SURREALCHEMY is a term that was coined by Tony ‘Doc’ Sheils in his 1989 publication the “The Cantrip Codex” and it is a word that inspired these four off kilter Bizarre Mentalism pieces for the surreal performer, designed to offer a ‘strange profound and unsettling’ experience for the audience.
Many years ago, I started to dabble with Bizarre magic but to be honest, as someone who as a child used to immerse himself in the Hammer House of Horror Friday night shockers, I found many of the presentation styles proffered in the books of some bizarre magicians a bit too Gothic for my taste and physical magic doesn't appeal to me as much as mentalism.
So in order to design bizarre mentalism routines that offer a ‘strange profound and unsettling’ experience I needed to alter my perception of bizarre to ensure the routines maintained a psychic/mentalism theme.
In this 38 page book then you will find four of my favourite bizarre/surreal mentalism routines. No blood curdling screams, cloaks and daggers, blood sacrifices or incantations, but instead a number of routines that are easy to make up, easy to carry and easy to perform. With the bizarre and surreal of course presentation is everything so with that in mind I have also included my scripting for each routine.
" I Cannot recommend this highly enough. All the routines hit hard, and leave an impression with the spectator. Having seen Scott demonstrate a couple of these, I can vouch for how strong they are, and the emotional impact they will have on a spectator. The first effect is 100% worth more than the price of admission". - Adam Daniel
"Just finished....only one word to comment.....EXCELLENT!!!!!!" - Alfonso Barolacci
"Got it. Love the ideas in the new release. Thanks as always for your generosity to the magic and mentalism community!"
"Veridical Afterimage: This is a strong bizarre effect which Scott had intended to release in MMM (it fits right in with that release) but decided it kind of stands on its own in terms of presentation. Me and My Shadow: I really love this presentation. It gets in their head especially if played very seriously. Gifted Burden: To me, this one is worth the $15. This routine is using a combination of well known principles in a GENIUS way. And I do mean GENIUS. Overall, I think this is definitely worth the $15. It’s perfect for the Halloween season if you want to be spooky without being corny. It will get into their head and mess with their perception." - Madison Hagler