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Effects in the book (an the page number):

17 Subliminal Summer: A prediction of a family summer holiday.

23 Ultimate Connection: Two spectators each choose the same card under very fair conditions.

33 Mirage: One spectator reads another’s mind and still doesn’t know how they did it.

39 Hot Spot: What is the hot spot? A short essay on performance.

45 Cold Bending: A coin bends in the spectator’s hand, in stages.

53 Jackpot: You predict the lottery numbers.

59 Taxi: The audience, correctly name the amount you paid for your taxi to the event, the receipt was sealed in an envelope right until the last moment.

63 Guardian Angel: The deck of the tarot is cursed after the spectator “breaks the rules”.

67 The Spirits Be With You: The spirits guide your spectator to select two tarot cards over the rest.

75 Sightless Dupe: An on stage image duplication where you are blindfolded. No use of electronics, peeks or pre-show.

81 Bookworm: A thought of word is divined. A subtlety for any book test.

85 The Hand: Control a spectator to deal to the card that completes your poker hand.

97 The Ongoing Argument: My take on the ongoing arguments of mentalism.

103 A Stranger Selection: A thought of card is seen to be the only card missing from a red deck, then is found in a blue deck.

109 An Even Stranger Selection: Another method for having a card vanish from one red deck and appear in a blue deck.

113 A Passing Thought: A close up, impromptu image duplication.

117 Pre-show Vandal: A subtlety for double speak on pre-show work by a spectator.

123 Second Philling for Graffiti: Spectator thinks of any word in the English language, never writes anything down and you name it.

127 Open Transmission: Continuing my obsession with two person telepathy effects, one person thinks of a design and another receives it, on stage with no pre-show.
137 Sitting On Rose Petals: A chair prediction with a classical twist.

143 Double Influence: Using your powers of psychology you influence a spectator to select just the right card to match your prediction in one of five envelopes.

149 Thickening the plot: The way in which I construct my routines and act, as a model for your thinking.

155 Convincing Coins: This is a utility move for the coin worker or metal bender.

159 Numerically Correct: You predict a thought of number in a comical manner.

167 Hand Outs: Further solutions for the selection of the correct card to complete the poker hand.

171 A Service with Influence: A major prediction effect with add-a-number in a real world context.

177 Bloodline Divine: A living and dead test with a surprise divination.

185 Digit: A prediction of a four digit number which fools time and again.

191 Pasteboard Lab Test: Mind reading with cards under test conditions, another one for the sceptics.

199 Sympathy: Any card at any number, no moves, only thoughts.

205 On the Line: Using body language techniques you locate the money every time.

209 Telepathy with Technology: The spectator reads the mind of the performer.

213 Passing The Power: The spectators read each others minds.

221 Grace: The spectator uses his powers of ESP to great success.

227 Thought Conduction: The spectator conducts a thought he couldn’t possibly know.

233 All is Fair: A subtlety for getting people to do what you want them to do.

236 Additional Ideas: Some bits and pieces of thoughts

And now here is my review of some of the effects. This review only reflects MY personal opinion. So... with that in mind, lets go:

Subliminal Summer - Very nice use of multiple outs. When I first tried this effect I got very good reactions. As you said in your book: it's light-hearted but should not be underestimated. By the way, you wrote: "... and very few of us associate Italy with a family holiday...", here in Germany everybody drives to Italy in the summertime since it only takes a couple of hours to get there AND because it's not really expensive, so for the german audience my strongest out is Italy (but I know it's different if you live in the states). Just a little note

Ultimate Connection - This one fooled some good magicians, I love your script and timing and people really think you never touched the deck. Brilliant wording!

Mirage - As I wrote in another thread: The instant stooge method is ingenious. I always love when one spectator apparently reads the mind of another spectator. Amazing!

Cold Bending - It's a nice switch, but since I don't do bends... nothing for me. But maybe one day it comes handy in another coin routine

Jackpot - Takes guts to perform. I really like the envelope gimmick and I found use of it in some of my routines. This gimmick is for the real worker.
Lotto routines are always nice, especially when the audience "predicts" the numbers. Great work!

