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JamesCheung
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Luke,

May I firstly congratulate you on an extraordinary book. Building Blocks is an immense piece of work which history will look upon as classic of its genre. I've just received it and it was worth the wait.

The phrase 'The Real Work' has been bandied around tremendously these days and often as an exercise in hyperbole designed to separate the amateur mentalist from his hard-earned cash, but in this case the epithet is as apposite as it can possibly be. The information in this book is dynamite to any working performer and at the price, is practically a steal.

You have literally stood on the shoulders of giants in creating not only a book of effects but a book of mindset and technical imagination.

Some of the effects may be dismissed, as were some in 7 Deceptions, as being unworkable, but ultimately that is a shallow conclusion drawn by unimaginative performers that don't grasp the subtler and more devious details of the methodology and psychology at work. To perform the effects verbatim and complaining that they don't work is to miss the point. By truly grasping the principles behind the effects and then adapting them to one's own style predicates the true miracles.

'Stuck in a moment' and 'A remote castle' are two stand out effects for me and demonstrate vivid plotlines and in the latter effect, superb visual staging. In fact, of all the effects, without exception stand to become classics in the hands of brave and visionary performers.

The much hyped 'Out of this world' variation is not only gutsy, but is indistinguishable from true mind reading if performed correctly. If this effect can be pulled off (and it is a very difficult one for sure, but not impossible), it is a measure of the courage and skill of the performer in being able to see beyond the limitations of his craft.

Ultimately Building Blocks is not a collection of effects as to view it as such is deceptive. It is so much more than that. It represents a way of thinking that coalesces the groundbreaking work of such greats as Kenton, Andruzzi, Ford Kross, Docc Hilford and Banachek into a synthesis that is uniquely refreshing but none the less groundbreaking in its scope.

Most will jump straight to the effects, and I don't blame them, but the real work is in the preceding chapters; if you are smart enough to see that, then you deserve to become the best performer you can be. This book has been worth the wait and I for one look forward to your future work.
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Ditto.

I had high expectations for this book, and they were for once met unlike many other products around these days. As has already been said, I'm sure many of the effects like those in 7 Deceptions will be set aside and deemed as being impossible, and quite simply that's because in that particular performer's understanding of this expanding genre in the performing arts they are impossible. However, to those of us who are willing to put the time in and see the true "ideas" within the effects themselves, this book will pay the highest of dividends.

To luke: well done and when we next talk I have a few ideas to share. Smile

To others considering purchasing this book: beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder
The secret of the mind is the secret of the self.
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After just receiving this book my first impressions are *WOW*, some are the effects are just jaw dropping!

This really is a thought provoking book; it's not the sort of thing you can dip into but something to be savoured.

I've not enjoyed a magic book so much for a long time.

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Hi,

Just to let you know we only have 10 copies of the book left until mid January. So if you miss this batch you will be put on back order.

Best Regards,

Peter Nardi

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Just got my copy a few days ago and I have to say I am very impressed. I need to spend some quality time with this book over Christmas but 'A remote castle' seems to be one the standout gems. The theory section also includes some very interesting discussion that will need to be digested and contemplated over.
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Well written and classy! Definitely one to be savoured, and enjoyed. Like a fine wine, too much of it might go your head.

10/10
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Thanks very much.

Personal fav's from the book Building Blocks are Projected Personality, A Safe Anchore, Stuck In A Moment and A Remote Castle and the most useful effect in my performances is hidden under the title of Zeroing In.

Many thanks again

Luke Jermay.
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Hi all,

My copy of Building Blocks arrived yesterday.
What a fantastic piece of work, Luke, fascinating to say the least.

Congratulations to the guys at Alakazam for publishing a superb book!

Looking forward to digesting this gem over the christmas period.

Cheers all. Have a cool yule

Mark
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Id just like to add my thanks to luke for writing such a fantastiv book Smile

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This is an outstanding piece of work. I'd expected great things after seeing Luke lecture recently but this surpases everything I'd hoped for. This is about the same size as the Pit Hartling book, also published this year and coincidently these are my two best books of the year. I'd qualify this with 'so far' but we're close enough to the end for this to be irrelevant!

Well done, Luke. Look forward to more of the same ;-)

Cheers,

Jamie.
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Just to let you all know if you miss this batch of Building Blocks, the next batch will be ready round 15th Jan.

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Thanks, Luke and Peter!

Barry
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Hi,

Our first print run has now completely sold out in only 5 days! You can now pre-order your copy for Mid-Jan run. http://www.alakazam.co.uk

Peter Nardi
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Could I get a review for the remote castle effect? thanks
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A house of cards is shown, and an experiment is proposed that aims to demonstrate the notion of 'remote viewing'. The castle is blown over and the spectator is asked to look at the random mess on the table and focus on all the face up cards and then a single card from those. The magi then proceeds to describe the face up cards as seen by the spectator, and then names the one card they focused in on. At no time does the magi have to look at the cards.

This is an effect that has the potential to devastate as there is no possible way it would appear to work. When it hits, it will be a showstopper. The effect needs a lot of prep but Luke guides you through that adequately. It is an effect that uses clever setup with cunning linguistic cueing. The plot is compelling and provides a perfect basis for the effect which builds up gradually and systematically to a thunderbolt ending.

The only downside is the setup as it takes time, a steady hand and a still, quiet place to set up as one shock or draught could kaibosh the effect before its begun. One small point: without tipping the method, you really can't have the spec look too closely at the house of cards beforehand but that is a very, very minor observation.

