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There's a new book coming out on mentalism that is going to be filled with effects and bits of business that will be to the liking of many of you out there.
I had the privilege of reading it in its virgin state and found some delights inside.
Paolo will be selling it as a downloadable copy for $35 or hard copy to be shipped at $45.
In these days where people are selling one effect for this price and more I'm happy to see something that is priced under its value.
There are nine effects within, but many more ideas and presentations. You get a great new idea on the PATEO force. An easy to make impression device. A drawing effect. A psychometry effect. A beautiful rendition on the RADAR DECK. An effect for you advid NWers. Cards & Tarot cards are presented here, too.
There's also a booktest and an effect you can use as a kind of pick up line to meet a certain someone. There's also an interesting idea using symbols and your business card to get a spectator's information. And there's a section on a few pendulum effects.
He also takes the time to give you a variety of theories he has on mentalism that includes work on drawings, pumping for pictures, living & dead tests, Out of This World, etc.
I just realized he must be insane to be putting all this good stuff in one book.
Paolo has been a hidden treasure in the world of mentalism... and pretty soon you'll see what we've known for awhile... he's a marvelous creator... and a nice guy on top of that.
For further info or to get in on the pre-orders write to him directly at: paolo_cavalli@yahoo.com.mx

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Greg,
I would advise him to avoid the e-book format.
it is just less valued by people.
and for $10 more who wouldnt go for the hardcopy???
Nir
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Actually, Nir, some people like to quickly get the info and not bother to wait for their stuff to be delivered. I could go either way so it's up to him to decide.
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READ WHAT SOME PROFESSIONALS HAVE SAID ABOUT OUR BOOK:



RICHARD OSTERLIND said: “I found Radarama to be very interesting and thought stimulating. It is really well thought out and I appreciate it very much. I was quite impressed with your variation on the PATEO process. I like the ideas in the book test and the misdirection on Prophetic Dreams (Prophetriter) is excellent!”

LEE EARLE said: “I like your reasoning in your book test presentation, especially the "Does that word mean something special..."part. Good thinking! Your Psychometrack effect is excellent. However knowing how little effort many people actually invest in their craft, that routine is likely to remain "hidden in print" for all but a dedicated few.”

TONY BINARELLI said: “In my opinion, each routine in this book is a little masterpiece, crafted in every detail, limiting to the bare essential the need for sleight of hands and maintaining the performance free from empty moments.”



THE CONTENTS OF THE BOOK:


RADARAMA is a very good version of Osterlind’s Radar Deck with an ungimmicked deck and two participants (but you can use more than two participants if that’s what you want).

PSYCHOMETRACK is a psychometric reading with the help of four groups of Tarots chosen by four participants. This plays exactly as real psychometry should!

PATETOGY is my take on the PATEO force (and it's called PATET) in the context of a Numerology routine. But you can find many uses for it.

KORMONITION is my take on the classic Premonition effect. In my version the deck with the missing card is in full view from the beginning of the experiment and the participant will mentally choose one card. You don’t need to know the chosen card until the very end, in order to conclude the effect. I’m not claiming this is completely new, but for sure it’s BOLD!

BOOPLICATION is a four phases Book Test including a drawing duplication and a prediction with a big, ungimmicked dictionary. The four books can be totally ungimmicked!

PROPHETRITER is, if I may say that, an excellent string of predictions (including a newspaper headline!) that is so easy to pull it off that will make you smile. And the beautiful thing is that the real kicker, the final prediction you will show, will be the one that will make the participant’s mind working backward, so to speak…

TWICERPIECE is a double impact routine that is reminescent of the old and classic Aneemann’s Mental Masterpiece. In my routine, however, you don’t need any impression device to know which card the your participant has chosen. You need an impression device for the second part of the routine and, even though you can use any device of your choice, I detail for you my almost impromptu impression device that I’ve used for years without fail.

TRISOTERIC is one of my simple and useful “billet tools” of choice and I give you some ideas of how I use it and WHY initially I’ve came up with that.

PENDULUMIX are 3 different routines with the use of a pendulum. Two of them exploit the hollow pendulum concept (the pendulum in which you can place what, in dowsing terminology, it’s called “witness”). In one routine, for example, you will divine a word that your participant has chosen on a page of a genuine magazine. Please, note that the page is not forced and the magazine is freely chosen among many others. The magazines are not gimmicked and the word is NOT written down! In another routine you will find, with your pendulum, on a big map, a freely chosen location. I personally LOVE THIS ONE!

