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Four Told 2: Modern Symbol Edition
by Devin Knight


(2 reviews, 3 customer ratings) ★★★★

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Four Told 2: Modern Symbol Edition by Devin Knight

Devin Knight has created another hit with Four Told 2 the modern symbol edition. This is mind reading at its best, and allows you to read four minds at once. This new improved version is better and has a streamlined method that requires NO secret adding of numbers.

It does away with the pad and uses just a few index cards, which are handed to the participants as predictions. It does away with old fashion ESP symbols and takes the effect into the 21st century by using modern up to date symbols. Two different presentations for both stage and close-up are included in this new release.

The performer shows a large 8.5 x 11 chart consisting of five icon symbols found on most computers and smart phones such as music, e-mail, favorites, etc. Four or more random spectators are shown the large chart. The participants write nothing down, they just think of a symbol. There are no restrictions. Each person could be thinking of a different symbol, or they all could be thinking of the same symbol. With five different possibilities, the odds stack up quickly against the performer. The participants do not share their thoughts with each other. Since these are all common computer/phone symbols that they see almost daily there are no suspicions at all. This is as clean as it gets!

The performer begins to get impressions. He says, "Straight lines are more difficult to transmit then curved lines. If the symbol you are thinking of has straight lines in it, then please close your eyes and draw the icon in your mind. See the straight lines in your mind, so I can get impressions of what you are thinking."

The performer does not ask any questions. The participants say nothing; they just close their eyes and think. Immediately, the performer hands each participant a face-down index card. This is done right after calling out two colors! This will baffle those who know the old method. Only after each person is given a face-down index card, does the performer ask the participants to reveal their thought-of symbols. Amazingly, when the face-down index cards are shown, they match each participant's thought-of symbols!

For a stunning climax, the performer points to several people in the audience and asks if they were also thinking of a symbol. With no questions or fishing, the performer then reveals the symbols just thought of by members of the audience!



Now you can take Four Told 2 to the streets utilizing the power of your smart phone. Imagine walking up to a group of total strangers and pulling out your phone to perform a mentalism effect using the common icon symbols everyone is familiar with. You can easily do this with any iPad, iPhone, Android, or Blackberry device. Included JPEG file that you can load onto your smart phone either by a USB port or e-mailing it to your phone. This is NOT AN APP, so it works with most any smart phone device.

All this is done without any pre-show work of any kind! This version is comfortable for all, as it uses non-threatening symbols and shapes. Packs flat, and is sure to be a staple for the stage, strolling or street mentalist. Remember, all the participants are given a prediction index card after the second call. There is no one-ahead or secret writing. The participants do not reveal their thought-of symbol UNTIL AFTER the index cards have been given to all of them! Baffling beyond words and as close to real mind reading as you will get.

Four Told 2 comes with an 8.5" x 11" chart that you print out on card stock consisting of modern symbols, a 20 page instruction manual, plus a special JPEG file that allows you to put this effect onto your smart phone for close-up and street magic.


"This new improved version of Four Told is not only streamlined (and more baffling) in method, but it also enables an impromptu performance whenever you have a cell phone." - Jerry Dunn

"I feel the methods supplied are a little more devious than the original Four Told version. I feel this is a great buy for what you get. Highly Recommended!" - Robert Kowalkowski

"I have to say that this is a beauty! I am a great fan of Devin and with this new improved version he has created a miracle that you can also do with your telephone and IS NOT AN APP!! So this means that you can really use any cell phone and blow people's minds. The routine is really strong and I can see myself doing this often." - Luca Volpe

"Four Told offers a clever method of mind reading that is workable and practical. And instead of ESP symbols, you're dealing with modern images which may be appealing." - Wayne Kawamoto, Magic & Illusion

"For $25 bucks you get a killer trick that you can anytime, anywhere. It seems impossible . . . like real mind-reading...4.5 Stars with a Stone Status of Total GEM!" - Jeff Stone, Stone Cold Magic

1st edition 2012, 2nd revised edition 2015, 15 pages.

Reviewed by Frederic Clement (confirmed purchase)
★★★★   Date Added: Saturday 30 March, 2024

The psychology behind this mental feat is ingenuous and explained in great detail like Devin Knight is always doing well. The downsides are :

1. The relative complexity of all the techniques you have to remember and adjust, depending on the different possible situations are not for the beginner. You have to think fast and be alert and concentrated to do that kind of effect. If you are easily distracted and you have difficulties following a logical deduction reasoning, this is not for you.

2. This kind of effect is extremely difficult to practice in advance until you perform it on a real audience.

3. Someone wise could probably catch the method used rather easily. You are not asking questions, but telling people to do this or that depending on their choice may be perceived by many as tips for knowing who's thinking about what.

4. Limited choices to only 5 items, making less impressive than a book test or other, more diversified choice's mentalism number.

But despite those downfalls, it is as close to pure mentalism as you could get for starting a show, if you are experienced. It could be presented as a test to check who's good to transmit thoughts before going deeper into mentalism.

Overall, I highly recommend it to anyone fast minded who wants a pure-looking mentalism effect to start his show or for any performer who wants to improve his concentration in mentalism.

Reviewed by Christian Fisanick (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Wednesday 15 June, 2016

I knew when I saw the peformance of this in the video that not only was I going to buy it, but I also knew that it was going right into my do-at-any-time set and that I could kill with it. There's not much for me to add here except to say that Devin has improved on the original version. The use of the cellphone icons is genius. In fact, to do it impromptu, all you need is to download the JPG with the icons to your phone and get something to write on to keep track of the choices. (I'm really lazy. I carry a piece of paper that not only fulfills that purpose but has the crib pre-written on it so that I don't have to rely on my memory.) The principle used here is one that I've seen in Leo Boudreau's writings, which I refer to as "observational mentalism." (Boudreau's three ebooks, all available on lybrary, while not for beginners or the faint of heart, are absolute musts for the advanced/professional mentalist. His jaw-dropping routines will stop even the most knowledgable, savvy spectator--or mentalist--dead in his tracks because they look like honest-to-goodness real mind reading. Boudreau's processes are unknown to laypeople and just overall bewildering. But Four Told 2, fortunately, uses one of his easier to apply principles.) You will need a good performance, audience management, and the more spectators the better. And I would never do this with less than four spectators because you risk exposing the transparency of the process. But that said, this is not just water-cooler or Friday-night-at-the-bar mentalism. This is real deal stuff to make a reputation.

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