Preparation

You will need a column cut from the want ad section of your newspaper. Unlike other versions of the Spackman method, the column you pick should have ads on both sides. Make your predictions there are two on two eight-and-one-half by 11-inch sheets of paper, with a broad marking pen. Each of your forecasts predicts the top line of one side of the want ad column. Before you write the predictions, first fold the paper in fourths by folding up the bottom quarter, then another quarter, and finally...

Miracle Thought Projection

I should stress this For My Father's Favorite to be effective, it must seem entirely off-the-cuff. I emphatically disagree with Gravatt and Hugard's published notion you could use the trick as a follow-up to a previous Four Ace Trick. It's crucial the spectators have no inkling the four Aces could ever be together, or even that you'll be reducing the legion of piles on the table down to four. So, if you're tempted to set this up easily by doing a Four Ace Trick, or something else involving that...

Test Conditions Design Duplication

In THE BLINDFOLD BOOK, Jeff reproduced several letters he has from Faucett Ross to Paul Fox, and vice-versa. In a letter written during 1938, Ross makes this cogent remark, emphasized in the original The tests you present should fool the audience even if they know you had the use of your normal vision. In other words, you could do the act without a blindfold and they'd still wonder how you did it. In developing the Supernatural Sight routine, I started with the proposition that I wanted to do a...

About Using Jumbo Cards

Before I get into the explanation of the method I use for this jumbo card reading routine, I want to give you some of my thoughts about how and why I use jumbo cards in my show. Some mentalists refuse to use even a deck of standard playing cards in their acts, believing what they're doing will be perceived as magic tricks. Those who buy that notion will consider me significantly more heretical when I say I use jumbo cards constantly in my work I've used them since I developed my first stand-up...

Air Wave Telepathy

As I mentioned, Clip Line Deluxe is an extremely strong routine. I used it constantly in my performances for three years. However, in 1992, German performers Michael Sondermeyer and Uwe Schenk developed what is so far the ultimate twist on the Spackman original though it is not a prediction calling it Alpha-Mental. In this effect, the paper is shown unprepared (though it is cleverly gaffed), clipped anywhere the spectator wishes, then the spectator just thinks of any word in the top several...

Expanding Leipzigs Secret

Yes, you could use a marked deck to identify the half-dozen cards the on stage assistant selected. I don't. Why go to all that effort to mark a deck, when you don't need to Besides, I hold the card far away from me no matter what the size of the marks, I don't want to bother straining my vision I wear glasses normally. So, my cards are not marked, but I have a five-by-seven-inch clue I can't miss in fact, I can read the cards nearly as well blindfolded, from the backs, as if I were looking at...

Performance

This routine is appropriate for either intimate stand-up or large stage shows. I'll describe it as if I'm performing on a smaller platform. To begin the routine, open the envelope, removing the column prediction, and coin envelopes. Place the coin envelopes aside on the table. Casually let the envelope be seen empty by the spectators, as you explain the folded prediction concerns the newspaper column. Replace the prediction in the envelope, seal it, then place it somewhere prominent so it's...

Paroptic Psychometryii

Using the same methodology, but changing the audience's perception of what is happening is an important principle. To demonstrate the worth of that concept, I'll now explain how I regularly present the same effect when I do a show for a larger audience. As you read it, you'll note this presentation leaves the impression I'm reading the minds of the whole audience You begin the same way, with the patter I recounted in Paroptic Psychometry I, after having invited two spectators on stage to help...

Viewed ESP Prediction

As I mention in my Preface, I use this routine regularly and always carry a deck of ESP cards with me for it. While I present Viewed ESP Prediction close-up, I see no reason you couldn't perform it on stage with jumbo ESP cards and a stand. This routine was initially inspired by a Bob Mason idea in which the mentalist predicted five cards a spectator would choose from the tops of two decks of ESP cards. In the mid-1970s, Sam Dalai published a similar trick with one deck in his MAGIC WITH AN ESP...

About Modern Preshow Work

I have some subjects to discuss here that may make my point of view more understandable to magicians and mentalists. When the late Bascom Jones gave an exceedingly brief outline of what he dubbed my powerful, audience-tested blindfold routine, inMagick 418, the complete explanation he gave for my climactic effect was this The final test is the clincher, since it looks so impossible. Duplication of the design, word, or thought-of number is achieved by approaching the volunteer before the show,...

The Sloppy Jog Shuffle

I wasn't going to tip this or the following effect, simply because most magicians are more interested in how it's done, rather than how to do it effectively. I don't consider myself a cardman, but I certainly can do highly technical sleights when I need to. However, in my work, keeping my skill hidden does far more for my reputation than flaunting my ability. The pros and cons can be argued for either side, as they have for so many years. What I'm telling you works for me, producing far more...

Supernatural Sight

In essence, this closing chapter is designed as a series of lessons in professional mentalism. Like most of the material in DYNAMIC MYSTERIES, it is meant to teach principles of performing powerful effects, not merely the methods of tricks. In 1987,1 released my Apex Stainless Steel Blindfold through Jeff Busby. Besides providing perfectly made apparatus, Jeff published a comprehensive book 50 pages of small type called THE BLINDFOLD BOOK to go with my prop. The prop drew raves and is now a...

My Fathers Favorite

It was the other Richard Osterlind my father, Richard Osterlind Sr. who first interested me in magic. He had no teachers or training and, as far as I know, never read a magic book. My father only did a half-dozen tricks, yet his presentation was so powerful he destroyed people who saw him perform. Even today I remember a Retention of Vision Coin Vanish with a quarter he fooled me with when I was just a five-year-old. He used the reflection of his wedding ring so you could see a flash of the...

Routining A Mental Show

As I mentioned earlier, I used the standard the original Clip Line effect as the finale to my act. This was in my early days, before I developed original material. You may be interested in knowing the whole configuration of that show. If you're just getting started, it may help you plan your own show. Earlier in this book I mention how much I respect THE TARBELL COURSE IN MAGIC. For instance, the third volume of that series has an outstanding opening chapter called Routining a Magic Show. I...

Requirements

To do this effectively, it's best if you have the Total Recall apparatus and a working knowledge of the gimmick and the basic moves. It's the prop I use to my mind, it's the finest of the gimmicked calculators. However, there are others available that, slightly adapted, may work equally well with my routine. I'll cover those options too, and make some comments about alternative calculators. The concept of using the memory capabilities of a calculator to retain a number initially appeared in the...

Thanks to Spackman

At is known today as the Clip Line effect is actually of cent origin. Invented by British mentalist Albert Spackman, it was first published in the October 1964 issue of Gen magazine, under the prosaic title of Newspaper Test. Since then, many magicians and mentalists like U.F. Grant and Syd Bergson, have rung the changes on Spackman's method, with and without credit. During the 1970s, my friend, the late Al Mann, published a quartet of clever versions in his SUPER CLIP LINE PLUS book....

Clip Line Deluxe

For years I used the original Clip Line as the closer for my mental show. Since then, I've devised several variations of Spackman's Newspaper Test. Inspired by Al Mann, I worked out my Osterlind Clip Line, which I published in my 1984 lecture notes ADD RICH'S TO YOUR MAGIC. That presentation used two newspaper columns, and a sealed prediction for each column. It too became the closer for my show for some years. Clip Line Deluxe is the last and best of the five methods I've developed. It's the...