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Ken Dynes

The Natural

Sometimes chance CAN be controlled

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This e-book is divided into several sections:

Within ................................................................................................................... 2

Ken Dyne .............................................................................................................. 3

Hello from Me...................................................................................................... 4

The Gamble in Mentalism ................................................................................. 5

My Presentation .................................................................................................. 7

Tell Me Your Secrets ........................................................................................ 10

Explain Yourself ................................................................................................ 13

Colour By Numbers........................................................................................... 17

Credits ................................................................................................................ 18

Thank You Again ............................................................................................... 19

Also From The Author ...................................................................................... 20

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Ken Dyne
Began in mentalism at 15 years old, Ken has performed around the world
where he has read the minds of complete strangers, been blindfolded in the
street and played Russian Roulette with five revolvers, live on stage in his
UK nation-wide theatre tour.

In the past two years Ken has been concentrating his performances in the
corporate market where he has entertained right across the UK at corporate
conferences and functions of all sizes.

In the world of magic, Ken has released a number of past works. His first
was Thoughts So Far which he published under his real performing name.
The book was a collection of his thoughts and routines on mentalism up until
that date and contained some 36 routines from his past performances. The
book had a Forward from none other than Richard Osterlind that stood him
in great stead for his second.

Tell Tale Factor was a limited release booklet that detailed a brand new,
revolutionary technique for reading a spectators mind under conditions that
were only dreamt of. This had two forwards, one by Kenton Knepper and a
second by his close friend Alain Bellon.

Kens third release was an e-book entitled Killers in which he allowed

readers in to some routines from his existing repertoire and is now available
from Alakazam magic.

Following the success he seemed to gather, Kennedy continued to create

and develop his work. After being asked to perform a publicity stunt in York
city centre (England) Ken came up with a truly amazing headline prediction
that meant he NEVER had to touch it. Sold under the name Future Visions as
a strictly limited release it gained high praise from the fraternity.

Now Kens latest excursion is to reveal a piece that has been set in pride of
place in his shows for around a year now, he calls it Natural Lottery.

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Hello from Me
A great big hello and welcome to Natural Lottery.
Ive been performing this in my shows for around a
year now and have had great success with it. I think
the strength of the routine is that there is so much
going on that it would be extremely difficult for
anyone to keep track of everything and thus makes
the method(s) really hard to discover.

I have performed the routine in all kinds of cabaret,

parlour and stage settings from 16 people at a
company dinner up to 2000 people in a theatre. I
personally wouldnt choose to use it as a close up
piece, but then again I rarely perform close up at all

Some of the methods used here are a little bold but

not half as bold as some of the things Ive released in
the past nor are they as bold as some of the things I
do in my shows.

I hope you enjoy, Natural Lottery.

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The Gamble in Mentalism
There are a lot of plots in mentalism that involve the performer betting
money on his accuracy. Saying things like in fact Im so confident I will bet
the contents of my wallet on it or heres 20.00 in case Im wrong. I
have to say that I absolutely hate that premise.

First of all this set-up makes the performer look like an arrogant, over sure
ass. This sets him up for a fall, the audience dont want you to succeed,
they want you to fail. In my performances I much prefer my audiences to
want me to be successful, therefore when I have a near miss (whether on
purpose or by accident) the audience will sympathise with me and let me
off. In this letting me off I also build rapport with them on a whole new

Often the reason that the person makes this statement of betting their
money or putting their money where their mouth is is due to the fact that
they need the wallet or the currency as part of the modus operandi and thus
have no choice.

I decided around a year ago that I didnt want to perform anything that
wasnt 100% logical and gave the impression that I am a nice guy and that I
can do this amazing stuff, leaving a lasting impression on my audience. So I
looked at what I was doing and streamlined it. I took out anything that gave
a negative impression of me and replaced it with something that made the
audience like me.

This whole thought process began when I was considering a bank night
routine. Ive seen many, many bank night routines and still havent seen one
in print that eliminates the smugness of the performer. If youve seen me
lecture or some of my shows last year you will have seen my approach to
the bank night that totally eradicates the Im cleverer than you under tone
and actually empowers the audience. This piece will be my next e-book
release so keep you eyes open for it.

However a lot of people argue that gambling and games of chance are
inherently interesting and these Bank Night routines serve that craving in
your audience. Of course people are interested, everyone wants to know
how they could win at the races, the free holiday in the paper and even the
national lottery. Most people would saw off their left leg to know the
secrets of how to win the big draws. However the problem with most Bank
Night routines is that the routine again illustrates and dotes on the fact that
they cant win, but since youre cleverer than they are, you can.

