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Yes, all of my books are now hard copies due to EU VAT law changes.

Best,

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Thought*

Sad for me, I prefer instant downloads :c
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Hi everyone - I recently got an email about this and so I wanted to bump the thread and clarify this: The Crusade is available as an eBook through Penguin magic for those who like instant downloads and want a digital product. However, the physical printed book, available through my signature link, is the only means of obtaining the extra material referenced throughout the thread above.

I hope that clarifies things.

Best,

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I got it! This is fantastic! A lot on the presentation and the method is so simple.
No forces, no readings, no stooges, no DR, etc. It's a simple card trick dressed up in mentalism.

This is a worker for me! Will be using the original handling with a few modifications to make it more hands off.
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This maybe just me but I don't understand what Michael Murray's Mano Y Mano version is trying to achieve.
Any help (PM's of course) would be much appreciated.

I can follow it fine right up til the last paragraph, and then it loses me.
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This maybe just me but I don't understand what Michael Murray's Mano Y Mano version is trying to achieve.
Any help (PM's of course) would be much appreciated.

I can follow it fine right up til the last paragraph, and then it loses me.


Yeah, I don't really understand too. I'm just using the original handling of Atlas'.
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Hello! The Crusade was released June 28th 2013... I love it!

But I wonder, were there any improvments to this routine in these 3 and a half years? (I ask beside the Supplement released).

A better handling? Any kind of improvment in the method? Or any new effect, similar, which started right where The Crusade left?

A fantastic and very easy ACAAN. No doubt it is a great work from Atlas Brookings and Andrew Brown. My respects and regards to them.

Thanks
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I will check with Atlas if there are any new handlings or improvements that would justify and additional supplement.

For me when I created the effect it met the requirements I wished to acheive - Borrowed shuffled deck , no set up , card or number never named , different outcome each time and hands can be burned . So I kind of moved onto other effects - drawing duplications , book tests , simple memorised deck etc - Which one day I will get around to publishing.

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You and Atlas created such an AMAZING effect... and so simple at the same time...

But after more than 3 years, I am sure you, at least, received several improvements and stuff like that, like the ones that made you release the only supplement at the moment. Or maybe Atlas arrived at new handlings... Would be great to hear from him, as you say that you don't have any more regarding this.

Searching the forum I found a user naming this, it was the kind of discovery I was looking for, an effect inspired by The Crusade: it is from John Bannon, is called Cross Purposes an dwas published in his book Destination Zero. Bannon says in the beginning of it:

""Cross Purposes" is based upon Andrew Brown's and Atlas Brooking's card trick, "Crusade", which procedurally was a pretty cool trick (e-book, 2013)." And continues...

So, what I thought, The Crusade has became an inspiration for other magicians. Maybe, really, Atlas and Andrew started something that they even can't imagine...

Any other news related to this?
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Hello! The Crusade was released June 28th 2013... I love it!



Look at that - five years went by SO fast!
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One of the nicest aspects of creating the Crusade was meeting people and hearing how they enjoyed performing the Crusade . I still can't believe how long this thread is and all the positive feedback .

I never dreamed that the effect I created , which Atlas then honed and fined tuned through many gigs would be a hit .

Outside my love for creating magic and mentalism effects , I support the education of a family in Asia . In this regard I need to raise additional funds in a short period of time .

Therefore for a period of 2 weeks here on the Café first . The EBOOK of the Crusade will be reduced from $27 to $9 !! - Atlas has already agreed, being the good guy he is for his share of proceeds to go towards the education fund as will mine.

IF you want to buy a copy of the ebook please PM me

Below are the last 2 reviews on penguin magic - the penguin rating is 5 stars

This is one of the best nearly Handsoff Card Routine I ever read.
I love this roten!!!

Yesterday I bought CRUSADE from Penguin. What a great routine this is!
A lot of audience participation and the best ACAAN routine I ever read.


regards

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Anyone who hasn't got this yet, don't miss out now. A GREAT trick for a GREAT price.
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Magicthree is right, and $9 is a steal.
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A while ago I watched the trailer for a bizarre trick similar to "The Crusade" that instead of cards, used movie posters or tarot cards (I don't remember exactly), but apparently the method was the same. The final revelation was made by two participants who held hands and verbalized their thoughts at the same time. I can't find this trick anymore, could someone help me?
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Qualysoft: The method used in "The Crusade" has been around forever. The basic idea is titled Smyth's Myth, and there are countless versions of it scattered throughout the literature. What "Crusade" offers is a presentational idea; it's value is debatable as the method is nothing new. A particularly lovely version can be found in the pages of Harry Lorayne's "Apocalypse". Numerous others have also explored the idea long ago - including Alex Elmsley.

The bizarre version you are referencing is titled "A Book at Midnight" (produced by Dan Baines) and available at his Lebanon Circle site. This incarnation of the Smyth Myth is my favourite. It comes with bookmarks printed on thick cardstock with artwork hand produced by Dan himself - and they are absolutely GORGEOUS. They also make complete sense. I have both the Poe and Lovecraft set and would not part with them for anything. If this interests you, I would highly recommend getting them before they are sold out and gone forever.

