Bill Abbott and Richard Sanders POWERBALL 60


Jamie D. Grant is now a regular contributor to iTricks Raves with an enhanced version of his reviews from

What The Audience Sees:

skitched-20090928-001123.jpg”Man, we’ve been talking about Friday all day around here! The Monday water cooler talk has never been so lively; and all because Jamie came up in here and read our &*^%^ minds. You would think we were used to it by now! But Friday was special because it involved something we all know and love- the lottery.

Jamie came in and said that someone had told him that if he was so great at magic and all, then how come he didn’t win the lottery. They had even sent him some scratch and win tickets to prove their point. But Jamie explained to us that sometimes he just gets a feeling about certain things and the lottery just hadn’t been one of those “things” yet. But he showed us the tickets that his friend had sent him and asked us if we wanted to try something. He asked me to think of any number between one and sixty. He then showed me the six tickets and asked how many of them had my number on them. I only had two, to which he said that that was better than most. He put the tickets away though and said he was starting to have one of those feelings he was talking about, and he quickly jotted down something on a Sticky Note. He then asked me what number I was thinking of and, remember, I hadn’t told a soul what that number was yet. But when he turned over the sticky note, my number was on it!!! It was craziness! How does he know these things?! I told no one!!! Big Ted started to clap behind his back and Angry Bob almost cracked a tooth!”

How It Went:

Powerball 60 is awesome. Anytime I can add a routine to my wallet, I am a super happy guy, and this has been in it since I got it. I’ve been performing this every single day and have had such great reactions each and every time. Part of it has to do with the fact that every spectator has been thinking of the same thing at one point or another, namely, if this guy’s so good, how come he hasn’t won the lottery yet. So on Friday, my patter was right on point. Not only did it explain why I had lottery tickets on me, but it also justified why I’m not riding around in a Lambo (I just love saying that word).

There were a couple of hiccups during the day that I’ll go through in the JDG Tip and iTricks Idea but overall this effect went over great. It was interesting to see how many people liked the fact that every number that was scratched was a soccer ball, lol. Everyone commented on that. And the method is absolutely foolproof- I never made a mistake and wasn’t worried about it. A couple of things I did to protect myself was I had the spec lay the lotto tickets face down after they checked them (I didn’t want to see the numbers) and I chose to write the number down and have them verbally say it. I think Bill and Richard suggest, in one of the routines, to have both of you write it down, but I like having them just saying theirs out loud and then I turned mine over.

Best Lines:

”We have a winner!!!!!!!!
~That just made me laugh.

”Come with me right now! We’re going to go buy some tickets!!!!”
~Any time money’s involved, you’ll get more interest, lol.

Angry Bob Rating:

For those of you reading this article for the first time, Angry Bob is a co-worker who has an understanding of some magic because his uncle was a magician. Angry Bob knows that TT’s exist, for example, but he has no desire to become a magician himself. He also has an anger management problem that can be experienced first hand if he can’t figure out how a trick is done. A high rating means he has no idea.

5/5. He was floored. I think what hit him the hardest was that I didn’t look at faces of the tickets. That, and that my prediction was already written down when the spec named their number out loud.

My Rating:

Magic Friday Approved! Like I mentioned, this went into my wallet immediately. I’m not sure if I would do this in a Walk Around set- maybe if I was Table Hopping, but it is a killer for Impromtu, that’s for sure. The fact that it so easy is wonderful as well. I also can appreciate the amount of time it must have taken to design the tickets. Unless you’re performing at a Gamblers Anonymous meeting, you shouldn’t have anyone question them. And I didn’t have anyone on Friday. All in all- fantastic!

The JDG Tip:

Read It Here!

The iTricks Idea:

After I have them lay the tickets face down on the table in a winning and losing pile, I pick the winning pile up (facing them) and ask them if they got any Bonus Numbers. After all, this is a test of their psychic abilities and I want to give them credit, where credit is due ;)

Closing Thoughts:

The only thing I don’t understand is why Bill and Richard are offering “Refills”. These will last for a super long time! Nice of them to do, however, in case you ever lose them (the tickets, that is. It would be pretty hard to lose Bill and Richard).

Have a Great Week Everyone!

Jamie D. Grant

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