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I really recommend reading Derren Brown's books, Pure Effect and Absolute Magic, as a sort of philosophical foundation for performing such powerful effects as cloud busting.
Adopting Derren's advice will ensure that cloud busting is given the respect and seriousness that it certainly deserves. Powerful effects call for a powerful presentation.
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On 2007-08-02 16:59, Hansen wrote:
I really recommend reading Derren Brown's books, Pure Effect and Absolute Magic, as a sort of philosophical foundation for performing such powerful effects as cloud busting.
Adopting Derren's advice will ensure that cloud busting is given the respect and seriousness that it certainly deserves. Powerful effects call for a powerful presentation.





I think that is very sensible and totally agree. Derren explains exactly how to manipulate the audience and feed them something so they think the know how a trick maybe pulled off, when you're actually doing something way different. I think the spiral idea falls into this beautifully.
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MY PARTIAL THOUGHT REVIEW-

(I am on page 80 that is why this is partial)

I just got this in the mail this afternoon, thank you Jerome for your great AAA++++ Customer support and getting this book to me on time.

Let me talk about the quality of this book, tip top quality I would say. This is a book that you would see coming from Barnes & Nobles. Thank you Devin for making this book a real piece of work.
--------Background
I have been circulating almost HALF A YEAR to soaking up information on cloudbusting, and let me tell you than was half a year spent very well...well of course my grades might have faltered from something like an A to a B for this reason Smile

Let me tell you about my background, I'm up for BOLD hard hitting mentalism and am very into things like Derren Brown, Luke Jermay, suggestions, physiological things, etc..,.,I believe them to be the hardest hitting effects out there.

Months after soaking up information about cloudbusting thread I started to think, and think I did. I studied the moments and back in May I did some cloudbusting for a friend. He comes over with his family near Christmas time with his christian family and hands us christianity booklets and such and starting my sophomore year I had a class with him and we hung out. Days after showing him a suggestion coin vanish I created on the spot he believed I could pull some miraculous things. I then had him imagine the cloud dispersing and holding his shoulder I would give him some energy to do so. I told him to imagine the edges of the cloud to weaken and break and they did so. He was amazed and in disbelief as we had the same class right after the bell rang I took him next to the building and I told him to look around at the sky and I said as we went in the room that I would use the rest of my energy left that I didn't give him to make dark clouds appear, and they did.(THIS WAS BACK IN MAY)..so I think you could see how I excited I was for this book
-----------------------------Now on to the book contents


This part was just what I was expecting which made me as giddy as a little school girl. Devin's part gives you detailed information in his Cloudbusting 101 area. The information he gives you is very SOLID. This is stuff to really take in and cherish. Memorize, knowledge IS power. I'm onto Jerome's section and this stuff made me even more excited, this information is solid. I'm going to read more in a bit I am just resting my eyes for a bit. I really really want a volume 2 in the works this info is miracles in the right hands.

Ok, this is for the people that think Devin and Jerome are going to give you a magic word to vanish a cloud. They're not. They give you solid information that if you take to heart and learn you'll be able to do what they do at times. If you like to do pk touches and pk time on regular occasions like myself you might be into this. Like those two effects I just mentioned not everyone will do these effects for one reason or another, not even bust a cloud..I know how some people like to learn and do things. If you are one of those people, prepare to be disappointed...and go on to do your ambitious card or 2 card monte Smile

I highly praise this book, Thank you guys.
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I just finished the book, a ton of information on the topic to soak in and remember. I will read it tons of times over in the future, great stuff guys. I applaud your guys' efforts, vol 2 pretty please. More onto Jerome's part, this stuff is great. I liken it to be done in more intimate settings. I loved getting two different thoughts on the subject. And what is best about almost stuff is impromptu, it is up to the performer to make the best decision possible on when/what he wants to do to make a strong impact on people. With much thought you can take part with Jerome's techniques to create other phenomena.

The section on weather control is exactly what I thought it would be, good stuff. These are very much HIGH convincers of being psychic if they were not convinced already with your ability to mentally kill a cloud (HIGHLY doubtful lol)
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Blindside,

Great review! Thanks for paying attention to detail Smile

Also, I appreciate you guys acknowledging our customer support and service. Devin and I have both been on top of this 110% since the beginning, and it is no easy task! It's been our pleasure to be so involved with you guys Smile

More initial reviews should be rolling in soon!

