101 entries in Mental Magic / Principles / Pre-Show
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Theodore Annemann Advance Information getting information before a show about the guests
1935 Complete One Man Mental and Psychic Routine 22
Al Baker Kiddie Party Slate name of two children appears on slates, preshow, flap slate contruction
1941 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Magical Ways and Means) 262
John Brown Cook, Arthur H. Buckley Second Sight at First Glance performer is blindfolded, accurate description of the people who put a personal object in an envelope
1947 Gems of Mental Magic 54
Ormond McGill Secrets of the "Theatre" Mentalist set up for Q&A before the show, in theatre setting, specifics of the audience in that venue
1951 Psychic Magic — Vol. 2 14
Bob Somerfeld Situation Wanted on hot reading, pre-show information
1952 Pieces of Mind 3
Gene "Phantini" Grant Million Dollar Sealed Message Test
1955 Phantini's Lost Book of Mental Secrets 8
Dr. Stanley Jaks One Is Face Up spectator reverses a card in the deck and seals it, another spectator divines it, clever pre-show wording
Related toAlso published here 1959 More Miracles in Mentalism 8
Dr. Stanley Jaks Omar's Prophecies treatise on the one-ahead triple prediction, sheets labeled with A, B & C
  • Part II (replacing force with known data)
  • Part III (on the selection of people, apparently random)
  • Part IV (staging the routine)
  • Part V (staging for Brainwave)
  • Part VI (handling for the Billet Knife)
  • Part VII (handling for Chuck Smith's M-T Pad)
Related toVariations 1960 Omar's Prophecies 1
James Auer Time Bombs on preparing tricks at friends' homes, book tests
1970 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1969-70) 41
North Bigbee, Dr. Stanley Jaks Dr. Jaks' Secret reading on stage, collecting information before the show, hot reading
1971 Magick (Issue 24) 118
Robert Schwarz Epic Projections triple divination on a slate
1971 Magick (Issue 33) 163
William Patterson A Detective on Obtaining Information on gathering information before the event, hot reading, investigating the audience
1973 Magick (Issue 69) 345
Christopher Rogers The Ultimate Presentation answers and signature of a spectator's friend appear on signed envelopes, envelopes in jar filled with water and pencil leads
1973 Magick (Issue 78) 387
John D. Pomeroy Dr. Q Slate Routine locking flap, duplication of word, number and color
1973 Mentology 9
Orville Wayne Meyer The Pineal Senses playing card, serial number of bill and a name are divined, clever pre-show handling
1976 Magick (Issue 144) 717
Philip T. Goldstein Four-sided Triangle card is thought of before the show, it matches prediction and selection of a second spectator
Related toVariations 1977 The Red Book of Mentalism 5
Philip T. Goldstein Discretion zodiac discs, spectator finds performer's zodiac sign and vice versa
1977 The Green Book of Mentalism 16
Walter B. Gibson, Al Mann Walter's Letter prediction in nest of envelopes, sent to spectator by mail
1977 Break Through 10
Chip Cotton Sight Unseen! bluff design duplication
1977 Magick (Issue 192) 959
Karroll Priest Guest Shot mind reading on the radio, people call in
1979 Magick (Issue 241) 1203
Thomas Alan Waters Subsidiary Technique
  • Locating the Participants
  • The Last Two Items
  • Clipboard Readings
  • Combinations with other Effects
1981 Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Psychometry) 143
Gene "Phantini" Grant Interlocked Minds climax for blindfold routine, symbol is divined
1981 Phantini's Incredible Mental Secrets Volume Two 87