The winning has to be about how they can win. They already know they
cant so dont go re-enforcing that message. I got to thinking about this and
that is how I came up with Natural Lottery. I wanted a way of showing

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people that they have the strength of mind, they have the ability in
themselves to cause these amazing occurrences. If they just open their
minds up to the idea that it is possible then they really can achieve this

So Natural Lottery came from the idea that yes they can and do win.

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My Presentation
Ive used this in my inspirational and motivational performances for around
three months now and I am going to continue to use it as a really strong
illustration of what you can do if you believe its possible. Even when the
odds are against you.

A large prediction lies against my table, its 4 foot high and just over 2 feet
wide. Facing the audience at the moment is the well known National Lottery
logo. Across the centre of the stage is a row of six empty chairs.

The performer talks about his obsession with the lottery. How since the day
it launched across the UK he has always put on three lines. One for himself,
one for his sister who at the time couldnt afford it and one for his mother.
Even now theyre all older now, he still puts the same three lines on week in,
week out.

Their mesmerising. Incredible things. The buzz you get every Saturday
night when they start up that machine and the balls get churned about. Im
getting goose bumps just thinking about it. There are 49 coloured balls,
fizzing about right in front of your eyes and they swirl around that big glass
dome. The tense music in the background and youre sitting on the edge of
your seat.

Then, shhhhooop, the first ball comes out. You check your ticket, as your
eyes rise from the red paper youre holding in your hand the next ball
shoots out the top of the machine. The excitement builds as each ball
comes out of the top.

Then eventually you look at the row of numbers, then down at your ticket.
Back at the numbers again and down to your ticket. You stand...arm in the
air. Opening your mouth wide...

Aaaaaahhhhhhh SHIT!

You screw up the useless piece of paper and slam-dunk it in the bin!

As you can imagine, this climax is quite funny since youve built it up for so
long they expected you to win. Continuing with his presentation;

How many of you play the national lottery?

Hands shoot up all over the place.

Dont worry, we are all suckers together

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Believe it or not this is another funny line but also serves the purpose of
building rapport. I have grown out of the persona of being the smart-alec
know-all who has superior knowledge to my audience. Instead I like them to
feel that were all the same. Hence why I preach that anyone can do what I
do, with the right training and commitment. I tend to build in this kind of
line throughout my show in order to maintain the likeability and sustain

I have a black bag here, it will serve as our lotto machine for tonight.
Inside there are the famous lotto balls, each with a different number on it.
Im hoping that were going to be lucky tonight and win the BIG prize by
picking the matching combination that will match my BIG ticket.

Here I draw attention to a jumbo sized lotto ticket. The audience can only
see the back of the ticket at the moment, with the big lotto logo on it. I
have it printed on a heavy duty foam board by a printer (if youre in the UK
go to www.ukflyers.com and tell them Kennedy sent you).

I approach a person in the front row, I noticed you raised your hand when I
asked who played the lottery, so would you please act as the hand of fate
itself by reaching in to this bag and removing any one of the balls. Only,
when you do please keep tight hold of it so that no one, not even you know
which ball you took. Go ahead, dig deep.

She shoves her hand in side of the bag, after a moment her hand reappears
from the bag, fist clenched tightly. I then direct her to take a seat in one of
the six chairs on the stage, reminding her not to look just yet but to keep
the surprise for a little longer.

I then approach a second person, this time a gentleman. I talk briefly about
how I noticed that he too raised his hand earlier. After some nice byplay
around the biggest win he ever made on the lotto I have him too reach in to
the black sack, remove a ball and then take a seat on stage.

I repeat this process until all six chairs are occupied on stage.

What I find great about this is that you dont really run in to the danger of
the people refusing to come up and join you (there are ways of dealing with
that and a great resource is Andy Nymans DVD Get Nyman where he talks
about his strategy for dealing with and avoiding this).

I now talk about how fair the conditions of the test were, how they could
have chosen any ball at all and that no one, not even the person holding it
knows which ball they hold.

Now this is an important presentational moment. I have played around with

different ways of revealing the prediction and found that what Im about to
show you, is the way I receive the greatest reaction.

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I bring the jumbo lotto ticket downstage, against my body so that the
people on stage can not get a premature glimpse at what it says.

At this point I turn the lotto ticket around so that the audience at large can
clearly see the numbers, but the on stage spectators can not.

The numbers are, for example:

19 , 1 , 32 , 11, 3 , 7

(N.B. I realise that on a normal lotto ticket these will have been put in to
numerical order. However in this prediction I am also predicting the order.
My experience so far with this tells me that the discrepancy doesnt matter
a bean to the audience)

Addressing the first person in the row I say something like, Now Marie, Id
like you to open your hand for the first time and read out loud the number
on the ball you chose.

