The Mother of All Predictions
Everything you are
about to read is absolutely true.
Picture this in your mind….
You, the entertainer, have performed most of your show. The audience
is in love with you. You’ve been hearing gasps of amazement,
hearing laughter and applause and seeing the smiles and looks
of astonishment on everyone’s faces.
“Let’s play a game!” you remark, with
a gleam in your eye. You turn to a large white board that has
been in view the entire show.
|On it is listed the following:
- CELEBRITY #1
- BODY PART
- INSULTING NAME
- CELEBRITY #2
“In the interest of saving time, earlier this evening
I asked several people to think of some items. Would those people
please stand?” Twelve people stand up, as their co-workers
chuckle a bit.
“I asked each of you to think of something different
and to write that item down on a card, correct?” The
twelve people each nod their heads.
“I did not, however, contact any of you BEFORE today,
correct?” More nods. “Also, other than
the categories listed, I did not restrict you or guide you…each
choice was completely free and fair, out of the thousands or
perhaps MILLIONS of choices for each category. In other words,
the person who thought of a FOOD item had their choice of literally
any food on the planet – millions of choices, correct?”
Again, more nods.
“Well, without even realizing it, you’ve all
been recruited to play a bizarre game of ‘Mad Libs!’”
Everyone starts laughing, wondering where this is heading.
One by one, you then ask every person in order, to tell
the entire audience who/what they chose. As they do so, you fill
in that choice next to each category name. When the list is finished,
the entire audience can see this:
LOCATION – Detroit, MI
FOOD – Biscuits & Gravy
CAR – Volvo
STORE – Wal-Mart
SOUND – Clattering
ANIMAL – Possum
BODY PART – Big Toe
WEAPON – Nail Clippers
INSULTING NAME – Thick-Necked Fool
CELEBRITY #2 – Bob Barker
DATE – July 2, 2013
You then turn to the audience and smile. "This is
no ordinary game of ‘Mad Libs’…several weeks
ago, I mailed a package to Mrs. Human Resource Director. Would
she join me onstage with the package, please?”
Mrs. Human Resource Director joins you onstage, smiling nervously,
wondering what you’re up to.
Mrs. Human Resource Director, did I in fact mail you that package
several weeks ago?” She nods her head.
“It’s been in YOUR possession the entire time?”
She nods her head.
“In fact, once it came to you in the mail, I have
not even SEEN it until today, correct?”
She says, “Yes.”
“Please open the package.” She opens the
package and removes a smaller envelope inside.
You continue, “I do NOT want to touch it. In fact,
you can verify that once that package arrived, I have NOT touched
that envelope for several weeks, correct?”
She says, “Yes, that’s correct.”
“Great! Please remove what’s inside.”
She opens the envelope and removes an audio CD.
You continue, “Over there,” (as you point to
a table) “is a small CD player, a walkman. The CD player
is patched into the hotel’s house sound system so everyone
can hear what’s on that CD. Please place the CD into the
As she walks over to the player, you address the audience as
“Folks, I mentioned a weird game of ‘Mad Libs.’
Each of the folks standing in the audience has provided certain
things to be inserted into my Mad Lib. My Mad Lib is really
weird because I mailed it ahead of time! Let’s all listen…”
You then motion for the client to push ‘play’ on
the player. The audience then hears YOUR voice saying
“Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for ‘MAD
LIBS!’ No one has been approached before today and I promise,
no one is in on it. Here’s our story for today’s
“Once upon a time, there was a young man named BRAD
PITT. He lived in a magical, enchanted land of beauty called
DETROIT, MICHIGAN. One day, he was hungry for some BISCUITS
AND GRAVY so he hopped in his VOLVO to go to WAL-MART.
“On the way, Brad heard a CLATTERING sound. He pulled
over to check it out and a POSSUM lunged at him, biting his
BIG TOE. In anger, Brad pulled out his NAIL CLIPPERS and screamed,
“You’re nothing but a THICK-NECKED FOOL!”
With that, the animal was dead. Brad then screamed, “I’m
glad you’re dead! I’m going to feed your cold, dead
carcass to my friend, BOB BARKER.”
