Secret Pocket

The Chameleon Chest

PROFESSIONAL MENTALISM FOR THE MILLENNIUM CREATED BY LARRY BECKER This is one of the most exciting professional props I have ever offered. Your satisfaction is guaranteed or your money back. Professional mentalist, Ross Johnson used it forone ofhis corporate shows and blew his audience awayManufactured for me by Viking Mfg. Co. this miracle producing device is beautifully crafted in hand rubbed walnut with brass fittings. Lined in soft brown felt, the chest measures 8-1 2 x 5-5 8 x 3-1 2. This...

Ace Revisited

Many, many years ago, a magician by the name of Ace Gorham released a mental effect called the Ace Dictionary Trick. I believe it was in the 60's. As I recall it, the effect came with a wooden stand, a deck of alphabet cards and a dictionary. A total of 125 words and page numbers were taken from the dictionary and written in the borders on the backs of the 50 alphabet cards. The single bold words in the upper left and right hand corners of 125 pages in the dictionary are the words that...

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The performer shows five E.S.P. design cards, one at a time. The images are a circle, a plus sign, 3 wavy lines, a square and a star. Each is boldly printed on one side while the reverse side of each card is blank. After mixing and cutting the packet, the mentalist asks a spectator to move one card at a time from the top of the packet to the bottom as often as he wishes while the performer turns his head away. The packet of cards is handed to the spectator and the mentalist looks away as the...

The Versadex Wallet

The Best Kids Valentines Day Cards Ever

IMAGINE HAVING 13 OUTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE AUDIENCE The word test alone is worth the cost of this incredibly versatile prop. It'll also enable you to perform some of the most powerful mental effects ever conceived. Imagine introducing a spectator during your show and having her confirm that just prior to showtime she freely thought of a word. She confirms that she did not write anythingdown and the performer did not attempt to influence her choice of word in any way Also,...

The Howard Hughes Headline Prediction

This effect is not only eccentric, it's one of the funniest mental effects you'll ever perform. Believe me, it could well be one of the hits of your show. At the least, it'll be one of the most entertaining. Here's how it all came about. Good friend Lee Earle phoned and asked if I wanted to keep him company on a weekend lecture trip to San Diego. Lee was scheduled to lecture at Brad Burt's Magic Shop and conduct one of his dynamite seminars on making more money with mentalism. Lee Earle is one...

Al Zymer Graphology

What is graphology When we produce any graphic movement, such as handwriting, we are actually brainwriting and leaving our brain prints behind on the paper. Our brain prints reveal who we are, how we think, feel and behave. They are an x-ray of the mind, and like our fingerprints, they remain uniquely our own forever. No two people ever have the exact same brain prints. The slant of your writing reveals the degree to which you express your real emotional feelings to others. Slanting to the...

Bear Minimum

Imagenes Opticas

He probably isn't aware of how big a part he played in its development, but Jay Marshall planted the seed for this effect during a conversation we had at the S.A.M. Convention in Grand Rapids, Michigan a number of years ago. It all came about when Jay leveled me with a critique of my psychic gambling act. Jay's objection was that the performer wins and the volunteer is left on the losing end of a game of chance, hardly a good entertainment premise. The blow-off of the effect was a Phil...

Guest Presentation

One of the real joys of creating and marketing effects to the magic fraternity is the mail that I receive. Most are very complimentary. Practically all refer to how many Larry Becker products the writer has collected. But, once in awhile, I receive a letter that describes a different presentational slant to one of my commercial offerings. The following letter is a prime example. It was received from Roger L. Omanson of the Louisville, KY Magic Club. I am a member of the Louisville Magic Club,...

Life on the Wrong Side of the Brain

Side Secret Pocket

(An imperfect autobiographical recollection) The tour of duty began on August 13, 1929 in Baltimore, Maryland. My earliest recollection of a magician, was at a birthday party when I was 7 or 8 years old. I don't recall anything about the less than memorable performance I witnessed that day, not even the Magician's name. However, two magicians I do remember were both instrumental in my early development as a magical enthusiast, Phil Thomas and Vin Carey. Both operated magic shops in downtown...

Q Can both magic and mentalism be successfully combined in a performance Why

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A All kidding aside, I think ALL mentalism is magic or at least based on similar, if not identical, methodology. As long as the performer does not insult his audience's intelligence, all's fair in psychic entertainment. Frankly, linking three finger rings together is pretty unbelievable stuff. But, I have seen innumerable performers blow an audience's collective minds with that one. I think it's on the edge, but in my opinion, the response is worth it. Naturally, I draw the line at Run Rabbit...

To Perform

For the sake of completeness I have obscured an extremely effective card force within a routine. For many years I performed the well known Slop Shuffle when entertaining with a pack of cards. I used it in the traditional way of apparently turning some cards face-up and others face-down until the deck appeared to be hopelessly mixed up. Then, with the appropriate flourish I would spread the pack across the table showing that all of the cards had mysteriously turned face-down. Don't...

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I, Larry Becker, hereby predict an event that will occur during a future performance. A randomly selected volunteer, concentrating on the month of will prove to be a very kind and considerate individual who possesses many unfulfilled dreams and ambitions. His lucky playing card is the Q Jf ypu were asked to construct and direct a mental abfllO be pekformed by another, what type of effects I WOUHl OU nclude What type of effect would you suggest for an opener For a closer Excerpt from...

