A few pages are torn from an issue of Business Week magazine. One page is torn or cut into 16 pieces. One piece is selected and, without any pumping, the performer divines a word (partially under the audience member's thumb).
The effect is that direct and this is a very clever method. I found simply reading the instructions was a thought provoking and stimulating experience. Becker and Earle have included many clever touches in this routine. The props supplied are first rate. As with any mentalism piece, the props are but the tools that a strong performer can use to craft a sense of mystery for an audience.
Two cautions: first, the revealed word cannot be written down -- on a large board, for example; it must be revealed verbally by the performer. In this sense, the effect might be better in close-up with a few spectators than on a stage before a large audience. Second, for the almost 20% of the male population who are color deficient to some degree, there may be difficulties here. The amount of lighting present may also be a factor. Being a member of that color deficient minority myself, I did have some trouble.
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Product info for Eye Candy
Author: Larry Becker and Lee Earle Average Rating: (1) Retail Price: $79.50 Buy Now
The performer tears a few pages from a current copy of Time, Business Week, or Newsweek magazine, giving the pages to people in the audience. They pass them on to others, ensuring a random selection of helpers. The Mentalist, with two of the helpers, illustrates how our eyes are attracted by the clever placement of text or graphics in almost all magazine editorials and ads.
One participant's page is torn into more than a dozen pieces to guarantee a random outcome by eliminating any bias resulting from the page layout. Obviously, every scrap has totally different printed content on both sides. While the mindreader's back is turned , the participant freely discards all but one piece which he holds between his forefinger and thumb for everyone (except the Mentalist) to see.
After verbally ensuring that the helper can read numerous words and phrases on the scrap of paper, and while the performer's back remains turned toward the participant, he says, "I am visualizing part of a word but it's somewhat obscured by your thumb. Move your thumb over, please. That's better. Would you please read for the first time that which Business Week printed on the piece of magazine page you chose. I believe the word " soared " was under your thumb. Is that correct?" He exclaims, " YES !"
No pre-show work
Nothing added or taken away
Helper can stand across the room
Not the same words every time
Fully examinable, even the discarded scraps!
Eye Candy's "gaffus" is sufficient for up to 100 performances