THE BLURB:
Once or twice every century, a new principle is discovered
in our mystery field. In 1972, Jack Kent Tillar's Blister
Effect was first published in Tarbell Volume 7. Harry
Lorayne wrote, "As far as I know, this principle is new to
magic." The effect is that a performer mysteriously makes a
blister appear on the tip of his or her finger. Since its
publication, this unique effect has become well-known and
used by most mentalists and magicians.

However, most people don't know that Jack Kent Tillar, and
Academy Award-winning composer and highly respected
mentalist, had an extensive amount of work published in
Magick, Genii, Invocation, and other notable publications.
He has influenced many of the top professionals in mentalism
today.

Now, thirty-five years later, this book celebrates all the
individual ingenuity that performers have brought to this
classic. Included in this volume is Jack Kent Tillar's
original unpublished routine for the Blister Effect. It also
contains over fifty cherished routines, ideas, wisdom, and
secret devices for stage, close-up, and even radio, many of
them guarded secrets, from some of today's biggest mentalism
talents.

Contributors include:

Michael Weber, Banachek, Paul Harris, Marc Salem, Richard
Osterlind, Barrie Richardson, Alain Nu, Penn & Teller,
Richard Busch, Ted Karmilovich, Mark Edward, Larry Becker,
Gerard Senehi, Ray Grismer, Newell Unfried, E. Raymond
Carlyle, Joseph White, Tony Andruzzi, Richard Mark, Jheff,
Loren Tindall, Robin Dewitt, Gerald Blount, Leo Behnke,
Burton Sperber, Joe Zabel, Pasqual Perino, Odes Odhner,
James Gallivan, Leo Kostka, Michael Selwyn, Alberto, Peter
Marucci, Robert Fenton and Bill Herz.

Pages 172 - Softbound

MY COMMENTS:
Right up front, let me say that I'm a bit biased.  I worked
with Jack on putting this together and even contributed a
little something to this tome.  So for me to tell you that
there's some great stuff in here might seem a bit insincere,
but that's the way I feel.  I think the important thing to
note is that there is a lot more variety in this book than
you might think.  In other words, many may feel that the
blister effect is just one limited idea.  After reading
this, you'll see that there are a seemingly endless amount
of ideas to use this and, if you're not doing a blister
effect, you'll want to do it.  One of my contributions,
"Getting the Touch," I do frequently because I always carry
a washer (thanks to having Jay Sankey's Holey-Moley, one of
the few magic effects I carry around always) and that's all
you need.  It's a simple, but powerful effect.

In any case, by looking at the contributors' list, you'll
notice that quite a few top names have used the principle.
I will also mention that a few people have told Jack that
Banachek's contribution is "worth the price of the book" for
whatever that's worth to you.  It is really good.  I
honestly think you'll really enjoy reading this book and I'm
sure that if you don't have a blister effect in your regular
repertoire, you will after reading this.  Definitely
recommended.

Jack Kent Tillar
THE BLISTER BOOK
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