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Topic: New from Taylor Imagineering: ALONE!
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Sep 8, 2009 07:16PM)
Hi all,

Christopher Taylor here from Taylor Imagineering with a very exciting announcement that was about 15 months in the making.

As many of you have already heard I have been working on a new device with my good friend Matthew Johnson for the past year & a half. Many of those that have been sworn to secrecy over that time have claimed this to be the best device Taylor Imagineering has ever released.

The device is called "ALONE" and is ready to go. And it is an incredible device. Quite simply it's nothing more than a stack of business cards. The cards can be handled quite freely, fanned, you can even give your business cards to the spectators to keep. Wrap them up with a rubber band & you are ready to go!

The possibilities are limitless and the applications are diverse and incredible. The unit will ship with blank cards, electronics, pen, rubber bands and comprehensive instructional DVD. The DVD covers the 7 basic "ALONE" principals with which you can perform your own incredible effects or any one of the 7 (fully road tested) effects on the DVD.

A few months after "ALONE" is released we will be releasing a second companion DVD with an expansion pack, because there was quite simply too much to fit on one DVD.

"ALONE" will have it's official release at Mindvention this year and will then be released worldwide through Alakazam, probably right after Mindvention.

We are also very excited to have some very well respected performers on board with this project, some of whom you will see over the coming weeks......which brings me to the plan!

"ALONE" is incredibly organic and incredibly versatile so we wanted to show you it in the trenches so to speak. Every week leading up to Mindvention we will be releasing a different demo video showing you an actual live performance of "ALONE" on the streets of Vancouver. Each video will show a completely different performance piece with "ALONE" which will give you a better idea of the limitless possibilities with this device. A week before Mindvention we will release the official trailer!

So I guess that's it for now. Check out the first performance video below and then check back every week to see a new performance.

This weeks video:[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wi8BmrY9-mQ[/url]

Cheers,

Christopher Taylor
Message: Posted by: Lord Of The Horses (Sep 8, 2009 07:44PM)
Congratulations for your new born jewel, Christopher... :)

... And a PM asking for some further clarification... :bg:
Message: Posted by: John C (Sep 8, 2009 07:45PM)
Nice routine! How much!! ;)
Message: Posted by: Lord Of The Horses (Sep 8, 2009 07:57PM)
[quote]
On 2009-09-08 20:45, johncesta wrote:
Nice routine! How much!! ;)
[/quote]

John, this will be out of your league... ;)

Remember that you have young mouths to feed and young feet which need new shoes... :lol:
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Sep 8, 2009 07:57PM)
Hi guys,

I see Christopher put out the word already on ALONE.

Here is the link to the first demo video again as I noticed it does not work in Christopher's post (hope it works in mine ;o):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wi8BmrY9-mQ

To clarify a little. The first application that the video shows is finding an object in a spectators hands. You can do this over & over & always be 100% correct. You can also do this in short sleeves & without wrist bands :o).

Christopher & I will release a new performance demo every week as the other applications for ALONE are quite different.

Cheers,

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: eSamuels (Sep 8, 2009 08:02PM)
I've been one of those, keeping a tight-lip about this.

But I will say this about ALONE, and most of Christopher's creations - there are those who continue to rehash old ideas, adding a new touch here or there, and then there are the few who pave entirely new paths, one of whom is most certainly and consistently, Christopher Taylor.

When he first described "Alone" to me, I believe my response was "huh, explain that again?" Then when I 'got it' I smiled!
Message: Posted by: John C (Sep 8, 2009 08:13PM)
[quote]
On 2009-09-08 20:57, Lord Of The Horses wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-09-08 20:45, johncesta wrote:
Nice routine! How much!! ;)
[/quote]

John, this will be out of your league... ;)

Remember that you have young mouths to feed and young feet which need new shoes... :lol:
[/quote]

I know ... :(

Thanks for reminding me, Paolo ... friend.

J
Message: Posted by: A.G. (Sep 8, 2009 08:15PM)
Congrats Christopher !

G
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Sep 8, 2009 08:44PM)
[quote]
On 2009-09-08 20:45, johncesta wrote:
Nice routine! How much!! ;)
[/quote]

I guess I forgot to mention the $$$$ thing. The retail will be about $300 with a pre-order/MindVention price of $250.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: John C (Sep 8, 2009 09:10PM)
Ahhh, my kids may go shoe-less!

j
Message: Posted by: nikola paris (Sep 8, 2009 09:19PM)
Sounds great ! Looks great... Would like to be already next week ;)
Message: Posted by: cocomax (Sep 8, 2009 09:46PM)
That looks fantastic! Great job Christopher, I love the way you hide everything in plain sight like that. Great thinking. You make such wonderful toys.

Tim
Message: Posted by: *Bro* (Sep 8, 2009 11:30PM)
Looks good guys, congrats.
B
Message: Posted by: jjsanvert (Sep 9, 2009 03:16AM)
This is VERY clever! Congratulations!!!
Message: Posted by: kambiz (Sep 9, 2009 03:19AM)
Demo 1 looks fantastic, well done guys!!!
This would be a great addition to practice some JF Thought Channel on also, nothing in sight that screams GIMMICK!!! Cant wait for demo 2.....

Kam
Message: Posted by: Mystical Matthew (Sep 9, 2009 11:51AM)
I don't post a lot, but I do lurk... I know this isn't going to be a popular response, but...

Frankly I don't see what's so fantastic about this. It appears to be a "Child's Play" built into a stack of business cards...

Child's Play is MUCH more covert, MUCH more versitle, and MUCH more impromptu! (Depending on the model, it can be a part of your daily wardwrobe, as opposed to... "Excuse me! I need to grab my stack of ordinary business cards so I can figure out which hand that ordinary ring is in!"

The business card gimmick looks suspicious to me... Other than the bit of the "Out to Lunch Business Card Prediction" (tap dancing to avoid exposure) there's no purpose for them to be in play. You certainly don't need this product to accomplish the prediction demonstrated in the video...

Honestly I've seen so many variations of this effect come out since "Child's Play" that I'm suprised it's not in kids magic sets beside the TT and the Svengali Deck...
Message: Posted by: John C (Sep 9, 2009 12:08PM)
[quote]
On 2009-09-09 12:51, Mystical Matthew wrote:

"Excuse me! I need to grab my stack of ordinary business cards so I can figure out which hand that ordinary ring is in!"


[/quote]

That WOULD be suspicious. I would never say that. ;)

Different strokes for various folks.

j
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Sep 9, 2009 12:12PM)
Matthew: You have brought up a very interesting point. "Object-in-the-hand" is NOT what Alone was designed for. It is something we stumbled across while working with it. I happen to think it is by far one of the weaker effects we do with the device but Matthew Johnson worked hard on the routine and it became one of his favourites. I know he would pout if we didn't put that demo up first and so that was that. I can not emphasize enough that the other effects you will see are TOTALLY different. Anyway, keep watching the demos as we post them and you will see exactly what I mean. Cheers.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: bdekolta (Sep 9, 2009 01:15PM)
[quote]Honestly I've seen so many variations of this effect come out since "Child's Play"
[/quote]
Just to clarify that "Child's Play" is itself a variation of another popular effect.
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Sep 9, 2009 02:17PM)
Christopher....me pout??? I only pout when I don't get my own way! Don't forget Mr.Timothy Horton ;o)

Joking aside, Christopher is right in pointing out that "the which hand routine" is simply one thing you can do with ALONE & something we stumbled upon long after it had been developed. I do have great success with this routine & use the ALONE device for it because I can do so much more with ALONE....it makes for great pocket management.

Demo 2 coming next Tuesday.

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: Colin (Sep 9, 2009 02:35PM)
If you've done what I think you've done you are yet again one smart cookie! :)

Keep kicking ass Christopher!

Col.
Message: Posted by: Looch (Sep 9, 2009 03:13PM)
I think someone will eat their words when they see what ALONE can really do...

