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EVP BY ALAN RORRISON
$99.95 at MURPHY’S MAGIC
Reviewer: Nique Tan
EVP or Electronic Voice Phenomenon is a technique used in paranormal investigation. In its basic form, when exploring an apparently haunted location, some kind of audio recording device is brought along, whilst the team of investigators wander around the premises. Sometimes, questions are being asked to the “other side”, and it is believed that through this process, it is possible to capture supernatural responses. When reviewing the recordings, hidden in the static, spirit messages can sometimes be heard, sometimes in the form of unmistakable words.
Whether or not there is any belief from the reader regarding the existence of EVP, this product will enable you to create this effect. During the course of a discussion about the supernatural, you borrow a spectator’s phone and turn on the voice recording function. You press record, and then ask questions out loud. No responses are audibly heard during this, but at the end when you play back the recording, creepy answers can clearly be heard. The spectator of course, keeps their phone, along with the evidence of their brief contact with the spirit world.
The package comes with all the apparatus you need to perform the effect. You will need to do some setup to prepare the routine and this will really depend on the conversation that you wish to have with your ghostly friend. Also, I think it is fair to say that there are some clothing restrictions that are required when performing EVP. While I have not performed this, I have set it all up and tested it out, and it works beautifully.
I think this is a very unique effect, and one that has immense power. And as we all know from a web-slinging friend of ours, with great power comes great responsibility. I think it is important that if you choose to perform EVP, you will need to perform responsibly. This is a very convincing demonstration of the supernatural, and you do need to choose your audience wisely.
At the end of it all, I think what we should aim to do is to create mystery and entertainment, and not cause distress, create fear, doubt or cause people to raise questions about belief systems. While it is very easy to perform, it is also very easy to perform this inappropriately.
This would fit perfectly into any sort of Halloween performances that you happen to be doing. Where it excels I think, is in the seemingly impromptu, intimate setting where you can really set the mood as well as create a presentation with which to really affect those watching. Used as it is, it is already a very strong effect, but I suspect that if used in conjunction with other layers of magic and/or mentalism techniques to reveal information, it will take this through the roof.
SIMPATICO BY BRIAN BRUSHWOOD
$399 at [My Lovely Assistant ](http://www.mylovelyassistant.com/products/view/7564)
Brian Brushwood’s Simpatico is one of the cleverest, most devious (not to mention hilarious!) routines we’ve ever seen. Brian, who’s successfully used and audience-tested this routine for years, has graciously decided to unleash simpatico on the magic fraternity.
Two volunteers (freely & randomly selected) are invited onstage to participate in an ESP experiment. One of the volunteers will be designated the “Sender,” the other the “Receiver,” and both are situated in front of an oversized drawing pad and provided markers.
The ESP “Receiver” is blindfolded and (just for good measure), placed inside an impromptu “Isolation Booth,” which is actually just an ordinary old cardboard box with the words, “ISOLATION BOOTH” scrawled upon it. (Already your audience is sensing you’re having fun with them!) The “Sender” selects a theme from a stack of jumbo cards which feature topics like “Travel,” “Sports,” “Holidays,” and a random sampling of other topics seen only by the “Sender.” Then, the “Sender” thinks of an image that corresponds to the topic on the selected card. The “Sender” then begins to draw the image on their pad, which is facing away from the audience and performer.
Amazingly, the “Receiver” suddenly indicates that he has gotten a psychic communication, and begins drawing on his pad. The audience cracks up as “Receiver’s” ridiculous, meaningless drawing takes shape. Their laughter, however, instantly turns to gasps of amazement as the “Sender’s” pad is finally turned around, and the image is revealed to be the very thing the “Receiver” drew! At this point, your volunteers are congratulated for being so psychically sensitive, and as a “special” thank you, your “Receiver” gets to keep his Isolation Booth as a souvenir!
Simpatico uses no switches, no sleight-of-hand, no audience plants or collaborators, no pre-show work or prompting. Any two volunteers from your audience can be used! Simpatico is 100% great comedy mentalism with loads of audience participation, interaction, and tons of laughs!
Simpatico comes complete with everything you need to perform, including blindfold, “Isolation Booth” box, 2 oversized drawing pads, 2 felt-tip markers, jumbo deck of theme cards, manuscript featuring Brian’s routine and handling, performance video, and that special something that allows all the magic to happen!
JAKS-STYLE BILLET KNIFE by Joe Porper
$49 at China Magic (List Price $200)
(We believe that this effect is from Joe Porper Originals- www.porperoriginals.com)
Review by China Magic
One of the great feats of mentalism is the ability to predict the future. With this new Jaks-style Billet Knife that is just what you can do, with ease.
Imagine mailing a package to the person who hired you to perform two days in advance. Instruct them to bring the package with them the day of the performance and not to open it! Bring out the morning newspaper from the day of the performance. Have someone look up the lotto numbers and the DOW. Now, ask for the sealed package you sent, open the package with the knife and have a spectator reach inside and pull out the prediction. The prediction’s MATCH!!!
The Knife does all the dirty work for you! You get a gimmicked knife and a regular knife.
ARROWHEAD ILLUSION (Unknown Origin)
NEW ONES FROM ABBOTT’S SELL FOR $350
THIS COMES WITH 10 ARROWS (LOOKS LIKE 2 EXTRAS) NO INSTRUCTIONS
The following description is from Abbott’s
This illusion consists of a small folding cabinet, base, top and twelve real arrows. You can use your own assistant although we like to use a member of the audience. It looks marvelous and you will hear gasps as each arrow is forced into the cabinet. But the biggest surprise is yet to come, for when the front doors are opened the assistant’s head has disappeared! The arrows fill and divide the cabinet into small sections leaving no space for even a shrunken head, let alone a real living and breathing head. No mirrors!