How to Be a Smooth Operator

I hate to be the one to say it, but the recent proliferation of videotapes have revealed a lot of secrets -- some of which I'm sure the creators never intended. I've noticed that a lot of fairly celebrated performers come across as awkward and nervous on videotape. For the strolling performer this can be deadly. When circulating among a group of people, poise, grace and ease should be your three most important skills. You may have a billet switch that Randi couldn't catch, or be able to write...

Voo DooYou

If you want to do this effect large scale, you can make a card that's 9 x 14 and have it inside a manila envelope. The card is really made from rubber magnet sign material glued to a cardboard backing. You also need a large red 'X' made from thin steel shim material. This 'X' is stuck to the outside of the envelope, facing you and away from the audience. You secretly position it on the envelope so that it will be on the correct side of the card when you pull it from the envelope. You hold the...

Method

Obviously, you use the Swami Gimmick to fill in the info after she tells you. You can stick your thumb into the wallet and write, even though from the front it looks like the wallet is closed. There are two ways to reveal the prediction, depending on your proficiency with the Swami. The first way is to pre-write, before the show You will stick your ex in the . . . and fill in the body part when she names it. The second way is easier. You draw a little outline of a human figure, and under it you...

Am

The following is a script I may use for metal bending. Some of you may find it useful . . . Let me tell you a story, and it is a story that may apply to some of you here tonight. It is said that there was once an old man, who through the years had taught himself to hear the voices of the wind. He had learned many lessons from these voices, and among them was the technique of power the old man's magic had over the villagers. So among themselves they plotted his downfall. Their plan was simple....

Performance

Hand the stack of cards to the young woman (whose card, let's say, is second from the bottom). Ask her to come up on stage to assist you. Hand her the stack, writing side down. Now, point to the spectator whose card you know lies (let's say) fourth from the bottom. Ask him to stand up and repeat the name of his desired location over and over in his mind. Next, ask the woman to read aloud the names of the cities one by one. She'll read them from the face, transferring the cards to the back. You...

He turns the pad around again Hes written London Method

The five cards are marked 1 through 5 by slightly thickening the blue lines with a blue pencil. These are passed out in order to the five participants. The participants are asked to write on the BLANK side of the cards so as to not corrupt their handwriting sample. The cards are handed to a disinterested spectator and then mixed. The performer takes them back and, by slightly fanning them from left to right, writing side down, determines the position from the bottom of the stack of the young...

Effect

I need a lady. . . but don't we all . . . I need a lady to come up here and assist me. Would you please come up here, young lady What's your name Alice Thank you. The performer hands the woman a gift bag, held shut with a Bulldog clip. A piece of folded paper is seen to protrude from the bottom of the clip. I always like to initiate the show by giving a small prize to the first person brave enough to help me out. The contents of that bag belongs to you,...

Basic Effect

Let's try a simple test of thought projection, says the performer, removing a business card from a stack . I'm going to write a simple word, a word in the English language. Now, do you know what I wrote Yes or no. The performer turns the card around and says, You got it. Exactly right -'KNOW.' Let's try another one. I'll write another four-letter word and this one is something you find on the bottom of a bird's cage, and it rhymes with 'hit.' Do you know what it is I'm afraid I do, is one of...

Info

These three numbers have an interesting quality. When you add them up, they total 111,111. Fold the card so that the blank quadrant is to the front, and insert the folded card into a Pocket-Writer (see the description of the Invisible Book Test for details). You can change these numbers at will, just so long as they total 111,111. For example in the scenario described above, the number created by the audience was 125,375. Mentally subtract 111,111 and you get 14,264. This is the number you...

Centers for Readers

I'm opposed to doing magic tricks during a psychic reading in order to gain access to the sitter's question. During the course of a reading it's fairly simple (if you know what you're doing) to zero in on the person's concerns without the need for trickery. But for the past year, I've been ending readings using the following strategy, and it KNOCKS PEOPLE DEAD It all started with a nifty prop I bought at a local Psychic Fair, called a Runeboard. This was a wooden disk, about ten inches across,...