MISCELLANEA is a collection of thoughts, considerations and ideas on various topics, ranging from pre-show to secondary FX and, in those pages, you will also find SOME MORE EFFECTS AND ROUTINES!


And it would not be fair ending this brief description of the book without mentioning that, actually the book is co-written with my friend Massimo Tira (excellent performer) and without a BIG THANK YOU to GREG ARCE and to TONY BINARELLI for having written our introductions to the book and for their encouragement!

Paolo Cavalli
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Paolo,
Thanks for information on your new book... is the title "Upislon" or "Upsilon" and what does the title mean or signify? Smile and good luck!
DaveS
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UPSILON (it's a greek alphabet letter) that me and my co-writer used as part of a two persons code system we created for fun (and NO, we don't sell the code!)

I'm afraid there is no rationale for having chosen that letter instead of one of the 9 others in the code... but, hey, we are Mentalists so we usually act on gut feelings ... Smile


On a sidenote, I'm proud to tell you that people like FORD KROSS, TED LEON, LIOR MANOR, TREVOR Mc COMBIE and many others have added their praises to our book!
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Paolo was kind enough to send me his E-book, UPSILON. It contains 66 pages and excellent graphics where needed. Here are my initial thoughts.............

Radarama:
A very nice version of “Just think of one of these cards as it passes by your eyes”
performed with two or more participants.
Sound reasoning is put behind this presentation and (depending on your acting
skills) could be squeaky clean. Can be done with any deck but requires some set up.

Psychometrack:
VERY clever use of the Tarot. If the performer has good cold reading skills, this
routine would be remembered for the rest of the participants life.
A good reader could make a reputation with this effect alone.
As is pointed out in the manuscript, this is not your classic “Who Has What” Psychometry routine. This could be MUCH stronger in the right hands.
In the wrong hands, it has no climax and would fall short of the mark.

Patetogy:
Very reminiscent of Mark Striving “Warm and Fuzzy’s” which Liz and I carry with
us at all times just in case we need a close up routine that “connects” two people.
Our method is different than the one described in the Paolo’s manuscript.
Patetogy would be good in that context also, although it’s presented to show how a single person can intuitively find a preselected number from an group of unknown choices.
I enjoyed the use of the two great methods to pull off this “RUSE”. (Those who read the manuscript will get the pun)
My favorite thing about Paolo’s variation on the PATEO force is the use of the participant to have the final decision. I’m a big fan of this particular final technique.

Kormonition:
A different, workable and bold variation of Eddie Joseph’s “Premonition”.......Better ?

Booplication:
A good routine using four different books and four participants. Not the usual book test. Has similarity to Larry Becker’s use a dictionary to cap off a revelation/prediction. Like others,
I enjoyed the inclusion of a picture duplication. Good presentation could make this a very interesting and, more importantly, an entertaining piece.

Prophetriter:
I was initially drawn to this effect because it involved a Brunette Lady. For those that know me or have seen us, you’ll know why I would say that!

This effects involves a wonderful premise...................
Some of our best thoughts come to us during, or around our sleep. We should write them down....we usually don’t!
Paolo came up with a routine that allows some business cards, that have been in view the whole time, to reveal that he, indeed, wrote four predictions that are correct.....one of them a headline prediction.

I am in love with the POTENTIAL of this effect.

The whole effect relies on a time honored and proven method. Three of the four predictions require a leap of faith to be accepted.

I would have loved to have the business cards already in the possession of the events organizer and brought the stage as in a “regular” headline prediction. (This can be done and I’ll talk it over with Paolo). This would put the effect into the miracle range.

Have I yet said that I love the premise of this effect?

Twicerpiece:
This is a double revelation of a chosen card and a participants written thought. It could be played out in a few ways, all with good impact.
The best thing however in this effect is Paolo’s marvelous impression device using an ordinary
Post-It note pad. Even though there is no carbon, or NCR paper used, it reminds me somewhat of Allen Zingg’s “Son of Mind Scan”.
This is a very useful idea with great potential.

Trisoteric:
This is described as “a useful tool”. It is basically a card on which some symbols are drawn while discussing their significance and their meaning through the ages. Paolo’s descriptions of the symbols are wonderful and leave a lot of room for drama and theater. The end result is a card which forces the participant to write information on certain areas of it, to be used for peeks, tears, forces, or a combination of all three.
This is a great impromptu device for a “three phase routine”.
Again, good thinking!

