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Curveball by Oz Pearlman (Instant Download) Completely Impromptu. Easy to perform. A deeply personal mind reading routine straight from Oz's show. Plays just as big for 2 or 3 people as it does for two or three hundred!
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Ask a spectator to take out THEIR Phone and open THEIR address book. Have them scroll through the names in THEIR address book and stop anytime they want. Have them focus on that person. You will reveal the name of the person and sometimes extra bits of personal information you couldn't possibly have known. Perfect for walk-around. Perfect for street. Perfect for school. Perfect for work.

  • Completely impromptu.
  • Uses the spectator's phone.
  • No mirrors.
  • No gimmicks.
  • No stooges.
  • No special software.
Your spectator must have a certain type of phone for Curveball to work (many different models work, but one type is best). This type of phone is extremely popular. You just need one person in a group that has a phone that will work and you're off to the races. We run into people with this type of phone all the time.

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10 of 10 magicians found the following review helpful:
Very well thought out and taught Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 6th, 2010
Kudos to Oz for implementing this routine. It packs a huge punch, and the teaching is great. Relatively simple handling + great presentation = true miracle. The only downside to this is that it's not compatible with a widely available phone, but that's not Oz's fault, that's just the way it is. However, it is compatible with Blackberries and other phones which are very popular and odds are you will run into somebody who owns one. Great investment, great routine + variations, you will definitely get your spectators with this one.
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9 of 12 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 5th, 2010
I cannot recommend Curveball enough. It's a genius method that I wish I thought of first. It is very easy to learn and an experienced performer can perform it the same day. The reactions I got were insane, and I would be adding this to my professional repertoire right away!
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5 of 5 magicians found the following review helpful:
I'm a believer Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 24th, 2010
I was skeptical at first. I'm an iphone owner and have never touched a bb. After watching the video once luck would have it that at my bar gig that night my att rep was there with her bb. I took a deep breath and jumped in. As luck would have it she had her bank and the person she works with there listed. The same person I have worked with. I was so far ahead that the reveal was one of my best ever. "How did you do that?" KILLER. After a few minutes with my iphone I developed an equally effective method with my iphone too. This is going right into my show!
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5 of 6 magicians found the following review helpful:
Mentalism at its best Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 5th, 2010
Curveball is one of the best tricks ever invented. It is so cheap, but it plays big. auidences will not believe it when you reveal the name. awesome job OZ and the Penguin team
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5 of 6 magicians found the following review helpful:
Great piece of Impromptu Mentalism Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 5th, 2010
I had the opportunity to perform this a few times tonight at my show. I personally said as soon as I saw the method that it's just a variation of _____. He then mentioned that it is a variation of ____. But also why this is sooo much more powerful.

This gets people on an emotional level. If you really want to pack a punch, add a little bit of cold reading in with the reveal of the name.

I was able to do this with 3 of the 4 phones I tried tonight. (My first attempt failed, I want to say it was me, but the phone was the right type of phone) You can do this with most of the phones out there except the iPhone. The less bells and whistles on the phone, the easier it is to do.

I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a killer impromptu effect that will really freak them out.
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4 of 5 magicians found the following review helpful:
Oz is a Genius! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 5th, 2010
I've said it many times, and I'll say it many more... He truly knows how to create something simple and KILLER!
My biggest problem with trick demo videos these days are the edits that make the effect look better than thay can be performed. Although the dirt is edited out of the demo for this one, it doesn't matter! The moves are so easy, quick, and clean that the video looks even more suspicious with the obvious edits. That was my only hesitation, but I am glad I got it. I put my trust in Oz, because he is one of the greatest minds of our time, and a great teacher, that really understands the psychology of magic, in a major way!
This is definately another one of his effects that will become a major part of my close-up and stage repertoire!
It is true what people are saying about this being all about the presentation. Don't just display the effect... present it, and it will be a rep maker, for sure!
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3 of 3 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 12th, 2012
Don't get me wrong - I love Oz Pearlman and will certainly purchase future tricks released by him but my advice is to leave this one alone. It is simply outdated.

The technique described and shown in this video use some technology that is quickly becoming obsolete and will therefore nullify the trick very soon. The funniest thing about this is that Oz even mentions this issue in the video, stating that with trends being what they are this should be fine for years to come.... good thing he's a magician and not a psychic predicting the future. :)
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3 of 3 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 3rd, 2012
This trick is dated. The Blackberry is not the most popular phone in 2012.
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2 of 2 magicians found the following review helpful:
Pretty good Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 5th, 2010
This has the potential to be a great effect. I doubt Ill use it much, though it would fit great into my shows assuming the right "tools" were available. There are some risks involved that Im not willing to take. It intrigued me as a stage show piece, but after watching the method and the best "things" to use, I just dont see me using it... Unless I know for a 100% fact that Ill get what I need to perform it successfully. I do certain effects using cell phones, and Its my experience with those various phones that let me know this isnt the best effect for me.
Its a great method, and as I said before, has great potential. Just dont think the risk is worth it.
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2 of 2 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 5th, 2010
Great reactions, simple method.
Seriously, theres no work involved into the method, no hard methods or anything, in fact, this is very beginner-friendly mentalism so if you are new to it or want to get started, this is a great trick.
Works with most cell-phones but blackberry is definitely the easiest.

Why 4 stars? Well I guess because its TOO simple. The reactions are usually good but it all depends on your presentation. If you're not a proficient 'presenter' and like the trick to pack the punch, this isn't for you, you need to be willing to talk it out and give it the punch it deserves. I personally like tricks that speak more on their own without me having to 'talk' and explain this much, but I guess mentalism is mostly the presentation.

Anyway, I would definitely recommend this trick to anyone getting started, and even the more advanced mentalists should probably have this in their repertoire; its a good trick and absolutely impromptu. As a matter of fact, there isn't even a way for it not to be...

Worth the 20 Bucks, and Oz is a great teacher, brings you through each step and how to make it a spectacular effect instead of just a great one.
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