Here's Part 2 of Mind Reading Mysteries, a continuation of mentalism routines using mentalism
utilities. If you have Part 1, getting Part 2 is a no-brainer. If you don't have either yet, get
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These routines use classic methods:
s****, MOs, confabulation, p***** w******, f****, and OA. There's a dynamite p*** too that for some
reason I'd never seen before. (Guess I should spring for a Tarbell book set.) If you are a
beginning mentalist, this is a primer of stuff that you will see in Corinda, wonderfully taught by
the master teacher Dan Harlan. If you are a seasoned mentalist, you'll enjoy Dan's rationale for
changing certain parts of the original Tarbell routines and his personal subtleties. (He makes a
wonderful point about doing headline predictions in a modern world where newspapers are dying off.)
But whatever your skill level is, you need to see these two lectures which bring the classic Tarbell
material to vivid, enjoyable life.
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Favourite effects on this volume:
- Message from Hades. - A double prediction
Newspaper prediction - A practical one-man newspaper prediction
- A word in thousands - An
interesting way of getting information on any word thought of from a book
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...and well updated by Dan, for example, the color animal prediction has been streamlined.
There are also a good handful of headline prediction/confabulation-like effects with well
There were a couple of card tricks (oddly both with three selected
cards), which had simple methods, but it was unclear why Tarbell included these in mind reading.
The book test was OK. Lots of flexibility in word choice, but the gaffing of the book was a
At this time, I just saw the following routines : Tarbell-Butler envelope prediction, celebrity
choice, spectator's choice, and Al Koran's "A word in thousands". Except the envelope prediction
that I don't like, I will try the other three routines. They are not difficult but you must take
care of the presentation and be precise in the process of each routine, to make a great effect and
to cancel the method used. I particularly like Al Koran's "A word in thousands", a clever and cheap
book test. The second routine that I like is "spectator's choice"; for this routine, you must have a
good self-confidence. All these routines need some little construction or some preparation, but
nothing difficult. So, very recommended.
Great Routines, a little constructions involved, but not too difficult. Best for a stage or club
All of these tricks are in modern use. The downside is that there aren't a lot of obscure surprises
The highlight for me was Al Koran's book test -- the magic happens in the spectators'
hands. Highly deceptive.