Mind Reading

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The following e-mail came from Greg Wilson (reproduced here with his permission) It's now time for a little hypnotism. Your eyes are getting heavy, they're getting sleepy, you will reveal that 1992 coin trick, you will reveal that 1992 coin trick . . . call it that because the date must have something to do with it, right I mean, yeah, that definitely has something to do with it. think. I think I know. I think I don't know. I think 1 should know. 1 think I'm not going to know until you write me...

Derren Brown

Photographs by Peter Clifford MAGIC BOOKS Derren Brown and his lovely cat Spasm relaxing at home. When a performance is over, what remains Fun can be forgotten, but powerful emotion also disappears and good arguments lose their thread. When emotion and argument are harnessed to a wish from the audience to see more clearly into itself - then something in the mind burns. The event scorches onto the memory an outline, a taste, a trace, a smell - a picture. It is the play's central image that...

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One would have to count ten cards before the stack was repeated. Also, you are able to have neighbouring cards showing the same suit or value, which is a convincing advantage of this system. Let us presume that the stack is memorised. It resides in the pad, so that the face Seven of Diamonds is showing. The deck is in the right inner jacket pocket with the face card facing the body. A pen is in the left inner pocket. You have approached some spectators and they are delighted to see you. A deck...

Ta verbal caro Forces

Te rbal Card Force' is something of a misnomer, for to J force the mental selection of cards through this method V depends upon attitude and non-verbal communication as much as the words you use. The aim of these techniques is to have a spectator mentally select a card, but as you describe the selection procedure you are actually suggesting a particular card to him. Almost all depends upon the selection of a responsive spectator and engaging him in the process correctly - and even then I...

A 7wee Card Routine

The following is a marathon of a card trick, with which I generally open a set of card effects. It is fairly ostentatious and complicated, but I feel that the structure and pacing allow for a very engaging routine and a worthwhile investment of time on all sides. This effect has its origin in Tom Mullica's routine that begins with the selection of four cards and concludes with the double appearance of the cards under the box. This uses three cards, which I find makes for a more pleasing...

Cabinet Of Mystery

AT LAST A practical method of storing props for ihtr working performer*. YOU WILL LOVE lhis beautiful nasty wood-effect finish cabinet. IMAGINE you can store, from the lop down. all your props in descending order of usefulness. The TOP drawer is designed for cards and two clean red silks. The SECOND houses some brass things, some batteries Just in case they worii. and a cummy close-up mat. THIRD - a couple of electrical gadgets that you don't use, and a roll of tailor's invisible thread, that...

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Let us think for a moment of the standard mentalism presentation, and ascertain what it communicates. The performer has directed a spectator to think of a piece of information - something that the performer could not possibly know. We, the audience, realise that it is the performer's task to extract that information from the spectator's mind. How will this happen What does mindreading look like What is the process that the performer needs to go through to get hold of those words or images or...

Praise for Derren Browrs Pureefect

PURE EFFECT opens a rich and significant new chapter in the progress of magical performance and mentalist technique. From the threads of his unique excursions into performance psychology, hypnosis, art and deception, Derren Brown has woven a breathtakingly original and compelling tapestry of magical excellence which could, and should, transform not just contemporary magical performance but also the way that books in this genre are henceforth written and presented. The ideas, approaches and...

ComommvE subtoes

Aside from the notion of invisible compromise, 1 would also like to spend some time dealing with the alternative to what one might call 'blind' mentalism by which I mean that type of performance that could run as a safe and solid routine from start to finish and where the performer needs only to rely on the mechanics of his sleights and props to achieve success. While many of my working routines are solid in this way, I will be talking much about the use of subtle cueing and attention to...