“You did it for me. It worked on me. It fooled me. Badly. It worked on my fiancé! Best purchase at the convention.” - Joe DiamondProbably one of the least-known effects I have ever marketed has a hypnosis theme. I’ll wait to give you the basics of the effect in a moment, but first I must relate a quick story. Many years ago I was attending the Psychic Entertainer’s Association’s annual ‘Meeting Of The Minds’. Naturally I had a booth and was pitching my wares. One of the effects that I was demonstrating a lot was this hypnosis-based piece. In the booth next to mine was Richard Mark. I would hope you know about Richard and his many fine publications and such over the years. In real life Richard is a psychiatrist and he knows hypnosis since he uses it in his practice. Well he had seen me demo this little piece several times over the course of the weekend and finally on the last day he broke down and bought one. When I handed it to him he says, and I quote, “I don’t even want to read the instructions. How does it work?” Naturally I proceeded to tell him. He gets a look on his face that I can only describe as quizzical and says, “You thought of that?” “Yes I did.” “You’re going to hell, you know that, right?” True story. I took it as a compliment. Needless to say it uses a principle that I have never seen used anywhere else before, and it is almost evil, it is so devious. What’s truly great about it is that it takes literally no room. I keep it in my SUC Gen II. It’s just five little 2” x 2” cards. That’s it. It resets in an instant and can be worked entirely in the hands. It’s called ‘Hypnovoque’ and it’s a dandy. Hypno-Voque by Mark Strivings Five small ‘hypno-disks’ are introduced. There are NOT the ‘swirly’ spirals that people may be familiar with today, but rather look more like small targets. If you look in older books on hypnosis you will find these. This is absolutely true. If you hold these in front of your spectators eyes and rotate them in small circles the eyes will start to fatigue, the lines start to cross. Again, this is the truth, you can induce a light state of trance with these.
It is shown that you have five such disks and that you will show each to your spectator. You openly announce that one of these five disks will affect your spectator differently than the others. It may be conscious or unconscious, but one will definitely affect them differently than the others.All five disks are then ‘worked’ on your volunteer. You then have one of the disks selected. All five disks are turned over to reveal that ONLY the selected disk has a large ‘X’ on the back! A few points to consider here: This takes no space. You can carry it easily in your wallet or business card case. It lives in my SUC Gen II case. This can be worked 100% in the hands if you wish. Every word of the introductory patter is true. Look it up. There is no sleight of hand. 100% examinable in every way. Reset takes about 2 seconds. This is extremely easy to do and very novel. You, too, can ‘go to hell’ along with me by using this little miracle. The cards themselves are a sturdy card stock and are fully coated so that they handle extremely easily. With just the tiniest bit of care these will last you for a lifetime of performances. You get the five ‘hypnodisks’ and complete instructions. Carry this in your wallet and you will be constantly armed with one of the most unique pieces of mystery your spectators will ever see.