How are mind reading tricks like these done?

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Any Magicians here? There’s a man who works at my local McDonald’s, he’s a magician and his job is basically to entertain customers and show them magic tricks. Me and my family go to McDonald’s once a week mainly just to visit him because we find him funny and friendly and enjoy chatting to him and seeing his magic. He has shown us so many cool ticks that are impressive but my favourite and most mind boggling trick has to be his guess the word trick.

He starts off by choosing someone on the table to think of a word between 5 and 6 letters and he chooses one other person on the table to know what the word is. He hands The person picking the word a card with a crystal ball in the middle and tells them to write the word in the middle of the crystal ball once he has gone away, he then walks off to the other side of the restaurant and doesn’t come back until they’re done writing the word. He asks them to put the card on the table and then gets the person who knows the word to choose a few symbols from a sheet of symbols and write them down I can’t remember the amount of symbols you had to pick. He then starts working out the word on a piece of tissue by looking at the symbols chosen by the person and eventually guesses the exact word.

He has done this trick for us a couple of times now and has been correct each time, I need to know how it’s done because it’s just so impressive. My word that I chose was the name of my favourite tv show character. I’ve never once mentioned to him about this character or the tv show in anyway and the name is just so uncommon and random. I also watched him closely to see if he peeks at the card and he doesn’t. Another thing I must add, he acts as if the chosen symbols let him know what the word is like what vowels are in the word and where the letters are placed etc but since these symbols are chosen at random and nothing to do with the word I assume this is just an act and there is something else that lets him know what the word is. So what’s the secret? How could this specific trick be done? or any magic trick like this in general, I would love to know.

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