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The Directors Cut

Simon Shaw

Contents
What You Get ................................................................................................... 4
The Main Effect. The Directors Cut .................................................................... 5
The Effect.......................................................................................................................... 5
The Peek ........................................................................................................................... 5
The Reveal ........................................................................................................................ 6

The Workings ................................................................................................... 6


The Stack .......................................................................................................................... 6
False Shuffles and Cuts ....................................................................................................... 7
The Choice of Films............................................................................................................. 7
Alternative handling............................................................................................................ 7

Bonus Effect 1. DeMilles Drawing Duplication ................................................... 8


Overview ........................................................................................................................... 8
The Effect.......................................................................................................................... 8
Additional thoughts............................................................................................................. 9

Bonus Effect 2. Polanskis Prediction............................................................... 11


The Effect........................................................................................................................ 11
The Method ..................................................................................................................... 11
Further thoughts. ............................................................................................................. 12

Bonus Effect 3. Coppolas Calling .................................................................... 12


Overview ......................................................................................................................... 12
The Effect........................................................................................................................ 12

Bonus Effect 4. Hitchcocks Mental Push Out ................................................... 14


Overview ......................................................................................................................... 14
The Effect........................................................................................................................ 14
Alternative Presentation .................................................................................................... 14

Revealing The Films (Presentational ideas) ..................................................... 16


Overview ......................................................................................................................... 16
Where were you when you first saw the film?....................................................................... 16
The Classic Reveal of a film ............................................................................................... 16
Specific Film Information ................................................................................................... 17
(A) Alien....................................................................................................................... 17
(B) Bambi ..................................................................................................................... 17
(C) Casablanca.............................................................................................................. 17
(D) Die Hard ................................................................................................................. 18
(E) The Elephant Man..................................................................................................... 18
(F) A Fistful of Dollars .................................................................................................... 18
(G) The Godfather ......................................................................................................... 19
(H) Halloween ............................................................................................................... 19
(I) I, Robot ................................................................................................................... 19
(J) Jaws........................................................................................................................ 20
(K) King Kong ............................................................................................................... 20
(L) The Life of Brian ....................................................................................................... 20
(M) Monsters Inc. .......................................................................................................... 21
(N) Notting Hill .............................................................................................................. 21
(O) Octopussy ............................................................................................................... 21
(P) Pretty Woman .......................................................................................................... 22
(Q) The African Queen.................................................................................................... 22
(R) Rain Man................................................................................................................. 22
(S) The Silence of the Lambs .......................................................................................... 23
(T) Top Gun .................................................................................................................. 23
(U) Unforgiven .............................................................................................................. 23
(V) Vertigo.................................................................................................................... 24
(W) Its a Wonderful Life................................................................................................. 24
(X) Taxi Driver .............................................................................................................. 24
(Y) The Bodyguard......................................................................................................... 25
(Z) The Wizard of Oz...................................................................................................... 25

The Film Check List......................................................................................... 27


Credits ......................................................................................................... 28

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WHAT YOU GET


A deck of 26 Cards, blank on one side and with a poster of a well known film on the
other side. These cards are arranged in a stack so that if you know the film on one card
you will always know the name of the film on the next card down (or for that matter the
previous card).
Using a Stack is a well known principle in Mentalism (and indeed magic). The main
effect that can be performed with these cards is strongly influenced on a combination of
Richard Osterlinds ODDS (Osterlinds Drawing Duplication System) and Peter Nardis
Stealth Assassin Wallet effect called Hollywood or Bust.
The cards can be false shuffled or genuinely cut any number of times before being
spread and offered to the spectator for a free selection. As long as the cards are cut at
the point of selection then the only work involved is peeking the bottom card as it will
always lead you to the card selected by the spectator.
The fact that the backs are blank prove that cards are not marked. I never draw
attention to this fact as I feel the spectators are quite capable of coming to this
conclusion themselves.
The strength of this effect lies in the amount of detail that can be revealed about the
selected film. This is one reason why Hollywood or Bust has always been one of my
favourite effects although you do need a knowledge of current films which I know puts
some people off.
With the Directors Cut you not only have a sure-fire hit every time but there are
numerous other effects you can perform with the cards that allow for a whole routine to
be put together.

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THE MAIN EFFECT. THE DIRECTORS CUT


The Effect
For many years now there have been experiments into mind reading carried out at Duke
University where they found out that an increase in positive results can be achieved
when the sender is able to strongly visualise that which they are trying to transmit.
They found that one of the things that gives the best results are Movies. Films are
something that can genuinely bring out a strong emotion in the viewer.
Up to this point I will have the cards in my hands and will be slowly shuffling them, in
actuality I am just cutting the cards repeatedly, but if done right it will appear like a
slow overhand shuffle. At no point will I be looking at the cards, so from the spectators
point of view they are just being casually mixed.
I have a deck of 30 or 40 cards, and on each card there is a poster from a different film.
The cards are spread and shown to the spectators.
There is a mixture of old and new films. Some could be considered classics whilst others
are perhaps not quite as well known, but as you can see they are all genuinely different.
The cards are turned back over, and once again the cards are given a few cuts, or if you
prefer any false shuffle that maintains stack sequence.
In a moment I will ask you to randomly take one. If it is a film you have not seen or a
film you feel you wont be able to visualise then you can put it back and take another
one. Does that sound fair?
Spread the cards and let the spectator freely take one. Once they have one, move your
hands apart so you have the top half in the right hand and the bottom half in the left
hand. As you do this ask the spectator to look at the card they selected and decide if it
is a film they know. You can, if you wish, slightly turn your back at this point, but as
you ask them to look at their card bring your hands back together replacing the left
hand cards on top of the right hands cards. All you need to do now is to glimpse the
bottom card, but this isnt yet the time to do that. Patience my friend.
Is that a film you have seen and are happy to think about? If you dont like it we can
put it back and you can take another one.
If they dont like the selected film just have them drop the card back on top of the deck
and repeat the selection process. If this happens, it does in many ways enhance the
effect as it not only confirms they genuinely have a free choice, but it also highlights
that you could only do this if it is a film they know well.
Once they have a movie they are happy with, have them place it face down between
their two hands. I usually mime this with the remainder of the deck and my own hands,
again the glimpse doesnt take place yet. This miming should be done with the cards
face down as you need to iterate to them that they place their own card FACE DOWN in
their hands.
This serves two purposes. One is that their card is now totally hidden from your view
and two, it puts you in a nice position for peeking your key card that should now be on
the bottom of the deck you that hold in your hand.
The Peek
The peek I use is an idea by Marc Spelmann and Peter Nardi. The cards are held in the
left hand in a loose dealing position. The action is to adjust the spectators hands so that
they hold them slightly higher. Turn the right and left hand over simultaneously so that
they are both face down and then use the back of the hands to push the spectators
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quite natural to look at their hands at this point and consequently quite easy to glimpse
one end of the bottom card of the deck.
The work is now done. The rest is fun.
Naturally any peek could be used. Richard Osterlind has an excellent one he uses with
Breakthrough Card System (BCS) effects that involve putting the cards back into a
slightly modified card box (see Mind Mysteries vol 2).
Another way to go would be to use The Glimpse by Marc Spelmann.
The Reveal
The reveal of the selected Movie is the fun part of this effect and I am sure everyone
who performs the Directors Cut will have their own personal ways of doing it. The real
power of any mentalist is, I believe down to their acting skills.
The standard way to go is the usual, imagine a big white screen in front of you,
imagine seeing on that screen a medley of scenes from the film etc.
There is nothing wrong with this approach, but it should be remembered that each film
has such a lot of unique information about it that if performed well the mentalist can
genuinely appear to be delving into the mind of the spectator.
I have also found that by picking out snippets of information almost as if they are clues
as to what the film might be, sometimes another spectator who hasnt seen the selected
movie will actually guess the name of the film before you do. This is in my mind an
extremely strong moment as it can appear that one of the other spectators has also
picked up a mental image.
Asking the spectator to view a medley of scenes from the film means that the performer
can then pluck different scenes to describe with a much better chance that the scene
was actually one that the spectator thought of. As it happens, it doesnt really matter if
the spectator thought of the scene or not because by the time you actually reveal the
film, all that will be remembered is that you correctly visualised various aspects of the
film before naming it correctly.
As an aide memoire later in this manuscript I have scripted some of my own ideas for
revealing the films in question. It goes without saying that this shouldnt be repeated
parrot fashion but exists just as an idea of how the reveal of each film could be
presented.
Another important thing to remember is that you should also be reading the reactions of
the spectator as you are performing. If you were doing this for real you would after all
be constantly looking for visual clues to see if you are getting close.
Andy Nyman has a wonderful idea for revealing if the spectator first saw the film at the
cinema or on Television (DVD or Video). I mention that and other presentational ideas
in the Revealing the Film section of this manuscript.

