Revealed

In essence, this presentation uses a special envelope that in performance, seals and isolates, the previously given prediction. Later when cut open, even by an official from the audience, the envelope automatically spreads to reveal a second switched prediction resembling the original. The real trick in all of this is to justify why your prediction paper needs to be inserted into yet another envelope at all, just be opened later on The design belongs to the family of double envelopes that have...

Telepathy With The Queen

Although I've seen mentalists divine the serial numbers of bills for as far back as I can remember, it was Barry Richardson who really turned me on to the entertainment potential of this effect about eight years ago. His Dollar Divination' routine, published in various forms for over twenty years, is a lovely bit of theatre. Long before mentalists like myself were turning the plots upside down to empower audience members throughout our shows, people like Lee Earle and Barry Richardson were...

Weatherman

Why aren't there more Mentalism effects out there involving the weather Everybody talks about weather (and does nothing about it) Everybody obsesses about it and makes their plans around it. It's also what strangers automatically talk about as soon as they find themselves forced to engage in conversation. I'll bet research would show that it is by far the number one topic of conversation in elevators for example. Stranger still, people constantly seek out forecasts and predictions of the...

Do Not Disturb Revealed

I've always had a problem with convincingly pulling off such an effect using methods that have come before. As I indicated earlier. Room Service and The Golden Medallion and all that's followed have either required double writing or unnatural markings from an early generation Swami device. Writing down the numbers the ladies call out on a pad of paper - and printing the number again on a gimmick or a palmed object is an inelegant solution. Using a Swami gimmick with a pencil or a china-marker...

The Extremely Mental Tool

To my astonishment the first edition of my book MESSING WITH MINDS sold out of its original print run well before I had actually begun actively marketing and supporting it with a lecture tour. A more politically correct edition of the book, dubbed the Second Edition, continued to sell extremely well, around the world. 1 even produced a very limited run of luxury hardcover versions of the book with some bonus material and a companion DVD, which became known as the Extremely iMental Edition, Word...

Nabbit

(NOTANOTHER BORING BOOK INTUITION TEST) I'm sure (like you ) I've sat through way too many, way too long and, frankly, boring presentations of book tests. The mental magician has the spectator pick a word, usually with overly contrived limitations from suspicious looking books and then spends forever divining its letters Worse, the word is something totally obscure and uninteresting. None of it is engaging It's just standard Mentalist material that performers feel a need to include. Everybody...

The Big Newspaper Prediction

As I write this, the nastiest and tightest federal election in memory has just occurred in Canada. The media and the pollsters were dead wrong in their prediction of the results of the vote and have been eating humble pie (as much as they ever do) ever since. Yet after just a few days, the newspapers across Canada have carried a small item entitled Kreskin Correctly Predicted Election Results or something like that. Sure enough the article explains how the Amazing Kreskin had predicted the...

Mental Air Mail

The term VMacGuffin' was coined by the great suspense film director, Alfred Hitchcock's Scottish friend, screenwriter Angus MacPhail, for something that sets a film's plot revolving around it in a misleading way. It's really just an excuse and a diversion. In a whimsical anecdote told by Hitchcock, he compared the MacGuffin Mac as in MacPhail to a mythical 'apparatus for trapping lions in the Scottish Highlands'. In other words, it could be anything - or nothing - at all. In the film Notorious,...

Deja Viewed

Like Book Test gimmicked books, I'm quite sure that I have acquired almost every gimmicked clipboard on the market created to perform a design duplication effect. The reason is simple. Duplicating a picture which apparently exists only in the minds of a spectator is not only worth a thousand words or word tests but it is surely the purest and most elegant demonstration of apparent mind reading. None of the commercial gimmicked props has ever totally lived up to my hopes. Most fail in the...

Bo Not Disturb

I first experienced the magic of witnessing the revelation of a constantly visible object engraved with three previously called out random numbers, on television when I was a teenager. The rotund actor and director plus War of the Worlds trouble maker , Orson Welles, gaily sported a medallion around his neck on one of his dozens of appearances on the Merv Griffin TV show. I watched an obscene amount of television in those days . As 1 recall, ping pong balls flew around, volunteers were thereby...