All Is Foreseen (Arthur Kurzweil)
- Difficulty: EASY
- Category: MENTAL MAGIC
- Product Type: MAGIC TRICK
Although this is based on a classic three-way-out effect, the props and presentation elevate it to a routine that is meaningful and thought-provoking. If you are looking to add meaning to your magic this might be the best way to start.
The routine is based around the premise of whether we have free will or everything in life has been foreseen.
You begin with a quote from an ancient book which theorizes that “Everything is foreseen, yet free will is given.” You then show a picture of a scale which will be used as a pointer when the spectator weighs their choices.
Three cards are then introduced bearing the words Chance, Choice, and Fate. Your friend is asked to move the scale to the one word that is most meaningful for them… or of how their lives have unraveled so far. Was it their choice, was it just a matter of chance, or was it fate.
They of course have a free choice, and you will show that their choice was predicted… was foreseen... So, did they really have a choice in what they chose?
Comes complete with the five custom printed cards and access to an online video tutorial. Self-working. Manufactured by Meir Yedid Magic.
“This is marvelous. It gets into the the meanings and thoughts of the witness’ mind. Its ease of method can be built up in assorted ways, but at its core, anyone can do it, and the tale that comes with it is a powerhouse.”
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David Regal Review from the September 2023 issue of Genii Magazine
The props included in this mentalism effect are five 4” by 4” plaques of laminated plastic material. Three feature the words “CHOICE,” “CHANCE,” and “FATE.” On a fourth is written the adage, “Everything is foreseen, yet free will is given,” and the final plaque displays a scale … with which to weigh one’s decisions. With these items in play the concepts of choice, chance, and fate are put to the test: A spectator is allowed to choose any of the words freely, and the performer proceeds to prove that the outcome was predicted. Yes, this uses a classic method to achieve its results, but the use of terms associated with the premise makes for a test in which the item mentally selected is not arbitrary—it has meaning and speaks to a spectator’s personal beliefs.
Considerations: As with effects of this type, it cannot be performed twice for the same audience.
It is refreshing.
It is refreshing to enjoy a presentation that encourages one to think of something other than "how was that done".