“This brings our sad, tragic tale to a close. The
time of death was JULY 2, 2013.”
The CD then continues with your contact information,
which can be played for the entire audience or just for the client
privately, after the show. She is told to keep the CD as a keepsake
and of course, others can listen to it as often as they wish because
it is in fact a normal CD.
- Imagine the looks of shock and amazement
on the faces of your audiences during
- Imagine the sounds of their applause
and gasps of astonishment.
- Imagine how your feeling of pride
and excitement, knowing you can offer
something so incredible that people simply will
not be able to explain it.
- Imagine how many compliments you’ll
receive after a routine like this.
- Imagine how many repeat or spin-off
bookings you’ll get from a routine
IMPORTANT POINT: if you do not like the ‘Mad-Libs’
storyline, you can COMPLETELY change this to suit YOUR style and
I’m Cris Johnson, writer
of the Cause
& Effects weekly blog, and for two decades, I’ve
been searching for the perfect one-man, no-assistant, multi-part
prediction. I had been using a written multi-part
prediction for 12 years that played (and still plays) very,
very strong. It’s been the closer of my corporate
banquet program for what seems like forever.
Because I strive to work with the same clients over and
over, I had to have a follow-up closer for the next year….
something that would EXCEED the incredible reactions my
first prediction routine. Expectations are naturally VERY
high for repeat clients.
Also, I always wanted the prediction to be more visible.
Most one-man predictions of this type are written on
a small postcard-size note card. The afore-mentioned prediction
falls into this category. It’s always served me extremely
well, but I wanted something that plays for the entire audience,
not just the one person reading the card with me.
I then considered an audio prediction, realizing that
EVERYONE could hear the prediction, thus involving the entire
The problem was, many audio predictions were restricting to a
force of some kind – a chosen card, words or objects pulled
out of a forcing bag and so on. I didn’t want any kind of
Also with some other audio-style predictions, many use a gimmicked
player. A few years ago, I had one that cost a LOT of money. It
worked well and got a good reaction, but it had two problems:
First, the thing was heavy and bulky – a standard boom box.
I couldn’t take it to gigs I had to fly to because it would
be destroyed by the airlines – even ‘carry-ons’
are roughed up during flights.
Secondly, the sound quality on my gimmicked player was rather
poor. You could hear it and make everything out but it really
I developed…The Mother of All Predictions!
What I’ve dubbed “The Mother of All Predictions”
addresses all of these concerns and more.
Using the whiteboard with the categories and the subsequent choices
written in HUGE letters allows the audience as a whole to follow
along as the CD plays, thus everyone can experience the
amazing revelations, both in a visual AND auditory sense, involving
more senses and thus a stronger reaction.
In fact, there are
so many advantages to this particular prediction that it’s
difficult to list them all, but here are a few:
- The performance description is complete
– it plays out EXACTLY as written with NO hidden moves
left out of the presentation description!
- Because of the large white board and the audio component,
this packs flat but plays HUGE!
- During the performance, the performer NEVER touches
the CD or the CD player
- There is nothing “tricky” about the CD OR the
player. NO electronic gimmicks AT ALL
- Because ANY CD player can be used –
either yours or even the client’s CD player –
you can easily perform this for gigs where you have to fly…pick
up a cheap CD Walkman or use the client’s or DJ’s
- FAST – no drawn-out billet work
or time-wasting writing down of information during the actual
- EVERYONE can both SEE and HEAR the prediction!
(Most one-man predictions do not boast this feature)
- Spectator may keep the CD, allowing you to add a
short “commercial” for your marketing
- Fast-paced and funny
- Your hands are completely EMPTY the entire
time you’re doing this on stage
- Not “pretentious” like so
much ‘know-it-all’ styles of mentalism
- The journey to the revelation is interesting, novel
- Fully customizable for ANY situation and
ANY performing style
- Methodology works just as well as a headline prediction
- Predict ANYTHING
- Multiple predictions build interest, excitement
and impossibility of the effect
- Other than mailing the envelope to the client, EVERYTHING
is done the DAY OF THE SHOW – no prior meetings
I also want to thank Mr. Lee Earle from Phoenix, Arizona for
his kind permission to use one of his creations in this manuscript.
