Clipped from the Cafe;
Murder Mystery - Christopher Thronebury
Three audience members are invited to take part in the popular game of Clue. One chooses a location, the other a weapon and the last a murderer. Under increasingly impossible conditions, the performer reads the mind of each of the spectators, ending with a mind-numbing finale that is sure to get you thunderous rounds of applause!
• No forces involved
• No sleights required
• Can be performed close up and on stage
• Can be performed fully surrounded
• Completely scripted
• Completely audience tested through hundreds of performances
• No “special” materials needed
• Uses common materials that can be found in any office supply store
At first glance I was a little disappointed when I opened the PDF. Only six pages for 20 bucks seemed to be too few for the money. No pictures, no fancy layout, just plain text. Hm….
But then I started reading and was thrilled both by the effect and the method. Basically Christopher uses an old idea by Ted Annemann and combined it with a second method and finally added a clever scripting that grants a great impact on any audience.
What is so great about it is that the revelations of the thoughts get more and more impossible while at the same time cancelling out all the possible solutions you might think of when seeing the trick performed. I should have read my Annemann more intensely. Lucky me, Christopher did it for me and added some great twists to make this a real winner.
All you need are some pay envelops, your own business cards, pens and a pad of paper. Nothing is gimmicked in any way. You can even do this impromptu! And what is even more important: There are no slights or fumbling involved so you can really concentrate on the performance which is the main goal when doing mentalism routines.
10/10. There is nothing more to say!
The manuscript is available from Michael Paul’s http://www.theinvisiblethread.com
for $20 as an instant download. Highly recommended.