"This is a fascinating work and a tool that supplies the reader with an abundant supply of new and usable material... Self-working effects, based on clever mathematical principles are often a relief to perform and give you ability to concentrate fully on your presentation. Parimental explores just one such principle with some 20 different effects to choose from along with some very sound presentational advice." - From the Foreword by Richard Osterlind
Learn to control your participants' thoughts and predict their actions using the Parity Principle - an underrated, very simple principle published by Martin Gardner in Scientific American in 1960. This versatile principle can be used impromptu or for prepared routines. It can be adapted to use in any type of venue, including online performances.
The basic routine involves setting up a series of nine items in a three-by-three grid. The participant has a free choice of starting on any object. A number is freely chosen and the participant moves to the left, right, up or down, back and forth. The performer now shows a prediction that shows which objects the participant is not on, and they are removed. This continues until eight of the items are removed and the prediction reveals the item ended up on. These nine items can be anything you like and this book is filled with a variety of ideas to spark your creativity.
In this book, you will explore and learn the basics of the Parity Principle as well as many nuances that will allow you to make it even more versatile than ever. There are routines described which use celebrities, colors, business cards, playing cards, cities, typographic symbols, randomly selected objects, and more. There are also some essays on subjects that will help you more effectively perform these routines, as well as improve your performance of mentalism, in general.
It is a tool that you will use to create wondrous effects and it is an exploratory journey of an extraordinary principle that you will find amazing and unforgettable.
NEW, paperback, 198 pages
NOTE from Don: I was given an early preview of a portion of this book. I have always been fascinated when someone takes a principle and "explodes" its possibilities to the Nth degree. The parity principle taught in this book has unlimited possibilities in the realm of magic, many of which the author explores for you.