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On Mephisto’s Shoulder

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A number of strong and eerie effects that will put your spectators on edge!

Effects Include

Dearly Departed

A volunteer is given a sealed envelope and a photograph of a dead person; they are to look at the photograph at any opportunity they can for a week.

After the week has passed the volunteer makes a time prediction. Once the prediction is made the envelope is opened to reveal a death certificate showing a time of death for the person in the photograph that matches their prediction.

Telepathic Touch

You explain that a single touch is enough to change destiny if we allow it to. A sealed envelope is handed to a person to keep safe. You look into the eyes of a volunteer and touch their shoulder. A deck of cards is then displayed openly and fairly and four cards are selected randomly by this person, without you touching the cards. Each card is placed into an envelope and numbered.

Another person is asked to join the two of you. The first spectator touches the new spectator in the same way you touched them. The new spectator chooses any envelope they want, when the envelope is opened the card is displayed and eerily matches the card within the envelope that you handed out to a neutral party from the start.

Fair is Fair Switch

A wonderfully fair and deceptive way of switching billets.

“Your Word, Corinda!”

An evolution of “My Word!” by Corinda, using the ‘Fair is Fair’ Switch and other astonishing methods.

Serial, Killer!

You approach a person that you have never met before, you ask them to take out a bank note while you turn away. You never touch them, their belongings or the note, yet you can tell them the unique serial number on the bank note.

On Stage Killing

A large scale variation of “Serial, Killer!” with a surprise revelation that proves the serial number prediction was made days before.

Unique psychological subtleties are included for each effect, to the in-depth standard now expected from Paul.

BONUS: Interview with James Brown, the Magic Circle’s close-up magician of the year 2006.

Additional information



Product Type

Perfect Bound, Softback Book


Stage, Close-Up, Group

Skill Level

Easy, Medium


Concepts, Multiple Effects, Full Scripting


This book will be signed by the author, to the name of the buyer unless otherwise stated.

10 reviews for "On Mephisto’s Shoulder"

  1. :

    All of the effects are amazing!

    This is a piece of genius – Paul has done it again. The Corinda variation is going straight into my stage show, and I can see myself using the Telepathic Touch and the Dearly Departed effects very, very regularly. My show is now so full of Mr Brook’s material, that it is starting to feel like it is no longer mine, it has been changed so much!

    Basically, this was worth the money for me, ten fold.

    If any of you have ever read Paul’s material in the past, you know that it is 100% spot on and workable material…this is no different.

    Here is something I very rarely give, stating that hardly anything is perfect, but…


    Buy it, you can’t go wrong.

  2. :

    This book is amazing!

    I like his style of writing, he is rather witty and everything is well laid out so very easy to understand.I don’t write many reviews and usually sceptical when reading them but hand on heart I’m very excited with the book and in my opinion a very worth while purchase.

    I wont tell you that you should get it(I find that’s patronizing) but I’m very happy that I did.

    Money well spent!

  3. :

    On Mephisto’s Shoulder s an excellent contribution to the Mentalism community.I truly enjoyed reading Paul’s fantastic ideas and I am confident that you will too. Highly recommended for the serious performer.

  4. :

    I love it, an essential buy.

  5. :

    I like it very much!

    Paul’s ‘Serial, Killer!’ is innovative and I find his idea a refreshing one. That effect alone, could be worth many times the price of the whole book for people REALLY using it.

    One could be booked on the spot thanks to just THAT effect.

  6. :

    It contains a very usable mix of concepts, effects and subtleties as well as quite a few pieces of genuinely ‘out of the box’ thinking.

    The effects are the key here, and they are generally hallmarked by a creative disregard for how things should be done, not necessarily in terms of method, but also in terms of what a performance should mean.

    If I could undo my knowledge of magic and have one effect performed on me, Dearly Departed would probably be it, because I can only imagine the sensation it would create.

    Nothing is rushed, nothing is hurried, and the effects are given the space they deserve.

  7. :

    I really, really like it!

    Paul’s thinking is fresh, innovative and has a real ring of originality.

  8. :

    Paul Brook’s books blow my mind. They are filled with new presentations and brain-twisting methods!

    The mystical covers of of the “Brook- Books”, burst open with fresh ideas and provocative applications.

    I am proud to have these volumes in my collection of arcane arts…. Reading them is an inspiration!

  9. :

    Dearly Departed from On Mephisto’s Shoulder hits the audience so hard they feel like the morning after drinking 20 pints of Guinness with a crazed Irishman.

    My favourite effect at the moment by a long shot.

  10. :

    Lateral thinking with a twist!

    That is how I describe On Mephisto’s Shoulder.

    Dearly Departed takes classic methods and weaves them into an emotional and sensible piece.

    Telepathic Touch is one effect I rushed to include in my repertoire. It is strong and powerful.

    Many of course would buy this for Serial Killer and I have to be honest here, the method is not for everyone. I liked it and it works for me. It is a great example of lateral thinking and problem solving.

    The highlights for me are not the effects per se, but the subtleties that are embedded in the book.

    This is a great study source and highly recommend it.

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