P.O. Box 6023 • Carefree, AZ 85377 • Phone/Fax: (480) 488-0980 • E-Mail: [email protected]
Larry Becker is an internationally acclaimed mentalist, author, lecturer and recipient of the prestigious Mentalist of the Year Award. He has also received the Psychic Entertainers Association's Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Art of Mentalism.
Mr. Becker has also been presented with the Milbourne Christopher Foundation Literary Award for his book Stunners! , an outstanding contribution to the art of magic. In addition, Larry is the author of four best selling books on the subjects of Mentalism and Magic.
A member of the Society of American Magicians Hall of Fame, Larry has been given the Dave Lederman Award by the Psychic Entertainers Association for Outstanding Creativity in Mentalism. One of Larry Becker's most treasured memberships is that in England's prestigious Magic Circle, for which he holds a degree of MIMC with Gold Star.
Perfect for Stage or Close-up! Magician or Mentalist!
Pop this beautiful 3-1/4" x 5" black leather case in your jacket or shirt pocket and you're instantly set to perform the miracle of your choice. For example, open your "Insight" wallet and remove a blank card which you hand to a spectator. While your back is turned, the spectator is asked to jot down the name of any playing card that comes to mind. The opaque card is then turned writing side down by the spectator and inserted in a credit card pocket inside the case. The interior and exterior of the wallet can be seen to be totally opaque and unprepared. No mirrors, lights, holes, slits or trapdoors. An opaque 6"x 9" manila envelope is examined by the spectator. The spectator then seals the wallet inside the manila envelope. The performer now writes the following on the outside of the envelope. "The card you're thinking of is the 14th card from the top of the deck!" The spectator is now asked to read aloud what the performer wrote on the envelope. The spectator is asked to reveal his mentally selected card, for example, the 4 of hearts. The performer draws everyone's attention to a deck of cards that has been in full view of theaudience from the very beginning. When the spectator removes the cards and counts down to the 14th card...it's the very card he merely thought of, the 4 of hearts.
Here's an alternate handling: After the spectator places the card inside the pocket, you can show the wallet, inside and out. You immediately wrap a rubber band around the wallet and place it between the palms of the spectator's hands. Then, with no hesitation, proceed to reveal whatever he wrote or drew in any dramatic way that you want. Perfect for obtaining the spectator's number for the Magic Square routine. Or, you can affix post-it note sheets to the right hand panel and simply duplicate the spectator's thought on a sheet, tear it off and hand it to the spectator as a souvenir. It's that clean. And they won't have a clue.
The "Insight" wallet is ingeniously designed and beautifully fabricated in luxurious black leather and measures only 5" deep by 3-1/4" wide. Using the Insight" case is so easy and requires no sleight of hand. The "Insight" case instantly reveals whatever the spectator writes or draws. And you do it right in front of the audience. Words, numbers, designs, the sky's the limit. And it's all done naturally with no suspicious moves or impression devices. This is a professional device for both mentalists and magicians. In fact, we're so confident that you'll be absolutely delighted with Larry Becker's "Insight" wallet, you can return it within 10 days of receipt and your money will be immediately refunded.
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Be sure to read the instructions from beginning to end before you handle the wallet. I have set it up for my favorite routine, which is described near the end of the instructions.
The performer opens a small leather wallet and removes a blank card, which is handed to a spectator. While the performer turns away, the spectator is instructed to print the name of any playing card that comes to mind. The opaque card is then turned writing side down by the spectator and inserted in a pocket inside the wallet. The performer hands the spectator an opaque 6"x9" clasp type manila envelope, which is examined to be sure there are no holes, slits or trapdoors. The performer hands the leather wallet to the spectator and instructs him to place it inside the envelope and to fasten the clasp. The spectator is then handed an adhesive backed gold seal, which he affixes over the clasp. Under the strictest of conditions, the spectator has mentally selected a playing card, recorded it on an opaque card and placed it writing side down in an opaque pocket inside the leather case. The wallet was then placed inside an opaque manila envelope, and sealed.
The performer now writes a message on the outside of the opaque clasp envelope. The message is written in full view of the audience. The message is then shown to the spectator who reads it aloud. The message is, for example, "The card you're thinking of is 14 cards from the top of the deck!" The performer draws everyone's attention to a cased deck of playing cards, which has been on the table throughout the demonstration. The spectator is asked to remove the deck of cards and count down to the 14th card. "What is the card you mentally selected", the performer asks. For example, the spectator replies, "The four of hearts!" The performer states, "Turn over the 14th card...what is it?" The spectator responds, "The four of hearts."