Ever wanted to tell someone their pin # or passcode ? I've been using ALONE for months and that's exactly what I've been doing with it. That, amongst a whole load of other incredible things!
Message: Posted by: dmoses (Sep 9, 2009 03:20PM)
That's right... everybody keep moving... nothing to see here.

dave
Message: Posted by: Lord Of The Horses (Sep 9, 2009 04:09PM)
First of all I don't think the "which hand" use of ALONE was weak.

On the contrary it was well routined (think about the other subtleties used and you will see what I mean).

Having said that, it was not my cup of tea (but neither is any child's play or similar device since I can achieve that by other means).

But think about telling someone their PIN NUMBER or finding an OBJECT HIDDEN into a room, without codes or stooges...

This possibility alone has many applications for some experiments I do with a pendulum...


If I were you, I would run to reserve my ALONE right now...
Message: Posted by: kinesis (Sep 9, 2009 04:28PM)
OMG!!! I can see a LOT of potential with this gem. Keep the videos coming Christopher.
Message: Posted by: markthorold (Sep 9, 2009 04:49PM)
Chris , will you be bringing a unit to demo on the Uk lectures ?
Regards Mark
Message: Posted by: Mystical Matthew (Sep 9, 2009 05:05PM)
Right... I think a lot of you are missing my point...

First off, I'm not here to argue about the originality of the effect. Just about everything in magic is a variation of another. There are multiple ways to tear and restore a newspaper, but Gene Anderson's is pretty much the best there is.

Likewise there are numerous ways to discover the location of a PK Ring or other similar item. Child's Play is pretty much the best there is.

Bottom line... A watch or a hidden wire is infinitely more covert than a wad of business cards...

Child's Play isn't limited to the "Which Hand?" effect either. The functionality of the two products is essentially the same.

I really hope that I'm proven wrong, but right now I really believe I can accomplish any effect possible with this thing just as well or better with my Child's Play...
Message: Posted by: markthorold (Sep 9, 2009 05:21PM)
Matt , enjoy yor Childs Play ( very nice iten btw Ron , if your reading ) I own one myself . Im going to check out Christophers item as well ,it never hurts to own more than one method to achieve an effect and Chris' items are superb .
Mark
Message: Posted by: Mystical Matthew (Sep 9, 2009 05:32PM)
As I said... I hope I'm proven wrong. Right now it looks like the method's are pretty much identical...
Message: Posted by: markthorold (Sep 9, 2009 05:35PM)
Each to their own Matt, each method with its own merit. I have a feeling that Chris's DVD of additional ideas will give this the edge over other items as he puts together an excellent package. Some of the rivals give you the effect alone and maybe one effect, and lets face it, there are plenty of buyers out there who don't have a great amount of creativity to enable them to think of alternative routines for the item. I'm sure it will do well.
Best Wishes. Mark
Message: Posted by: Lord Of The Horses (Sep 9, 2009 05:54PM)
[quote]
On 2009-09-09 18:05, Mystical Matthew wrote:

Child's Play isn't limited to the "Which Hand?" effect either. The functionality of the two products is essentially the same.

I really believe I can accomplish any effect possible with this thing just as well or better with my Child's Play...
[/quote]

Now I feel cheated.... :(


:lol:
Message: Posted by: PsiDroid (Sep 9, 2009 07:41PM)
[b]This[/b] comment:

[quote]
On 2009-09-08 21:02, Eric Samuels wrote:

there are those who continue to [b]rehash old ideas[/b], adding a new touch here or there, and then there are the few who pave [b]entirely new paths,[/b] one of whom is most certainly and consistently, Christopher Taylor.
[/quote]
[b]And this[/b] comment:

[quote]
On 2009-09-09 18:05, Mystical Matthew wrote:

Child's Play isn't limited to the "Which Hand?" effect either. [b]The functionality of the two products is essentially the same.[/b]

I can accomplish any effect possible with this thing just as well [b]or better[/b] with my Child's Play...
[/quote]
[b]do not match[/b]: either the thing is a new concept or is a rehash of old ideas: can't be both !!

[b]One of you is either lying or don't know what he is talking about[/b].
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Sep 9, 2009 07:45PM)
ALONE is how DB did his trick and its release right now is [b]brilliant!!![/b] :)
Message: Posted by: Lord Of The Horses (Sep 9, 2009 07:54PM)
Psychic Samurai,

This would be the best marketing plot one could come up with... :)



Psidroid,

I understand what you say, but if I had to take sides, guess which of the two posters I would believe? :)
Message: Posted by: John C (Sep 9, 2009 08:03PM)
Now what?

j
Message: Posted by: Chad C. (Sep 9, 2009 08:41PM)
I enjoyed the video - very nice routine!
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Sep 9, 2009 09:20PM)
Hmm. You have seen the comment from Andy Nyman. Stay tuned for comments from other performers who have played with this, such as Jeff McBride (he DEFINITELY knows what he is talking about).

All the best,

Christopher
Message: Posted by: Tony Chris (Sep 9, 2009 09:47PM)
Hi everyone,

I just wanted to add my two bits here. I have had the pleasure of being a part of seeing the wonderful development of Alone from my buddies Chris and Matt for over a year.

I can tell you all that it is something VERY SPECIAL!!!

Yes they are my buddies and yes I have contributed some of the goodies for their wonderful Alone effect and helped them film Alone all over Vancouver in all kinds of live situations, BUT please do not think for a moment that this is something that is a rehash of something else.

The things you can do with Alone are unsurpassed by anything out there of this nature. This goes well beyond any type of one trick wonder for anyone out there who thinks that is what Alone might be. I have been using my Alone for a long time and laypeople and magicians alike are left speechless. I know because I have used it on both very informed magi and even more paying customers in my corporate work and adult show private parties.

There is a very good reason why this release is called Alone and I am sure that when Chris and Matt introduce a new demo every week, you will see what I mean.

I haven't done a whole lot of mentalism much in the last 7 years but Alone is the spark I have been waiting for, for many years. It is with me always when I head out for a gig and I also use it loads when I am just out and about in everyday life as I never know who I will be standing in line with, or waiting to wow with a miracle that may lead to a future booking.

Bring on the videos fellas!!!
Tony
Message: Posted by: Hogle (Sep 10, 2009 03:22AM)
It is very interesting to see all the different possibilities with this thing.
I'm really looking forward to this one. :)

Greetings from Germany
Daniel
Message: Posted by: jjsanvert (Sep 10, 2009 03:30AM)
I repeat: this is very, very clever. I want one the soonest possible.
Message: Posted by: Mesaboogie (Sep 10, 2009 03:53AM)
I do not own ALONE, but I currently use a custom made, tiny and very sensitive magnetic detector that performs wirelessly and use it exclusively for my "which hand" routine and nothing will replace this.

That said, I CAN see some serious benefits of having a magnetic sensor that is "portable". I look forward to seeing what creative routines will come out over the next few weeks leading up to Mindvention.

Regards

Andrew
Message: Posted by: eSamuels (Sep 10, 2009 11:22AM)
[quote]
On 2009-09-09 20:41, PsiDroid wrote:
[b]This[/b] comment:

[quote]
On 2009-09-08 21:02, Eric Samuels wrote:

there are those who continue to [b]rehash old ideas[/b], adding a new touch here or there, and then there are the few who pave [b]entirely new paths,[/b] one of whom is most certainly and consistently, Christopher Taylor.
[/quote]
[b]And this[/b] comment:

[quote]
On 2009-09-09 18:05, Mystical Matthew wrote:

Child's Play isn't limited to the "Which Hand?" effect either. [b]The functionality of the two products is essentially the same.[/b]

I can accomplish any effect possible with this thing just as well [b]or better[/b] with my Child's Play...
[/quote]
[b]do not match[/b]: either the thing is a new concept or is a rehash of old ideas: can't be both !!

