REM (DVD and Gimmicks)

DVD by Dave Forrest ($30.00)

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REM will allow you to have anyone describe, with unfailing accuracy, the details of the performer's recurring dream, and is Dave Forrest's long awaited close-up version of his highly successful routine The Man Who Paints The Future.

This parlour mentalism piece found favour among magicians and mentalists worldwide who have already added it to their professional performances. It has been used by Dave in two major magic competitions and he has closed his parlour act with it during his engagement at the world famous 'Magic Castle' in Hollywood.

Your participant, using free will and their own imagination, will conjure an image in their mind, deciding for themselves on the pertinent details of your dream. With unfailing accuracy, the participant will describe the details of your recurring dream, perfectly.

Without switches or multiple outs of any kind, they will remove a single, un-gimmicked photograph from an envelope that has been in full view throughout and find that it depicts EVERY part of the dream EXACTLY as they imagined it!

And then comes the final kicker...

A spectacularly memorable revelation of a card the participant is merely THINKING of in their mind. Having told NO ONE the name of that card - it only exists IN THEIR MIND - you will prove that, somehow, your dream actually centered around that very card!

Dave Forrest's aim was to provide the same 'stun factor' as the original The Man Who Paints The Future, while making the whole effect portable, practical and easier to perform. Given that The Man Who Paints The Future utilises seven multi-colored decks and an actual painting on a large canvas, this was no easy task. However, he has managed the task with this, REM.

  • Easy to perform
  • Requires only basic card handling skills
  • Includes all the required digital artwork in a variety of sizes

This effect has literally been years in development. It is accomplished via layered, time-tested methods, woven together to produce the most direct effect possible while trading off as little of the magic that made it's large scale predecessor so memorable.

Your purchase comes with the DVD and gimmicks that allow you to perform this masterpiece. Every detail and nuance is thoroughly taught on the DVD and your purchase also includes the special artwork and new alternate endings.


I saw Dave baffle the sh*t out of a large room of magicians with this beauty! This is always in my close-up case, ready to go!Gary Jones
REM is a masterpiece. A multi-phase prediction effect with the spectator deciding every single detail only in their imagination. No switches or multiple outs and yet a single photograph shows that they have correctly divined every last element of the performer's recurring dream. It's mental in every sense of the word!Mark Elsdon
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Official review from MAGIC Magazine

From the June 2016 MAGIC Magazine. Reviewed by John Wilson

There are some clever touches on some standard sleights and forces in play here. These ideas will be useful outside the scope of this effect and help to hide the workings of some basic sleights that are usually a bit obvious for my taste. Forrest tried to make this effect easily accessible, sleight-wise, but I think the initial card force here is a little too transparent. Better options are available out there that would require only slightly more skill than the suggested force; indeed, the force used in The Man Who Paints the Future is considerably stronger and would work well here. Also included is an alternative handling that does simplify the procedure a bit, but a facility with a particular psychological force is required. This handling is more to my liking, but it will require a bit more out of the performer.
I think the most interesting thing here is the premise of the effect itself. It provides an interesting presentational frame that captures the interest of the audience. The reactions that this effect can generate are strong. The premise is an exciting one for the participant, because that individual is the one playing psychic.
The method is essentially a series of forces. The performer’s ability at presenting the effect will determine whether it seems a bit procedure laden or a natural progression of choices. While the effect does not require great physical dexterity to perform, it does require an experienced performer to keep things interesting while going through the various choices required of the spectator. The series of revelations at the end of the effect have the ability to make up for any slow spots during the effect. They occur in a rapid-fire and visible fashion. The build-up to the final reveal of a thought-of card has the advantage of building expectation in the spectator, all while adding time misdirection from the initial force. The reactions in the performance video are, I think, typical ones. While there are things I would change in the method, I think the presentation here is tough to beat. Recommended.