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The Plot Thickens by Oliver Meech.

Oliver Meech was a name new to me, I only found out about his magic through the excellent Magic Bunny forum. Oliver was offering his newsletter free of charge and I took the bait, but I have to say it was one of the best moves I've made in magic for a long while. Oliver is young and his ideas/effects are 'fresh' and some are really 'off the wall'.

The book is a soft cover book with 81 pages, it contains a total of 22 effects raging from cards, coins, mental stuff and with most other things you may have lying around.

I found the Introduction to the book very interesting, it really gives the reader a good insight to Oliver the person and his philosophy on magic. To give you some idea of what I mean, in the Introduction he says "the book contains no Ace Assembly, no Coins Across, no Matrix, no Cups and Balls, no Sponge Balls, no Professor's Nightmare, and definitely no Bra Trick!" So what does it contain? Plots that are simple, interactive and most importantly, fresh.

To give you some idea about Oliver's off the wall thinking the first effect is called.........

Invisible Man......OK it's a card trick, but not an ordinary card trick though, in this effect the magician makes a spectator invisible so another spectator can look through their body to see which card was selected. I love this effect and method, this is fun to do and it goes down a storm at parties. Great thinking and very easy to do.

Cardboard Birthday Cake....How many times have you been at a gig and it's been some one's birthday, well with this effect you will never be at a loss to show the birthday spectator something really special. In this effect the magician has a card selected by the person who's birthday it is, they sign the card and the magician draws a birthday cake complete with candle on the back of the selection. The magician now leads everyone into singing "Happy Birthday", the spectator now "blows" out the candle, well you get the idea. Can you see why I just love this book, as an entertainer and full time professional very rarely does a book which contains such high quality 'working' material come along, this book is just full of this type of clever thinking.

Correctional Facility......How would you like to change the date by magic which you incorrectly wrote down on a playing card/business card, this effect achieves this in a very practical way, easy and clever.

Not Seeing The Wood For The Trees...........This is a clever perdition type effect but they won't see the ending until you guide them to it, and it's been staring them in the face all along!!!

Telling Your Face From Your Elbow..........Here we have a tattoo which is on your arm change into the chosen card (no real tattoo needed). Clever and extremely easy to do.

Fish Bowl Coin Illusion........How about borrowing a coin and drawing a fish bowl on one side and a fish on the other side, then spin the coin on the table only to find the fish is now inside the fishbowl.

Touching Transposition.........One of my many favourite routines in this excellent book. This is where a sugar lump and coin change places, the method is just plain devious and extremely clever, this principle can be applied to many other effects. I have to say, I've been in magic for over thirty years and this is a new method to me.

X-ray Coin.......is a cracker and very clever, if a spectator were to swallow a coin and you were to take an X-ray of the spectator you would see the coin, right, this you do. You then show the spectator an X-ray of their stomach and they see their initialed coin in the X-ray. Talk about being off the wall again, this is practical and very easy to do.

Swig Load.....this is an excellent way to get a marked coin into a sealed can of coke, THIS IS A KILLER. I would imagine this is the Street Magician's dream effect. I used this the other day while out and about and the method is not only very workable, it's also very easy to do.

Free Money in Every Pack.........How would you like to mark a coin, place the coin into a vending machine to buy a chocolate bar, open the chocolate bar and inside is the marked coin, this method is just about as direct as you could possibly get, again very simple and very devious. This could build your reputation as a magician who can just about do anything.

Bubble Image........Again we have a really off the wall presentation to present and use a tool all mentalist's have and many have sitting in their magic cupboards, you will use this.

Speechless........ A predicted name appears on you teeth, yes you read that right, this is a great effect but you will need to pop down to your local joke shop, I did and it cost much less than a cup of coffee next door, you'll use this and it's baffling and funny.

Random Poetry........This effect uses a tried and tested method used mainly by mentalists, this is a mental effect which appears impromptu and in the right hands would be startling. As with all of Oliver's methods, this is very easy to do.

Spin the Bottle.......Another great mental effect which I can see would play well just about nearly everywhere, especially at parties, again it uses tried and tested principles but it's Oliver's crazy presentations which make this book a must have.

Psychic Strumming..........How about this, you give the spectator a plectrum and ask them to initial it on either side, they choose a song and play air guitar (yes we've all done this!) you not only name their song but it appears on the other side to their initials. Clever and a great plot once again.