[b]One of you is either lying or don't know what he is talking about[/b].
[/quote]

I want to preface this by saying that I am a customer of Christopher's, and am in no way affiliated with Alone, or any other TI products, for that matter. He described Alone to me some weeks ago over lunch, and my previous comments were made on the basis of this information (along with my opinion of his past/existing products - many of which I own and use).

I certainly can't speak for Mystical Matthew, but can understand how he could come to the conclusion that he did, if the demo of Alone had been an example as it's sole purpose/function. But, as has been clearly indicated by Christopher (as well as Matthew), it is not. There is more to come.

I do, however, take issue with this notion of absolutes - that either a person is "lying" or "don't [sic] know what he is talking about."

When dealing with opinions and perspectives, there is a lot more 'gray area,' than right/wrong. But, as is often the case, when people are passionate about something (including their loyalties to certain products/brands), defending an opinion becomes akin to protecting one's own turf. It can get emotional, and sometimes ugly.

My opinion stands firm. But that doesn't condemn Mystical Matthew to the claims of the above-quoted post - he's only expressing an opinion, based on the information that had been made available to him. It's his absolute right to do (right or wrong).

Now that that's all cleared up, let's get into discussing health care! ;)
Message: Posted by: John C (Sep 10, 2009 12:12PM)
Ok, MY OPINION on HEALTH CARE is ....

J
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Sep 10, 2009 12:20PM)
Pre-order is now possible at the following link: http://www.taylorimagineering.com/products/alone.php

Cheers.
Christopher
Message: Posted by: Stephen Young (Sep 11, 2009 02:31PM)
I just wonder if I'm missing out on something here.

A new "thing" is put out.
There's no explanation as to what it can do or be used for.(OK we can work some things out based on previous knowledge, experience etc")
Only a video of öne of the weaker effects this can acomplish"
Demo videos are going to be drip fed to us on a week by week basis

But "Get your orders in now" seems to be the message.

Even if this is the best thing since viagra (which it may well be, judging from some of the posts here from people more in the know and more informed than I am)

Is this really the way to treat potential customers?

This could be just what I've been looking for, but I find myself feeling like I'm being treated like a mushroom. Kept in the dark and fed Bull s**t.

If Ford said "We have a new product buy it now." We could all probably plump for it being some kind of car, but how many would buy it when they don't know if it's a pick-up, a saloon. a muscle car or some kind of petrol tomato juice hybrid.

Or, like I asked at the begining, am I missing something?
Message: Posted by: John C (Sep 11, 2009 02:53PM)
But if you knew that every car Ford put out was FANTASTICAL then you may just plunk down your cash and fo'get aboud it!

On the other hand hang out to see what happens. If you are really interested call the creator. They can talk.

I PM'd you.

John
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Sep 11, 2009 03:08PM)
Hi Steveline,

I can see your point & I wanted to just answer your post on Christopher's behalf as I know he has very high standards when it comes to both customer service & treating his customers with the utmost respect (as do I)

Our intention is not to feed anybody bull s**t, on the contrary. Our intention is to show (over the coming weeks) exactly what ALONE can do in real live settings. Too many demo videos these days show nothing at all & we wanted to do completely the opposite by laying it all out on the line.

Christopher's pre order post was made out of necessity as he was getting so many private PM's from people wanting to pre order it. It just seamed easier to offer the pre sale rather than keep contacting each individual PM as they came in. This way if anyone feels they would like to pre order this product before it's official release at Mindvention they may.

Incidentally, if you click on the pre sale link Christopher offered a bit more of an in depth description is given as to some of the possibilities with the ALONE unit.

I hope this explanation helps Steveline as it is not our intention to mislead anyone. Again, too many people are expected to pre order these days with no videos at all, we are attempting to do our best to change that trend.

Cheers,

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: Stephen Young (Sep 11, 2009 03:15PM)
And another thing!

If someone was thinking of booking me and asked what my act was like, do you think I'd get the gig if I said

"Well you can see a video of one of my effects, though it's one of the weaker ones in my act. I'll tell you a bit more next week".

I think not.

By the way. Don't read anyhting into the viagra refrence. Though I've had to drop the break-away-wand from my act.
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Sep 11, 2009 03:31PM)
Steveline, I almost agree, too much pre-sell hype from everyone who sell's something, and then the long intro's on the video's, then they play with the video so you really have no idea what's going on, But with some one like Chris Taylor or a company like Outlaw and Promystic, they have such a good reputation of honesty and quality that we trust them, some even show support simply by buying a product in advance, I am one, I will buy this as I have no doubt when it comes to these companies I have mentioned. Trust has been earned, quality has been proven, effects and routines have been added by the best in the world.
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Sep 11, 2009 03:33PM)
Who can post when and where Mindvention is this year.
Message: Posted by: John C (Sep 11, 2009 04:39PM)
[quote]
On 2009-09-11 16:33, dave wrote:
Who can post when and where Mindvention is this year.
[/quote]

Is this a skill test?

http://www.mindvention.net/

'cause it doesn't take much! ;)

j
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Sep 11, 2009 06:24PM)
Thanks John, no test, just no time or too lazy too search.
Message: Posted by: Stephen Young (Sep 12, 2009 03:21AM)
Thanks for the info guys.
From what I read here, I am sure that this will be a great product.
And I will certainly check it out.
Thanks for the PM Johncesta
I hope nobody feels insulted by my post, we just seem to be going more and more over to over hyped effects using Dali'esque demo videos giving us no info at all.

And I'm as much to blame. My first things from Outlaw for example was a " Lets see what this is all about when it arrives" kind of purchase.
(it certainly won't be the last)
And I've got "Till Death" on pre order and I still really havn't got much of an idea what it is.

So feel free to hurl those hypocrite labls at me
Message: Posted by: Colin (Sep 12, 2009 05:38AM)
I've now seen Mark Elsdon do 'Til Death' three or four times and it's amazing! Looking forward to learning the full work on it. I'm sure it will be stunning!

Col.
Message: Posted by: Stephen Young (Sep 12, 2009 07:02AM)
Col. Any chance of a PM with some more info. I know I should just be patient but I believe the end of September is shipping date.
And the suspense is just killing me.
Message: Posted by: videokideo (Sep 12, 2009 10:35AM)
You want my childs play????? Cause I think it stinks...highly disappointed, but I did get a free sweatband with it! One of the worst purchases ive ever made! Was a great idea, but put out on the market way before it was 100% effective and thought out. Hence shortly after the fixes and upgrades.

Taylor is one of the best and Im sure this is great. But cant wait to see other effects.
Message: Posted by: winewizard (Sep 12, 2009 03:00PM)
From what was said by Christopher and Matthew as an introduction to Alone, I thought this first video would be a teaser. As such, I found it hit the mark.
While I enjoyed the presentation, I went back twice back to look at the reaction from the men who participated. They were appreciative and befuddled.It appears the demo was shot in a mall and the guys didn't impress me as a pushover audience.
Once the full roll-out is complete would probably be when I would most benefit from the comments and critique of the talented and insightful members of the Café.
From what I saw, the demo did what I assume Christopher aimed for---I want more!!!
Message: Posted by: Mark Jones (Sep 12, 2009 05:44PM)
Anything from Chris is amazing. I'll buy this.

Mark
Message: Posted by: Christian & Katalina (Sep 12, 2009 07:46PM)
Christopher,

Katalina and I are moving some dates around and will attempt to hit Mindvention this year. We hope to meet you there and check out some of the amazing products you have been developing.

I assume that you will be there?

Christian & Katalina
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Sep 12, 2009 10:29PM)
I will be there with bells on. Actually I'll be there with Matthew Johnson, so he will have the bells on. Look for the Taylor Imagineering table in the dealer's room. Looking forward to seeing you there.

All the best,

Christopher
Message: Posted by: parmenion (Sep 14, 2009 04:44AM)
Christopher,

I have a girl friend can I do it alone ?
Message: Posted by: Lord Of The Horses (Sep 14, 2009 04:46AM)
Is she ugly? Yes.

