of this material at the

beginning, whereas, these tips and nuances will aid you in every other routine or trick that stems

from the Which Hand plot. There is a legion of methods that we can use to genuinely figure out

which hand a coin lies in. Here I have compiled a list of methods that have served me well and

that it will benefit you to try.

One of the most well-known methods is to simply focus on a persons nose. Immediately

after they bring their hands back out, watch their nose, whereas, it will often serve as a

compass needle pointing you to your destination.

During their decision making process, the participant will usually toggle their eyes back in

forth, unintentionally concentrating on the hand that it is being passed to. More often than

not, if they are glancing to their right, then the coin is there - if theyre glancing to the left,

then the coin is there.

After presenting their closed fists to you, the participant will spend the first few seconds in

a state of mental struggle as they try to conceal their thoughts and actions. You will note a

lot of shifts and side glances, almost as if to check and see if the guilty hand looks as natural

as the other hand. This phenomenon is most common in the first round or two, so keep

your eyes open. If you see this tell start to slip out - especially when combined with another

tell - it is likely you are on the right track.

Muscle reading can come in handy if you can incorporate it correctly. Ask your participant

to extend their hands and focus all of their mental energy into the hand that holds the coin.

As you say this, place both of your open palms on the back of their closed fists and give a

slight push downward. You will notice that one hand will be slightly more rigid than the

other if they are doing what you say: this will be the target hand.

As with any of these tells, just one is not always enough to aid you in your decision making process.

Just as you would look for multiple signs of deceit when doing a truth and lying game, you also

want to find multiple tells before making your decision. There is safety in numbers, unless they

are serving Kool-Aid. Dont drink the Kool-Aid!

If you are looking for some quick and easy tricks to use in order to cheat your way to the right

answer - like a true magician - then pay attention to the following for some tips and nuances:

Use doublespeak: Its not in your left hand, is it? This is an old cold readers technique

for divining various bits of information. I find myself using it quite frequently. When said

in a neutral enough tone, you can get away with murder. If they answer yes to this, then

you take credit for having guessed it correctly. If they answer no then just respond with

the following: Thats what I thought. Open your right hand if you please... Perfect! I

might suggest using this in between other methods in order to first breed credibility and

decrease suspicion toward the ambiguity of the wording.

As we will discuss in depth at a later point, you could simply start by asking a spectator to

place the coin into their dominant hand OR after they place it, you could inquire with:

Please dont tell me which hand, but is the coin in your dominant hand? or at least

something to that effect. If you have already deduced which hand is dominant, then you

will know all you need to know once they provide you with an answer. (For details, see the

section of this book entitled, How to Determine Which Hand is Dominant.)


After a spectator has taken their coin behind their back and placed it into the hand of their

choosing, I will ask them to keep it there and roll the coin around and squeeze it in order

to get a good feel for it inside of their hand. In doing so, if their forearm is exposed, it is

possible to see the tendons in their arm flex as a result of this motion. I believe DekEl

included this physical tell that works perfectly for this type of routine in his book Digit.

He also goes into great detail about how this principle can be used for many other routines.

One method I like to include at the beginning of a routine is another form of ambiguous

phrasing wherein you essentially force the hand a spectator places it in. You start by

presenting them with a coin, taking note of the hand that they use to pick it up. Without

any further instruction, simply ask them to take the coin behind their back and HOLD

ONTO IT. I mirror what I would like for them to do by placing both of my hands behind

my back, but where I give them the instruction to hold onto it, they just keep it in the same

hand that they started with. I continue by telling the spectator that I want for them to get a

good feel for the coin in their hand and then to bring it out with both hands in a closed fist.

If done correctly, they will not have known to switch hands because you have not explained

what you are doing yet. You can proceed as you see fit.

Another idea is to severely limit the spectators choosing by seemingly increasing the

quality of the game. Ask your spectator to refrain from keeping the coin in the same

hand every time, or from constantly going back and forth, whereas, these patterns

are too predictable. You want them to be unique in their approach. This eliminates 4

possible outcomes if you are playing a game comprised of 3 rounds. If they follow your

instructions, they will not do either of the following: RRR, LLL, RLR, LRL. Instead, they

should stick to one of these 4 remaining patterns: RRL, RLL, LLR, LRR. If you know the

first two answers, logic will reveal the position for the last round.

As you begin to reach out with a pointed finger in order to touch the back of the hand that

you believe holds the coin, gauge the participants reaction. If they seem to be reacting

negatively or are beginning to exhibit nonverbal cues that you are incorrect, follow through

in touching that hand and say, This is the hand that is empty, the coin should be in your

other hand. Its a way to turn what could have been a mistake into a hit.

As an added bonus to the end of your routine, you can start off by asking if anyone has a

pocketful of loose change. Perform a phantom coin grab in order to force a coin for which

you have already memorized the date. If you are unfamiliar with what this is, simply have

a designated coin in finger palm of the hand that you use to reach out and take a coin from

the spectators hand, picking up and dropping other coins as a means of selling that you

really are taking from their hand. Ultimately, the only coin left in your hand is the one you

started with. Keep your head turned after selecting the coin in order to convince them that

there is no way you could have somehow glimpsed the date at the beginning of the routine.

This will give you a lovely exodus for your routine, wherein you reveal not only which

hands they have chosen, but the date of their very own coin.

