DOCC HILFORD -- NOSTRUM NECROMANCY. -- 1st edition 2005
Sub-titled: "Get cute girls, free drinks and higher fees"
Hilford has a good sense for balancing bold methods with practical handlings. That is, he isn't afraid to use a bold method, as long as he has thought through the best way to minimize the chance that spectators perceive the process as logical and fair.
In this booklet, he teaches (in great detail) three different routines, all revolving around the divination of a word chosen from a newspaper or magazine. Now, I know since 2005, the prevalence of newspapers has diminished, but they are not completely obsolete, and also magazines can be used for two of the three routines.
The routines are very strong, and for those wondering about the sub-title "get cute girls", Hilford works a context in the second routine where he apparently hypnotizes a female spectator. At the end of the routine, when he about to leave the table, he looks at her, simply puts out her hand, and she takes it and leaves with him. (I am not sure this will always, or even often, work, but if it does not, the audience is none the wiser. He simply leaves on his own.)
The thrid routine is more magical than mental, and unfortunately it incorporates (in a very clever and amazing way) one of those newspaper vending machines which used to be all over the place on street corners, shopping centers, outside popular restaurants, etc. but since these newspaper vending machines are rarely seen anymore, the third routine in the book will need to be studied and re-thought if someone wants to use the structure and bones of it. (But even if you never use a version of this thrid routine, there is lots of great ideas and learnings from studying it.)
Look at the back cover photo for more detail on the effects within. The booklet is well-worth the cover price of $35, but I have seen it sold for less, so I will price it in line with the best price I have seen on the printed 1st edition book.
This is a MINT condition, 1st edition from 2005 -- it is from new-old dealer inventory.
NOT PREVIOUSLY OWNED, FROM DEALER INVENTORY. LIKE NEW MINT CONDITION. PAGES ARE TIGHT AND CLEAN -- NO MARKS OR TEARS, ETC