Mental Magick of Basil Horwitz: Volume 5
by Basil Horwitz and Martin Breese
Some of the finest mental effects ever published. Worth its weight in gold!
This slim hardback contains eight brilliant effects. They are sure to be used by professionals and semi-pros for years to come.
From the special introduction by Andy Nyman:
“To say that I was honored to be asked to write this introduction is somewhat of an understatement. When I came across Basil’s first book I couldn’t believe it. Here was mentalism that fitted everything I had been searching for. It was clean, simple in plot and direct. In fact the more I read the more I was astonished and frustrated by the simplicity of Basil’s thinking; ‘Of course! Why didn’t I think of that?’ was a response I had about every five pages. I feel particularly indebted to Basil as I have partly built my reputation on one of his routines (if you think I’m telling you which one, think again).
“I recently had the pleasure of meeting Basil. What struck me more than anything is the enthusiasm with which he performs everything. His style is the antithesis of mine. Where I am brash he is subtle. Where I am loud he is the essence of silent power. He disarms with his childlike twinkle and cheeky sense of humour. All in all what Basil seems to embody is a rare thing; believability.
“His thinking is a lesson in disguising simple and devious techniques, therefore sending the spectator to the only conclusion they can possibly reach: that he is reading their mind. Any book on magic will provide some things that suit some people and some that suit others. How many times have you witnessed a trick and been fooled by it, only to then find out it is in a book you have and that you disregarded the trick when you read it. I honestly feel that every trick Basil has published contains a germ of something usable and magical. If a theme or a routine doesn’t instantly leap out at you, read it again and I guarantee that there will be a gem hiding that you missed. I am not going to point you to any particular routines; as the selection of one’s material is so subjective, you must make your own decisions.
“This is the fifth book that Martin [Breese] has published of Basil’s material and it represents both new and cherished effects from a man who, I believe, has made a contribution to the art of mentalism that is as important as that of either Annemann or Corinda. I sincerely hope you read and re-read this book. It deserves your time and attention; we are so lucky to have it.
“On 1st May 2000 Martin Breese called me to pass on the news that Basil had died. As I reflected over the time I had spent with Basil, I realised how lucky I had been to have met and worked through ideas with this great man. For various reasons Basil’s life had become a secluded one. Basil and his wonderful wife Heidi didn’t get to circulate in the way I’m sure Basil really would have liked. It was magic’s loss, because in Basil there was a gentle and generous man who loved sharing his magic. I will miss him. Thank you, Basil.”
Introduction by Andy Nyman
Challenge Subconscious Pick-Pocketing
Challenge Body Language Zodiac Test
Challenge Body Language Card and Design Test
Challenge Diary Body Language Test
ESP Incredible Memory Test
Body Language Challenge Poker Test
Body Language, Voice, and Memory
Special Bonus Routine – Body Language Challenge
Pages 58 – Hardbound