I Spy.........You ask a spectator to play the game I Spy, and just by their eye movements you discover their thoughts. This is a very clever presentation, I like this due to its simplicity of plot and method, great thinking.

Unwritten..........A spectator believes that they have a signed contract only to discover that it would be impossible, since the contract is blank and the pen cap cannot be removed. I was very intrigued to see how this was achieved as the plot is something different and could be worked in the corporate world. Again simple to do and very practical, this is a great effect to do for those business meetings or at trade shows.

Every Flavour Jelly Beans...........The title says it all. This a prediction effect where a spectator "freely" chooses the flavours of two jelly beans, you now offer the spectator a couple of beans to eat, and guess what, yes you're spot on. OK this isn't something you can do at your gigs but at the right time and place this could be talked about long after your four ace cutting sequence. It's different and we need this type of stuff to show we can do magic with just about anything at hand.

Flaming Voodoo...........This is strange both in effect and method, I had to try this out to see if it really worked, it does and it's very different. A spectator stares at a piece of paper and it bursts into flames. Crazy method which works.

Off With His Head...........This is such a clever plot, how many times have you taken a photo and accidentally cut some-one's head off, well, if you were a magician you could with just a little tap of the photo move the whole picture back into frame. Isn't that an excellent plot, once again the magic is used to correct a previous mistake you made. Great thinking and an effect you can always carry with you.

Final Signature........When ever I'm asked for a business card I always ask for the spectator's details, this is an effect you can do while the spectator jots down their details. This is the stuff I like, they won't see this coming and again you will get credit for always being able to magic at any point.

Secret Service Load.........A spectator removes a bank note from their pocket and you predict the serial number, no switches or glimpses. This is a well used principle of a con man, used here for magic purposes only!!!

This is just an astounding collection of different yet magical effects with plenty of off the wall plots to get your own creative juices flowing. The writing is straight to the point without all the frills, Oliver gets straight to the point, both in his writing and effects.

At the end of each effect there is a section on credits and a section called 'notes' in this section Oliver offers variations of the effect and tips etc to help you both in methods and presentations.

If you don't buy this book you could well be fooled badly by someone showing you some of the stuff from this outstanding book.

I think we shall be hearing much more from the crazy mind of Oliver Meech, a very clever young man indeed.

The Plot Thickens costs £12.49p and is available from http://www.olivermeech.co.uk

Reviewed by Gary Jones AIMC.
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Cheers for the review Gazza.

Just ordered me a copy.
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Gary,

Thanks for the review. I, too, signed up for Oliver's newsletter and received his free e-book (not the softcover book that you have reviewed here). I do not own this book, but from his free e-book, I started using a version of "Yes & No" to great success.

This book sounds very interesting and I look forward to picking it up!

Thanks,
-AH
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Cheers Adam. Really good to hear that you're getting great reactions to my material, and that it's got your creative wheels spinning.

If you liked the ebook then you'll love The Plot Thickens. It has more effects, more photos, more variations...just generally more magical goodness!
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Thanks Andi. Enjoy!
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I thought you guys might be interested in reading some other great reviews of The Plot Thickens -

Online Visions:
http://www.online-visions.com/reviews/0805plot.html

Magic Week:
http://www.magicweek.co.uk/magic_reviews......kens.htm

Magic Seen:
http://www.olivermeech.co.uk/page5.htm#32176
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Got my copy last week, and I must say its....its....different. Different in a GOOD way may I add. I can't really add much more than what has already been said by the original reviewer, just that everything he says is true. Oliver has a great sense of humour which comes through in his writings. He has a great off the wall attitude. Personally, I won't use ALL the effects within the book, mainly because my Close-up has taken a back seat for a while, but theres a few in there I most definitely will use.

My particular favourites were, "Telling your Ace from your Elbow", "Can't see the Wood for the trees", and "Fish Bowl illusion".

Thepoint being at £12.49 for 22 effects, you can't go wrong!! Oliver, congratulations on a great effort, and good luck with the next one.
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Yes, gjmagic's review above is pretty comprehensive and on the mark.

I got my copy from magicbox here in the UK. The price is very competitive, comparable more with ebooks. In my opinion, this is good value, contains interesting thinking, and I'd be telling myself to buy it if I hadn't already.
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Cheers Christo and Muse.