History

In Bob Cassidy's Elements of Mentalism series, he mentions a card sleight that he learned from Howard Swartzman. The move was part of Dr. Jacob Daly's Follow the Leader routine. You can find this routine (and the sleight) in the trick Dr. Daly's Delight in Bruce Elliot's Best of Magic. Cassidy was the first person, to my knowledge, to introduce this move to mentalism. In his Elements series, he described a routine using ESP cards, and another routine using two envelopes. I was intrigued by the...

The Switch

Once the Total has been double-written on the receipt, your left thumb drags the slip into the finger palm of the left hand. Deliver your buildup (making sure the audience notices the fake receipt under the clip before you remove it ) and with the right hand open the clip. At exactly the same time your left hand moves under the clip and turns palm up. The secret slip pops open a little and comes into view. The illusion of the slip falling from the clip is perfect. All that remains is to unfold...

The Ecto Meso

The Ecto-Meso combines characteristics of the Endomorph and the Mesomorph. Some information on the Ecto-Meso body type They are of slimmed and lengthened muscularity, narrower chest than the mesomorph, less sharply tapered waist, hips are more slender, arms and legs longer relative to torso. They are more angular, leaner and lighter than other mesomorph bodies. Females are preferred as high fashion models. Both men and women look good in clothes. Men frequently are wiry and well built with a...

Information Steal

A related idea uses a stack of cards and a standard card sleight. You hold a stack of business or index cards and an envelope. The stack of cards is in the left-hand dealing position. Hand the top card to an audience member and ask him to draw something (or write something it doesn't really matter). When he's through, take the card face down and hand him the envelope. Point to the light with your left hand and ask him to hold the envelope up to make sure it's not transparent. As you gesture...

Methods

Finding the card with the drawing on it is extremely simple. You have all the time in the world with the KNOW and GRIT gags. Nail-nick the card at your leisure, or otherwise mark it so you can detect it from the rear. Duplicating the drawing requires that you control the drawing to second from the bottom and peek it. Any standard card handling subterfuge will accomplish this the classic pass done with a stack of business cards is a lot easier than with a deck of cards. Here's how I do it. Fan...

Centering Your Thoughts

While on the subject of billets let me share for the first time my strategy for presenting the Center Tear. Everyone knows it few do it, and those who do it seldom do it well. Reading the stolen center has generated a sub-genre of writings all its own. For years now I've preferred the instant- access approach originated by Al Baker and further refined through the ingenuity of Richard Osterlind and Bruce Bernstein. I highly recommend you study all the methods of the center tear to determine...

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'),...

Body Reading

William Sheldon, one of the most unconventional minds to brighten the landscape of American psychology left a 0F legacy which is a wealth of information for the cold reader Body Typing. Modern day psychology has been committed to the idea that we are a tabula rasa or blank mind at birth and that nothing we bring with us into the world is as important as what happens after we enter it. Sheldon rebelled against this psychology. He created a complete system showing that the psyche was rooted in...

The Thirty Minute WalkOn

Own Swami Gimmick

It's always been my dream to have an act where you simply walk on, perform, and then leave, with no break-down and collecting a fat paycheck in route. Of course, this dream act would also have to be astonishing and entertaining. The following series of effects represents a body of work that I was going to assemble and market. For various reasons, mainly laziness in mass-producing the necessary props, I decided to give it away to my brethren in mentalism. You may send your love-offerings to me...

Dont mind if I do you conclude Method

The method is very simple, but requires some practice. When the participant announces his word, you pocket write it on the card, pull it free from the holder and re-fold it into fourths. With the card finger-palmed, you reach into your pocket and feed the card into the wallet, between the flaps that help it along into the envelope. Be sure to push the card completely clear of the flaps, or when you remove the envelope the card will be left behind. Unzip the compartment and remove the envelope....