A truly excellent and visionary effect that stands to become a classic and in the wrong hands could have the CIA knocking.....
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I recently used the very same method to show my "RV" skills by having a spectator throw a deck of the top of a building. I then sketched what I "saw" the spectator who was on their mobile phone checked what I saw with the person on the floor. This was risky version of the effect however it played well.

Watch out on BBC2 in the New Year for this effect featured in a documentary on mind readers...

Luke Jermay.
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Luke,I can't understand what exactly was the effect that you did for them...
Could you please describe it again?

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Luke that's very brillant my friend, wow!

Bravo! Very clever and bold like, this is what mentalism should be

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Yaniv.

The effect is exactly the same as the Remote Castle. Instead of building a card castle I had one of the two throw the remote castle gimmicked deck, out of a window, the cards going everywhere.

The guy who threw the cards was on the phone to the guy on the ground floor - between them the checked what I sketched on a pad of paper. I "amazingly" saw what cards where face up and made a skecthc of them on a pad. Much like the orginal effect. Another way of doing it would be to throw them over the side of a ship with the cards landing face up / face down in the sea. You could predict the way they wereot fall ahead of time. Again with the same method.

Anyway - a side note of Remote Castle. I often use the Anneman idea of glimpsing back asking if they have finished knocking the castle over, as I do this I notcie if any cards have fallen to the floor -unlie the rest of the cards on the table. Giving me another peice of information to relay back as Remote Viewing.

Luke Jermay,
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Well I'm still waiting for my copy to arrive...
Anyway,reading about you standing on a building and throwing a deck of cards,
well an old trick comes to my mind.
You know the old Dunninger trick?
The spectator throws a deck of cards on the table.
He discard all the face down cards.
He throw the deck on the table again and again each time he discard the face down cards until only one card is left face up.
You devine that card of course.
Well,if you have the balls you could do it with your building presention.
Think about it.


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I know the effect you talk of I think my version is slighty more workable....

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I was just thinking out loud...
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Loved the book...now like everyone else I've just got to try them!
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I'm still waiting for my book to show up. D-A-M-N!!!
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Well I've had Luke Jermay's Book for a short while now and have thoroughly enjoyed it all.

It's odd (to me) reading about how people are saying that the "Out of this World" effect is difficult to pull off, as it's the one that instantly struck me as being the most fun and quickest to get started doing. But then I'm awful at doing anything that involves sleight of hand or tricky preparation, so *anything* that involves just getting a deck of cards and doing it, is good in my books.

I've posted my handling of Luke's "Out of this World" in another thread (not giving away any methods I must add) if anyone's interested, as, I believe, it gives you a "safe" way of practicing it, when used on smallish groups.

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......15&0

Remote Castle is a beautiful effect and one I cant wait to try out, although I've got to figure out *where* to try it out Smile

I'm also really hoping for snow and ice this winter so I can try out the bendy leaf lines effect (which I've *obviously* forgotten the name of and don't have the book at hand Smile) but hopefully using ice from the top of a puddle. Once I've tested it to see if it can work with ice before it melts, and bringing the coldness of the ice into the effect. Then moving onto a variation of the Ice Man effect, using a snowball instead of a box (or another frozen puddle I guess, but that takes planning!).

Anyway, the books a great buy, and of course the sum is greater than the part's.

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Greg me too...
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Just got it and read it. I'm sure I will read it a few more times. Excellent thinking and effects! It made me feel proud that I have already been using similar ideas and presentations within my own sets.
I really liked the shadow stuff and know I can use some of it within my own shadow routine.
The Stigmata effect should kick some serious A-S-S when presented at the right time.
I can also see Remote Castle being used by some within their acts because it should get some good reactions.
Once again, a really good book with more than just effects to stimulate you to think about what you are doing.
Thanks, Luke, for putting it out there.
Greg

P.S. I've always done many of the "sensation" effects you've talked about when doing my coin bend, but I will now throw in the pulse idea.
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I also got it today.
A wonderfull work!!!
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I've just read "Remote Castle" , and two questions came to my mind :

1- Ramsay,
Quote:
I recently used the very same method to show my "RV" skills by having a spectator throw a deck of the top of a building.

I'd like to know what happened next ? I mean, when the effect is over, you're not very "clean" with the cards. For a stage show , it's not important, but when your spectator was alone with the cards didn't he take a look ?

2- Same kind of question, but for the beginning of the effect, with the card castle : if a spectator is near the castle (to blow it), I don't understand why he doesn't see the arrangement (for instance, the 2 cards on the top ; isn't it obvious ?)
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Ok. Lets deal with each issue seperatly.

I fully knew that the spectator might have looked at the cards on the floor. I had no way of knowing whether they would or not. However this was for the producers or a documentary on mind reading and they had already looked into "mentalism" a great deal (to the point of attending lectures and conventions and buying books and DVD's etc) they knew a little and we even had a few chats about methodology of some things - they both had personal interests in mind reading from their magic background. So I figured the risk was worth it. Also the guy on the other end of the phone was busy checking what I said. This was done as we walked down the stairs.

Secondly. As long as the spectator is stood to one side of the card castle then you are fine. I always stand my spectator to the left of the castle. In this way it is impossible for them to see both sides of the castle. I also angle the table very slightly to the left.

Hope this helps,

Luke Jermay.
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