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Does anyone know much about this new book from UK mentalist Phil Smith? I have read his posts on various forums and he seems to be renowned for his excellent scripting skills. Could be worth a look?


http://mitox.phillsmiff.com/
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Could you be Phil Smith?
I think so.
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I don't think so. I do, however, think that Mitox looks like an interesting book. I would like to see a review or comments from others before shelling out the £20 for the book though.

Should be interesting to see what others think of this.
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HA HA I certainly hope not my parents would be mad about a name change!!

I have read phil's posts on the mentalist asylum forum and he seems to post up some intelligent stuff.

I am a bizzarist not a mentalist so I tend to adapt mentalism effects to make them suit my persona. As Harry said probably best to wait for some solid reviews before shelling out!!

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The following statements from the advertisement make the book look VERY promising:


"I like things to be simple and easy."

"I hate gimmicks and gaffs."

"I like backups in case things go wrong."

"I have been through Mitox and stripped out anything that wasn’t 110% great."

"I hate dealer hype"

"In Mitox I lay out ten great tips for creating your own effects"

"I am proud to present to you the last three years of painstaking study, development, writing and editing"

"Mitox contains the cream of the crop of my routines"


I like this fellow’s tastes and can also really appreciate the approach he apparently took to writing his book.

Often, it seems that authors keep the really good stuff for themselves. Other times, it seems they mix the good stuff with filler, so they can spread it out over multiple publications. This may not be reality, but I sometimes get this perception.

That’s why it’s refreshing to see someone put all his best material in one book. It may not be the smartest move from a financial perspective, but I think it’s the way classics are born.

I will definitely order Mitox.

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Well, I just tried ordering it. It seems like, at this point, it may be a “pre” pre-order. I entered my name and email address, but there was no opportunity to pay. I guess that will come at a later date.

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I decided to go ahead and order it as compared to some mentalism books this is relatively cheap. Phil sends you an e-mail to let you know he has your pre-order and apparantely the first run of books will be in a couple of weeks. I have spoken to a few full time pros who know of phils work and they said they ordered without hesitation as he has some very clever ideas. His main strength is in his patter scripting and use of simple methods. I will post up a full review when I get my copy.
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Before we go any further I'm not Phill Smith either, but I have read a number of Phill’s ideas before as well as some of his scripting thoughts and they are nothing short of brilliant. With his forthcoming book if it is anything like his previous writings it should be well worth waiting for.

As for a an automated response to pre orders, I don't think he has one set up yet, his reply to me was; As soon as I have got the first run in I will wing you an email with the details and the link to the paypal site.

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Fantastic! Nice to see I wasn't wrong, for a change Smile

By the looks of things, I will probably end up ordering this book as well. It seems that Phill has a nice following over here, and it was mainly the fact that I had not heard his name before that kept me from ordering the book last night.
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Hi Harry,

I have to say that I doubt you will be disappointed.

I, too, have been a follower of Phill's work for a while and if this book comes close to some of the ideas he has already shared with a select group of people, then you are in for a real treat.

As has been said by a few people before me, one of Phill's great strenths is his impeccable scripting of each effect and his clear and simple methodology. I can't yet speak of the contents of this particular book as I haven't yet read it. However, I can assure you that I ordered my copy just as soon as I heard about it.

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It does look interesting, but if he is well known for scripting I would have him change this large blurb on the web site:

"When you perform mentalism do your audience believe it’s real?"

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On 2007-02-02 09:28, migit61 wrote:
Hi Harry,

I have to say that I doubt you will be disappointed.

I, too, have been a follower of Phill's work for a while and if this book comes close to some of the ideas he has already shared with a select group of people, then you are in for a real treat.

As has been said by a few people before me, one of Phill's great strenths is his impeccable scripting of each effect and his clear and simple methodology. I can't yet speak of the contents of this particular book as I haven't yet read it. However, I can assure you that I ordered my copy just as soon as I heard about it.

Marcus

Thank you Marcus! Would you, if you don't mind, let me know of the forums which Phill visits? I've not seen his name mentioned before but would love to see his posts.

Harry.
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Hi Harry,

As far as I know, Phill does not post on any internet forums.

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I believe phill has just joined the Café.

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......42&0

in his profile there is the site for the book
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Ah, thanks for all the information and links everyone! I'm not sure where I got the idea that he posted in a forum from - I just re-read this thread and didn't see one mentioned anywhere. Looks like I could be doing with a book on memory skills instead.

