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.

Forever and a weekend.

Contents

Acknowledgement 3

Dedication 4

Foreword 14

Preface 16

Introduction 18

Life on the Wrong Side of the Brain 20

Monte Crispo 31

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 inside. The initialed bill is discovered in an insurance policy under the spectator's arm.

Digitellus 38

Two freely selected digits are transformed into ten numbers, none of which are known to the performer. The spectator totals all ten numbers only to discover the performer had correctly predicted the answer.

Bear Minimum 43

An entertaining game of chance is won by the performer, but the spectator takes home an adorable consolation prize.

The Berlin Bears 46

Germany's Ted Lesley baffled some of the world's leading mentalists at the 1992 Psychic Entertainers Association convention with this clever effect.

Sneak Thief 53

One of the boldest "Psychometric" routines ever created. Four spectators draw whatever they wish on blank file cards. The performer correctly identifies who drew what, and brings the demonstration to an exciting climax by duplicating the final drawing while it is still laying face down on the table. Also included is "Sneaky Too", a devastating card routine that goes one up on the original.

Intuition 64

An invisible "hold-out" that enables you to perform a myriad of puzzling effects. Included are two routines, one for close-up and the other presentation for stage use.

Get The Picture 67

Larry White's "X-ray vision" design duplication using two opaque manila envelopes. Also included are variations by Larry's friends; Steve Dusheck (Playing Cards & Book Test), Alan Wassilak (Brain Wave), Dan Tong (Prediction) and Larry Becker (Wordarama & Stand-up).

The $99.95 Miracle 73

A high-tech miracle revolving around a "Dick Tracy" type pen/corder and some of Chester Gould's dastardly villains.

All-Star Miracle 78

Larry Becker's commercial hit. A spectator freely selects one of eight Baseball trading cards. Believe it or not, the chosen player's autograph is found on a regulation baseball that's been in full view throughout. Also included is an entertaining presentation by Roger L. Omanson.

Gaff-Free Duo 88

Two great mental effects, Ned Rutledge's "Minding the Store" and Don Wayne's "Room Service", are simplified and practically duplicated using a clever principle.

Hypnotic 93

Two spectator's are laughingly "hypnotized" into believing they are the world's greatest losers. Despite some very fair mixing and dealing, the performer wins every hand and correctly predicts the outcome of the final hand.

Midnight Miracle 98

The ingenious principle of Larry's early commercial success, "Hare Mail" is transformed into one of mentalism's most lethal weapons. Two outstanding uses are included, "Pre-Vue" and "Switcheroo."

The Becker Bevel 106

An unpublished, easily executed sleight that enables you to cleanly force a playing card even though the spectator's choice is extremely fair.

The Revenger 110

An entertaining routine using the well known sound effects device widely sold in variety and novelty shops.

Bank Night Baffler 114

Lee Earle modernizes "Bank Nite" with an ingenious method you'll love to use.

Casino Caper 119

The performer correctly (and cleanly) predicts the outcome of three games of chance, Roulette, Black Jack and Craps.

Casino Royale 125

An unpublished effect inspired by David Copperfield's "Blackboard Illusion." The performer without ever touching a large, covered display board, correctly predicts which casino a spectator will visit, how much he'll wager on a game of chance, and the outcome of a Black Jack hand freely dealt by the spectator.

Some Total Radio 135

Richard Osterlind's clever adaptation of Larry Becker's "Some Total" designed for radio talk show use.

The Borgia Bash 140

A zany prediction woven into a tale about the deadly Borgia family.

Shuffler II 143

A sneaky update to the original "Shuffler" that enables you to maintain a card stack despite repeated mixing in an electric card shuffler.

The RothBeck Box 148

Larry Becker and Roy Roth combine their talents to produce a die divination box that duplicates everything the expensive electronic models can do, without the use of electronics.

X-The Unknown 151

Leo Boudreau's ingenious close-up mental effect complete with the artwork you need to do-it-yourself.

Triple Threat 156

"Laser Gazer" is a devilishly clever effect. Also included are two additional and different climaxes entitled, "Crystal-Eyes" and "Witch-Watch."

Flushed & Headliner 163

Two highly entertaining presentations that share a not-so-common principle. One of Larry Becker's most diabolic ideas.

Power of Suggestion 168

A second look at one of the finest mental card effects ever to appear in the International Brotherhood of Magician's fine publication, "Linking Ring."

The Howard Hughes Headline Prediction 173

An outrageous concept for the "Headline Prediction" effect with more twists, turns, and laughs than you can imagine.

