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On 2006-05-10 16:17, fishermagic wrote:


Even if you decide to still perform The Grail you would still benefit from reading this book.



Cody,

Like Christopher, I perform The Grail often. It is my favorite CAAN. Do you mean that some of the ideas in the book can be incorporated into The Grail? Or that we will find John's ideas beneficial in general.

Either way, I'll get this book based on your recommendation.
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Dear Kevvy,

It's not going to change the "workings" of the gral...I just meant that it will give you some ideas on how to make any ACAN effect stronger.

I hope this helps,
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Any ideas that may enhance my presentation The Grail (or any Acan) are always welcome!


Thanks!
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Greetings everyone!

Wow - Fisher, Powers, Einhorn...thanks for your kinds words on my lastest project. FFFF was blast!

As far as the book in concerned, I am thrilled that it is finally here! Long time in the making. It turned out beautiful - 328 pages, 220 photos, hardboud 5 1/2 * 7 1/2 with black leather spine, read linen front/back and gold stamping. Forward by Dr. Ken Krenzel. Contributors include Dr. Ken Krenzel, Allan Ackerman,
Barrie Richardson, Banachek and Luke Jermay, Martin Joyal, Joshua Jay, Tony Miller, Paul Cummins, Mike Powers, and Jason Dean.

When deveolping the creations given, I want you to know that I had pure magic in mind, and desired a happening so absoutely impossible to the point where sleight of hand could not be the explanation. I wanted to take a coincidental card trick and elevate it to a stand-alone miracle (not a theoretical mircale, but one that could be featured in every show that you perform). Not to mention, I wanted to present an effect that would not only entertain, but would also fry everyone (knowledgable magicians included). In these efforts I have layered prinicples, techniques, and proper psychological subleties to get so far ahead of the audience that it is not even fair (no preshow). This led to the development of the Meant To Be system, as well as intense work on other approaches. There are clearly many ways to get a card at a number through sleight-of-hand. However, I feel that this effect is greatest if you clearly never have to the opportunity to manipulate the cards, or even never touch the cards at all. I feel the contributions from others that I chose fit well, as they are constructed with extremely clever principles instead of unnecessary or hard sleight of hand (such as the pass or center deal).

There are also many other techniques, effects, and ideas included in the book that has nothing to do with the ACAAN plot. For example - two jokers with different color backs are introduced along with a deck of cards. Spectator names any card in the deck. She then cuts the deck into two piles, and places one joker in each pile (outjogged). The piles are assembled into one, and the outjogged jokers are slowly squared into the pack (clearly in different parts of the deck). The magi slowly casts a shadow over the deck, and asks the spectator to spread the cards across the table. She finds that the jokers have travelled through the pack to sandwich one card. She pulls it out to find that it is her mentally selected card! Direct and absolutely magical.

Enjoy!

John B. Born
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I gotta jump in here. This book is probably THE book buy of the year! It is a heck of a treatise on ONE effect! There will be those who go "A WHOLE book on ONE trick!?" All I can say is John has taken what is for many a dream effect and turned it into a reality. Yes, I have a version in his book. And YES, I have taken John's ideas and notched MY OWN effect. So if you get the urge to fry the customers (and needless to say - magicians - then buy this book... Wow! TWO books in one year that I have reccomended Either my standards are shot or this is a great year!
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I ordered my copy late Monday night and it arrived in my mailbox today. I haven't had a chance to read the book yet, but John's customer service is excellent.


Curt
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This has been John's baby for quite some time now. I remember when he told me he was going to write a book on the subject and release his version. I thought he was crazy, this material is GOLD! This may seem like hype from me but the moment you see his book without even opening it you know there is something special about it.
Congratulations my brother in magic!

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I have read half the book,and can say I am pleased.
This is a must have for anyone intrested in this effect.
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Hello again -

First of all, I want to thank everyone for the outstanding response and support for my latest book Meant To BE...

At this time, Tom Craven is working to schedule a lecture tour for me to feature this book as well as several new DVDs that will soon be released. If you are interested in this lecture coming to your city, or want to inquire for more information, please contact Tom at vipmagic@aol.com. At this time I will be lecturing at the Magic Castle May 21st, the Minneapolis Close-up Convention June 9th-11th, the LVMI 11th-13th, Gary Darwin Club (Vegas) on the 14th, and in Boston June 27th. Hope to see you there!