Alternatively, you can use a bill or bank note to reveal a serial number at the end of your

routine instead of the date of a coin. In order to do this, simply remember the serial of the

bill you wish to use, and then proceed to roll it up into a ball before you approach your

participating audience. During your performance, secretly conceal your prepared bill inside

of one of your fists. Ask your audience for a bill that is of the same denomination and

instruct them to roll it up into a ball. Then tell the participant that you are going to play the

which hand game, quickly demonstrating what you are referring to by taking both of

your hands behind your back and miming switching hands. When you bring your closed

fists back out in front of you, simply open the hand with the prepared bill whose serial

number you have already memorized. You are now set to reveal the serial number in

whatever fashion you choose.

There is always the option to use electronic gimmickry in order to have a surefire hit. I

have owned and used Hugo Shelleys Sixth Sense for years and it is one that I find to be

most reliable. You can combine a gimmick such as this with practically any presentation

in this book and then some.

The most important ingredient, I believe, when revealing any type of information - especially in a

routine such as this - is to put yourself into the mindset of your spectator. Much like you would

when cold reading, you want to think as if you are the person you are performing for. What would

you think? What would you do if you were asked the same questions? Youll be surprised how this

simple technique will increase your hit rate. You can perform an entire routine by mixing and

matching these different methods, so please reread this section a few times over for your own




A spectator is asked to place a coin behind their back and secretly load it into the hand of their

choosing. The performer presents a wager and states that if things do not turn out as planned, then

the spectator will win a presented bill. Not only does the performer accurately divine which hand

holds the coin in every single round, but - if desired - they can reveal a prediction written on the

inside of the presented bill that reveals exactly how off or how accurate the performer would be in

each round.


I find it somewhat odd to describe the effects listed in this book, whereas, they are all essentially

the same - save for a few variables in presentation. However, I felt it necessary to describe the

exact occurrence in each routine in order to avoid confusion and help you to understand how the

methods differ.

That being said, this method involves one small prop if you will. One that you already carry with

you in your wallet or change purse. You guessed it: a bill. With a few slight alterations to your

bill, you will have the means to perform the effect exactly as described above. You will need the


A bill (whichever denomination you choose to use)

A Sharpie or Frixion Pen

I assume if you are reading this that you are familiar with what a sharpie pen is; if not I am not

sure what to say to you right now. A Frixion pen, however, is a pen that is equipped with a sort of

rubber eraser that when rapidly swept across the dried ink from the pen will seemingly erase what

is written or drawn. Frixion pens are often used for a number of other magic effects, but for this

routine I only suggest it for those of you who do not wish to permanently deface government

property. It can be awkward to try to spend money that has predictions written all over it. With a

Frixion pen you have the option to erase said predictions.

Now that you have your needed materials, you will want to fold your bill in such a way that it will

resemble the letter Z when turned sideways - also known as an accordion fold (SEE FIGURES


This will provide you with two writing surfaces that will be hidden by the outer flaps of either side

of the bill. Or, if you would rather, you can just use different bills of the same denomination and

switch them in as necessary. On the middle segment of the bills face, I write the following:

2 out of 3 - Not bad on your part.

I must be getting rusty ;)


We will come back to the reason for the specific wording of this prediction in a moment. First lets

address the backside of the bill which will have the following written across its middle:

Out of consideration for you,

I will purposefully lose each round.

Thanks for playing,

Now then, if you have written these predictions on the middle section of both sides of the bill,

when folded along its creases the writing on either side will remain completely undetected. This

will allow you to present this bill to an audience as your wager without arousing suspicion. (SEE


When performing this routine, I inquire as to whether or not the individual is familiar with the

Which Hand game. After that, I will state that I would like to try an experiment centered around

that game and my ability to predict/influence their every move. I state that we shall try 3 rounds

and that they will win the presented money if things should not go as I have planned.

I then proceed with confidence and I genuinely try to deduce which hand holds the coin each time

- and I shall teach you some of the classic methods that have worked in my own experience shortly.

Whats neat about this, is that I have my out(s) in place in the event that I fail. Let me present you

with the potential outcomes of all 3 rounds.

1. I am successful in deducing where the coin is in each and every round.

2. I make an incorrect guess during one round, but succeed in the other two.

3. I make two incorrect guesses but succeed in one.

4. I fail every single round.

I can honestly say that number four has never happened to me, but its a good thing to be prepared

for just in case. So how do the predictions that we have made account for all four possible


Thanks to my own variation of Corbuziers Free Will principle, the first prediction that we have

written on the face of the bill will work in 2 of 4 situations. If you lose once, just open up the bill

with the bill face toward you and your participant and read aloud - or just have them read aloud:

2 out of 3 - Not bad on your part, I must be getting rusty ;), T. Due to the ambiguity of this

statement, it will also work in the event that you lose twice. Simply have the same prediction read

but with a different implication.

In the event that I were to lose each round, I would simply open the bill so that only the prediction

on the backside of the bill is visible. I have it read aloud: Out of consideration for you, I shall

purposefully lose each round. Thanks for playing, T.

When I manage to successfully deduce the outcome of each round, I refrain from drawing attention

to any predictions on the bill. Being that the bill is folded, the audience remains unaware of any

alternative endings. I just take the bill and place it back into my pocket or my wallet - there is no

need for them to see it.