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I too received my copy of the book earlier today! (Yay! Smile )

I have read to page 31 so far. I stopped there to go outside and just study the clouds, but it was already later in the afternoon, and there were no clouds.

I can't wait until tomorrow where I can study the clouds and continue reading the book!

My initial (so far) review:

The Look - This book truly does look like it came from Barnes & Nobles! This is a professionally printed, edited, and thought out book! There are 130 pages, and a few pictures in the book to let you see what you need to look for to get Cloudbusting down. A LOT of hard work has obviously went into this book!

The Info - To the point! Cloud busting is described in full detail, and nothing is left out! It is simple and to the point. There are MANY very, very nice ideas in the book including Cloudbusting + Rainmaker, Gypsy Cloud Banishing, Voodoo Cloud, and more! Every small detail is covered! No rock left unturned!

Like I said, I am only 31 pages in, but am already LOVING what I am reading!!

Devin and Jerome have really exceeded my expectations and came through 100% with this book! Congrats to you guys!!
-Vinnie
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Just received your cloudbusting yesterday and I have to say it is the best magic book I have ever purchased next to Paul Harris's Art of Astonishment. At first I thought $40 for a small soft cover book was a little much but when I started reading all the information I thought I had a great bargain. This stuff is priceless! Most importantly, the effects on the book are practical, impromptu, looks impossible and you would use when the opportunity arises. Some effects are much harder than others such as making clouds appear and cloud sculpting but they are very, very strong when the conditions are right to perform. Also, all the aditional effects devin and jerome included such as changing the weather and producing rainbows are invaluable. I was already busting clouds in traffic this morning after only 30 pages in, can't wait to do it at the beach for friends this weekend
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Whow!
knickz4lyfe20, I urge you to read all the above posts, as well maybe as the long thread on the other section...
Jerome and Devin made some important adjustments regarding the ethic behind Cloudbusting". Please treat this carefully as to not performing it as a simple trick among others...
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On 2007-08-03 11:36, lawrens wrote:
Whow!
knickz4lyfe20, I urge you to read all the above posts, as well maybe as the long thread on the other section...
Jerome and Devin made some important adjustments regarding the ethic behind Cloudbusting". Please treat this carefully as to not performing it as a simple trick among others...



you clearly misunderstood my statement. notice how I said "you would use when the opportunity arises" and not "whenever you can." of course I wouldnt use this as often as card tricks, ive been doing paid gigs for over 6 years and magic for much longer. whats so wrong about wanting to perform and practicing on friends, who've seen and criticized my magic for a decade, this weekend when I am doing an outside gig on august 7th (which is scheduled to be a cloudy day) and I really want to make sure this delivers. thanks
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Hello all,
Here is another cloudbusting episode I had awhile ago!
I was sitting at my desk working, and two guys I know from work came up to me and asked "Is it true that you can control the elements, such as weather!" I said as a matter of fact it is true.
So we went outside, and I told him to pick a cloud.
He did so, and I told him I was going to make it vanish.
I made a powerful gesture towards the sky while covering the cloud from view.
The next time they were able to see it, one guy said, Whoah!!! its starting to disperse. I then continued to vanish the cloud and sucking all the energy out of it! and it was gone. One guy looked at me and said "Wow, the cloud is now a part of you" They were very very impressed.
I am starting to build up my reputation as a miracle worker!

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I also had a great experience today! When I woke up, I looked out the window, but no clouds. =[

So I waited until the afternoon, and the clouds looked beautiful!

I busted 3 small/medium clouds in about 1 - 1 1/2 minute each! (Note, I was not showing anyone, simply doing it for myself.)

The feeling was so nice to know that this stuff truly works and it feels like true magic to myself! I can only imagine how it would look to a spectator!!