All the best,

John B. Born
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I get the book saturday and read it through in just one day and I must say
this book is a KILLER! It is fantastic and absolutly great! For me it is really
the Book of the year! The Meant to be system is the final solution to the ACAAN plot. Thank U John to give such a great idea to all magicians!!I collected much ideas to the plot, but your system is really the best!
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Got my copy today. Fast delivery John. And will read the book the comming days.
Looks really, really interesting. Will give my comments when I have read trough it.

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I'll second CFrye's comments.

I live in the UK, and I ordered the book less than a week ago. It dropped through my letter box this morning. If the book is as good as the excellent service from John, it should be quite something! From previous reviewers comments, I'm sure it will be.

I'm certainly looking forward to reading it

Thanks John!

Dave Jones
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I can only say that John's service was wonderful. Got my book today. Thanks John!

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I'd love to hear more about this from those who have tried the "Meant to Be" system - I'm saving for the book now!
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Man, I haven't posted here in what seems like forever. John Stayed at my house on his way to New York a month or so ago. We sat in my practice room for hours, just jamming and talking. It was a great time, as is always the case when we hang (you too Jason).

Anyway, the stuff he shows me on a regular basis, is some of the most thought out magic I ever get to see. John's depth of thinking is bottomless. He really cares greatly about everything he performs. He is a true problem solver, who won't rest until an effect is literally "perfect".

All of his pet effects and routines look purely magical. If he didn't tip me once in a while, I'd have to kill him before my brain exploded.

He's also a hardcore sleight of hand guy, but his effects don't look "sleighty". I haven't seen the book yet, but he's been telling me about it forever. I can't wait to get my copy. He's one of the best out there, as is Jason BTW, and I'm proud to brag about his friendship, as well.

Congrats JB, and all the best.

Posted: May 16, 2006 11:10am
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention. If you run into John at a convention or other appropriate place, ask him to perform his close-up ring routine. It is sooo magical, and sooo good. It's my current favorite thing to watch him do, and I've only seen it a million times.
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Since I see no one else has put John's contact info, here it is... Oh yes... And Tom Gagnon has joined those giveing the book high praise...


Meant To Be…

Principles and Techniques for the Sophisticated Magical Artiste



328 pages, 220 photos, Hardbound 5 ˝ * 7 ˝,

Forward By Dr. Ken Krenzel



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Hi John,

Congrat's on your new release. It looks like a must have for sure!

I saw John perform one of his fantastic versions at the Motor City Close up Convention last year and he killed everyone.

Get it or be fooled!

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I ordered my copy late Monday night and it arrived in my mailbox today. I haven't had a chance to read the book yet, but John's customer service is excellent.


Curt


Ordered mine early last week (did not use PayPal; direct payment to John); book mailed Priority Mail on Friday and the book arrived in this morning's mail. One week start to finish. Now THAT's great customer service.

Can't wait to get into this book. (Looks like that'll be Wednesday or Thursday at the earliest because of prior commitments. Darn!) I love anthology books and videos and compilation books and videos where a single subject is explored in depth and, in one reference place, you can read about or view many methods to achieve the end result.

Way to go, John!!

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I'm about three days into John's book. The opening chapter is an essay, reflecting his thinking on magic and the conception and development of effects. Like I said, John is a very deep thinker on the subject of magic, and he really got me into some self analysis here.

Following the essay, are his concepts for the "any card/ any location" theme. This is great stuff. If you are interested in this type of effect(you should be), this is a must read.

With contributions from Ken Krenzel, Allan Ackerman, Barrie Richardson, Luke Jermay/ Banacheck, Martin Joyal, Joshua Jay, Tony Miller, Paul Cummins, and Jason Dean, you have a chance to draw from some truly great minds, and one very bright nutcase (he knows who I mean).

John, thank you so much for this book. I haven't been this motivated by a book in a very long time. Great work. Talk to you later.
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Hi,
Does the book mention the David Berglas version of this ?
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