Is she a breathtaking beauty? No. You need me.
Message: Posted by: parmenion (Sep 14, 2009 04:47AM)
Lol
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Sep 14, 2009 06:44PM)
Hi All,

OK, I managed to get a little free time in my schedule today so here is the second demo video for ALONE a day early (shhh, don't tell Christopher ;o)

Demo #2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0BKW2QEadE

Here is the link to the first demo video too so you don't have to go hunting:

Demo #1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wi8BmrY9-mQ

Enjoy!

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: Jay Are (Sep 14, 2009 08:16PM)
Christopher, Matt:

Fan Freaking tastic!!

If you guys have done what I suspect you have -- this is KILLER.

Can not wait!

J
Message: Posted by: jaymeswhite (Sep 14, 2009 09:58PM)
The second demo looks insane, I am definitely going to buy it
Message: Posted by: kissdadookie (Sep 14, 2009 10:11PM)
Oh that is devilishly clever. Very very very very clever. Now I see where this is going :D It going way beyond a simple m*g de****or.
Message: Posted by: kambiz (Sep 14, 2009 11:28PM)
Matt, Can you confirm if Alone can be used as a LIVE impression device? If so are there any limitations to what can be written/drawn on the business cards?

Kam
Message: Posted by: kissdadookie (Sep 14, 2009 11:35PM)
It doesn't seem to be a impression device, think more in the lines of p-reading ;) GENIUS. Ha ha ha. So far this is just a demonstration of two uses for Alone, I absolutely can not wait to see what else this system can be used for. Mwa ha ha ha.
Message: Posted by: JanForster (Sep 15, 2009 01:30AM)
Hi Christopher, seeing the 2nd demo I think I know where the train is going... As owner of several of your excellent products I would like to suggest to sell (only) parts of complete units (o.k., nice for us, less for you) if they would be compatible... (I think of e. g. MD and Red Handed...). In "Alone" at least I think to recognize "parts" of "Solstice"... Best regards, Jan
Message: Posted by: John C (Sep 15, 2009 06:27AM)
Pretty, pretty, pretty good!

j
Message: Posted by: kissdadookie (Sep 15, 2009 08:02AM)
This wouldn't work like Solstice. It's reading and transmitting slightly differently, think of p-reading but your ears and eyes can be completely covered ;)
Message: Posted by: kinesis (Sep 15, 2009 08:16AM)
Just watched the 2nd video. OMG, this is brilliant...but then it is from Christopher Taylor. Another hi-quality hi-Tech miracle.
Message: Posted by: AlluTallu (Sep 15, 2009 09:11AM)
This is so devious that I almost can't believe it! And I suspect we haven't even seen it all yet ;) Can't wait to see more!

-Aleksi
Message: Posted by: AlluTallu (Sep 15, 2009 10:26AM)
I have one question though: Does the pen make any writing sound while writing on the business cards. I mean spectators might suspect that you are sound reading if they are able to hear the writing :S

"Find a hidden object anywhere in a room without the use of a confederate!"

Would love to see this demonstrated! I hope this works as well as Proximity!

-Aleksi
Message: Posted by: JanForster (Sep 15, 2009 10:47AM)
[quote]
On 2009-09-15 09:02, kissdadookie wrote:
This wouldn't work like Solstice. It's reading and transmitting slightly differently, think of p-reading but your ears and eyes can be completely covered ;)
[/quote]
I think you are wrong... it tells you when ... Jan
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Sep 15, 2009 11:02AM)
Aleksi: The "Find an Object" effect is coming up. I suppose it is inevitable that ALONE be compared to other electronic products. Perhaps you will indulge me a moment here while I pontificate on my approach. ALONE uses a MUCH simpler technology than Proximity. As in all my work, I aim to use the simplest technology I can to achieve the effect. I then strive and strive to apply that simple technology in creative and innovative ways to create a powerful effect.

As a card-magic analogy, consider the invention of a new slight. The discovery of the slight is a noteworthy achievement but the APPLICATION of the slight is where the real magic is. This is where my co-creator, Matthew Johnson really shines. It is the application of his creative vision, backed by decades of performing experience in the trenches, that really makes ALONE the exciting tool it is. Of course, we also have gems being contributed by Tony Chris, Mozique, Looch, and others (not to mention one or two ideas from yours truly).

Christopher
Message: Posted by: Rafael The Master Hypnotist (Sep 15, 2009 11:11AM)
This is another Demo of "ALONE" by 3 different performer...ENJOY
Message: Posted by: Mesaboogie (Sep 15, 2009 12:32PM)
[quote]
On 2009-09-14 23:11, kissdadookie wrote:
Oh that is devilishly clever. Very very very very clever. Now I see where this is going :D It going way beyond a simple m*g de****or.
[/quote]

Very clever use of a m*g de****or yes, but that's still what it is! Not sure why people are talking about P-writing etc, it's pretty obvious what it going on, but it very nicely hidden away in a stack of business cards. Almost like a mini solstice.

Nice creative performance.

Andrew
Message: Posted by: JanForster (Sep 15, 2009 01:02PM)
Andrew, you got it... ;) Jan
Message: Posted by: A.G. (Sep 15, 2009 04:05PM)
Not quite.

Its different in the way that the "*****" is not in the pad. This is why the PEN is very important.
I will let things unfold naturally without commenting anymore.

(sits back in his chair and laughs )

Gerard
Message: Posted by: Colin (Sep 15, 2009 05:09PM)
Anyone who knows me and who will be attending one of Christopher's lectures, can you please get in touch with me!

Cheers guys,
Col.
Message: Posted by: PsiDroid (Sep 15, 2009 05:37PM)
[quote]
On 2009-09-09 18:05, Mystical Matthew wrote:

I really hope that I'm proven wrong, but right now I really believe I can accomplish any effect possible with this thing just as well or better with my Child's Play...
[/quote]

Demo #2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0BKW2QEadE

mystical: can you do this with your child's play or you have been proven wrong ??

I wonder
Message: Posted by: JanForster (Sep 15, 2009 06:18PM)
Yes, Gerard, the PEN is always important... Jan
Message: Posted by: Lord Of The Horses (Sep 15, 2009 06:58PM)
[quote]
On 2009-09-15 19:18, JanForster wrote:
Yes, Gerard, the PEN is always important... Jan
[/quote]

Is it? I thought that the RUBBER BAND was...
Message: Posted by: JanForster (Sep 15, 2009 07:32PM)
Paolo, that was funny (or supposed to be), but you might not believe it that I'm not an idiot. I am not here to guess. For sure - as always with Christopher - this will be an excellent product. I own and use several. I just made a suggestion (see above) which makes IMHO quite sense... Jan
Message: Posted by: Lord Of The Horses (Sep 15, 2009 07:34PM)
[quote]
On 2009-09-15 20:32, JanForster wrote:
Paolo, that was funny (or supposed to be), but you might not believe it that I'm not an idiot. I
[/quote]

No, no...You don't get it.

I really thought the rubber band was important...
Message: Posted by: kissdadookie (Sep 15, 2009 07:50PM)
I think the length of time it goes off facilitates the p-reading type of use. Think about it, in the second demo, let's say the spec just waits for the entire range of options to be named off and then makes a selection, just detecting when no long applies. The length and times it goes off now comes into play. Very simple technology being applied in a very devious way. So yes, this will probably work in that fashion as one would use auditory p-reading. ;) Let me make it simpler, it appears that as long as a person is writing something, you're going to sense it, which is quite brilliant and works as a pretty good "impression" (though that is not what it is) device for simple divinations. If it's not and just a simple matter of "when" then I would truly hope not since the other way works a bit better for this kind of application.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Sep 15, 2009 07:55PM)
Point of order people: We are not there yet but we seem to be heading into specifics as to how this may or may not function, on an open forum. Cheers.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: kissdadookie (Sep 15, 2009 07:57PM)
Apologies for the speculation, I was just trying to make my original point, this would probably not replace or take place of Mr. Taylor's pad since with his pad you have the advantage of knowing "WHICH" thing is being selected from a list of multiple options and you would also know the sequence in which things are selected. In other words, they both have their place for use and the overlap really isn't there.
Message: Posted by: Lord Of The Horses (Sep 15, 2009 08:03PM)
Christopher,

I still think that the rubber band acts as a descrambler unit through some miniaturized biphasic oscillator...

