A Dollar For Your Thoughts!

by Professor Spellbinder

Before you buy any of these Dollar Store instructions, go to your local Dollar Store (Quid Store in the U.K.) and make sure you can get the ingredients. Not all Dollar Stores are alike and you may have to hunt through several to find just what you need to make these magic props. To find out what you need to buy for each effect, click on the "Info" button or the photo beside each item.

This article contains a dozen mental effects that can be easily made from Dollar Store materials (or you may already have the materials around the house). Many of the effects are taken from old public domain books on mentalism as a way of encouraging young budding mentalists to learn from the masters. I have tried to being them up-to-date to take advantage of modern technologies and products now readily available from a Dollar Store. I have also tried to make them as different as possible so that you might perform all twelve in a single performance, if desired.

1. Crystal Ball : Thoughts in Focus. – Requires crystal ball or a water-ball substitute, plus some sticky note pads and a pen or pencil.

2. Gathering Secret Information. Requires a regular hardboard clipboard, some carbon paper and some wood grain contact paper. Alternate method is done with a plastic clipboard and a bar of soap or paraffin.

3. The Dream of a Hermit by Dr. Jaks. Requires three decks of cards, one red, one blue and a third with any kind of back.

4. Sight Unseen: From L.E. Duncanson's With Sight Unseen. Requires a make-up compact mirror and materials for “the act.”

5. Sightless Vision: Requires two black laundry bags. Bonus: Half-Body Bag using the latest technology.

6. Living and Dead: Requires a piece of construction paper and a pen or pencil.

7. Spirit Slate Writing: From Norman Ashworth’s Before Your Eyes: Requires a slate, a piece of chalk, some white acrylic paint or correction fluid, a deck of cards.

8. Locks and Key: From Hen Fetsch’s Lock and Key. Two Locks which open by two different keys, plus several other keys that do not open either lock. An envelope for each key.

9. Drawing Duplicates: Requires two “holographic drawing boards”, the kind that have “shiny laser hologram” patterns and which can be used with a water washable pen.

10. Whim of Tituba by Theodore Annemann: Requires three old magazines and three sizes of envelopes.

11. A Billet Act: from One Man Mindreading Secrets by Ralph W. Read. Requires some sticky note pads, pencils, and a plastic tray (opaque).

12. Sticky Note Pad Add-A-No. Requires two sticky note pads and a piece of cardboard cut to the same size.

A Dollar For Your Thoughts $5.00

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