Much has been written on the Out to Lunch principle (originally from Bob Ellis and Clare Cummings) yet some still call it one of the most underused principles.
Here Reg Blackwood offers some of his own modern and original contributions to the existing effects out there.
The first effect features two predictions written on the hands of the performer and is suitable for close-up and walkaround work.
The second adapts the first into a stand-up routine, more suited to stage and parlour and features predictions sealed in an envelope which can be mailed ahead of time.
The third effect is offered as something of a bonus and is Reg's own humorous version of Anthony Lindan's “Fortune and Fate.” It features lunch with a spectator's favourite celebrity.
As always Reg has kept any sleights to a minimum and simple enough for even the most ham-fisted of performers. The third effect was originally written along with a number of other effects for a local television performance with the “lunch” aspect being a crafty nod to those magicians, mentalists and others familiar to the principle who might have tuned in to watch.
Unfortunately, the face of local television in New Zealand has dramatically changed due to the devastating earthquake which struck Christchurch on February 22nd 2011 taking the lives of 181 people, including 13 Canterbury Television staff who died in the collapse of their studio building. Reg dedicates this manuscript to those staff and all whose lives were so tragically cut short or affected by this tragedy.
1st edition 2011; 12 pages.
word count: 3876 which is equivalent to 15 standard pages of text