THE WORKINGS
The Stack
To keep it simple there is one film for each letter of the alphabet. Mostly this is the first
letter of the first main word of the film, but there are a few exceptions to this rule to
help throw the spectator off the scent (Not that I have ever had anyone ever suspect a
stack is being used).
Obviously the cards could be placed in pure alphabetic sequence, but I recommend
using the sequence Richard Osterlind uses for his wonderful ODDS routine, that is to say
to always skip two letters so that the sequence is ADGJMPSVYBEHKNQTWZCFILORUX

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It goes without saying that you should never mention you have exactly 26 cards. I
either say I have a deck of 30 or 40 cards, or simply that I have a deck of cards. Most
people are aware that a deck of playing cards has 52 cards and will assume the same.
False Shuffles and Cuts
Obviously being a stack any number of cuts will make no difference so at the very least
the deck should be cut a number of times. Also any False Shuffles that retain the stack
are a bonus and if you can do them, then they should be included.
The Choice of Films
I have tried to select popular films that are both old and new, films that the spectators
will genuinely be able to visualise scenes from.
I could easily have included films starting with X, Q, Y, Z (X-Men, Quadrophenia, Yanks,
and Zoolander for example), but I didnt want to make it obvious that there was one
film for each letter of the alphabet, hence my thoughts on using The African Queen for
Q, Taxi driver for X, The Bodyguard for Y and The Wizard of Oz for Z.
In case you are wondering, the thinking behind The Bodyguard for Y is that the
Japanese classic film Yojimbo literally means Bodyguard. In fact at one point during
the Bodyguard film, the Kevin Costner character is watching Yojimbo. Funnily enough I
found these exception films actually the easiest ones to remember.
Alternative handling.
I personally like the idea of selecting a card at random. If they ask why they cant just
choose one, my response is that if they chose the film, it could be for a number of
reasons such as who they saw the film with or something that happened in their life at
that time and this thought process would be detrimental to what I am about to
demonstrate.
Having said that there is an easy way for them to freely select the film, and I do know
some people prefer to perform Directors Cut that way. If you spread the cards at head
height so the faces are in front of the spectator, and the backs are facing you, they can
take a card out of the mix and you can cut at that point in exactly the same way as you
would if they where choosing at random.

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BONUS EFFECT 1. DEMILLES DRAWING DUPLICATION


Overview
This is a drawing duplication effect that uses the poster image. It is heavily based on
Richard Osterlinds Corinda Effect (Mind Mysteries, Volume 2).
Normally I perform it at tables after I have shown The Directors Cut so the cards are
already in play, but there is nothing to say it cant also be performed as a stand alone
effect.
The Effect
Lets now try something a little different.
Hand the complete deck of cards to the spectator and ask them to hold them as if they
were about to deal them out. Now ask them just to quickly look through them and make
sure that they are all face down.
What I would like you to do for me please is to hold the cards face down under the table
so that you cant see what you are doing and I cant see what you are doing. Will you do
that for me now please.
Thank you. Now I would like you to cut the cards anywhere you want and complete the
cut. Now do that again for me please. And now one more time.
So just to clarify there is no way that you or I could know the top card at the moment,
is that correct? Excellent. If you wish you can cut the cards one more time.
Please take the top card and turn it over so that it is face up. Have you done that?
Excellent, now take this face up card and push it into the middle of the deck for me.
Have you done that? Fantastic. Thank you.
So now we have a face down deck with one card that is face up somewhere in the
middle. Please can you turn all the cards over so they are all face up, except of course
for the one you turned over, that way when you bring them out there will be no way
that I could accidentally see the card you turned over as that card will be face down. Is
that fair? Excellent.
When you have done that please bring the deck back up and drop it on the table. Thank
you.
As soon as the cards hit the table, make a mental note of the top face up card and
immediately cover them all with a napkin (or card box).
This doesnt always work, but I am now going to try and sense the one card you turned
face down.
Take out a small pad of paper and do a drawing duplication with the Movie poster in
question.
I will always ham this up as much as I can by first placing my hands over the covered
cards in a mystical way as if trying to divine something.
I also carry a small packet of coloured pencils for those film posters where the colour is
important (Vertigo for example). Mostly though I will just use a black sharpie and do a
very rough sketch of the movie poster in question.
I find being representational here is more important than artistic accuracy and you
certainly never need to actually write the name of the film. In fact after I have finished
my drawing I will always look at it in a quizzical way and will explain that I have no idea
what the film is, but this is what I sensed. Lets see if I am close.
I place my drawing face down on the table and then ask the spectator to find the one
card that is turned over in the deck and to place it face up next to my drawing. I leave it
for a few seconds so everyone can note what it is.