Mail Mental 178

A baffling variation of the Koran Gold Medallion effect using a cardboard carton and a locked box.

Match Game 182

It started with Larry's "Will The Cards Match." Now see where it all ended up with two previously unpublished routines including "Punch Lines", a very funny variation and the "Ultimate Match-Up" with a surprising and baffling climax.

Psycho II 189

Larry Becker's umpteenth improvement on his first commercial success.

Terminal Psycho 194

The definitive effort that finally puts an end to the "Psycho" saga.

Kliptomaniac 198

A baffling mental coin effect with an extra added "attraction."

Game Show 205

A very entertaining routine constructed around television's popular "The Price is Right" television show.

Clearly Predictable 208

The unbelievable "Headline Prediction" that baffled over 2500 magicians and mentalists throughout England and Europe.

The Nostradamus Prediction Chest 220

A newspaper headline is predicted on a signed, audio cassette locked inside two nesting chests retained by a dignitary. No electronics or switching. The cassette the spectator removes from the chest is the one he actually signed and locked inside days or weeks earlier. Three different presentations are included.

Club Kicker 237

A significant improvement to one of the strongest mental card effects in Book Two of Larry Becker's "World of Super Mentalism."

SlopPsi Turvy 241

A common card "move" becomes an excellent and effective mental card force.

Mind Probe 245

The improved version of Larry's original divination of a thought of digit in the serial number on a dollar bill.

Two O'Thoughts 248

The age old "clock" principle is elevated to mental miracle status with two outstanding stand-up presentations, "Mind Mirror" and "Cardology."

Hour of Destiny 255

The ingenious extension of the "2 O' Thoughts", now commercially sold and featured by Ted Lesley's Wonder Workshop in Germany. Two fabulous routines. One is light entertainment and the other a more serious presentation.

Boxxed 265

The inside story of Larry's improvement to the "Spectramental" effect in Book Two of "World of Super Mentalism."

Serial Killer 273

Originally sold for $135.00, this unbelievable effect uses a new principle in mentalism. Three volunteers randomly create a "phantom serial number" by calling off digits from three freely selected dollar bills. An absolute miracle.

The Diffusion Principle 279

A unique principle that enables you to duplicate paper currency, legally, to achieve an uncanny display of "teleportation."

X Rated Stuff 284

One of the finest mentally selected card routines ever devised. Including an entertaining variation entitled, "My Favorite Card."

Coin Purse Mysteries 289

Larry Becker's great utilitarian mental device and the routines it spawned. Everything from the Bank Nite and Mental Safari routines to two "killers", "Descripto" and "Divination," disclosed here for the very first time.

Unbalanced 302

A tricky Tarot routine using a well known card flourish.

Super Reflecta-Thot 306

Richard Stride and Larry Becker team up to elevate a great effect to "miracle" status. A spectator freely selects one of 500 different words. Immediately, the performer reveals not only the word being thought of, but its definition as well.

What Goes Around 323

After pioneering the zip-code principle in the July 1958 issue of "Genii," Larry reveals five of the many devastating routines and variations he's created over the ensuing years: "Mini-Deck", "Jeopardy Zip", "Zip Lock", "Lock-up" and "Emotional Zip."

Ultra Coinetic 330

The original "Ultra-Coinetic" sold for $60 and required a specially constructed leather case. Now, Larry transforms it into a do-it-yourself project that can be made up in five minutes from a couple of manila pay envelopes.

Subliminal Persuasion 340

The performer demonstrates the persuasive power of subliminal suggestion using a portable tape recorder.

Transparen-See 343

Obtaining a spectator's innermost thoughts has never been easier or more diabolical in concept. Describes Larry's brand new "Blockbuster Wallet" and how to perform the effect using something every mentalist is sure to have.

Ultimate Flashback

A sneak preview of "Son of Flashback," the fastest, simplest Book Test ever created. Soon, if not already available, with exciting new improvements.

A close-up mental card effect. A spectator shuffles the deck. The performer makes a prediction. The spectator cuts the deck into three piles and freely selects any pile. The top three cards are shown to be different from one another. When the prediction is read, it correctly matches the freely selected card.

One of the most baffling and sought after effects ever conceived. Featured on stage and TV throughout the world by Larry Becker. The ingenious secret is revealed at long last. A death-defying demonstration that is totally original and requires absolutely no gimmicks. More than an explanation, this is a chronology of the development of a spectacular mental illusion and the many close calls Larry experienced while performing it. This effect is worth ten times the cost of this book to an experienced, working professional mentalist

Test Conditions

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APPENDIX I

The Double Undercut

APPENDIX II

The Charlier Shuffle

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