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KieranS
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Hi.

So I am fairly new to mentalism, I have a few books which I am working through, starting with the classics of course, however, I was wondering peoples opinions on purchasing 'individual effects' There are a few sites I have come across that sell these, all with bold claims and sometimes incredible trailers, but I am wondering whether I will be waisting my money just buying one effect ?

I hope that makes sense Smile
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Kieran
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Generally speaking, I'd say you probably would be wasting your money buying a single effect. I'd personally recommend getting a basic grounding from books in principles and techniques. You could also consider, though, buying utility apparatus that can be used in multiple ways, such as a wallet (if that fits your approach), ESP cards and other cards that are not playing cards (take a look at http://www.thoughtillusions.com/ for example).

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Ok, brilliant, Thank you Barry, I shall check it out Smile
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Better off with a few good books
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KieranS
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Thank you Jerskin, Perhaps it is not content that I am struggling with, it is finding the confidence to just go out and perform!!
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Some individual effects are great, like Colin Mcleod recent release.
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I think to go for an individual effect is totally fine. But I would recommend not to got for it because you are fooled by it or because it looked nice in the trailer. I am rather new to mentalism aswell. I have performed it since a few years, but not long ago I decided to perform it mainly. I try to think about what I want to perform, what fits my style and sometimes there is an effect that matches, or I can use it as a ‚tool‘ because I have some kind of story for it - then it won’t have much to do with the original effect in the end.
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On May 25, 2020, Armando Cheung wrote:
Some individual effects are great, like Colin Mcleod recent release.


IMHO too advanced for a beginner.
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On May 25, 2020, dvno wrote:
I think to go for an individual effect is totally fine. But I would recommend not to got for it because you are fooled by it or because it looked nice in the trailer. I am rather new to mentalism aswell. I have performed it since a few years, but not long ago I decided to perform it mainly. I try to think about what I want to perform, what fits my style and sometimes there is an effect that matches, or I can use it as a ‚tool‘ because I have some kind of story for it - then it won’t have much to do with the original effect in the end.


See that sounds similar to me, I have some ideas in my head, almost narratives that I would like an effect to follow, it is just trying to find the wrought 'tools' to pull them off without wasting money on something that is limited to just the effect that you purchased. I hope that makes sense, it makes sense in my head, not that that means anything!!
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On May 25, 2020, Armando Cheung wrote:
Some individual effects are great, like Colin Mcleod recent release.


IMHO too advanced for a beginner.


Ah, I am sure I have heard of him but not sure I have seen any of his stuff, Perhaps I will check him out with the understanding his techniques might just out of reach for me (at the moment) Smile
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Invisible deck/ultra mental deck.

Affordable, high-impact, great as a standalone effect, great as an anytime "out", relatively easy to learn/perform.

This effect got me my first paid gig by itself.

https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/card-m......bicycle/
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I'd class the ultra-mental deck as a utility tool rather than a single effect, so I'd agree that it's worth buying.
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