Pendulumix:
I’ve never done a pendulum routine in my life. Keep that in mind as I review the following....

Experiment #1 is using the pendulum to find a location on a map that is only known to the participant.
Using what is called a “Witness Pendulum” (thanks for the education Paolo!), a VERY logical reason is given to tear up a piece of paper on which the participant wrote her thought as a small piece of the paper must be inserted into this particular type of pendulum to “give witness” to better atune the pendulum.

Experiment #2 shows the pendulum finding a single word chosen from a choice of magazines. The word and the magazine are truly free choices. There is some clever pre show involved and a mildly bold method employed, useful for many other routines.
The pendulum swings over previously written letters and numbers to spell the selected word.
Sounds impressive. Probably is!
This is one of those things where I like the method better than the trick!

Experiment #3 sets five empty clear glasses and five small laminated cards together. There is one picture on each card. Water, wine, milk, orange juice, or POISON.
Each card is placed into one of the glasses and covered with a silk. The participant is allowed to mix the glasses while the mentalist back is turned and nobody could possibly know which glass contains the poison.
The pendulum is able to discern the toxic substance.
Three different methods are described to pull of this stunt, none of which are as clean as the first two experiments.

Odds & Ends, Bits & Pieces, Miscellanea:
The first thing discussed are Paolo’s views on pre-show work. Here he gives another method for a book test that is very good. Some have seen this method described before. Paolo’s views on it are worth reading.
In this section he talks about pencil/sound reading, items most commonly drawn by participants and related tips.
Next is presented a well thought out, basically impromptu effect which allows the mentalist to describe a deeply emotional and personal event that happened to the person getting the reading. Simple methods, big effect. George Anderson would be proud. As a bonus, the effect leaves the participant with your business card.
Up comes some words on nail/thumb writing and an idea for a routine using the sense of smell and another using the sense of sight.
This section also includes some history on a famous Italian Psychic Gustavo Rol.
He also teaches the basic Acidus Novus.

Well, there you have it.
I’ve spent more on many E-Books and received ALOT less.
A good effort and recommended.

Available from Paolo Cavalli at: paolo_cavalli@yahoo.com.mx
E-Book 35 dollars.
Hard Cover 45 dollars.
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Thank You, Ted, for your GREAT review!

I just need to point out a couple of things about what you wrote:

. BOOPLICATION: Actually, while I think highly of Larry Becker as a creator of effects, the idea with the dictionary with an underlined word was taken from "DEJA VOODOO" by Bob Farmer (I'm sure all of you know what the effect was) but Bob effect used playing cards and the dictionary had to be prepared. Here, if you are very, very, rich... or if you are crazy(!)... you can give away the big dictionary at the end of the experiment because one word only is underlined.

. PROPHETRITER: Actually, this routine is the way it is because IT WAS INTENTIONALLY CREATED for one-on-one and to have an impromptu stunning effect always with you!

In my second book I will detail the stage version that is DIFFERENT in methodology!



Some of the secret methods I've devised for the pendulum experiments can actually be used for something else... for example, for the well known Geller experiment with a folded page inside a sealed envelope!) Who already has read the book, I'm sure, can understand how to do that!...


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I too will add my praise to Upsilon. While some may be concerned that there is only nine effects, I can assure you that each effect is EXCELLENT. Each routine is very well thought out, psychologically sound, and spectacularily powerful. Moreover, hidden within the pages are wonderful ideas and nuances that alone are worth the price for the working mentalist, or magician for that matter!

I will not give my thoughts on each effect, as they have all been described and praise above, so it would be redundant for me to tell you explicitly how great each effect is. I would rather take the space to encourage you to get your hands on this book, you will not be dissapointed.

Sincerely,

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Sean, Thank You for your review.

UPSILON is sold exclusively through ARTFULMAGIC.COM and you can order from them the E-BOOK or the HARD-COPY.

Please, be warned that, depending on your geographical location, if you order the HARD-COPY, you could have to wait up to three or four weeks before you get it in your mail.

If you order the E-BOOK, please, allow us at least few hours between your payment and our sending it to you. We may have some orders from other people before you to dispatch first.


We sincerely hope you will enjoy UPSILON!