Your prepared bill can be placed in your wallet, change purse, pants pocket, jacket pocket, shirt

pocket or whatever suits you. This effect works best as a close up piece, but can certainly be used

onstage in place of expensive gimmicks. That is not to say that I am against the use of said

gimmicks, but I believe its best to have a multitude of methods to accomplish the same effect in

the event that you are ever asked to repeat it in a different scenario.

Hands Off Method

I am aware that many of you reading this would prefer to have a spectator handle the prediction.

Let me say this: those of you that are familiar with the rules of poker know that if you are engaged

in a game wherein there is a wager and the player opposing you folds, or fails to raise, they do not

get to see or touch your hand whereas they have not paid for it. In the same way, the participant in

this demonstration has no right to see or touch your bill in the event that you need to display the

prediction. Theres no reason to feel guilty about refusing them the opportunity to examine your

bill; it is important to learn how to handle your audience. That being said, I still offer you the

following options if you prefer a hands off method: use 2 bills instead of 1 so that you can switch

in the bill with the correct outcome written on it via a pocket switch, wallet switch, a 2-way

envelope or whatever other method you are comfortable with.

Otherwise, I suggest that you do what I usually do and simply exclude one of the predictions on

the bill (specifically the one on the back stating that you will lose each round). Personally, I find

this out to be unnecessary being that the likelihood of this occurring is slim to none. Even a

mediocre performer will usually get at least one guess correct in a round of three. If you feel

nervous about this approach, you can incorporate a surefire method of deduction or force a hand

in at least one round - the methods for which can be found in the section entitled Genuine Methods

of the Game. This will ensure the prediction on the inside of your bill will be applicable in the

event that you fail to correctly deduce the chosen hand for every round.

If you dont want to write on real money, you can print off a fake bill by scanning the face of a

$50 or $100 bill with a copier, and then writing the prediction on the blank backside of the bill.

You can then fold the bill into fourths, thereby concealing the blank side with its prediction. If

you never miss a round, then you obviously would not show the inside of your fake bill to your

participant. If you only get 1 or 2 rounds correct, the prediction inside will work for you either

way. The fake bill can add a sense of humor to your routine, showing that there was never really

anything on the line. Or if youre a real maverick, use real money.

Now, I personally love this method - it is one of my favorite variations, but lets discuss some

more specific approaches to this same routine, wherein you dont just predict who wins/loses, but

you predict the exact hand(s) used every time.


Twofold 2.0


A spectator is asked to place a coin behind their back and secretly load it into the hand of their

choosing. The performer presents a wager and states that if things do not turn out as planned, then

the spectator will win a presented bill. Not only does the performer accurately divine which hand

holds the coin in every single round, but - if desired - they can reveal a prediction written on the

inside of the presented bill that reveals the exact hand chosen by the participant in each round.


I understand that the description of these effects sounds like the splitting of hairs, but the basic

difference in the presentation is that the first version allows you to predict who wins and by how

many. This second version specifically predicts which hand will be used in each round.

There are a couple of ways to perform this version of Twofold, but lets learn the basic principle

that allows us to predict these outcomes. Imagine that we are going to play a game that is comprised

of 3 rounds. Each round of the which hand game involves making a decision between two things

- the left or the right hand. This means that the outcome of each game will result in one of the

following eight ways (R=Right, L=Left): RRR, RRL, RLL, RLR, LLL, LLR, LRR, LRL. That

being said, we could make an index of these eight different outcomes - which is a method we will

discuss in a section known as Hypothetically Speaking - or we could take a different route.

We start by asking the participant to partake in the game, with the only caveat being that they

refrain from using the same hand over and over again, whereas, that is too predictable. We tell

them that we want them to be completely original in their thinking and in doing so, this will make

it more difficult on us, the performer.


Technically, this is working to our advantage by removing two possible outcomes of the effect -

RRR and LLL - leaving us with six possible outcomes. Now, lets say that we have two accordion

bills prepared in such a way that one bill has Right, Right, Left on the face and Right, Left, Left

on the back - both beginning with the right hand. The other has Left, Left, Right on its face, and

Left, Right, Right on its back - both beginning with the left hand. The hand that our participant

chooses to begin with will dictate which bill we will keep in play.

I begin by loading the bill whose predictions begin with the left hand in the right side of my wallet

before the routine, and I pull out the bill whose predictions begin with the right hand and use it to

present the wager (SEE FIGURES).

I hold and present the bill in my left hand and

the wallet in my right with the mouth of the

wallet facing my right side (this is because I

am right handed; you must do what is most comfortable for you). Now it is a simple manner of

deducing which hand the spectator holds the

coin in before we decide whether or not we

need to switch in our other bill. How do we do

this? Simple. We deduce which hand is our

participants dominant hand before our

routine starts. I will go into detail about the

variety of ways that one can do this in the next section of this book. For now, lets assume that we

know what we need to.


Now that we have deduced which hand is our participants dominant hand, we simply ask them a

question: Dont tell me which hand, but answer me this: is the coin in your dominant hand?

Having the foreknowledge of which hand is our participants dominant hand means that if they are

right handed and they answer in the affirmative, we know it will be in the participants right hand.

Conversely, we know that if the participant is left handed and they say yes then the coin must

be in their left hand.

