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Friday April 25th, 2008

The Astor Lecture

Astor warming up the 4F crowd.

Astor called Dave Wiedemer and Harold Cataquet up to help with a very clever
Mental Epic effect. The method being unlike the traditional marketed version.

Next Astor performed a flat die prediction that I am sure
had most in attendance scratching their heads.
Astor was again assisted by Dave Wiedemer and Harold Cataquet.
Dave is seated on the right and Harold on the left of the above picture.

On the left Astor performed a visual Ambitious Card for Dave Wiedemer.
The face up card appeared on the top of the deck instantly at Astors command.
On the right Astor performed a real fooler. A spectator (Dave) sealed a signed
card in one of five bottles. The bottles were placed in a cloth bag and Astor
was able to deduce which bottle contained the signed card. Clever idea!

This next item is my favorite of the Astor Lecture. Astor showed a card with twelve
numbers on it. He first circled one of the numbers and then asked Dave to name a number.
This was repeated a few times. Each time Astor correctly predicted the correct number.
On the right Harold selected a card, Astor divided the deck into six piles and had Harold
eliminated cards until there was but one card remaining. Yes it was the selected card.

On the left Astor produced four envelopes, one of which he stated was a money envelope.
Harold was given a choice of which envelopes he wanted yet Astor was left with the
money and Harold had none. On the right Astor performed a mental cube mystery.

On the left Astor performed a Tonny VanRhee 4-Queens effect. I received one from
Tonny last year and still use it. On the right Astor performed a Mental Prediction Board
which again fooled those who thought that they were in the know. As with the
Mental Epic, the Mental Prediction Board did not work as the standard one does.
A most inspiring lecture - thank you Astor and I hope we will see you again.