I have one question for everyone who has busted some clouds so far... Being that you need to look into the sky, and even know the sun could be in the opposite direction, there is still strong light that bounces off the clouds... Do you guys wear sun glasses or something, or does it not bother your eyes at all? (I'm talking about mostly when your busting from outside, not indoors)
It's really sunny these days in NJ, and I find that my eyes water and are irritated from even looking at the clouds for a period of time. I put on my sunglasses and its better now... Hey, maybe if your preforming for someone, the watering eyes thing could be a good convincer!! Smile

Once again, great work Jerome and Devin!!
-Vinnie
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Vinny,
I wear sun glasses, BUT TAKE THEM OFF. It's part of my presentation. I will point to the cloud, and with one hand remove the glasses and hold them off to the side. The other hand goes to the side of my temple. I focus and sweat as I describe in the book causing the cloud to vanish.

In effect this creates the effect that you eyes contain a power. The sun glasses PROTECT the world from your eyes. You bust the cloud and put the glasses back on. You make NO COMMENT about the glasses. The action will speak for itself.

Who knows maybe you are an Alien or demon in human form. You eyes have to be hidden. This theme has been used in Sci Fi movies. Again you say nothing. Just remove the sun glasses and focus on the cloud, bust it and put them back on. They will REALLY wonder.

People who meet me often say they can feel a dark force around me. It's an errie feeling and the removing of the glasses adds to the effect.

Believe me, this doesn't come off as hokey. Play it right and people will wonder about you.

Devin
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Thanks Devin! That sounds great, and adds a lot to it! =]

Just out of curiosity, has anyone asked you about the sunglasses after you busted the cloud? If so, what did you say?

Thanks man! I'm going outside to practice some more! Smile
-Vinnie
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Nobody has ever asked about the glasses. You come across as a man in black. LOL
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Devin,

You're one of the X-Men, truly! Smile

-J.

P.S. Keep practicing guys! Become proficient, and then go unleash your gifts and talents on the world! Thanks for the reviews, and keep them coming!
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On 2007-08-02 13:47, magicbuilder wrote:
This is a very interesting idea. In Jerome's section he briefly covers make clouds swirl using a Luke Jermay technique.


I found it! I can't believe I missed that on the first read, especially since I've tried that effect a few times in walk around situations. I think it was because I was so engrossed in what I was reading that was new to me, my brain passed over the reference of what I was familiar with in order to get back to the new stuff!!

A good lesson for me! There are a few books out there that actually read better the second and third times you read them, as the information just keeps flying at you. And some of it is more subtle in nature than others. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE BOOKS! Even if a person never busted a cloud ever in their life or tried to change the weather, there is enough information in this book on just the principles of constructing an effect and developing your presentation to more than pay for the book! This is one of those books that I will read many times over to glean something new to absorb each time! It really reminds of material from people like Kenton, Jermay and DB. It seems like nearly every page has given me ideas on how to change things about my performance or aspects of certain pieces that I perform. Oh yeah, and there's great information on busting clouds and altering the weather! This is definitely on my top shelf.
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Final update on the Weather Change. Well guys, today is Saturday and the forecast for the Pittsburgh wedding HOT AND SUNNY with NO chance of rain. I called the groom last night and said the sunshine was one of my wedding presents. He KNEW the forecast last week said chance of thunderstorms today.

There was a chance of thunderstorms yesterday during the rehearsal dinner. I told them I'd prevent the rain for that too,...it didn't rain.

Today at the wedding reception, I will politely remind the skeptics from last week, that I DID STOP/DELAY the rain.

The forecast for Pittsburgh tomorrow (Sunday)shows thunderstorms. I will point out that the rain forecasted for today has been delayed TILL TOMORROW as a wedding gift.

So there you have it folks, A REAL LIFE and in REAL time example of chapter three at work. If you haven't read the book, then my chapter on weather changing details exactly how this was pulled off.

Like I said before, this technique works. Those who followed the forecasts for Pittsburgh since my first post will see, that rain was forecasted for both Friday and Saturday. There was NO RAIN either day. However the rain is now scheduled for Sunday.

You guys can do this stuff too...read the chapter and try it. It works even though it sounds impossible.

Devin
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(I think I should stop by and post here.)

I just got my book today (4th Aug) and the book was shipped on 30th July. I am in Hong Kong and the book has arrived in 5 days! (I thought it's going to take more than a week) Smile

I have finished reading Devin's section and have yet to try. The secrets are clearly explained with nothing held back. Even a non-English-speaker like me can understand it 99% if not 100%. Also it's a pleasure reading through those stories.

