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nique
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Here's some effects I use in my walkaround work which uses no props. I feel it's nice to insert such effects in between the more conventional mentalism effects I perform.

Ron Crumley mentioned Angel Eyes... and I do a version of that, in which the spectator feels someone tapping them on their back and breathing down their neck. I usually perform this when alone with someone (audience management is the crux of this method), as many a time they suspect someone else touched them.

Another effect I perform is my variation of Banachek's PK Touches. I'm using a more streamlined and direct handling, getting it as close as I can to the one performed by Derren Brown.

Another one from my repertoire is a effect where a spectator's arms rise on their own, upon my suggestion. This handling is solely based on suggestion and audience management, but in my experience of performing it I'd say works 90% of the time. I'm proud of this one, as the spectator just stares helplessly as their arms start rising in front of them. It's quite a sight.

Cheers.
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I remove my ring finger after complaining it is wiggling about. Run the finger up my sleeve and then replace it. Follow up by removing my tongue.

If I have a cloth (I usually do shows with a cape) I can remove one leg and then the other behind the cape (a gag where I raise one leg at a time) and finish with only my shoe on the ground but no leg.

The breaking of the wrist reminded me of the old nose breaking trick where you pull over your nose to one side and there is an loud audible snap! Not for the squeamish.

If I am wearing a tie I can "sew" it with an invisible "hair" from my head. This explains a lot as I pull it from my head. The tie does move as I tug on it with the thread. Gets a good reaction.

- Brian Nadworny
"They say the hand is quicker than the eye but I won't believe it until I see it."
Eric Leclerc
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Thumb through ear... FOR SURE.. no one does it around here and people ask me all the time, I close my kids shows with it, do it on the kid!

Finger Fantasies is excellent as well. I explain it as a kind of a supper up version of your drunk uncle's thumb trick at christmas.

I do the arm swing as well. Pretend your arm is broken at the socket and it spins uncontrolably in an impossible manner. Perfect to do before or after twisting arm illusion.

Balducci levitation for ONE person at a party in a closed room. Pick the loudest person but not a drunk one. Do it for them, milk it out, pretend to not feel well, and leave the party (do this when you were ready to leave anyways). At a party like that, the stories get all contorted. I get some people that come up to me and say "you're the guy who flew at that party in front of everyone in the middle of the dance floor right?!" ......"why yes, yes I am" Love it

I wish there was more on body magic.... I loved "tricks with your head", but need something more magical.
Gede Nibo
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Placing a spectator directly in front of you...take your two first fingers of both hands and say to them "when I put my fingers to your eyes, close them...on the count of 3, do it.."
perform it 2 or 3 times, and on the last time, you actually use ONE hand, using the first and middle fingers(unbeknownst to them) to touch their eyes closed...
then, with the free hand touch them on their upperback/shoulder very lightly and quickly...they will think that someone/something else touch them on their back, for when they open their eyes, youve (re)placed the TWO hands back in the position in one swift motion....

know what I mean???
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Broken and restored pinky.
Vanish my ring finger and show both sides of the hand before causing it to return.
Bending backwards and removing the end of the middle finger.
Broken nose gag.
Bending the pinky to a right angle along the palm (from Labyrinth).
silapmata
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Try this version of finger tricks

http://www.cardma.com/Video/fingerboxofdeath1.rm

It is simple & visual.
lane99
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"Banachek's PK Touches. I'm using a more streamlined and direct handling, getting it as close as I can to the one performed by Derren Brown."

Nique: I saw Derren Brown do a stunt for some dancers where he waved his hand over the arm of one of the dancers(whose eyes were closed). Her friend was sitting next to her, so she could confirm the number of times Brown waved his hand. Sure enough, although it was clear his hand never actually touches her, she DID feel something when he waved his hand about her arm.

Is this the actual effect you're talking about? If so, how can I find out how to do it? From what I could tell watching the video, it won't be using Banachek's PK touches method.
nique
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Lane99,

As many of us know, versions of effects performed for TV may not present an accurate picture of the actual "look" of the effect. If you think about it, I'm sure many of us here can work out methods for effects for TV, making them appear as clean as a whistle and subsequently almost impossible to reconstruct. While I'm sure Derren Brown is able to perform most of his effects live, I've heard from knowledgeable magicians that while they are still very strong pieces, they deviate a little from what you see on TV.

Back to your question about the PK touches effect, though. This is simply an adaptation of Banachek's original. That being said, when I perform it, it does look (and feel) to all involved as per the Derren Brown handling with the dancers. I'm trying not to give too much away, but if you know Banachek's method, this is just an adjustment in choreography to change the look of the effect.

I don't perform this effect much anymore, it's really good, but I'm ripping Derren off, so I've stopped.

Hope that helps you.
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Hi, Nigue. Yes, I do know the exact method for PK Touches, and also I had been assuming there might be something more to Derren Brown's presentation than what was shown on the video. Your remarks surely do help a bit. But I couldn't put it all together, and I would like try your version. Would you tell me more? Private message is fine, if your prefer. By the way, I just do magic for fun. In fact, 99pct of the time without any spectators, just to amuse myself (but sometimes for my family or friends).

By the way, I wonder if you know that Derren Brown also does an effect where the subject (whose eyes are closed) moves his arm moves up or down to exactly mirror Derren's movement. This might be similar to the other effect you described above.
nique
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Hi lane99,

It's hard for me to give you my handling of Banachek's PK Touches. It's one of those things I'm "proud" of, so to speak. I hope you understand. Again, I've stopped using this effect in my shows (maybe once or twice, it's really good and hard to say goodbye to) as I feel guilty for ripping Derren Brown off. I don't think coming up with a different presentational angle justifies my performing it (unless someone can give me their views while we're at it).

I know how you feel about this effect and how badly you want to perform it. Really, simply use the concept in Banachek's original and adapt it. Just think of how to choreograph the thing, still using the original concept (I stress this!), and get the effect to look like how you want it to be. Same goes for any other effects when constructing them I guess. I'm using the SAME method, just a different look.

I'll tell you how it looks to get you started. I get someone to stretch out one arm and close their eyes, in front of everyone I slowly extend a finger and simply mime touching their arm twice, they open their eyes and they say they felt me touch them. That's exactly how it looks. Find a way to insert the concept(!) in there to make it work.

As for Derren Brown's "Lift" - I was unaware of his effect when I came up with my abovementioned Arm Rise effect; this was years ago in 1997. That said, it's totally different in method and the look to the effect is different as well.
lane99
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Hi, Nique. Something like, after the specator has closed their eyes, you shift your body position (momentarily blocking the audience's view of what you're hands) using some exuse (like, "oh, let me move aside so everyone can see better"). And
"apply" the PK Touches concept at that moment...is something like that how you pull it off?

Hmm, also...there is "PK Touches", "Invisible Touch", etc., etc. Many forms of this trick though the ages. Personally I don't think you're ripping anybody off if you've ADAPTED something in a unique way. But, if you're worried about that, why don't you just ask Derren Brown if he minds you performing your version of the effect? You're not doing it now, anyway (so if he says "Yes, I mind", you're no worse off. If he says "no, I don't mind", your conscious will be clear, and you can go ahead and give people a thrill with it).
pegasus
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Arm lift illusion as performed by Derren Brown is good.
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I know this will sound stupid but kids love my `roaming eyes'. Ans it's not really magic. It is the illusion where you make both your eyes look left - right - crossed - and then outward at the same time. Then I move each eye all around independently.

It's no big deal and ANYONE can do it. It is kinda silly when you know how to do it but it does freakout folks... and that's what it's all about.
The Doctor will see you now! ;-)
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