Book of Numbers - Docc Hilford
Contained within this tome are the detailed secrets of six mentalistic miracles. Beyond his original creations, Docc adds new presentations and method variations to the rich ideas of Ted Annemann, Henry Hardin, Orville Meyer, David Berglas and Al Baker. The combinations produce performance pieces that entertain with a 10,000 volt shock.
- Bartender's Nightmare - The mentalist proves his third, or pineal eye can see through human flash and bone as easy as glass. The bartender holds any coin in his fist. There's no peeks nor force of the coin. While blindfolded, the mentalist draws an accurate picture of it, including the denomination and the date!
- Crystal Vision Two numbers, representing the month and day a person was born is written on the back of a business card. The card is folded and torn in half. The participant holds the side with t he month in one fist and the day in the other. The mentalist looks into a crystal ball and reveals details about the person's life, including his birth date yet he never looks at any part of the card.
- Ghostotal A person thinks of a large number. Another person thinks of a small number, then follows the group's instructions regarding adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing his number. At the end of the random procedures, the mentalist reveals both chosen numbers. The final climax comes when it's discovered that both numbers are identical!
- Match-Matical A completely new slant on a masterpiece. Three people choose a specific number of matches from a matchbook and hide them in their fists. The mentalist reveals all three chosen numbers in different ways. The first by automatic writing. The second by a bizarre burn on a paper. And finally, ashes spell out the last number in a very spooky manner. All with almost no preparation.
- In-nile-lation Docc found a new twist in the Nile. A person thinks of a number and without writing anything, keeps it in mind. There's no force, it's a free mental selection. People in the audience call out numbers that are recorded and added together. The total from the audience is the same number as the one which the person is thinking! There are no forces. There are no switches of numbers. All numbers are confirmed as being the ones given. In fact, anyone can keep a record of their own and add the called numbers from their seats.
- Newmero! ? Members of the audience call out numbers that the mentalist records on a board as a problem in addition. Everyone watches as the numbers are written down. He challenges someone in the audience to try to use a calculator and calculate the sum total faster than he can do it in his mind. Not only is the mentalist faster, but he proves to be more accurate! A prediction is opened and read. It gives a description of someone in the audience. The mentalist shows a chart wherein each numeral corresponds with a letter of the alphabet. When translated, the sum total spells out the name of the person described!
None of these effects requires difficult mental calculations. Many tricks have nothing to do with arithmetic of any kind. Those that do, are stunningly clever and brilliantly entertaining.
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- Tempest - A person writes a question on a slip of paper, folds it, and hides it under one of three inverted cups. Although the mentalist has had his back turned during this procedure, he's able to identify which cup covers the paper and to accurately answer the question! If you want to be a billet reader, this is for you.
- Devil Dice - The mentalist tells a tale about gambling with the devil. He puts his wallet on a table. A spectator rolls a pair of dice three times. The numbers on the dice are totaled. Inside the wallet is a written prophesy that predicts the total. There are no forces of indexes. Just one prediction is used and it's written before the spectator sees the numbers on the dice.
- Dicipher Bars - A set of unusual numbered bars are randomly positioned to make more and more difficult problems in addition. The mentalist is able to beat a calculator's speed in determining the total to every problem. Finally, he predicts the total of a problem yet to be seen! All of this proves an ability to see into the future!
- Her Number - Two women both write down a phone number of a friend and their own numbers on the back of a business card. While one holds the card, you tell them which number is which, and finally reveal one of the women's phone numbers!
- Libretta Minutia - A spectator puts three tiny number cards together in any manner he wishes. This creates a three-digit number that represents a random page form a miniature book. He looks at the chosen page and silently reads a word. The mentalist reveals the mentally chosen word. The charm of this trick is only surpassed by its clean method.
- Ouijan - A spectator thinks of a number from 1 to 10. The mentalist touches a planchette on a tiny Ouija board. The spirits move it until finally stopping on the spectator's mentally chosen number.
The effects in this volume could be played together to form a complete and balanced close-up program. Busy performers are always on the watch for good close-up mentalism; here it is.
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- Flare Optico - Three people take arithmetic flash cards from a stack, each containing a different problem in addition. Even though the flash cards are hidden, the mentalist reveals the total from each problem. For an added climax, he reveals all the numbers in the problem.
- Dolce Libra - A spectator holds a phone book behind his back and chooses a page. He brings it around in front and reads a name on the chosen page. The mentalist reveals the chosen name and number! It's simple, but oh so clean. Any borrowed phone book is used. The spectator has an apparent free choice. You never have to see anything. No cues or glimpses.
- Special Delivery - Two spectators help the mentalist write a dozen or so names on billets. Someone randomly chooses one of the folded papers. A spectator seals it in an envelope. Although the people in the audience are unknown to him, the performer is able to deliver the sealed envelope to the person in the audience whose name was randomly selected!
- Three Sided Brain - If a performer spent double the price of this book for this single trick, he would be getting a great deal. This original performance piece has been a feature of a very successful mentalist on the west coast since Docc taught it to him. The exclusive rights agreement has passed and although it will possibly be released as a limited DVD in the future, Docc explains in great detail the performing nuances necessary to make this a feature in YOUR program.Three spectators are used. Each decides on a thought. The mentalist writes something on a large 9" x 12" card. It's placed in an envelope numbered "1" and handed to the first spectator. This is repeated with the other two spectators. Later, it's seen that what the mentalist wrote matches each of their cards. The mentalist is also able to give a lot of unwritten information about the spectators.There are no carbons, billets, special envelopes or pre-show clipboards. You give intimate details about subjects that you couldn't possibly know. If you use the CEO of the hosting corporation, he'll never understand how you knew his mother's maiden name or what he ate for breakfast. No one ever spoke to him or had him write anything; in fact, you can decide to use him at the last minute while you're on stage.
This truly is a professional method devised through years of experience.