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ParaLabs - Thomas
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I'm going to tell you something about a book that I actually didn't read, ... Smile
Sounds strange, right?

Well, in fact I didn't read the updated English version of Florian's book that Vanishing Inc. introduced today in their shop. Smile

Originally this book was published in German language in 2004 as 'Thirteen Steps to Vandalism' - and it became a 'classic' and a best-seller immediately. 'Best-selling' in the sense that the book was out of stock very soon ... for a good reason. In the following years copies of this book were dealt second hand for a multiple of the original price.

Contents? Well, ... in all honesty I don't feel comfortable to talk about the contents. One the one hand the English edition (which I didn't read until now ... but will) is an expanded one. So there are obviously contents in there that I don't even can imagine. And I don't even can imagine them because I know Florian ... at least a little bit, ... Smile And his style, approach and ingenuity makes it very hard to anticipate anything in advance what he is going to do.

Yes, I know, this may sound cryptic. But once you've read any of his deliberations you will understand my remarks. Florian is one of the most intelligent thinkers I know on the one hand - and he is one of the most wicked, cool, funky, individual, funny, deviant, strange, whacked-out and sometimes disturbing performers I ever saw!
His ideas,routines and concepts mirror this approach: They are ... strange, funny, brilliantly clever - and always 'special'. And they all are proven in hundreds of real world performances in his theater in Cologne (Germany) or in professional close up or walk around engagements. So as strange as some of his ideas may appear - those are no arm chair ideas or brain farts. All this is the weird ingenuity of a brilliant mind, distilled in practice.

Honestly I doubt that anyone out there could ever perform Flo's routines the way he does - he is too 'special', ... and I (personally) am different in so many ways compared to his approach that I barely could ever use any of his pieces in the way he does regularly.
Nevertheless his book was a 'fountain of youth', a spring of originality and innovativeness for me. The phrase 'out of the box' (even presentational-wise) was invented for Flo I think - and I definitively look forward to study the expanded English version of this book as soon as I can.

Just one point of criticism to close my paean: I like the original book title 'Thirteen Steps to Vandalism' much better than 'What Lies Inside'! Even if I don't know 'What Lies Inside' of the new edition in addition to the original book ... but I can't imagine any phrase that matches Flo's cheeky style better than 'Thirteen Steps to Vandalism'.

Nevertheless: Highly recommended!!!

Cheers
Th.
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I also liked the german edition.highly recommended!
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I have to second that, already the German edition was a joy to read! Jan
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You can download a chapter of the book for free, at VanishingInc.
http://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic/m......-inside/
And it's not just secondary content (introduction, table of contents, etc.), it's actual material from the book.
Reading the download was certainly enough to capture my interest!


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On 2012-12-08 15:56, eSamuels wrote:
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Reading the download was certainly enough to capture my interest!

Indeed - and it is an alleviation for me as well. Smile

This is because I was hoping that the publishers didn't mitigate Flo's manuscript too much!
You have to know that his writing style is quite cheeky and sometimes even a little impertinently and I was afraid that the book in its English edition would be a little 'laundered with fabric softener'.
But reading the 'appetizer' I realized that even if parts of Flo's humor became softer in translation, it will be still a great read!

I'm looking forward to study this edition!
Cheers
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Just ordered. Thanks for letting us know Thomas. I met Florian when working in Koln a few years back. Great guy. This should be great.
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The German edition was really fun to read and also very educational. Florian is a "book-aholic" and you will find lot's of good advices for further reading. For example he was the first one who brought my attention to Doc Dixon's "Everything is funnier with monkeys".
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Florian is a freaky guy....and a really big brain...

Here in Germany Florian's book is a "must have" in the magic shelf!
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Ordered mine a few days ago....anxiously waiting....
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What is amazing to me is that Florian translated his own book from German, and he did a really amazing job!

We worked together to expand and edit the book for over a year. The result is a book I know Florian is very proud and excited about, and I am too. I agree with Thomas that it is not the kind of mentalism book where you will be able to perform lots of routines "as is," but instead it's more of an examination of a character in mentalism, and to see how he approaches his craft. I LOVE the methods he uses, the presentations he creates, and the tone he writes with. I think the book will be a big hit!

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After I read the free PDF sample - which is a terrific idea by the way, as it allows everyone to sample a "taste" of the authors work - I immediately ordered. You could just tell that his thinking process behind mentalism was clear and cogent. I actually think that the free PDF contains better material in it than many "paid" magic/mentalism purchases I've made. Also got a nice email from Joshua after my purchase, so their service is very good. Joshua, I hope this is a big success for you guys.

Take care -

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Thank you Ben. We're trying our hardest every day.

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After I read the free PDF sample - which is a terrific idea by the way, as it allows everyone to sample a "taste" of the authors work - I immediately ordered. You could just tell that his thinking process behind mentalism was clear and cogent. I actually think that the free PDF contains better material in it than many "paid" magic/mentalism purchases I've made. Also got a nice email from Joshua after my purchase, so their service is very good. Joshua, I hope this is a big success for you guys.

