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Mystery Performers

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The performer shows a small pocket watch on a chain.

He removes it from the chain and shows a spectator how to alter the time on the watch.

The spectator does so, but with the watch turned face down so even he doesn’t know what time he set.

The pin is depressed so that the hands can no longer turn and the performer then demonstrates how he would like the spectator to take the watch behind his back and hide it in one of his hands.

The spectator does so and brings his hands forward.

The performer always knows which hand the watch is in.

This can be repeated numerous times.

For a finale the spectator is asked to look at the time on the watch.

The performer reads his mind and correctly determines the time set.

The watch can now be re-attached to the chain and used in a pendulum effect.

Tempus Fugit

Produced in collaboration with Maarten Bosmans, Tempus Fugit consists of two identical pocket watches.

(which fit in the hand very easily)

One completely normal, the other altered in a way that makes it possible to know which hand it is hidden in.

Many mentalists already have the ability to pick up psychic ‘vibrations’ from hidden things.

I guess that must come with the ‘magnetic’ personality most of them have. (wink, wink, smiley face)

In tests done with  a…let’s call it ‘Fax of Triple Dimensions’

the read distance was 5 - 6 inches (12 cm - 15 cm) Through the back of a hand.

Another presentation would be to do a Russian Roulette/Smash & Stab type effect.

The watch is placed under one of five paper cups. Unseen by the performer

The performer takes a hammer and smashes four of the cups.

Under the last cup is the watch safe for another day.

“It’s like buying an alternative to a Templar, Relic, Curiously Strong Coin etc  and getting a normal watch free with it.” PLEASE NOTE, TEMPUS FUGIT IS A ‘PROPS ONLY’ ITEM.  AND NO EXTENSIVE ROUTINES OR METHODS ARE INCLUDED. (A brief description of the watches and the which hand effect are included)



Tempus Fugit

Pre-orders for Batch 4

From an idea by Maarten Bosmans; Made real by the mysterious Eno NOTE! You will need a ‘DETECTOR’ of some kind.  This can be high or low tech.