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The Magic Pendulum
by George B. Anderson


(2 reviews, 16 customer ratings) ★★★★

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The Magic Pendulum by George B. Anderson

From the introduction:

Anyone who's ever seen the late, great Al Koran's use of the sex detector or swinging pendulum which is nothing more than a weight on a piece of string, knows how fascinating and impressive it is. Here is a complete routine of tricks with the sex detector, that can run a full 15 minutes. An array of eight varied tricks, all apparently accomplished by use of the Pendulum with a most impressive finale. While the sex detector seems to accomplish each miracle, it can be thoroughly examined because there's absolutely no gimmick to be discovered. There's a pseudo-scientific approach to the routine, and each item blends smoothly into the next one.


  • The Magic Pendulum
  • Introduction And Routine
  • The Signature Effect
  • ESP Cards
  • One Of Five
  • The Pendulum Picks A Playing Card
  • The Pendulum And Random Numbers
  • The Pendulum And The Ouija Board
  • Untouched By Human Hands
  • The Pendulum Weight
  • A Bruce Bernstein Pendulum Routine
  • Variation On The Previous Routine
  • The Pendulum And A Deck
  • The Pendulum And A Magic Shop Deck
  • Pendulum ESP Test
  • Serial Number Divination

1st edition 1980; 1st digital edition 2015, 28 pages.
word count: 9084 which is equivalent to 36 standard pages of text

Reviewed by Chris Somerville (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Thursday 12 March, 2015

There are a surprising number of books purporting to show how to use a dowsing pendulum for magic and mindreading effects. As an enthusiast over 50 years I think I have read them all and this is the best. It is also the cheapest, an absolute bargain. In fact most of the others are very highly priced, yet they contain less meat and a great deal more padding. Anderson's book is very well written, which isn't surprising since he was a journalist, and contains a great number of straightforward, well routined and professional quality effects, which is surprising since George was an Armchair Mentalist as opposed to the professional performer status of many of the authors dealing offering similar material.

This is a complete package for anyone interested in presenting an act based upon the Pendulum. There is an introductory spiel and each of the tricks offered will blend smoothly into the next. In addition to the modus operandi George gives presentation and patter ideas for each effect. The book also contains variations and additional material from other magicians. If I have any criticism it is that the act as outlined does not move to a proper climax. Nevertheless, with this book alone I am sure that many people will be able to create a very workable sequence to great effect. This is a very interesting angle from which to tackle mentalism which can be made very plausible to the layman.

I suggest that any mentalist is search of a novel approach should consider the Pendulum, and to any so inclined I strongly recommend this book.

Reviewed by Phil Reda (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Wednesday 11 March, 2015

This is a great little book. Shows you how to take standard Mentalism effects and incorporate a pendulum. The effects build one onto the other though I would not perform all of them in one sitting.