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Kjellstrom
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I have read some posts about this book before; people are asking where to buy it and now you can find it here:

Larry Becker´s
http://www.stunnersplus.com/

Dont miss this. A massive 675+ page book!
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This is indeed an awesome book! It is also available from http://www.hocus-pocus.com so now there are two places to get it, as well as the local magic dealers can usually order it.
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Is there a need for props for most of the effects? I like to stay away from props when possible. About how much of the book uses props, percentage wise?
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Not too sure, but it is pretty prop heavy. Lots of stuff is commercially available, though.
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This is an outstanding edition and in my opinion a must for mentalists.

Larry Becker has always been an inspiration.
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Get it! Read it! Then read it again! Then think for awhile! Then read it again!
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Greg, you left out one important point---USE IT!

Trouble with re-reading it too many times is there is too much solid stuff to use, and sooo many avenues of rework Larry leaves open to make it fit individual styles if one thinks about it.

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On 2004-04-14 14:38, mikep wrote:
Is there a need for props for most of the effects? I like to stay away from props when possible. About how much of the book uses props, percentage wise


It depends on what you refer to as "props".

Of course, Larry Becker describes a lot of effects there, using wallets, boxes, etc.--- not at least in the section where he put many of his marketed effects.

However, there are also heaps of "in betweens" there, using cards, billets, etc.
Osterlind's Radio Sum Total, which is described here, is one example.

One of the absolute top notch stunners here, Clearly Predictable, is another. What's in use here, except for the envelope with the prediction, is a freezer plastic bag on a stand, and a jumbo deck.

The tendency of the routines is definitely more against mental magic rather than purist mentalism. However, there is a lot (and I, mean a LOT) of great, very usable, audience tested and practical routines here.

As others have said before me, you can't be without this book.

Sven
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Just buy it.
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I hate to spoil the party, but I was a bit disappointed from the book. Yeah, there is a lot of info there, but a lot is very prop oriented. It was just not my style. I don't say it is not good, because some would really love items like Casino Royal and the like.

For me it was just not it. I found it more mental-MAGIC. There are some gems there. For example I don't know anybody who didn't like Sneak Thief, which is pure genius. Just before you buy, make sure Larry Becker's style fits you.

N.
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I have to add my praise for this book. IMHOo the material is first class entertaining mental magic, very useable and very effective.

Sure, there are some prop-heavy routines, but the book really inspired me to think about the routines and how they could be developed.

I'd say buy without hesitation!

Paul
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There is no way that you can go wrong with this book.
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Unless you never open it.

Outstanding read with outstanding material which has been worked to the very utmost of detailed presentation.

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Nir Dahan,

Count one who didn't like Sneak Thief. It just wasn't me. Some Total on the other hand...
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CONTENTS:

Acknowledgement
Dedication
Foreword
Preface
Introduction by Robert L. Bluemle
Life on the Wrong Side of the Brain
(An imperfect autobiographical recollection)

EFFECTS

Monte Crispo, 31
Digetellus, 38
Bear of Minimum, 43
The Berlin Bears, 46
Sneak THief, 53
Intuition, 64
Get the Picture, 67
The $99.95 Miracle, 73
All-Star Miracle, 78
Gaff-Free Dou. 88
Hypnotic, 93
Midnight Mircle, 98
The Becker Bevel, 106
The Revenger, 110
Bank Night Baffler, 114
Casin Caper, 119
Casino Royal, 125
Some Total Radio, 135
The Borgia Bash, 140
Shuffler II, 143
The RothBeck Box, 148
X-The Unknown, 151
Triple Threat, 156
Flushed & Headliner, 163
Power of Suggestion, 168
The Howard Hughes Headline Prediction, 173
Mail Mental, 178
Match Game, 182
Psycho II, 189
Terminal Psycho, 194
Kliptomaniac, 198
Game Show, 205
Clearly Predictable, 208
The Nostradamus Prediction Chest, 220
Club Kicker, 237
SlopPsi Turvy, 241
Mind Probe, 245
Two O´Thoughts, 248
Hour of Destiny, 255
Boxxed, 265
Serial Killer, 273
The Diffusion Principle, 279
X-Rated Stuff, 284
Coin Purse Mysteries, 289
Unbalanced, 302
Super Reflecta-Thot, 306
What goes Around, 323
Ultra Coinetic, 330
Subliminal Persuasion, 340
Transparen-See, 343
Ultimate Flashback, 352
Test Conditions, 364
Russian Roulette, 370
APPENDIX I, The Double Undercut, 386
APPENDIX II, The Charlier Shuffle, 387