And because you did not come out to deny this... I say "GOTCHA!" ;)
Message: Posted by: kissdadookie (Sep 15, 2009 08:22PM)
On second thought, I think Jan was on the money :P Though I don't believe that this would replace the Solstice ;) Can not wait to see what other clever uses there are for this thing.
Message: Posted by: JanForster (Sep 15, 2009 08:52PM)
[quote]
On 2009-09-15 21:22, kissdadookie wrote:
On second thought, I think Jan was on the money :P Though I don't believe that this would replace the Solstice ;) Can not wait to see what other clever uses there are for this thing.
[/quote]
No, I was not on the money... and I do not think of replacements... I was only suggesting whether it would be possible to make things compatible... how many pens or receivers we like to carry around? I fly often and was trying to think practical. Jan
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Sep 15, 2009 10:16PM)
Jan: It's a good point. The Alone pen can be used for Solstice but not the other way around. The Alone receiver can be used for Eclipse but not the other way around. The Alone and Solstice receivers can not be exchanged at all. Got all that?

Christopher
Message: Posted by: Ustaad (Sep 15, 2009 10:27PM)
After viewing the first demo video I thought I knew a bit too much - I thought I was too smart. But after seeing the second video I realized I was totally wrong . . . I knew nothing.

Looking forward to know what else can this little baby do.

[b]ALONE![/b] seems to be a winner, all by itself - ALONE!

:xmas:
P.S. Matt & Christopher, Good thinking! Weldone!!
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Sep 15, 2009 10:41PM)
Ustaad: Hi praise indeed. Thank you.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: doktorp (Sep 16, 2009 01:27AM)
Hi Christopher
I own Eclipse and I love it. It works perfectly. Can I use Eclipse and Alone at the same time? I mean, can they both be "on" at the same time, without causing problems?
Thank you
Patrick
Message: Posted by: JanForster (Sep 16, 2009 07:02AM)
Christopher, thanks for your informations and clarification. That is exactly what I wanted to know (for practical reasons only). I will be in with it. Will Alakazam over here in Europe also offer a pre-order option? Thanks and cheers, Jan.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Sep 16, 2009 08:41AM)
Patrick: Yes, that will be no problem. You can use the Alone Receiver for both.

Jan: Alakazam will be carrying Alone, but I don't know when yet.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Sep 16, 2009 10:39PM)
Hi All,

I just wanted to drop by & say thank you to everyone for your private PM's, pre orders & kind words, Christopher & I appreciate all of your input & thoughts. Glad you are enjoying the ride so far, there is still lots more to come!

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: Martin.Lester (Sep 17, 2009 03:39AM)
Hi Christopher

I Understand the Pen for Alone can be used with the Solstice wallet, but also wanted To check could both Alone and Solstice can be on at the same time without any problems?

Also can I take it that the Pre –Sale is only available from you and Alakazam is only going to stock after the pre-sale

Looking forward to the next video

Thanks

Martin
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Sep 17, 2009 09:06AM)
Martin: I will PM you. You are correct about Alakazam.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: mindpunisher (Sep 17, 2009 11:45AM)
Whens the next video? ...

I hate waiting..
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Sep 17, 2009 12:08PM)
[quote]
On 2009-09-17 12:45, mindpunisher wrote:
Whens the next video? ...

I hate waiting..
[/quote]

:D But Matt loves to torture people. I think it will be on Monday or Tuesday.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: AlluTallu (Sep 17, 2009 12:43PM)
[quote]
On 2009-09-17 13:08, willowtaylor wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-09-17 12:45, mindpunisher wrote:
Whens the next video? ...

I hate waiting..
[/quote]

:D But Matt loves to torture people. I think it will be on Monday or Tuesday.

Christopher
[/quote]

I HATE demo videos. I love waiting.

Could you torture me please ;)?
Message: Posted by: StuartNolan (Sep 17, 2009 01:38PM)
Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka: "The suspense is terrible... I hope it'll last."

:)

s
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Sep 17, 2009 07:19PM)
Any update on the release date, sooner would be exciting.
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Sep 17, 2009 07:49PM)
Hi Dave,

The official release date for ALONE in stores will be right after Mindvention around the 10th of November (Christopher will correct me if I am wrong :o)!

It will be launched at Mindvention in Las Vegas from the 7th to the 10th of November. I believe that any pre orders made will be shipped just before Christopher ships to the stores.

If you cannot make Mindvention it would be best to pre order one at the reduced rate to be sure you will get one of the first batch.

Hope that helps,

Matt Johnson

P.S. Stuart, I love Gene Wilder in that movie :o) Great quote!!!!
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Sep 18, 2009 06:31PM)
After the last video of "Alone" why bother with another, that was enough for all to see, save the rest for those who buy it.This is a killer effect, and Chris is an amazing guy to deal with.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Sep 18, 2009 06:45PM)
Thanks Dave! Matthew would take your advice about not posting anymore demos but he likes showing off way too much. :)

Christopher
Message: Posted by: jjsanvert (Sep 19, 2009 03:16AM)
I can't wait to receive this gem.
Message: Posted by: archini (Sep 19, 2009 06:50AM)
Doh.... now I have another reason to regret missing Mindvention.... grrr. Looks great Chris.
Message: Posted by: archini (Sep 19, 2009 06:53AM)
Having said that... I don't have any gigs between the 8th and 12th of November.... hmmmm
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Sep 19, 2009 11:50AM)
John: I'll PM you. Cheers.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Sep 21, 2009 02:41PM)
Hi all,

I am excited to say that Matthew just released the 3rd video for Alone which shows him using a spectator as a confederate to find a hidden object . The great part, the spectator has no idea he is secretly guiding Matthew! The spectator simply believes he is focusing his energy & guiding Matthew psychically!!

I have personally seen Matthew do this a number of times in many different venues & scenarios, each time the spectators have no clue. This is the original concept Matthew came up with based on my Th*#@er.

Here is the video, enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8NbDoA7AJ0

Cheers,

Christopher
Message: Posted by: bond19 (Sep 21, 2009 03:10PM)
WOW!!

My jaw is literally on the floor

this one devise seemingly opens up a new and undiscovered world of possibilities

Christopher, its looks like you have made a very powerful and exciting device.

Chris
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Sep 21, 2009 05:24PM)
Thanks Chris! We are pretty darn excited about this too. It's almost as much fun making stuff up to use this for as it is to perform with.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Sep 21, 2009 05:45PM)
I have to say that this is the one product of this nature that has got me thinking and actually considering getting it.

Very nice job, Christopher. Congratulations! :applause: :applause:

Greg
Message: Posted by: AlluTallu (Sep 22, 2009 07:29AM)
Thanks again Chris and Matt! Another very clever routine with Alone :) Can't wait to see the next video!

-Aleksi
Message: Posted by: kinesis (Sep 22, 2009 09:32AM)
Video Number 3 was AWESOME! I so want one!

Derek
Message: Posted by: Dr. Eamon (Sep 22, 2009 07:33PM)
Best idea in a very very... very long time! --> REALLY GREAT!!!

========================================

Christopher you wrote:

"A few months after "ALONE" is released we will be releasing a second companion DVD with an expansion pack, because there was quite simply too much to fit on one DVD"

Can you tell us something about what the expansion pack will be?
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Sep 22, 2009 10:02PM)
Besides myself and Matthew, Mozique and Looch of the UK, Tony Chris, and Jeff McBride are just some of the contributors. Here are some incomplete hints:

• Discerning someone's PIN number.

