60+ magic & mentalism effects for stage & close-up, based on a simple technique.
Sub Rosa is a wonderfully deceptive and versatile technique that you can learn in seconds and master in minutes.
It’s simple and direct, and doesn’t involve any sleight-of-hand or difficult, hidden moves. It’s suitable for stage, parlour, and close-up, and is equally at home in magic and in mentalism.
Sub Rosa has dozens of applications. You can use it for effects as diverse as:
Card or Bill in Cigarette
Linking Finger Rings
predictions and divinations
Torn and Restored effects
Coin in Bottle
Paper to Bills effects
Brema Nut and similar
transpositions and transformations
and countless others.
In Sub Rosa, you will find over sixty effects, including:
Good Evening: A message appears on a blank sheet of paper crumpled up by a spectator. Fully scripted.
Losing Face: A selected card becomes blank and its face appears printed on a handkerchief held by the spectator.
After the fact: A very clean handling for borrowed-object-to-impossible-location effects.
A Squeeze of Deception: Three borrowed coins are held by a volunteer on stage. Without ever touching them, you correctly determine their dates. With several variations, including a design duplication.
The Game of Keys: Several spectators try to win a borrowed watch. Complete with cheeky game show host, cheering section and consolation prizes. Fully scripted.
Spodomancy: You predict a merely thought-of card, burn the prediction slip and use the ashes to reveal a selected card in an eerie way.
Changing Roles: A spectator holds a gold ring, you hold a silver coin. The two should transpose; instead, the metals transpose. Fully scripted.
A simple colour separation: Simple, direct version of Out of This World, using a small number of cards. Spectator can shuffle at any point. No crossover/colour switching.
Fast Boat to China: A borrowed coin placed in an envelope turns into a Chinese coin. Fully scripted.
Underhanded Heads-Up: You predict the date of a coin freely selected through elimination. Uses ordinary coins.
Triplets and Trios: A very clean prediction (or divination by spectators) of three numbers, letters, words, images, etc. With fully scripted presentations inspired by: Koran’s Gold Medallion, Becker’s Casino Royale, Rutledge’s Minding the Store, plus travel destinations, a night on the town, a murder mystery, and many more.
The Sub Rosa Index: Prediction system with up to 8 outs. Numerous presentation possibilities.
In addition, you will find:
a headline prediction
a Cups and Balls technique
a card revelation
a Linking Pins finale
Many effects have fully scripted presentations. There are humorous routines, straightpieces, and even a few Bizarre effects. Themes include:
an experiment in an ESP lab
learning card tricks
spirit photography of dead celebrities
winning at Bingo
bad luck at cards, even with the help of magic
a dead clown
a would-be student of divination
good luck charms, amulets, feng shui
Last but not least, with the Sub Rosa technique, you can often use inexpensive, ordinary items instead of specialized apparatus to accomplish similar effects.