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After three years of working and re-working, Missing In Action is almost ready to rock and roll.

Here's the blurb from the web-site. the link is at the end.

The mystery performer introduces a collection of files from the Allied Service Personnel Record Centre

These files contains details of Allied service personnel who went Missing In Action, during WWII
Their nationality, religion, age, place of birth, where and when they went missing etc.

One of these files is chosen at random by one of your participants.
They are asked to read through the file to get a feeling for the person it relates to.

The performer now begins to reveal pieces of information. First slowly and with difficulty, but each piece of data is verified to be correct.
More and more data is revealed and proved correct.

Nothing is written down. Nothing is spoken.
The participant reads the file to themselves, and you tell them what they are reading.

40 files. +/-10 pieces of data in each file. 400 pieces of data.
Reveal everything without memorising it at all.

For each M.I.A. The following information can be revealed;
The soldiers last known location
The date they went missing
The time the M.I.A. Report was filed
Their nationality
Their year of birth
The city where they were born
Their name
Their religion
Whether they served in the Air Force, Navy, Army etc
The M.I.A. case number

Present the revelation of the information in any number of ways.
As remote viewing. As part of an empathy presentation. As part of a séance. As a bizarre piece. Or as a straight mind reading routine.

The secret to doing M.I.A. Justice is in the presentation of it.
This is not an effect for someone just starting out as a mystery performer.
Although technically they could successfully do the effect. That’s not the same as PERFORMING it.


Each M.I.A. set is hand crafted in our secret workshop
This will be a limited release and only 50 sets will be made each year.
The first batch will be ready in time for despatch by the end of October 2013.
Price will be +/- 120 Euros

http://www.thoughtillusions.com/missinginaction.html

Steve
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Sounds very promising.
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Cool. Are these cities all over the world.
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Is it different from The Fallen which I already have ?
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Good question George, it does sound a similar premise but using a file rather than cards and without the 'items' it seems? There is a way to perform The Fallen without the 'items' I believe, although I don't own it so will defer to your expertise on this one.
Looks to be more than double the cost of The Fallen as well.
Since I purchased Jim's White Star, I have quite fancied the idea of getting The Fallen, but I wonder if files rather than cards may be more appealing and less 'trick' like for this kind of reveal effect? Not as pocket space friendly of course depending on the situation.
Thoughts?

Bryn.
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Good questions guys.

I actually contacted Tony and Jim (creators of The Fallen) early on in the process of getting MIA off the ground.
They have given their blessing to MIA and they will be fully credited in the accompanying literature.
I was a staunch supporter of The Fallen when it came out, and I believe it got some unfair criticism in some quarters.

Although they share the same premise, MIA and The Fallen are two completely different animals.
I the same way that one ACAAN can be a world away from another version.

In the next few days there will be a photograph of the props uploaded to the web-site.
They consist of 40 folded cards, inside of which are 40 photographs of micro-film files.

Without going into too much detail, the bottom line is that any of the file-cards can be read by a lay-person, and you will be able to reveal numerous details relating to the subject of that file.
WITHOUT HAVING TO MEMORISE THE CONTENTS OF ANY OF THE CARDS

Nothing is spoken, nothing is written down by the lay-person.

And yes JC, the cities of birth are spread across the world.

The power of this will be in the performance.
It is possible to make a complete hash of it and turn it into a "You pick a card, I'll tell you what it is" fiasco,
but I hope that the people who buy this are a little more switched on than that.

I am going to try and keep the price as low as possible.
But there is quite a bit of work in a set of these.

I'll try and answer all questions if I can, so keep them coming.
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This sounds amazing Steve!!

Too bad I usually perform in spanish. Smile

Is it language dependent or could I be able to actually make the files myself?

Something tells me it would be worth getting just for the secret. Smile


Best,

Andreu.

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Many thanks for our reply Stephen. I like the sound of this one.
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There is a photo of the props on the site now.
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Original release date was for end of October.
But I thought some people may like to have it ready for Halloween.

So although the instruction PDF is still being typed up, this will be going live at the end of next week.

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Original release date was for end of October.
But I thought some people may like to have it ready for Halloween.

So although the instruction PDF is still being typed up, this will be going live at the end of next week.

Steve
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Sorry, not sure why that last post appeared twice.
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Steve has shared with me some of the thinking behind Missing in Action and the principles and subtleties are incredible. So much is concealed in such a brilliant way that those handling the material will never suspect what is really going on Smile

Also, the effect can be used in so many ways. For those who enjoy dark and spooky type effects, Missing in Action could be perfect - there is even an idea using a Ouija board. Alternatively, Missing in Action could be performed almost like a book test and with words and information printed on the cards revealed in telling fashion. There are lots of possibilities here and with effects which promise to be very different from the norm.
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This sounds very interesting. It's a heavy subject and I could see it really making an impact.
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On 2013-09-28 08:40, Stephen Young wrote:
Sorry, not sure why that last post appeared twice.



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Yes I did John.
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Missing In Action is now in production.
I originally intended to release it at the end of the month, but I thought that some people may like to have it for Halloween.

There will be an introductory price discount for all orders placed before October 19th. (cause that's my birthday, and I'm off to Portugal the day after)
Why a discount?
Because the demo video won't be ready for a week or so, that means anyone ordering early will be taking a bit of a chance on me.
I think that deserves rewarding.

http://www.thoughtillusions.com/missinginaction.html

Steve
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I have been asked what are the feats of memory required for this effect.

Let me explain it like this:
If you use a memorised deck, that is 52 pieces of data to memorise, one number for each card.
Missing In Action has +/- 400 pieces of data that can be revealed.
That's the equivalent of memorising 8 different decks.

All this data can be assimilated with no more than memorising a list of words beginning with the letters from A to M

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I have been lucky enough to have seen the pdf of the instructions, and it will blow you away. My favourite effect of this type is L*n@ but this will become a very close second if indeed not first.
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Wow Thank you George.

I'm honoured that Missing In Action could be talked about in the same circles as Luna.
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