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Being Tricked About Your 6th Sense

by Ron Kurtus (revised 7 October 2008)

What we call the 6th sense is also called precognition. It is being able to predict future events. Professional psychics often claim to have mental powers, as well as the ability to read a person's mind. But often they use simple—and even elaborate—tricks to fool their customers.

One such trick is to make you think you can predict which playing card will disappear. The psychic may also do the trick by claiming to be able to force the card you think of to disappear. Although clever, you need to be aware that you can be tricked into thinking you have special mental powers beyond what everyone else has

Questions you may have include:

This lesson will answer those questions.

Trick on mental powers

There are two ways to look at this demonstration. One point of view is that you select the card that you feel or predict will disappear in the future. The other way of thinking about it is that you pick a card that you will mentally force to disappear. In either case, it will appear that you are using psychic powers.

Let's try the demonstration:

Look at the cards arranged below.

Mentally select a card. (Don't forget it!)

Select a card to make disappear

When you have the card in mind, click here.


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