Additional Ideas

The notepad in the wallet lends itself to other effects, such as Add-A-No. Simply have your three force numbers on the second sheet from the top. If you perform the Voodoo effect, the numbers would be on the third page from the top. The first page, with the voodoo figure, is removed and handed out. Three volunteers write numbers on the new top sheet and you tear it out and hand it to a spectator for totaling. Simply tear out the second sheet, which contains your force numbers, and hand it to...

Thirty Minute WalkOn Act Concluded Fourth Dimensional Telepathy and other ideas

______---The final routine is Fourth Dimensional Telepathy, or as it is commonly known, the Three Envelope Test. For me to write this up would be redundant because the iMv original routine can be found in Annemann, and updated handlings appear in MINDBENDING MELTDOWN by Mark, and any of Bob Cassidy's books, notably the ART OF MENTALISM Volumes One and Two. Several versions appear in Bascom's MAGICK, and Cicardi and Fred Kolb have unpublished handlings that may be released to the world one day....

The Grand Opening Voodoo

After your prefatory remarks, you begin the show. The first effect is accomplished with a swami gimmick. Have the Swami gimmick in position on your thumb, and bring out your wallet. Open it to flash the notepad, and remark that you have recorded a prediction that is relevant to the future actions of a spectator. Our first experiment deals with the art of voodoo, which is the theory that if you cause harm to a doll representing a certain person, the injury is felt by the person himself. We need...

The Art of the Read

There's more information on cold reading and related matters available today than at any other time in history. As more and more people enter the cold reading arena, competition goes up and the average fee goes down. Oh well it can be argued that this inverse-square relationship will make the good readers strive to become even better. In this section I will discuss some very unusual reading techniques developed and refined by professional readers of my acquaintance. Pros must be able to think...

Kross Thoughts

When I bounced this idea off of noted psychic, curmudgeon and all-around flamboyant character Ford Kross, he shared these thoughts with me The one thing I don't like about the non-verbal o tfJ communication ploy is it takes away the opportunity for o < J> ) b3J> Oupsales i.e, readings, charts, clitoral manipulation, etc. One thought is that in addition to their fantasy place they put their birth sign, allowing you to say, 'Ah, a Gemini would like London you have a Gemini complexion, so...

Mentalism

Mentalism for those who don't like to carry a trunkload of props. Copyright 1998 by John Riggs All Rights Reserved Introduction Your Show Gimme a Number PWO Total Prediction FloraRiggs Information Steal Cards of Desire Q and A Prop I AM The Thirty-Minute Walk-On Act I've Got Your Number Too How to Be a Smooth Operator Business Card Business Centering Your Thoughts Name and Sign Killer Centers for Readers The Last of The Spike Tricks The Art of the Read Body Reading Q And A Another Way...

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...

PWO Total Prediction

Originally a rapidaddition affect by Fred Lowe and Will Dexter, Larry Becker brought it into the realm of first-class mentalism with his Sum Total. On the L amp L videotape Standing Ovation, Larry revealed his stage version of Sum Total. David Harkey presented a cool close-up version with his Pocket Cache Gimmick, and now I'll offer yet another version, which combines two of my favorite mentalism secrets with the original subterfuge.

Doodleology

Globalization Cartoon About Connecting

The next effect uses the five marked index cards and the five five-dollar bills. These cards are secretly coded to allow you to match each card to the person to whom you hand it. There are several ways to do this. One of the best ways, suggested by Charles Scott in Magick, is to use a blue pencil to slightly thicken the blue ruled lines on each card. In other words, the first card has the first line slightly darkened, the second card has the second line altered, and so on. If you prefer a...

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...

Gimme a Number

Ah, good evening Ladies and Gentlemen it's great to be here. And how about that meal delicious wasn t it The manager asked me to tell you that if you 're still hungry, there's some complimentary gum stuck under the seats. Pardon me sir yes, you. Don't try to get out of it. Would you come up here and act as a witness to what is about to transpire Your new friend comes up on stage with you. Sir, I had the funniest dream while I was driving to the show tonight. It involved a list of numbers. The...