For this example, we will pretend that our participant is right handed and that they answer yes

to our question. We now know that they have begun the experiment by placing the coin into their

right hand. At this point, no further action is needed; I would simply close the wallet and place it

back into my pocket and continue with the routine.

If they said no, or the coin ended up in their left hand, then I would perform a variation of

Richard Osterlinds Cigarette Lighter Switch wherein I make contact with the bill to be switched

in with my right index finger on the inside of my wallet. My left hand brings the other bill up

underneath the wallet as if to pass it to my right (dominant) hand. As soon as that bill goes

underneath my wallet, I simply keep it there and use my right index finger to pull the other bill out

of the mouth of my wallet, seemingly completing the bills pass to my right hand



This is much easier to do than say. In short, you switch the bill in your wallet for the one already

in play. Alternatively, you can use both bills inside of a 2-way envelope instead of switching, but

by using your wallet you eliminate the need to make another gimmick. I shall leave it to your


Ultimately, you could determine a persons dominant hand prior to your presentation and

then for your first round just request that they begin the experiment by placing the coin into

their dominant hand. This way, you know which bill to use ahead of time and the need for a

switch is a moot point.

So, say our participant begins the game with the coin in their right hand. We place the wallet back

into our pocket, whereas, the switch is unnecessary. The bill remains in plain sight henceforth. We

know that the bill has two of the four possible outcomes that could result by beginning the match

in the right hand. We eliminate one outcome by directly telling the spectator not to keep the coin

in the same hand for each round. That leaves us with one remaining outcome - the one in which

the spectator alternates back and forth each time: Right, Left, Right (If it were the left hand, then

it would be Left, Right, Left).

It is this outcome that we will use as a verbal template during our performance. By that, I mean

that we will guess that the first time the spectator will use their right hand, the second time we will

guess their left, and then of course for the last round we go back to the right. Granted, there is a

possibility that we will be incorrect in one or two of these guesses. That is why we have the outs

listed on the bill(s).

We know that they will not keep the coin in the same hand each time, and as long as we know the

hand with which they start the routine then we will know the 3 possible outcomes to follow. 2 of

these outcomes are listed on either side of each bill (depending on the hand that they begin the

routine with), and the other outcome with the alternating pattern is the one that we commit

ourselves to during performance when we are making our guesses. If we make any incorrect

guesses, then we simply conclude the routine by saying:

Sometimes a person needs to hear and experience certain things in order to bring them to

the choices that I wish for them to make. You apparently saw me make a few mistakes, but

the end game was to have you say and do what I wanted. You see, the bet that I placed was

that I would be able to predict your every move, and that is exactly what I have done.

You can then proceed to reveal whichever side of the bill matches the outcome of your


These methods that I have described to you are meant to be used as an out in the event that

you are unable to accurately guess the whereabouts of the coin in each round. Incorporating

these techniques is a great comfort because it allows you the freedom to act with confidence

knowing full well that if you fail, you still succeed. I do not use the bill predictions unless I need

to. Use these outs as a way to practice the real methods of winning the which hand game - which

I will discuss with you after we talk about how to deduce an individuals dominant hand.

How to Determine Which Hand is Dominant

Now lets discuss how we can go about the deduction of which hand is an individuals dominant

hand. There are countless ways of doing this:

Have the spectator write something in a routine prior and simply clock the hand with which

they write. You could even ask to borrow a coin and then have them sign the coin that they

have selected in order to ensure that it cannot be swapped for a gimmicked coin.

Have them flip the coin that they are going to use under the guise of making sure that it is

a normal coin. The hand that they use to flip it with will likely be their dominant hand.

The standard method of wearing a belt is to feed it through the left side of ones belt loops

and around to the right. If your participant has obviously started on the right side and

wrapped it around to the left, then it is likely that they are left handed. However, if it is to

the left side, they could be right or left handed, so I would not rely on this method alone.

An individual typically wears his or her watch on the wrist of the hand that is opposite to

their dominant hand.

When asking for volunteers by a showing of hands, most people will raise their dominant

hand in order to be seen.

If using a fork or spoon without a knife, an individual will use their dominant hand. When

using a knife and fork, an individual will use their dominant hand to guide the knife.

When handling their wallet, an individual will hold the wallet in their non-dominant hand

and use their dominant hand to search for contents. Although I will say that if you are using

a female participant then this may not be the case, whereas, they typically handle their

wallets or change purses with both hands.


Most people handle their phones with their dominant hands. If they text or swipe by

cradling their phone with one hand and using their pointer finger on the other, the pointer

finger will usually belong to the dominant hand and the hand that is used to brace the phone

will be the weaker.

Just using one of the above methods is not always a guarantee that you will discover the correct

hand. I advise using one method in conjunction with another; if they are consistently exhibiting

symptoms of a right handed individual, then you have your answer. Same goes vice versa.

Now, the question has crossed my mind, and I am sure it has for some of you reading this: what if

the participant is ambidextrous (mixed-handed)? I have found that there are many who claim to be

truly ambidextrous that are really not; it is very rare. Even so, most ambidextrous individuals will

still have certain hands that they prefer to use for certain things. Most have a preferred writing

hand, so you could overcome this obstacle by asking a spectator if the coin is in the hand with

which they write - that is if you see them writing before the effect begins.

It is likely that this will not be a problem for you given the percentage of ambidextrous people that

there are. The true ambidextrous individuals make up approximately 1% of the worlds population.

