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Dean's Beads (DVD and Props) Review

Official Review

June 18th, 2022 4:06am
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Reviewed by Stephan Sloan
Would you like to perform a mentalism routine for kids but don't know what to do, try and find a set of Dean's Beads on the secondary market. It is a cute, lightweight trick and plays well for anyone who is above seven years old. Dean's Beads is the late Dean Dill's version of Gypsy Beads. If you don't know what Gypsy Beads is, it is basically a plastic bead necklace which when held properly will allow the spectator to pull on a continuous string a thought up number of beads. For example, if you asked a spectator to think of a number between 1 and 25 and they held onto the length of beads at one end and pulled, whatever number they thought of, a strand of beads that length would separate from the main strand.

What makes Dean Dill's version nice to work with is that instead of pearl-like looking beads, it is made up of children's colored "Pop" beads popular many years ago. Even though "Pop" beads aren't as popular as they were, they do not look out of place. In fact, one would imagine they would be sold in any craft store. In addition to their common look, it is easy for the magician to separate the beads at the necessary point because within the colored beads is a built in code which make the counting easy. While this is not a stage piece it can be carried in the pocket and performed before or after a show as a "getting to know the audience" activity. For example, a magician working a blue and gold may go from table to table performing small magic routines as the crowd starts to settle in. Dean's Beads are as baffling to magicians who aren't in the know as it is to lay people. Definitely worth the effort to carry them around.

If you can't find the set, you can make a set yourself by buying Pop Beads online and assembling a strand yourself. With a little thought you can figure out the method.

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for Dean's Beads (DVD and Props)

Author: Dill, Dean
Publisher: Dean Dill
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $35.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

This is not seller's hype:

"I have been performing Dean's Beads for over 25 years. I can attest to the fact that this is always a winner. Very seldom do you find a simple trick that not only amazes your spectators but is asked to repeat over and over for the same crowd. Kids love it. Adults love it and I love. Now that I told you in my very own words, I will let this item speak for itself."
  • Perfect for strolling
  • Easy to carry
  • Instant re-set
  • Can be done over and over for the same crowd.
  • No language barrier.
  • Nothing added or taken away.
  • No skill except for simple addition
  • Learn in minutes
  • Visual and Colorful
Effect: A necklace of colored beads is shown around the performer's neck, or introduced from your pocket as your Magic Beads. A person names a number between 1 and 20. Say they chose the number 12. One end of the beads is taken by the spectator, the other end is held by the performer or someone else. The person is asked to concentrate on their number. You tell them when they get the urge, they are to pull or tug on the beads they are holding. They pull, and believe it or not they are left holding the exact number they chose. Can be repeated immediately. Wait till you see the smiles on their faces!


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