Howard Adams, the well known author of our recent book 666Mentalism, has been known in the field of self working magic and mentalism for years. Often published in Genii, and by the likes of Karl Funlves, Howard is known for off-beat, self working mentalism effects. In 666 Mentalism, he presented you with a workshop of ideas many of which needed you to breath life into them with a presentation.
Well, over 30 years ago, Howard’s lecture series features a self published set of manuscripts entitled OICUFESP. 10 volumes or chapters, if you will- each with 20 or so pages.
During our deal with Howard to publish his new works, we also were pleased to secure the re-print rights to these long out of print manuscripts. So, here, in a single, 200+ page volume, we offer you access to these historic routines. Mentalism, psychic entertainment and mental magic- these routines are clever and thought provoking and all have the same criterea- they are FREE of all sleights!
Leaping Lizards Magic is pleased to be offering this reprint of OICUFESP to be followed shortly my MINDESPA as part of the magical preservation project!
HISTORY OF OICUFESP AND MINDESPA
OICUFESP and MINDESPA were all original effects and not based on any columns or other books. Both were published so Howard Adams could have material to sell at the lectures he gave mostly in the Hollywood, California area (self published in the 70’s and 80’s). His magician friend Bob Wagner (now deceased) also used his books for his lectures. Mr. Wagner took Howards material over to Japan where he gave many lecture. There are only 200 copies of OICUFESP of each of the 10 volumes. Another series Howard wanted to start was to be called OGICUFESP but he never had time to do so.
Howard’s column in Genii Magazine purposely ran for 27 issued (2+7=9) 9 is Howards lucky number. The MINDESPA series ran for 12 issues and there were only 100 copies of each self printed for his lectures.
Howard Adams was born in 1931 in Buffalo, New York. He started magic around age 12. He answered an ad that Burling Hall ran in (he thinks) the Conjurers Magazine asking for writers to condense all the card effects ever published to be put in many volumes. He condensed about 60 effects for him but Mr. Hall stopped the project for unknown reasons. Howard spent all his Saturday mornings in Gene Gordon”s Magic Shop in downtown Buffalo and his afternoons watching the serials at the Rialto and Victoria Theaters in Buffalo. This led him in his later life to write the 12 volumes of MINDESPA (a mental serial of 12 chapters). His effects have appeared in many magazines including Genii, Conjurers, Pentagram, Hugards Magic Monthly, The Phoenix, The New Phoenix, Don Tanners The Mentalist and many different magazines that Karl Fulves has published. Currently he and his wife are retired from work and live in Laguna Niguel, California near the Pacific Ocean. Howard is currently spending most of his time going through his notes (thousands and thousands of pages) and continues writing new series of books called 888 Mentalism (88 tricks with 8 cards), 999 Mentalism (99 tricks with 9 cards), 101010 Mentalism (100 tricks with 10 cards) and their sequels, More 666 Mentalism, More 888 Mentalism, More 999 Mentalism and More 101010 Mentalism.