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Paul Rathbun
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I think Priceless will be one of my new favorites once it arrives.
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Invisible deck and my magic square routine using a Svengali notepad
John Macmillan
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On May 1, 2016, sophiamartin wrote:
Invisible deck and my magic square routine using a Svengali notepad


Can you describe your magic square routine using a Svengali notepad?
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Sure, I show a small notepad with numbers 1-50, and ask spectator to say stop while I riffle down, forcing the number 46. Then I unfold a piece of paper stuck to the back of the notebook with 16 numbers written in a 4x4 grid, none of them are correct, but all rows columns, corners and 2x2 square add up to their number 46
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On May 2, 2016, sophiamartin wrote:
Sure, I show a small notepad with numbers 1-50, and ask spectator to say stop while I riffle down, forcing the number 46. Then I unfold a piece of paper stuck to the back of the notebook with 16 numbers written in a 4x4 grid, none of them are correct, but all rows columns, corners and 2x2 square add up to their number 46



Looks good, do you have a video of it?
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On May 2, 2016, sophiamartin wrote:
Sure, I show a small notepad with numbers 1-50, and ask spectator to say stop while I riffle down, forcing the number 46. Then I unfold a piece of paper stuck to the back of the notebook with 16 numbers written in a 4x4 grid, none of them are correct, but all rows columns, corners and 2x2 square add up to their number 46



I like it. Thanks for sharing.
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Helder, no not yet, will post a video when I get round to filming.

John, no problem, I'm glad you like it!
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These are my favourites but note as a magician rather than a mentalist I usually put just ONE of these in my set now & again mixed in with my magic. Hope these ideas help anyway and they are ALL suitable for table hopping.

> Spoon bending
> TNT by Wayne Dobson released by Wayne Fox & sold by other dealers too I think. (It's a 'free will' type effect on nice laminated/thick plastic card, not playing card stock, so a nice change of prop objects as well as a strong routine in itself)
> Divided attention by Jay Sankey (on one of his dvds).. a list of items is shown & selected & is the one predicted by you.
> B'wave

Couple of additional comments below about Powerball 60, Magic Squares, & Priceless if I may that others mention here (they are perfectly good recommendations!)

With MAGIC SQUARES I have sometimes done the following though this is normally a bit cumbersome for table magic but will work on a 'slow' night when you are not rushing (I know that this is rare with restaurant magic!) I did it only last week but in a PARLOUR magic setting to a private dinner party but just a few people: What I do is I have a few 'empty' magic squares pre-drawn on the back of my business cards to hand out one between two (I give everyone else a business card when I leave the table from my double sided stock of business cards or a blank one if they prefer it). This is so that there are less people who need to hear you clearly & makes the experience/routine a bit more communal & shared. Therefore I proceed with the routine with calling out the numbers & showing/pointing to my cards for them to copy down. It also means you need carry less pens/biros with you. I typically do this to tables of just 4-8 people. You are of course giving your business card away with this approach & it makes it a shared/interactive experience as stated, but only useful in quiet restaurants or on quiet nights.
If anyone's interested to know, I do the magic square where they nominate a number between 30-60. I have my square pre-filled, except for the missing 3 numbers, but have it on top so that I casually show an empty square with a DL initially.
Btw, Sophia, many compliments on your approach - I like how you do it very much.

With POWERBALL 60 I have used it semi-comedicaly; the way I have done this is on those occasions when a spectator has said "tell us the winning lottery numbers!" or "I wouldn't gamble/play cards with you!". I often capitalise on this to drop my usual set & go into the following: When they say those things I respond with precautionary words & warnings about gambling (in a light-hearted & comedic manner of course) & say that even I can't win at it let alone the general public. So I then go into Powerball 60 & 3 card monte (aka colour monte but with 'two' jokers an ace of diamonds as the winner card & the ace of spades or clubs as the kicker ending)

I note paul's comment about 'Priceless'. I too like the look of this very much and although the kicker ending is inherently mentalist, I rather think it's real value is purely comedic as a quick throwaway item at any point in your set or as an opener. My feeling is that I wouldn't play it as serious mentalism. That's just my thoughts/preference because I am pretty sure I will obtain it for my next parlour or stand up show.

I think I'll look up Mark Striving's Symbol Minded. I just took a look at Penguin's trailer for his lecture & I like the look of his style & approach. Mark, if you're reading this, is SM on the lecture?

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Another vote for Powerball 60
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I have also used David Acer's Nomen Omen for years! It is a great mentalism routine and it leaves the spectators holding my business cards with the prediction on the back.
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I have been performing every Saturday, that I am not traveling, at a restaurant for the past 5 years. I find it a fantastic proving ground for my new material and products (such as Apogee, mentioned by The Baldini, above). Still, I do have a few favourite effects that I regularly perform. They include my Cardless Cartomancy (with a pocket index); Hero, with the Pocket Printing Press; Free Will with Eclipse; Half-Track (card effect); and key ad coin bending.

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I have a little trick called Psychic Color Sticks. It was only $15 and is worth its weight in gold. It even fooled my wife, which makes it bona-fide. It's totally examinable, and so simple to do. If you've never heard of it, look it up.

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Mrsmiles,

Symbol Minded is not on the Penguin lecture purely because it is a marketed item and not something that you can make yourself. It IS a fabulous strolling mentalism piece that I use all the time and sell out virtually every time I demo it at a lecture or convention. It simply doesn't get any easier, resets instantly and is endlessly repeatable. It's a worker in every sense of the word. If you'd like more info send me an email. My addy is at the bottom of this window. Thanks!

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Osterlind's Whispering Die, occasionally used in conjunction with a Becker Coin Purse, left in full view, for the predicted revelation.

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Entourage. Quick, direct,and for me, way better response than B'wave.

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MD MINI and Symbol
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I found a very simple effect by George Schindler that I absolutely love doing. It is the easiest and most straight forward mental effect but it plays so well. I tear off the covers of two match books and hand one to a spectator with the instructions to draw a large Tic Tac Toe board on it. I take the pencil and do the same but I also write a prediction on mine as well. I ask the spectator to select either circle or cross and to draw it into two joining spots leaving the third in a row empty.
When the two are compared I have predicted the opposite symbol as well as the spot that blocks them from winning.
As simple as the effect it is people love it.
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Sophiamartin.
I too would love to see more of your effect with numbers and magic square. It sounds great.
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In bars, I've recently been using Tony Chris' "The Chosen"... similar to an ID effect, but for me it plays stronger and is a bit more of a "routine"...
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Alarmed by Noel Qualter & Ade Gower - An incredible prediction effect that ends with your spectator receiving an impossible souvenir. Smile
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