It is essential that a mentalist’s props look as natural and inconspicuous as possible. After all, a mentalist is not supposed to be using any props, and if he has to use them, they should resemble every day objects. The clip board in appearance is a most ordinary piece of board with a clip Yet it is very cleverly gimmicked as an invaluable mentalist’s aid.
The Clip Board is a secret device to give you access to anything written or drawn by a spectator and retained by him. You can have one or more spectators write a few words, or numbers, or draw some simple design on a piece of paper, which is then folded and retained by them for later verification. You apparently read their minds, and reveal or reproduce the word, number or design, which is verified by comparison with their original.
The presentation possibilities for this prop are many. A person’s name, or that of his mother, or aunt .. any thing you couldn’t normally know. The number of a note in spectator’s pocket, the amount of change in his wallet, his or her Car License, or driving license number, or date of birth, wedding anniversary, etc. all make good presentation topics. Have someone think of an animal, bird or object. Have them think of a place they went on vacation … or a journey. A place where they have hidden some object (Treasure Hunt!)
For kids, or an audience with a diverse language range simple drawings (house, bird, chair, etc.) or geometric designs (example triangle in a circle, or circle in a square etc.) would be a good option
You could have two or three or even half a dozen spectators participate in a mind reading routine, with each spectator writing something different.
Clip Board A4 measures approximately 8″ x 11.5″. Due to the large size, you can use perforated paper, and have 4 different spectators write or draw on the same paper, tearing off their strip after they have written on this.