You have been supplied with a cleverly designed Himber style "peek" wallet. To access side #1, open the wallet from right to left. To access side #2, open the wallet from left to right. When you open it to side #1, the interior is nothing more than several pockets. One contains stamps (you can substitute your own, if you're from another country). In another one, adhesive backed Avery labels plus a larger empty pocket with a thumb cutout. If you're performing the routine above, the right hand pocket should contain several white cards and an adhesive backed gold seal. Now, close the wallet and reopen to side #2. Place another adhesive backed seal in the right hand pocket. The left hand side contains a full-length plastic window. To see how the window functions, remove one of the white cards. Using a fine point pen or pencil, print the name of a playing card. Now, holding the wallet with the initial nearest you, open the wallet from right to left accessing side #1. Place the card containing the name of the playing card, writing side down, inside the long pocket with the thumb cutout. Push the card all the way in.
Now, open the wallet to side #2, by opening the wallet from left to right. There in the window on your left is the writing side of the card you just placed in the opaque pocket a moment ago. Naturally, the timing and misdirection have not been detailed yet, but for the purpose of showing you how easily the information is obtained we took a short cut.
If you're doing the routine described, set up the wallet as detailed above. In side #1, place a couple of white cards in the right hand pocket (the ones I included are No. 3400 Blank Playing Cards - 100 per deck, from the Ideal School Supply Company, Oak Lawn, Illinois, 60453). Place an adhesive backed seal in front of the cards (you can use small Avery gold adhesive backed notary seals, obtainable in most office supply stores). I have already placed stamps and labels in the left hand pockets. In side #2, place one adhesive backed seal in the right hand pocket, turning down the upper right hand corner of the backing sheet to facilitate its removal. Place the wallet and a pen in your inside jacket pocket. The 6"x9" manila clasp envelope should be on your table the deck of cards is stacked as follows. Arrange the cards in fours from the top down, 4 aces, 4 twos, 4 threes, 4 fours and so on. The cards should be in the numerical mnemonic order, Spades, Hearts, Clubs and Diamonds. The four Kings are the bottom four cards of the deck. Box the deck and place in your left hand pocket. You're all set to perform.
Follow the routine as outlined under the "effect." As soon as the spectator has printed the name of a playing card on the white card, have him turn the card writing side down. Turn and holding the wallet in your left hand with the initial in the lower right hand corner, open the wallet from right to left to expose side #1. Have the spectator confirm the card is totally opaque and that it's impossible to see anything he wrote, through the card. Point to the cutout and instruct the spectator to insert his card writing side down into the empty pocket. Hold the wallet open and turn your head away while the spectator does as instructed. As soon as the card is in place, close the wallet.
Pick up the manila envelope and hand it to the spectator to examine. As soon as he does this, tilt the wallet up slightly so no one can see the interior. Open the wallet from left to right, accessing side #2. Casually grasp the turned down corner of the seal and withdraw it from the pocket using the right hand. Quickly glance at the left hand side and remember the name of the spectator's card showing through the window. Close the wallet. By this time the spectator will have finished examining the envelope. Hand him the closed wallet and tell him to place it inside the envelope and fasten the clasp. As soon as he's finished, peel off the seal and hand it to the spectator, asking him to place it over the clasp, sealing the wallet inside the opaque envelope.
Obtaining the name of the spectator's mentally selected card couldn't be easier. No one will ever recall you removed the seal from the wallet. And the misdirection is perfectly timed. The glimpse only takes a split second and you're all set to complete a baffling mental miracle.
To know the exact location of the spectator's card in the deck is extremely simple. The four suits are converted to four values. Spades have a value of "1." Picture the spade with a single point. Hearts have a value of "2." Just picture the two humps at the top of the
heart. Clubs have a value of "3." Picture a three-leaf clover. And Diamonds have a value of "4." Picture the four points of a diamond shape. As soon as you know the value of the spectator's card, for example, "4"... simply subtract "1" and multiply the remainder by "4." In other words, 4 -1= 3 x 4 =12. Then add the value of the suit, in our example, Hearts, which has a value of 2. So 12 + 2 = 14. The spectator's card, the 4 of hearts is the 14th card from the top of the deck.
Armed with this information, write the following as large as possible on the front of the sealed envelope. "THE CARD YOU'RE THINKING OF IS 14TH FROM THE TOP OF THE DECK." Have the spectator read aloud what you wrote. Now all that's necessary is to call attention to the deck of cards on the table. Have the spectator remove the cards and deal the cards face down in a pile until he reaches the 14th card. Have the spectator reveal his mentally selected card, the FOUR OF HEARTS. Show the face of the 14th card...it's the FOUR OF HEARTS.
