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I am trying to recall if Cassidy discussed Chronologue in one of the Penguin lectures. I seem to recall him discussing it somewhere other than his MM DVD. Anyone?
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If memory serves me well, I believe he touches on it breifly during the dual lecture with RO.
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In "The Compleat Principia Mentalia" he describes it in pretty much the same words as used om the MM DVD.

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I've never understood the fascination of diary effects. What am I missing? I haven't seen one performance of these things by anybody that have wowed me.

Perhaps I just don't like diaries!
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It doesn't do anything for me either.
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On Jan 23, 2019, sbays wrote:
I am trying to recall if Cassidy discussed Chronologue in one of the Penguin lectures. I seem to recall him discussing it somewhere other than his MM DVD. Anyone?
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Routines taught:
Chronologue: A predicted card matches what is written in a diary on a freely selected date. New work and psychology including stage and close-up versions.
Name/Place Routine: A couple of spectators think of a person and a place and you divine their thoughts.
Psychomatic Deck: A spectator looks at a card in the deck and you read their mind, telling them what card they are thinking of.
Fourth Dimensional Telepathy: You reveal the name of a childhood friend, the name of a pet, and reproduce a previously drawn illustration.
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On Jan 28, 2019, aligator wrote:
It doesn't do anything for me either.


Cassidy was an absolute genius, I remember watching a performance of this when Cassidy first showcased it and was blown away by it. At the time it was such a new and fresh concept. Now diaries are more or less obsolete so of course this effect won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but on the plus side this thread gave me a huge smile thinking back to when I first saw it, so thank you OP for posting Smile

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I've never understood the fascination of diary effects. What am I missing? I haven't seen one performance of these things by anybody that have wowed me.


A calendar trick that is straight to the point is as amazing as a card at impossible location trick. It's as strong as card to wallet. And, tied in with a date that has a personal significance, it can hit home emotionally.

I'm not saying you're wrong, b/c it's your feelings. I'm just saying why I like it.
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I've never understood the fascination of diary effects. What am I missing? I haven't seen one performance of these things by anybody that have wowed me.


A calendar trick that is straight to the point is as amazing as a card at impossible location trick. It's as strong as card to wallet. And, tied in with a date that has a personal significance, it can hit home emotionally.

I'm not saying you're wrong, b/c it's your feelings. I'm just saying why I like it.



This is a good point. As someone who's made up diary/calendar effects (Cassidy's as well as Doug Dyment's) then "fell out of love" with them, I see both sides to this discussion.

I guess it is really similar to openly math based tricks ("Summing Up"/"Number Juggling" from Marc Paul's Penguin Live http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/5313 ) for example.

If it is motivated, to the point, AND INTERESTING, then it can hit very hard.

All that being said, I'm not into calendar/diary effects these days. It's a relatively large footprint for something I'm not thrilled to be doing. I think we have all been here, having done effects for years that now sort of leave us cold.

Good discussion.
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This premise often leaves me feeling cold, too. But, laypeople seem to like it! So it probably says more about my taste in picking effects than anything else.

When I think about it, what the diary effect does that a deck trick (like the 5-Star deck) can't do is that it makes the odds seem much larger than 1 in 52 at the same time the date makes a more personal connection than just picking a card. Yes, the odds don't change (still 1 in 52), but in people's minds, the odds are 1 in 365 and are amazed that it corresponds to their special date. That's the real genius of it, IMO.
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This premise often leaves me feeling cold, too. But, laypeople seem to like it! So it probably says more about my taste in picking effects than anything else.

When I think about it, what the diary effect does that a deck trick (like the 5-Star deck) can't do is that it makes the odds seem much larger than 1 in 52 at the same time the date makes a more personal connection than just picking a card. Yes, the odds don't change (still 1 in 52), but in people's minds, the odds are 1 in 365 and are amazed that it corresponds to their special date. That's the real genius of it, IMO.


Chronologue was the first effect I learned after watching Bob Cassidy's DVD. It is an easy effect to set up and to work, with or without the playing cards. At times I will simply have them focus on their special date and the card that is written on it.

The set up opens up other presentations using the same system/diary. One is not limited to the sole use of Cards; Casisdy used the set up for a City Landmark effect as well.

Being a bit of purist in many areas, I prefer Cassidy's set up rather than the "improvements".
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I believe he touches on it breifly during the dual lecture with RO
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Given how the diaries are introduced, I see the effect more as a divination item, than the day planner type thing. Genius was how Mr. Cassidy took what might just have been a card effect and with but seemingly one card, created a moment in the participants life he could not have possibly known. Unlike many mentalism card effects, Chronologue touches the participant on a visceral level because of the dates relation to them.

Quite much from something you can carry in your pocket. Recently I dusted off the somewhat controversial wallet cards that Mr. Cassidy latter allowed just so I could do the effect seemingly, impromptu and with just one wallet. The reactions of the lay, are outstanding.
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