Hitting The Streets

I am sure you have heard of people like Eddie Fields who made - and sometimes lost - fortunes pitching horoscopes in department stores using a code act. About a year ago a friend and I decided to try and do the same. The reason for this was a chance discovery of some two thousand pitch books that I had stored in my mother's garage years before and had forgotten. I thought it would be fun to sell them using a code act. As I have always worked on my own, this was a brand new experience for me. I...

Richard Webster

Of something far more interfused Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns And the round ocean and the living air, And the blue sky, and in the mind of man A motion and a spirit, that impels All thinking things, all objects of thought And rolls through all things. Man is his own star, and the soul that can Render an honest and a perfect man Commands all light, all wisdom and all fate -Nothing to him falls early, or too late, Our acts our angels are, or good or ill, Our fatal shadows that walk...

Cycle Of The Squares

I love performing this close-up effect. I have been fascinated with magic squares for years, and this effect gives me an opportunity to talk about them, and, if the spectators show interest, to do a few magic squares for them. I originally marketed Cycle of the Squares, but decided to include it here as the effect provides the day of the month the spectator was born on, so can claim a tenuous association with astrology. In fact, this effect coupled with the Waters Grismer effect of determining...

Conclusion

I hope the ideas in this book inspire you to add some astrology to your work. You will be amazed at the interest of your spectators. Astrology fascinates millions When Linda Goodman wrote Love Signs, the sequel to her famous Sun Signs, she received the biggest advance in publishing history up to that time. Astrology is enormous business Just a little thought you'll come up with astrological slants to effects you already perform. Imagine how easy it would be to turn the clock trick into an...

Compatability Tester

Most people know that astrology is supposed to part the veil slightly and allow us to receive glimpses of the future. Many people also know that it is expected to give useful insights into relationships. Consequently, you will be asked many questions along the lines of My boy friend's a Capricorn. Is that likely to work My daughter's going out with a Leo. She's a Pisces. What do you think Fortunately, there is a very simple way to answer questions like these. There are four types of signs Fire,...

Getting Your Feet

The easiest way to make money from astrology is to offer your services as a speaker to different clubs and groups. Usually, you will not be paid for the talk but will find it easy to sell items afterwards. If you offer computerized charts, hand out brochures to everyone and take orders. You can sell pitch books, twelve month astrological guides, astrology posters, and almost anything you can think of that could be remotely connected with astrology. There is no need to try and hard sell these...

Basic Stuff

You will not need a great deal of astrological knowledge to do anything described in this book, but it is important to know something about the twelve sun signs. Probably the best place to quickly obtain this information is to read Linda Goodman's book Sun Signs. It is an excellent introduction. It is light-hearted and fun to read. Also, every now and again you will be reading and think, My goodness, she's describing Aunt Matilda (or whoever). Her descriptions are quite remarkable. I recommend...

Birth Stones

ARIES relates to the diamond and red stones such as ruby and jasper. Picture a red ram wearing a huge diamond. Ruby is reputed to attract love and devotion, as well as to rekindle love and passion that In the East rubies are called the tears of Buddha. TAURUS relates to green stones such as emerald or lapis lazuli, a green bull. The emerald is considered a symbol of devotion and constancy. Races as far apart as the Egyptians and Incas called the emerald a stone from the gods. It was reputed to...

Astrotwins

EFFECT The magician psychic talks about astro twins and then suggests an experiment with six pairs of twins. The spectator eliminates cards two at a time until just two remain. When these are turned over they are seen to be a pair of astro twins. As an extra climax the magician turns over the discarded pairs to show that they are all sets of twins also. ROUTINE Have you ever heard about astrological twins - two people being born at the same time and place and leading similar lives King George...

Star Seeker

This effect first appeared in Magick issue 361, back in 1985. It is an effect that has been very kind to me. I have performed it on tv talk shows around the world and also use it all the time in my close-up work. It never fails to get a wonderful response, and I am sure you will have the same degree of success with it. It was also explained in my video, The Close-Up Mentalism of Richard Webster. I am sorry if you already know it from the pages of Magick or from my video. I am including it here...

Starmate

EFFECT Photographs are shown of twelve famous personalities. The performer explains that each one is from a different sign of the zodiac. The photographs are mixed and spread face down on the table. The spectator chooses one and finds that she has somehow chosen the personality who has the same sign as she does. PRESENTATION Have a look at these photographs. They are all of famous people and you'll probably recognize them. Each one has achieved fame for one reason or another, so I keep them...

The Twelve House Reading

Astrology is used for character analysis and predictions for the future. Here is an easy, entertaining way to do both of these without the need to spend several years studying serious astrology. REQUIRED Twelve cards depicting each sign of the zodiac. I use twelve cards from the Universal Zodiac Deck put out by the American Playing Card Company, 1702 S. Wolf Road, Wheeling, IL 60090. These cards are nicely produced with backs showing each sign of the zodiac. I have marked mine with a small spot...

Astrological Trends

Frequently, people ask about the trends of their lives. I seem to be going through a rough patch. Back then everything seemed to just fall into place. How come I made money so easily last year, but this year it's a struggle Here is a simple astrological way to explain the ups and downs we all have in our lives. In astrology there is the concept of one day for one year when progressing an astrology chart. In other words, if you turned 35 today, your current astrology chart would show every...

Astrocards

EFFECT The spectator places a number of cards in her pocket, the number dictated by her sign of the zodiac. The next three cards are dealt on the table and the mage gives a brief reading from them, concluding by divining her sign. PRESENTATION I am sure you already know your sign of the zodiac. Just to clarify it though, have a look at this list of the twelve signs. Don't tell me which one is yours, but do you see it there Good. Have a look again, and see what number is printed beside it. In a...

Introduction

Astrology is a multi-billion dollar industry. Millions of people buy pop astrology magazines every month, and an astonishing number of people lead their lives by what the daily astrology column in their local newspaper says. Many years ago I worked for an extremely astute, hard-nosed businessman. To my surprise, I learned that he read his astrology reading every morning in the paper, and his day was dictated by what it said. If his sign predicted a difficult day, he would invariably have a...