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Y2John
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My full review of 'The Write Stuff'.


Product: The Write Stuff

Creator/performer: Fellow Café' member Tony Iacoviello

Format: Pdf manuscript (also available as an actual manuscript)

Price: $30

Available: http://www.leapinglizardsmagic.com


I was very much looking forward to the news that Tony Eye would be sharing another piece of his material with us, with 'Maximum Involvement: Popular Selection' being something I absolutely love, and one of the best purchases I have ever made in this art... and that's in all honesty.
It's safe to say that when I heard that something was forthcoming, I was very happy, and went straight to the PM button to see if I could learn more of what this may be about. What I heard back sounded extremely interesting, and since then I have been anxiously waiting for the time to come when I could hand over the readies.
The time did come... this is The Write Stuff.

The Pdf manuscript:

What you receive, when purchasing the download version, is a 48 page watermarked pdf manuscript. The manuscript has a nice clean unfussy look, and contains coloured pics to go along with the well written explanations.
A well put together manuscript, great work.

The Write Stuff:

I think the best way to explain the kind of things possible is to read the ad, so below I've copy and pasted the ad so that you can better understand what can be accomplished before I go into any more detail.

Ad from it's page at leapinglizardsmagic.com, excluding the praise from other performers...

" Imagine, constructing a picture with elements randomly and freely named by members of the audience, allowing them to change their minds and add addition elements, then revealing that you had previously drawn a similar or even identical picture.

Imagine, performing a non-force, real time mental epic routine with a piece of paper, index card, notepad, whiteboard, blackboard, or nearly anything that can be written on, it could even be borrowed.

Imagine, reading minds or predicting names, words, pictures, nearly anything that can be named up close, or on stage.

Imagine, not needing anything “special” to perform these feats.

Stop imagining!

Tony Eye’s “The Write Stuff” provides you with the tools to do this, and more."

So their you have it, as you can see, this sounds like a very promising and exciting release... I can see many performers interested and wanting to learn of, and utilize this material.

My thoughts:

I may aswell come straight out and say that this is absolutely brilliant, it really is, and is something I am glad to have with me from now on. Their is lots of material I love, loads I find interesting and enjoy, and tons that I like... but only a few things have come along that I will actually use for anything other than a passing moment, and I have no doubt that this will become one of them.
You can do drawing duplications, predictions and other such things without the need for IMP devices, switches, peeks, forces, special devices, pre-show, luck, one ahead etc... this really does open up a whole realm of possibilities as far as this kind of work is concerned.
Their is something extra needed, but trust me, this is something you will all have already, and if not, can be found with no trouble what so ever.
Oh, not only can you utilize this technique on paper and card etc... but white boards/chalk boards and the like.
Angles are pretty much sorted, as in very very good. The angles will alter depending on the routine/effect, but the actual technique itself (the secret) has no real angle problems, though as said, this will alter depending on the way you're using it.

Inside are also a couple of routines that are fully covered, and though the main thing your gaining is the technique, these pieces are a very good example of just how useful and brilliant this is.
One routine is presented as automatic writing, and allows for a bunch of freely thought of things to have been predicted... no o** a***d or anything of the like.
The other is a force free mental epic.
Both pieces are great and will allow you to see how effective this technique is.
Also covered is a variety of ideas on other routines/effects... these are to get your creative juices flowing and to give you some things you can begin working on etc.

Difficulty:

I really don't like commenting on difficulty, as I don't consider it to be something that should effect whether or not you go into something. If you want to learn something and are dedicated and determined, anyone can learn.
That being said, this is a very easy technique to pick up on and learn, and I see no problems arising with anyone who wishes to learn this... infact it's dead easy to get down, and with a little practice you'll be well on your way (even so, remember to practice until it becomes second nature).

Pros:

I think all the above pretty much sums this up, from just how usable and workable this technique is, to the angles, ease of use and of learning, the... you get the point.

Cons:

Well... I guess... hmmmm... maybe... you see... I think... nope, I'm drawing blank. Oh I know... wait, it has to be to do with this release doesn't it... then nevermind.

Their is one thing I should mention, though I don't consider this to be something that takes away from this piece, but you don't end instantly clean... clean-up can be done in no time at all, and nothing is suspect anyway, but to make sure this review is thorough I thought I should mention it. I know this could be listed under cons, but I didn't want to so Smile

Final thoughts:

Though effects/routines are included inside, this is not simply a new one of those... this is so much more, something that is used to enable those, something you'll learn and have in mind always, something special.

