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I read recently in an old manuscript about an impromptu (yes, that's right) effect done with a newspaper. Here's how the effect is described
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An unplanned miracle done with any newspaper any time. Your spectator selects a double page spread and tears it in half, dropping one half and continuing the tearing and dropping of either half as directed by the magician using seemingly free choice. When the page is down to about a quarter of it's size, or smaller, the spectator chooses the largest printed word on that page - and the mentalist has legitimately predicted it. by legitimate, we mean, it was written before the page was selected and anything was torn.
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Ok the deal is, that's where the manuscript ends. Anyone familiar with this? has it been described anywhere else?
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Ps - not interested in the neo berglas method, as used in part by derren. I'm just intrigued by the impromptu nature of this.
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Look at Barrie Richardson's "Word Flight", as described in his book "Theatre of the Mind".

He uses a bold and innovative method.

He does not instruct the spectator to "read the largest word on the page", rather he tells the spec to close her eyes keep tearing the newspaper until she has a small piece, then open them up and "let a word float up to her mind", then crumple and drop the piece.

She says the word. Mentalist has divined or predicted the word.

The principle can be used for a book test as well.
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I came up with an impromptu method for this years ago & it's similar to something Docc Hilford published as well. I'll PM You...
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I saw Barrie do that at the Castle & it didn't work-I knew it wouldn't-there's too much audience management & he had a kinda' drunk girl assisting.
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It seems like Barrie's method would have a chance of failure built in, but that's the risk of doing such an awesome effect.

PM me about your method, Jerskin, I'd be interested in hearing it.
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When I read it I knew it was risky & when he got that girl up I knew it wasn't gonna' happen.
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I would love to see barrie perform sometime.

how did he rescue it?
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Sent her back to her seat & moved on...
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Try "Mind, Myth, and Magick" ... T.A. Waters... has a whole section on this subject.

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Barrie lectured here in KC a few years ago, and included this effect. Worked perfectly that time. I agree there's a risk, participant management is paramount -- and that includes the selection of the participant. Even the pros fail sometimes!

As for the impromptu prediction, I'd think the performer has to get a glance at the paper, and choose a section that has an unambiguous choice. Force that section on the participant, and viola! A miracle!

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Check out Nostrum Necromancy! It can be performed as described. It is impromptu and very nicely structured. I think it is the answer for the conditions mentioned. It is loosely based on the ideas of Berglas and others.

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Barrie's version is great.

My version of this classic can be found on page 45 of Mentalism, Incorporated: Volume Two.

If you own the book, you get a link to a Word Document that allows you to create an newspaper column that"forces" any word or any name of your choice.

Both Barrie's version and my version involve switching in the necessary pieces ... and are not that difficult.

Chuck Hickok
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I love your thinking on material, Mr. Hickok!

Lamyst,
I believe Harky has quite a bold version in his book too. So bold it doesn't require switches. It has it's good points and it's scary points (for the performer).

Worth adding to your research.

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Sean... Where can 'Nostrum Necromancy' be located?

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The Harkey/Anderson version is called "Scatterbrain" and it can be found it their book "AH-HA!"
Nothing scary about it at all. The method is simple and direct, and it kills.
It's all in the reflexes.
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On 2008-05-11 12:32, ChuckHickok wrote:
Barrie's version is great.

My version of this classic can be found on page 45 of Mentalism, Incorporated: Volume Two.

If you own the book, you get a link to a Word Document that allows you to create an newspaper column that"forces" any word or any name of your choice.

Both Barrie's version and my version involve switching in the necessary pieces ... and are not that difficult.

Chuck Hickok


Chuck's method is the best I have seen. If you don't have his books, why not? They are top notch!
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Didn't marc salem use a method on the howard stern radio show? anyone know the history of that method?
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The effect described by View -- only even better -- is one of corporate entertainer Tim Conover's "signature pieces." While there are any number of similar effects in print (e.g., Fogel's "Headline Hunter," Hickok's version and others) as far as I know Tim's effect is entirely his own and is not published (nor is it likely to be). Unlike most published methods it does NOT involve either a force or a switch. Several knowledgeable people have claimed to explain Tim's method to me but none of them have been correct and most weren't even close. I am not familiar with either "Scatterbrain" (but am trying to acquire a copy of "AH-HA") or Marc Salem's version of the effect so can't address any similarities of those with the others I know.
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Don't forget Richard Marks' wonderful STOP THE PRESS from Mind Warp.

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