The Flasher by Larry Becker(c. 1996) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)
Non-Gimmicked cards with Amazing Properties! Nothing like finding gimmicks in the natural world. People like Larry Becker must just constantly be looking for some ruse in everything they touch. This deck, though 100% normal and direct from the manufacturer, has some interesting properties that Larry has discovered that make it very useful for a number of mentalist effects.
Effect: What makes this so special? Plenty. To begin with, the Flash Cards that are used are right out of the box. That’s right, legitimate flash cards used to teach the kiddies how to add. But just wait till you see the miraculous metal blockbuster we’ve created using these ordinary teaching aids. Here’s what the audience sees.
The performer displays the flash cards and explains that there are 50 cards with simple addition problems printed on both sides. A total of 100 different problems just waiting to be solved. The first of three spectators is randomly selected. The make-up of the cards is explained. The spectator is handed a separate 4″ x 6″ card with a numbered list of many different objects printed on it. He confirms that the objects are totally different from one another. The spectator is now asked to thoroughly mix the cards in any fashion and to select one card while the performer’s back is turned. The spectator is then told to add together the top numbers on either side of his selected flash card or the bottom two numbers. Using this secret number, the spectator is then told to concentrate on the item next to his randomly selected number on the list of objects. All this occurs while the performer’s back is turned.
The pack of flash cards is then handed to a second spectator for mixing. The performer casually dribbles the shuffled cards from hand to hand until the spectator calls “stop.” Turning his head away, the performer asks the spectator to memorize the addition problem on the back of the card he freely selected (no force).The cards are then handed to a third spectator for another mixing. The third spectator is handed a sealed envelope to place in his pocket. He is then told to remove any card from anywhere in the shuffled pack and to sit on it. The flash cards are then discarded.
Here comes the mind shattering climax. The first spectator is told to visualize his freely selected object. The performer quickly draws something on a pad. The spectator is asked to reveal for the first time, the object he is thinking of. The performer shows what he has drawn and it’s precisely the object the spectator was thinking of. Applause. Moving to the second spectator, the performer hands him a pad and a pen. Standing back to back, the performer asks the spectator write the problem and its solution that he’s been thinking of, on the pad. The performer does likewise. When the two written problems are compared, they are identical. Applause. Finally, the third spectator is asked to remove the card he is sitting on and to add together the totals of both problems on either side of his freely selected card. This grand total is then revealed for the first time. The performer asks the spectator to open the sealed envelope he has in his pocket and to remove the contents. On a large sheet of paper is the exact total just called out by the third spectator. Applause! Applause! Applause!
This is hot! The flash cards are just that, ordinary flash cards fresh off the shelf. Nothing is added or taken away. There is no sleight of hand required. The “Flasher” is so easy to do and everything is totally examinable. However, the secret will boggle your mind. Tired of doing mere card tricks. The “Flasher” is just what you’ve been wishing for. Powerful! Simple! Entertaining! And totally inexplicable. The “Flasher” requires nothing more than the ordinary pack of flash cards and a secret that will bring a smile to your face and presentation that’ll generate loud applause from your audience. No counting, spelling, complicated procedures, or sleight of hand. It’s so easy you can devote all of your efforts to giving it the presentation it so richly deserves. Several variations included.
“The Flasher” comes with detailed instructions, flash cards and printed list. Everything is completely examinable. There are no hidden gimmicks or electronics.
Approx. Price: $30.00 (2000) ***Notice: I am not a dealer and this item is not for sale on this site. It maybe available in the links below or at our sister site: qualitymagicsales.com, but not from here so please do not ask.
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