Obviously, this ingenious wallet can be used for as many routines as you can possibly dream up. Instead of using the clasp manila envelope and the notary seal, you could simply have another white card in side #2. Have the spectator write the name of a playing card on the card you removed from side #1. Have him replace it in the pocket as previously described. Ask him to hold the deck of cards. As he picks up the cards, open the wallet to side #2, being careful to keep it tilted slightly up to prevent anyone from seeing the interior. Glimpse the name of the spectator's card in the window. Remove a blank white card. Close the wallet and pocket it. Now, simply write the location of the spectator's card as detailed previously. Both, procedures work smooth as silk. Take your pick. Incidentally, the idea of using a notary seal and envelope should be credited to my good friend, Docc Hilford.
Extra Added Attraction!
If you want to go the extra mile, try this. It enables you to use a deck of cards that has apparently been shuffled by several members of the audience. Here's all you do. Place the stacked deck of cards in your pocket with three loose rubber bands. Just before show time, pick out an affable member of the audience. Approach the gentleman or lady and ask them if they would be kind enough to hold a deck of cards until it is requested during the program. If they agree, ask them to seal the card case shut by placing several rubber bands around the box. Once he or she has done so, leave the boxed deck with the spectator and caution him or her not to disturb the rubber bands around the box. If not, find another more agreeable spectator.
During the show, after the spectator on stage has sealed the wallet in the envelope, explain to the audience that earlier, you asked several members of the audience to thoroughly shuffle a pack of playing cards. The cards were then sealed in the card box and are in possession of a member of the audience. Ask the person in the audience holding the deck of cards to please bring them on stage. The assumption of the audience will be that the cards were indeed shuffled and one of their counterparts sealed the shuffled deck. That's all there is to it. When the wallet is sealed in the envelope, and you have written your message...have it read aloud by the first spectator. Now ask the spectator holding the card box if he has been in possession of the cards ever since he sealed the box shut with several rubber bands. When he says "yes"...have him remove the rubber bands and take the cards from the box. Have the spectator count 14 cards, face down on the palm of your hand. Ask the spectator to drop the rest of the cards in your jacket pocket. Now, take the 14th card in your hand and pocket the remaining cards in the same jacket pocket. Ask the first spectator to call aloud the name of the card he is concentrating upon. Show the face of the 14th card triumphantly and take a bow.
The "Insight" wallet can be used for pre-show work by having your volunteer write or draw whatever you request, a word, design, color, date, etc. Then have him seal the wallet in the manila envelope and ask him to keep it until he is called upon later in the show. You know the rest. You can also reveal information written by two or three spectators. Use the initial set-up, but add three white cards to side #2. Have the first spectator's card returned to the wallet. When you open the wallet to remove a card for the second spectator, you immediately learn what was drawn or written by the first spectator. Have the second spectator's card returned, writing side down, underthe first spectator's card. When you open the wallet to remove a card for the third spectator, you learn what the second volunteer wrote. As soon as the third card is placed in the pocket under the first two, close the wallet and have someone examine the manila envelope. Open the wallet and remove the seal, which enables you to see what the third spectator wrote. Have the wallet sealed in the envelope. You're now ready to reveal all three thoughts.
The Incredible Insight Routine (My Favorite)
I have already set up your wallet to perform the following routine. Examination of the card in the right hand pocket will show that I have Scotch taped a half-rubber band to the face of card so the loop protrudes above the middle. If you wish to secure this card in the pocket for use with all your routines, place a small piece of double-sided scotch tape on the bottom of the card, below the two ends of the half-band. The rubber band gaffed card should be inserted in the single horizontal pocket on the right hand side of side #1 with the rubber band side facing out. Now, place a second card behind the gaffed card, slightly jogged up and to one side. It should now appear that there are a couple of blank cards and a rubber band in the right hand pocket. Of course, the rubber band is only a half-band and the card it's affixed to should be fastened securely to the inside of the pocket, preventing it from moving when you later remove the loose card behind it. In side #2, place a single matching full-size rubber band in the single pocket, using the end of a small ruler or other flat object to push half the band into the pocket. Leave a loop sticking out of the pocket so that it can be easily grasped and removed without fumbling. I have also placed a 1/2" wide portion of a credit card protruding from the vertical pocket on the left. Your credit card, with an adhesive backed circular label on its reverse side should be inserted ABOVE the faux card.