Overall:

Amazing, I'd recommend this in a heart beat, go pick it up, you'll be happy you did.

PS: If you don't already have 'Maximum Involvement: Popular Selection' then quickly run, run as fast as you can... or type... and go to leapinglizardsmagic.com where you can pick it up along with 'The Write Stuff'.

PSS: I wanted to let it be known that I am impressed with the service of leapinglizards, I will definitely be using them again, they seem to be a great company.
Excellent stuff.

PSSS: Your still here... go... make haste...'The Write Stuff' awaits.

Cheers.
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Wow John, thanks so much for such a thorough review!

I'm gonna leap on over there and get it!
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Thank you for the review! I have never really dabbled in mentalism - but man this sounds tempting! Can't wait for some more reviews.

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I'd love to review it but I'd just be repeating everything Y2John wrote so well.

Have a look in the Pennies forum - every purchaser who's remarked has been glowing in their praise.

Such unamity is very threatening to the forums hard earned reputation.

Destiny
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On 2008-08-31 12:26, baskitboy5 wrote:
Thank you for the review! I have never really dabbled in mentalism - but man this sounds tempting! Can't wait for some more reviews.

Adam

Adam:

I would not suggest it. It is not very difficult, and there are routines, but it is a tool for mentalism. And not all tools fit. I would not want you to spend your hard earned money on something that may not be of much use to you.

Tony Iacoviello


Thank you all for your comments. As I've said before, I am humbled.

Tony
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Wow, thank you for such honesty Tony! If I ever work on a mentalism routine in the future, I will remember this!

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Thank you Peter!

Adam, thank you.

Tony
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John - Great review and very well said! Get this ebook, you won't be sorry. It will either enhance what you are already doing or spur you on to a new way of thinking about what you should be doing. - Scott
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The beauty of this is it sets the creative juices flowing & am in the midst of experimenting another way the theme of this book can be done.
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Y2John wrote a great review and I can only second it.

Tony's e-book describes in great details a new tool/method, which does require some training (but which is not more difficult than an Elmsley count in cards) and which is extremely powerful for mentalists.

I was glad I bought Tony's previous e-book, but Boy I'm glad I got this one. One of the best buys of 2008.

Sincerely, Matt
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Wow, Thank You Matt!!!

Tony


Just a reminder, there is one week left on the special that Leaping Lizards is offering for Café members. $5.00 off this, and free shipping on this any anything else you add to the order until September 15th.
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Limited Offer, Thank you for Magic Café Members- Order printed version before September 15th 2008, select free shipping for this and anything else you order at the same time. Also, if you enter the discount code: "magiccafe" , all lower case, all one word, no quotes, and click Recalculate, you'll get $5.00 off until September 15th, 2008.

http://leapinglizardsmagic.com/thewritestuff.htm



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One question- To utilize this principle, must one be wearing a certain men's standard dress item?... or can it be performed in casual attire (t-shirt or sweater for example)?
Thanx!
Bruce
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It can be done naked, although I've been banned from appearing that way in 47 states... (Long story)
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Thanks Tony- I'm heading your way!
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On 2008-09-08 16:37, Tony Iacoviello wrote:
It can be done naked, although I've been banned form appearing that way in 47 states... (Long story)

Just tell me the three that are still allowing you to do that so I don't venture into them. Smile

Greg
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California (no explanation needed), Alaska (I believe they think I would freeze and that would be the end), and New Hampshire (Live Free or Die).

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And to you folk who live in the UK like me; my copy came today...very fast delivery...

looking forward to spending sometime with the book this week..i shall obviously be naked whilst reading it...
I've asked to be banned
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Oh goodness, look at what I started...

For those who are wondering, the manuscript is available both as an e-book and as a printed manuscript.

Tony
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Everything that Tony writes is fantastic.
After reading this, I told Tony, that as a right hand amputee, I did not think that it would work for me.
He encouraged me to try it and I did.
I can now say that it is a great utility for mentalists and magicians.
I am surprised that this was not in 13 Steps, as it seems like it should be one of the basic techniques of mentalism.
Thanks, Tony, for the challenge and the gift to the Magic Fraternity.
Peace,
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