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Now lets see what I drew


Additional thoughts
As I mentioned before, I will more often than not perform this at tables after performing
the Directors Cut. On several occasions I have found the card that is cut to in this effect
is the same one that was selected in the previous effect. When this happens I forget
about the drawing dupe and claim that I instead influenced them to turn over the exact
same card that was selected before. It doesnt happen that often, but when it does it is
very powerful.
Some people may be put off performing this effect as they will assume it requires a
good knowledge of the posters involved, plus the ability to draw. In fact the images on
the posters are remarkably easy to remember. Apart from the fact that these images
are almost iconic now, it only takes a few performances of any of the effects using the
cards before you realise that they almost subconsciously get committed to memory.
As for the ability to draw. Well that is almost a disadvantage. I myself am not a gifted
artist by any stretch of the imagination. I have found though that an almost abstract
style is best. Lots of shapes, like circles for heads work fine, plus, if you wish, crudely
drawn stick men, and solid blocks of where the text would be written.
Usually after I have drawn the image, I will claim not to know what the film is, but this
is what I got a sense of. Pretending not to know what it actually is. Unless the film is
something really obvious (like Jaws), it is unlikely that the audience will know the film at
this point either. This is good, because it sets up the possibility of failure, making the
finale of the effect that much stronger.
When the card is finally turned over and compared to the image I have drawn, it
becomes obvious that the two are of the same thing. I think this works so well because
the drawing isnt perfect. If it was perfect it may seem to be a trick. I have to say that
after the Directors Cut, this is my favourite effect with the deck.
On the next page there are some examples of the type of drawings I do.

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BONUS EFFECT 2. POLANSKIS PREDICTION


The Effect
A selected spectator and myself are seated at a table. I explain that I have in my wallet
a prediction sealed in an envelope. I take out the wallet and remove the prediction
envelope which I place on the table in front of me. I put the wallet away.
I instruct the spectator to take the deck of movie cards and to give them a good mix.
When she is happy they are mixed up, I ask her to deal the cards face down to the table
in a pile in front of her. After a few cards have been dealt I tell her she can stop dealing
wherever she wants.
When she stops I pick up the prediction and place it in front of her, but ask her not to
touch it yet. I explain that before she does this she should look through the cards and
see that they are indeed all different and that if she had dealt just one more card, the
result would have been different.
I then ask her to pick up the prediction and tear it open. Inside are three small sealed
packet envelopes, numbered from one to three. I ask her to open the first prediction
and read what it says.
It reads
The film you stop at will be a timeless classic
I ask her to turn over the film she stopped at and to tell everyone what it is. The film is
Casablanca. I smile knowingly and say there can be no doubt that this film is a Timeless
classic. The audience is not convinced though. The deck is littered with timeless classics.
I ask her to open the second envelope. It reads
The film is in Black and White.
I spread the other cards to show that actually that wasnt bad, as most of the films are
in Colour.
I ask her to open the last envelope. It reads
Please uncover the easel to your left.
Looking around there is a large easel on the stage, covered by a cloth. When the cloth is
removed there is an A3 sized poster of the film Casablanca
The Method
The method I have explained here uses the principle from Arthur Carters Out of this
Wallet, I believe published in a 1963 Magic Circular. Effectively in the wallet, under the
envelope is the Casablanca card, previously removed from the deck.
When the envelope is removed from the wallet and placed on the table the card remains
concealed under the envelope (which I place quite close to the table edge, so I can be
sure to slide both off when I need them).
When the spectator finishes dealing and I place the envelope in front of her, I am
actually placing it on top of the cards she dealt, thus depositing the force card on top of
her pile.
It is as simple as that.
Obviously any force can be used though. As there is built in time misdirection, even a
cross cut force could be used, or equally a riffle force works well. The Arthur Carter
force though, I feel works particularly well as it makes it into less of a card trick and
more psychological.

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Further thoughts.
To make the prediction slightly more credible, you could take the cards after they have
been shuffled, and pretend to re-arrange them slightly. This way it looks like you are
predicting where they are going to stop by placing your card in that position.
The prediction itself can be made in many ways. I went for a three way prediction that
leaves a little bit of ambiguity, but gets stronger and stronger until the final reveal of
the poster. You could equally just have a postcard image of the film poster in the
envelope, or even a business card with the name of the film written on the back.
Another method would be to have a clapperboard on the table (these can be bought
really cheaply from a variety of sources), and have the card in the envelope tell the
spectator to turn the clapperboard around, which would have the name of the film
written on it.

BONUS EFFECT 3. COPPOLAS CALLING


Overview
This effect is based on Richard Osterlinds Card Calling Effect which in turn is I believe,
an idea presented by Chan Canasta. This one is great for getting more than one
spectator involved and works in almost any environment, be it stage, parlour, strolling
or table.
I would never perform this as well as The Directors Cut, but rather instead of, when I
want to involve more people.
The Effect
The pre-amble is the same as The Directors Cut, but when I spread the cards I ask
them to take out a clump of four or five together, then without looking at them hand
them out to other people, but keeping the last one for yourself.
All the performer needs to do is to note the order in which the people are handed the
cards as this will dictate who gets what card.
When all four (or five) spectators have a card I ask them to look at their card without
showing anyone else and to hold their card in their hands as per The Directors Cut.
Once I have peeked the bottom card I know what card the first person has, and
consequently what card everyone has.
I then ask everyone to start thinking of the Movie they have, or if it is not a movie they
know that well to picture the poster. I ask this up front so I know with each person if I
am meant to be describing the poster or the movie.
I never reveal the cards in the same order they were handed out. This is one advantage
that the stack used for the Movie Cards has over a more complex stack such as the
BCS.
For example once I know the name of the key card movie (let us say it is Jaws) I
immediately know the next movie, the first person to be handed a card, has Monsters
Inc. Rather than calling this card first though I go on to calculate the next in the stack
(Pretty Woman) and call that one. I can move backwards and forwards in this way to
make the revelations in any sequence I want.
I can even read several at the same time which also makes for a very powerful and
entertaining piece. For example if I had Monsters inc, Pretty Woman and The Silence of
the Lambs the patter could be along the lines of
OK, please all think of the movies now think of the main characters for me. The main
character in the movie. Thats great OK I have one that is very fuzzy I am not sure
about that one I will come back to that, but I think that is the one you are thinking
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disturbed person - one of you is thinking of a person who I can only imagine as one of
the most disturbed minds in film history. (I look left and right along the line) that must
be you madam. (pointing to Silence of the Lambs woman) and let me see is that a
woman? You are thinking of a woman? Am I right in thinking it is a woman with loose
morals? Not a nasty character though is she? Quite sweet in fact, but a woman of loose
morals nevertheless?
And so on
With this effect I dont let them put the card back if they dont know the film, but
instead get them to picture the poster on the card, and will instead either read that or
do a drawing dupe with it depending on how many other people in the group dont know
their films. I actually find this quite rare though, as mostly people are happy to think
about the film.

