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Hey guys,

Here's a message to let you know about a brand-new mentalism eBook I have just published: http://arcanearts-ltd.com/leviathan/

PICTURE THIS:

- A spectator is asked to come up with a random word on the spot. No pre-show, nothing is written down. And yet that word can either be revealed instantly or even predicted in advance.

- Through a game of word association, several members of the audience constitute a chain of thought. Without asking any questions whatsoever, you are free to reveal each and every word thought of by the participants. Alternately, the final word can also be predicted.

- Upon learning that you are a "mind reader", somebody challenges you by saying: "Alright, then! What am I thinking about right now?" With Leviathan, you are immediately able to demonstrate feats of both telepathy and precognition in an impromptu situation. In other words, not only can you accurately read minds, you can also predict the outcome of a random thought process.

- My version of the A.A.A. Book Test: a spectator selects a book from their own library, opens to a page and focuses on a word. Then, that person is asked to make up a completely different word in their mind through a random thought process. You are able to reveal both words. Yet, once again, the last selection can even be predicted.

More than a collection of effects, Leviathan is a propless system that enables you to lead your spectators down a specific train of thought. In a nutshell, you embark your volunteers through a process of word association that occurs purely in their mind, which may appear completely fair and arbitrary, and yet you remain in complete control throughout. As a result, you are always free to use this principle as a way to either gain information or force a particular outcome that you have already predicted.

Equally, you also have the ability to jazz with the system as much as you want. Although I have provided you with several ideas of routines, you can always incorporate Leviathan into the effects you already have in your own repertoire, such as book tests, name or star sign revelations. Therefore, it is a very versatile and easy-to-learn principle that you can use from professional performance settings to completely impromptu situations.

Please bear in mind that this manuscript essentially caters to experienced mentalists who already have several ways of obtaining a secret piece of information in the first place.

TESTIMONIAL:

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"I met Francis at the Session 2018 in London. And I almost let his calm personality and demeanour fool me. His solid intellectual background, analytical thinking and rigorous methodology, along with the love he has for our art, make him an amazing creator. After frying everybody with his devious IceBreaker I knew who I was dealing with (Michael Weber seems to think alike, by the way). We shared many thoughts and views, and I am genuinely happy to call him a friend now.

The thought he put into LEVIATHAN is no exception. If you have a way of secretly obtaining ANY piece of information -a word- , then you need no more to make your audience truly believe you read minds. Personally, when I see other mentalists simply reveal a word or name they secretly obtained I just cringe. Leviathan will enable you to use that word to start a series of impossible revelations and even have -I loved this- a PREDICTION that they could have been holding even BEFORE the starting word -or name- was even referred to! Simply put: you could give them a prediction to hold BEFORE you even tell them to think of a name or word. And what is predicted is the outcome of a whole series of unrelated thoughts they’re about to have. And the best part is that there’s no real hard work to be put into this. No, really. That’s bad news for me, as I know that harder stuff keep it away from most guys out there. That will be my only negative point. Too easy.

To sum it up: If simply revealing a thought-of word is a crime, then Leviathan is a simple yet very powerful cure. Highly recommended. Beau travail Francis. Et merci."

Phedon Bilek (Creator of "Proteus")


http://arcanearts-ltd.com/leviathan/
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I’ve given this a read, and it’s really great.

If your familiar with Joshua Quinn’s work, this is based on some of his ideas and also based on Train Tracking.

Francis has provided a full alphabet which I found VERY useful. With this system, you can get MULTIPLE hits from one peek. You can even predict what word will be the last one thought of.

After reading this, I have some ideas of how I’d like to incorporate this into my stage shows. This will actually make a routine I currently do much easier.

I will try to post more in depth thoughts later, but I will say it’s great. It isn’t exactly REVOLUTIONARY since it is based on other’s work, but Francis has taken a lot of the hard work out of it.

Madison
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Thanks for that review Madison. Could you say one other thing? Is there a regional bias to this? Is it best suited to European audiences or American audiences or does it remain pretty neutral?

Best,
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On Feb 7, 2018, Second Sight wrote:
Thanks for that review Madison. Could you say one other thing? Is there a regional bias to this? Is it best suited to European audiences or American audiences or does it remain pretty neutral?

Best,
SS


Hi,

I can tell you that there is no "regional bias" inasmuch as I've tried to make the system as simple and comprehensive as possible. In other words, it is indeed very much neutral and does not rely on purely British or American references. It caters to all English speakers out there.

But your question allows me to address the fact that Leviathan IS very much language dependant. As it is, the manuscript is for English only! That being said, it is technically possible to adapt the system to other languages. For instance, I have personally come up with a French version. However, you would have to do your own research and I cannot say for sure how feasible it would be for all languages.

Hope it helps. Smile
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"This is - if you'll excuse the expletives - !@#$*ing brilliant! This is how I'm revealing words from now on.

Get this. I don't remember the last time I read something that got me so genuinely excited to reveal a word!

It's excellent. It's something you can attach to the back end of any routine you do that will elevate it so so much. Even the simplest routine is made something incredible with this system.

It's easy to learn too. Of course as with any propless system, there is something to learn, but no one should be concerned by worries of massive memory demands. This is way way easier than any anagram or mental calculation method I've ever read.

And the Challenge routine might just be the de facto way of dealing with "go on, read my mind then."

Brilliant stuff." Simon Caine


"What a great read it was the best £18 I have spent this year! Nice work Francis Girola. Anyone on the fence, I highly recommend picking this up, it’s a steal." Steve Palmer
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Any other reviews/thoughts on this?
//Sean Beard
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I bought this. I am a little conflicted, so will try not to ramble:

At $25 I wasn't demanding a lot from it, so I am happy with the purchase and would purchase it again. It got me thinking about a few ideas I've been thinking about for years. I appreciated the respectful writing style and tone of Girola. It's nicely written and produced.

