Getting There

There is an academic field of study known as Cognitive Geography. Scholars in this discipline maintain that spatial relations do not exist in the world in any meaningful sense rather, they exist in our minds. They explore such concepts as way finding. Inspiring stuff I have had a recurring dream since childhood about wondering within a maze. In it, I am endlessly searching for the centre and I have the sense that if can get there, I will find a deep sense of calm. I've met others who have...

Three Minds One Thought

Two members of the audience are invited to participate. Once on stage, one of the participants is given a deck of cards, still in its box, to hold and asked to simply think of one of the four suits. While the mage's back is turned, the participant is asked to fully commit to her thought by jotting it on a Post-It note. The deck, with the Post-It on it, is passed to the second participant to write in the card value thus forming a single thought between them. The second participant is asked to...

Flash of Imagination The mind makes it real

Effect The mage places a small, somewhat crumpled, piece of paper on the table indicating that it is a forecast of an event that has not yet occurred. He then gives the participant a deck of cards and asks her to carefully consider the card's faces, select one and place it face down on the table next to the forecast. The mage then explains that the crumpled forecast he referred to was an attempt to predict the identity of the card she would select. The participant is now directed to leave the...

Number in a Flash

This is perfect for on the fly walk around. You can vary it endlessly to fit virtually any situation. The mage places a rather crumpled forecast of an event that has not yet occurred on the table. Selecting an individual from the group, he asks her to name any number out loud note a shape, name, etc., could be asked for instead . 'Twenty nine, she says. The mage inquires whether the number has a special significance to her, such as a lucky number or, did it just pop into your head Regardless of...

The Inside Out Perspective

The effects in this book have been designed from the inside out. In each case, I began with some concept drawn from nature or metaphysics that I was strongly attracted to. Then, like a magnet invisibly organizing iron filings, the concept acted as a nucleus around which technique, method and devices gathered to produce the form of the effect. If we apply this perspective to the classic effects of magic, we will find that many of them unconsciously express principles found in nature or...

PSSimulcast

This deck was developed at Duke University for the investigation of ESP phenomenon. It is comprised of a series of five symbols and there are five of each kind. We have circles, squares, crosses, stars and wavy lines kind of looks like, frying bacon doesn't it. I am going to select one of these symbols, which will be kept right here in my pocket. In a moment or two, I will attempt to project this image to the entire room, simultaneously. Here is how it will work. I will show you five cards, one...

Marked Mental Miscall

Effect Is there a difference between the mind and the imagination Without waiting for an answer, the mage removes a deck of playing cards from his pocket and addresses a spectator on his left. Susan, here is a deck of cards for you. He turns to a spectator on his right, John, this is not a magic trick, so we are not going to have you pretend that you are using an 'invisible deck.' But, we will need you to creatively visualize the selection of a card as realistically as you can. Susan, please...

Zenner Bend Assisted Telekinesis a follow up to PSSimulcast

Effect After explaining the composition and use of an ESP deck and demonstrating their use, the mage states that the symbol cards can be used to demonstrate other forms of ESP. The mage obtains an assistant from the audience to participate in producing a phenomenon known as Assisted Telekinesis. The mage arranges a set of the five ESP symbol cards into a face up circle on the table. The participant is given a duplicate set of the five symbol cards and asked to privately select one of them and...

Perceived Imagination

The mage asks his participant to fan an imaginary red-backed deck before her and memorizes any card. She is then directed to mime removing the imaginary card and placing it face-down on the table. The mage picks up the imaginary card and notes its identity. He writes his perception of what the participant is imagining on the back of a business card. The business card is left writing-side down in view on the table. The red backed deck is then put away and the mage produces an imaginary...

Pebble in the Storm

Years ago, I read James Gleick's Chaos Making a New Science, and learned of the Butterfly Effect a butterfly stirs its wings in China and it causes a thunder storm on the other side of the earth . What an enchanting idea I created a story based on that principle of chaos, called The Pebble in the Storm and fit it to a very basic card effect Self-Restoring Deck Out Done to illustrate it. It is still a staple effect of my performing repertoire and one that always draws an excellent response from...

Qi Coin

This coin bending in a participant's hand has become a signature piece for me. It is a powerful, intimate, almost ceremonial, theatre for me. The Qi theme pronounced approximately as chi emerged from my nearly four-decade obsession with the Chinese martial arts. As in many effects that are highly meaningful to the mage, the mechanics of the method are very simple. Conviction and sincerity of performance are the real sellers of this effect. If we didn't have Qi, we would be dead. Qi is the...

Flash of Colour

The mage places a crumpled piece of paper on the table without comment. He then asks his participant to consider a set of five business cards on the back of which are the five colours that best represent how a person may feel about themselves. The participant is informed that she will be asked to select the colour which she feels most closely reflects the mood of her thoughts at that moment. He explains that it doesn't matter if he knows which colour she chooses but that it is more fun if he...

Being There

I have been fascinated by the concept of shared dreams for quite some time now. I also love the art of storytelling which helps in my vocation as a classroom teacher . This is what has evolved over the past couple of years. When presented in a light but serious manner, Being There is highly effective at a casual dinner party setting or for parlor. I think you will find that the archetypal organizing idea behind the effect, and the simple methods employed, are easily varied to fit Mental, Magic...

Mind Reading 101

In a close-up performance, I have a young lady select a colour from a list of 5 that I offer her and use a means of immediately obtaining her choice such as Thought Transmitter, Special Delivery, The Note Book, etc. . I then place 5 chocolate Kisses in a row in front of a gentleman of her choice, The colours of the chocolate's wrappers match the list of colours that the young lady has chosen from. The illustration depicts how I arrange the participants and candies. As well as evoking light...