Paolo Cavalli & Massimo Tira
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Okay, we are helping Paolo sell his brilliant book UPSILON so for those that want to buy it, whether hard copy or e-book, go to http://www.artfulmagic.com and hit the blue button marked "Click here to buy UPSILON"
You will be able to use PayPal to buy either the hard copy or
e-book or you can mail a check to Artful Magic.
Please be aware that we are only collecting the money for Paolo and we are not in charge of shipping the books or sending you the download. Every time a purchase is made we will send all the information to Paolo and he will take care of sending out the copies or contacting you on your email for the downloads. When purchasing make sure you include all your information such as address and email address so we can then send them to Paolo.
For those that buy the book you will be very happy when you read the beautiful routines inside. This is a book full of golden ideas.
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PLEASE READ! This is important!

Everyone ordering UPSILON e-book should provide ARTFULMAGIC with an e-mail address that can receive at least 3MB of size.

If your mailbox is FULL or the maximum size for single document you can get is under 2MB, then you will not be able to get UPSILON into your mailbox.

THANK YOU!

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I want to thank all the guys that are buying this great book. I also have to remind everyone that Paolo is putting out only a limited quantity so I'm trying to keep track. As soon as the quota has been reached I'll stop the PayPal, but it might not be timed right so I'll post on the boards first when we get close to the limit.
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I have to say that Upsilon is a very good book. I ordered it as e-book and the service was fast and competent.
I can highly recommend it - I also was amazed by the thinking this guy has...definitely a winner..

Thanks again Paolo for sharing your ideas with the fraternity,
Best,
P
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Larry Becker sent me his praise for the UPSILON book of Mentalism and explicitly told me I could quote him...

"I thought the book was a great idea generator. You
definitely put your own sneaky twist on the material you create. Keep it up. Mentalists can use creativity such as yours. Even us old guys." LARRY BECKER
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I'm very pleased with the book. I received it a very timely fashion and really like the effects and the thinking behind the effects.

Really good job.

Thanks.
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I've just finished giving this book a once-over...If I hadn't made plans last week, I'd be staying home tonight and delving into this work.

I am not a mentalist whatsoever. Any attempts at peforming anything along those lines, or even mental magic (and I do know there is a difference between mentalism and mental magic) is mental magic. That being said, I love this book. I won't go into specifics about each item, as the people above have done so, and probably have more knowledge than me on mentalism.

However, this is a very good read, even for those who don't perform mentalism at all. It gives a glimpse into Paolo's and Massimo's thinking, which is invaluable. For me, the real value of this manuscript is not just from the routines, but from the ideas and thoughts that are contained within. We don't just get the "what" of the effect, we get the "why" as well. That's worth more to me than most tricks. You can take the ideas and principles in this book, and use them in your own ways. I'm already thinking of ways to integrate these ideas in my performing style.

Paolo and Massimo, congratulations. This is a work that will be talked about in the future, for sure. That's a prediction I'm confident in making. Smile

Recommended.

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Is a GREAT book. Just the magazine test or the handling on the PATEO force worth the entire price of the manuscript. The idea for the duplication drawing is beautiful too. Every routine has something... The e-book works perfect, I got it in like half an hour after I ordered it.

Powerful ilustrations!
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On 2004-02-01 09:33, enriqueenriquez wrote:
Is a GREAT book. Just the magazine test or the handling on the PATEO force worth the entire price of the manuscript. The idea for the duplication drawing is beautiful too.



Thank You, Enrique.

Hopefully, soon all the people who bought the book will have tried at least some of the routines and I'm curious to know the reactions they got...

Paolo Cavalli

While I'm sorry that some people who said to me GOOD THINGS about UPSILON and that ASSURED to me they would have POSTED HERE THEIR REVIEW did not kept their word... (AND I WILL BEHAVE WITH THEM IN A DIFFERENT WAY FROM NOW ON!)...

I want to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who did buy UPSILON and remind who has not decided yet... that we'll close the sales in less than 5 days, starting NOW!

Paolo Cavalli
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5 days and counting....

I hope I was not one of the people you spoke about in my promosing to post my thoughts...

I just finished working a few of the effects from your book and think Larry Becker hit it right on the head.

After reading it I alomost instantly saw a place for some of the items in my work, and they made me want to add them a few twists here and there and I have some new material I am keen to break in.

I rarley post reviews or such without really working those routines reviewed to be able t offer a good insight into the book or effet. However since their is such a limited time on he book now (5 days...) I thought I better had post my thoughts on the book in case anyone misses out on it.

It contains some wonderful thinking I especially enjoyed the Pendulumix section as well as intantly wanting to add booplicaiton into something I already do.

I very very much enjoyed the book and it has left me with ideas spinning in my head...

Thanks for sharing it.

Luke Jermay.
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