Leviathan solves some problems that I had not solved, but leaves unsolved, other areas that I've tackled more deeply. I think there is a strong potential with these techniques, but this manuscript is not the final answer. But it is a small step forward.

If Train Tracking, Thought Chunneling, or the Thought Association Card appeal to you, the ideas here could well help advance your work, but it leaves work still to be done. Especially, as far as propless goes.

The propless method described here requires the purchase of a Peter Turner manuscript. That frustrated me, but I shelled out the $10 for Turner's manuscript, "Real Time." I had to laugh as I read the introduction in which Turner writes:

"I often wonder, if people bother to read these introductions - or they skim over them and jump straight to the material. If you are reading this, hats off to you, you are pedantic and detailed in your study of mentalism, and for that I commend you!"

Well, I enjoy Peter, but I have to wonder if he knows what "pedantic" means... I suspect not.

But I'm off track. So, $35 dollars later, I was equipped to try the Propless Leviathan! I executed it flawlessly. (Yes, I did...) And crashed and burned three times out of three. But, clearly, the billet versions would work much better... But I'll probably never try those out. I might, however, revisit my old ideas and apply some of Girola's work and see where I get. And for that, I consider the $35 well spent.

Thanks, Francis, for the thought provoking PDF.

It's a solid concept, and with a little trouble shooting, could be very serviceable on the propless front.
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Pedantic......... (perfectionist, precisionist, punctilious, meticulous). I fail to see why you think 'pedantic' is used in the wrong context.
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Pedantic......... (perfectionist, precisionist, punctilious, meticulous). I fail to see why you think 'pedantic' is used in the wrong context.


Those are related words; approximate synonyms. But they do not mean the same thing. The definition of pedantic is:

pedantic
pɪˈdantɪk/
adjective: pedantic

excessively concerned with minor details or rules; overscrupulous.

Or this, from vocabulary.com:

Pedantic means "like a pedant," someone who's too concerned with literal accuracy or formality. It's a negative term that implies someone is showing off book learning or trivia, especially in a tiresome way. You don't want to go antique-shopping with a pedantic friend, who will use the opportunity to bore you with his in-depth knowledge of Chinese porcelain kitty-litter boxes.

Pedantic is not a compliment. Punctilious or meticulous would have been better word choices. Or maybe he was just testing us to see who actually read it... Smile

I'm sorry to create this side conversation on the Leviathan thread.
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On Mar 10, 2018, rasp wrote:
Pedantic......... (perfectionist, precisionist, punctilious, meticulous). I fail to see why you think 'pedantic' is used in the wrong context.


Those are related words; approximate synonyms. But they do not mean the same thing. The definition of pedantic is:

pedantic
pɪˈdantɪk/
adjective: pedantic

excessively concerned with minor details or rules; overscrupulous.

Or this, from vocabulary.com:

Pedantic means "like a pedant," someone who's too concerned with literal accuracy or formality. It's a negative term that implies someone is showing off book learning or trivia, especially in a tiresome way. You don't want to go antique-shopping with a pedantic friend, who will use the opportunity to bore you with his in-depth knowledge of Chinese porcelain kitty-litter boxes.

Pedantic is not a compliment. Punctilious or meticulous would have been better word choices. Or maybe he was just testing us to see who actually read it... Smile

I'm sorry to create this side conversation on the Leviathan thread.

Ironically, you're being very pedantic about this.
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(...) And for that, I consider the $35 well spent.

Thanks, Francis, for the thought provoking PDF.

It's a solid concept, and with a little trouble shooting, could be very serviceable on the propless front.


Thanks Second Sight for your honest review about this manuscript! Glad you've enjoyed the manuscript and that it might have sparked some ideas to apply in your own routines. Smile

In reference to some of the points that you have raised, I must clarify that "Leviathan" is in fact not intended as a "final answer". Instead, although I have outlined several standalone routines, it should essentially be regarded as a powerful addition to the effects you already have in your repertoire. Consequently, it mainly caters to experienced mentalists who already have several ways of secretly obtaining a personal piece of information about a participant.

The "Propless" section of the manuscript offers some suggestions on how to apply this technique in association with what I consider to be modern classics in the field (star sign divination systems, Phedon Bilek's "Proteus" and Peter Turner's "Phantom Dictionary"). Obviously, I am sure you can understand that those are not mine to teach and, if you are not yet familiar with them, I can only invite you to check out those publications.

But bear in mind that the applications of "Leviathan" are not limited to the ones described in the manuscript. And if it inspires you to revisit your old routines, then it's perfect! Smile
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Well I thought this booklet was fantastic, it opens up many avenues for the performer and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Use this along side Phedon's new book Phasma and you got something very very special.
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So have any reviewers used any of what they say in real life performance situations or just read the document?
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I've read through Leviathan (only once), it's well written, thoughtful and there are several presentation ideas -- but I do have a question....and I don't ask this to be antagonistic or negative in any way...I'm just curious what others think...

I have Joshua Quinn's Paralies and have always loved all of his thinking on thought chunneling. I purchased Altas Brooking's Train Tracking and although it ultimately became too much for me to memorize, I can see how it moved forward Quinn's chunneling concept. My question is, how is this any different that Joshua's original idea? In the book, Quinn lists categories and variations, more so, even, than I find in Leviathan.

So my sincere question is how is this different than Quinn's original work? How does it build on it, or advance the idea? Yes, there are several presentations offered, but nothing I really haven't thought of after reading the original material.

For those who have bought this, what's unique or different about it?

Respectfully...Bill
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