Classic Vince Wilson with respects to David Parr. The Great London Plague – By Vince Wilson based on a suggestion by David Parr. This effect is based on the 1665 effect in Mentalism.
The Great Plague was the last major epidemic of the bubonic plague to occur in England. It happened within the centuries-long Second Pandemic, a period of intermittent bubonic plague epidemics which originated from Central Asia in 1331, the first year of the Black Death, an outbreak which included other forms such as pneumonic plague, and lasted until 1750. The Royal Family fled England in panic. This left the Church in charge. Prayers did not help. Experiencing 2020 is what it felt like to experience the year of the Great London Plague!
Effect: Call 3 volunteers from the audience. You can show off the cards if you want but lay them face down on a table in rows of 3 by class. First Class – Clergy, Second Class – Royalty, Third Class – the Plague Doctors. Tell each volunteer they are representing one of the classes.
Using a small white board, chalkboard or pen and paper, ask each volunteer in order of class to choose name and number. Then write that number down. For example, the first number might be 154 as in 1st (1.), 2nd (5.) and 3rd (4.). They will seemingly have free choice. Next repeat this pattern 2 more times so that all the numbers have been chosen and you have 3 rows. Your set of numbers might look like this:
Now, you can turn the cards over and reveal the number which coincides with 1665! The year of the Great London Plague!