Larry Becker MHF

Internationally acclaimed Mentalist, Author, Lecturer and winner ofthe prestigious Mentalist ofthe Year Award. Recipient ofthe Psychic Entertainers Association Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the art of mentalism. Awarded Lifetime Membership in the Psychic Entertainers Association. Winner ofthe Milbourne Christopher Foundation Literary Award for notable contributions to the Art of Magic. Author of four best selling books on Mentalism & Magic. And in July 1999, Larry Becker...

The Flasher

To begin with, the Flash Cards that are used are right out of the box. That's right, legitimate flash cards used to teach the kiddies how to add. But just wait till you see the miraculous metal blockbuster we've created using these ordinary teaching aids. Here's what the audience sees. The performer displays the flash cards and explains that there are 50 cards with simple addition problems printed on both sides. A total of 100 different problems just waiting...

Audioprediction

So versatile you can predict just about anything Pure dynamite Straight from Larry Becker's sensational 2-volume video, Standing Ovation. This is the device that Larry used to perform his new version of Phantasm. But, that was just the beginning. There are so many new effects possible, you'll be hard pressed to settle on just one. Imagine, being able to show a card bearing nine caricatures of world famous movie and TV personalities. Stars like Madonna, Tom Cruise, Candice Bergen, Cher, Oprah...

In The Beginning

I debated for some time as to whether or not I should publish the secret of this potentially lethal effect. It has served me well and astounded audiences the world over. To the best of my knowledge, few have ever successfully uncovered the diabolical secret that enabled me to baffle both magicians and laymen alike. In fact, to date, I have revealed the secret to only three people. However, I cannot emphasize strongly enough that this is an extremely dangerous effect. Please, if you must attempt...

Tribute to Stewart James

I have long admired the very prolific Stewart James. I was also privileged to meet this fine gentleman during one of my several house guest appearances at Bob Weill's Inn Event near Niagra Falls. In Allan Slaight's monumental epic, The James File, Allan included a letter I had written to him many years ago detailing one of the many performances I have presented over the years using Stewart James' Miraskill. This ingenious card effect has long been one of magic mentalism's classic effects. My...

What the audience sees

At the beginning of his performance, the mentalist explains that while we all possess some degree of intuitive ability, few ever attain a high degree of proficiency. However, during your performance you will teach someone to do just that by strengthening their belief system. The performer removes a leather case from his pocket and hands it to a spectator to invert, dumping five keys into a heavy crystal goblet. The empty key case is placed along side the goblet. Now, the performer displays a...

Diffusion Principle

This is one of my most closely guarded secrets. It was originally developed to be used in conjunction with Serial Killer. Coincidentally, it can be used to create several totally different effects. Imagine being able to create two totally identical one dollar bills, right down to the serial numbers. The Diffusion Principle makes it possible. In actual practice, I performed the following effects using one my commercially sold coin purses. I described the purse and revealed its workings in the...

Kliptomaniac Variation

You can use the basic method to perform an entirely different effect. You'll need five envelopes and five half-dollars, one of which is the magnetic coin. The dates on the coins do not matter in this presentation. You'll also need the steel paper clip and a dry erase black marking pen with a fine point. To be able to identify the magnetic half quickly, using a permanent ink marking pen, place a very small dot on the back of Kennedy's head. To begin, the performer holds the five half-dollars in...

Q Can music be integrated into a mentalism act

It would depend in great part on the type of mentalism that's being performed. A more serious effort that involves a significant amount of cold reading would probably suffer from a musical accompaniment. However, a fast paced presentation sprinkled with light humor and spiced with a dramatic climax could benefit substantially. One of my recent performances was backed by an excellent keyboard musician who filled some potentially dead spots with delightful background music and added cute sound...

Q What are your pet peeves about mentalism

Mentalism or mental magic or just plain magic has given me 49 years of solid enjoyment as an all-consuming love affair that has raged unabated. Speaking for myself, anything that can last that long and still be as appealing as the day I discovered it, can't be all bad. interested in such things, the idea came to me while browsing through a sports memorabilia store. I was looking at a large display of baseball cards in a showcase when I noticed that many of the...

Q What importance does audience belief play in a successful mentalists performance

A I'd have to say that some measure of belief in the existence of extra sensory perception and other paranormal occurrences is definitely helpful, but not absolutely necessary. The so called suspension of disbelief we've heard about over the years has never been very apparent to me in ANY of the many performances I've witnessed by both mentalists and magicians. Likewise, too much pseudo-scientific jargon wears thin on today's sophisticated audiences. Let your effects speak for themselves and...

Esr should the performance of mentalism omBhe performance of magic

Ere are obvious differences in the traditional approaches to each the music, props,, sequins, and colorful esignso . . Excerpt from .Vibrations interview with RobertL. Blue the magician s props and illusions vs. the more conservative manner and absence of obvious props in the performance of mentalism. The major difference lies in the mindset of the respective audiences of magic and mentalism. The magician's audience knows they are about to be deceived by manual dexterity or mechanical means....

Better Convincer

Some time later, I altered the way that the convincer is used by making it a third prediction. To do this, in my letter of instruction to the dignitary I request that in addition to the envelope, he's to bring a one dollar bill with him. Meeting with the dignitary prior to the show, I ask if he has the envelope with him. I then ask if he brought along a signed one dollar bill. Naturally, the word signed puzzles him. I then explain that I meant to have him sign his name across the bill. I then...

Q Any suggestions as to how to use humor or comedy in mentalism

What's funny to one audience could be offensive to another. Above all, work clean. Under no circumstances should you use blue lines or suggestive humor. Never get a laugh at the expense of your audience volunteers make yourself the butt of the joke. If you have a problem getting a good response from verbal humor, consider situation comedy. The humor is built-in, often visual and never relies on a joke in the traditional sense. I guess the most outrageous...