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BONUS EFFECT 4. HITCHCOCKS MENTAL PUSH OUT


Overview
This is an effect influenced by a Paul Hallas trick.
It isnt one I perform all that regularly as it destroys the stack, but it is very powerful
and if I do have time for a reset or, it is the last effect of the night then I always include
it because it always gets such strong reactions, especially amongst a group of
spectators.
The Effect
Once again the pre-amble can be the same as The Directors Cut, but rather than get
them to select a card I hold them out for them to cut the cards and keep the top block.
When they have done this I ask them to look at the card they cut to (the bottom card)
and to remember that film. If it is not a film they want they can put the cards back and
cut again.
When they have a film in mind I ask them to put their card back in the half they have
and to shuffle them whilst at the same time I am shuffling the bottom half.
What I am actually doing is overhand shuffling the top card to the bottom and keeping
it there whilst I continue to shuffle. At some point in this process I will peek the now
bottom card so I will be able to calculate the film that they were thinking of.
I wont go into details of this shuffle as it is a basic sleight and explained in, amongst
other places, the early chapters of the Royal Road to Card Magic. However, if you didnt
want to do this, just get them to keep the bottom stock of cards after they cut and to
look at the top card. The card you now need is already on the bottom.
Once you have peeked the key card, hand the spectator your cards and as if it is an
after thought tell them they may as well shuffle all the cards together.
When the spectator is happy that the cards are all mixed, take them and spread them
face up on the table. It is as you are spreading the cards out that you need to spot
roughly where the spectators card is.
Ask the spectator to relax. Ask them to close their eyes and to concentrate on the film
they selected. Make sure their eyes are closed then ask them to visualise scenes from
the film. To hear music or to think of any dialogue associated with the film. As they do
this and as you keep talking to them, hold your hand over the first card and slowly
move your hand up and down the spread. The trick is not to look at the cards, but to
concentrate on the spectators face and what you are telling them.
Once your hand has travelled back and forth a few times ask them to imagine that their
eyes are open and to imagine that they are looking at the spread of cards. Ask them to
imagine finding their card in the spread and to push it forward. As you say this, your
hand will eventually rest over their card and you pull it out the spread towards yourself.
You can now ask them to open their eyes, and look down at the spread. Once they
confirm the card pushed out is their card you should get a really nice round of applause.
I have found that there is a certain amount of dual reality going on with this effect, as
quite often the spectator will believe that they actually pushed the card forward
themselves.
As I said, it destroys the stack, but nevertheless it remains a very powerful piece.
Alternative Presentation
Another way of performing this is as a muscle reading effect. As I spread the cards out
in front of them I ask them to glance down at the cards but then to look up and not to
look at the cards again . I ask them if they know where their card is in the spread. More
often than not they will say no. To which I say

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Maybe not, but subconsciously I believe you do. We will try a little experiment.
If they say yes then I say
Well please dont look down at the cards again, as I dont want you to give me any
visual clues where your film may be.
I hold my hand over the first card, pull my sleeve up and ask them to grip my wrist
quite tightly. I then ask them to think about the film (as with the original effect). I then
move my hand up and down the spread repeating to them the instructions about
thinking about the film. Once my hand has been back and forth at least once I narrow
the search to within two or three cards of their card before moving my hand down so I
can pull their card out.

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REVEALING THE FILMS (PRESENTATIONAL IDEAS)


