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I think it's worth reaching out to the creators of these techniques and approaches. Prager already admitted to taking Atlas' idea without permission. I will reach out to the others just to make sure their work is being referenced in this book.

Jose Prager, can you confirm that you have received permission from everyone before you published this book? It's important not just to credit, but also to make sure explicit permission in writing was granted to you to avoid any trouble.
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I used a few if these ideas at a performance last night and the audience was really impressed and shocked. I am really enjoying this as it's definitely a little different approach than your typical anagram. Yes, not revolutionary but I like Jose's approach as it looks more like real mind reading in the audiences eyes. Hi

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So I got a review copy of this and I have to say I wasn't impressed.

Most of the points I would make about this book, Martin already made before, so here's a bit of an elaboration.

There is basically nothing new here. It's just taking other peoples ideas, changing them a tiny bit and compiling them in a single PDF.

This reads as advice that one could read on the Café, and actually almost everything from this book has been posted previously on the Café for free by various people. I'm also willing to bet that the next time someone asks about anagrams in inner thoughts, someone who didn't read this book will give him the same advice as found here.

Even the anagrams found in the book aren't very impressive. There's one for colors, one for the seven deadly sins and one for months.
I don't think using an anagram (even one as ''Well hidden'' as this one) for a 1 in 7 choice is a good idea.

All in all, I can't recommend it.

The advice in here is technically ''Good advice'', but it's not Prager's advice as he didn't come up with it and anybody who has been interested in anagrams for any period of time probably know it already.

Peter Turner shares his zodiac anagram at his at the table lecture, you get basically the same advice as here + an over 2h lecture for a price lower then this PDF.
Reader discretion is advised.
Martin Pulman
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Something really has gone badly wrong in the "creator" business.
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Got this during the half price promo and I'm sad to say it wasn't worth that reduced amount.

There is nothing, I repeat, nothing new here that you probably don't already know. If you have any time in the game or any decent experience with PA's then you are probably already incorporating these techniques.
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I got a review copy too. I am not very familiar with PAs to start with (I think the only resources I have on these are Pete's ATT lecture and his Zodiac PDF), so I can't comment on the originality of these ideas.

Since I perform the standard zodiac PA a lot, and I think I can pull it of pretty decently, this interested me on two levels: first, I could get some new techniques, nuances, subtleties or justifications and second, I could find a new category where the use of a PA made sense.

I found both things on this PDF: there are some interesting subtleties here that I WILL use and there's a PA that I'll try to work into a routine too. That being said, I'm not sure I'd be happy to pay 10$ for this. It's not very fair to compare this with Pete Turner's ATT lecture, but as Michael pointed out, Pete goes into his zodiac PA and gives a lot of solid advice... and it costs less than this.
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Jose sent me a review copy a few days back at my request.

I would say I'm passionate about PA's and use them them quite regular. This is a pretty solid offering although to echo the sentiments above, it's really an amalgamation of other creators ideas put into one source. The reason I was interested in this offering was to see if he offered any interesting PA's, which he did and I was also interested to see if offered any interesting presentation ideas for reveals, which he did.

I have nothing bad to say about the offering but as others have pointed out, Atlas's and Doug Dyments material is at this point the best resource for such material. This would be good for someone looking to build on their arsenal.
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Nothing dazzling about this release for me, I found it to be Atlas Brookings with tweaks. Some nice personal touches but not enough to warrant a release. I noticed one credit that needs to be amended, the ''say it over and over in your mind" ploy was created by Gary Kurtz not Derren Brown.
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I thought it was initially jerry sadowitz', that was used in one of his card plots...
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This sounds good Jose.

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