Underhanded: Death to the Peek Wallet - Atlas Brookings
Why take a business card out of your wallet, have someone write or draw on it, and then put it back into your wallet? Unless the participant is giving you their business card, this makes little sense.
Underhanded is simply...
The Death of the Peek Wallet!
Underhanded is honestly the easiest, cleanest, most direct piece of peekery out there. It gives you a full business card peek, is easy to do, requires no gimmicks, and is just plain, full blown awesome super best number one! No nonsense, this thing is a beast -- a straightforward, low-tech workhorse that gives people a reason to hang on to your business cards. And there is nothing to find. You are so clean, it looks like you work for the CDC... um... because I'd expect those guys to be pretty fastidious about cleanliness. I could be totally wrong, though, and that analogy doesn't track.
But I think it does. Doesn't it?
Apart from teaching the Underhanded method, this book comes with a number of routines, each truly refined through performance at numerous gigs. In fact, the book contains my drawing dupe, Epic Triple Fail, that isn't really a dupe but is probably one of the most powerful reveals I use (really, it makes the ladies hyperventilate... something I've always wanted to be able to say, but I mean it - they are frequently so unexpectedly and suddenly stunned that they forget to breathe and you get that sudden intake of breath and unrepeatable stream of sailor speak). In addition, an Epic Q and A is included - a fantastic mind reading Q and A with three people that leaves EVERYONE floored.
Why buy expensive electronics or peek wallets? Use a low-tech method that is truly Underhanded.
It is hard to envision a piece of mind reading that is any more direct!
Others, however, despise the plot and note sourly that the reaction from the audience is frequently less than enthusiastic. One person names a card and the other names a number and lo and behold - they match!
It is over so quickly that it often plays as a puzzle rather than as an amazing feat that fills a person with wonder.
The argument rages back and forth, and fruitful and enlightening perspectives have emerged. Some claim that the weaknesses lie in a lack of performance ability. Others argue that the plot is fundamentally unappealing to any demographic but magicians.
The most experienced among us have consistently demonstrated that an individual will fail to recall the workings of a puzzle, but when they are escorted into an experience that fills them with wonder - when you take them on a journey that creates that wonder - they will never forget their sense of amazement or the guide that lit their path.
So, in the title The Crusade, you have a reminder that what you are presenting is about the journey and not the mythical Holy Grail that is at the end of it.
In folklore, the term 'Crusade' has also shaken off its religious overtones and become synonymous for a period of endeavor and path to improvement - the path, mind you, NOT the destination - which, in many ACAAN plots is arrived at too quickly to have any impact.
One other important point about the title of this book. The root of the word 'Crusade' is the Latin word cruc or crux - meaning cross.
And, of course, a cross is formed at two points of intersection. And what is an intersection but the place where the roads taken by two different travelers on two unique journeys meet?
This moment of meeting is what The Crusade allows you to create. When the card that one person only thought of intersects at the number another person only thought of - the journey that you created for each of them becomes the destination, and an experience is formed that will create a sense of amazement whose memory will never fade.
To a performer, that is The Holy Grail.
And the path to the Grail is through the Crusade.
This softbound book is 109 pages long and offers an opportunity to astound your audience with an impossible and satisfying piece of mind reading!
USED, perfect bound, 58 pages (Some websites list this as an 84-page book, but the last 30 pages are blank pages to write your own notes)
IMPORTANT NOTE: Former owner has pasted small photos, of the magicians that are mentioned throughout this book, on the inside front cover & onto facing page. There may also be a colored dot on the spine, by which he indexed his collection, as well as underlining throughout. THIS IS A USED BOOK, and the listed price reflects these possibilities.