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A Forced Thought (Download)

by Himmel, Steven

Product Rating:

(Based on 4 reviews)
Category: Mentalism
Media Type: Video Download
Publisher: Murphy's Magic Supplies, Inc.

Product Description

The magician riffles the deck to allow the a spectator to think of a card within the deck. The deck is shuffled and handed to a second spectator who begins dealing the cards face down one at a time until they want to stop. The card they stop at is the thought of card. The use of this subterfuge allows for very clean predictions and revelations.
Date Added: Nov 4th, 2014
MLA SKU: 5458878bed3c7


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Official Review

January 31st, 2015 1:59am
Reviewed by Josh Burch
This is pretty slick. In Forced Thought a spectator thinks of a card as the magician flips through the deck, the spectator then deals cards until they feel like stopping, they stop on their card every time.

As far as I understand the force involved method wise is original. It looks just like the flip style force used by various tv magicians but it has been made a lot easier. In fact it’s virtually self working. The second selection method is also very clever. Both require a gimmick that you’ll need to make up yourself.

If you can do a faro shuffle then you’ll be able to do this easily exactly as performed on the trailer. He teaches an alternate handling if you can’t with virtually the same look of the original.

I love downloads because I can pick and chose specific effects and pieces that I want to learn. I don’t have to wade through all the fluff. If you like the trailer you will like the method, just know you can’t do it with any random deck.

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Official Review

December 8th, 2014 10:19am
Reviewed by Stuart Philip
A Forced Thought by Steven Himmel is as good as the instructional video is short. At 6 minutes this download is direct, clear and impressively concise “ and that is a good thing so you can get going sooner.

In A Forced Thought, the performer asks the spectator to pick a card from a deck being fanned face-up. The performer stops before a card is chosen (and after several cards are displayed) and says that he should fan the deck face-down so the cards can’t be seen as one is chosen. As the performer is fanning the cards face-down, and before the spectator chooses one, the performer again stops the spectator and proposes a different way to pick a card. This time, the performer holds the deck facing the spectator and tells the spectator to pick a card that he sees as the deck is being riffled quickly. The deck is then Faro shuffled and the spectator deals the cards down one at a time and stops anywhere he wants to stop. And, amazingly, it turns out that the card the spectator... [Read More]

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Official Review

December 21st, 2014 10:43am
Reviewed by Dr. J. M. Ayala de Cedoz
This is a really short video (6 minutes long) that details in interesting way to divining a “peeked card”.

There is a live one-on-one performance of the effect and the rest of the time is spent on instruction. You will require a certain type of deck and if you are like most experienced card magicians, you probably already have what you need. If not, it can easy be purchased for a few dollars from your magic shop or a little more than a few dollars at your local stores.

The main handling requires a Faro shuffle and is rather good, but he also explains a handling in case you cannot execute a Faro. The method for this effect, not counting the Faro for those that cannot do one, is very easy. Mr. Himmel does say that it may not work 100% of the time but on the other side of that same coin, it has only failed him once in 1,000+ performances - a pretty good average in my book. If you work at this and play with it, you will find certain fail-safes to use with this should you want... [Read More]

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Official Review

February 3rd, 2015 2:06am
Reviewed by Doc Johnson

First, the pros:

The effect is good and the impact is strong.

The download is very inexpensive.


Now, the cons:

The problem is the method is very limiting and not easily reset. It also requires the purchase of something from a magic store that you may not already have, so the price just went up a bit, and you are going to have to wait for the mail or a run to the magic shop to perform this.

The effect requires a gimmicked deck. During the performance, you are going to disturb the deck in a way that you can’t immediately perform this effect again. In other words, this is not for workers.

As for amateur magicians, I think there are much better methods, either gimmicked or not to achieve equal or better similar results.


There are much more powerful and effective ways of accomplishing this sort of effect. If you are interested in a really easy way, using a gaffed deck that can be reset in an instant, I suggest you check out Vibe... [Read More]

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