Book of Magic
The second effect is Needle Thru Arm. While this is a standard dealer item, Harlan shows you how to make your own prop. It’s a lead in to the “psychic surgery” later in the show. Interestingly, another supporting effect with this theme involves a Torn and Restored Card. Harlan’s version is strong and not overly difficult to learn and perform.
Deviled Egg is truly bizarre. The routine features a brilliant application of Harlan’s own “Starcle” that alludes to the legend of the werewolf. The apparent cleansing of a volunteer who has been turned into a werewolf replaces the contents of an egg with blood.
Harlan then weaves a story of a card game between God and the devil and with the prize being the soul of an audience member. It’s a mostly self-working card trick that involves lots of dealing and cutting. The results are intriguing with piles that represent something of each of the participants. On the other hand, I’m not sure that this one plays all that big.
Psychic Surgery is a bloody and compelling demonstration of the techniques of so called psychic surgeons who seemingly remove malignant parts from a person without using surgical instruments. Using only his hands, Harlan appears to “cut” open a spectator (not a stooge) and remove pieces of organs. It’s a gory demonstration.
There are some props to make and materials to purchase but nothing is overly expensive. Also, none of the effects is difficult to learn and perform. Of note, this is a messy show with all of the fake blood and such. You may be able to work from a single briefcase, but you’ll have a messy mass of props afterward that you’ll need to clean up.
I always appreciate the effects of Dan Harlan. If you’re looking for some bizarre material, you should find some great ideas here.