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Guess it didn't go to schedule.
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UPDATE

One of the corollaries to Murphy's Law is, "Once you've added two weeks to the schedule for unexpected delays, add two more for unexpected unexpected delays."

This has been the case here. I have the paperbacks and the mini-books ready to go, but still haven't received the final proofs of the hardcovers (which apparently got sent to someone else by mistake). So I'm currently waiting for a reprint, and expecting them in about a week. Part of me wants to go ahead and release the paperbacks and mini-books now, and then make another announcement when the hardcovers are ready (and I've had requests to do just that). The reason I don't is that I'm going to be offering package deals for multiple books, so releasing them at different times would make that quite a bit more difficult (for me and my customers).

On the bright side, this is pretty much the exact reason I didn't set a hard release date or take pre-orders. So, apologies for the delay, and thank you for your continued patience. As soon as there's more news, I'll let everyone know.
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They look great Joshua, and the multiple sets idea is brilliant. Another classy and well thought out product from you!
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How much will this be selling for?

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Ladies and gents,

I had a conversation with Joshua this week and in the emails that followed, I learned that Joshua has (finally) completed these and is making them available. These are very reasonable priced for the thinking, quality and deceptiveness of the combined principles. I cannot imagine this not being extremely well received by any discerning mentalist.

Here is the info:

http://www.mentallyimpossible.com/bookte......ion.html

Enjoy!
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It has arrived:

http://www.mentallyimpossible.com/booktests

[Edited to add: I see Sean beat me to it. Man, you're always more on the ball than me!]
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These look great, very nice designs too. I like the pocketbook idea a lot. I have Paralies and after reading about this there I have been looking forward to this. Congrats!
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Thanks Vinny. Funny thing about the cover designs... a while ago I showed them around to a handful of performers under slightly misleading pretenses. I said they were all candidates for "the one" I was going to use for the book test, and asked which one they would prefer. (In reality, I knew I was going to use them all; I just wanted to see which one people would pick if it had to be only one.)

I was surprised not only by the wide range of responses, but also by the reasons behind them. Some people preferred a certain cover over the others because it would show up best onstage; some because it seemed like the kind of book they would be seen reading; others because it seemed like a book their audiences would relate to; others because they thought it made the book look just interesting enough, but not so interesting that people would remember it and want to look it up later; and on and on. The reasons given were fascinating, and often things that never would have occurred to me.

The other interesting thing was that without exception, every design that someone picked as their favorite, someone else picked as their least favorite, and vice-versa. So all in all the process only reinforced my opinion that offering such a range of choices was a good thing.
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Looks great!

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As people start to get these (and hopefully post about them), I have a small request: I would very much appreciate it if everyone would refrain from mentioning the actual titles of any of the cover designs on the forum—or at least, the ones that are more than a word or two long. This is to avoid the improbable-but-still-possible event that a layman would see someone perform the effect, remember the book title, Google it, be directed back here, and realize that it was a trick book. My own web site only even has the titles written out in abbreviated form. (The whole titles appear on the pictures of the covers, but not as text.) So if you all would do me the kindness of referring to the titles as, for example, "Distraction" or "Nice Girls" rather than the whole thing, I would be most grateful.
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For those who may be interested, I just posted my review to Inner Thoughts.
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This looks truly fantastic, how did I miss this upto now?

I am in love with the mini version! But could someone describe the differences(?) if there are any to the full version, I think Dick in your review you mentioned that there are minor differences.

I really like the idea of being able to give the book away to, and at 20 dollars for three, it will be a steal!

BTW, great review Dick!

JH

EDIT;

p.s. I cant see the prices for shipping, anyone know what it will cost to get say the mini and a few duplicates? Thank you again gentlemen.
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John,

Between the novel and the mini-book, the effects and the methods are identical. The only differences are a couple slight variations in the specifics of how the methods are implemented. In one specific way, the mini-book is actually more flexible than the novel: the second revelation can be done with any long word on the page, not just the first one.

Also, the prices listed on the web site include shipping to anywhere in the world.
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You are selling too cheap Mr Quinn!

Order will be flying in!

JH
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I certainly hope so!

PS – Apologies for adding an extraneous H to your name!
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No problem, it is peoples natural reaction. It is after all the "correct" way I am told.

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Someone just emailed me a very good question about the books—so good that I decided it deserved to be shared publicly (in all the relevant threads, which I hope is not considered spamming or otherwise inappropriate)...

The question is, since the content of all the books is identical, which title is the most congruent "match" for the text?

And the answer is that I took that matter into account when I was designing the book, and for that very reason, I filled it with the kind of nondescript dialogue and exposition that wouldn't seem out of place in any of the titles. Off the top of my head, a few of the scenes include: a guy talking to his friend about his love life; a woman explaining difficulties with her boss; a guy who goes from computer programmer to club DJ; two women talking outside the bar where they work; a mild fight scene; a mild love scene; and a guy who loses everything he owns in a hurricane because he couldn't be bothered to bring any of it with him when he evacuated (hey, write what you know, even if it's only for a book test... Smile ).

So if you wanted to pick from the absolute "safest" choices in that regard, I would recommend one of the "general fiction"-looking titles: "Distraction," "Fall," "Home/Abroad," or "Passing Normal." But honestly, I don't see it being a problem with any of them. The only remote possibility I could see is if someone flipped through "Sins" looking for the steamy parts, and noticed that there weren't any. In fact that very scenario was the only reason I opted not to also do a book of (apparently) fairly hardcore erotica, much to Greg Arce's chagrin. Smile
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Any more reviews on this one? Real world useage etc?

Thanks

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If anyone has an extra Mini Book for sale or trade (for other book tests), please let me know. I have not been able to get in touch with Joshua and new 2011 year strolling gigs should be coming in fast and furious now holidays have come to an end. I want to get the memory work done and incoporate this BT into my alien act right away.

Open to rental also.

Thanks in advance, I can always count on the Café extended family.

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