Overview
Each film has its own unique way that it can be revealed. Utilising this fact is, I believe,
the key to a good presentation. Your performance raison detre (be it mind reading or
body language etc.) will dictate how you do the reveal, but I offer some possible ideas
below as a way to get your own creative juices flowing.
Each film has been chosen to be both well known and to have some potential for
elaboration during the reveal phase.
One of my favourite ways of doing this is to play an imaginary game of charades with
the spectator. To imagine them acting it out and trying to guess what they are showing
me in their minds. The whole performance is very satisfying. If one of the other
spectators who hasnt seen the selected card guesses the film before me then all the
better as it makes it seem that they too are getting a real sense of what the first
spectator is transmitting.
The following outlines are merely suggestions as to how the reveal could be performed.
It has to be remembered though, that there is a certain amount of fishing going on as
you do not know how well the particular spectator knows the film in question, so a lot of
it is down to watching how the spectator reacts to what you are saying and pouncing on
the hits and dismissing the misses.
I may even throw in a few things that are wrong so it doesnt seem I am just reading
facts from a script, but it is these subtle errors that help make the entire process more
believable.
Where were you when you first saw the film?
Depending on the age of the spectator and the film chosen you should be able to make
an educated guess as to whether they first saw the film at the cinema or on TV/DVD or
Video. Andy Nyman has a great ruse for revealing this sort of information.
Think back to where you were when you first saw the movie. Imagine for a moment that
you are there now watching it. Thats great. Thank you. Immediately I get a feeling, a
sense almost, that you first saw this film at the cinema and not on TV, is that correct? I
thought so.
You see when I asked you to think back to when you first watched the movie I was
watching your nose, and although it was very subtle you tilted it up slightly, almost as if
you were looking up at the big screen. If you had first watched it on TV or Video your
nose would have tilted down slightly .
If they did see it at the cinema (and sometimes even if they saw it on Video) it puts you
in an excellent position as by knowing when the film came out you now have a very
good idea of when and how old they were when they saw the film. It makes sense to
use this information in the reveal.
The Classic Reveal of a film
Imagine you are at the cinema now for me please. Imagine a big screen in front of you
[you draw the screen with your hands] and imagine you are sitting there with your
popcorn looking up at the opening credits. The lights start to go down. The music plays
the film begins
From your composure I immediately get a sense that this is an
[Action/Horror/Comedy/Romantic Comedy/Romance] movie am I correct?
Depending on the genre of the film, this can in fact be elaborated on even more by
adding extra details such as..
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I sense a certain level of excitement building, this is an Action movie isnt it?
Your smile tells me this is probably a comedy isnt it? Maybe even a Romantic comedy?
Am I correct?
Specific Film Information
(A) Alien.
Date: 1979
Stars: Sigourney Weaver.
Genre: Horror
Points: Stomach Ache. Alien from Stomach. In Space No one can hear you scream.
The Reveal.
Imagine the film. Imagine watching the film now. OK, I am getting a slight sense of
fear? No that is perhaps too strong, but there are scary moments arent there? I
thought so. Well come back to that in a moment. Imagine the star. The main actor or
actress? It is an actress isnt it? Thats good. Lets go back to the fear thing for a
moment. Imagine a scary scene OK. I am getting a strong sense of stomach ache
here. Keep thinking about that scene for me
Oh my goodness. Thats horrible.
OK I have a good idea about the film now. Its dark. Its in a dark place isnt? A place
where no one can hear you scream? Thats right. The actress you were thinking of is
Sigourney Weaver isnt it? And the film. The film is Alien
(B) Bambi
Date: 1942
Stars:
Genre: Cartoon,
Points: Walt Disney. Cute, Sad
The Reveal.
Please think of the film for me. Please think back to when you first saw the film. I sense
you may have been quite young. Am I correct? Its a light hearted film. Very colourful.
Although it is also tainted with sadness. I get the feeling of a lot of colour. Please think
of the actors for a moment. Ah, I sense some confusion there. No actors as such. Its a
cartoon isnt it? Yes I feel I am getting closer now. There are lots of animals. Its a very
cute film. There are, rabbits? A badger? No thats a skunk isnt it? oh yes and the main
character, a deer. It must be Bambi? You are thinking of Bambi?
(C) Casablanca
Date: 1942
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman
Genre: Love Story.
Points: As Time Goes By (A Kiss is just a Kiss). Ricks Caf American
The Reveal.
I feel you know this film well. I suspect you have seen it more than once? That is good.
Imagine the film. Imagine watching the film now. OK, I am getting a slight sense of the
atmosphere. I am thinking moody bars in far off places. And love. I am getting a great
feeling of love. It is a sentimental film isnt it? No? Not really? But it is a love story, I
sense a very strong connection between the main characters. Think of those characters
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OK there is a man and a woman. This is a classic film isnt it? Lets go back to this
moody bar. Most of the film takes place here. Close your eyes and imagine yourself
there for a moment. Thats good. Its very smoky; is that a piano playing? I cant quite
make out the tune think of the tune for me please. Hum it to yourself for a moment
not out loud. Thats it keep doing that in your head for me[start humming a kiss is
just a kiss from as time goes by, slowly getting louder until you reach the A kiss is just
a kiss, a miss is just a miss line which you can say out loud.
AhhAs Time Goes By. The film is Casablanca, isnt it?
(D) Die Hard
Date: 1988
Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman
Genre: Action
Points: Guns, Bombs
The Reveal.
Please imagine the film for me now. Imagine watching the film. OK, I am getting a
sense of Action. This is definitely an action movie right? Lots of guns and bombs.
Something like a film Arnold Schwarzenegger would be in maybe? Yes but not him.
Another actor. The main character is a male actor right?
OK this is difficult as it is like so many films I sense lots of guns and bombs and a
building? A building right? It mostly takes part in one building? Am I getting close?
Think of this main character. Hes some sort of cop? Great that narrows it down? Dirty
Harry? No not Clint Eastwood. Think of the actor again for me. Thats right. Make him
clear in your mind. Who is that? Is that Bruce Willis? It is? Is the Film Die Hard?
(E) The Elephant Man
Date: 1980
Stars: John Hurt
Genre: Period.
Points: Ugly, Deformed. John Merrick, Paper Bag. Matchstick buildings.
The Reveal.
Its an old film? Or maybe a film set a long time ago? Think of the main character for
me. Its an animal? No sorry, it isnt an animal? Its a man? Thats an interesting way of
thinking about it. Its not an animal? OK. I am confused now. Think of the main
character again for me please.
OK I am getting a great deal of sadness from the main character? It is as if he has been
in a fire or something? No thats not right, but he is deformed in someway? In fact he is
heavily deformed isnt he?
Think of the main character for me again. Think of the actor. OK, I dont recognise the
actor so I assume a lot of make-up. I am right arent I? I think I know the film now. Is
it The Elephant Man?
(F) A Fistful of Dollars
Date: 1964
Stars: Clint Eastwood
Genre: Western (Spaghetti)
Points: Theme. The Man with No Name. Poncho
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Please imagine the film for me now. I get a sense of it being quite warm. Maybe a little
dusty? Please think of the main character for me. You are doing that now? OK I sense
the strong silent type. Its a man right? Think of his name. The name of the character
he plays. You seem confused? You dont know the characters name? But it is a film you
know? OK. Think of the actors name then for me please. I sense that this is a popular
actor. Hes been in a lot of films hasnt he? Mainly action films? Is this an action film?
Youre not sure. Possibly not, but this was a defining role for him. I see a beard and
what is that? Imagine the actor in the film. This main character. Is that a blanket? Hes
wearing a blanket? Oh I see its a poncho. That must be Clint Eastwood. Is it a Fistful
of Dollars?
(G) The Godfather
Date: 1972
Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino
Genre: Gangster.
Points: Italy. Mafia. Make an offer you cant refuse. Horses head in bed.
The Reveal.
Please concentrate on the film for me. OK. I am getting a strong sense of brotherhood.
Is it a war film? No? But I sense that is close. It is like a war film. There are definitely
feuds going on, am I right? Think of the main character for me please.
OK thats good. This really is a central figure. He (it is a he isnt it?) I get a strong sense
that he is like a king? No not a king. A general maybe? But no, then we are back to war
films and we know it isnt a war film. Please think of the actor that plays this man. hes
a big man isnt he? Or maybe thats just the part he is playing. Someone like Brian
Blessed maybe? No? Hes not English.
I get a feeling of Shakespeare? No that isnt right. Romeo and Juliette came to mind,
but I know that is wrong? But something is close. Italy? It was set in Italy, or Italy plays
a strong part of the film. This character. Its Marlon Brando isnt it? Yes. Thats right.
And the film is the Godfather?
(H) Halloween
Date: 1978
Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasance
Genre: Horror.
Points: Halloween. Jack-o-lanterns, Knife
The Reveal.
Is it a film you have seen? It is? Excellent. OK. Please think about the film for me now.
Oooh. It isnt a particularly nice movie is it. The hairs on the back of my neck have just
stuck up. OK, Concentrate on the movie for me again please. This is definitely not a
family movie. I see a lot of fear. Fear and and a knife. A very bloody looking knife.
This is quite a disturbing movie. Not one I would choose to watch. Thats weird. I see a
lot of round orange faces? No thats not right. What are they? Pumpkins? Yes pumpkins
with faces. Oh I see. Is the movie Halloween?
(I) I, Robot
Date: 2004
Stars: Will Smith
Genre: Science Fiction
Points: Robots
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Please think about the film for me now. I see a lot of characters. No, thats wrong.
There are a lot of something though. Please think of the main character for me. OK
thats an actor isnt. The main character is a man. Is there another main character?
Maybe? Not a man though? Not really a woman? Definitely not. It must be an animal
then? No that isnt correct either. This is confusing. OK, I get it is human-ish but in
shape only. He is moremore what. Mechanical? A Mechanical man? What, like a Robot?
Oh yes. I see it is a robot. The film is I, Robot?
(J) Jaws
Date: 1975
Stars: Richard Dreyfruss, Robert Shaw, Roy Schneider
Genre: Horror.
Points: The theme song. Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water.
The Reveal.
Please think about the film for me now. I get the feeling it was mostly shot outside. I
sense a lot of open spaceand danger. There is definitely danger involved in some way?
It is not a traditional horror movie though is it? I see big teeth. My first thought is
dinosaurs but that isnt right is it? No, I didnt think so. Think of the movie for me
again. OK. I hear music. Is there a tune you associate with the movie? Please hum it or
sing it, just in your head not out loud just in your head? OK I am getting something.
I am not sure yet it is just a noise very distinctive though. Its like a heart beat?
Boom-boom, boom-boom. I see water. A lot of water, and oh I see. A shark. Its Jaws.
The movie is Jaws?
(K) King Kong
Date: 2005, 1933
Stars: Naomi Watts, Jack Black. Fay Wray
Genre: Monster.
Points: Remade. Giant Ape. Empire State Building
The Reveal.
Just think about the film for me now please. Just think if it is an old film or a new film?
Old? New? OK, Im not sure about that. I got the feeling you were saying yes to both
then. Is it perhaps a film that was recently remade? Maybe. OK. Concentrate on the
film. Think of the main character. Oh yes. A big guy. Oh. A really big guy. This isnt a
porn film? No no no, not that sort of big. But the main character is big? Very very big.
In fact a giant but I still dont think I am quite there with this. What do I have wrong.
Concentrate on this main character again for me please. OK. This isnt a man at all is it?
But he is big. And hairy? Big and hairy. Are you sure it isnt a porn movie? No
seriously though this isnt a man at all is it. Its an .Ape? Its an Ape? Ahhhh. I see. It
must be King Kong?
(L) The Life of Brian
Date: 1979
Stars: Monty Python. John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Graham
Chapman
Genre: Comedy.
Points: Banned. What did the Romans ever do for us?
The Reveal.
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[note some people didnt find the film funny at all, which can easily be gleaned from
their reaction, in which case.] No? But other people did? Or Yes? But some people
didnt?
I sense there was a lot of controversy over this film. Was it banned at one stage? In
some places? Think of the main actor? There wasnt one there were many? Maybe like
the Marx brothers? No? More recent than that? But a team of people nevertheless? It
was a kind of silly movie but not slapstick. Lets concentrate on the controversy aspect
of it for a moment? Ah religion. Did it star Michael Palin? John Cleese? Yes. It must be
The Life of Brian
(M) Monsters Inc.
Date: 2001
Stars: John Goodman. Billy Crystal
Genre: Comedy, Animation.
Points: Monsters, Comedy. Animated
The Reveal.
I am getting a strong sense that it wasnt a dark film. In fact it was a comedy? Am I
right? Can you picture the main characters for me? OK, that is just confusing. I am not
sure what that was. Was it even human? Again confusion. But definitely a funny film
right? OK. I see lots of colours. It is very vivid. Was it a cartoon maybe? Sort of? I see
it was an animated film though right? And the characters werent human? Something
like ogres and a donkey? No, but that is close. They were monsters though werent
they? A big hairy blue one and one like en eye with legs? Yes. I thought so. Was it
Monsters Inc?
(N) Notting Hill
Date: 1999
Stars: Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Points: Rags to Riches love story
The Reveal.
Please think about the film for me now. Thats great. I am getting a feeling of, Im not
sure. There isnt a lot of action. It is a feel good movie though? A love story? Maybe a
romantic comedy? OK think of the main characters for me now? We have a man and a
woman. I guess that was fairly obvious. Think of the man. Think of the actor that plays
that part. The name of the Actor. Dont say anything out loud. Who? I feel you are
asking me who? Who? OK, that doesnt help much. Lets try the female lead. Think of
the woman who plays the lead for me. Think of her name. Jane? June? Julia? Something
like that. Julia? It is Julia. Is it Julia Roberts? Yes? And the lead actor again. Think of his
name. Who? Ahhh Hugh? Its Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. Is the film Notting Hill by
any chance?
(O) Octopussy
Date: 1983
Stars: Roger Moore
Genre: Spy
Points: James Bond, Shaken not stirred, Martini. 007, Licence to Kill. Gadgets
The Reveal.
Please think about the film for me now. Thats great. I am getting a lot of action. Fast
cars? Think of the main character for me? This is a man isnt it? A very cool man? Smart
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Interesting. I sense a little confusion at first. It is almost as if you werent too sure who
the actor was. Almost as if it could have been two or even three different people. Thats
interesting. That should tell me something although I am not sure what that is at the
moment. Think of the character again. Think of the characters name for me. Thats
interesting I was getting a number. Does the number seven mean anything to you? No
not seven. Its 007 isnt it? Its a James Bond? Great. That narrows it down to about
20. Think of the actor that played Bond? OK, not your favourite Bond was he was this
Roger Moore? The film is Octopussy isnt it?
(P) Pretty Woman
Date: 1990
Stars: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts
Genre: Romantic Comedy.
Points: Pretty Woman Song. Roy Orbison.
The Reveal.
I am already getting a sense that it is a light hearted film. Nothing too serious. No guns
or anything like that? Think of the main actor or actress for me please? Ok I sense a
little confusion there almost like you couldnt make up your mind, so I am guessing it
has more than one star. Two? Three? No, definitely two. Are they both men? No, there
is one man and one woman. Thats right isnt it? Ok, please concentrate on the actress
for me for a moment? June? Judy? No thats not right. Shes tall though. I definitely get
a sense of her being tall. Its Julia isnt it? Julia Roberts? Ok lets see if we can narrow it
down. Is there a tune associated with the film? There is think of the tune for me now
please. Can you hear it in your head. [nod your head in time to the music as if you too
are listening to the tune] Pretty woman, walking down the street. Pretty woman, the
kind I like to meet Roy Orbison? The film is Pretty Woman isnt it?