Let's assume you want to reveal a mentally selected number. Open the wallet to side #1 and remove the credit card with the label on its reverse side. Hand the card and a marking pen to the spectator. Turn your back and instruct the spectator to write a 2 or 3 digit number on the circular blank label and to then turn the card, number side down. When the spectator has finished, turn and open the wallet, right to left. Point to the long pocket (with the cut-out) and ask him to insert his card, writing side down into the pocket on top of the credit card (naturally this is the gaffed piece protruding above the half moon cutout. Turn your head away as this is done. As soon as the card is out of sight, close the wallet, right to left.
Casually show the wallet on both sides as you point out that the wallet is totally opaque. Ask the spectator to concentrate on his mentally selected number. As you say this, tip the wallet slightly up so the interior of the wallet is out of the spectator's line of vision and open it left to right to access side #2. Ask the spectator if he is right handed or left handed. As you say this, remove the rubber band from the right hand pocket as you quickly note the spectator's number showing the through the clear plastic window on the left. Since the window shows practically the entire writing surface of the card, the glimpse is quick, easy and smooth as silk. Flip the wallet closed, right to left, with the right fingers. Now, quickly secure the wallet closed by placing the rubber band, around the wallet, securing it in the closed position. Hand the wallet to the spectator and ask him to place it on his right or left hand (which ever he called out). Then have him place the remaining hand on top, trapping the wallet between the palms of his hands.
Pick up a pad or piece of cardboard and boldly write the spectator's number on same, without allowing anyone to see what you've written. Have the spectator call out the number he's concentrating on. Show what you've written and acknowledge the applause. Naturally, you can have the spectator write anything such as a word selected from a book, a vacation city anywhere in the world or draw anything he wishes.
During a recent conversation with Kenton Knepper, he suggested using a spectator's credit card in some fashion. I immediately recalled an effect of mine, which I marketed several years ago. It was called "Psy-Quik" and the effect it made possible could most certainly be accomplished with the "Insight Wallet." Briefly, you ask a spectator to use one of your credit cards to perform an interesting experiment. To prepare, take one of your credit cards and on the back of the card, place a circular, adhesive backed Avery label. Place the card in the long pocket behind the stamp and label pockets. Before your show, pick out a cooperative looking young woman. Explain that you would appreciate her participating in a small experiment during your performance. Tell her that she will later take an imaginary shopping trip to a department store.
Ask her which department store is her favorite place to shop. You now have innocently obtained an important bit of information. Remember the name of the store. Now, ask her in which department she would like to shop. For example, she picks the jewelry department. Remember this information also. Now, ask her which item in the department she would like to purchase. For example, she replies, "A bracelet." Tell her that during your experiment your going to ask her to look at the price tag on her imaginary purchase and she is to remember the price of the bracelet she has purchased in the jewelry department...however, she is to tell no one the price she is thinking of until she is asked to reveal it during your performance. Thank her.
During your show you invite the spectator to participate in an imaginary shopping trip. Tell her she's free to buy whatever she wants, because you're going to allow her to charge her thought of purchase using your credit card. Open the Insight Wallet and remove the credit card. Tell the spectator to imagine she is shopping in her favorite department store. Tell her she is to imagine she is heading her favorite department within the store. Ask her to imagine that she has picked out the one item she wishes to purchase. Finally, ask her to see its price tag and to note the price of her purchase. Instruct the spectator to write the price she has in her mind on the price tag affixed to the back of your credit card while your back is turned. For example, she writes the amount, $1,450.
As soon as the spectator has stated that she has finished, have her turn the credit card, price side down, and to insert it in the pocket as previously described, while your head is turned away. (Obviously, the advantage of the credit card is its opacity). Now, close the wallet and hand it to the spectator. Ask her to hold it up to the light and to tell everyone whether or not she can see through it. When she states that she cannot, ask her to turn the wallet around and do the same with the opposite side. Now, there should be no question that the wallet is totally opaque.
Retrieve the wallet and as you ask the spectator whether she is right or left handed, open the wallet to side #2, to remove the rubber band. Naturally you also get your glimpse of the price on the label affixed to the credit card. Be sure to memorize it. Wrap the rubber band crosswise around the wallet and place it on the spectator's right or left hand, depending on her response to your question. Have her place her other hand on top of the wallet, trapping it between her palms.
Pick up a pad and quickly jot down your mental impressions of the spectator's thoughts. Don't allow anyone to see what your writing. Write that you have an impression the lady will shop for her purchase in the jewelry department of her favorite department store. She will purchase the bracelet of her dreams for $1,450.00. (The amount you saw through the window).