Thanks again.
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On 2007-02-01 12:31, drjohn wrote:
I have read his posts on various forums and he seems to be renowned for his excellent scripting skills.


There's where you read it.


I must say, I'm very interested. If only I had some money.
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On 2007-02-02 14:07, Andini wrote:
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On 2007-02-01 12:31, drjohn wrote:
I have read his posts on various forums and he seems to be renowned for his excellent scripting skills.


There's where you read it.

Ah, thank you. Unfortunately, now I'm confused.

Still, I've signed up for the preorder list and am eagerly awaiting the book's release.
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Hi there, Phill here, just for the record, I'm not Dr John, or the Paranormalist! Its great to see all the positive comments here, (a little bit disconcerting though!).

It seems that there has been a bit of confusion about the preorder setup: the reason is that I am publishing Mitox myself, and dealing direct with the printers. I haven't had a payment system in place, because until I had some numbers for the first run I wasn't sure it would be going ahead. I can now confirm however that it is definitely going to happen over the next few weeks, so to anyone who has preordered: I will be in touch.

There have been so many people ready to be a part of something new, which is really fantastic.

Thanks again
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I haven't read the book
But can I just say that Phill is a flippin' genius
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I'll add that as a result of an idea found in Phill's new book I am going out and getting a tattoo specifically for a mentalism effect...so, yes, he is a brilliant thinker, and very approachable! And no, I won't discuss the effect - you'll have to get the book to see and understand it...but it's worth it! <grin>

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Just a little note to mention that Mitox is currently in the final proofing stage: I have sent the artwork and layouts to the printers and they are currently printing and binding a single copy as a proof. This should be sorted by the end of the week then, once I OK it, the first run will be printed. I will be getting back in touch with everyone who has pre-ordered Mitox as soon as I have any more information.

Meanwhile, I will be putting updates on:
http://mitox.phillsmiff.com
with details as they arrive.

Thanks again!

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Looking forward to it Phil... thanks for the update.

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Woo! The bound proof for Mitox came today, blazingly fast from the printers. It looks great, and I am totally chuffed. All that remains is to give it a good oing over to make sure all is well and then that's it! I only have about five or six preorders left before the whole first print run is presold, so those will close soon. Thanks to everyone who has expressed an interest in this project, without you, it would never have happened. More details soon on: http://mitox.phillsmiff.com

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Just a quick note that preorders have now closed for Mitox as the whole of the run has been presold. Thanks for everyone's interest! I hope you are looking forward to your copy half as much as I am looking forward to sending them out!
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Hi all, just another quick note to say that the first print run actually came this morning, the printers have turned the project around in double quick time, less than half their estimated timeframe. I have already bagged and addressed half (the paid for ones) which will be shipped this afternoon. All others will be shipped as people pay for them.

This entire run has been pre-ordered, so the book is no more available now than it was when it didn't exist, however, I will be placing another larger print order with the printers once I have dealt with all of these, and I will put a notice up here on the Café when it is available.

Thanks again to everyone who has placed a pre-order, without your support Mitox would have never happened.
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I just paid... and now I'm very curious, Phil...
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I missed this posting originally and have found it through rerunning posts, if Mitox has a rerun let me know ,I'll be up for a copy.(sure there will be others interested )
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Hi Mark, the next run will probably be in two or three weeks: if anyone is interested, send me an email at mitox@phillsmiff.com and I will buzz you when it is in. Thanks again to everyone who has expressed an interest.
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The next print run is currently at the printers, and they have told me that it will be with me in a week or so. In anticipation of their arrival I have set up the orders page on the website, so that anyone who is interested can now place an order. Orders placed between now and when the book actually arrives here in the office will be dispatched as soon as the books are in.

The link is:
http://mitox.phillsmiff.com
the orders page is linked off of that now.

The first print run have almost all been shipped, but international mail being what it is I think that it will still be a few days before books start arriving over oceans. I look forward to hearing what everyone thinks of the books!

Thanks again for your interest.

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I received my signed and numbered copy of the book this morning, with a very nice accompanying letter by the author. I've not yet had a chance to have a proper look through the book, but the quick flick through I had this morning showed me that it looked to contain some very promising material. Also, the quality of the book itself (which people seem to be obsessing over, after recent events) is brilliant.

I'm looking forward to sitting down and reading it through, Phill.
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