Carlisle, Stanton: Dynamic Mentalism
©1979 Supreme Magic, England
Softcover, comb-bound, 8x10", 84 pages
Carlisle: Dynamic Mentalism
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Comments (qr): Isn’t it amazing how a simple phrase or idea can give you a hook? Yes, the very hook that frames a pedestrian trick and turns it into a miracle. Henning Nelms book on Showmanship was full of ideas on how to find such hooks. Once you have the hook, the whole presentation falls naturally into place. The first routine in this book by Stanton Carlisle is a great hook, even if it is for a card trick. But, you see the hook can be used for other effects where cards aren’t even used. Here the Chain of Thought effect is where a chain of spectators each add to a thought to come up with a playing card and the performer then shows a chained deck containing his prediction. One thought logically leads to the next.

Contents (numbers are not page numbers):

1 Chain Of Thought
2 Predictaword
3 Predictaword II
4 The Spirits Write Again
5 The Signature Tells: another idea for a hook if you do any type of graphology routine
6 The Zenith Question Answering Presentation
7 The Annemannesque Book Test
8 The Masks Men Wear
9 Personalizing Your Presentation
10 Thanks To Voltaire
11 Know…Will…Dare…Keep Silent!
12 Shoot To Kill!
13 The Exploitation Of Memory