When a torn photograph of a murder victim restores in the hands of your participant...
When that victim was correctly intuited, merely thought of, from three potential victims...
When that photo then changes in a truly disturbing way...
They can only do one thing...FREAK!
Genuinely solid methodology makes this bizarre, story-based, torn and restored nightmare happen pretty much all by itself in a way that is genuinely inexplicable and genuinely unsettling.
First, your participant is given a completely FREE CHOICE out of three potential victims. They don't write anything down or say anything out loud. Then they are given three torn photographs - portraits of three pretty girls from a bygone era - each one a potential victim. All three photo's are clearly torn in half. It's VERY clear that they are holding nothing more or less than six pieces of torn photographs - there are no false counts, nothing is stolen away and no sleight of hand is used. They are thinking of one of the girls in one of those torn photo's and when the actual murder victim is revealed it is precisely the one victim they have in mind. Every time. Now, the two photo's of the non-victims are removed from their hand - very cleanly. You neither steal or add anything as you very openly table the four pieces of the other two photographs, leaving them with just the two pieces of the genuine murder victim's photo. Now, without any moves, in their hands, the pieces RESTORE! The correctly identified victim's image has restored in their own hands! But it's not just restored...it has also changed...the pretty girl is now a horrifying ghoul and she has a message for you...from beyond the grave!
FREAK is a stone cold KILLER - literally! The routine is wound around the tale of the 'Portrait Ripper' - a serial killer from yesteryear who would taunt the law by sending them ripped photo's of his next victims. The story has an intriguing twist in the tale as it is finally revealed, through the eerily restored and frighteningly altered photograph (that they were just THINKING OF!), who the 'Portrait Ripper' really is! Keeping in mind this all happens in their hands? I'm sure you can see why we call it FREAK!
FREAK will be supplied as a online streaming video and all the necessary props will be shipped out to you.
First of all it is important to say that this trick rates a 2 star skill level for the magic difficulty, but to get the most out of it you need performance and particularly storytelling skills to really get the big results.
What I don't really understand is with the price of some tricks, and often downloads, being more expensive than this, how this is so inexpensive! This is now a standard piece of my armoury, and never fails to get a response! I used it for the first time on stage a couple of days ago, and it plays as well for a larger audience (obviously you need a way for them to see the photographs) as it does in close up.
I love effects using photographs. In spite of modern digital photography and Photoshop, most people still feel that a physical photograph is something immutable and reliable, something that can't possibly change in their own hand. The method used here is so effortless and smooth that the magician can focus on building an atmosphere with the story. The payoff is very strong, and the change is genuinely disturbing. Superb!