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...

To Prepare

A special gimmicked card is required. A double-faced card that appears to be the back of a blue backed Bicycle playing card on one side and the front of a Bicycle card box on the other. Since the gaff is never handled by the spectators, you can make one by rubber cementing the box front and card back together, or, you can order one beautifully split and no thicker than a normal playing card, from Cards by Martin, 44533 N. Date, Lancaster, CA 93534. Write for the current price. Also required is...

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...

Witchwatch

The performer randomly chooses a spectator by tying a knot in a napkin and tossing it over his shoulder into the audience. The performer asks the spectator if they've ever met before The spectator answers, No Then, the performer continues, there's no way you could possibly know the make of watch I'm wearing on my left wrist The spectator agrees. The mentalist states that he'll try to communicate the brand name of his watch to the spectator using telepathy. To make the task a little easier for...

VtSUALAD

Magician Mentalist Dick Newton writes Visual Aid is terrific Your wonderfully clever idea makes it easy and fool-proofto use. It gets a great audience reaction and is a natural prelude to my closing bill routine. Thanks for a nice, clean, baffling effect. EFFECT The performer asks for the loan of an older 20 bill. The volunteer is asked to stand. Announcing that he wants the bill to be folded in a particular fashion, the performer states that he will use a visual aid to guide the spectator's...

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...

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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 Post Stunners Decade

The following effects, routines, and in some cases, improvements, were created during the decade following the publication of Stunners In the original Stunners dedication I attempted to relate just how much I owe to my soulmate, April. She is a beautiful and loving wife who has stood by me through the worst of times. In my mind and heart she is the star of this act and a headliner on the stage of life. One look at her on the cover of this book and you will have truly come face to face with an...

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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...

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...

Effect

The performer displays a packet of ESP testing cards created by a gentlemen named Zenner and used extensively by Dr. J.B. Rhine of Duke University. As the performer continues, he shows that the pack is made up of five designs, a circle, plus sign, three wavy lines, a square and a star. Each design is repeated five times, making a total of 25 ESP cards. A member of the audience is randomly selected and asked to thoroughly mix the cards. When the participant indicates that the cards are well...

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...

Dedication

For the past seventeen years I've been fortunate to have the love, understanding, and friendship of the greatest wife an iconoclast like me could possibly have. To my beautiful Sunshine Girl, April Becker, I lovingly dedicate this book. Life on the Wrong Side of the Brain 20 An initialed 100 bill is sealed in one of several envelopes. After a spectator eliminates all but one, the discarded envelopes are destroyed in a paper shredder. The remaining envelope is opened and the 100 bill is NOT...

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....

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 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...

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...

The Versadex Wallet

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,...

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...

Life on the Wrong Side of the Brain

(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...

Bear Minimum

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...