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This is one of those effects whose methodology is as good as the trick itself – it will tickle you pink every time you perform it.
It’s not entirely new territory for the Dobbmeister – he produced a wallet in conjunction with Alan Wong that contained the wherewithal to do this effect, and Heads Up was one of the routines supplied with his AFW wallet.
Two spectators are given a book each. They can fully examine them, read some passages if they wish and confirm they appear to be ordinary paperback books. A third spectator is asked to call out any page number (there are 125 pages in each book). The spectators turn to the freely selected page and note the first word.
“Houdini and his wife Bess did not ever have children. Instead they showered their affection on each other, and on the collection of pets they built up. Houdini particularly treasured this photo of him holding several of his beloved pets.”
This is a deceptive quickie that has several hidden layers. It started life as little more than a sight gag, but gradually Wayne has added to it to give you a multi-layered, close-up, comedy prediction effect.
Triple Exposure offers three commercial, funny routines relying upon a clever Dobbo variation on his mentor Roy Johnson’s switch frame, that Roy designed specifically for Vic Pinto’s wonderful Society of International Magicians routine that was all the rage in the mid-1970’s.
Tricolor Dice is a fine five minute close up routine by Wayne Dobson features three small dice boxes and three colored dice that gives you a three- phase mindreading act under increasingly impossible conditions with a strong finish.
“Houdini, perhaps the most famous magic name in history.
Houdini and his wife Bess did not have children of their own. However, Houdini was close to his niece; for some reason she never had her birth name registered as a baby…
Part of The Houdini Series
The effect depends on a devilish principle that Pat Page taught Wayne when they were working together on Wayne’s ITV series “A Kind of Magic”.