Read a List Instructions

RedBox Magic Apps

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Emo Mind Reading App


A spectator chooses a list and then chooses a word from

that list; they then read a few of the words on the list to the

magician. The magician is instantly able to tell them their

chosen word


The secret of READ  A LIST is a very old magic principle, that of STRAIGHT AND CURVED letters that start words … think of it this way, Each letter of the Alphabet in CAPITAL form either has only straight lines or curved lines  making its shape. See the reference chart below.

On the first screen of READ A LIST the list is a random mixture of Straight words and Curved words when a user selects a word the next screen will show their word and the rest of the list will be of the opposite type .

In our EXAMPLE below

The word Cycling is chosen, Cycling starts with a C which is a CURVED WORD, the next list that is presented are all STRAIGHT words so when the spectator reads them. The magician only has to listen for ONE different type word and it will be the chosen word

The chosen word was CYCLING, they may read the list like this

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Once you hear the FIRST TWO words you know they are straight words so you now know the chosen word will be a CURVED word, so you are listening for a curved word.

Of course if they had chosen a Straight word at the start, now the other words would be CURVED word.

Remember though, they made read the list any way they choose so listen carefully.

Every time you run READ A LIST, the words are displayed in a random order and made up of a long list database so the list is different each time.

Also the text font used  in READ A LIST is of a type that  DOES NOT display any capitals so no one can ever guess the secret.

It is a very simple matter to think which is a STRAIGHT WORD or a CURVED WORD. See the reference chart.


Once you get used to instantly recognizing which type letter a word is you are set to perform Read A List

OK now you know the secret lets see how to use READ A LIST

1: Once you have launched RedBox, click the main READ A LIST button.

2: You are now taken to the list selection screen, there are many lists to choose from and many more will be added.

Hand your phone to your spectator and have them choose a list. FOR this example we will select SPORTS


3: Your spectator is now presented with their chosen list of SPORTS. Ask them to look at the list and choose ONE Word but of course don’t tell you what it is. Once they have a word in mind. Click on that word. (lets presume they choice cycling) (which if you remember is a curved word, It starts with a C)


4: They will now be taken to the next screen where they will see their chosen word at the top, directly below is the LOCK IT IN YOUR MIND button and below that the other list words are now displayed in Blue.


5: If they wish to change their mind have them click the Change your mind button at the top of the screen and select a new word.

Once they are happy, have them read out some of the words from the list and INCLUDE their chosen words. Normally 5 or 6 is enough.  Tell them to make sure they read all the words slowly and clearly and TRY NOT to give any indication of which is their word.

Here is the METHOD part, as the read the words listen carefully for the different word …

Once they have read the words ask them to click the CLICK HERE TO LOCK IT IN THE MIND button. So they cannot cheat you.

6: They are now at the final screen, it’s Ok if you see the screen at this point.


After your presentation and you REVEAL their word, have them click the READ MY MIND button to prove to any other spectators that you are correct.