(Q) The African Queen


Date: 1951
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn
Genre: War, Love Story
Points: Alcohol. Love. Boats. Water. A journey
The Reveal.
Please think about the film for me know. OK immediately I sense it is a dramatic film.
Very moody. It has a lot of atmosphere. Of course that description could apply to a lot
of films, so lets narrow it down a little bit. Please think of the main character for me.
OK, I sense a little confusion there. I am guessing it has two main characters? A man
and a woman perhaps? It does? Thats excellent. OK lets go back to the film for a
minute. I get a strong sense that is warm. Very warm. Hot even. What else. Think of
where the film takes place for me. OK, I am sensing a slight feeling of motion. Up and
down its almost as if I am on a boat? The film takes place on a ship or something like
that? No, Not a ship. Much smaller. A boat. Were on a boat somewhere hot. Not out at
sea though is it its on a river somewhere maybe in a jungle? I think I know what
this is. A fantastic film. Is that Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn? Its The
African Queen isnt it?
(R) Rain Man
Date: 1988
Stars: Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman
Genre: Drama
Points: Idiot Savant, Autism, A Journey

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The Reveal.
Please think about the main character or characters for me. It is characters isnt it?
There isnt one main character in this movie there is two? Three? No, definitely two. OK,
please concentrate on them both for me now. Thats good. I am getting a sense of one
being very clever and one being a little stupid. No thats wrong. There is this clever and
stupid thing happening though, but it is one of the characters only? That doesnt make
sense. How can one character be clever and stupid at the same time? Clever and Stupid
isnt quite right either is it? He isnt stupid, just different. I do get though that this one
character is very gifted and yet at the same time has no common sense? The two
characters go on a journey is that right? Is that a physical journey or a journey of
understanding? Maybe both oh I see. Think of the other actor for me now please the
one that isnt gifted think of the actors name concentrate on the first name. It is a
short name isnt it something like Bob? No not Bob, Ron? Tom? Its Tom isnt it. The
actor is Tom. Tom Cruise? And the other actor must be Dustin Hoffman. The film is Rain
Man. Is that right?
(S) The Silence of the Lambs
Date: 1991
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster
Genre: Thriller
Points: I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti
The Reveal.
Excellent. OK. Immediately I get the sense that it is quite a disturbing film. This isnt a
comedy. Think of the main character for me please. OK I got a little confusion then.
You werent sure who to think of. Is there a main male actor? Yes please think of him
for me now. Oh I see. He is the disturbing one. I see something around his face what
is that, a mask? He is wearing a mask? Something like Batman maybe? No definitely
not Batman. Hes a bad guy isnt he? But there was a mask wasnt there? To hide his
identity? No not to hide his identity. I get the feeling that this is a very interesting
character. There is something that makes him different though. Hes a killer isnt he?
Very cold blooded, but theres something even more disturbing than that isnt there?
What could be more disturbing than that? Oh gross! Hes a Cannibal isnt he? Its
Hannibal Lector The film is Silence of the Lambs
(T) Top Gun
Date: 1986
Stars: Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis
Genre: Action
Points: Speed. Boys toys. F14s
The Reveal.
Immediately I get a strong sense of speed. Its an action movie and loud. Its very loud.
I see a lot of open space. The action takes place outside. I am getting up? In the sky?
The action takes place in the sky? There are planes is it a war movie? No, not as such,
but there are planes. Powerful planes. Think of the main character for me please. I see.
Think of the characters name. The first name. Its a short name isnt it? Something like
John? Ron? No, but thats close isnt it? Think of the first name again. Is it Tom? Tom
Cruise? The film is Top Gun. Am I right?
(U) Unforgiven
Date: 1992
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman
Genre: Western
Points: Hero. Good overcoming evil

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The Reveal.
Please concentrate on the film for me now. My first impression is a sense of wilder
times. This isnt a modern film but then it isnt particularly a historical film either. I
get the feeling that it mostly takes place outside?
OK please concentrate on the main character for me. There is one that sticks out for
you. This is a man. The strong silent type? I get the feeling there are a lot of guns in
this movie. Guns and [sniffs the air] is that horses? I am guessing this is a western?
Lets go back to the lead. The obvious choice here would be John Wayne? But I
immediately sense that is wrong. It is someone that has been in a lot of westerns
though isnt it? Someone more likeClint Eastwood? So is this a spaghetti Western
maybe? No? OK. That dismisses that idea, but it is a western. Clint Eastwood. Western.
Is it Unforgiven by any chance?
(V) Vertigo
Date: 1958
Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak
Genre: Suspense
Points: Hitchcock. Suspense. Dream Sequence. Fear of Heights.
The Reveal.
Is it a film you have seen? It is? Excellent. OK. Please concentrate on the film for me
now. My first impression is a sense of unease. I cant explain it, but I feel, I dont know.
Not quite safe? It isnt particularly an action film. In your mind how best would you
describe it? Thriller? No not really. Suspense maybe? OK that is interesting. Lets go
back to the main character for me. Think of that person for me now please. Its a man
isnt it. I am getting a feeling that he is high up. In a tower maybe? But now the feeling
of being unsafe is coming back (reach out to hold the table). In fact, my heart is really
starting to beat fast. Its this tower. I dont like being in the tower. Is that because I am
locked up? Is it claustrophobia maybe? No not that. It is outside that I get scared
high and outside. Its a fear of heights. The main character has a fear of heights? Is that
right? Like Vertigo? Oh thats it isnt it? The film is Vertigo.
(W) Its a Wonderful Life
Date: 1946
Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed
Genre: Romantic, Family
Points: Feel good film, Christmas
The Reveal.
Please concentrate on the film for me. I See. I sense you were moved by this film. It
has a warmness about it. Could I describe it as a feel-good movie?. It is? Excellent.
Keeping thinking about the film for me please. Thats good. I get a feeling that it is set
around Christmas? Am I right? That makes me think of something likeScrooge? No, I
can see that is wrong but there are obvious similarities I think. Keep thinking about it
for me. I get the feeling you would describe it as a great movie no stronger than that.
A wonderful movie. Oh I see. Thats the movie name isnt it? Its a Wonderful Life.
(X) Taxi Driver
Date: 1976
Stars: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster
Genre:
Points: You talking to me? Violence

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The Reveal.
The first thing I feel is a sense of violence and guns. Its quite a dark film, isnt it? Think
of the actor. Actors? OK one comes to mind immediately. It is a male star you are
thinking of isnt it? (Well I had a 50-50 shot at that didnt I?). Think of the character this
actor plays? I get a little confusion. I am not sure if it is from you or the character. The
character seems to be a bit of a loner, but there is more than that. He is in his own way
quite scary? Is that right? Keep concentrating on this character for me.
OK. I get a sense you want me to back off. You dont like me looking at you? No. Not
you. The character. The character seems a little paranoid to me. I see guns again. This
character likes guns.
Are you looking at me? what does that mean? Oh I see. It must be De Niro in Taxi
Driver. Am I right?

