If you’ve been around for 2 years, 6 months, or just 2 days you probably know this already:
We do EVERYTHING we can to get the best, most exclusive offers in magic from the best artists producing magic today.
One of those artists is Ollie Mealing!
If you don’t know Ollie, here’s what Derren Brown had to say about his work…
“Magnificent. So rare to be fooled and delighted.”
First things first, let me tell you a little bit about Ollie!
He’s very clever!
About 6 months ago, Ollie Mealing told us about a simple system he uses to create incredibly fooling magic that can be performed anytime, anywhere—with ANY deck of cards.
This system is based on one laughably easy principle that pretty much every magician on earth is aware of.
Ollie shared 8 effects with us, all based on this idea, and we were blown away by their quality and deceptiveness.
Not only are they easy enough that you’ll be able to master them in a half hour or so of practice, they’re so cleverly assembled that they’ve fooled some of the best card magicians in the world.
Click HERE to view Base by Ollie Mealing!
One super interesting thing about Ollie’s card magic is his style of prediction and mentalism!
Prediction and mentalism card tricks involve the magician foreseeing or influencing a spectator’s choices, such as predicting a chosen card or the outcome of a shuffle. These tricks blend illusion with psychological techniques, creating an impression of mind-reading or extraordinary mental abilities, and are often marked by a dramatic reveal that leaves the audience astounded at the seemingly impossible feat. Ollie Mealing is a genius with these type of card tricks.
Prediction and mentalism is a popular type of card magic, and after watching a great number of his videos, this is without doubt the one he does most!
Last year, the main thing he did was a series called fiver friday’s, where you pay five pounds to learn a card trick he came up with that WEEK and over the course of the year he managed to release 52 original card tricks!
Some of my favourite of his were…
1: Sweets in a Jar – A spectator shuffles a deck, cuts it, and places the cut portion in a jar. You estimate the total numerical value of the cards in the jar and write down a prediction, like 76. Explaining that the goal is to guess the sum of the cards’ values, not their count, you reveal the astonishing match when the cards are counted (picture cards as 10). The total perfectly aligns with your prediction, leaving the spectators baffled and the cards open for examination. – (Prediction and Mentalism, Fiver Friday)
2: Persistence – After a spectator shuffles the deck, they secretly select a card and place it between your fingers while your back is turned. Your initial attempt to identify the card fails, but upon refocusing, you correctly name a new card. To further challenge yourself, the spectator then selects a card from a spread deck and places it unseen into a card box. Remarkably, you successfully name this card as well, under even more stringent conditions. (Prediction & Mentalism, Fiver Friday)
3: Grand Fournale – The spectator freely chooses four cards from a shuffled deck. You then reveal that earlier, with a different deck, you selected four cards, which have been in your pocket all along. Astonishingly, when you display these pre-selected cards, they match the spectator’s choices exactly. (Prediction and Mentalism, fiver friday).
This year, however he’s doing something a little different for his membership. Something called, the Mealing Collection…
The Mealing Collection
The whole membership idea is very simple. For £20 every month you get access to exclusive tutorials for his best tricks!
- All tutorials are downloadable
- Two new tutorials added every month
- You can cancel anytime
So far here are some of the best tricks in the Mealing Collection…
1: Numerology – You invite a spectator to choose a number between 1 and 52, avoiding 51. They pick, for example, 19. Counting to the 19th card in a shuffled deck, you then lead them through choices of colour, card type (number or picture), suit, and finally, a specific picture card. Based on their selections — say, a black King of Diamonds — the 19th card is revealed to match exactly, showcasing an astonishing prediction. (Prediction and Mentalism, The Mealing Collection).
2: Psychometry – A spectator shuffles the deck and secretly selects a card. You then use their personal item, like a ring, to connect with their choice. They place the ring where they picked the card, transferring its energy. After returning the card to the deck and shuffling, you perform psychometry on the ring. Through this process, you astonishingly reveal their chosen card, demonstrating a unique connection between the ring and their thoughts. (Prediction & Mentalism, The Mealing Collection)
3: Stopwatch – A spectator uses a stopwatch on their phone to time the selection of a card in their mind, such as the Queen of Hearts, through a series of questions. The stopwatch is stopped randomly, for instance, at 22 seconds. The trick posits that the 22nd card in a shuffled deck under the phone matches the chosen card. Remarkably, when the deck is dealt to the 22nd card, it is indeed the Queen of Hearts, aligning with the spectator’s mental selection. (Prediction & Mentalism, The Mealing Collection).
So, there you have it! Pretty simple idea, some very good effects!
On a sidenote one of my favourite project’s by Ollie Mealing is Control!
A control simply refers to a technique used by the magician to manipulate the position of one or more cards in a deck without the audience being aware.
The primary purpose of a control is to move a specific card (or cards) to a predetermined position in the deck, usually while maintaining the illusion that the deck has not been tampered with.
For example, if a spectator selects a card and returns it to the deck, the magician might use a control to move that card to the top or bottom of the deck, or to any specific position they desire, while appearing to simply mix or cut the deck normally.
This allows the magician to know or control the position of the selected card for subsequent tricks or reveals!
There are many different types of controls in card magic, ranging from simple to highly complex, and they are fundamental skills for magicians.
Ollie teaches 12, including…
Chasm: A Card is peeked in the middle of the pack and the deck squared. With a quick fan, the selected card is now positioned at the bottom of the pack.
Bionic: The deck is spread and a card down-jogged. The deck is closed and it’s only at the last minute that the jogged-card is pushed flush. The top card can immediately be shown to be the selection.
Behind Bars: A card is selected from the pack and the deck fanned to allow reinsertion. The deck is cleanly squared, and the selection is now ready to be bottom-palmed off for later use.
Click HERE to view all the controls on Ellusionist!
Thanks for reading our review of most of Ollie Mealing’s best products, mainly The Mealing Collection!
Did you know?
Every week at The Daily Magician, we explore a new idea within magic—and our readers come along for the journey.
Whether we’re pulling apart the science of creativity, brainstorming methods with world-class magicians, or discovering what card tricks look like in Vietnam, we’ll take you ‘behind the curtain’ with us.
To sign up, click below and enter your email: