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Spoke to Phill,
Illustrations will be finished either end of this week or early next. Once those are done and the cover design is done (nice and easy because it will be basically the same as Harpacrown) it will go off to the printers.

Once I have a firm delivery date I will open the pre-orders. I know quite a few people have asked to pre-order but I am not willing to take any bodies money until I can be sure they will get the product on time or at least very close to on time.

Mark
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However, we have seen the standard of the the first book, I have met you and know what a good chap you are, so I would trust you with my money!!!
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Meanwhile here is the ad copy for Harpacrown Too

The original Harpacrown was released in 2016 to critical acclaim. It received universally positive reviews and has found its way into the collections of many top pros. With the original Harpacrown being synonymous with practical and workable material, it’s no surprise that this one is called Harpacrown too.

Whilst the first Harpacrown focussed on the why; this volume switches the focus onto the how. How to script, how to adapt material and build new routines, how to build an act, and most importantly, how to make your Mentalism entertaining.

Both volumes combine to give you a solid grounding in both the why and the how. The effects are strong and practical and work in the real world and serve to illustrate the principles discussed in the essays.

This DELUXE COLLECTORS EDITION is a beautifully bound premium book lovingly created to look good on any shelf and last a lifetime. It contains 446 pages which includes 19 of Mark’s favourite effects, 4 essays, several utilities, and bonus chapters including contributions from:
* Mark Elsdon
* John Carey
* Marc Spelmann
* Peter Turner
The book is beautifully illustrated by Phill Smith and printed by Haresign Press and comes complete with the props for Ophiuchus.

Here’s what people are saying about HARPACROWN Too:

I think you have contributed something very important to the magic world. It's full of great advice from a real world perspective.

– Marc Paul

The book is a remarkable teaching aid and tribute, and a lesson on mentalism thinking. His mental process ( which he explains) is mind blowing.

He does it all and is honestly a thinker for our times. He understands the rhythm of the moment and exploits it with amazing results.

- Marc Salem

Mark has provided solid routines that have clearly been worked. The structure of the routines are always sound, and the methods are always simple and deceptive. Mark clearly has an eye for adding twists and subtleties that enhance every piece of mentalism.

This is a great look into his mind. His essays and philosophy on making your tricks/presentations original to you will inspire you to take a deep dive into your own performances.

As for the material, this is one of the rare occasions where the material in this second book is just as strong (maybe even stronger) than the material in the first book.

- Madison Adams Hagler
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Totally Free Will is available from
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Phill Smith has worked his magic and the book is going to print this week so I can now open up the pre-orders. The book will ship on or before the 1st of December. The book can be pre-ordered here at a discounted price.

http://www.harpacrown.co.uk/?product=har......re-order

I have also added a couple of bundle deals. Harpacrown and Harpacrown Too can be ordered together at a significant discount here although I only have 25 copies of Harpacrown left.

http://www.harpacrown.co.uk/?product=col......bundle-1

The final bundle is for all 3 of my collectors editions, both Harpacrown’s and Totally Free Will for a saving of £80.

http://www.harpacrown.co.uk/?product=col......bundle-2

I don’t currently have a bundle for just Harpacrown Too and Totally Free Will but if anyone wants that option send me a pm and I will set up a bundle for those two at a discounted price.

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Harpacrown Too is available from
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Ophiuchus is available from
http://www.harpacrown.co.uk/?product=ophiuchus
Totally Free Will is available from
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I don’t own TFW so a bundle for that and the latest ‘too’ would be great mate!
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I've just re-read the original Harpacrown from cover to cover and discovered so many brilliant little subtleties and pieces of real-world advice that I had missed the first time.

The greatest thing about it is the years of experiences gained in the magic trenches being transferred to the world of mentalism. The attention to detail is incredible. And it's genuinely very funny. Can't wait for the sequel. I have a feeling it's going to be more of a Godfather Part II, rather than a Speed 2!
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Too bad I am way over my magic budget; now I have to make the wife mad. Hopefully, Harpacrown Too and TFW are worth sleeping on the couch for the next three months due to an angry wife. I love the first Harpacrown so much that I will be on it happily reading and learning from these two books! Placing my order soon....
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I'd be interested in TFW and Harpacrown 2 too please
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The TFW and Harpacrown Too bundle is available here:

http://www.harpacrown.co.uk/?product=col......bundle-3

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Harpacrown is available from
http://www.harpacrown.co.uk
Harpacrown Too is available from
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Ophiuchus is available from
http://www.harpacrown.co.uk/?product=ophiuchus
Totally Free Will is available from
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On Oct 30, 2020, Martin Pulman wrote:
I've just re-read the original Harpacrown from cover to cover and discovered so many brilliant little subtleties and pieces of real-world advice that I had missed the first time.