(Y) The Bodyguard


Date: 1992
Stars: Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston
Genre: Action
Points: Love story.
The Reveal.
Please think about the film for me now. OK. I am getting the sense of action. Maybe not
from start to finish, but this movie definitely has its moments. Please think of the main
character or characters for me? It is characters isnt it. We have two main characters. A
man and a woman? Thats good. Think of the male lead for me now please. OK I feel
he is a strong leading character. I guess the sort of person you would expect to play the
lead in an action movie? But not typical lead for a movie like this, it isnt someone like
Bruce Willis, Schwarzenegger or Stallone is it? No I didnt think so. We will come back to
him. Please think of the leading lady for me now? Thats interesting. This woman is a
star isnt she, but she isnt known as a movie actress - she is known for something else?
Singing? Shes a singer isnt she? Maybe someone like Madonna? No, not Madonna but
it is someone like that. Perhaps moreSoul? We will come back to her. Think of the
movie again for me the plot of the movie. OK I get the feeling that the leading man
wants to save her. Shes in danger? He wants to save her, maybe because he is in love
with her? Hhhmmm. He is in love with her, but thats not the reason is it. He wants to
save her because? Because its his job. Ahhh. Hes her bodyguard isnt he? The film is
Bodyguard? With Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston?
(Z) The Wizard of Oz
Date: 1939
Stars: Judy Garland
Genre: Childrens
Points: Ruby Slippers. Wicked Witches. Yellow Brick Road. Were off to see the Wizard.
Kansas. Were not in Kansas anymore Toto. Somewhere over the Rainbow. Im melting.
Tin Man, Lion, Scarecrow. Hurricane. A journey.
The Reveal.
I am getting a strong sense that you have seen it many times. I assume that means it
is an old film. Was it Black and White? No? Colour? It was in colour but I sensed
hesitation there. We will come back to that. Think of the main character for me please?
An actress? The lead was a lady, am I right? Yes but again hesitation? OK lets try
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I see shoes? [if it is a woman then I will dismiss this as follows] please try and think
about the movie and not your next shopping trip. Oh it is part of the movie. Interesting.
Is there a song you associate with the film? Maybe a soundtrack? Not a soundtrack, but
there is a song? I see colour in the song am I right? [this is a hit for Yellow brick road
and Somewhere over the rainbow]
Think of the film again for me please. It is a very busy film. There are lots of characters.
Witches. I see Witches and a Lion, but it isnt the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is it.
What else is there. A Robot? Is that a straw doll?
No of course it isnt. Thats the tin man and scarecrow isnt. The film is the Wizard of
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THE FILM CHECK LIST


Film
A: Alien
B: Bambi
C: Casablanca
D: Die Hard
E: The Elephant man
F: A Fistful of Dollars
G: The Godfather
H: Halloween
I: I Robot
J: Jaws
K: King Kong
L: Life of Brian

M: Monsters Inc.
N: Notting Hill
O: Octopussy
P: Pretty Woman
Q: The African Queen
R: Rain Man
S: The Silence of the Lambs
T: Top Gun
U: Unforgiven
V: Vertigo
W: Its a Wonderful Life
X: Taxi Driver
Y: The Bodyguard
Z: The Wizard of Oz

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Date Details
1979 Sigourney Weaver. In Space no one can hear you scream. Stomach
pains
1942 Cartoon, Walt Disney
1942 Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman. A Kiss is Just a Kiss (As Time goes
by). Love Story. Moody. Bar in exotic location.
1988 Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Action.
1980 John Hurt. Im not an animal, Im a Human Being, Im a man. Sadness
1964 Clint Eastwood. Spaghetti Western. Man with no name.
1972 Marlon Brando, Al Pacino. Gangsters. Mafia. Im going to make him an
offer he cant refuse. Horses head in bed.
1978 Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasance
2004 Will Smith, Science Fiction
1975 Richard Dreyfruss, Robert Shaw, Roy Schneider. Theme Tune.
Humming. Just when you thought it safe to go back in the water.
2005 Naomi Watts, Jack Black. Also 1933, Fay Wray. Large Ape.
1979 Michael Palin, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle. Always look on
the bright side of life. Monty Python. What did the Romans ever do for
us.
2001 John Goodman. Billy Crystal. Blue Shaggy, One Eyed EyeBall..
1999 Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant, Love Story
1983 Roger Moore. James Bond, Spy, Shaken Not Stirred, Martini
1990 Richard Gere, Julia Roberts. Pretty Woman. Roy Orbison
1951 Humprey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn
1988 Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman. Idiot Savant.
1991 Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins. I ate his liver with some fava beans and
a nice chianti
1986 Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis. F14s Aircraft
1992 Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman
1958 James Stewart, Kim Novak. Vertigo. Hitchcock
1946 James Stewart, Donna Reed. Feel good. Christmas.
1976 Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, You Talking to me?
1992 Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston
1939 Judy Garland, Somewhere over the rainbow, Were off to see the
WizardYellow Brick Road, Ruby Slippers, Wicked Witches. Lion, Tin
man, Scarecrow.

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CREDITS
As with any effect the inspiration is always sparked from somewhere and in that respect
the Directors Cut is no different.
The main inspirations were


Richard Osterlind for ODDS (Osterlinds Drawing Duplication System) and various
Stacked Deck effects from his Breakthrough Card System booklet.

Peter Nardi for demonstrating Hollywood or Bust, a Stealth Assassin Wallet effect.

Paul Hallas for his Blind Stop effect that inspired Hitchcocks Mental Pushout

Iain Dunford, whose own ideas are a constant inspiration to me.

Andy Nyman who offered many presentational ideas, most significantly the Nose
Ruse

Dr. Todd Landman for general encouragement.

Dr. Paul Cooper for proof reading.

Everyone who gave feedback at the London Mentalism Meeting on 7th July 2007.

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