12% of the world is left handed, and interestingly enough, there are more left handed males than

females. Females, on the whole, are more sympathetic participants that are likely to be more

receptive and cooperative during a performance anyway. Your best bet is to find a female that you

feel is right handed if you want a guaranteed hit. Just a tip.


Hypothetically Speaking


An envelope is introduced and then placed down for all to see. A participant is invited to partake

in a hypothetical demonstration of the which hand game. They are asked to contemplate their move

for each of 3 rounds, stating the hand that they would choose if they were to play the game. After

declaring what would have happened, the performer draws attention back to the envelope and

opens it to reveal a single piece of paper, on which is written the outcome(s) chosen by the



This is a cheeky demonstration that makes use of a simple index consisting of 4 of the 8 outcomes

previously mentioned in the section entitled Twofold 2.0. You can use 2 coin envelopes if you

wish to include all 8 outcomes, but its not really necessary. Of course, you will need to divide 4

of the written predictions into one envelope and the other 4 into the other envelope. The envelopes

can be separated by the hand used in the first round of the predicted outcome. For example, one

envelope contains outcomes that begin with the coin in the right hand (RRR, RRL, RLL, RLR).

Conversely, the other envelope would contain outcomes that begin with the coin in the left hand

(LLL, LLR, LRR, LRL). I suggest just using one envelope - the first one mentioned, wherein the

predictions all begin with the right hand. The majority of the population is right-handed, so this

will make for a simpler performance. If our chosen participant is left-handed, then we can still get

by with some clever wording.

If you have deduced that your participant is right-handed, begin with the following:

When it comes to psychological demonstrations, one of my favorite games to play is the which

hand game. Have you heard of it? I want to try an experiment with you, however, we are not

going to use a coin. I have here a little envelope inside of which is something special. Our game

will be a hypothetical game in which you will just imagine what hand you would use for each of

three rounds. Sound good? For the first round, most people start by placing the coin into the hand

with which they are most comfortable, which is typically their dominant hand. So, which hand

would that be for you?

Considering the fact that we have pre-knowledge of which hand is dominant for our participant,

we know that they will answer their right hand due to the fact that we just forced them to. Just for

claritys sake, we are not trying to perform a reading of any kind. We are just allowing our

spectator to seemingly take control and call all of the shots. The only one that we control, is the

first one, wherein we force them to begin the round with their right hand which ensures that any

possibility to follow will be accounted for by our index. They can now decide for themselves what

they would like to do from here on out.

If, however, our participant is left-handed - and we have foreknowledge of this - we will force

them to begin in their right hand, but with different wording. Confer the following:

For the first round, most people start by placing the coin into the hand with which they are

most comfortable, which is typically their dominant hand. However, I would like for you to be

different in your approach, and instead of going with your dominant hand, go with the one that

you are less comfortable with. So if you are right-handed, start in your left hand, and vice versa.

That being said, which hand would you begin the game in?

We have taken the same script, but tweaked it at the end so that we know that this imaginary coin

will still end up where we want it to be aligning it with one of the four predictions we have


The type of index that I use is actually made into the backside of the envelope itself. I first saw this

used in Marc Spelmanns Chapters DVDs where it originally came from, I do not know. In

order to prepare the index, you will need:

A Razor Blade

A #1 Coin Envelope (An Extra #3 Coin Envelope is optional)

A Business Card

A Memo Pad

Begin by placing your business card or something comparable in size inside if the coin

envelope. The card stock is meant to assist you in making 4 small slits on the backside of the

envelope with your razor blade without cutting all the way through the envelope and destroying

the gimmick. NOTE: the width of each slit should be just wide enough to house a folded billet,

allowing a space for two billets in each row. (SEE FIGURES BELOW).

Once you have made these slits, take your memo pad and compose each of your 4 predictions

beginning with the right hand, as previously mentioned. Take each prediction and fold it up so that

it is small enough to slide into the

slits of our envelope. You will need

to keep track of which prediction is

where. The method that you use for

this I leave to your discretion. The

one that I have is nonsensical and

difficult to explain, but it works for

me. I basically go from left to right

and top to bottom in an ascending order of the Rs - RLL, RRL, RRR, RLR (The last one is the

random one). As long as you know which prediction is where, you are set to go.

Your envelope index is now

technically ready to use. I will say

that I prefer the idea of using another

coin envelope with slightly larger

dimensions than the first to house

our envelope with its index. This

makes it possible for us to not only

display the gimmick, but to even

allow our spectator to temporarily hold onto it. To seal it, I just place a small piece of double-sided

tape, or repositionable glue, over the glue strip on the flap of the envelope. This makes it possible

for me to seal and unseal the outer envelope as I please, which is great for walk around


When it comes time to perform, all you need to do is ensure that the participant uses the designated

first hand. Pay attention to each of their decisions and remember the order for each round. In order

to obtain the appropriate prediction, you need to open the outer protective envelope of the

gimmick; remove the envelope with its index and hold the side with the billets peeking out so that

only you can see them. Use your thumbnail or fingernail to carefully push the billet of your

choosing into the envelope, thereby loosening it from its place in the index. Now when you open

the mouth of the envelope and turn it over, you can dump what seems to be all of the envelopes

contents into the hand of your participant (SEE FIGURES BELOW).


