Riley G Matthews

But little thought is required to adapt this startling presentation to your current blindfold routine. It's quick, visual, and boasts a double climax. During the course of a series of blindfolded experiments, you explain to your audience, I use the blindfold as an aid, not as a constraint. By blocking out the most powerful of the five physical senses, sight, I must rely on the other senses, including mankind's tenuous SIXTH sense, for my perceptions . You remind your audience that doctors and...

Rudy Hunter

Deal some of the cards from the top. Some from the middle. And some from the bottom. Skip around, as the mood strikes you. Then, at some point during the deal, stop. And keep the remainder of the packet in your hand. I don't want to influence your actions, so I'll turn my head. And you do so, until she announces she has completed her dealing. At which point, you turn back and take the cards remaining in her hands, and put them aside. Did you take cards from the top, middle, bottom...

Gary Lee Williams

Our mental energies, and participate in the test. Clearing away any unnecessary dishes, you gather the group around the dining table, and borrow two quarters. You mark one of the quarters with an X, using a grease pencil or felt-tip pen. This will be our control coin, you explain, as you place it in the center of the cleared table. You carefully align the second coin, next to the control coin, positioning it so the edges of the two coins just touch. This second coin will be our test coin, you...

Dan Alessini

Here's an idea that has immediate application for those who do Tarot readings and are searching for a strong effect to lead into the readings. It's equally useful for close-up and table workers. The colorful design and mystical history of the strange cards hold a proven fascination for audiences everywhere. Rudy Hunter, who adapted the idea from a Phil Goldstein concept, uses the effect often with booking representatives and with potential Psi-Party hostesses. The effect, in his hands, almost...

Phil Goldstein

Multiple outs are a technique much used in mental ism. Those outs that are both impromptu and gimmick-free are relatively rare, however. One such out is the reversible 4s 8h playing-card prediction variously credited to Gene Grant and Nathan Stark, which appeared in MAGICK. Phil Goldstein's The Tenniel Prediction, which also appeared in MAGICK, was a related idea. This more-recent approach from Goldstein lends itself to a memorable presentation, yet it's almost self-working. A person's luck and...

Jim Magus

The Major Arcana, often called the picture cards of the Tarot, are rich in vibrant color and graphic symbolism. Indeed, the eerie jigsaw composition of each card makes it wonderfully suited to piecemeal description by the psychic entertainer. Few spectators possess the creative powers to visualize, on their own, images of such power and portent, but all can find a peculiar fascination in them, when the cards are employed in an effect. Such is the case with the impromptu divination that is...

Larry Baukin

A number of recent television programs and magazine articles have focused on a strange phenomena ocurring in the farming districts of England. Large areas in the center of corn fields have been flattened, forming giant circles, some measuring more than 100 feet across. Larry Baukin uses this eerie backdrop, torn from media headlines, as a background for this ESP card concept. Dozens of these mysterious circles have been found, you explain, baffling British scientists and investigators. Opinion...

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Eyes - Cont'd from page 2160 back, under your coat. The working becomes obvious, once you memorize the size of the marbles and their respective colors. The smallest marble will go through both holes. The second marble will go through only one hole. And the largest marble will go through neither hole. Richard Webster, the popular New Zealand mystic, devised this effect for use at a convention of travel agents. It went over so well that he has added it to his regular routine. Audience reaction...

Tips Techniques

NOTE Well-known to readers of MAGICK for his audience-proven ideas and well-thought-out presentational concepts, the author has worked successfully for such diverse audiences as those provided by high-fee private parties and television's prime-time viewing hours. In this special Bonus Insert, he discusses his current use of a much-maligned and over-exposed device, which, he feels, has been prematurely discarded by too many within the profession. A rash of exposures in books, magazines, and...

David Kaput

Sooner or later, in any gathering of psychic entertainers, you'll encounter an argument over the role, if any, of playing cards in mental ism. Some maintain that playing cards are symbolic with trickery. Others argue just as heatedly that playing cards make possible some of mental ism's strongest effects. Those supporting the use of cards point to such effects as The Tossed Out Deck, Out of This World, and A1 Koran's presentation for The Princess Card Trick. Here, David Kaput describes a...

Billie Rean

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Few mental effects can match the visual power and excitement of this audience-proven presentation, devised and used by one of mental ism's hardest-working female psychic entertainers. The effect is particularly suited to large audiences, and is easily made up and quickly mastered. It's part of the regular program of Billie Rean, co-star and co-producer of the long-running Kansas City television show, Mind Probe. The effect enables her to spotlight her near-intuitive ability to deliver incisive...

Dr Charles Scott

David Hoy, called the psychic to the NOW generation, originated and popularized the effect known as the Tossed-Out Deck, writing under the name of Dr. Faust. In the effect, a deck of playing cards is shuffled, banded together with a stout rubber band, and tossed into the audience, where one or more spectators are each allowed to peek at, and remember, individual cards. Only the spectators see the cards they select, yet the psychic entertainer is able to correctly reveal the card or cards they...