The Interrupted Dream8

This modest little pamphlet, which dealt with 3nly one effect caused quite a stir at the time. The inordinate amount of attention came basically from two sources within the Psychic Entertainers Association -Invocation and Robert Cassidy - specialists in the field of mental magic.

For me, this validated my intention to take mental magic in a new direction, much as I had already done in the field of conventional magic.9 I want to make the magical art a spiritual experience and free it from the limitations of being a mental exercise, a bluff, or a puzzle. I want to create magical theatre, with the spectator as a participant, and make it an experience for him. I want the spectator to stop asking, "How in the world did he do that?"

The story and the action must flow together to form a spiritual adventure, and the tricks must be secondary. The audience should not cry out, "What a wonderful trick!" Instead, they should say, "What a wonderful artist!"

There are no new, that is, previously unknown techniques used in this routine. The oldest trick which comes into play in this second version appeared in a magic book which was published in 1713! You also do not need to learn any new sleights or moves. The individual tricks make up the familiar notes from

8 The first edition of this psychic experiment appeared in 1978 in German as Dcr Wahrtraum. It appeared later in an American edition as The Prophetic Dream. It was one of a mere handful of German magic books that had been translated into English at that time. Volume 8 of this series appeared in 1989. It consists of this version of Der Wahrtraum and another routine by Perkeo, called "Die Zeit steht still" (Time Stands Still). We are using this updated routine at the request of Punx. The Perkeo routine is not included because this volume is strictly the works of Punx. BP

9 Punx. Magical Adventures and Fairy Tales (Exclusive Magical Publications, Mexico. 1988.) Translated by Bill Palmer.

which our composition is formed. (However, each of the notes is explained in detail for those of you w ho might not happen to be acquainted with one or another of them.)

This composition has a new melody which, to my knowledge, has never been played before. In fact, it is so unusual that a professional from the U.S.A. sent this to me: "I finally decided to try your 'Prophetic Dream' in my program right before the intermission. At first I was shocked because nobody clapped. It was the weakest round of applause of the evening. Later, I learned that the only thing the audience talked about during the entire intermission was The Prophetic Dream'. ..."

This indicates that the effect is so unusual ud surprising, that the audience doesn't become aware of the climax until later. It is a long term effect that gradually trickles down to the audience. In this version, however, the applause is programmed, so it automatically builds itself for you.

What kind of effect is it?

The performer tells about his recurring dream, which follows a certain course, but never really comes to an end. This means that it must be an interrupted dream with an ending that lies somewhere in the future. The performer describes the objects which appear in his dream, as well as a lady who also has a part in his dream.

Next he tells of finding and purchasing the objects he had dreamt of while he was traveling. Then he even discovers the lady from his dream in the audience. Now he can play out his dream. A cut ribbon, some written information and measurements, some watches, and the date on a coin also play a role in the production.

When the entire dream, as previously described, has been played completely out, it appears that it too, in reality, also has no end, because no time has actually passed. It has gone awry, and all the tasks the lady has performed have been undone. The cut ribbon is as long as before, and the cut off measuring tape also has its original length. The watches show different times, and the coin with the previously dreamed date is bent. The jaws of time have tried to take a bite out of it.

Those who have studied and perhaps performed "The Prophetic Dream" will have already noticed there are some changes in the effects. Not only that, the previous version has been refined so much, through many performances and even more thinking, that the new version-must be completely described once more. This is the result.

I have two different presentations. I use the version which best fits the performing conditions. The first is for a small group of people. It is especially well suited for a private party which has been assembled strictly to see you perform. This group has come to enjoy mental magic. The things you say are dramatic reports of facts that are concerned with the phenomenon of interrupted dreams.

The second presentation is shorter and makes only a brief tangential humorous reference to your ostensible interrupted dreams. It is suited for parties and shows which require that you gain the attention of the audience quickly. It is for those spectators who just came to the party, not particularly because you were going to be there - the people with the free tickets.

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