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Colin was kind enough to send me a review copy of his latest release Facade and I have to say I am very impressed with his latest release.

I am a big fan of Colin's thinking and his work on DR so this was a pleasure to read and had me smiling the whole time I read it (I also had Pineapple Express on in the background so that might of been why I was smiling too).

The first routine is Bookless Test Addition which is his Bookless Test...with an addition. This takes the original routine from Opening Minds and makes it so much stronger with multiple moments of astonishment. This is a great opener and gets everyone in the audience a part of the routine. It is a definite improvement in my eyes from the one on the DVDs. If you are performing the one from Opening Minds then you will be switching to this one.

The second routine is Imagination which uses the technique in a totally new way. I liked this routine but not as much as the Bookless Test Addition. I think a lot of people will like this routine and will enjoy it, I just didn't feel it was as direct as Bookless Test Addition but still a really strong routine in the right hands. I did like the new direction for the technique but you will have to practise this one quite a bit (not a bad thing!!) before trying it. If it is done well then you will have a good routine on your hands.

The third routine was personally my favourite in the book. I thought this took the technique and made it into an amazing, easy confab effect. I found myself smiling as I read the explanation to this one, it's clever, it's sneaky and it's a complete fooler. I don't want to go into too much detail but I can see a lot of people using this in future and I will be practising this and will be coming up with my own routines using this idea, I think this is great! I am excited to see what people do with this. If you are looking for a simple, easy and direct confab routine then this is well worth looking at.

These are the three main routines, the rest of the book has some great tips on using DR and this techniques as well as suggestion other routines and effects using DR. He also talks about his experience on P&T which is a nice read. Also credit is also given where credit is due.

I am a big fan of Colin and his work and I think highly of this book as well. I will be honest and say if you weren't a fan of his original Bookless Test off Opening Minds this might not be the book for you although there is a routine that uses no DR at all. In my eyes this book takes a technique he has previously released and just makes it better in every aspect, as well as pushing it into new directions and creating some more direct routines with it. People will use this stuff and I look forward to seeing people making them there own! Well worth the price.

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Forgot to say it can be bought here!

http://web.mac.com/colinmcleod1/mentalen......ade.html

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Colin, I bought my copy... Where is it? Smile
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Looks like this goes out on the 16th to all who have preordered. Based on the quality of Colin's previous releases, this will likely be excellent.
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Cheers guys!! I basically sent out a few review copies to people who I felt looked like each other.

All the guys I gave it to (Euan being one of them) are performers in different parts of the world and who I know could either road test this stuff OR give a real world opinion on it, as Euan has done. There are a few more reviews coming soon based in the proof copy. It's just been proof read, there are a few more bits I want to add, photos need to go in, then it's good to go.

VERY proud of this material!!

Any questions on anything .. Ask me Smile I don't get to spend much time on here as I have in the past, but I will keep an eye on this topic!

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I will definitely pick this up, I love DR work.

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I've also been lucky to preview Facade. Facade is a deeper exploration into Colin's Bookless Test, which is perhaps one of the finest mentalism openers out there. I got to experience this effect first hand at Mindvention 2010.

I must mention that at the Mindvention performance I ended up getting chosen as the participant on stage. I caught the ball.
So basically I got to experience the effect from a different perspective than the rest of the attendees. Needless to say it was a hit at the convention.

My only minor concern at the time was that I felt that the effect could possibly hit harder for the person on stage. But I'm just someone who knows too much.., it plays perfectly for general audiences as seen on Colin's DVD set Opening Minds...That was then...

Colin has now solved any issues I might have had with the Bookless Test. The DR is stronger and stands up in a room of mingling audiences.

Facade includes several creative and practical variations but mainly it's the important subtleties that give you everything you need to go out and perform this and blow some minds. He also shares a John T. Sheets idea that is a sweet alternative to the original handling.

Colin goes through the history and inspirations for coming up with the effect which gives us a clear understanding of the thinking behind this practically impromptu miracle and the mad genius who came up with it.

Thumbs way up!!!

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I've just finished reading Facade, and as expected I thoroughly enjoyed Colin's Ideas! As mentioned above this book is a deeper exploration into his "book-less book test" which was featured on P&T's "Fool Us" and originally released in his debut DvD "Opening Minds".

When Colin first shared with me his original book-less book test, I couldn't stop grinning at how brilliant the effect was, cleverly disguising the method within the structure of the routine. I was fortunate enough to have learned his BBT Additions from the start, and I've been using this version for almost a year now in my professional performances. I immediately added this as my opener in my show, and it became the perfect segue from my introduction to my old opener. I've personally had GREAT success with this effect and can't thank Colin enough for sharing it with me.

Just when I thought this idea was at it's best, the genius of Colin does it once again, bringing THREE additions to this clever & unique principle in Mentalism. The three routines contained in this book just take everything to a whole new level. For those who love this effect, but weren't too confident with the original routine & felt the experience of the onstage participant wasn't strong enough, then you will see upon getting this book how Colin has taken it to a whole new level, giving you all the confidence you need, creating the perfect execution of dual reality. For those who love and use the original routine, you're going to absolutely LOVE the ideas in this book. If you are not familiar with this routine, you are in for a BIG treat.

The book is priced at 24.99 but is only 19.99 for those who purchase before Dec 16th!! Just my opinion, I feel Colin should be charging more. You'd be a fool not to pick this up especially for that price.

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Do you need the original routine to gain benefit from the manuscript ?
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Nope, don't need anything before this!! All is explained.

Much love!

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Also, thanks to all three for their kind words!! Really glad you're getting a lot from it Smile

Col

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Just sending out a quick reminder, cause a few people have asked already, I'm aiming to get them sent out on Thursday evening when I arrive at my hotel.

The price will go up to £29.99 on Friday night.

Everyone will have their copy Friday night at the latest depending on how food the wifi connection is in my hotel on the Thursday night. Any that can't be sent on Thursday will be sent Friday night.

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Congrats Colin, sounds like you have another great publication!

-Jake
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Just took the plunge, now I am waiting...

I already do the bookless test and I am eager to learn more about this ingenious principle Smile

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Hi Colin,

Is it right you've added some more routines into Facade?
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Yeah, there are the three main ones, but now added more routines, subtleties, thinking...

It's pretty packed!! Smile

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Couldn't resist pre-ordering this following Colin's Opening Minds DVDs. Desperately trying to be patient. Hard.

Many thanks for the reviews so far.
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I ordered it, I was trying to see if I could scrape together some extra cash first, but I can't pass this up! Colin, if you can man, please sign my copy so I can go around like a giddy school boy and show all my friends how cool of a cat I am! Looking forward to my copy!

-Jake
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Thanks to everyone for the amazing feedback already in the e-book.

The preorder price will end at midnight tonight and it will be priced at its actual price of £29.99.

Thanks again to everyone who has bought it already!!

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Received mine. Love it, will use it. Nuff said!
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