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Winnes
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Wheres all the SAD threads gone?
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Where's that Looch guy?

That should do it Smile
THE MAN THE SKEPTICS REFUSE TO TEST FOR ONE MILLION DOLLARS.. The Worlds Foremost Authority on Houdini's Life after Death.....
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Im here Slim...

I have to be honest, in my absence I have recieved a lot of support from fellow performers and thinkers and for that I am utterly thankful and humbled. I have met so many great people as a result of producing SAD, its a fantastic feeling knowing there are so many people out there like that.

Things have been said in the past that I personally regret and any outstanding issues between parties have now been resolved, I would like to thank the magiccafe for lifting my ban and most importantly Alakazam magic UK for publishing my work, to all those who have been supportive in either Threads, emails and PM's I thank you from the bottom of my heart, I now hope I can leave the past in the past and look towards the furture.

Thanks
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Welcome back!

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WAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahooooooooooooooo......yeah !
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Yup, welcome back. It is great to have such a talented member back on the forums.
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Here is my review of SAD
A new book that features ‘powerful, entertaining close-up mentalism that has been sharpened to a razor’s edge by constant use in the real world.’

The book contains a total of 13 mental effects that can be performed close-up that use a variety of sleights from the repertoire of close-up magic and common utilities and approaches from the field of mentalism.


Difficulty

The effects are not for beginners. The sleights involved are not necessarily difficult, but it is their combination with the principles of mentalism and the experience of presenting mental effects that will need attention in making the most of these effects. All the required sleights are extremely well explained and accompanied by colour photographs throughout the book.

Review

This is a real working mentalists dream! Many mental effects are described to be performed for the stage or parlour, but this collection developed by Looch allows you to perform these very clever effects in a close-up and impromptu setting. He has developed these effects to be truly ‘simple and direct’, and I can assure you that these will simply astound your audience. Here is a preview of some of the effects:

A Nod to Pocket Watch: grounded in a discussion of free will (oooh I do like that!), this effect has the spectator name a country and pick a playing card. The card is revealed from a prediction note that was written before the choice of card, and then from a small tin, a second prediction note is taken out to contain the name of the country that was chosen!

Intuitive Aii: A deck of playing cards is shown to the spectator. They are mixed haphazardly to be face up and face down. The deck is spread and the performer names the precise number of face up cards. The deck is again mixed in similar fashion. The performer riffles the cards and names the precise number of face up cards. The performer then calls out each and every face up card!

A Watch Presentation: Two spectators are asked to synchronise their watches, one spectator holds his or her watch covered from view, the other is asked to change his or her watch to a random time, after which the other spectator’s watch is shown to match the time that was chosen!

All the effects utilise the effect of timing, building to an impossible conclusion, and performed with everyday objects. In addition to the ten main effects, you also get full instructions on all required sleights (unlike some advanced books in magic) additional insights into performing the effects (timing, presentational thoughts, and subtleties), and three bonus effects, including Match Box Monte, I Always Get My Way, and a Dual Book Test.

Overall

This book is a really nice collection of mental effects with a lateral edge. They all challenge our sense of time, cause and effect, and perception, while remaining true to the spirit of high quality close-up magic and mentalism. The book is nicely presented and well produced, with very high quality pages and colour pictures. While it only contains 13 effects (hmmm…13 effects and 13 steps), it contains much more by way of advice and presentation. Moreover, many of the principles that lie behind the effects can be used in so many different and innovative ways.

I give this 10 out of 10!
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Wow! Thank you for your kind words, its certainly humbling to read comments like that (considering your performing credentials Dr Todd). I am not naive enough to think my book will please everyone but all the positive feedback is certainly appreciated.
thanking you
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Hello Looch. Nice to have you back.
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Hey rick hows things buddy?

I never did recieve my package? Smile and as a result I didn't have a return address to send yours hehe
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A face to the name, and I hope we won't have to wait too long for your next installment...
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Looch, this is like a sight for sore eyes. After all that has happened. I am very pleasantly surprised just now to find your return to the Café. Welcome back.

John
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Looch! I have never heard of you or your book. But the book looks cool. Heck, you look col. So Im gonna buy it.
cloud
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Yeah, you do look kind of cool, did you airbrush your avatar ?
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Haha I got ID'd for cigarettes the other week, I'm stopping now
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You look kind of scary...those pens must have got lost in the mail. AND I quit that old job that gave me all the time in the world to make them LOL

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Hey Looch, good to have you back.
Gonna buy SAD 2morrow.
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Looch,
I bought S.A.D. today. I have been looking forward to it for some time. I hear great things about "Wake Up Dr. Rhine" and I appreciate you sharing it. Best wishes.


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Can you describe your drawing dupe without, of course, any tell-tale details?
thanks, fib
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Yup n/p

the basics are this, and ill not exaggerate

whilst stood in conversation at a bar. your "victim" is instructed to produce a simple doodle on a small piece of paper / card, its folded into quarters and placed inside the neck of a beer bottle, it remains in view the entire time but in such a way that its obvious through the glass of the bottle that nothing can be seen.

you reach into your pocket and pull out another piece of paper / card, open it and immediatley duplicate the victims drawing.




that's exactly how it looks to onloookers


thanks
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