First Years: Forcing Made Easy
by Jim Gerrish, with excerpts
from Eleazar Goodenough and Professor Spellbinder
Magicians use forcing in card magic, to make someone select a
particular card. Wizards may do the same thing with the Tarot, to
make sure a certain card is chosen.
Magicians force other objects as a part of Mental Magic, or
Mentalism, to make it seem as if they can read thoughts or
predict the future. Wizards, do the same. When you make a person
select a particular object, card, number, color, word, or idea...
that is called forcing
In 1932, Theodore Annemann wrote a book called "101
Methods of Forcing." A couple of years later, he added
another 101 methods, renaming the book "202 Methods of
Forcing." Since that time, Magicians, Wizards and Mentalists
have continued to add new forces by the bunches every year. I
have no idea how many ways there now are to force, but it is
probably in the thousands.
Don't let that worry you. You don't need to learn all the
ways to force. I will begin with some of the easiest methods and
then point the way to more difficult forces you might wish to
learn next. After that, you're on your own.
Includes lessons on Direct forces as well as Range Forces.
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