Published by Martin Breese. Edited by Owen Griffiths & Martin Breese. Illustrations and Layout by Eric Mason. Manuscript preparation by Anne Barclay. Price U.K. £10, Europe £10.50, U.S.A. 20 dollars. All prices include postage.
Basil Horwitz will be no stranger to Pabular readers. Several of his ideas have appeared in these pages over the years. This book of 64 pages contains some of his finest innovations.
The basic problem with any book on mentalism, is that the subject is not one which readily commits itself to the printed word. So much depends on the personality and showmanship of the performer. Methods are frequently interchangeable. Whether a [ performer obtains a piece of information by means of an impression pad, centre tear or whatever is of little importance. What matters | is how he makes use of that information to \ produce the effect of mind reading.
This is where this book scores heavily. Basil has a knack of latching onto certain key selling points and then devising methods, which will enable those selling points to be cleanly driven home. For example, the first item is a book test, which can be performed with a book that the performer has never touched or handled, or for that matter seen before. It can be brought along to the show by one of the spectators. This is a strong selling point. In another effect a spectator appears to have been under some kind of hypnotic influence. The trick is simply to change one card into another (a card quickie) but the presentation and the way that it is handled create an effect, as the cliche says, out of all proportion to the method.
Do not get the impression from reading the above that there are no novel methods and principles to be found in this book. Such is far from the case. Mr Horwitz is capable of much deviousness on occasion. I particularly liked "Challenge Premonition", which overcomes several technical problems that have often been associated with this kind of effect. Also, for devilish ingenuity "Challenge Thought" .would take some beating.
My first impression, on seeing the book, was that at £10 it seemed a little pricey. However, on studying the contents I came to the conclusion this was not true. There are seven routines, fully described, any one of which, if well perfornipd, could be a reputation maker.
ELIZABETH 2nd Wally Boyce
Many years ago, Davenports sold an effect called Elizabeth's Card Trick. This was a dealer item, involving apparatus. Wally Boyce devised the following method, which achieved a similar effect but required nothing that was not readily obtainable.
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