Includes contributions from Greg Arce, Neil Tobin and Richard Osterlind.
A prediction is sealed in an envelope and held by an audience member the entire presentation. No switches.
On stage; a table, 5 chairs and a deck of cards. 5 players (spectators) come up to play a hand of blackjack. Cards are shuffled by a random player and re-cased to avoid any tampering by the performer as he explains about blackjack. No false shuffles. No Sleights. One player deals a face-down card to each player followed by a face-up card.
All players are given the option to switch seats.
The performer tells about a vision he had that morning of a person playing blackjack and receiving the same hand, over and over again from the dealer. He then names out loud that exact envisioned blackjack hand; total and card names and states that he also wrote down a description of this person in a sealed envelope that an audience member now holds.
For the first time, the players are instructed to look at their face-down card. One player has that exact hand.
The audience member holding the envelope, now opens it and reads it aloud only to reveal a detailed description of the player with the exact hand the performer had envisioned, earlier that morning!
Bonus Effect: Back to the Future 2.
"If you read an effect description of 'Blackjack Room' it is simply an impossible feat. You will say: "Can't be! Where is the deception in the description?" There is none. The effect is as it reads, seemingly impossible. It uses a devious method that was completely new to me. It is a masterful invention with many uses." -Chris Wasshuber, Lybrary.com
"This is great stuff. Josh shared this effect with me awhile ago and I told him to keep it to himself and those who know the method, because it's too good. I use this and it kills! Please guard this one." - Nick Belleas, PEA Member
"Once again we have a simple idea that will pack a punch. This is a routine that will allow the performer to squeeze a lot of mystery out of it and yet is not at all difficult to do." - Greg Arce "
This is great! Really a killer effect with a great visual impact." - Tony Razzano, Past President, PEA
"This is a beautiful, straightforward blackjack presentation and perfect for those who like doing this type of routine. A deck is shuffled and dealt out just like that with just a tiny bit of very logical time disconnect business. Not only that but the deck can be handled completely by the participants...Without question, this ebook is recommended." - Jheff, Marketplace of the Mind