Larry Becker: Stunners
Becker, Larry: Stunners!
©1996 Aplar Magical Creations
Hardcover, w/dj, 464 pages
Larry Becker: Stunners
Image courtesy eBay seller KochMagic


Contents (courtesy Bryan-Keith Taylor, edited for brevity):

15 Foreword
19 Preface
21 Introduction
25 Life On The Wrong Side Of The Brain
39 Monte Crispo: initialed $100 bill is not found in the remaining of several destroyed envelope, but an insurance policy comes to the rescue
47 Digitellus: a numerical mentalism effect
53 Bear Minimum: game of chance is won by performer, but spectator takes home an adorable consolation prize
57 The Berlin Bears: Germany's Ted Lesley baffled mentalists with this clever effect.
65 Sneak Thief: performer correctly identifies which spectator drew what; includes "Sneaky Too" card routine.
79 Intuition: invisible "hold-out" and includes a close-up and a stage routine
83 Get The Picture: "X-ray vision" design duplication using two opaque manila envelopes with variations by Steve Dusheck (Playing Cards & Book Test), Alan Wassilak (Brain Wave), Dan Tong (Prediction) and Larry Becker (Wordarama & Stand-up)
91 The $99.95 Miracle: A high-tech miracle revolving around a "Dick Tracy" type pen/corder and some of Chester Gould's dastardly villains
97 All-Star Miracle: chosen player's autograph from a set of baseball cards is found on a regulation baseball that's been in full view throughout; with presentation by Roger L. Omanson
109 Gaff-Free Duo: Ned Rutledge's "Minding the Store" and Don Wayne's "Room Service" simplified using a clever principle
115 Hypnotic: Two spectator's are laughingly "hypnotized" into believing they are the world's greatest losers; performer wins every hand and correctly predicts the outcome of the final hand
121 Midnight Miracle: principle of "Hare Mail" is transformed into mentalism lethal weapons with two uses "Pre-Vue" and "Switcheroo"
131 Becker Bevel: unpublished, easily executed sleight to cleanly force a card even though the spectator's choice is extremely fair
135 Revenger: entertaining routine using the sound effects device widely sold in variety and novelty shops.
139 Bank Nite Baffler: Lee Earle modernizes "Bank Nite" with an ingenious method
145 Casino Caper: The performer correctly predicts the outcome of three games of chance, Roulette, Black Jack and Craps.
153 Casino Royale: performer predicts casino a spectator will visit, how much he'll wager, and outcome of a Black Jack hand freely dealt by the spectator.
165 Some Total Radio: Richard Osterlind's clever adaptation of Larry Becker's "Some Total" designed for radio talk show use.
171 Borgia Bash: A zany prediction woven into a tale about the deadly Borgia family
175 Shuffler 2: update to "Shuffler" enables maintaining a card stack despite repeated mixing in an electric card shuffler
181 The RothBeck Test: Larry Becker & Roy Roth die divination box that duplicates everything the expensive electronic models can do
185 X-The Unknown: Leo Boudreau's ingenious close-up mental effect complete with the artwork needed
191 Triple Threat: "Laser Gazer" with two additional climaxes "Crystal-Eyes" and "Witch-Watch."
199 Flushed & Headliner: Two highly entertaining presentations that share a not-so-common principle.
205 Power of Suggestion: A second look at mental card effect ever originally appearing in the IBM's Linking Ring magazine
211 Howard Hughes Headline Prediction: more twists, turns, and laughs than you can imagine.
217 Mail Mental: variation of Koran Gold Medallion effect using a cardboard carton and a locked box.
222 Match Game: two previously unpublished routines including "Punch Lines" and the "Ultimate Match-Up"
229 Psycho II: Larry Becker's umpteenth improvement on his first commercial success.
235 Terminal Psycho: The definitive effort that finally puts an end to the "Psycho" saga.
239 Kliptomaniac: A baffling mental coin effect with an extra added "attraction."
247 Game Show: A very entertaining routine constructed around "The Price is Right" television show.
251 Clearly Predictable: The unbelievable "Headline Prediction"
265 Nostradamus Prediction Chest: newspaper headline predicted on signed audio cassette locked inside
two nesting chests retained by a dignitary, with three different presentations
285 Club Kicker: improvement to mental card effect from Book Two of Larry Becker's "World of Super Mentalism."
289 SloPsi-Turvy: A common card "move" becomes an excellent and effective mental card force.
293 Mind Probe: The improved version of Larry's divination of a thought of digit in the serial number on a dollar bill.
297 2 0' Thoughts: age old "clock" principle elevated with two outstanding stand-up presentations, "Mind Mirror" and "Cardology."
305 Hour of Destiny: extension of "2 0' Thoughts" now commercially sold; with two fabulous routines.
317 Boxxed: The inside story of Larry's improvement to the "Spectramental" effect in Book Two of "World of Super Mentalism."
327 Serial Killer: Originally sold for $135.00, three volunteers randomly create a "phantom serial number" by
calling off digits from three freely selected dollar bills
335 The Diffusion Principle: principle enables you to duplicate paper currency, legally, to achieve an uncanny display of "teleportation."
341 X-Rated Stuff: mentally selected card routine with entertaining variation entitled, "My Favorite Card."
347 Becker Coin Purse Mysteries: Larry's utilitarian mental device and routines; from Bank Nite and Mental Safari routines to "Descripto" and "Divination"
363 Unbalanced: A tricky Tarot routine using a well known card flourish.
367 Super Reflecta-Thot (Richard Stride & Larry Becker): spectator freely selects one of 500 different words, performer reveals the word being thought of and its definition as well.
385 What Goes Around: Five routines using the zip-code principle originally from 1958 issue of Genii; "Mini-Deck", "Jeopardy Zip", "Zip Lock", "Lock-up" and "Emotional Zip."
393 Ultra Coinetic: original "Ultra-Coinetic" sold for $60; now a do-it-yourself project that can be made up in five minutes from a couple of manila pay envelopes.
405 Subliminal: performer demonstrates persuasive power of subliminal suggestion using a portable tape recorder
409 Transparen-See: Using Larry's Blockbuster Wallet to obtain spectator's thoughts
419 Ultimate Flashback: sneak preview of "Son of Flashback," the fastest, simplest Book Test ever created
435 Test Conditions: close-up mental card effect.
439 Russian Roulette: a chronology of the development of this effect featured on TV and elsewhere, and the secret revealed
461 Appendix I The Double Undercut
463 Appendix II The Charlier Shuffle