FOREWORD BY INNOVATIVE UK MENTALIST - LOOCH
WHAT THE PROFESSIONALS ARE SAYING:
"This is so much more than just an effect. It is a powerful subtlety that is a must have for your mentalist toolbox." -- Banachek (USA)
"Crystal clear and absolutely mindblowing!" -- Martin Adams (UK)
"If you are seeking the holy grail of truly prop-less mentalism then you NEED to get this routine. Ben's thinking has always been unique and here he excels himself!"
-- Marc Paul (UK)
"Silent Running describes a very clever principle that enables the performer to almost instantly ascertain the identity of a card merely thought of. The Card Stabbing routine made possible by the principle is the most powerful I have ever seen. I highly recommend Silent Running to serious students of the art as well as to professional workers." -- Bob Cassidy (USA)
"F*#%ing Brilliant!" -- Nathan Kranzo (USA)
"The Silent Running approach takes things into the realms of real mind reading. I love the newspaper card stab as it has the perfect combination of drama and impossibilty. Great stuff."-- Peter Duffie (Scotland)
"This is going to become the best effect of 2010 and possibly of the decade...The genius magic engineer Ben Harris has done it again." -- Chris Wasshuber (Lybrary.com)
"The perfect effect for those times when someone says,'Do Something,' and you have nothing with you. With this effect, you need only your mind."-- Devin Knight (USA)
"I'll definitely be working this, Amazing stuff." -- Dee Christopher (UK)
"Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!" -- Marc Spelmann
POSSIBLY THE MOST AMAZING "THINK OF A CARD" METHOD IN YEARS!
You'll use this for the rest of your life. No props, just what appears to be pure mind-reading! A stunningly produced book with 3 full routines and amazing bonus contributions!
So, what is SILENT RUNNING?
Briefly, it's a "Think Of A Card" concept that requires no props at all. You don't even need a deck of cards. A spectator is asked to merely THINK of a number from 1-10 and to NOT TELL YOU.
Once she has done this, she is asked to think of a suit and again to NOT TELL YOU. Then, ENTIRELY IN HER MIND she combines the suit to the number to create a visual image of a playing card. Again, SHE SAYS NOTHING!
Once she has confirmed that she is thinking of a card that NO ONE CAN KNOW, you then proceed to reveal the card in any number of ways. THREE ROUTINES ARE INCLUDED:
DIRECT MIND READ
You ask the spectator to concentrate. You then reveal her thought-of card with 100% accuracy. It's that simple. Once you know the method you'll be able to do this at ANY TIME. In fact, you'll be doing this for the rest of your life. It is that strong and so simple!
THE DISSOLVING CARD
You discuss cold war exepriments in which psychics were tested to see if they could make enemy maps become blank and useless.
The spectator is handed a deck of cards BEFORE YOU BEGIN. She is NOW asked to think of a card WITHOUT SAYING ANYTHING. When she has confirmed that she has a card in her mind, you ask her to imagine it "fading way" slowly. When she confirms that her mental image is gone, she is asked to take the deck and to remove her thought-of card.
She attempts to do this, and counts the cards. However,there are ONLY 51 cards and her though-of card IS NOT THERE! The amazing thing about this is that she NEVER REVEALS THE IDENTITY OF HER CARD AT ANY TIME!
SPIRITED CARD STAB
This is my favourite handling and what I'm using to CLOSE my professional shows. A deck is shuffled face up and face down by a spectator, spread upon the table and covered with a sheet of newspaper. A knife is introduced and the spectator is asked to THINK OF A CARD.
Once she has done this, she is asked to imagine the spirit of the card flowing down her arms, through her wrists, into her hands and finally into the knife. AT NO TIME DOES SHE REVEAL HER THOUGHT OF CARD.
The performer now takes the knife and lunges it through the newspaper. It stands proud for all to see.
Now, for the FIRST TIME, the spectator announces her thought-of card to the audience. The knife is ripped from the newspaper and is seen to be IMPALING THE VERY SAME CARD. There are no switches, the thought-of card is genuinely stabbed, each time.
Nothing is EVER written down -- this is strictly a verbal procedure.
There is NO dual reality. The spectator and audience of ANY SIZE experience the same effect
There are NO GIMMICKS used at all, no nail writers, electronics -- NOTHING
No muscle-reading is used. The effect is EASILY learned
Perform for a single spectator or a thousand
BONUS SECTION FEATURING: BOB CASSIDY, PAOLO CAVALLI, DEVIN KNIGHT, JASON MESSINA and STEVE SHUFTON
Sixty pages, illustrated. Pdf format.