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ARCHITECT OF THE MIND by Drew Backenstoss - My Review

This will not be long-winded or overly-detailed. For details, run, don't walk, and purchase a copy of this book. It is worth many times over its price. On that statement alone, you can surely guess how this review will go.

Drew's book is among that rare set that make me want to say "Don't buy this!" so that I can have the wealth of insight to myself. However, that would defeat the entire purpose of what Drew has so graciously gifted our community. Yes, there are wonderful routines in this book - workers, all. The real value in this tome is to be found between the lines of script and direction. Drew has provided a masterclass on entertaining an audience with mentalism (no easy task, as evidenced by just how few entertaining mentalists there are). Drew's real gift is one of elevating this craft and everyone performing professionally along with it.

Drew immediately connected with me through his writing, as we have very similar inspirations (I suspect this is true of many readers of the book) and a similar approach to material. As a professional performer for many years, it's always nice to meet other professionals who, like me, are not particularly focused on attempting to create completely original material, but instead taking great established ideas and re-shaping them; building on their foundations to suit us.

This is one of the very best books I have ever read on the subject, and I have read a lot (Corinda, Annemann, Cassidy, Richardson, Jermay, etc., etc.), and it will take its place on my shelf among them.
It's all in the reflexes.
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