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Diamonds - various contributors
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Chandler sent me this and asked me to review it. It is truly a tremendous honor to do this one. It really shows just what a brotherhood (and sisterhood) the magic community is. Chandler's wife is extremely ill and they have little money due to not only the pandemic but the fact that Chandler has to stay home and take care of her. A large group of mentalists donated pieces to a great pdf called Gold and now this one, Diamonds. Every penny goes to Chandler.

The pdf features almost 20 mentalism effects donated by such as Marc Salem, Dan Tong, Larry White, Ted Karmilovich, Luca Volpe, Jim Chartier and many more. If you aren't familiar with Jim Chartier, he is probably one of the busiest children's magician in Florida doing libraries and schools. With a tight schedule like this he has still managed to donate three pieces to the collection. Friendship can be a wonderful thing.

Not let's get down the the good stuff, the effects. There are really too many to cover in details so I will just mention a few that really caught my eye.

In "Exhibits of the Mind, Jheff teaches an effect from his book, Parimental. It is based on the parity principle from everyone's favorite, Martin Gardner. This is excellent for a virtual performance and, as it involves a field trip for students, also excellent for school groups. Jheff also gives you access to a 16 minute video where he not only demonstrates but also teaches the effect from the 2021 Mindvention convention.

Evil Dan gives his approach to Hobson's Choice and Luca Volpe teaches his sealed newspaper prediction. Christopher Taylor puts a new coat of paint on spoon bending and in the process teaches you Gay Bavli's Energy Hand Bending technique (with permission, of course).

Psi-Aerobics is Dan Tong and Larry's White contribution using a specially constructed Zener deck. This also including alternate endings and a pile of tips from Dan. A treatise on the Swami gimmick and a routine with Tarot cards follows.

The first of three routines from Jim Chartier's working repertoire does require a special deck consisting of cards from 52 different casino (which you can purchase from him). The other two pieces require props that you can make yourself and he shows you just how to do that.

Now you can't have a book put together for the benefit of a mentalist without including a routine by him. So Chandler teaches his memorized deck routine as a tribute to Al Baker. Lior Manor offers a very cool Knight's Tour routine using computer files which you can download from his link.

Bruce Bernstein offers his technique on reading people while MOAB creator, Ted Karmilovitch, offers up a hilarious comedy routine.

There are a few others and honestly, I could write a whole book just describing the material in this book. Great material at a reasonable price. This (and along with his first book, Gold) should be made up into hardback form and sit on your shelf. If you do mentalism this is a must. None of the routines are just throwaways and some even take a number of pages to teach.

Both the number of contributions and the quality will give you an idea what regard the mentalim community has for Chandler. So, if you buy this, you not only get some great routines but you have a magic brother in need.

Highly recommended.
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