First watch Max Maven in performance with unhearsed participants. See why the New York Times declared that his "category-defying mindreading show veers into conceptual art", and the Chicago Tribune defines him as "wonderfully esoteric". Later, Max is rejoined by Eugene Burger for a private discussion in which the detailed secrets are revealed - Including some that have been held back for many years.
Shape up (previously unrevealed) : One card has been removed from an ESP deck. A person is invited to deal through the rest of the pack, turning cards face-up one by one and stopping at any time. The stopped-at symbol is the same as on tha card that was previously set aside.
Changeling : A pleasingly simple routine using a handfull of ordinary coins, in which the mentalism successfully predict how many coins will be selected by the spectator.
Isolation : The participant chooses which of several unprepared magazines will be used. That is opened to a random page, from which a random word is noted while the performer's head is turned away. In a convincing telepathic display, the mentalist extract the word from the person's mind.
Key to the future : An amiable variation on the classic "Seven Keys to Baldpate" effect using an ungimmicked padlock and several keys, only one of which can open the lock. This time,it is the spectator whose psychic abilities are tested. Will the working key be located - and will the performer know the outcome in advance ?
Symbalance (previously unrevealed) : A standart pack of ESP symbol cards is employed along with two participants. The mentalist divines the first person's thought-of design. He then discerns the second person's symbol with an offbeat demonstration of "tactile intuition".
Positive Negative : A lesson in spectator management., in the form of an engaging bit of prognostic pantomime with a baffling payoff. Better yet, it is completely impromptu - you can do it with a moment's notice using borrowed items.
The Hawk : Another impossible card routine from the "Birds of Prey" series. Two spectators select and replace cards while the performer's back is turned. They also shuffle the deck. Neverless, the mentalist deals through the face-down pack and stops on one selection, then tops that by promptly naming the other.