The greatest thing about it is the years of experiences gained in the magic trenches being transferred to the world of mentalism. The attention to detail is incredible. And it's genuinely very funny. Can't wait for the sequel. I have a feeling it's going to be more of a Godfather Part II, rather than a Speed 2!

Thanks for those very kind words, that is very high praise coming from you and means the world to me.

It is always scary releasing material because you don’t know how it will be received. Whilst I know the material has served me well over the years it is impossible to gauge how it will be received by the wider community, one man’s treasure is another man’s trash. This is why in both volumes I have tried to make it about more than just the tricks. The tricks tend to serve to illustrate wider principles that, hopefully, will give the reader a good set of tools to enhance or adapt material from outside of the books. It has always been my aim to make the books fun to read as well as informative. I have too many books where I read the effect description, and if the effect is not for me, I skip the chapter entirely. My aim was to make the books enjoyable enough that people will want to read the chapter even if the effect isn’t for them. Generally within each chapter there are concepts that go beyond the effect that is being described.

Personally I think that Volume 2 is better than Volume 1 without sacrificing those elements that particularly endeared people to the first book. My writing has improved with this being the third book but it is still the same conversational style and still peppered with my personality and sense of humour. The structure is consistent throughout the book and so there is no jarring change of writing style. Even the contributions have been structured the same way as the rest of the book without changing too much of the contributor’s own writing style.

As in the first book the material is practical and workable and utilises standard mechanical methods rather than language dependant obscure psychological procedures. There are no revolutionary new fangled techniques although there are likely to be some “Why didn’t I think of that” moments and possibly a few “I wouldn’t have thought of using that in that way” moments.

The one person who has read pretty much all of it, Madison, appears to agree with me that it is a better book and Steve Haresign who has been reading the print ready file described it as “A bloody good read”. In fact Steve started out trying to proof read it and then said that he was struggling because he kept finding himself getting engrossed in reading it and forgetting to proof. He also said that it really made him want to get back out performing.

I am now in that awkward period where I can do nothing but wait until it is in people’s hands and hope that it is well received. I suspect that if you loved the first book then you will enjoy this one.

Mark
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Ophiuchus is available from
http://www.harpacrown.co.uk/?product=ophiuchus
Totally Free Will is available from
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Excellent news Mark I am placing my order for Harpacrown Too ASAP .
The first Harpacrown was a joy and something I honestly love reading and re reading .
Martin makes a good point that some little bits get missed sometimes on a first read and that’s only because it was such a heart felt read with some beautiful humorous
yet poignant moments .
Totally Free Will is another gem and a treatise on a great plot and it’s fantastic that you are offering bundles for those who do not already own the first two which I can honestly say I would never part with .
I am looking forward to treating myself to an early Christmas present and I am pleased it’s finally come to fruition .
I know the way you work and I know you are truly in it for the love of the art , you have my upmost respect and support as I know this will be fantastic .
Can’t wait my friend , best wishes Gaz 😊
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Just placed my order, for Collectors Edition Bundle #1.

I was one of those outlying weirdos who only got the standard edition first time out (like, how dumb was that, right..??) Smile

Seth




p.s. Harpacrown Standard Edition for sale
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Seth,
I am honoured that you thought Harpacrown worthy of upgrading to the Collector’s Edition. I am grateful to everyone who has pre-ordered one or more of the books. I am now down to the last 10 Harpacrown Collector’s Editions.

Mark
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Ophiuchus is available from
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I am now down to the last 5 Harpacrown Collector’s editions which is kind of bitter sweet. On the one hand it’s nice for the book to sell out, on the other hand it will feel strange only having my personal copy.

I am unlikely to ever do a re-print.

On the subject of Harpacrown Too I’d like a couple of people willing to review a couple of the effects from the book.