• All Seeing Eye (I love this one): Participant has a free choice of a card, which is signed and lost in the deck. While the performer has his back to the action, the participant deals cards face down until the performer says stop. The card they are holding is found to be their chosen card. And this is done with A BORROWED deck!

• A shamanistic-style performance piece.

• PK Touch in which the performer feels a participant's touch......... and a lot more.

PLUS, the ALONE gimmick is easily removed from the business cards and placed into other everyday objects; the possibilities boggle the mind.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: swiss_magician (Sep 23, 2009 12:58AM)
[I deleted my post]
Message: Posted by: archini (Sep 23, 2009 04:33AM)
Well this does seem to be "The business". I can't wait, got lots of ideas running through my head, as I am sure lots of people have right now.

One for starters - a borrowed deck is shuffled by a spec and they cut off a portion of cards. Any amount they wish. They look through them noting how many are red or black. The magician who sees nothing tells them how many cards they have and how many are red and how many black...

My thoughts are drifting towards routines that can be played much bigger for a stage presentation.

Fun fun fun.

J
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Sep 23, 2009 07:28AM)
John, have you been peeking at the secret demo video collection for ALONE ;o)

I am so glad you are all enjoying ALONE & are begining to see the endless possibilities.

All of the performances & routines you are seeing at the moment are included on a DVD with the ALONE unit to get you started right out of the box.

The expansion pack is going to be VERY exciting. As Christopher mentioned it will come with guest contributors routines & extra gimmicks to use with your ALONE unit. For ALONE owners the expansion pack will be very very exciting indeed!

To touch on something else Christopher mentioned, "The ALONE gimmick can be removed & placed in other everyday objects!". Who knows, there may be an expansion pack 3 as we just begin to venture into the exciting world of putting ALONE into other everyday objects :o)

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: Steve Suss (Sep 23, 2009 08:48AM)
Alone seems very versitile. Is it practical to use Alone for different effects during the same performance? Could this be used during a blindfold demonstration?

Thanks

Steve
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Sep 23, 2009 09:20AM)
Good question Steve, but not as easy to answer as you may think. In terms of leaving the gimmick in the cards, there are certainly combinations of effects that work well. The "Which Hand" followed later by "Any Card Thought of", for example. Moving the gimmick from the cards to something else in front of an audience would require some creative planning.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Sep 23, 2009 10:11AM)
Sorry Steve, I forgot to respond to the blindfold part of your post. Yes, there is a vibration-based receiver so you can certainly use a blindfold. Cheers.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Sep 23, 2009 07:19PM)
Christopher, please stop, if it keeps getting better, as it is, everyone will want one.
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Sep 24, 2009 09:20AM)
Dave,

That's the idea ;o)

By the way, I am happy to say it will keep getting better!

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: Marc Spelmann (Sep 24, 2009 05:15PM)
Chris & Matt have done a great job with this. Looks great and certainly is to mentalism as the thumb tip is to magic. Endless possibilities..

MS
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Sep 26, 2009 11:03AM)
Thanks Marc!

That is what we were going for all along, a truly diverse piece of kit. It's an important point to mention that ALONE has just as many opportunities for the magician as it does for the mentalist.

As well as being a stealth electronic device it is also perfectly set up for "Out to lunch" type work. The possibilities of combining the electronics with the "Out to lunch" principal boggle the mind!

better sign off as I have a day full of shows. Next video coming Monday so keep your eyes peeled!

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Sep 28, 2009 08:47AM)
Hi All,

OK, it's time for the 4th installment in the ALONE video series.

Both Christopher & I could not decide on the 4th video to be released so I made an executive decision this morning. You may wonder why I chose this video? Well it seems there is some interest in the penny for your thoughts section at the moment in the game of clue/cluedo, this video therefore seemed like the perfect fit for this week.

The principal used is one we came up with for ALONE called the staggered list principal. It works very well & can be used with any number of different things/objects. It can also be quite effective when used in conjunction with other effects such as the time prediction you see in the routine.

ALONE demo #4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5swhzsTIF30

Enjoy!

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: JanForster (Sep 28, 2009 09:05AM)
Matt, I enjoyed this indeed... hope to see you at mindvention. Best, Jan
Message: Posted by: bond19 (Sep 28, 2009 11:18AM)
Matt & Christopher

I'm really enjoying these 'weekly' demo clips. It's brilliant fun watching what ALONE is capable of literally unfold before our eyes. What a mater stroke of marketing on your part guys.. you have me hooked!!

Chris
Message: Posted by: kissdadookie (Sep 28, 2009 02:58PM)
Wow, very good :D
Message: Posted by: Michael Clifton (Sep 28, 2009 04:02PM)
Loved this one
Message: Posted by: kinesis (Sep 28, 2009 04:14PM)
Christopher, does it make toast as well?...and how many cable channels can you watch on it?
Message: Posted by: mindpunisher (Sep 28, 2009 04:31PM)
I love the way this "simple" system can be applied in lots of ways...

Nice thinking looks like fun and simple to use.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Sep 28, 2009 04:56PM)
[quote]
On 2009-09-28 17:14, kinesis wrote:
Christopher, does it make toast as well?...and how many cable channels can you watch on it?
[/quote]

Now I'm sorry I didn't listen to Matthew when he said he thought it should wash dishes too. Oh well.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Sep 28, 2009 05:47PM)
Christopher are you telling me it DOES NOT WASH DISHES?????? Why was I not informed? I thought we had agreed to this!

Christopher this is information you should have shared with me in the prototype stage! If no dishwasher is included we have to open all the boxes & include one :o)

Next video will be posted on Monday the 5th of October from our lecture tour in the UK. 2 weeks on the road with Christopher......what was I thinking :o)

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: Jay Are (Sep 28, 2009 05:49PM)
It certainly looks like one could do an ENTIRE show comprised of ALONE effects.

Such a versatile tool -- brilliant.

J
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Sep 28, 2009 06:08PM)
Just got a note from Christopher that Matt's next demo will be done with dirty dishes, I guess there is no stopping now, and November so far away.......
Message: Posted by: bond19 (Sep 29, 2009 03:59AM)
Just think

'Alone' and 'Cod MW2' all in the same month..
Xmas will indeed come early this year!!
Message: Posted by: Looch (Sep 29, 2009 08:48AM)
Mine wipes my back side for me...alone, without the need for paper
Message: Posted by: Garrette (Sep 29, 2009 09:21AM)
[quote]
On 2009-09-29 09:48, looch wrote:
Mine wipes my back side for me...alone, without the need for paper
[/quote]So in my case I'd need a new one twice a day?
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Sep 29, 2009 09:32AM)
We would be more than happy to sell you a new one twice a day! At a slight discount for bulk orders of course ;o)

Me thinks this thread is getting a little off topic :o)

ALONE in a stack of dirty dishes....now there is another great idea.

Glad everyone is enjoying ALONE. Thank you for all your pre-orders, it is going to be worth the wait.

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: KiKi (Sep 29, 2009 10:36AM)
Don`t know if this is discussed before, but what about refills for the pen?
kiki
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Sep 29, 2009 11:12AM)
Kiki: Good question. Refills are readily available. It takes a "mini" ball point pen refill. Here is an example (bottom of page): http://pencity.com/cgi-bin/SoftCart.exe/Schmidt/Refills.htm?L+scstore+uvkn9292+1235690127

All the best,

Christopher
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Sep 30, 2009 06:38AM)
Chris, will there be an additional charge for the second DVD,
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Sep 30, 2009 09:09AM)
Dave: The expansion will be more than a DVD; it will come with a number of "add-on" gimmicks. Yes, there will be a charge but I do not know how much yet.

All the best,

Christopher
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Sep 30, 2009 09:18AM)
Well it appears that Christopher is up just as early as me in a morning. No doubt he is too excited to sleep knowing that he is going on a lecture tour with me ;o) Although I am sure he will tell you it is the other way around :o)

As Christopher mentioned, the ALONE expansion pack will be much more than just a DVD & will come with "add-on" gimmicks.

