The Mad Pad is an innocent-looking marked pad. It allows you to hand out pieces of paper, or the entire pad so your participants can take their own, and know instantly which pages belong to which participants. The markings are subtle and have survived inspection by a number of colleagues (one threw it away not realising what it was). They can be seen even when the page is folded twice, in any orientation, and without having to handle them.
With the Mad Pad you will always know that the pages are pre-marked, are reliable in a variety of settings, and are always in a set order. You only need to know one page number to know all of them; this could be that you glimpse the first as you open the pad or it could be that you glimpse the one after the last after the pages have all been handed out. You can tear off each page and hand it out or you can give the pad to the first person and ask them to take one and pass along. As long as you know the sequence in which they are distributed (normally in order) then you will know who has which.
Reading the markings requires little practice and memory. By knowing which page belongs to which participant, you can appear to read their minds, their body language or even their auras.
The included effects are:
Socio-graphology - In this effect the performer identifies who drew which picture by interpreting the graphological traits found in their drawings
in sociological terms.
Psycho-graphology - In this effect the performer identifies the emotions that the participant had felt while they were writing or drawing. He does this by looking for subtle cues to the emotional states held.
Marked Lie Detection - This effect is a simple take on the psychological lie detection premise. Three people draw or write anything on a sheet of paper each. These are mixed face down and the mentalist instructs the participants to always say “No” when he asks if a drawing is theirs. He uses his powers of psychological lie detection to sort the truth from the lies and correctly identifies whose drawing is whose.
Card Q&A - Five people pick a random playing card each and these are written onto pieces of paper. They are folded up and mixed. The performer names them one-by-one, not only revealing the playing cards but also who picked them.
A Feeling of Energy - A participant writes three different symbols on three different sheets of paper. By holding onto one of them for much longer than the other two, the participant invests some energy into the piece of paper that the performer is able to identify.
Obviously, almost everything possible with marked billets or marked cards is possible using pages of a Mad Pad. We see the Mad Pad as both a utility device that we can carry with us as an inconspicuous prop and also as the gimmick that can make the dirty part of a larger effect appear completely clean.
The pack contains one Mad Pad plus booklets containing the Instructions and the Effects.
Note: The covers may be blue or green.