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The Conversus Clipboard

by Steve Pellegrino

(2 reviews, 3 customer ratings) ★★★★

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The Conversus Clipboard by Steve Pellegrino

The Conversus Clipboard is a versatile utility device that allows you to switch items such as envelopes, billets, coins, playing cards, and more under the scrutiny of your audience. The clipboard functions as a standard clipboard yet will allow you to present devastating routines.

  • You can use any clipboard, including transparent ones.
  • You can make this for only a few dollars in about 15 minutes.
  • There is nothing mechanical to fail. It works every time!

Included in this manuscript are the details for making the clipboard. It's easy and inexpensive to put together. The manuscript also includes three effects:

1. Bank Night - This is the cleanest Bank Night you can do with an ending not possible with other methods! You show five envelopes; four contain blank papers, and the fifth a large denomination bill. Four spectators can pick any one of five envelopes. After all four have chosen their envelope, they can change their minds about the remaining envelope.

With this method, you can do something you cannot do with any other Bank Night method - to keep the game honest; a fifth spectator can hold the last envelope and rip it open to reveal you have the envelope with the bill.

2. Add-A-Number - This is a unique version of the classic 16-digit effect. It moves faster than other versions with gimmicked notepads. However, there are no gimmicks for the spectator to find.

3. The Intimate Thought Reader - Dunninger set the standard for the thought reading act, which many have copied and marketed over the years. His method is possible to do with smaller groups but is ultimately more effective with larger audiences. Here's a version developed for smaller audiences of 25 or less. After the slips of paper are collected, they remain in full view, locked in a clear box on the other side of the room, yet you can access all of the information for everyone who has participated.

You're not limited by these routines. Once you put this together, you will find many uses for the prop and always have it packed in your case.

1st edition 2014, updated 2021, PDF 18 pages.
word count: 3406 which is equivalent to 13 standard pages of text

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Reviewed by Don Jarrard (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Wednesday 31 August, 2022

Any clipboard used. The clipboard is not the gimmick. The pad of paper is good. But unless I do 100 shows a week or a lot of writing, I think using a single sheet of paper on a clipboard looks a lot better. Impression devices and page switches are common. I would very seldom use this. A switch can also be a secret peek. So you may be able to use this on stage. Or hand it to an assistant who can write a prediction and sneak it into a box onstage as in Balls! This is not casual mindreading. It could be made using a smaller pad and clipboard. But smaller the pad less bending and less need for a clipboard. Slightly recommend.

Reviewed by Christian Fisanick (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Sunday 17 April, 2016

Excellent instructions for constructing a useful utility prop. Once you get the el cheapo supplies (And you don't need an expensive clipboard. Just get the cheapest, most ordinary looking one at Staples.) Like many of the DIY ebooks here on lybrary, the idea isn't new at all (think Tarbell), but the application to a clipboard is. This will work especially well for Bank Night or a Q&A routine. Recommended.