For an easy reset, just retrieve your prediction billet from your participant and fold it back along

its creases. You can then slide it back into its proper slit from the outside of the envelope index,

and then place the gimmicked envelope inside of the bigger one in order to seal it off and be ready

for your next performance.

It is true that you do not have to use this type of performance with this gimmick. You can just use

two prepared envelopes and switch them in as need be for your performance, as previously

mentioned. This is a fun variation of the which hand game, during which you are essentially

proving the fact that there is no need to play the game because you would have won regardless.

Have fun with this.




A spectator is invited to partake in the which hand game; however, the performer suggests a

slight variation in presentation. The performer requests that the participant adopt the persona of a

perpetual liar or truth teller. They are then asked to maintain this persona throughout each round

of the game, leaving the performer to not only determine whether the spectator is lying or not, but

also where the coin is.


Those of you that are familiar with Mark Elsdons Tequila Hustler will appreciate this variation

of mine. Though the routines sound similar in presentation, they are different in method. The

method is based on simple logic: each round you ask the participant to answer yes or no to

your inquiries about the location of the coin. We know that they will either be lying or telling the


The spectator is asked to remember where the coin is in each round, while the performer

remembers their answer to each inquiry. For the last round, we tell our spectator that we are going

to attempt to mirror exactly what they do by placing a coin into one of our hands. We ask them

one final time where the coin is, and then - during that same round - we place the coin behind our

back into one of our hands. After bringing our hands back around in closed fists, we shall ask our

spectator to open their hands to show us where the coin is. We can then open our hands to show

that we have done just as we said we would and mirrored their selection. How is that? Because we

are using a method that would work for us either way. Where we told our spectator that we would

mirror their image, we could get by with it being in our right or our left hand.

Say their coin was in their left hand and we had placed it in our right hand. Before asking for their

revelation, we turn to look at our participant face to face. This way, when we both open our hands,

the coins will be right across from one another, thereby mirroring exactly what they have done.

However, if the coin were in their right hand instead, with ours in the same, then we would simply

turn toward our audience at large drawing attention to the fact that both coins for both persons

were in the right hand. Its all in how you choose to look at it. You could, of course, use two coins

and simply have them in finger palm position inside of both of your hands. Then just open up

whichever hand matches your spectators.

At this point, if you have been doing what youre supposed to do (remembering all of their answers

to your questions) then you should know not only whether or not they were lying, but also where

the coin was in each round. Just to be clear, if - during the last round - you ask your spectator if

the coin is in their left hand and you discover that it was actually in their right hand after your

mirrored revelation, then you know that they were lying. If they lied about that round, then it is

evident that every answer that they gave you for each round prior would be contrary to the truth.

You have the option of either revealing the result of each round verbally, or by writing it on a

memo pad, which I kind of prefer. It adds something else for people to see.

If you do not wish to use the mirrored revelation, you could simply deduce the hand that

they use for their first choice - the methods for which we have already discussed - and then

use what you know to deduce whether or not they are lying or telling the truth. I might also

suggest that you look into the effect Ratiocination by my friend Ben Cardall for a similar

principle with which he demonstrates many possible effects.


Witchy Which


The spectator is given a coin and is asked to take the coin behind their back and place it into either

hand. Once they have made their decision, the spectator is asked to bring both hands out in front

of them in a closed fist. The performer then informs the spectator that they are going to be asked

a challenge question, and based upon the hand that the coin resides in, the spectator will either tell

the truth or a lie. The performer is always able to divine which hand the coin is in.


Those of you familiar with my work in Omniscient will recognize the method(s) in this one. I

will briefly discuss the propless method, and then I would like to go into a bit more detail regarding

a few gimmicked alternatives.

For the propless version, you begin by establishing a baseline with the spectator: ask them what

their name is, where they are from, what they do, etc. Pay attention to their body language and eye

movement when they answer you truthfully this will come into play later. You will then hand

the spectator a coin it can be real or imaginary. Once they have placed it into one of their hands

behind their back, they will hold their hands out in front of them, as with any other Which Hand

routine. Here is where you inform your spectator that you are going to play a truth and lying game;

you are going to ask them a series of challenge questions much like what you would be asked

when answering a security question online. Tell them that their answer to the question will be

determined by the hand that holds the coin. If the coin is in their left hand, they will tell a lie; if

the coin is in their right hand, they will tell the truth. Help them to remember this by saying The

Liar is Left and the Righteous is Right. Clarity is key in this presentation; make sure you

communicate effectively with your spectator what it is that you want for them to do. You will

now ask the spectator their first question; it should be worded somewhat like the following:

I would like for you to think of the name of your first pet. Can you remember it? Good.

Now, in a moment, I am going to ask you to tell me that pets name, bear in mind, if the

coin is in your left hand, you are going to lie to me and tell me a false name. If its in your

right, you will tell me the truth. Understand? Okay. What is the name of your first pet?

Based upon the spectators eye movement, you should be able to determine which hand the coin

is in. Lets dissect the first challenge question so that you have a better understanding of what to

be looking for. Here is the first part of your statement: I would like for you to think of the name

of your first pet. Can you remember it? Pay attention to the direction that their eyes roll toward.

For example, we will say that they moved up and to the left; this is them recalling a real memory

from the recesses of their mind. This pattern of eye movement should be similar to what it was

when you initially asked them their name and such. Remember that this will be different for each

person. Not everyone will glance in the same direction!

