$27.00 (List Price: $30.00)

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The Blurb

Magicbox is please to anounce the release of a revolutionary new Mentalism routine. It has long been said that the strongest effects are those which happen in the hands of the spectator, what if the effect could take place in the spectators mind? Between the Lines combines some revolutionary thinking with a classic mentalism effect to create one of the most powerful routines available to date!

Imagine handing a spectator a torn page from a random book, you then ask them to imagine a fictitious scene in their mind building it up piece by piece. The spectator is then
instructed to read the page, which has been in their possession throughout. Imagine their reaction as it dawns on them that the printed page accurately describes the scene they had created in their mind moments earlier.

Best of all there are several extra subtleties hidden with in the text! Could this be genuine mind reading, could this be psychometry? To find out you will have to read Between the Lines.

Comes complete with everything you need to perform this amazing mentalism effect including an 18 page photo-illustrated instruction booklet.

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My Comments

This is certainly one of the more intriguing premises I've seen in quite some time.  For those who are fans of Kenton Knepper and psychological manipulation, this is right up
your alley.  And, essentially, that's what's going on here. You are subtly getting the participant to imagine a very specific scene.  Obviously, the script is everything.  But the performer must be "on his feet" to make tweaks depending on the responses.  The result though is a successfully and devastatingly powerful routine.

I caution that the performer using this must be an experienced performer with the confidence to be able to pull this off.  If you are a novice performer of mentalism effects, I'd buy this for curiousity now, but not even attempt it until after you've performed mentalism for a reasonable amount of time.  One has to be able to quickly and confidently change directions without tipping this skill to the audience/participants due to hesitation, gestures, and other giveaway signs that experienced mentalists know to avoid.  Also, one has to be able to accurately read and control participants to sell this and not make it come off as a boring exercise in guessing.

I really am trying to stress that this is NOT for a performer new to mentalism and I don't recommend it if this describes you presently.  If you are, and you get this, don't try it right away.  You'll get results that will not be as successful as it could be.  For experienced mentalists, though, this is a wonderful new effect that has lots of possibilities and is highly recommended.  You get a 17 page 5.5" x 8.5" booklet with two copies of the yellowed page that you hand to participants.