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Topic: Thoughts on Bob Cassidy’s ’Scorpio’s Message’
Message: Posted by: ParaLabs - Thomas (Dec 10, 2010 03:00PM)
This is no review.

These are my [b]thoughts[/b] on Bob Cassidy’s ebook [i]’Scorpio’s Message’[/i] – so I assume that this thread belongs to the ’Penny for your [b]Thoughts[/b]’ section; who offers me a penny? Or at least his two cents?

This ebook offers wisdom and insights in the Q&A topic – so far, so predictable. I mean – who is the author? What would you expect from Bob Cassidy but wisdom and insights?

What’s the news value of this ebook? I don’t refer to the fact that its original limited release was in 2003. I refer to the content itself!
Well, the news value of all those subtle details and aspects obviously depend on the previous knowledge and experience of the reader. I guess I personally have some knowledge and experience on the topic; and yes, there are thoughts and insights in this ebook that are familiar to me.
Nonetheless the context and the framework Bob builds up to clarify his thoughts induce [i]aha-[/i]moments in each and every part of the prefixed deliberations to the routine itself (“Exhibits” One to Four).

Even if you wouldn’t read the Q&A act to which those deliberations lead to: the preliminaries alone are gold!
There are discussions concerning an overlooked flaw in mentalism’s major effect, thoughts on the nature of illusion, remarks on ‘Relevance’ – and obviously an eye-opening conclusion of the realizings resulting from those reflections.

As I said: even those pages before it comes to the concrete description of the [i]‘Scorpio’s Message’[/i] Q&A act are worth the price of the manuscript!

Apart from any technical realization: the act itself has a very clever approach concerning the premise and the self-presentation of the performer. Bob found a wonderful synthesis between being somewhat ‘psychic’ and delimitating himself from ‘real’ psychic abilities.
He induces the best of what you can induce in mentalism from my not authoritative point of view: he induces doubts, uncertainty - suspense!

A brilliant mixture of seriousness and humor, genuineness and subtle irony offers possibilities for identifications to believers as well as skeptics / non-believers. This is meant for the personality of a mentalist who is considering adapting Bob’s [i]‘Scorpio’s Message’[/i] act as well as for attendees who participate in a corresponding performance.
This balancing act alone is brilliant!

The Q&A routine itself is structured in an extremely clever way. Each step of the performance is explained with all psychological nuances and motivations. There is left nothing to chance.

The ‘Answer’-readings that obviously make a (the) crucial point of each Q&A act offer convincing advantages on several layers:
[list][*]They cover astonishing individual ‘truths’ as a matter of fact which will be confirmed by the participant.

[*]They induce a personal uniqueness of the performer ([i]he will be remembered![/i]) by a very clever presentational twist.

[*]And last not least they involve nearly each and every attendee!
Other kinds of Q&A acts often lack integration and identifications of more than a few members of the audience.
Bob found a presentational twist that covers even this aspect.[/list]
During your readings you’re able to tell the audience members particular and individual facts and ‘truths’. The method to achieve this is bold – and absolute convincing regarding its simplicity; I’m very pleased that Bob limits his technical deliberations to the indispensable.
I’m grateful about this just because a mentalist who wants to perform a Q&A act is obviously an experienced one. And experienced performers have their own collection of methods. Ascertaining needed informations shouldn’t be the issue.

That said I have to admit that the method Bob suggests is brilliant in its bold cleverness. It’s so easy and so convincing.
Nonetheless ‘Scorpio’s Message’ goes far beyond an ebook that is limited to a [i]method[/i] – and I appreciative this very much. My appreciation results from the fact that Bob’s deliberations that reflect context and premise as well as psychological subtleties and presentational framework are worth much more than any ‘new’ technical solution.

Apart from this ebook contains an appendix with ‘Base Readings’ and a few useful informations that help to beautify your act.

Oh, and as part of the chapter [i]‘The Blending …’[/i] Bob offers one of the most useful lines to clarify my position as a performer of an Q&A act I read for a long time! Wonderful!
I won’t quote this line here – because I want as less colleagues as possible to use it; but thanks a lot, Bob! I hope the majority of your readers skip this line, … :)

Overall – Bob Cassidy’s [i]‘Scorpio’s Message’[/i] is a product full of brilliant thoughts of highest value. And more than this: each and every paragraph tells you that it’s a real worker! No writing desk ideas, no bubbles of air or brain farts – this is material created by experience in practice.

Highly recommended!

Those were my [b]thoughts[/b] on Bob Cassidy’s ebook [i]’Scorpio’s Message’[/i] – so I assume that this thread belongs to the ’Penny for your [b]Thoughts[/b]’ section; who offers me a penny? Or at least his two cents? :)

Message: Posted by: Damon Reinbold (Dec 10, 2010 05:35PM)
I'd even part with a nickle or dime! Bob Nelson, who was a dear friend, would really be proud of this.

Message: Posted by: Blackwood (Dec 10, 2010 07:38PM)

That review was as literate and intelligently thought-out as Dr. Bob's writing and thoughts in the book.
Message: Posted by: Tom Jorgenson (Dec 10, 2010 09:04PM)
NO no, wasn't a review! Only THOUGHTS on the manuscript. ...thoughts.
Message: Posted by: Dick Christian (Dec 11, 2010 01:25AM)
Like the rest of the Rt. Rev. Dr. Bob's creations, Scorpio's Message reflects his insight and the experience that can only be gained by years or labor "in the trenches."
Message: Posted by: ROBERT BLAKE (Dec 11, 2010 01:37AM)
Thomas, thanks / danke schön.

what I like is that it feels like and looks like the real thing. technical there is no skill. you have to be an mentalism entertainer to pull this off.

the one part I have to read again and again is the lenghty introduction to understand why Mr. Cassidy introduces Q & A to his audience like he does.

Thanks Mr. Cassidy
Message: Posted by: jeremysweiss (Dec 11, 2010 06:51PM)
Ummmm....I think it is not available for purchase at the moment.....Bob???
Message: Posted by: eSamuels (Dec 11, 2010 07:11PM)
On 2010-12-11 19:51, jeremysweiss wrote:
Ummmm....I think it is not available for purchase at the moment.....Bob???

Seems to be....

Message: Posted by: jeremysweiss (Dec 11, 2010 08:39PM)
Message: Posted by: markhitton (Apr 4, 2012 01:01PM)
Bob cassidy is one the greatest mind in mentalism
I like his stuff.
always powerful
Message: Posted by: Ba Ba Booey (Aug 29, 2012 03:54PM)
I am looking forward to Bob's tele-seminar on Q&A tonight. I expect to learn a LOT!

Message: Posted by: Tom Jorgenson (Aug 30, 2012 12:29AM)
Very nice. As it was my first one, I'm glad it was this one.
Message: Posted by: chmara (Aug 30, 2012 08:51PM)
I wish Lybrary and Bob would raise the price to keep it from being used by incompetents. I wish the essay/review above had not appeared as it reveals why I feel this is one of the major gems of mentalism and is truly audience involving. This is one of Cassidy's gems honed to perfection -- great for larger audiences 100+ up to thousands as they ALL will feel involved if presented with proper gravity and skill.

Yes, it does take work and shaking-out for the individual performer's personality -- but the results are truly astounding.

I cannot recommend this for anyone who wants professional work -- recommend it enough that is! (I figure poor mentalists with short attention spans will only read the first part of the sentence and draw the conclusion this is not for them.)