“A letter-perfect way to easily personalize your performance for both long-distance and face-to-face interactions.” – Michael Weber
“Normal Mailer is an effect that happens on Max’s side of the screen, but this version of bank night could be used in any conditions, both live and in person or over video, as it’s presented here. There’s a brilliant idea for enhancing the illusion when there are multiple people tuning in that has many further applications.” – Jared Kopf
“What a wonderful version of a sort of “Bank Night” effect! You can use it easily under all conditions, live, virtual, stand up, close-up or stage. There are no losers, but for sure there’ll be a big smile on your spectator’s face. And you learn a good lesson how to obtain information before you start – or what to do if you cannot achieve it. All is covered!” – Jan Forster
In these strange new times, magicians and mentalists are exploring new conditions. Shows are performed from afar, using Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, and other technologies. Creating amazement within often restrictive conditions can be quite a challenge.
Fortunately, you’ve got a guide who has been exploring these strange territories for many years. MAX MAVEN began pioneering interactive magic over forty years ago, and he has put that experience to work for you, by devising powerful routines that connect to audiences through a virtual reality. Begin your journey into the virtual space with Normal Mailer.
Here’s what happens:
The performer displays half a dozen envelopes. The participant selects one—a fair choice. The unchosen envelopes are empty; only the chosen envelope contains a message (and yes, it’s really inside the envelope), and it’s a note specifically naming the participant! The spectator needs to prepare nothing. Your preparation is minimal. There are no sleights or gimmicks. It’s as straightforward as that