The second part of the question is: What is the name of your first pet? The spectator will take a

moment to think of their appropriate answer. If they look in the same direction as before, and keep

the same composure, then they are most likely telling the truth meaning that the coin is in their

right hand. If, however, they change their composure and when thinking of their answer look

off into a different direction, then they are most likely about to tell you a lie.

Lies are often accompanied by one of two things: a very calm composure almost as if they are

attempting to compensate for the anxiety building up inside of them or an attempt to stifle

laughter. If you know that they are lying, then you can obviously inform them that the coin is in

their left hand. The same process can be repeated several times in a row. I like to end by having

the spectator simply think of their answer to the final question. They will exhibit the same sort of

behavior as they would if they were speaking aloud.

In one of the next sections of this book, you will learn an assortment of techniques that are useful

for deciphering which hand a spectator is using to conceal a coin. Combining said knowledge with

your ability to decipher truth and lies should almost guarantee you correct results each time you

perform this. If you are uncomfortable with this method, then you can use an impression device to

accomplish the same sort of effect. Simply write the numbers 1 through 3 down the side of a page,

and tell the spectator that you are going to give them three questions to record their answer to on

a piece of paper. Inform them that your reason for doing this is to get them familiar with both the

questions and answers you are about to ask, and to allow them to prepare their answers according

to your demonstration.

After they have recorded their correct answers, you will ask them to tear off their page and wad it

up into a small ball. As you ditch your impression device, you will take note of their answers to

each question. This will provide you with the data necessary to determine whether or not the

spectator is lying. The only differences are that A.) The paper ball will double as the coin thereby

justifying its presence, and the presence of the memo pad/impression device, and B.) this will

allow you to not only know which hand the ball will be in based upon the answers you now know,

but you can also tell the spectator what the correct answer is if they are lying to you. This will add

an extra kicker to the end of your routine.


Constructing Your Own Impression Device

There are many impression devices on the market, you can find them from almost any magic

dealer. However, if you are looking for an inexpensive alternative, here is a way in which you can

construct your own impression device. You will need:

Carbon Paper


A Small Memo Pad

Scotch Tape


Rubber/Elastic Band

Unfortunately, not every type of carbon paper will work well on memo pad paper. I have tried a

couple of different types of carbon paper and have found Porelon Black Carbon Paper (#11407)

to be the most effective. I have attached a link above that will take you directly to it. If you happen

to know of a better kind, please share with the rest of the class.

As for the memo pad, I suggest a small vertical pad that you

can find at any Walmart or office supply store, typically in

packs of more than one (SEE FIGURE). I initially had been

using pads with spirals that were on the side due to the fact

that when you open the vertical ones there is a chance that

the spectator will glimpse your impression or carbon paper.

However, if you use a rubber band to secure the paper in

place of the pad, it will hold the page in place and keep the page with the carbon paper on it from

coming up when the page is removed by your spectator.


The construction of the pad is easy: cut out a rectangle of carbon paper that is slightly smaller than

the pages in your memo pad, and open your memo pad to the dead center. Take 2 pieces of tape

and apply them to the top and bottom of the side of the carbon paper that leaves the impression.

The pieces of tape should hang over the edges of the carbon paper so that you can stick it to the

back of one of the pages of your memo pad (Try to cover as little surface area of the carbon paper

as possible with the tape; the tape is thick and can affect the quality of the impression if it gets in

the way). I use a pair of scissors to shorten the page that has the carbon paper attached to it so that

it allows me to easily access it after the impression has been made by your spectator.

During performance, I place 1 or 2 sheets of paper over the gimmicked page so that the impression

is sure to be made regardless of how hard or soft the spectators penmanship. I suggest using a golf

pencil or a ballpoint pen. I personally think that golf pencils are more efficient due to their

portability since they slide into the spiral of the memo pad and are ready to go whenever you are.

I purposefully dog ear the bottom corner of the page I intend for my spectator to write on before

approaching them for the routine. This makes it easier for me to open the memo pad to the exact

page that I want, and for the spectator to remove the page without fumbling for the edge. After

opening the memo pad to the desired page, I use a rubber band, or an elastic band that you can

easily affix to the memo pad itself, to hold the pages in place for the spectator to write upon. Now

the page will stay where it needs to be in order to get a proper impression AND you wont have to

worry about them sneaking a glimpse at anything suspicious. For cleanup, just remove the page

behind the carbon paper and youre set to go for another performance. I hope that my instructions

for the construction of this pad are easy enough to follow; please message me if you have any


Acidus Novus Alternative

For those of you that are minimalists and prefer to use as little gimmickry as possible when

performing, you could use a variation of the Acidus Novus peek. In order to take full advantage of

this move, start with your billet or business card pre-folded in the proper manner for the Acidus

Novus peek - which I shall assume you already know. You will proceed by writing an abbreviated

version of some of the questions you wish to ask on the left side of the billet, leaving blanks spaces

on the right side of the billet for your spectator to fill in (SEE FIGURES).

Pay special attention to how the questions and spaces are positioned. After your spectator is

finished writing, you will take back the billet and hold it open facing them, so that only they can

see it. With your head turned away, tell them to make sure that they remember their answers and

focus on them, and then begin to fold the side of the billet on your left - which is where all of the

answers are written - closed. As it is coming to a close, you will have a brief opportunity to glimpse

one or both of the answers in the top corner/middle (SEE FIGURES).

