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Paul Brook kindly sent me a review copy of his book “It’s Your Choice”. He didn’t ask anything in return, but simply wanted to run it past me. (Yes, he is a friend, but this is a totally unsolicited review – and just my views on it.) As I settled down to work my way through it, I realised others might want to hear something about it. Many years ago I was shown a “card trick” move by Ian Rowland that appealed hugely. It was deliciously clever, and so simple it could never be described as a “sleight”. However, I don’t use playing cards and, although the move is deceptively simple and utterly hidden, I could not think of a way to incorporate it in an effect – boy, that was disappointing. I held onto it for years, and mulled it over on numerous occasions. I knew there must be some way of using it, but nothing came.

However, Paul Brook has produced a superb multi-layered effect with “It’s Your Choice” that utilises exactly that clever little move. Applying his renowned creative thinking to it, he has created an effect that is not only brilliant in its own right, but can be applied and modified to exactly meet the requirements of the client.
One move. A host of subtleties from which to choose. Only requires four blank cards... But add to this a few incorporated hidden persuaders and pseudo-psychological explanations – of which there is a plethora of examples – it leaves the participant with the realisation that their choice from four options was the only one their subconscious would allow them to make; something you knew before the process even began.
Moreover, once the reader grasps the structure of these “hidden persuaders” it opens up hundreds of possibilities for the performer to modify the delivery to meet their performing style, whatever that might be.

So, four blank cards, a marker (or two different coloured markers – nice touch) and this book. It’s going to keep you busy, and smiling, for a long time.
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I agree with Drew’s assessment. Excellent material in this tome.
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Profile of Illusion77
Thanks for the review!
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Profile of Randa
Thank you. I will consider buying this one .
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