It's so simple but not very easy.

Thanks Devin. Keep busting, my friends!
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Hello all

I guess I cant say much more about how good the book is than was already said.
But I do want to say that it gives or arms for that matter...(heh that's my Marine blood flowing) a person a impromptu devastator. When I say impromptu I mean it you don’t have to have any gimmicks or pre-show AT ALL.
Even if you don’t want to do cloud busting the book offers some top notch advice and trade secrets for use in other areas of mentalism.
It even gave me more uses for some of my other apparatus(don’t laugh, not like that) like oh ultrasmoke 2000....I wont get into my whole presentation but I have a way of using the US2000 as a killer convincer.

Great book, great thoughts
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Has it already been mentioned (apols if it has!) that doing Cloud Busting might work well in conjunction with the Electric Touch gadget?

For example, stating after you've busted the cloud that the energy in the cloud has to go somewhere (thus linking into the physics/scientific theme that energy is transferred and can't be destroyed... it HAS to go somewhere) and partially some energy from the cloud/air has been transferred to yourself. Then you could continue by asking a spectator if he minds sharing some of the energy that's been aquired as you're getting fed too much to be able to cope. (Some patter like the cloud was larger than usual). Holding hands out and passing the shock through with the ET. Then once the shock has taken place, claiming 'ahhh that's better. Did you feel it?' Done correctly, it could be cool and not tacky. Although I suppose I'll get a better idea of if this is feasable once I read the book when it arrives! Smile So forgive me if this idea is rubbish. Smile
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A couple of gimmicks could work well as convincers. Jerome goes over a very good "gimmick" , as well as Devin with the rainmaker

Ultrasmoke 2k goes over well for convincer to appear a cloud, electric touch can go with a convincer of extra stored energy.Ultrasmoke
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Thanks Jerome and Devin for a wonderfull book..this book will be a classic, decades to come...Just glad I was able to have this book in this century...
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I spent all day yesterday observing the clouds after reading the book, and today, my dad and I went to pick up Chinese food, and while we were waiting in the car, the sun roof was open. I thought to myself, this is a great way to practice. So I told my dad to look at the sky, I pointed at the clouded and stated that I would make it vanish. And sure enough, it did. My dad never gets fooled, but he just stared at me in amazement after this one. Then I said, I'll do something even better, after that cloud vanished, there were only 2 or 3 clouds left in the sky, so I told my dad to go in and get the food, when he returned, I pointed to the sky, the sky was filled with clouds of different shapes and sizes. He almost dropped the food in amazement.

Wonderful book, I couldn't have enjoyed it more!

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Hi All,

I'm a bit jealous reading these posts because I'm still waiting for my copy to arrive. I thought it would arrive today (Saturday) for sure, but it did not :-( Guess I'll have to wait until Monday before I can join in all your excitement.

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It's definitely worth the wait. You'll see. Smile Thanks Jerome and Devin for this excellent release!
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Sounds very, very tempting
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Got my copy yesterday and it is awesome!! After reading Devins First half of the book, I went out to check out the skies...I must have busted 6 clouds. This book is full of great ideas to add to cloudbusting to make it more of a routine. After more study of the skies, this is something I'll be doing for people quite a bit. Jerome has some really great techniques that I cannot wait to try on the clouds and other things. After I busted my first couple of clouds I knew this was money well spent and that it was worth the wait. Thanks Devin and Jerome!!! Now both of you get your next projects out!!!!

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Man, even people in different countries are getting theirs before me =(. I'm not reading anymore about cloudbusting until I get my book. It makes me too anxious.
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Got my book yesterday too, wonderful little book of clouds, couldn't put it down. Now I've go back and observe the sky.

Thanks Devin and Jerome to let out this material, if there's a book 2, add me to the list. Smile

Best,
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Got my book on Friday. When I showed it to my wife she thought I was crazy. Then we had a really bad electrical storm and my wife thinks it's all because of me practicing cloud busting.

Anyway the book looks great and I look forward to using its ideas. Unfortunately the weather has been kind of crazy here in New York the past few days but I'm sure I'll soon have my chance.

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