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During the last days, I had a close look at "Secret Files", an ebook by young Vlad (OttoeMezzo), which is also his first offering to the mentalism community.

Within the book, there were three ideas (or chapters), but I was told that only two of them will make it in the final version; the last one, an essay, will be withhold.

The actual highlight for me is, without doubt, "A Day for any Date Improved", Vlad's clever take on this famous topic.

Really have to say this is a winner in my book! 
I think I've seen quite some methods for date calculations (but nevertheless my knowledge may and will be limited) and have used my own approach until now, but ADfaD removes any complex calculations and replaces them by small and convenient little procedures! 

Whereas other methods require you to handle two-digit numbers, make division under pressure and memorize long charts, this method looks at each single digit of a given date seperately - this way, you will never (never, I'm serious!) have any troubles with the math. 

Vlad states that he manages to find the day for a given date in under 10s, a figure which seems absolutely realistic to me given some practice. 

If you are not using date calculations in each and every performance and therefore refrained from hammering all the necessary charts into your head, BUT on the other hand you would love to be able to 'do it' every once in a while, this method might be great for you!

Of course, there are some 'keys' to memorize but you don't have to be a Harry Lorayne clone to succeed! 

I chatted with Vlad about adding some aide-memoire for the reader which could even facilitate the learning experience for some.

I also suggested a chart for the individual steps because that's something I find very valuable in learning and memorizing new techniques. Since I have not yet seen the final version of 'Secret Files', I can't tell whether or not these suggestions made it in the script.

The second effect found in the book, 'Fond Memories', employs a (possibly underused) technique which has its roots in NLP to create the impression of reading the thoughts of a participant about her youth.

I have not had time to test 'Fond Memories' myself but it think it has good potential to play big.

What came to mind upon reading the principle (and thus bringing it back to my attention) is to alter it and use it in conjunction with spectator revelation effects.
Imagine you could perform a revelation like Whisper and there would be no need for the mindreading spectator to write anything down...! Smile

What I really liked is Vlad's writing style, which (despite him being young in age) is very clear, serious and thoughtful. 

So the bottomline is: 
There are two effects in this little book, and I will be regularly doing at least one of them (while the other gave me at least much food for thought), so I can't help but highly recommend 'Secret Files' to you.

Very excited to see what other ideas Vlad will come up with in the future....

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Just curious, what what the essay regarding and why is it being removed? Sounds interesting.
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This is something I cannot answer - let's wait until Vlad chimes in...
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Nicolino, thank you for your honest review.

This ebook has been a long time coming and is truly meant for those situations where you don't have anything on you. All three sections mean a lot to me and I use each of the principles on a daily basis.

I created the first effect, "Fond Memories," about 3 years ago and consider the "advanced" version to be one of the strongest mentalism effects. I know that's a bold statement, especially how simple the method is, but I've truly seen some of the most amazing reactions with this routine. It's very hard to beat.

The second effect, "Day for Any Date," came to life after I became frustrated with existing methods and decided to find a mathematically simple and elegant solution, so that math becomes extremely easy and you can put almost all of your focus on the presentation. I've sent this effect to a number of well known mentalists and the response has been truly overwhelming. Many consider this to be THE BEST version of Day for Any Date, even after studying multiple versions on the market. The quickness is what sells this effect to the audience, and I have not come across a quicker and easier version as of yet.

The final effect was more of a presentation point. It was an essay and study about psychological forces. I provided a number of touches I found useful in my own work and how I incorporate psychological subtleties in day to day life to create unique moments of wonder. However, though some of the work is original, there was a lot of overlap with material that is already on the market. So, I decided against this essay and chose to only leave the first two effects in.

If you have any question, please feel free to PM me.

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-Vlad
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Thanks for clarifying the section you're thinking of removing and your thoughts concerning it. I would think if it's just you take and perspectives on something that already exists it would be fine to be included and others may benefit from it.
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Thank you for the direct review. This way everyone knows exactly what they are purchasing. I, like Nicolino, feel that ADfaD was definitely the primary effect in the book. There is next to no memory, and the technique spans more centuries then any other I've used. The century code is extremely logical and requires no memory. Leap years are easier to calculate, the years within the centuries are a breeze instead of the usual shenanigans you normally have to do, and the months' are fairly easy. For $25 I would say this method, which is pretty much impossible to forget make it worth it by itself. A clever idea, that tells me that September 11th, 2001 must have been a Tuesday, a calculation which I did in under 10 seconds on one of my very first tries of the idea. I would guess that with practice you could name any day all the way back to the 1600's in just two or three seconds.
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Let me chime in here as I also got an early copy of this from Vlad (OttoeMezzo) and I will totally agree with Nicolino. The Day at Any Date is definitely worth getting. I even suggested he sell it separately. In the early draft, there was a spot or two that I felt needed some clarification. I'm assuming that such changes have been made.

The "Fond Memories" effect, though, is by far the stronger effect. It is also not something for the beginner. There are none of the usual mentalism gimmicks involved. One could argue that none of the usual mentalism principles are used, either. I can't say anything more except that it is impromptu and does require some practice.

