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steve_seguin
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Hi,

Has anyone read this book yet? I keep waiting for someone to review it, but the Café seems oddly quiet about this book.

Steve Seguin
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Sergeant
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Steve,
The only reason to be quiet about this book is because it is so good. The book breaks new ground in my opinion. Not because of any new mentalism technique or trick, but because it shows one how to properly construct a show, a mentalism show. I would not recommend one copy his presentation, but examine how and why he did the tricks and scripting that he constructed and find a way to adapt them to your own life experiences and personality. I rate this book very high.

Sergeant
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Great Book!!!

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I was really impressed - inspired even.

Theres a lot of good theory in there about how to best present you work in a corporate environment. How to think about each effect and the routining, etc. It also reveals enough about some famous booktests to make you want to go out and spend your hard-earned cash!

Ian
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This book is very under priced. Smile
Greg Arce
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I agree with many of the above posts. Let's stop talking about this book. It's too good.
Greg
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Im sorry but I didn't find that it was that good. How to construct a show was very useful but it was just a small part of the book.

I didn't find that it had much new in it. I didn't like the scripting either or the effects.

You can't please everybody... Smile
Brandon
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Shrink--

I must disagree--I see your points, but what I came away with from Chuck's book--was a lot.

He breaks down the act--the very act that he uses and shows you what you need to do.

Granted, the effects are not the important thing here--so if you're looking at it for that--I would pass. But if you'd like a good solid examination of how to put together an act--and understand the philosphies behind it...the book is worth it's weight in gold.

Brandon
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I wish Chuck's book had a much higher price!

- Richard
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Richard, I always agree with that statement. Too many items are way underpriced.
Greg
One of my favorite quotes: "A critic is a legless man who teaches running."
Gary
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This is a very good book indeed, professionally written and produced by someone who has spent a long time in Leadership and Communication Training in the corporate world.

I point this out as I believe Mr Hickok's business-like and customer-focused approach adds a sharpness and real-world dimension to the material that is clearly based on his considerable personal experience.

The author lays out his act in a very structured way and adds many unique insights into performance and entertainment issues that are extremely valuable.

I am delighted he chose to release this material and as for the price, this has to be one of the best bargains around and worth its weight in gold for those who are prepared to apply such a strategy to their own work.
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Can anybody please describe the routines included?I am very interested to purchase it.
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IanBrodie
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1908 - don't buy it for the routines - they're good, but fairly standard. Buy it for the extras - the thinking, routining, psychology, etc. That's what I really learnt from (although as we can read above, Shrink didn't - but I think he's rather more experienced than me and may know this stuff already)

Having said that, the routines include a Magic Square, a demonstration of influence, a psychometry effect with drawings, a multi-ook test routine and a prediction effect. There are also a few other bonus effects.

Chuck Hickok's website is http://www.chuckhickok.com/ and you can buy the book on http://www.chuckhickok.com/book.html

Rgds,

Ian

For those of you reading my post above and wondering what the fantastic "multi-ook test" is, please send a cheque for $50 to me and I will reveal all in my manuscript "how to spell 'book'"

Ian
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Chuck Hickok's website is http://www.chuckhickok.com/ and you can buy the book on http://www.chuckhickok.com/book.html


You should also be able to get it from your local dealer. It's been on Hank Lee's website for a while now. Smile
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I agree with Ian: the effects are just icing on the cake in this book. I had my money's worth before I even reached the description of Einstein's Revenge (or whatever Chuck calls his magic square routine).


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I found this a very useful book. Yes, the effects may not be new but the overall discussion on presentation was illuminating. As an amateur mentalist (or should that be mind reader - but hey, that's another thread)I found it excellent value for money.

Brian
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Very good value for anyone interested in a "real" world corporate perspective.
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One of the ... two ... three of the BEST investments in your craft you can make

Both ... all three of Chuck's Books.

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pete
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Yes, both books from Mr. Hickok are just great! I´m not agree everything with him but most of the time books include great routines, great thinking and a lot of things how to do mentalism in real world situations.

Pete
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The links to the book on Chuck's site are wrong. The following link works:

http://www.chuckhickok.com/tools.html
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