Take care -

Ben Cummings


The sample is the same thing that prompted me to order. As soon as I got 1/4 of the way through it, I thought to myself, "This will be a goooood read!"
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Mhhh though I already got the german version I would like to order 2 of the english updated ones...but over $60 shipping to Germany? :-O
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On 2012-12-11 18:09, EricDraven wrote:
Mhhh though I already got the german version I would like to order 2 of the english updated ones...but over $60 shipping to Germany? :-O


Are you sure?! I just checked and the Vanishing Inc. site is giving me a quote of $21.95 to Germany.

--Andi
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$61.35 for 2!
Which makes it more sensible to purchase 2 times 1 for 21.95 each...

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On 2012-12-11 18:09, EricDraven wrote:
Mhhh though I already got the german version I would like to order 2 of the english updated ones...but over $60 shipping to Germany? :-O


Are you sure?! I just checked and the Vanishing Inc. site is giving me a quote of $21.95 to Germany.

--Andi
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When the folks at ParaLabs endorse something I'm in

P.s. Joshua jay sent a follow up email as a great seller being happy I purchased the item - I like tho se little touches and I plan to buy more from the v.a.
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Unlike many others, this book pushes you in so many new directions, makes you smile broadly so many times and contains the most refreshing take on modern magic and mentalism you could ever hope for. Place. Your. Order.
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Chapter 1 – Imagination is a Lemon [color=red]*PREVIOUS
UNPUBLISHED*[/color]

Opening effect that involves the entire audience.
This routine combines real suggestions and sleight of hand to make the
audience believe they see things in a way that aren't. It sets the mood
for your whole act and at the same time paves the way for the audience's
cooperation.


Chapter 2 – Verdoux Voodoo
A spectator selects a photograph of a women. His choice matches your
prediction.

This routines features a strong and cunning force, plus some thoughts on
how you can make your acts visually more appealing.
It also focusses on why it is important (dramatic-wise) to a have a goal
(a purpose) for your routines and why your audience should know about it.


Chapter 3 – Knock Knock (Essay) [color=red]*PREVIOUS
UNPUBLISHED*[/color]

An easy but effective way to get feedback.


Chapter 4 – When A Stranger Calls
A classic book test with nice subtleties. (Check out the free sample pdf.)


Chapter 5 – Fly Into Your Head
A presentational idea how to end a book test (or anything else that
relies on a force). The performers claims to reveal to the audience how
mind reading work. He literally offers them a glimpse inside his head.


Chapter 6 – Effect Overkill (Essay) [color=red]*PREVIOUS
UNPUBLISHED*[/color]

"Is less more?" Florian answer to the question, if and how to combine
mind reading and prophecies in one routine.


Chapter 7 – Psycho
The audience helps to convict a gruesome murderer.
(Al Koran's Gold Medallion meets a famous movie.)


Chapter 8 – Lottery Limbo [color=red]*PREVIOUS UNPUBLISHED*[/color]
A lottery prediction with real lottery balls. The mentalist is able to
predict which ball/number a spectator will pick. In the second part the
mentalist teaches his secret method to a member of the audience. This
member thinks of a number and the first spectator will take this very ball.


Chapter 9 – Shroompledai
A spectator gazes into a crystal ball, and successfully devines the
thoughts of another spectator.


Chapter 10 – I know what you did before last show
(Essay)[color=red]*PREVIOUS UNPUBLISHED*[/color]
On 40+ pages Florian reveals everything he knows on preshow work.
Everything he learnt through hard work and trial-and-error gets
explained in great detail. He tells you about the great "risks" of
preshow and teaches you how to avoid them.


Chapter 11 – The Time Traveler’s Wife [color=red]*PREVIOUS
UNPUBLISHED*[/color]

The mentalist predict a phone number and a name.
The method used in this chapter can be used to realise many prediction
without having to resort to a force.


Chapter 12 - Conflict Resolution (Essay)
How a "conflict" can help to create a captivating presentation.


Chapter 13 – I Hear White Lies Singing in my Head
[color=red]*PREVIOUS UNPUBLISHED*[/color]

This is more of a principle than just a single trick.
A spectator will hear music or sounds that arent't there. It is also
possible to make him see things that no one else can see. You can also
"change" the taste or smell of the spectator.
Keine Elektronik. Keine eingeweihten Zuschauer. Keine Hypnose. Keine
Fingerfertigkeit.
This method has been used on stage and on tv. It is the first time that
Florian reveals this method.
It appears to rely on hypnosis, but has nothing to do with it. No
electronics, no stooges, no sleight of hand.


Chapter 14 – Size Does Matter (Essay)[color=red]*PREVIOUS
UNPUBLISHED*[/color]

An interesting view on "Packs Small - Plays Big".


Chapter 15 – The Fenwick Experience
Is there a life after death - and how to get away from there?
Based on a real medical study the performer does some mind reading while
entering a near-death state.


Chapter 16 - Avada Kedavra
The magician/mentalist/birthday clown makes a person vanish. Forever.
Convict the perfect murder without ever getting caught.
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