She does and its the number 19.

The audience sit up in their chairs. Each person in the row reveals their ball
and yes, they have chosen the correct ball and are sitting in the right order
on stage.

A major strength of this is that the audience at large are able to witness the
fulfilment of the prophecy essentially AS IT HAPPENS.

It really is a very strong effect.

So to summarise, the audience have just witnessed:

The performer introduce a bag of lottery balls, 49 in total.

He has six people select a ball each and stand in a random order.
The performer doesnt know who has which ball as they are concealed in
the hands of the volunteers throughout.
The performer accurately predicted which balls would be removed and in
which order the people would stand!

Before I move on to the explanation I want you to think about how you
would achieve this. THEN consider the following conditions under which my
method allows us to work:

- There are NO secret compartments in the bag.

- There are NO balls added or taken away at any time.
- The choice of balls is COMPLETELY fair.
- The balls may be kept by the volunteers.
- There is NO pre-show.
- There is only one prediction and it is un-gaffed.

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Tell Me Your Secrets
When I came up with this I was very excited. There are two methods at
work here. One of them is my time tested, favourite method of dual reality
and the other is a physical method that makes it impossible for everyone.

I will admit that the piece is marginally more incredible for the audience
than for the spectators, but believe me they will still be very impressed.
The reason I know this is because originally I performed it without the dual
reality and added the DR later.

First I will deal with the dual reality, so that you can see what is REALLY
going on here.

The audience at large are witnessing something that they believe to be true
down to their own assumptions, that in actual fact is not the case at all.
That thing is that they believe there are 49 balls in play. In fact there are
only 6.

The effect for the audience has been outlined on the previous page, the
effect for our participants is still as puzzling;

They believe the effect is simply that they are removing one of the six balls
and some how you are able to know which ball they have taken.

The reason the audience believe there to be 49 balls is because of a few

small factors which nudge them in the right direction:

1. The presentational premise of the National Lottery that this entire

piece is built upon. You even bring attention to the fact that there
are 49 different balls, during the presentation. This sets up the idea
in their minds that since you are attempting to apparently influence
the lotto draw, then you too must be using 49 different balls.
2. The bag. The material my bag is made from is heavy duty theatrical
drape material. It is thick woollen cloth that they use for black out
curtains and the legs; of the stage. When sewn in to a bag it looks
like it contains a lot of balls. In addition, the bag is of a good size,
large enough to easily hold 49 of the balls.

Put both of these factors together and your audience will jump to the
conclusion that there are 49 balls in that bag, even though you never
outwardly say that. You simply suggest it.

So that is mystery one out of the way. Of course it is not THE biggest
mystery of them all. Its all well and good that the bag only contains balls
numbered 1, 3, 7, 11, 19 and 32 but how on earth do we get the right
people to stand in the right order to match the prediction?

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Simply put, the placement of the people is a bold manoeuvre by the
performer. You tell them which chair to sit in to match the prediction.

I realise this may sound daunting, but as soon as you lose that magicians
guilt it wont matter at all. It REALLY doesnt matter that you tell them
where to sit because you can not possibly know which numbered ball they
have. After all its being held tightly in their fist all the time.

That is where the real physical mystery occurs. This mystery works for both
the audience AND the people on stage. In fact to the participants it may
very well be what the effect is about.

For this we go back to the original routine I performed. In the original

routine I took a black bag and five different coloured balls. After dropping
the five balls in to the bag I had five volunteers take a ball each and hide it
in their hand. After some by-play about reading body language I would
reveal who had what ball.

Of course I much prefer the Lottery presentation as it has so much more to

offer, the dual reality, the idea of 49 different balls AND perfect rational for
the original method.

Have you worked it out yet?

Each of the balls, as well as having a different number printed on it, each
one is a different colour. It is the colour of the ball YOU are going to be
interested in, but the audience will not pay a single bit of attention too as
the attention and focus is placed on the numbers.

So, if you were to know which colour ball a person removes from the bag
(which is much easier than noting the number) then you would be able to
simply direct that person to the correct seat to fulfil the prediction. The
problem is, how on earth do you find out which colour they took?

Again thats the wrong way to be looking at it. You are not going to be
interested in which one they took, but rather which balls remain. If you
know which are left in the bag you can easily work out which colour is

I played with several ways of doing this, I would peer down in to the bag to
have a look. I wasnt comfortable with it, in a mentalism performance you
can not afford to be getting caught when youre apparently the real deal!

