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Whether it be the one that seemed the fairest, had the best presentation, or was what introduced you to mentalism what is the most mind boggling mentalism trick you've ever seen? My personal all time favorite still has to be the lottery ticket illusion by Nate Staniforth.
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The buttons by DB has been a favorite of mine for a long time. Even after learning the secret, I admire him for the presentation and making it so believable. It fooled me SO bad when I first saw it.
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Real Telepathy, by Patrick Froment.

I drew a bottle on a piece of paper, over the phone. He then was able to divine what I drew, without any questions.

It's the purest effect I know.
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Mystery chocolate box by Paul Shirley.
The best mentalism routine I've ever seen.
involve the whole audience, funny, entertaining and so strong!
I heard Derren Brown tried to buy it but Paul said no.
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On Aug 17, 2014, Richtofen wrote:
Mystery chocolate box by Paul Shirley.


I can't seem to find any references to it on Google. Do you know where I might be able to see it performed?
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On Aug 17, 2014, Richtofen wrote:
Mystery chocolate box by Paul Shirley.


I can't seem to find any references to it on Google. Do you know where I might be able to see it performed?


..and you shouldn't if Paul doesn't want it released.
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On Aug 17, 2014, NeilMcCauley wrote:
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On Aug 17, 2014, Richtofen wrote:
Mystery chocolate box by Paul Shirley.


I can't seem to find any references to it on Google. Do you know where I might be able to see it performed?


..and you shouldn't if Paul doesn't want it released.


To be fair there are many performances out there that magicians don't want to reveal but still post a video of them performing the trick for audiences can't imagine why he wouldn't post one unless the method was that obvious to other magicians after watching it, which I can't imagine is true if Darren brown wanted to buy it.
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Stop it Richtofen! Smile
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One of my all time favorites for "Entertainment" value was on the Eric Samuels, 'Acts of Astonishment' stage show demo. Participant thought of a song, then Eric went to the drums and played the main part of the song! Smile
Don't care how he done it, but I really enjoyed the performance ! (Of course, there was other instruments on stage to chose from !)

Have not had the pleasure of seeing Paul's effect...But, I do like Paul !
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..and you shouldn't if Paul doesn't want it released.


Interesting non-sequitur. I agree, by the way. I simply asked if there was a performance of it, not whether it should or shouldn't be shown against the inventor's wishes.
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Maybe it's the long island iced tea I've been drinking, but this thread is hilarious. Also, Paul Shirley is an underrated genius and a truly nice guy. Although it does disturb me to hear how much people enjoy his chocolate box.
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I don't know if there is any video, I saw his stage show " blu tongue here come the song dingo" twice.
After his show when he comes and talk to the audience he has also one of the best piece of close-up mentalism I've ever seen!
A multiple drawing duplication with 6 people with a crazy ending!
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The first Mentalism effect I think I ever saw was maybe the one that had the strongest impact on me as a young magish: Scott Creasey (creator of the BIP book amongst other things) showed me Mental Yarn after a magic club session once and I had zero clue. Zero clue. I didn't want to know, I just thought it was the best. I remember what I picked, where we were stood in the room, everything, and that was maybe 11 years ago.

Not very ginormous or spectacular but it was the first time I'd had MY mind read. I loved it and it opened my eyes to the possibility of doing this stuff.

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For me it has to be Reminiscence by Derren Brown. The whole routine is a master class in structure of effect and performance. The thought that has gone into that routine is unbelievable. All the subtle gestures and inflection in words were so well thought out. "The Pure Effect"

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In Silence performed by Arnold Furst

second choice are all Pendulum demonstrations where the performer is not in direct contact with the Pendulum
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On Aug 17, 2014, Galileo wrote:
Whether it be the one that seemed the fairest, had the best presentation, or was what introduced you to mentalism what is the most mind boggling mentalism trick you've ever seen? My personal all time favorite still has to be the lottery ticket illusion by Nate Staniforth.


The best I've seen on video or television - Experiment With Books (Canasta)
Best I've witnessed as a spectator - Reminiscence (Brown)
Best I've experienced as a participant - Name Divination (Turner)
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I saw a guy predict which poker chip someone would choose out of red, blue, yellow, or green. That was pretty impressive I think.
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Hey Martin, I agree on the Peter Turner name reveal. He hit me with that and I was totally blown away. That was the best effect I have ever experienced Smile.
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For me best as a participant was Pete Turners ACAAN followed by his name reveal. Watching Pete perform for layman is a real joy too. Watched him do his PK touches for a couple on Friday night, followed by an uncannily accurate reading. Watching the spectators reactions was very entertaining and he actually got a booking out of it.

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For me it has to be Reminiscence by Derren Brown. The whole routine is a master class in structure of effect and performance. The thought that has gone into that routine is unbelievable. All the subtle gestures and inflection in words were so well thought out. "The Pure Effect"

Totally agree !
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