This is EASY TO DO and is a great trick for Corporate Magicians, Restaurant and Table Hopping, Product and Service Promotion, for use by Sales People, Promoting Topics & Values, Teachers, Usable by those that work with the public, or even used as an Ice Breaker, Branding, Product Placement….. and much, much more!
Effect: A name badge holder is either worn or introduced. It contains four (4) heavy-duty “Hello My Name Is” tags. An audience member is then given the choice to pick a red or blue marker. They are then given the option to write on them whatever they desire. Or you can already have something written on them in advance with either the red or blue permanent marker. The possibilities are endless. Use personal names, products, services, sales specials, brands, etc. After explaining that names (or these things) are important you lay all four tags out in front of the audience so that they can see all four choices. All of the tags could also say the same exact thing if you wanted. This is especially good if you are working with a specific item, person, or brand. You then explain that you made a prediction that they would choose one particular tag over another and you will show them how you knew. A tag is then randomly (and freely) selected by someone and you place it inside the name badge holder. It is then placed around their neck for the rest of the time. You then pick up all three of the non-selected tags and one at a time you turn them over to reveal a message on the backside that explains that that particular tag could have been their choice. Then they are asked to look at their name tag that has been encased within the name badge holder the entire time. As they look at it and flip it over it reveals not only a different color back than the other three name tags, but also indicates that this particular tag was truly “their choice”. As a bonus, the red or blue permanent marker also coincides with your prediction.