The other night my husband Robert and I went to a neighborhood restaurant for a bite to eat with some friends of ours. Jimmy Macs is on Hwy 64 in Cashiers, NC, just before the cross roads at Hwy 107. It's the kind of place that I love to go to for dinner when I don't feel like cooking. The food is reasonably priced and consistently good.
When we were there this particular nite, we got a little extra something with our dessert. Our friend introduced us to one of the servers, and told us that he was a great magician. So we humored our friend and watched a couple of card tricks. They were pretty cute, but he won't be seen in Las Vegas anytime soon. Before we left though, he did one more trick that I'm still trying to figure out.
He began by tearing a sheet of paper in the three smaller pieces, then he said he was going to ask me three questions. The first question. Pick a number between 1 and 10,000 and hold that thought. The next question he asked was who I went to my senior prom with. (That was a long time ago and I had to stop and think about it.) Again...he said think of the answer and hold that thought. The third question he asked was whether I preferred red wine or white, and to again, hold that thought. Then, he went back to the first question and asked me again to pick a number between 1 and 10,000 and to hold that thought. He didn't say a word, but wrote what he thought my answer would be on the first piece of paper. Then he repeated the second question - who did I go to my senior prom with. By then, I had changed my mind and had a different name. Again, he wrote his answer on the second piece of paper. And on the third piece of paper, he wrote down if he thought I would choose red or white. Each time, he would take the piece of paper, crumble it up and hand it to me to hold, then he would ask me to say out loud what my answer was so everyone would know it.
Now here's the spooky part. He asked me to open my hand and uncrumble those three pieces of paper. The first one said "White". Wrong answer. I had said "Red". He said that he was convinced the right answer was red, but had talked himself out of it. (sure, buddy!) But, the second piece of paper said "22". Bingo! It was the right answer. Now, no matter much of a trickster he was...no matter how good a guesser he was, picking the right number out of 10,000 possibilities was impressive. I opened the third piece of paper and it said "Mike". Right again! Once more...out of all the names in the world, how did he know the answer was Mike...plus I had changed my answer half way thru.
Needless to say, I was impressed. I had never met this guy before in my life and I would have been impressed if he had gotten any of the answers right.
If you can tell me how he did this, dinner is on me at Jimmy Macs!
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