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Best Friends Forever by Alvo Stockman (Trick + Props) A secret writing technique for close-up performers. Learn this crazy skill and you'll be able to read minds and create stunning prediction effects under fire. This is next level.
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From the unconventional mind of Alvo Stockman comes a revolutionary technique for group level mentalism. BFF isn't just one trick, it's an entire system for prediction you can use to create a limitless number of miracles. Here are some examples:
At a restaurant, with 3 friends, you offer a demonstration.
You guys know me so well... youre three of my best friends. I want to try something interesting. Whenever we talk, a lot of times, I feel like I know what one of you is going to say before you even say it. For example, John, if I said the word barn to you, whats the first word that pops into your mind?
Horse, right. Well if I predicted that, it wouldnt be so impressive. A lot of people would probably say horse. What Id like to try is something a little more difficult. Im going to try to predict a chain of associations that the 3 of you will have. For example, if I said barn, John said horse, Luke said jockey, and Michael said helmet, predicting the final word helmet would be considerably harder!
Im going to write down a word here, and Im going to try to start a chain of events that will end with Michael saying this word. Im going to cover it with my hand for now. Now to start off, John, whats the first word you think of, when I say blue?
Weve known each other for a long time. And weve had some great times, havent we? Im thinking of one of those times. Im going to write down a word that reminds me specifically of that time, and I want the three of you to figure out not only what event Im thinking of, but the word that sums up that experience.
Whats great about this plot is that it gets your friends to reminisce about some of the best times the four of you have had and to decide on one and a word. This elevates the mood of the group and builds rapport.
Im thinking of a time. A time that was special to the four of us. A very specific time, and I know that the three of you subconsciously know what Im talking about. Im going to write down the time here on the placemat.
I want John to say a number between 1 and 12. This will be the hour. Four? Great. Now, Luke. You say a number between one and sixty. This will be the minute. Michael, AM or PM? Perfect.
Do you guys remember the time we were at the beach in San Diego and played beach volleyball with the womens national team? We must have all been thinking about that subconsciously, because that was at right around 4:37pm, just like I have written here.
Toss out 4 different colored pens. Everyone grabs one, secretly writes their lucky number on the table in front of them and covers it with their hands. Using the remaining pen, you write your lucky number as well. All four pens are returned to the center of the table and after your three friends have revealed their 3 numbers, you reveal that yours is the largest one. Whats not immediately obvious, is that your number is the sum of their lucky numbers!
With one friend, write down a word and cover it with your hands. Ask her to try and read your mind by looking into your eyes. Have her try to read the word youre thinking of. Window? she asks? Very close! you exclaim. I was thinking of 'wind'" you say as you uncover the word.
AND MUCH MORE! Read on..
[from the manuscript...]
While the method of this manuscript is a prediction technique, the magic of it is the involvement of a group of people sitting around bonding and reconnecting.
In an effort to be thorough, I looked up friendship in Wikipedia and it says its a term used to denote co-operative and supportive behavior between two or more beings. Im not sure thats how I would have put it, but now that you know what friendship is, we can move on.
BFF grew from my desire for a magical routine I could use to bring people together. Specifically, I wanted a way to perform for my close friends and family that made sense, helped us all subtly remember the value of our relationships and could be performed in a casual environment.
What follows is my solution.
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BFF - the good and the bad Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 28th, 2008
Stockman's BFF is a combination of a new technique for undetectable writing, and an approach to presentation.3 of 3 magicians found this helpful.
If you have mastered a technique for undetectable writing, Stockman's thoughts on presentation, especially in front of a small group, are inventive and novel.
The technique side, however, is more challenging. When done as he describes, the hand position for undetectable writing is, as I view it, not particularly natural, that is to say not how one would normally hold the hands in that setting.
Perhaps more of a problem is the difficulty of developing adequate competence in the technique so that the writing is both undetectable and appears to be legible natural hand writing when shown to the audience. To become proficient requires more than hours to days, or even days to weeks of practice. It will take weeks to months of diligent practice to really become adept at the technique. This is not so much a criticism of the effect per se as of the advertising that does not really make clear what is required to master the effect, so that the buyer can make an informed choice.
Not for everyone Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 28th, 2011
i still prefer my super sharpie, but this is great. i forgot my super sharpie at home one day (only human) when a friend of mine said that i should read his brothers mind. i told him i would then relized i didn't have my favorite tool one me. no problem, i said i needed a writing tool and grabbed a crayon from the front. issue solved. i dont want to reveal the trick but i will say you need to be at a table for this effect to work.2 of 2 magicians found this helpful.
Taking the Swammi into the 21st Century! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
Ingenious. One word that describes this effect. Extremely versatile and unique. No more need to secure the swammi gimmick to your nail, this method takes all that away in a way that leaves you 100% clean at the end. Totally a mind blower and you can show your hands empty. Now how many other written predictions can you do that with?2 of 2 magicians found this helpful.
Really cool! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2010
This isn't my favorite thing Alvo has put out. The effect is really nice and you can accomplish a ton of other effects with it, but it's not GREAT. It's just very cool. THe method is pretty simple but also really difficult to do and it will definitely take a lot of practice to master and get down. Alvo has always been my favorite magic teacher. It's simple and he knows how to get it points across to the reader/viewer. This package comes with a book, and some props. I won't go over the props, but let's say they are "interesting". When I first got this, I opened it up, and the cover is really cool. Plus, it's bound perfectly and a lot thicker than I had imagined. there are scripts, and other performance ideas in here, plus some practice techniques. If you are a mentalist that wants something new to add to your close up show, I suggest this.1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
Pretty good! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
This will require practise but I think the end result is worth it. If you do buy this then please don't be put off by what you receive in the package- if you practise enough then the effect will get the reactions you want.1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
I like Alvo's work, his effects are a bit quirky and a bit different and I'm a fan of his style. If you're the same then do buy this trick!
interesting method Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 6th, 2014
It's nothing new. Just a secret writing method and some performance ideas. The method is not the easiest to master and takes some patience. The advantage is you can make it yourself, but it's not angle proof. I don't think it's worth , but I got it when it was on sale.
Not too practical Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 29th, 2014
I did kind of like the idea with crayons but would take some work.
Too much time Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 29th, 2010
I'm spoiled. I like the out the box into the routine type of tricks. This one is good, but would take a little time to master. If you do restaurants, then this could be very cool.
BFF Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 5th, 2010
Alvo has once again produced a great effect. Mentalism should be incorporated into every magician's repertoire. Making accurate predictions has been made easy using this technique but having said that, it is only easy after you've mastered it. This effect will take a lot of practice to get right but once you've done that, you've got a killer effect.
trick to do. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
I like the idea behind this and I think that if really could be a good trick but this is very tricky to do, it will require alot of practice but if you can pull it off, yes it will work well. Again a good concept.
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