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ThatPsychicGuy
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Cube-A-Libra any good for mentalism???

I've been hearing about an effect called Cube-a-Libra. A tube covers a stack of blocks numbered 1 - 6. You have another duplicate stack and ask people to place them in any order. When your tube is taken off your stack the numbers match exactly. Sounds killer for mentalism. Guess Bob Sheets blew people away with a routine he did with only one tube at a recent convention. Any comments on it? Does anyone use it? It's almost $300 or so. Would love to hear more before I buy it.

Don't want to give any methods, etc. away publicly so send me a PM if you'd like.
Thanks in advance!

Best Regards,
John
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Hi,

It sounds like a great effect, but what I deem as mentalism. To me it falls more under mental magic. If your act is more of a magic type it sounds good, but if you want to make it more mentalism, find a way to do the effect without blocks and tubes. Just my 2 cents... Smile
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A Magic Castle regular who does a parlor mentalism act -- Bob Dorian -- used to perform Cube-a-Libre in his act, pretty much as described above. The idea was that he could predict the random order in which the audience would tell him place the visible stack of blocks. Taking off the tube from the other stack revealed his prediction blocks in the same order. Call it mental magic if you like, but it certainly fooled and amazed people.

Bob Dorian's blocks, as I recall, looked sort of like children's wooden blocks. Finding a good set of blocks these days may be hard. The only ones I've seen look kind of slick and plastic -- i.e., like magic props.

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CUBE-A-LIBRE, I believe, was first put out in the 50s by Golden Gate Magic in SF CA, now closed. I'm not sure, but I think it was invented by a Dr. Blaisdell in San Jose CA. If the Dr. is still around. he may be able to clue you in on this effect.,
Bob Dorian's blocks looked pretty good. It didn't look so much like mental magic to me as visible mentalism---but it's been a while since I've seen it . . .
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Hello Friends:
Cube-A-Libre is a very, very old effect. It was sold and invented by the late d "Conradi Horster" in Berlin. One of the first versions I have in my collection, the cubes where made out of cardboard (!) and they still work!

ESPecially

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John:
I nearly forgot to tell you: REAL mentalism is right only, if you don`t use any props. A wise man said at one time:"Pick up a prop and your fee goes down"!

Best wishes!

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Ted Lesley

( The "Victor Borge" of Mentalism )
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Thanks for the comments Ted. Being able to travel the world with my show in a briefcase it did come to mind it wouldn't be worth adding extra baggage for this effect. Heard some great comments on it and it is still a little tempting. Would probably take it down to a magic trick looking level though. Don't want to do that.

Thanks again for the PMs and posts on this matter.

Best Regards,
John
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