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====== Off-by-One Strategy ====== | ====== Off-by-One Strategy ====== | ||

- | While independently conceived and popularized by Kenton Knepper in his marketed Card-in-Wallet effect, "Look at your assisting spectator and tell him that you are going to make an "You pocket this coin, explaining that if the scale is right, you keep the money, if it is wrong, you'll give him back twice the amount. The card is turned over and it now reads "70 kilos", | + | While independently conceived and popularized by Kenton Knepper in his marketed Card-in-Wallet effect, ", and then the spectator stands on it. The performer looks at his assisting spectator and tells him that he is going to make an ", by writing a prediction on a slip of paper, which is placed aside. The spectator is informed that he needs a dime to activate the scale. The performer pockets this coin, explaining that if the scale is right, he keeps the money; if it is wrong, he'll give the spectator back twice the amount. The card is turned over and it now reads "70 kilos", |

- | Anton eventually released a marketed version at the 2000 FISM convention in Lisbon. The ad copy (translation by Roberto Giobbi) reads: | + | Anton eventually released a marketed version of this trick at the 2000 FISM convention in Lisbon. The ad copy (translation by Roberto Giobbi) reads: |

- | Mago Anton in his untiring search for new effects and original presentation ideas has transposed those feared "few extra pounds" | + | Mago Anton, in his untiring search for new effects and original presentation ideas, has transposed those feared "few extra pounds" |

- | Effect: You give out a blackboard for examination, | + | Effect: You give out a blackboard for examination,, which is given to a spectator to hold. |

- | Then you draw a set of scales on a flip pad which reads 0 kg. You invite a spectator up onto stage and get them to sign the picture (for obvious reasons women are generally more worried about those few extra pounds than men, so make use of this fact!). Stand the spectator on the drawing of the scales and tell them that they must tell the truth: for the first time everyone will know the truth and the whole truth about their weight! | + | Then you draw a set of scales that reads 0 kg on a flip pad. You invite a spectator up onto stage and get him to sign the picture (for obvious reasons women are generally more worried about those few extra pounds than men, so make use of this fact!). Stand the spectator on the drawing of the scales and tell him that he must tell the truth: for the first time everyone will know the truth and the whole truth about his weight! |

- | The spectator gets off the scales and everyone sees that it reads 70 kg. With a great smile and sigh of relief the spectator announces that you have made a mistake. Surprised you ask what is (according to her) her real weight. Let us suppose that she says 62 kg. Draw everyone'". | + | The spectator gets off the scales and everyone sees that it reads 70 kg. With a great smile and sigh of relief the spectator announces that you have made a mistake. Surprised you ask what is (according to him) his real weight. Let us suppose that he says 62 kg. Draw everyone', "The scale is off by 8 kg." |

- | You do not need to be a genius of mathematics to work out that 70 minus 8 equals 62, exactly the weight that the spectator claims to be! You reap you applause and the spectator goes back to their seat happy that they still keep their greatest secret. | + | You do not need to be a genius of mathematics to work out that 70 minus 8 equals 62, exactly the weight the spectator claims to be! You reap you applause and the spectator goes back to his seat happy that he still keeps his greatest secret. |

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