Birthday Detector by Chris Hare and Alakazam Magic - Tricks

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From the mind of Chris Hare Mindboggler comes the ultimate diary trick!

Imagine handing your spectator a birthday book. With your back turned they turn to their birthday page. You state each page has the name of a lucky playing card at the top. They look and remember the card and then close the book. You now turn back to face your spectator. After a little cold reading you can now not only tell them their lucky card but as the ultimate kicker you tell them their birth sign & even their actual birthday!!!

Chris's Birthday Detector is easy to do and may be instantly repeated !

Birthday Detector was previously released and sold by Chris (to a select few) and use to command a price tag £100!

Comes complete with the same high quality custom printed Birthday book as provided by Chris and full instructional DVD

Following is Chris's Information on the Birthday Detector:


Birthday Detector does exactly as its name suggests: It detects people's birthdays! It is a very powerful effect which is very easy to learn and can be performed effortlessly.

Birthday Detector can easily be carried on your person in your inside jacket pocket. It really can be performed spontaneously as it does not require special circumstances or conditions to work like a dream.

Birthday Detector does not rely on luck or chance. It works with pinpoint accuracy every time. It does not require the mastering of manipulation skills or dexterity.

Birthday Detector does not involve or require anything to be written by the participant. There is no pumping or magicians' choice involved. It can be performed in seconds or the routine can be lengthened (not dragged out!) with several more "psychic hits" and revelations. It does not rely on batteries, electronic or sensitive mechanical devices.

Birthday Detector will not end up in the back of a cupboard of magic tricks that you have lost the instructions for, or could not find a suitable time or place to perform.

Detecting someone's birthday is such a powerful personal effect; it makes you a far more memorable performer than a magician who has performed a Thought of Card or Think of a Number routine. Birthdays have a strong personal significance to everyone. If you were to perform Birthday Detector on a one to one basis, it would not be long before they tell their friends about you, and those friends will come looking for you to perform it for them.

Birthday Detector can be performed one to one, or performed on more than one person in a small group (unless performing to triplets!) or to a large audience. The result is likely to be different every time although statistics state that in a room of 23 people two people will share their birthdays. If you happen to strike lucky and meet two people in a small group sharing a birthday you can take full credit for detecting them!

I have been performing Birthday Detector for several years with great success and I had no intention of marketing it. When I first started performing Birthday Detector, I clearly remember a lady exclaiming, "You are not doing magic. You are doing real mind reading!" Although for a moment I was slightly taken aback by her comment, I knew that I had created something very special. There are very few magicians who have seen me perform Birthday Detector regularly at close quarters. Those few who have seen me perform Birthday Detector several times exclaim that they can never work out how I know the participant's birthday.

I decided to keep it secret from magicians, not just because it is a highly entertaining unique effect, but also because it proves to be a fantastic marketing tool. Essentially Birthday Detector enables me to secretly ascertain someone's birthday anytime, any place, anywhere quicker than James Bond can shake a Martini.

Each time I am introduced to someone as a professional magician or asked to show someone some magic; I perform Birthday Detector, secretly discovering their birthday within seconds. I ask them for a business card and write their birthday on the back of their card for my records. The next day I send them a letter stating how pleased I was to meet them along with a birthday personality reading of about 200 words including my business details.

I also send them a birthday card about a week before their birthday, again with the birthday personality reading and my details. It does not really matter that the card arrives a little early as the birthday personality reading clearly states the correct date. Often I receive phone calls that go something like this, "Chris thank you for my birthday card. I'm still wondering how you knew it was my birthday! Are you available on Saturday I'm having a party to celebrate?" If I am not available they may say something like, "Well are you available in October for my wife's birthday?"

So why am I marketing it now? Well I figured that the world is a big place and there are plenty of people who have never seen a close up magician perform live. If we work at a large venue with several magicians rarely do we visit the same tables or perform to the same people.

Furthermore, the magic fraternity amongst its own people is a caring and sharing community. I have made a good living and have been granted a great freedom of lifestyle as a professional magician. This is my way of giving something back to the art for future magicians and audiences to enjoy.

To be a professional close up magician you rarely need to perform more than four solid routines. Birthday Detector is a routine that I would never be without. It makes an excellent cornerstone for anyone seriously contemplating a career as a professional close up magician.

For the more seasoned professional, Birthday Detector will give your act a fresh impetus adding a new zest to your performance that we all need from time to time.

The Birthday Detector plays very well as a highlight or as a recurring feature for stage and cabaret. During my stage act I ascertain the birthday of each person who takes part in my show's other routines. This is done under the guise that if I know their Zodiac sign then I am able to assess a little about their personality and how they might think.

You would have thought that by repeating Birthday Detector several times during a performance it would become tedious for the audience. This is exactly what I felt until I spontaneously tried it in one of my shows. It became increasingly apparent that Birthday Detector was enhancing my act throughout the performance. Much to my pleasant surprise, spectators approached me after the show, saying how much they enjoyed the entertainment but specifically asked, "How did you know everyone's birthday?"

If you are performing or thinking of performing fortune telling with Tarot, Palmistry or Cold Readings then Birthday Detector will give you a huge advantage at the opening of your sitter's reading. Tarot and Palmistry strongly correlate with Astrology and the signs of the Zodiac. Playing cards have virtually the same meanings as the Minor Arcana of the Tarot. By knowing your sitter's birthday, Zodiac sign and a Tarot/Playing card that relates to their birthday gives you huge scope to embroider your reading. Furthermore, your sitter will be mystified as to how you knew their birthday. From here on in your readings will sound more meaningful and accurate.

Some may consider the cost of this product a little high. However, I do wish to maintain a degree of exclusivity. Besides how many magic tricks can generate you more business with an after sales marketing ploy as outlined above? I am certain that Birthday Detector will more than pay for itself in a very short period of time. Birthday Detector gives you plenty of opportunities to build a database of potential clients, as well as picking up bookings on the night of your performance, as a direct result from this most entertaining effect.

Birthday Detector is an effect that you will want to perform time and time again.