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Mindpro
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I also like both of those as well.
bevbevvybev
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Been a few changes on my site and the graphology book can now be found at:

http://thecoldreadingcompany.co.uk/graphology-book
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I picked up Julian's book the other day and it's a great book that, like his others is vastly underpriced. Within a matter of hours I was able to look at the samples and match them to the characteristics. It's also probably harder to forget what he teaches than it is to remember it. Most of this goes straight in and stays there. With only a weekend of study I can give a fairly decent reading based on this system.

Mark
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Totally Free Will is available to Pre-order
http://www.harpacrown.co.uk/?product=pre-order-totally-free-will
waldorf
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Yes I too, like Julian's book. I'm also curious about the Blackhart system which people recommend too. I know you get various useful pieces of 'equipment' (clipboard, badge, flyers etc). Without spilling secrets, I'm wondering if it's worth buying in addition to Julian's book? The principles will, I assume, be similar but probably using a different string of words. Anyone using both (or, more likely, a combination), care to comment?
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Julian's system - and I think that of Blackhart - use a 'tick sheet' type approach. The advantages are that you have a guide to keep you on track and give a structure for your analysis and that the spectator gets something to take away. The disadvantages, perhaps, are that the spectator sees an analytical process which might be 'easy' for him/her to replicate (is that a disadvantage, I wonder?) and it might remove some of the 'mystique'.

A free form blank sheet approach could use the same techniques but might seem more casual and suited to walkaround, or dealing with small groups (perhaps using the reverse of a promotional flyer?).

I'm drawn to this free-form approach but I'm still pondering. Comments? Ideas?
arielf
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You can congratulate me: I’ve finally stepped into the 21st century Smile

When I wrote ‘Reading Writing’ (released in 2013), ebooks had already hit the mainstream and I was ready to release a digital edition of the book. But I wasn’t comfortable with the idea of studying handwriting samples on a screen. It was bad enough that they had to be digitized for print (standard practice for books on graphology), which is guaranteed to create a certain loss of fidelity. Reducing them to screen size — you have to take phones into account — would’ve been disastrous.

But the idea of an ebook kept nagging at me. A few weeks ago, I had a brainstorm. Since modern displays are amazingly sharp, what if I included scans of the original samples as high-res photographs, rather than digitized versions?

I tried it out. It worked! Looking at a sample onscreen, even on a phone, you can see much more detail than in the printed version. I had finally caught up with the digital age!

It took three more weeks of constant fiddling, adjusting and experimenting to make the ebook as easy to read and use (it contains a teaching manual, after all) as its printed counterpart. Now that it has passed the Ariel test with flying colours (in my perhaps not-so-humble opinion), I’m proud to release it to the magic community.

https://isawthat.com/shop/reading-writing-ebook/
Ariel Frailich - I Saw That! Exclusive Magic, publisher of Reading Writing, Card Stories, Performing Magic for Children and other fine magic books.
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bevbevvybev
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Waldorf - Although there is a tick sheet available for my system, it's not necessary. Nor are tick sheets needed for any of my products. They're simply there if you want them. They are however based around flash cards as you well know. So I'm not sure why you said my graphology book was based on a tick sheet system. Doesn't really matter though!

Ariel - Looks good. Welcome to the digital age! You can include very high resolution images in books these days. It's a blessing as well as a curse, taking great high resolution photos is actually quite difficult.
arielf
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Thank you, bevbevvybev!

It's true, taking great hi-res pics for digital is difficult, but compared to print, it's a piece of cake. Getting b/w photos to reproduce accurately, or even just well enough to not be muddy, washed out or too dark, is murderously difficult. I have a friend who publishes high-end photography books. The only way he can get photos to look as intended is to tip in actual photographs -- forget trying to print them.

Happy Holidays!
Ariel Frailich - I Saw That! Exclusive Magic, publisher of Reading Writing, Card Stories, Performing Magic for Children and other fine magic books.
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