The method I use goes back so far that I cant find an original source, so its
a classic. The bag has a window cut out of it across in the side thats facing
the performer. The window goes the full width of the back-side of the bag
and is around an inch and a half high. (see illustration on next page)

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Now you are easily able to see the six coloured balls lying across the bottom
of the bag.

To make the window on my bag I cut out the rectangle on the one side in
the correct position and then stitched a panel of mesh material over it. This
way the balls will not fall out yet I can see straight into the bag.

So let me run through the routine as far as the explanation is concerned.

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Explain Yourself
The wonder worker talks about the National Lottery, with a presentation
that suits him (or her). Its important for the dual reality that they mention
the number of balls used in the Lottery draw as this will leave the indirect
suggestion that since you are going to attempt to influence a lottery just
like that, that you too are using that number of balls.

There are 49 coloured balls, fizzing about right in front of your eyes and
they swirl around that big glass dome. The tense music...

And then I have a black bag here, it will serve as our lotto machine for
tonight. Inside there are the famous lotto balls, each with a different
number on it. Im hoping that were going to be lucky tonight and win the
BIG prize.

I hope you can see how you indirectly refer to the black bag as the lottery
drawing machine, that you just stated contains 49 different numbered balls.
When you say inside are the famous lotto balls the audience are
interpreting that as the same 49 that we see in the National Lottery. That
is what you are simply SUGGESTING, thus when your participants plunge
their hands in the bag it makes perfect sense that there are only 6.

The first person is asked to put her hand in to the bag and give the balls a
jiggle, this is a funny line. The reason I like to use a comical line when they
put their hand in the bag is because when they put their hand in the bag
they are going to find there are only 6 balls and I dont want that showing
on their face. So I cover that with a joke, it makes them forget about what
theyre doing and also means I control their facial expression to something I

I tell them to keep tight hold of the ball so that no one can see which one
they got. As I say that I pull the bag away from her, forcing her to quickly
grab a ball if in fact she hasnt yet. As I move back I have ample opportunity
to tip the bag, settling the remaining balls on the bottom, and look at which
ball is missing.

Ill come on to how I remember which colour has what number on it, in the
next section.

Now I know which numbered ball she has. I then simply take her by the hand
and sit her in the position she needs to be in. For example if my prediction
is 19, 1, 32, 11, 3, 7 and I know the participant is holding ball number 1 I
will sit her in the chair second from the left. Similarly if I know that shes
holding number 11 I will sit her in the 4th chair from the left.

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You may well think that placing them in this strange way might arouse
suspicion, in reality it can not because how on earth could you know the
number she is holding? You cant.

However so that this is adaptable to more peoples styles, here are some
ways I cover placing them:

As I escort her to the stage by the hand that is not occupied with a ball, I
point to two chairs the one that I want her to sit in and a random one. I
point to them one at a time and say whats it to be, electric chair or a
weight falling from the sky? Again this is a comedy line and she will make a
choice. Fifty percent of the time (in fact I have found more frequently than
that) she will choose the right chair and you have a wonderful moment
where she chose the chair herself.

On the occasions that she chooses the wrong chair I just say something like
youre not getting off that easily and point to the chair I want her to sit

Now to the second participant. Again I approach him, ask him to shove his
hand in to the bag and make a comment about mixing them. Depending on
the audience I might say do you always swish a mans balls on the first
request, of course thats too crude for some audiences, but for comedy
clubs its a perfectly fine piece of business.

Again he takes one of the balls out of the bag and as I go to take him by the
hand I make a jovial comment like You can come yourself..., again the
comedy covers the fact that I look down at the window in the bag to note
which ball he has taken. I take mental note of that and have him sit in the
correct seat.

Approaching the third volunteer I take a deep breath as if to go in to the

same patter again then spurt out you know the drill!. Again a laugh. She
takes a ball, I note which one and have her sit in the correct position to
match the prediction.

A little subtlety I often add in to sell the fact that there really is a choice of
balls in the bag for each person is to have them change their mind. Offer
them the chance to throw their ball back in and take one of the others.

And so it goes on until five of the chairs are occupied. When I originally
came up with the routine I considered dropping in an extra ball so that the
final spectator would still have a choice, I thought about having some kind
of change bag system in the bag that would allow me to give her the choice
of two balls. All of this went through my head and in fact this sticking point
meant that the routine stayed on the shelf for around a year.

I was working on a new show where I wanted the material to be pretty much
original and thought back to the Lottery routine. Then I came up with the
solution and its so simple I dont know why I didnt think of it.

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There is no need for an extra ball, change bag or anything like that at all.
Its all in the words.