This is an age old method for peeking a word or more inside of a book; here we are using it to

obtain partial bits of information on our billet. Complete the first fold of the billet, and then begin

the second fold into fourths. Once the second fold is completed, you may now peek the information

written in the bottom corner of the bill, as is tradition. The folded billet can now be handed to our

spectator to be used in place of the coin, thereby justifying its presence.

You now have 2 to 3 of the answers you need. If you were unable to glimpse the second answer,

there are a few options you can use to continue. You can scramble the order in which you ask the

questions so that the second question, written in the middle, is asked first. From there, you can use

one of the genuine methods for reading or forcing the hand that is discussed in the other sections

of this book.

You can also ask a simple question, such as Are you a dog or a cat person?, in the second

position. You can easily tell what type of animal lover a person is by the way that they present

themselves. A dog person will typically come across as a more outgoing, outspoken, friendly,

talkative, warm and inviting individual, whereas, cat people are more laid back, unique, and quiet

individuals that tend to be the creative introverts that take a while to warm up to you.

Sometimes, you will find a person that you cannot differentiate from a cat or dog lover; their

attributes will ride the line of both. These same people will typically love both cats and dogs - like

myself. We gravitate toward that which is familiar to us. If you have trouble deducing which type

of person they are, then simply use double speak: Youre not a cat person, are you? I didnt

think so, open your right hand. OR I thought so, open your left hand.

We can be as creative as we would like to in revealing what we know about the other answers. I

would suggest having them answer in their head for the last round, and then revealing exactly

what it is that they are thinking of. This is a lovely option for this routine that packs small and

plays big. Enjoy!


Stage Opener

As an added bonus, I would like to discuss some ideas for presenting the which hand routine on

stage. It is possible to use some of these methods to perform for multiple spectators at a time.

However, here is a prelude that has been used by multiple performers, including myself, that works

with an entire audience. This is the scripting that I use:

Good evening. I would like to start things off with a simple game that will involve everyone here,

so please stand up if you are able. I am going to ask for each of you to reach into your pockets and

take out a coin, or something comparable in size. Please take it behind your back and hold it

between your fingers.

Are you all familiar with the which hand game? Where you try to guess which hand holds a

coin? I am going to try this with all of you as a collective audience, but please wait before you

place the coin into one of your hands, whereas, I am going to attempt to influence your decision.

I will ask that you refrain from placing the coin in your pocket. Instead, you will have two choices:

just go with the hand that feels RIGHT to you, and the remaining hand will be LEFT empty. Go

ahead and make your decisions now and then bring your closed fists out in front of you!

Wait for your audience to do so.

Now then, this will help me learn about the type of audience that I am dealing with. I told you

that I was going to try to influence your decision making process, so naturally, many of you will

seek to listen for any attempt to do so and instead do the opposite. Being that I put so much

emphasis on the RIGHT hand, a lot of you probably placed it into your LEFT hand. If this was

you, then please be seated - you are eliminated! Those of you that are still standing, you may

proceed by making your next choice now

Again, wait for everyone to be seated and for your audience to re-present their hands before you.

One of the most common moves to make at this juncture is to go with the opposite hand as the

one before. However, many of you will have thought of this and instead stayed with the same hand

as last time as a means to catch me off guard. If you stuck with the same hand as last time, then

please be seated - you are also eliminated!

At this point, most of your audience will be seated with a few outliers remaining. Youll notice

that the elimination process is meant to weed out all of the skeptical individuals, leaving you with

those that are more susceptible to standard suggestion. This will bode well for you, because those

that remain standing are the ones you can choose from for an individual demonstration of this

effect. You can then use any of the previously mentioned routines to continue.

This scripting basically works itself out almost always in your favor. You dont have to - nor

should you want to - have the entire audience be eliminated. The goal is to have only a handful of

people to choose from in the end. After these two rounds of dialogue, you should have a large

portion of your audience seated with only a few that remain standing. Have fun with this; it is an

opportunity to engage an entire audience in an entertaining psychological game that will help you

ease them into something more personal. What that is is up to you.


Closing Thoughts

Some points that I would like to highlight are to think like the spectators for which you are

performing; this will help you to gain better insight to their perspective and increase the quality of

the overall presentation.

Do not underestimate the simplicity of these methods. They may not sound like they would work

in the real world, but I can say with confidence and experience that they do. While gimmicked

alternatives are nice, they are not entirely necessary. In each round, you are dealing with a 50/50

chance, which are pretty good odds to start with. You will find that - with practice - this is actually

pretty easy to perform.

Besides, whats the worst that could happen? You fail? Good. We learn from our failures. And I

know that I am not the only one that thinks that failure can often breed credibility and authenticate

different aspects of your performances. As I have said before, you cant always sink a hole-in-one

or a half-court shot on the first try, so why should you expect to always be perfect during each and

every routine? Ultimately our failures are the bricks that pave the way to our successes.

This concludes the methods and routining that this book has to offer, although, that does not mean

that this is all they have to offer you. Our only limitations are the ones that we set for ourselves,

being that the simplest of methods can provide us with some of the best of effects. Be original and

be creative. Thanks again for all of your love and support. Keep your eyes out for some of my

upcoming projects. God bless!



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