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CraigMcK
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Hi,

I saw Any Word by Ben Willimans for download on the MoM website. Was really, really tempted but can't find a review...?

Anyone downloaded this?

Cheers,

Craig
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Have you got Looch's Penguin Lecture? or SAD book?
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Nope. Why, was it in there?
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Any word is similar (in a broad way) to Looch's "Nod to Pocketwatch"
They each deal with the f**** differently but it's essentially the same effect.

But if you don't have either... you can flip a coin. Smile

There are compromises you're going to have to make with both. The language in the MoM copywriting glosses over a copy of big points... it's still a fine effect but it wasn't *quite* as clean a presentation as implied. Looch's lecture will cost more-- but you'll get many more effects.

That said it was the first Ben Williams item I purchased and I'll probably purchase more in future.

This wasn't helpful at all was it? Smile
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Thanks for the reply.

Ok, I'm still undecided, although now I do have another avenue to explore. I'll go and have a look at Looch's lecture, read the sales pitch and to try and get a feel for what to do next...
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You might want to track down Ben on YouTube there's a performance that will let you know the kind of thing you're getting into... It's a real world clip.

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Found a couple... I do like his style...
Thanks again for the info.
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I am going to tell everyone not to buy this trick. its rubbish. don't buy it. terrible. look for something else!!
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I ended up buying it in the end. When I get a chance I'll write a quick review...
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Contrary to what paultrick1 has said I thought it was quite good.
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Hey Craig, tell us more!
Or PM me if you don't want to post publicly.

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Oops, been a while since my last post... Guess life has gotten in the way a little. Anyway, as promised a review will follow...
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Sorry if my review is a little obscure in places, I'm trying not to give anything away and if I accidentally do I don't mean to! I've not performed it yet but I do believe it will go down a treat.

The PDF is 20 pages in length. It's well written, explaining the effect clearly and various ways to execute it. In fairness, the effect isn't groundbreaking but how Ben implements it is, in my opinion, quite clever. Like it says on the tin, you are going to predict a totally random word spoken by a spectator that they think of - no subliminal messaging or hypnosis or even threatening behaviour on your part. As an added bonus you also predict a playing card too. Unfortunately the latter is forced...

Ben goes over all the setup options and makes various suggestions. Yes it can be completely impromptu but if you do some of his suggested setup it makes the result all the more impressive. At the very least it requires a pen and some (un-gimmicked) paper with several leaves to write the prediction down on. A stack of business cards (or just plain cards that are blank and can be written on) are suggested but a small notebook with removable pages would work too I suppose. You'll also need a deck of cards and the ability to force a specific card. In fairness, this part could use a gimmicked deck if you aren't confident about this bit. Ben does suggest a simple force method (and even explains how to do to do it, so even if you are a complete novice you have all the info you need to get going) but also lists some types of deck that would work if you did want to invest in a 'special' one.

He spends some time explaining is the reveal. What I liked about this was he provides quite a few options for how you do it. You can use a wallet, your shoe or even a sealed envelop to name but a few. All of his suggestions are explained, so you could use any of them following his setup approaches. The PDF contains several photos for clarifying any steps you need to do.

That's about it. Not sure what else to add without giving something away.

Hope this helps!
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Well, I love this. I had forgotten it for a while as I had been focusing on other stuff but performed it in house at work (strictly amateur stuff) and got one of those reactions that proper magi get on the sales videos. It is also the best ***ed method for getting your business card across I have ever seen. Everyone keeps their revelation and occasionally gets shown back to me months later when I see them again. Cracking work Ben.
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