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Pro Beginner Stuff 1

Posted on September 26, 2007 by chris ballinger There have been 2 comment(s)

This is the first in a series of blogs dedicated to beginner tricks that have killer effects, new handlings, or that you might have simply forgotten about.

Today's  Pick: The Mental Prediction Board

We put this effect in the stuff you might have overlooked or should give a second chance category. It's a scaled down version of a classic mentalism effect. Three predictions are made by the performer and three mental selections are made by the spectators. When the predictions are shown, they match. Spot on. Every time. 

The little plastic Mental Prediction Boards have been available for decades, but very few people use them. Most beginner effects are a little over exposed but for some reason, this secret hasn’t reached the mainstream as much as Svengali Decks or Drawer Boxes have.

Originally a stage or platform gimmick, this smaller version fits in a pocket or close-up case; making it perfect for Walk Around. The volunteers can think up stuff from any topic: a number, color, shape, etc. This means you can change the material and patter to fit in your routine or gig perfectly. Since three questions are asked there is a lot of back and forth with the audience, offering great opportunities to throw in comedy or play up your style of performance. 

Overall, we think the Mental Prediction Board is solid magic. It always gets huge reactions from everyone we show it to and it's a lot of fun to perform.


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2 Responses to Pro Beginner Stuff 1

  • Steve
    Steve says:

    I have an old stage version of this effect. It is solid and gets a killer audience reaction. I highly recommend this effect, and it looks great in the close-up version.

    Is Magic Geek planning on getting the stage version?

    Posted on September 27, 2007 at 1:13 am

  • menelvile
    menelvile says:

    if any body reads this you should know i have mark Wilson's book it's the best in the world

    Posted on October 28, 2010 at 10:01 am

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