We get comments and phone calls that include this question a lot. I thought I'd give some insight how magic gets as costly as it does. I think the best way to go about this is to break down the components of each individual trick one blog at a time. Today, we'll be looking at Larry Becker and Lee Earle's Final Flashback.
I would like to start off on a personal note. I purchased this trick right after I read about it. Even if the quality wasn't as high as it is, I would say that the effect itself is worth the price. I used this trick in my street performances and it upped my gratuity intake immediately. I was reading people's minds and they were loving it. That being said... there is more to the value of this trick than the effect alone.
The set includes three specially printed books. Each book looks nothing like the other, they are different sizes, have different colored covers, the page numbers are in different places. This is important because it makes the books look random and unimportant, giving you all the mind-reading credit.
The quality of the printing is excellent. This contributes to part of the price. Printing a book is an expensive task which is justified by the large volume of books sold. With these books, there isn't that high of a demand, just a select few mentalists have to fund the entire publishing rate of these carefully manufactured books.
The time and thought that went in to this set is astounding. I love it when the secret to a trick is just as impressive as the effect itself. Such is the case with Final Flashback. All five phases build on each other, all three books feed off of each other, and all five methods are equally devious.
In summation, Final Flashback is worth every penny. If you want to build a reputation as a mentalist, here is ten to twenty minutes of material that you should seriously consider adding to your show. I'm sure glad I did.