Anyone familiar with Lee Earle’s work know that it is breathtaking
in its thinking and stunning in terms of effect. This is no exception.
Full details on Lee’s creation and the application of Lee’s
work (with additional credits) will be described fully in my book.
Lee’s thinking is incredible and his contribution to this
work is absolutely stellar.
Everything, especially the ‘miracles’ we
create in the minds of our audiences, has a trade-off, so in the
interest of full disclosure, I will say that this method does
require you to do a little work before the show. I’m
NOT talking about “pre-show,” because in the show
description, I was up front with the audience, telling them the
fact that I had earlier asked spectators to think up these ‘mad-lib’
I simply approach twelve people before the show and solicit their
suggestions. Again, their suggestions are NOT forces and I carry
NO decks of cards with me for this routine. Also, the prediction
CD was mailed weeks in advance, so being open about the questioning
is fine for preserving the ‘WOW’ factor. I usually
do this during cocktail hour, when I’m often hired to perform
close-up magic before the ‘main’ stage show that takes
place after dinner, so I kill two birds with one stone.
Of course, regarding pre-show methods such as center tears or
clipboards, you MAY, if you CHOOSE, clip-board people and then
use doublespeak to play it off during the show as though these
are spontaneous suggestions. Although I choose not to, it IS an
option with this routine, for those who like to work that way.
In fact, in the manuscript, I discuss different ways of
doing this for those interested…but it is NOT a necessity.
In the description, I mentioned how the CD player was patched
through the hotel’s banquet sound system. That is a reality,
and the way I do it most often, as most rational people realize
I could NOT “do something funny” with the hotel’s
course, if you have your own sound system, simply plug your CD
player into that. When I fly, I use the client’s or hotel’s
system…I only mention this because you can do this
with ANY sound system ANYWHERE. In terms of any sound
apparatus used, NOTHING, repeat, NOTHING is ‘gimmicked.’
In fact, if you really wanted to impress your client, buy a ‘walkman’
style CD player do the performance, and give her the CD and the
Walkman to keep after the show! For the right client, this would
In addition to approaching the spectators for their suggestions
before the show, you will also need to do a little bit of additional
work before the actual show – about 5-10 minutes’
worth - but this is done by yourself, ALONE in private, away from
prying eyes, and is NOT traditional ‘pre-show’ as
most think. It can be done in your car, in your hotel room (if
it’s close enough) or even outside.
Oh, and this before-the-show preparation on the day of the performance
does NOT involve using the Internet in any way, shape or form
and does NOT involve placing phone calls to confederates, secretaries,
or any other pre-show research. It is truly one-person
In addition to everything
just discussed, here are some additional considerations
with using this particular prediction method as
described above and how I personally perform it:
- NO angle restrictions…perform
- NO group size restrictions!
- NO expensive replacements
- NO special “remote control”
electronic props costing thousands
- NO forcing
- NO dual reality
- NO impression devices
- NO gimmicked writing utensils
- NO nail writing
- NO pocket writing
- NO ‘double writing’
- NO ‘covert writing’ of
- NO carbon paper
- NO instant stooges
- NO offstage assistants
- NO sleight-of-hand of ANY
- NO billets
- NO palming
- NO chemicals
- NO presentational limitations
- NO memory work
- NO “funny business” at
the post office
- NO help from client’s
secretaries or assistants
- NO “meeting with a committee
or client weeks before the show”
as with other styles of predictions
- NO ‘hidden microphones’
- NO “RF’ technology
- NO bulky apparatus…bring
a Walkman or even use the client’s CD
player for true believability!
- NO poor sound quality…sounds
as crystal clear as the system or CD player
you choose to play it…yours or the hotels’.
To further increase presentational options, I even include
a non-audio CD version, making the preparation of the prediction
around 60 seconds or so. You can use the methodology
I describe to forego the audio CD and simply have your final prediction
written HUGE, on the biggest piece of paper you can get your hands
Even with the “big paper” option, you can STILL have
the prediction envelope mailed to the client weeks in advance…
no need for a large gimmicked envelope hanging near you on stage.
Your client holds the envelope until she opens it herself.
This truly is the “Mother of All Predictions.”
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