I would like to mention that this in no way devalues the DVD that comes with your ALONE unit. Everything you have seen on the demo videos so far (& to come) is fully explained on the DVD that is included & is all possible right out of the box! The expansion pack is simply going to be even MORE great material (some from guest contributors) that you can use with your existing ALONE unit.

We have found that the possibilities just keep growing which has in turn caused the creation of the expansion pack. I truly believe there me be a few expansion packs for your ALONE unit as the ideas just keep coming & coming!!!!

Although we do not know how much the expansion pack will be yet, I can say that it WILL be very affordable.

Cheers,

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: DamonWizaed (Sep 30, 2009 09:45AM)
Can't wait!!!

Damon
Message: Posted by: hboy (Oct 1, 2009 10:43AM)
Christopher' products are reliable. I have T3 and Equinox. I will get ALONE when it is in stock.
Message: Posted by: Paul Romhany (Oct 1, 2009 11:25AM)
I am currently in transit flying from one country to another and was in Vancouver yesterday and met up with Matthew and Christopher over coffee. I got to see Alone in action and it absolutely blew my mind. It has to be, without a doubt, one of the strongest pieces of mentalism I have ever witnessed. It is also the most practical, and perfect for walk-around or stage. What I love about this is that it is a one person effect. I am familiar with Christopher's other products as I use a few of them myself, but this one, in my humble opinion is his best ever.
Matthew and Christopher have come up with something that is what I like to call 'James Bond Magic'.
Thanks guys - this is going in to my act next week!!!!!!
Paul Romhany
http://www.paulromhany.com
Message: Posted by: Jay Are (Oct 1, 2009 12:49PM)
I can echo what was said above. Mr Taylor creates incredible and reliable products. Great to hear such positive things from people who have experienced first hand what ALONE is capable of.

The end of November can not come soon enough!

J
Message: Posted by: kenwebster (Oct 2, 2009 03:52AM)
Hi Guys
This looks a really good product, but can`t the predicting a card and the hidden object be performed with Christophers Solstice Wallet ?
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Oct 2, 2009 07:22AM)
Hi Ken,

I Guess technically speaking the predicting a card could be performed with the Solstice wallet. The finding an object in a room may be a little more difficult though because it is done in real time. In the demo video I perform a Hot & Cold type of game with the wallet, however if you were to write left & right you could be guided to the object in left & right real time (hope that makes sense). This would be a little difficult to do with Solstice, if you own one you will understand what I mean.

Hope that helps.

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: markthorold (Oct 2, 2009 08:01AM)
I hate you both......youve got me willing my days away in anticipation .....grrrrrrrrr
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Oct 2, 2009 08:29AM)
Hi Mark,

Will you be coming to our lecture in North Wales on Tuesday next week?

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: Paradise (Oct 2, 2009 09:06AM)
[quote]
On 2009-10-02 09:29, mattjohnson wrote:
Hi Mark,

Will you be coming to our lecture in North Wales on Tuesday next week?

Matt Johnson
[/quote]

Where is that? I only live in Warrington
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Oct 2, 2009 09:14AM)
Hi Paradise,

I notice your user name shows you in Sheffield?

We are going to be in Rhyl at the Little Theater on Vale Road on Tuesday the 6th of October lecturing for the North Wales Magic Circle.

We are also going to be lecturing at the Magic Lounge on Broad Street in Sheffield on Friday the 16th of October. If you are in Sheffield that would be perfect too.

Cheers,

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Oct 2, 2009 10:26AM)
Are you taking pre orders on the expansion pack yet, will there be a package deal etc.
Message: Posted by: kenwebster (Oct 3, 2009 08:16AM)
Hi Matt

thanks for your reply, how do I pre order alone ? Also I live in Scarborough about an hour and a half from Sheffield, would love to come to the lecture. Do you have any more details about it please.
Kind Regards
Ken
Message: Posted by: JanForster (Oct 3, 2009 10:40AM)
Ken, you are lucky, I've to fly from Germany to Vegas in order to pick up things at mindvention 2009.... Jan ;)
Message: Posted by: Rafael The Master Hypnotist (Oct 4, 2009 01:27AM)
Question is Sent to your PM Christopher Taylor.....will definetly get this soon!

and how can I buy the Expansion Pack?
Message: Posted by: markthorold (Oct 4, 2009 08:34AM)
Too *** right Ill be there ....... , pocket money burning a hole as we speak .
I assisted Noel in booking you both for the lecture lol.
Regards Mark
Message: Posted by: archini (Oct 4, 2009 09:00AM)
I'll be at Scarborough in a week or so Christopher, looking forward to it. :)
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Oct 4, 2009 03:09PM)
Hi all,

Sorry for the late reply to you all. Christopher & I were travelling. I am happy to say we are now officially on UK soil!!!

For all those asking about pre-orders you can pre order ALONE here:
http://www.taylorimagineering.com/products/alone.php

Ken, as far as I know we are supposed to be lecturing in Scarborough next Monday (13th I think?). You now have me a little worried.

I will be posting the next demo video tomorrow before we lecture in Cardiff. It may take a while as we have to get an internet connection somwhere. Wish us luck :o)

Matt Johnson

P.S. Christopher says hi too!!!
Message: Posted by: hunty (Oct 4, 2009 03:47PM)
Sorry for going slightly off topic - but do you have a list of other lecture dates Matt?
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Oct 4, 2009 03:59PM)
Where to order the expansion pack ?
Message: Posted by: Jay Are (Oct 4, 2009 04:02PM)
Its not for sale yet
Message: Posted by: tincture (Oct 4, 2009 04:27PM)
Now I really can't wait for Mindvention!
Message: Posted by: MentaThought (Oct 4, 2009 05:27PM)
[quote]
On 2009-09-09 13:12, willowtaylor wrote:
"Object-in-the-hand" is NOT what Alone was designed for. It is something we stumbled across while working with it. I happen to think it is by far one of the weaker effects we do with the device but Matthew Johnson worked hard on the routine and it became one of his favourites.
Christopher
[/quote]

The third, "open-hand revelation" on the first video especially was fantastic, I thought. Congratulations to the item's creator and to the performer who performed such a great routine with it!
Message: Posted by: Jay Are (Oct 5, 2009 02:01PM)
Its D day!

:)
Message: Posted by: Patrick Redford (Oct 5, 2009 02:29PM)
Alone is a really neat little device. It opens up the door to so many different effects that it really is a beautiful secret weapon. What's cool is you're not limited to a stack of business cards and can perform effects that stays far removed from it entirely.

This has a lot of possibilities. This may be the best TI release to date.

-PGR
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Oct 5, 2009 07:21PM)
[quote]
On 2009-10-04 16:47, hunty wrote:
Sorry for going slightly off topic - but do you have a list of other lecture dates Matt?
[/quote]

Here is the lecture thread: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=323588&forum=31

Christopher
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Oct 5, 2009 07:43PM)
Hi All,

OK, it's 1:30am in the morning in Cardiff/ Wales. We finished the lecture a couple of hours ago but had to get a fish & chip fix real quick. Fuuny thing is that Christopher & I had so many emails to get through that we both sat at opposite ends of the hotel on different computers checking our stuff. I just noticed that he has posted. Too funny.

Anyways, Here is the 5th ALONE video Sorry you all had to wait a while today, hope you like it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18CVrtMWOSo

I have to go get some rest now as we have a 4 hour drive to Rhyl (North Wales) in the morning.

Matt Johnson

P.S. Thanks for the continued comments guys :o) Nice for you to comment Patrick & welcome!
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Oct 5, 2009 08:05PM)
Matt

It must be late as you did not put in the correct link? Try the following link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8CVrtMWOSo

Fingers crossed!!!