The Post Stunners Decade

Performance and Lecture Reviews, 390
Ace Revisited, 397
Invisible Coinetic, 401
The Force Be With You, 403
Sweet Intuition, 406
Tribute to Stewart James, 408
Lightning Thot*, 411
Extra Sensory Deception, 412
Crowd Pleaser, 415
April´s Not-So-Magic-Square, 418
Al Zymer Graphology, 422
The "F" Gambit, 427
The Power of Suggestion III, 429
Zenneristic, 433
Paper Fortune Cookie, 438
Star Struck, 444
Lucky Digits, 447
Super Serial Killer, 449
Sneak Thief Supreme, 453
Some Total UpDate, 460
Mensa-Mental, 463

Stunner-Plus! Ads & Instructions

Insight Wallet Instructions, 469
Ultimate Flashback, 478
Out of Body 2, 500
Blockbuster Wallet, 508
The Chameleon Chest Instructions, 515
Improved Universal Coin Purse, 532
Versadex Wallet, 539
The Flasher, 552
The Incredible Wallet Instructions, 561
Here, There & Everywhere, 5750
Casino Light, 577
Marker Mentalism Instructions, 591
The Infallible $5000 Challenge Prediction, 600
Boxxed, 608
Incredible Audio Prediction, 613
PsiClops, 624
Instructions for Virtuosity, 644
Instructions for Visual Aid, 658
The UTC System, 663

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Much of Mr. Becker's material uses props.
He is, however, a master at his craft and I am in awe of his mind and his ability.
Peace,
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If anyone is interested, I'm selling this book over in the Books For Sale section...
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On 2004-04-15 07:03, Nir Dahan wrote:
I hate to spoil the party, but I was a bit disappointed from the book. Yeah, there is a lot of info there, but a lot is very prop oriented. It was just not my style. I don't say it is not good, because some would really love items like Casino Royal and the like.
For me it was just not it. I found it more mental-MAGIC. There are some gems there. For example I don't know anybody who didn't like Sneak Thief, which is pure genius. Just before you buy, make sure Larry Becker's style fits you.


I think Larry Becker openly states that his style of magic is more "mental magic" than "mentalism" per se.
"Stunners Plus" was for me an enjoyable read if only for its inclusion of the ads for Becker's many commercial effects it contains.
I have to tell you, though, that I'm a huge fan of Becker's "World of Super Mentalism" series. Even though I skip right past the many effects which (unsurprisingly) utilize playing cards (yawn) the books contain a plethora of other great mental effects and, even though these books are probably not as well known as the more glitzy "Stunners Plus," they're a terrific resource for performers of mentalism and mental magic.
"A good mentalist ... will teach you a miracle because he understands the subtleties ..." -- Banachek

"If this works it'll be BEAUTIFUL!" - The Amazing Kreskin on a stunning effect he performed on his 1970s television series (PS: it worked)
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Larry Becker's material is first-rate. One of the consistent characteristics of his routines is entertainment value. He knows what plays in the real world.

Regarding the argument of mental magic versus mentalism - some of his effects can be made a little more "spooky" if you give it some thought. And if you choose not to do that - well, who cares? The bottom line is that audiences love the material. If you present Casino Royale, for example, in the light, mental magic way, the spectators will still see you make three, seemingly impossible predictions.

I believe, partially depending on some things like your disclaimers and choice of other effects, that they will still credit you with extraordinary skills that they have not trained themselves to accomplish.

Stunners Plus will give you a tremendous amount of ammunition to impress the most jaded and skeptical audiences.
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This may be a dumb question but here goes...

Is there a way to purchase just the literature (such as lecture notes, DVD, performance manuscript, ect.) to Becker's "Casino Royale?" I don't do mentalism in my act; however, I feel this would be a solid performance to add to my show...

Thanks for not laughing...
Bryan
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