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Horrors! Review

March 6th, 2015 9:08am
Reviewed by Big Sam
Horrors! is an easy mentalism effect that fits well with a bizarre, spook-themed show. Like most of Osterlind's work, the method is simple and allows you to focus on the performance. The included props are sturdy and should last through many performances.

While you don't have to memorize anything, the included mnemonic aids make it quite easy to do away with notes. After a few minutes I was able to memorize everything needed for this effect.

Osterlind suggests doing Horrors! quickly, but in the alternative performance tips he provides some great ideas for expanding the presentation.

In summary, Horrors! is easy to learn and fun to perform. At $20 it is well worth the investment. Another winner from Richard Osterlind!

Product info for Horrors!

Author: Osterlind, Richard
Publisher: Jim Sisti
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $20.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

A Stuart Robson classic...reimagined by Richard Osterlind!

One of the effects Richard and Jim chose to feature on the Practical Mental Effects DVD project was Stuart Robson's Horrors! This fine word divination effect utilizes the advantage of shock words for presentational possibilities and a tried and true method that has stood the test of time.

Richard applied his usual groundbreaking thinking to update and streamline Horrors! to make it even more workable and mystifying. The presentation on the DVD completely blew away the spectator!

But, now, there's more! When Richard decided to offer Horrors! to the fraternity, he once again applied his original thinking to both the props and routine. First, the cards are substantially larger than playing cards, approximately 4.5 by 6.5 inches, and made of heavy stock. They look special and yet will easily fit into your coat pocket. And, the envelope they are carried in is also quite special.

Second, Richard outlined his entire system for memorizing the necessary words to make the cue list unnecessary. You will have the entire system down in less than half an hour!

But then he took it even further by coming up with a revolutionary way to eliminate half the memorization! Now it is ridiculously simple! This, combined with the subtle presentation ideas, makes the effect look totally impossible. You really appear to read the mind of the spectator!

Finally, Richard came up with ways to use Horrors! for both close-up and stage. There is an idea using a blindfold and some thoughts on how you can make this so much more than a simple word divination. The innovative performer will use these ideas to create a reputation maker for his professional show!

Best of all, everything you need fits into your pocket for anytime, anywhere miracles! This is outstanding classic mentalism brought up-to-date for the 21st century!

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