If you want to learn a method for Day at Any Date, or want to learn an easier method, then you want this. If the description of these effects intrigues you, then you shouldn't be disappointed with this e-book at all.

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Sounds incredible where to buy this??? I don't see a link.
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Is this the same day for any date routine you were talking about back in May?

I PM'd you about it, as you asked, and never heard back from you.
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Scott,

Yes, it is the same one. I only gave out select few copies of that routine back in May. It's now available in the full version here along with another routine. Here are the contents of the ebook:

FOND MEMORIES: A spectator is asked close his or her eyes and think of a childhood memory and really concentrate on the atmosphere, emotions, and images. After a mintue or so, the mentalist begins to describe the memory with incredible accuracy. There are 2 versions. One of them is basic and suited for any mentalist. The other is advanced and is more suited toward experienced mentalists.

DAY FOR ANY DATE IMPROVED: I consider this to be the ultimate Day for any Date routine! Easy calculations and strong presentation! You never have to deal with big numbers and worry about messing up during performance. All the fine details are in here.
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Having spent a short while mastering Paul Brooks version, I must say this is a he'll of a lot easier!

The nice thing about the first effect is that it sounds like it's going to stay an underused principle: hooray for this of us who can do it!

Given the exchange rate, this manuscript is a very worthy investment.
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Thank you Scott. A number of people received "Secret Files" and the response has been pretty overwhelming. "Day for Any Date Improved" seems to be everyone's favorite way of doing Day for Any Date. I truly believe it's a big step forward from the version in "13 Steps."
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"Reverie" is for sale! Features extremely strong, 100% prop-less mentalism effects!

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A few people asked me about the practicality and reliability of these effects. I thought I should address these issues here. In terms of practicality, I believe these 2 effects to be very practical. They are truly adjustable to a particular situation and you can suit them toward any environment. With that said, I would say that they are best performed in close up, casual settings.

"Fond Memories" is not 100% type of an effect. There are times when things COULD go not according to plan. However, I would say that when this effect works, it is truly unbelievable. Also, after practice, the chance of failure is very low. "Day for Any Date Improved" is 100% reliable. I've peformed this effect in numerous environments and it always kills, especially using the presentation I provide.

If you have any other questions about this ebook, please feel free to PM me. I'm truly impressed with the response to this work so far.
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"Reverie" is for sale! Features extremely strong, 100% prop-less mentalism effects!

"Secret Files" is NOW AVAILABLE directly through me. Contains the EASIEST DAY FOR ANY DATE version!!!
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Hello.
How does "day for any date" IMPROVED compare to the one in Corinda?
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Less hard calculation, still some memorization!
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Here2009,

"Secret Files" contains the EASIEST version of DAY FOR ANY DATE. If you ever struggled with any of the versions in the past, this one will make your life much easier.

-Vlad
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Is the ebook still available at the discounted price?
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Yesterday at work, one of my co-workers, who had heard of my mental abilities, asked me what was the day of the week of his birthday. Within 5 seconds or so, I called out Wednesday, which was of course correct. Needless to say, the co-worker was extremely impressed and could not believe how I had achieved this. You will be able to do exactly this with "Day for Any Date Improved" from "SECRET FILES." Simple calculations, along with a great presentation!

On a side note, I've been getting some great ideas from those who purchased this work. I might send out a supplement with them in the future, if there is sufficient interest.
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On 2011-09-14 07:02, OTTOEMEZZO wrote:
... "Secret Files" contains the EASIEST version of DAY FOR ANY DATE. ...

Of course this is a very clever method. But trust me there are exist much more easier method's as you can imagine.

Of course Vlad's ebook is very good written and I really liked his writing style and his clever methods.
I'm looking forward to see what clever ideas Vlad will come up with in the future....

I'm very sorry but OttoeMezzo is not the first using the approach written in his "Secrets Files". So I must disappoint Vlad - he independent developed his great method.

I cover this approach in chapter 2.6.1., pp. 62-66, of my book "Encyclopedia of Weekday Calculation". Because this encyclopedia is written in German the content is known only insiders.

Vlad's approach of separating years into d++++++ and years in the d+++++ was first published by the Russians L. T. Sakharosky and W. W. Sokolov in 1957 and 1966. About 50 years later the German Eisele, the Indian Divasli, the US YingKing Yu and Strooke developed similiar methods.

In 2010 Chamberlain Fong published his version. This version is identical with Vlad's version. You will get identical results. The only difference is that Fong suggests to memorize instead of calculation by his formulae the ten d+++++ codes. Vlad suggests use of simple formulaes.

Of course I will cite OttoeMezzo's method in my Encyclopedia as a version of Fong's method and as a remarkable source.

I'm very interested in hearing of improvements for "day for any date".
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Thank you for your comments Hans. You have some truly great work regarding "Day for Any Date" on your hands as well. Let's keep in touch.
"Unholy Grail" is now available! Features Perfected Day for Any Date, Ultimate PK Touches, Triple Drawing Duplication, and The Presence (my ghost effect)! Everything is 100% prop-less!

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"Reverie" is for sale! Features extremely strong, 100% prop-less mentalism effects!

"Secret Files" is NOW AVAILABLE directly through me. Contains the EASIEST DAY FOR ANY DATE version!!!
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