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Sorry this is a little off topic but certainly worthy. There was a few of us in Howie Schwartzman's room at the Washington Hilton for the IBM Convention in 1977. This is by far the best trick I have ever seen period. Howie retired to bathroom and ask us to give him 5/10 minutes and then come into the bathroom. We went in there and he was totally gone. No windows, no closets, no drop ceilings, no other doors. He was just gone. It was an amazing thing. After we all walked out, here comes Howie.
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James Dean used to do the same thing. I have read about it in one of Jon Racherbaumer's Magic Magazine columns.
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I like the one with the 21 cards best...
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On Mar 12, 2015, Steven Conner wrote:
Sorry this is a little off topic but certainly worthy. There was a few of us in Howie Schwartzman's room at the Washington Hilton for the IBM Convention in 1977. This is by far the best trick I have ever seen period. Howie retired to bathroom and ask us to give him 5/10 minutes and then come into the bathroom. We went in there and he was totally gone. No windows, no closets, no drop ceilings, no other doors. He was just gone. It was an amazing thing. After we all walked out, here comes Howie.


Ken Allen did the same thing at the Statler during the 1952 SAM convention in Boston.
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I was fooled by the majority of effects presented in Max's VideoMind. I still think it's one of the best resources available for mentalists.
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"Tres" (which includes my signature "no touch" version of PK Touches) is the best I've ever seen. ;-)

Just kidding. I would say that Derren Brown's effects are definitely up there. Also, the Watch effect by Osterlind is quite impossible. Finally, Jerome Finley's work is very impressive as well and quite impossible to backtrack.

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A "Brainbuster" TV show special effect by Dunninger, a drawing duplication of what an airline pilot had drawn in real time in the cockpit, while flying some hundreds or thousandsof miles from the theater!
Everything Dunninger did impressed me, but that is the only one
specific effect that I have never forgotten.
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A "Brainbuster" TV show special effect by Dunninger, a drawing duplication of what an airline pilot had drawn in real time in the cockpit, while flying some hundreds or thousandsof miles from the theater!
Everything Dunninger did impressed me, but that is the only one
specific effect that I have never forgotten.
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A close second would be, Al Koran doing his Medallion effect on an Ed Sullivan Sunday night TV show,..never forgot that and at the time had no idea how it was done.
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So I'm new to the concept of mentalism but it appears on this thread that the Lottery Illusion by Nate Staniforth falls under this category. I think his trick is definitely one of the craziest I've seen in this realm. I am so curious how anything like that can be done!
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Derren Brown's The Oracle Act in Evening of Wonders. Brilliantly performed.


Yes. So many of his pieces over the years could be chosen really, as they are masterclasses of performance, expertise and creativity, but the Oracle Act is brilliantly done - such a powerful and dramatic piece. Mind-boggling stuff.

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Derren Brown's The Oracle Act in Evening of Wonders for me too. Derren Brown is my model of what a mentalist should look/be/say/do.

But I love when performance pieces change the way I look at something. Docc Hilford's Para Opticalism is what made me include several versions of Card Calling in my repertoire (I never used it before that). Most recently, Jan Foster's "Under Test Conditions" made me come-up with a different way to achieve the same thing, with 2 additional advantages. So it's hard to me to define what I would consider the "best" thing I've ever seem. It could be taken as best performance, best plot, best method... or simply the thing that changed you the most after you watched it. Who knows...

In my case it was a very slow progress. The more I digged, the bigger the excitement. But if I had to name a single effect, it would have to be a Q&A style act. This can be done with questions, pictures, cards, objects, etc... even nothing at all.
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I once completely impressed myself by knowing my own mind.

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Enigma finale is amazing. In its simplicity it is a perfect example of entertainment and its climax kills!
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I think what always impressed me about the lottery ticket illusion was not only how quickly he pulled it out of his wallet but also how freely it was displayed by the cameras and that he even had a spectator standing right next to him and let them look at it so closely.


I agree with others, Nate's Lottery Illusion really made an impression on me. And when I went through his instructions for this, I was just mind-blown.
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Nothing blew my mind more than the first time I saw Richard Osterlind's watch routine! A thing of real beauty Smile
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I saw Chan Canasta 40 years ago on Israeli TV
diing the book test. Then I saw him live.
Until today no one does it like he did.
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The first time I saw Kreskin do his Q&A on TV. Then when I saw Richard Osterlind do his Q&A. Not having any idea at the time how this was done, both performances utterly amazed me. Both Kreskin and Osterlind seemed to possess the power to perceive thoughts from anyone in the audience. I will always remember the truly magical feeling this gave me.
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Maybe this will sound weird, since people here mention extremely grand effects, like the Oracle an Q&A and such, but my favourite effects in mentalism are a little geeky and involve simple objects.

This effect that Derren Brown does, specifically at 2.40, when there is a whole room of objects and someone picks one object and then DB shows them the prediction.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2yHH_xFdR8

I just love this effect. I have no idea how he did it, but the aesthetics of this kind of performance are just speaking to me. You know, the wonder of raw choice. The spectator walking around this museum of items. I really like that.
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I saw Osterlind once when he was on fire with his Q&A and it was epic.
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