Gene "Phantini" Grant Video Tape Miracle dream vacation prediction on video tape
Inspired by
  • a routine by Bob Dorian
1981 Phantini's Incredible Mental Secrets Volume Two 91
Karroll Priest Sleep-Eez on combining mentalism and hypnotism
1981 Magick (Issue 290) 1448
Dr. Stanley Jaks Eine liegt verkehrt spectator reverses a card in the deck and seals it, another spectator divines it, clever pre-show wording
Also published here Dec. 1981 Intermagic (Vol. 8 No. 4) 137
Edward Marlo, Stephen Tucker It just don't add up? not really by Marlo?!, on casting out tens clocking, with pre-show application
1982 Spell-Binder (Vol. 2 No. 16) 306
James S. Harto The Chandra 20th Century Message Reading with question chart for pre-show
1983 Selected Sealed Message Reading Methods 8
Joseph Dunninger A Sensational Test methods for gaining information, with assistants
  • An Unusual Dramatic Interlude (pre-show)
  • Returning Marked Envelopes to Spectators During the Speciality (unopened, flashlight)
  • Another Method (gist written on envelope)
  • Another Ruse (gist on watch)
1983 A Simplified Crystal Gazing Speciality 6
Bob Haines Design Dubli-kits spectator draws design in other room and can chose color, before the show
Jan. 1983 Magick (Issue 313) 1563
Thomas Alan Waters Pierception with box, thought of card
1984 Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Cardiact) 527
Joseph Dunninger, Al Mann Methods of Gaining Information for Performer for the blindfold drive
A: The Impression Envelope
B: The Stuffed Pen
C: Stuffed Cigarette
D: Contact Mindreading
E: Impression Notebook
F: (publicity with VIPs)
G: A Confederate
H: Clip Boards, Etc.
I: Audience Participation (with changing bag)
1984 Publicity Secrets 3
Dr. Lawrence Weinstein Media Delight pre-show for TV, using picture cards
Feb. 1984 Magick (Issue 328) 1639
Denny Laub, Gary Inglese Simulcast! card at any number, half forcing deck
Aug. 1984 Magick (Issue 337) 1681
Jack Kent Tillar Challenge Test books bought in advance, using daub
Sep. 1984 Magick (Issue 338) 1689
The Amazing Maurice, Gene Nielsen Psychic Rising Cards cards chosen from zip loc bag in pre-show, then "thought-of" cards rise during performance
1985 The Bag Book 5
Rudolf Braunmüller Das 3-Pfeiler-Experiment card apparently only thought-of is predicted, Monte Cristo deck
Inspired by Dec. 1986 Intermagic (Vol. 12 No. 3&4) 170
Steve Beam Brained a card peeked, one remembered from looking at the fan, third one thought of, one by one performer reverses cards behind his back, see also p. 578 for ideas by Harry Levine
1990 The Trapdoor — Volume Two (Issue 32) 561
Dan Tong Prediction dual reality, apparently spectator drew picture at home, using Larry White's Get The Picture envelope
1992 Stunners! 87
Larry Becker Transparen-See using Himber wallet / Becker Blockbuster wallet
  • Pre-Show Variation
1992 Stunners! 409
Joseph Dunninger Psycho Thought
1994 Rigmarole (Issue 8) 90
Ted Lesley Herald from the Invisible Realms an invisible though of card is put in an invisible envelope and sealed in an empty visible envelope, including sticker with named number, Teleport Envelope
Related to 1994 Paramiracles 196
John Riggs A Bird of Different Feather bag with cards cut in quarters, performer finds pieces of thought of card
Inspired by
  • Robert Baker's "Birds of a Feather" in "Shared Thoughts"
1995 The Magic of John Riggs 65
Samuel Hawley News-Wordy spectator circles word on newspaper before the show, word is divined
1995 Syzygy (Vol. 1 No. 11) 46
Ross Johnson The Really Real Prediction numbers are formed using a bill, telephone number and a credit card, prediction of total
Inspired by
  • Jack London's "Almost Real Prediction"
