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Silent Words by Unknown Mentalist

This is a 15 minute mind reading piece containing 4 phases. It uses a few blank business cards, a few envelopes and a few papers - all normal and ungimmicked.

Phase One - A participant chooses a famous quote, silently in her mind, from among several options. Nothing is spoken or written down by the participant. And yet, the performer reads the participant's mind and divines the chosen quote.

Phase Two - A second participant chooses a famous person, very randomly, from among several possibilities. Weirdly, it so coincides that the famous quote chosen by the first participant happens to be of the famous person chosen by the second person.

Phase Three - This is an optional phase. The performer now proves that he had predicted well in advance, both the choices made by both the participants. This prediction is very dramatic and extremely visual.

Phase Four - This phase can be used as an 'encore routine'. In case anyone asks the performer to 'do it again for me', the performer asks a third participant to silently think of a famous person from among several options. And without the participant having to speak or write anything, his thought is revealed by the performer.

This is a flexible routine where the performer can choose to stop after any of the phases, depending on the time available and performing situation. Actually, the first 2 phases can be classified as the 'Main Routine'. The third phase is an 'Optional Phase' and the fourth phase is best used as an 'Encore Routine'

The method is a turbo version of a classic principle. This variation makes the basic principle very easy to apply and perform. At the same time this looks more deceptive and delivers a higher impact. You will find that the potential of this version of the well known principle is vast and you can use it in multiple ways, with a little imagination.

There are no sleights, no preshow, no stooges, no swami gimmick, no Unswami gimmick, no peeks, no impressions, no switches, no stacks, no tech, no math, no tearing, no instant stooging, no dual reality. Except for the business cards, envelopes and papers, the principle by itself is normally classified as propless.

1st edition 2016, 15 pages.
word count: 3408 which is equivalent to 13 standard pages of text

Reviewed by David Burmeister (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Saturday 03 September, 2016

This is another nice effect that I plan to use. However phase 2 uses a principle that I would not normally use. However, having said that, the ebook gives a nice way for it's justification. Like I said, this effect is well worth your consideration. You can't go wrong for the price. Well done UNKNOWN MENTALIST!!!

Reviewed by Michael Lyth (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Monday 15 August, 2016

A Mind stimulating idea with many possible presentation possibilities limited only by your own creative mind. After reading I made the effect up straight away to practice. Whats sleep?

Reviewed by Christian Fisanick (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Sunday 14 August, 2016

This is a mentalism routine that you can do in two, three, or four parts. It's extremely smart, baffling, and versatile. In the first phase, an advanced version of a prodigal principle is used, or as the Unknown Mentalist puts it, it's done in a "turbo" way. That it is. Applause. Well done! This principle by itself is worth the price of the ebook. The second phase uses an old-school counting principle that I personally don't like. I will most likely use a sleight here--or you could a Scott Creasey-style gimmicked envelope or even a variation on Reg Blackwood's X-Way Pad--but it's up to you. This is all quite flexible, depending on how you want to do this. The optional third phase uses one of my favorite cool items that wasn't manufactured with magic in mind, but it's perfect for magicians and mentalists. And the optional "encore" phase is the fundamental or un-turbo handling of phase one. This really is a terrific routine, whether you do it the whole way through or only in a shortened version. While it's not complicated as these types of processes go, you will need a little bit of memory work and practice. Otherwise, you've have close-up mentalism at its finest. Highly recommended.