As you approach the final spectator you simply say, You have a lot less
choice than everyone else, will you please reach in and take your ball. She
reaches in and takes it, no questions asked and no discrepancies in the dual
reality. The audience can still believe that she is reaching in and choosing a
ball for herself among all the others, yet she hears me saying thats he
should reach in and take the ball that the others left her. The fact that I
even precede that with you have a lot less choice, she just thinks Im
being kind. The audience acknowledge that of course she has less choice,
because five of the balls have been taken out already.

Ive even been so bold as to say and you have least choice of all. The
audience can see how that makes sense and when she reaches in she can
see that you were just being witty as she really has no choice at all.

Its very simple and I like simple because less can go wrong.

Once she has taken the ball I gesture to the stage and say you can sit in
any chair youd like, said tongue in cheek this is pretty funny.

Now the situation is this:

You have had six people take a ball at random from your black bag. As they
have taken them you have looked at the balls that remain in the bag and
deduced which ball they took. Then, based on that information you
positioned them so that they are in the correct place to match the
prediction. All that remains is to reveal your prediction.

Quick aside: Throughout the presentation I am constantly telling them all to

hold your balls tight, clench your fists, I dont want anyone knowing who
got what and things like that. The reason I do this perhaps to the degree of
overkill is because that is what I want people to remember. I want them to
recall that everyone was holding the balls tight in their hands. PLUS by
drawing attention to the peoples hands in this way of apparently creating
security or test conditions as I like to call it, I am misdirecting everyone
away from the method (the bag).

Its important that we as performers remember that we apparently do NOT

know which number each person is holding in their hand. So when you go in
to the reveal phase of the routine you need to remember that you must
act as if you are hoping it all worked out.

I tried all ways of revealing the prediction; I had it on the back of their
chairs. It looked messy, people trying to turn their chairs around with one
hand, dropping the balls, picking up each others balls and just generally
screwing up the effect. It didnt work.

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So I settled on the idea that after having them all stand, I move my jumbo
prediction down stage, keeping it close to my body so that the on stage
volunteers can not see it prematurely, then turn it round for the audience
to see. The on stage assistants still can not see the prediction.

Diagram below illustrates this better:



- Audience -

Now the audience can clearly see the prediction I have the first person on
stage open their hand for the very first time and read out the number on
the ball that you chose the audience then realise that it is the same
number that is in the first position on the prediction.

This then continues, getting more and more rapid as we near the end of the
row, finally the whole thing matches, I ask them all to take a well deserved
round of applause and re-take their seats. I always give them the balls to
keep as souvenirs of their good work.

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Colour By Numbers
There are two ways to remember which number is on which coloured ball
and thus ensure you place the right person in the right place for your final

Before I go in to detail about which colour has what number on it and the
memory method I use I just want to look at another subtlety. Although the
balls are coloured I dont make them bright colours as I dont want to bring
attention to the fact. So instead if using bright red, bright blue and green I
have painted the balls with more pastel shades that from a distance of any
sort make the whole set look white. Whats great about this is that the
audience dont recognise the fact they are different colours. PLUS since the
bag you are using is black, the colours will be easier to distinguish between
when inside due to the high contrast.

Now for the memory work. The numbers I use are 19, 1, 32, 11, 3, and 7.

1 rhymes with scone. You imagine a freshly bakes scone on a plate, its
bright golden yellow pastry. 1 = yellow
3 rhymes with tree, trees have green leaves. 3 = green
7 rhymes with heaven. You imagine going up to heaven and seeing the pale
blue sky as you ascend. 7 = blue
11, rhymes with Kevin. I have a gay friend called Kevin who always wears a
purple shirt. 11 = purple
19, rhymes with fighting. You imagine a boxing fight and deep red blood
everywhere. 19 = red
32, rhymes with dirty shoe. Imagine youve walked through a muddy field
where theres been a lot of clay in the soil. 32 = grey.

At a glance:

1 = Yellow
3 = Green
7 = Blue
11 = Purple
19 = Red
32 = Gray

Of course if you have better ways of remembering each of the colours and
numbers you do what you feel best. Similarly if you want to use different
numbers for your final prediction thats advised too, otherwise there will be
a lot of us predicting the same things and that WOULD be weird.

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Id like to thank:

David Berglas, it was he who inspired the idea of making them sit where I
wanted them too.

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Thank You Again
Thank you again for your interest in this, I really hope you enjoyed it and
get as much leg work out of this routine as I have done and will continue to.

In the coming weeks and months I am going to be releasing my version of

the bank night routine that up until now Ive kept only for my lectures, as
you can tell I am very excited about it.

Once again, thank you.

Best thoughts,

Ken Dyne

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Also From The Author
Thoughts So Far

Tell Tale Factor


Future Visions

Natural Lottery

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