Finally, I would also look into Bryn Reynold's "Double Down", which comes with casino cards and a poker chip. For a Mentalist, this is a better use of the "Smyth Myth" principle than what is offered in "Crusade" - in my opinion. Bryn's version is also endorsed and used by Richard Osterlind. I've used it (and it is great) though I still favour the previously mentioned "A Book at Midnight" for aesthetic reasons. Oddly enough, the "Book at Midnight" uses a presentational hook which is eerily similar to one of my own using this EXACT same method, but mine uses playing cards and a special something extra. I submit that A Book at Midnight is a far better approach, and frankly, I wish I had come up with that idea first. Smile
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I would like to thank those members who have bought the Crusade recently at the $9

Good to read your thoughts Sudo . I only published Crusade after the reactions Atlas obtained when out at his professional bookings . It is all about the scripting , the method is merely a tool for the scripting.

regards

Andrew
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Good to read your thoughts Sudo . I only published Crusade after the reactions Atlas obtained when out at his professional bookings . It is all about the scripting , the method is merely a tool for the scripting.


Agreed. My post wasn't intended to detract from Crusade. When I mentioned that it's value was "debatable", I was referring to the fact that there are other ACAAN's befitting a Mentalist that some may find to be of lesser or greater value. As it was pointed out that a bizarre version using the SAME method exists, I was merely relaying the fact that the methodology itself isn't "new" for the simple sake of clarity.

I've used "Crusade", and it's fine. But as far as ACAAN for a Mentalist goes, I think there are stronger methods. That said, it does have a number of favourable things going for it - namely that it can be done impromptu and FASDIU (and even with an incomplete deck) and also, the fact that it can be performed "hands off". Oh, and it's also drop-dead easy. Smile

These conditions are not typically common in most versions of the effect.
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Qualysoft: The method used in "The Crusade" has been around forever. The basic idea is titled Smyth's Myth, and there are countless versions of it scattered throughout the literature. What "Crusade" offers is a presentational idea; it's value is debatable as the method is nothing new. A particularly lovely version can be found in the pages of Harry Lorayne's "Apocalypse". Numerous others have also explored the idea long ago - including Alex Elmsley.

The bizarre version you are referencing is titled "A Book at Midnight" (produced by Dan Baines) and available at his Lebanon Circle site. This incarnation of the Smyth Myth is my favourite. It comes with bookmarks printed on thick cardstock with artwork hand produced by Dan himself - and they are absolutely GORGEOUS. They also make complete sense. I have both the Poe and Lovecraft set and would not part with them for anything. If this interests you, I would highly recommend getting them before they are sold out and gone forever.

Finally, I would also look into Bryn Reynold's "Double Down", which comes with casino cards and a poker chip. For a Mentalist, this is a better use of the "Smyth Myth" principle than what is offered in "Crusade" - in my opinion. Bryn's version is also endorsed and used by Richard Osterlind. I've used it (and it is great) though I still favour the previously mentioned "A Book at Midnight" for aesthetic reasons. Oddly enough, the "Book at Midnight" uses a presentational hook which is eerily similar to one of my own using this EXACT same method, but mine uses playing cards and a special something extra. I submit that A Book at Midnight is a far better approach, and frankly, I wish I had come up with that idea first. Smile


Thanks Sudo! This is exactly what I was looking for.

In addition to being an exceptional creator, you are also a magical encyclopedia.
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On Feb 4, 2020, Sudo Nimh wrote:
Qualysoft: The method used in "The Crusade" has been around forever. The basic idea is titled Smyth's Myth, and there are countless versions of it scattered throughout the literature. What "Crusade" offers is a presentational idea; it's value is debatable as the method is nothing new. A particularly lovely version can be found in the pages of Harry Lorayne's "Apocalypse". Numerous others have also explored the idea long ago - including Alex Elmsley.

The bizarre version you are referencing is titled "A Book at Midnight" (produced by Dan Baines) and available at his Lebanon Circle site. This incarnation of the Smyth Myth is my favourite. It comes with bookmarks printed on thick cardstock with artwork hand produced by Dan himself - and they are absolutely GORGEOUS. They also make complete sense. I have both the Poe and Lovecraft set and would not part with them for anything. If this interests you, I would highly recommend getting them before they are sold out and gone forever.

Finally, I would also look into Bryn Reynold's "Double Down", which comes with casino cards and a poker chip. For a Mentalist, this is a better use of the "Smyth Myth" principle than what is offered in "Crusade" - in my opinion. Bryn's version is also endorsed and used by Richard Osterlind. I've used it (and it is great) though I still favour the previously mentioned "A Book at Midnight" for aesthetic reasons. Oddly enough, the "Book at Midnight" uses a presentational hook which is eerily similar to one of my own using this EXACT same method, but mine uses playing cards and a special something extra. I submit that A Book at Midnight is a far better approach, and frankly, I wish I had come up with that idea first. Smile


Thanks Sudo! This is exactly what I was looking for.

In addition to being an exceptional creator, you are also a magical encyclopedia.


Agreed Smile
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On Mar 4, 2017, Ignaz wrote:
Hello! The Crusade was released June 28th 2013... I love it!

But I wonder, were there any improvments to this routine in these 3 and a half years? (I ask beside the Supplement released).

A better handling? Any kind of improvment in the method? Or any new effect, similar, which started right where The Crusade left?

A fantastic and very easy ACAAN. No doubt it is a great work from Atlas Brookings and Andrew Brown. My respects and regards to them.

Thanks


It seems like I read somewhere that a handling for this can be performed for one person, which Atlas and Andrew produced. I do not remember the title though.
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