1995 Syzygy (Vol. 1 No. 13) 57
Ken Grady Domestic Deception picture duplication, clock is chosen and also time matches
1995 Syzygy (Vol. 1 No. 14) 62
Thomas Gentle Kismet's Journey thought of traveling route through the US is divined by performer
1995 Syzygy (Vol. 2 No. 2) 93
Lee Earle Dream Scheme dream of spectator predicted printed in a book
Related to 1996 Syzygy (Vol. 3 No. 3) 185
Grocki Safely Sealed three words from books are divined, before the show words were chosen and books sealed in envelopes
1996 Syzygy (Vol. 3 No. 4) 190
Mark Edward Reigning Cats and Dogs three spectator select either the word cat or dog before the show and each choses a letter, performer divines words and places people in order so word can be read, humorous routine
1996 Syzygy (Vol. 3 No. 8) 211
David Harkey, Eric Anderson Scatterbrain page of newspaper torn according to spectator's wishes until piece remains, word chosen on it, predicted, bluff
1997 Ah-ha! 15
Harry Lorayne Better Than A Clipboard using Himber wallet to get information from spectator
1998 The Himber Wallet Book 154
Scott Shoemaker Picture Perfect divination of a though
1998 Syzygy (Vol. 4 No. 8) 299
Tony Kent, Lee Earle Brain Book list with words that are hard to spell, several spectator select one before the show, performer divines all the word using a dictionary
1998 Syzygy (Vol. 4 No. 12) 318
Steve "Banachek" Shaw Channel Change two-digit number is divined, using a TV and a remote control
1999 Syzygy (Vol. 4 No. 15) 333
Scott Shoemaker Actions Speak Louder three spectators think of an easy action to do, performer divines actions by doing them on stage
1999 Syzygy (Vol. 5 No. 2) 357
David Berglas Musical Mindreading several instruments on stage, performer divines thought of instruments and selected song by playing it, then some rhythms are written on cards and shuffled, performer divines the order by playing them on an instrument
2002 The Mind & Magic of David Berglas 86
David Berglas Pre-Show in TV
2002 The Mind & Magic of David Berglas 94
David Berglas Memory and Mathematics pseudo mental arithmetic routine, spectators write cards with numbers, ends with a huge number, clever presentation
2002 The Mind & Magic of David Berglas 261
David Berglas The Quizzing Glass selected time and object are predicted and engraved on sculpture
2002 The Mind & Magic of David Berglas 494
David Berglas Te Bah Pla and Name Discovery performer writes alphabet backwards while reciting it normally, then a name is divined
2002 The Mind & Magic of David Berglas 497
Chuck Hickok Three Kinds of Pre-Show Work on pre-show and preparations before a gig
2002 Mentalism, Incorporated 45
Chuck Hickok Demonstration Five: Anything Can Be Learned spectator divines symbol, number and word from other spectator, dotted information
2002 Mentalism, Incorporated 107
Tony Bartolotta Nothing Just Happens two cards chosen by two people from two decks before the show and signed on the back, in the show they are compared and found identical
Related to 2002 Discoverie (Issue 7) 99
Eric Mead 52 on 1 to One fifty-two on one gag, then named card is actually predicted
Also published here 2003 Reflexions 13
Anthony Owen Number At Card deck with numbers on the backs, named card has named number on back, two versions
Also published here 2003 Some Tricks 2
Luke Jermay Pre Show Sripting
2004 The Coral Fang 24
David P. Abbott Best of All Slate Writing Introduction and Epilogue by Teller
several slates wiped clean, message for a spectator appears on one
Aug. 2004 Genii (Vol. 67 No. 8) 69
Robert Cassidy Pre-show clipboard technique pre-show strategy, pretending show is recorded