Place your pen aside and ask the spectator to reveal which department store she went shopping in...the department in which she made her purchase...the item she bought...and finally the amount she charged. Turn your written impression towards the audience and acknowledge the applause. Since the spectator only writes the price, the audience will be dumbfounded as to how you could have known the where and what in addition to the how much. The spectator will be amazed since there doesn't seem to be any way you could possibly have known the amount she wrote on the back of the credit card.
I sincerely hope you enjoy using this exciting new weapon in your arsenal of telepathic trickery.
Note: Recently I added a couple of bits that you might find interesting. First, I cut off about 1/2" from the top of an expired credit card. Using double sided tape affixed to the back of the piece, I placed it inside the long pocket (the one with the half-moon cut out) in the left hand side of the wallet so that it appeared to be a regular credit card in the pocket. The bottom edge of the piece of credit card should not protrude past the edge of the secret acetate window. (I have already done this for you).
The second tip is to place a few 1-1/4" circular, adhesive backed Avery labels in one of the small pockets. Now, instead of using my own credit card, I borrow a credit card from the spectator and place one of the adhesive backed labels on the signature side of the spectator's credit card. Depending on the routine I'm using, I have the spectator; for example, write the price of an imaginary purchase on the label while my back is turned. Then, I instruct the spectator to turn the card writing side down. Holding the open wallet for his convenience, I ask the spectator to insert his credit card on top of mine in the long pocket. As soon as he has slid his card all the way in, I close the wallet. I have the spectator examine the exterior of the wallet for any holes, windows, slits or trap doors. Retrieving the wallet, I open to the second side and remove the rubber band. In that instant, I memorize the price the spectator wrote on the back of the credit card, which is now staring at me through the acetate window. Naturally, I hold the wallet so the spectator cannot see it too. I close the wallet and wrap the rubber band around the wallet to secure it closed (and to keep the spectator from nosing around inside).
Subliminally, the fact that the spectator thinks that he inserted his credit card on top of my card, adds a lot of smoke to help disguise the actual method used to obtain a glimpse of the spectator's written thought.
A third tip is to use a Sanford Liquid "Sharpie" black, permanent marking pen, a 3-7/16" x 2-1/2" wide gift enclosure card with matching envelope (sample enclosed), and a 2" diameter gold notary seal with it's waxed paper backing sheet intact. Draw an approximate 1-1/2" diameter circle on the card as shown on the sample. You don't have to open the envelope to see the sample card; the image is clearly visible through the envelope. (Sneaky, huh?). Imagine that are going to ask the spectator to write a two or three-digit number inside the circle using the bold marking pen, while your back is turned. Explain, that the spectator is then to turn his card writing side down and insert it in the envelope. Then he is to seal the envelope shut with the adhesive backed gold notary seal and leave it on the table.
Turning around, you pick up the envelope and handing it to the volunteer, instruct him to insert it in the pocket inside your wallet, on top of your credit card. Make sure the envelope is fully seated. When you open the wallet a moment later, after showing that the sides are totally opaque, you remove the rubber band from the second side. You will note that the spectator's number is clearly visible through the envelope and the acetate window. What's important here is the careful handling of the envelope procedure to ensure that the spectator doesn't inadvertently turn it over before inserting it in the wallet. Just handle the spectator firmly and confidently, and make sure your instructions are clearly stated. Crane & Company, Dalton, manufactures the gift enclosure cards that I use. MA 01226. They are available in any well-stocked stationery store. The stock # is CC0116.
A fourth tip is how to tap an endless, free supply of credit cards. Actually, they are plastic phone cards and gift cards that you'll find in many stores like Borders, OfficeMax, Brentanos, Walgreens, etc. They are usually on racks and are worthless until activated by a cashier. They are the same type of plastic as credit cards and totally opaque. I also use 2"x 3" yellow post-it notes to place on the rear of the card. This is what the spectator writes on.
Incidentally, to reward a participant, I often have an actual amount of credit entered by the sponsoring store making the card of value to a recipient. After the effect is over I remove the card from the insight case and give it to the spectator as a reward for his or her participation. I'm sure the gift is often more memorable than the so-called miracles we perform.
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Today I'm going to teach you a fundamental Mentalism technique known as 'cold reading'. Cold reading is a technique employed by mentalists and charlatans and by charlatan I refer to psychics, mediums, fortune tellers or anyone that claims false abilities that is used to give the illusion that the person has some form of super natural power.