Taxi - An opener which sounds really nice, but in my eyes (for my needs) not strong enough. (but I still love the gimmick )

Guardian Angel - I believe that people do get scared, the story is quite nice! Like it!

Spirits Be With You - same as above

Sightless Dupe - I LOVE this one. The use of the code is so bold and effective. Beautiful thinking!

Bookworm - Very nice principle... clever

Stranger Selection/An Even Stranger Selection - I really like effects where the thought of card vanishes from the deck and reappears in another one. I would never perform these kind of effects at the moment since they don't fit my performance character (too magicy; did I make this word up?! ... I guess you know what I mean). Nice combination of your stacked deck (brilliant!!) and the brainwave deck though!

A Passing Thought - Reminded me of Kuff's drawing dupe from his "Mind Stunts" video. But it's quite nice for walk-around!

Pre-Show Vandal - I love the amount of thought you put into this principle. Believe me, this is something I will use for a long time.

Open Transmission - One of my personal highlights in this book. This was the first effect I read when it arrived at my door. And I love it!!! The principle is devious, your script is amazing, I like the story about rapport. You thought of everything. I get down on my knees
This one goes straight into my shows. At the moment I'm working on my own script for this effect. Brilliant!!! Btw: I use a rapid induction for the spectator that "receives" (and waits some seconds). It just adds another layer. This is truly a masterpiece!

Sitting On Rose Petals - Very nice and bold method. The ladys love it, and I enjoy the chocolate-eating preperation
And it always makes a nice impression to pick some beautiful ladys, get them on stage and give them a rose.

Convincing Coins - Again, a nice move to know

Nummerically Correct - I laughed when I read the script. I don't use the Swami much, but this effect is quite nice. Pretty cool ending. A joke...people laugh... offbeat... card is turned around... kicker ending

Hand Outs - Nice idea with the jumbo index. I will give it a try. This one is all about spectator management. Like it!

A Service With Influence - Cool idea with the restaurant bill. Again, the ending (bill switch) doesn't really fit my performance character, but it feel it's quite nice. (Very visual and an interesting litte twist on the classic add-a-number plot!)

Bloodline Divine - Parents an their children. Nice concept which I will defenitely use. The methods are not new but nicely combined. I especially like the ending where you take out the card and read the name off first and then let the spectator turn around your impressions on the board.

Digit - When I first read the effect it sounded like a pipedream to me. I just couldn't imagine how you would be able to do this effect. Brilliant and devious method!!! Another highlight in this book!

Pasteboard Lab Test - Amazing effect under test conditions. This one will fool many performes who think they know everything. Beautiful stooging method. I'm currently working on this principle... nice work!


All in all... an amazing book which really enlightened me. I love his thoughts on different topics and I'm really happy to say that he is a person who puts thought in each and every effect. I love the way he puts layers into his creations and makes them almost impossible to backtrack. I wished there were more performers out there (and I'm also talking about the few lucky ones who have their own tv shows) who put so much work into our art as Kennedy does.
It was a pleasure to read this book and it gave me much inspiration

Greetz
Rick
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Awesome review.....where can we get this?
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Rick, so pleased you liked the book.

Hoping to release my second (and very different) offering to the mentalism world in the next week, just sorting out a couple of little problems. It will also be available from my website http://www.mindandmagic.co.uk, I'm not selling either of the books to deallers yet.

Cheers again,
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Your site isn't working for me. When I try and get to the products page....even though I have the right answer, it doenst work
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I'm having the same problem on the website.

Book looks great.

Anyone else have it?
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Yah, I've had the same problem too.
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Great Review Rick. Nice to see people put some time in to help out.

As for the sight, I was having problems accessing the page as well. you can't hit the enter key, you actually have to click on submit. small detail but it stumped me for a few moments
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Hi everyone. I've just checked out the site and the access to the products and it seems to be working okay for me.

It is quite sensitive so please make sure you are writing in all lower case and the answers are correct. If you want to PM me or email me kennedy@mindandmagic.co.uk with what answers you are entering then maybe I can help out by either saying "Wrong answer" or just by giving you the direct link if there is a problem.

I really appreciate the support guys and am pleased that so many people are getting something from my work.

Now, this is a blatent and shameless plug.

