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Two further books on Mental Magic by Phil Goldstein in similar format as his Blue Book on the same subject. Both priced at three dollars each plus an extra dollar to purchasers outside the USA and available from the author at 121 Charles St., Apt 4A, Boston, Massachussets 02114.
The first one, The Red Book of Mentalism, contains ten items in 20 pages of the kind we have been accustomed to expect from this prolific author. The Four-sided Triangle is a prediction in which a spectator thinks of a playing card and his thoughts coincide with a card selected by another spectator, and yet another spectator opens a large envelope and removes a Jumbo card which also proves to be of the same suit and value. Parallax is a divination in which duplicates a geometric design, a letter, and a number written by three different spectators. Disposable Color is a psychological force with an 'out' if it fails. Writers Cramp is a really natural and unsuspected way of switching billets. Happy Horoscoper is for those who like to include an astrological reading wherein Happy Birthday appears only on the back of a card bearing his birth sign. The five remaining effects include the use of Tarot cards. A 'Stop' effect using design cards which includes instruction for a pocket switch of two packets of cards — much needed information for the fumblers of this move. Removing the power from a magnet and a divination effect using Scrabble letters.
The Green Book of Mentalism also contains ten effects, and space being limited mention will be made of just a couple which seem to be that little different — always a problem with mentalism. Onstage Bender concerns the bending of keys and the use of an amulet on a chain which behaves in similar fashion to the .wellknown sex detector (button on a thread). The presentation given allows plenty of scope for action and dramatics, and as the author observes 'It depends entirely on your own dramatic abilities, with the necessary confidence to turn a purely theatrical bluff into a miracle.' Nucleus is an effect with a borrowed deck from which a card is chosen and returned. Performer mixes the cards some face down and other face up and spreads them onto the table. Pressing his fingertips on the cards which cling to his fingers by magnetism?, as he raises his hands from the table. Suddenly all the cards fall to the table with the exception of the one chosen.
The real value of these publications lies in the variety of the presentations given with the effects rather than the 'secrets'. In many cases all the necessary patter is included. For the mentalist there is much for him to get his teeth into — for the conjurer who does tricks not quite so much, but he too should find some items for his use.
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