Mark
Mark Chandaue A.I.M.C.
Harpacrown is available from
http://www.harpacrown.co.uk
Harpacrown Too is available from
http://www.harpacrown.co.uk/?product=harpacrown-too
Ophiuchus is available from
http://www.harpacrown.co.uk/?product=ophiuchus
Totally Free Will is available from
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I'd be more than happy to review an effect, I did the same for Drew Backenstoss's AOTM. I perform close up, so I'd struggle to give a performers perspective of anything for parlour or stage.
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Mark sent me a few chapters to review his material. Wow! This is what I said after reading his stuff: Mark has a unique way of twisting methods and presentations so that you get a lot of mileage out of them. His thinking is the type that one always says “is out of the box”. Plus he has a crazy sense of humor that makes me think he should be put in a box… and locked away.

The extra value you get in his thinking is his ability to give you variations on his themes. He will teach you a forcing method then give you countless ways of using it. If you are into Star Signs and PIN divinations, he has that too… along with his own little ideas that bring them to another level.

There is one idea in his collection that is so downright devious that it should have been written completely in BOLD and used actual gold ink to print it. I don’t want to give it away, but it uses a forcing method that we all know, but brings it to superhero quality. When I read it, I had to reread it several times. I was shocked by the simplicity and the power of the method. I’m sure many will read it with wide eyed wonder and think “C’mon! Why didn’t I think of that!!?”

Anyway, if the rest of the book has even one tenth the knowledge and ideas from the samples I read then it will blow many a mind. A real winner of a book with marvelous thinking inside.
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Thanks for those very kind words Greg. I’m glad you liked the chapters I sent you.

Mark
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I was kindly sent 3 chapters of Harpacrown 2. I've met Mark at one of his lectures but have no connection and so this review is totally independent.


So I started by reading Ophichus as it is an effect I was already aware of. I previously saw Mark perform this on an Alakazam video and one part totally fooled me. I bought the effect and performed the basic version for friends, but (with hindsight) didn't give it the attention that it deserves.


At its most basic, Ophiuchus is a star sign revelation. What has really impressed me is the way that the explanation of the effect is structured. Technically the basic version could be explained in a few pages but Mark offers so much more.


Right, where do I start.
This chapter includes 3 effects (standard, intermediate, advanced) with each building on the previous, allowing increasing amounts of information to be revealed by some very clever layering of methods. It includes a comprehensive history and crediting. There are memory techniques explained to use if you decide to learn the dates of each star sign (you don't need these for all versions, but its great that they are included rather than just expecting the reader to learn them on their own).


For the core method itself there are plenty of examples to aid understanding and Mark has also included character traits for each star sign. This again could be something that another author would have expected the reader the research themselves.
Last, but by no means least, there is an optional branching anagram from Peter Turner and an explanation of a devious Michael Murray principle.


At no point does the volume of information seem overkill, just more like bonus information, all injected with Mark's humour and 'easy to read' writing style. A truly comprehensive explanation.


The only question I have to ask myself is whether presentationally I would perform an effect based around star signs, as it doesn't really fit my character, however if I decide to, this will be the piece that I will choose.


Poison Pin was the second effect that Mark kindly sent me. This is a revelation of a generated pin number. Once again, not only is the effect solid and performance in the real world, but the level of depth that Mark goes into in terms of adding layers and subtleties to the method really elevates this effect. Where most people would have taken a direct route to the reveal, Mark makes it so much more fooling for the spectator.


Whilst reading the explanation I was smiling to myself and appreciating the thinking behind it, especially the explanation of number choice. The chapter is then finished by Mark once again giving a great explanation of a known force, so that nothing is missing.


This is definitely something that I will be performing, and also an approach I will consider when choosing and adapting existing effects.


The last effect I was sent is 'Name and Space', an effect where two participants select a category and the mentalist is able to divine their specific thoughts.


This is a tried and tested method with a new twist and a great presentational angle. Its the only chapter that I was sent with illustrations which are line drawings and clear to understand.


Whilst I enjoyed reading this effect, I already perform one which uses the same core method. What Mark's twist has done, though, is allowed me to add a second revelation for a very small bit of extra preparation. For me, this is a classic example of 'why didn't I think of that' and maybe my favourite part of the three chapters I was sent.


Overall, of the three chapters I was sent, one I will be trying out and another I will be adding to a routine of mine. The jury is still out for the star sign reveal, but as I've said above, that's because of my personal taste rather than the effect.


I was already excited to read Harpacrown 2, but seeing these chapters has really pushed it to the top of my Christmas list!
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