My second offering 'Tell Tale Factor' is finally ready and available, if you are interested then check out the instructions in my signature. There are some words in there from Alain Bellon and Kenton Knepper, who kindly wrote the Forword.

Thanks again!
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Believe me Kennedy, most of us know how to spell Corinda.

The problem is, that you have to change some settings in your browser in order to access the secret pages. I just used a different browser (Firefox).

Could you tell us a little more about TTF, without giving away the method. I would like to know, if TTF is a matter of language. Is it easily adaptable?

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I found the issue. You can't just hit ENTER after you type in the PW. You have to click the submit button.

Hope this helps.
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Yes just had someon else find that problem, you have to click "submit" as oppose to hitting the enter key. strange I know.

Tell Tale Factor is a technique wherebye you randomly choose someone from your audience (by whatever means you like) you sit them down and ask them to close their eyes. You get to know them a little and ask them to concentrate on (for example) a PLaying Card, you then reveal the thought.

Tell Tale Factor is a starting point from which you can create many more mysteries and demonstrations of very direct mindreading. I came up with it as a solution to a no prop act. There really is no pre-show , the spectator is also fooled and will confirm everything you do, there is nothing written down and no stooges.

Kenton and Alain both asked me not to release it because they wanted to keep it very secret. I have talked to Alain Bellon about Tell Tale and its applications at some length and we are both just as excited about it.

It is a technique, which means I'd really love to hear any ideas you have to expand and/or apply the technique once you have gotten to grips with it.

Kenton Knepper even wrote the Foreword to it, and for that I am greatful! Cheers Kenton!

I hope you get a smuch fun, enjoyment and amazement out of it as we have.


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Kennedy, I love the look of the book - I will certainly be ordering it with my next pay day!

And may I say, I am glad that you have a password protection - internet magic seems all too easy to buy these days.

I look forward to it!

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Cheers simon mate.

Tell Tale Factor is a "turn of the beaten path" as they say. it is very different to Thoughts So Far in its approach and method. It is rather more advanced. However I do plan to release another "compilation" type book more in the vein of Thoughts So Far, next year. Originally Tell Tale was meant to feature in it, however I decided that it needed its own place as it is so different and I think it will be received very differently.

Cheers again for the support,
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Kennedy, I love the look of 'Tell Tale Factor'. Can it be adapted to other situations other than stage performances?

Cheers,

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Si,

It can be, yes. However I will confess that I haven't used it close up. I have used it in cabaret and stage so I speak from the experience stand point when I say I know it works. I would not recommend it for walk around or table hopping, well I know it wouldnt suit me anyway, perhaps others would use it in those situations.

There is a major problem with Tell Tale Factor in that is sounds too good to be true. That was the problem I came up with when I was writing the description of what it does. Writing the description was so difficult, I wanted to give as much detail as possible without revealling the technique.

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Thanks Kennedy.

I know what you mean - it does sound like 'the grail' of an effect, and often effects do sound too good to be true. I am sure you would not indulge in that false advertising, however.

I wil certainly order it when I get your book, and post a review!

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Couldn't resist, and ordered Tell tale factor. I look forward to it, and I'll post a review when I get it.

Presumably you cannot tell us too much more, without risking exposure. I would however, like to know a little more about the range of choices - could this be used as part of another routine, to embellish an existing effect?

Cheers,

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YOu could use it as part of another vroutine. I had not thought of it but you could even use it as part of some one ahead type thing, with a little thought (as ever).

In terms of choices, they really can think of a nything (almost):

A number
A city
A town
A country
A letter
A perfume or scent
A playing card
A time
A date
A coin
A style of shoe
A cartoon character

Its very versitile, once you understand the method and technique at work you can adopt it to almost anything at all.

Thanks for the support!

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OH! I cant stress enough how DIFFERENT this is to my other work. Thoughts So Far is definate mentalism "tricks". This is a treatise on anew approach and technique. it only describes this one thing and its many applications. I have described it in detail and given further sources to make it complete, that was Kenton's first major fear he said I had opened it up so much that anyone and everyone could do it.

Its the kind of thing you can do aty a moment's notice too. I was sitting in a comedy club one night and the headline act didn't turn up. I got up and filled in, doing Tell Tale Factor among other things with no props.

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