On Fat Free Mentalism

Every time you pick up a prop, you lower your price. -- Chet Miller-- Experience has taught me that conventional conjuring and mental magic do not harmonize and, since it appeared that I was, primarily, a mentalist, I sold my magical equipment. . . From then on I continued as a professional hypnotist and mind reader, in which field I won permanent success. -- C.A. George Newmann, The Pioneer Mentalist -Ah, who the hell wants to carry all that around anyway I'd get drunk and lose it in a poker...

The Last of The Spike Tricks

A few years ago in Magick, Jim Rainho published an effect wherein a sharp spike was hidden under one of several paper cups. The cups were then mixed and the performer, through the agency of his psychic abilities, smashed all of the cups with the palm of his hand -- except the one covering the spike. I betray no confidences when I point out that the cup covering the spike had been previously nail-nicked by the performer. Bascom Jones wisely suggested that, since the person mixing the cups may...

Ive Got Your Number

Pencil Reading Mentalism

This is the Add-A-Number routine mentioned in the previous write-up. In Suburban Charlatan I described one version of doing this effect. I've since come up with another, better way to do it. I included this handling in my lecture before the Psychic Entertainer's Association and it met with a great deal of enthusiasm. The effect, as you know, is that you have three people in the audience write down three different four-digit numbers. The numbers are added up by a fourth person (the 'Witness'),...