"The Ultra Vision Principle is awesome in all respects and you hope that it will remain hidden within the (magic) community!"
- Martin Hille, Germany
"Ultra Vision is a terrific concept that throws a new light on an amazing method for mentalists everywhere."
- Peter Duffie, Scotland
"Any discerning mentalist in the world should have this wonderful weapon in his arsenal!"
- Steve Cook, UK
What is Edward Crawford's Ultra Vision Principle? If I wanted to expose the secret I could tell you in one sentence but I have no desire to expose the secret. So I will have to describe it in other ways. First of all it is a gimmick or a device that enables you to perform true miracles. It is probably easiest of all to take a typical effect for which it can be used.
You can use Ultra Visionfor the perfect Psychometry routine. You take a number of very clearly completely blank cards pieces of card and they can be examined under a microscope and are free of pencil marks or nail nicks or any of the traditional methods of marking the cards used for a psychometry test. You give out the cards to a number of spectators and you give one of the spectators a black cloth bag. Each of the spectators can draw or write something on the card that they are given. Once this has been done all the cards are collected by one of the group of spectators and dropped into a black cloth bag which is supplied. The cards are mixed up in the bag and it is handed to you.
You then reach into the bag and draw out a card and instantly tell the person who wrote or drew upon it something about themselves and then you accurately identify the spectator and hand the card to him or her. And you do that with as many cards as you choose to work with. Now with every other psychometry routine such as this the cards have to be marked so that you know which spectator wrote what or drew on that card and you have to find the markings in good light or poor light and they can be as simple as a few pencil dots or marks made with your nail along the edges of the cards.
The spectators cannot take the cards home with them as souvenirs and they certainly cannot compare their card with other cards used but... with the Ultra Vision Principle the cards CAN be taken home as souvenirs. The cards can be examined and the cards can be compared with the other cards used. There is absolutely nothing to be seen, sniffed, or felt. The cards just seem to be what they are; just simple pieces of card. The Ultra Gimmick does all the work for you. It cannot be seen at work but work away it does.
One of the effects supplied consists of five ESP cards and they are laminated and have plain white card backs. The cards can be examined thoroughly and compared with each other. If you placed them all face down on the table you would have to be a miracle worker or have second sight to be able to say which card is which.
Here is what you do. You show and envelope and have it examined and have a card placed inside and you ask the audience if there is any way in which the card can be seen through the envelope and, as it can't be seen through the envelope the answer is very clear. When one of the cards is in the envelope it can not be seen at all. Now you turn your back and ask one of the spectators to take any one of the cards and place it face down into the envelope.
When the other cards are hidden away so as not to give you any clues you turn round and either pick up the envelope and seal it and give it to a spectator to hold or you just basically push it across the table and ask someone to cover it with their hand. And in that very split second the Ultra Vision Gimmick tells you exactly what the card is in the envelope.
It is as simple as that and it is not electronic or radio-controlled or anything like that. There is nothing that sends out a signal that can be picked up as with some of the very sensitive and complex radio controlled apparatus that one can buy nowadays. If you choose, instead of having the chosen card placed in an envelope, you can wrap it up in a handkerchief and hand it to the spectator to hold so that no-one can see what the card is ... yet you know instantly.
If you choose to you can get a pack of blank-backed playing cards and you can instantly identify any one of the 53 cards in the pack in exactly the same way.
The gimmick is ingenious and completely original. If handled correctly it is completely invisible and unseen. It is very cleverly made and staggeringly ingenious. It is something that every magician knows about but it has been very cleverly modified and changed.
The photographically-illustrated instructions are just under 5000 words in length. They detail quite a number of effects you can perform and as soon as you start reading you will discover other ways you can use the Ultra Vision Principle. Yes it is a special system for marking things. Yes it is invisible. Yes you can perform using it on a stage or right under their eyes. Yes, I knew about the secret method but when Edward Crawford showed me an effect using the principle I did not have a single clue about it all. He used the scientific principle we had discussed a week or two earlier and he still fooled me. That is how good it is.
Edward has a new take on mentalism and his show is called How to Lie, Cheat and Steal Your Way to Success. A leading newspaper had this to say: "Whether he was reading minds, predicting the future or contacting the dead any notion of what was real and what was fake seemed to blur into one. Utterly brilliant!" So watch out for Edward Crawford.