2004 The Artful Mentalism of Bob Cassidy 180
Eric Mead Fifty-Two on One to One fifty-two on one gag, then all cards fall off except chosen one
Also published here 2006 Tangled Web 151
Luke Jermay The Ninth Reality
  • The New Mind
"The Tossed Out, Up, And Around Deck"
on dual reality, method mix for tossed-out deck
Nov. 2007 Genii (Vol. 70 No. 11) 21
Patrik Kuffs Back Perception
  • Mind Stunts
object divined with three questions, with comments on pre-show
Dec. 2011 Genii (Vol. 74 No. 12) 27
Dr. Stanley Jaks One is Face Up spectator reverses a card in the deck and seals it, another spectator divines it, clever pre-show wording
Also published here 2014 The Incredible Dr. Jaks 201
Vanni Bossi Pre-show within the Show "name your favorite card"
2016 Standup Card Magic 126
Zee J. Yan 花非花 Magician correctly divines name of spectator's lover
2017 暧昧 73
Anthony Owen Number At Card deck with numbers on the backs, named card has named number on back, two versions
Also published here 2017 Secrets 175
Asi Wind Prologue
2021 Before We Begin 1
Asi Wind First Impressions on pre-show versus stooging, moral versus artistic choices
2021 Before We Begin 3
Asi Wind Selecting Targets choosing the spectator
2021 Before We Begin 9
Asi Wind Approaching Targets
  • Justification
  • Walk-Around
2021 Before We Begin 11
Asi Wind Tools
2021 Before We Begin 17
Asi Wind Obtaining Information
  • Center Tears
  • Peeks
  • Billet Switches
  • Peek Wallets
  • Impression Devices
  • Apps
  • Playing Cards
  • Research
2021 Before We Begin 18
Asi Wind Book Impression Device Handling
2021 Before We Begin 20
Asi Wind Forcing
  • Playing Cards
  • Blank Cards
  • Svengali Pads
  • Numbers
  • Apps
2021 Before We Begin 21
Asi Wind Scripting
  • Pre-Show Script - Drawing Duplication
  • Show Script - Drawing Duplication
Related to 2021 Before We Begin 25
Asi Wind Camouflage
  • Pre-Show Script (Excerpt)
  • Show Script (Excerpt)
  • Randomness (on selecting spectators)
  • Shifting Focus (Nimrod Harel, Joshua Jay)
  • The Challenge (Luke Jermay)
  • Changing Your Mind (Luke Jermay, Nimrod Harel)
  • Have We Ever Met Before?
Related to 2021 Before We Begin 33
Asi Wind Assisted Pre-Show
  • Assistant's Pre-Show Script
  • Mentalist's Show Script
2021 Before We Begin 45
Asi Wind Unusual Pre-Show
  • Incomplete Pre-Show
  • Open Pre-Show
  • Half-Open Pre-Show
  • Candid Pre-Show (Nimrod Harel)
  • Expandable Pre-Show
  • Eavesdropping
  • Across Time and Space (Michael Skinner's conversation notebook)
  • Pre-Order
2021 Before We Begin 51
Jamy Ian Swiss Book Test Pre-Show spectator's favorite book and its content are divined, as kicker for a book test routine
2021 Before We Begin 56
Asi Wind An Ounce of Prevention
  • Cue Sheet
  • Preventing Exposure
  • Overuse
  • Missing Targets
  • Unchangeables
2021 Before We Begin 63
Asi Wind Video & TV
2021 Before We Begin 69
Asi Wind Virtual Pre-Show
2021 Before We Begin 73
Derek Hughes Virtual Bold Book Test
Inspired by 2021 Before We Begin 74
Asi Wind WikiTest as Virtual Pre-Show handling for Marc Kerstein's app
2021 Before We Begin 76
Asi Wind Book Test
  • Pre-Show Script
  • Show Script
2021 Before We Begin 79
Asi Wind Think of a Name
  • Pre-Show Script
  • Show Script
2021 Before We Begin 84
Asi Wind, Max Maven A Brief History credit information
2021 Before We Begin 89
Asi Wind, Max Maven Max Maven
2021 Before We Begin 95
Max Maven On the Pre-Show in The Four-Sided Triangle
Related to 2021 Before We Begin 101
Asi Wind, Penn Jillette Penn Jillette
2021 Before We Begin 109
Asi Wind, Luke Jermay Luke Jermay
2021 Before We Begin 123
Asi Wind Final Words
2021 Before We Begin 141