I'm glad you liked it and that my humour came through - I've waded through my fair share of dry magic books and wanted to make sure that mine wasn't one of them! Smile
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Quote:
On 2009-01-20 16:45, gjmagic wrote:
...This is a clever perdition type effect...


I've heard of slaying your audiences, but to *** them to Hell seems a bit extreme! Ouch!

*jeep!
--your scared Grandpa Chet
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Hi All,
I went immediately to the suggested web page to purchase a copy of Meech's "The Plot Thickens" and when I saw the $10 priority mail cost (the least expensive option), I hit the brakes. The postage alone is about half the cost of the book! For those of us who don't need everything "yesterday", first class or even media mail is sufficient.
Did all of you pay the $10 postaget to get the book?
I just want to know if any of you found a cheaper postage option.
Bob L.
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Just ordered this from lulu.com, postage was $5.52. This got a good review in Magic magazine also
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Hey Randy,
Thanks for your response. For some reason when I first registered with LuLu, they didn't show that cheaper option when they listed all their shipping charges. I went back to the website to go through the steps to order the book again and got the dropdown box for the cheaper shipping option ($5.52).
Thanks again for pointing that out.
Order completed!
Bob L.
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We'll have copies in stock soon at H & R Magic Books and priority shipping in the USA from us will be just $5.
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Cheers for buying it Randy and Bob - I hope you enjoy it.

Since Randy mentioned review in Magic Magazine, I thought I'd include it below in case people are interested:

The Plot Thickens

Offbeat close-up and mentalism plots abound in Oliver Meech’s first book.

There are over twenty routines and ideas in The Plot Thickens, which is divided into four sections: Stuff with Cards, Stuff with Coins, Stuff with the Mind, and a miscellaneous chapter.

None of the tricks requires difficult sleight of hand. In fact, most of them are sleightless. The opening effect, Invisible Man, is a typical example of the lateral thinking that Meech employs. In it, you make one spectator invisible so another spectator can look through the invisible person’s body and see which card was selected. In Telling Your Ace From Your Elbow, you show a strange tattoo on your arm, and you claim that you found the design in an old book about predicting the future. After a card has been selected, you bend your arm, and the tattoo transforms into the name of the chosen card.

The chapter on coin magic is no less impressive. You borrow a coin and draw as goldfish on one side and fish bowl on the other. You now spin the coin on the table to create the optical illusion that the fish is inside the bowl. You spin it again, but when it wobbles to a stop, the fish has vanished from one side and has reappeared inside the bowl on the other. In another effect from this chapter, a spectator swallows an initialled coin – not really! – and the coin appears in an “X-ray" of his stomach.

The mentalism chapter contains excellent effects, as does the miscellaneous section. For example, you show several photographs, including one in wich the photo was taken from an angle such that the subject’s head is out of shot. You tap the photo on the table, and the photo shifts down a bit so that the head is now visible.

While some of Meech’s effects may be off-the-wall, they are all practical and easy to handle. This is not a book of pipedreams. A lot of thought has gone into the methods and presentations. The unusual plots are like a breath of fresh air. Meech promises us a follow-up book called Plot Twists. I, for one, eagerly await his next publication.

The Plot Thickens by Oliver Meech. 82 pages, 86 photo illustrations, perfect bound with laminated covers. £12.49/$21.53 plus shipping (varies by destination). Available from http://www.olivermeech.co.uk
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I got my copy last night in the mail, have not been able to put in down. I am very impressed with his thinking. Some I will use and some I won't but I am very thankful I got a copy. Can't wait for more by Oliver.

Cheers!

Charlie
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Cheers Charlie. I'm glad you liked it!
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I picked this up over the weekend and though I havent had a chance to try any of the stuff in it yet (except for the Fish Bowl Coin Illusion, that thing is too cool), Oliver has some really nice ideas in this book. I think it's a great buy for the $22 I paid for it.
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Cheers Mario. Glad you're liking the book and Fishbowl Coin Illusion. Let me know how you get on with the rest of it.
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I actually like the fishbowl illusion as well. Nice thinking Oliver!
Also, I'll have to try Not Seeing The Wood For The Trees.. reads like an awesome prediction and can't wait to wow some spectators. Smile Free money in every pack looks like fun. I just need to be near a vending machine when I try. Looking forward to what else you have in store.
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