Christopher
Message: Posted by: Jay Are (Oct 5, 2009 08:14PM)
Beautiful!
Message: Posted by: Rafael The Master Hypnotist (Oct 6, 2009 01:55AM)
What is the different beetwen The Expansion pack and compare it with the one that being release right now?

if it is the same, then what is the point of relasing the Expansion Pack?
Message: Posted by: JanForster (Oct 6, 2009 03:08AM)
... very nice idea to put all the attention towards the cards! Jan
Message: Posted by: mike storz (Oct 6, 2009 06:35AM)
Very good! Looks like this is going to be on my list. Someone asked if you could by the expansion pack with the Alone as a package. Is this possible?
Message: Posted by: markthorold (Oct 6, 2009 07:19AM)
Hi guys , let me be the first to welcome you to sunny Rhyl ( pmsl ) North Wales .Im that excited about the lecture tonight that Ive resorted to wearing three sets of boxer shorts . Catch you both later ,Mark
Message: Posted by: kissdadookie (Oct 6, 2009 09:17AM)
Just commenting, in the case of this particular effect, I think the tried and true sleight of hand methods would be a much better and direct way to go (out of this world/card matching).
Message: Posted by: Jay Are (Oct 6, 2009 09:20AM)
Stop asking about the expansion, its not out yet guys.

you can't buy it as a package.
Message: Posted by: mike storz (Oct 6, 2009 09:39AM)
^^^ Okey Dokey.....

Do we REALLY have to wait another month????????????????????
Message: Posted by: Jay Are (Oct 6, 2009 09:55AM)
I'm afraid so...

:(
Message: Posted by: mike storz (Oct 6, 2009 09:59AM)
:( is right....
Message: Posted by: Jay Are (Oct 7, 2009 08:25AM)
My spidey senses are tingling!

;)
Message: Posted by: markthorold (Oct 7, 2009 11:50AM)
Chris , Matthew, ( a little off subject but....) excellent lecture at North wales Magic Circle last night .Have had numerous phone calls from members asking me to pass on thanks to you both for a thoroughly entertaining evening.
Regards Mark
Message: Posted by: Looch (Oct 7, 2009 12:16PM)
Look at Mark trying to get a freebie

ha only joking pal.

See you for dinner soon Chris, Hope your enjoying sunny UK
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Oct 7, 2009 08:03PM)
Thanks for the kind comments Mark!

OK, off to bed! It's VERY VERY late here in Barrow In Furness! Or may be I will throw a rolled up sock at sleeping Christopher's head. Now that's a thumper :o)

Matt Johnson

P.S. Rafael, I am not sure if Christopher has addressed your question or not (we are only on tour together after all, it does not mean we talk to each other on the long drives :o) Anyways, to answer your question.

ALONE is the stand alone unit. The expansion pack will simply be GREAT extra ideas with the ALONE unit on a DVD + some add on gimmicks for the ALONE unit. The expansion pack will be somewhere between $30 & $50 (I believe) & WILL NOT contain an ALONE unit.

Hope that helps :o)
Message: Posted by: mike storz (Oct 9, 2009 08:01PM)
Hi!

Anymore news on this?

Mike :)
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Oct 10, 2009 04:00AM)
Well, we are posting another YouTube demo on Monday. Cheers.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Oct 10, 2009 08:17AM)
Christopher, any update on pre order for the expansion pack so that we may get both at the same time.
Message: Posted by: Jay Are (Oct 10, 2009 08:48AM)
Last I heard the DVD for the expansion wasn't even produced yet...
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Oct 11, 2009 03:25AM)
Hi All,

Jay Are is quite right. The DVD & gimmicks for the expansion pack have not been produced yet. ALONE will be released at Mindvention & then we will work on the expansion pack.

I can tell you that Christopher informed me a couple of nights ago that he wants the expansion pack out before Blackpool so it won't be too long.

By the way we are still on our lecture tour. A couple of nights ago we got a nice surprise when Mark Paul was speaking in the same hotel we were in. Got to have a good long chat with Mark, what a great guy he is. If you happen to read this Mark it was a pleasure busting minds with you.

OK, back off to the tour!!!!!

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Oct 12, 2009 08:31AM)
OK,

Here is the 6th video in the ALONE demo series. Incidetely you could have the prediction under the spectators foot predict how many heads & how many tails are tossed before they toss the coin. You could do this with a slight handling change to the one shown in the video.

Demo #6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uabzzE1o7sQ

Enjoy!

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: AlluTallu (Oct 12, 2009 08:40AM)
Impressive - as always!

-Aleksi
Message: Posted by: Jay Are (Oct 12, 2009 08:46AM)
:)
Message: Posted by: swiss_magician (Oct 12, 2009 10:02AM)
Don't want to be a wet blanket, but I certainly will appear to be one!

It looks that a careful routining will be necessary to justify the use of the stock of business cards sometimes. It is nice seeing that you can do many classical effects with this interesting device (I guess it was the main purpose of the videos: show how versatile Alone can be), but sometimes it can look a little bit weird to introduce the cards stack.

During the hidden object search, asking a spectator to look at the words HOT or COLD on a business card is ok because you can justify it (stronger image of these words in the mind) but to ask them to TOUCH the card starts to look a little unusual, as a 'psychic' help request.

For the last video, two persons were required for the effect. If you want to interact standing up with a single spectator you have to come up with a practical way to interact with him in order to let him handle the coin AND the stack of cards/pen. With two spectators, th trouble I see is that it can look a little bit patronizing to ask one of them to note each result; the spectator tossing the coin may actually be able to count the heads/tails tosses in his head without making a cross each time, right? And the other spec is a witness, so the excuse of 'write it down so you can't lie to me' does not apply well here.

I think asking to do unusual or unnecessary things or things that anyone with an acceptable IQ would be able to do without the need to write it down has to be carefuly avoided during the routining of effects with Alone.

these are just a few thoughts that came up to me. I am sure that with time, Each performer will come up with clever ideas. I hope to be one of them, because I am as well interested in this little beast ;)

Cheers,

M
Message: Posted by: mike storz (Oct 12, 2009 10:17AM)
[quote]
On 2009-10-12 11:02, swiss_magician wrote:

I think asking to do unusual or unnecessary things or things that anyone with an acceptable IQ would be able to do without the need to write it down has to be carefuly avoided during the routining of effects with Alone.

[/quote]

I think this is why they named it Alone. :) I'm liking this!!! :)
Message: Posted by: wulfiesmith (Oct 12, 2009 12:37PM)
I think I want to have "Alone's" children ...

this is a MUST have ...
especially as it "appears" you can receive and "transmit"??
Message: Posted by: mike storz (Oct 12, 2009 05:03PM)
[quote]
On 2009-10-12 11:17, mike storz wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-10-12 11:02, swiss_magician wrote:

I think asking to do unusual or unnecessary things or things that anyone with an acceptable IQ would be able to do without the need to write it down has to be carefuly avoided during the routining of effects with Alone.

[/quote]

I think this is why they named it Alone. :) I'm liking this!!! :)
[/quote]

OK, I'm making fun of myself now! I totally miss read your post! I thought you were talking about Craig's new IQ transmitter or any thumper device! My mind has been going crazy over what to get these past couple weeks. So many good things to buy!

Mike :)
Message: Posted by: kenwebster (Oct 13, 2009 07:44AM)
Went to see Matthew and Christophers lecture in Scarborough last night (Monday). Fantastic guys ! Well done. If any of you have not seen these two perform I strongly recommend it. Very informative and very interesting. Look forward to seeing you again at Mindvention in Vegas.
Kind Regards
Ken
Message: Posted by: kenwebster (Oct 13, 2009 07:44AM)
Went to see Matthew and Christophers lecture in Scarborough last night (Monday). Fantastic guys ! Well done. If any of you have not seen these two perform I strongly recommend it. Very informative and very interesting. Look forward to seeing you again at Mindvention in Vegas.
Kind Regards
Ken
Message: Posted by: JanForster (Oct 13, 2009 11:34AM)
Ken, did you see them twice ;) ? Jan
Message: Posted by: kenwebster (Oct 13, 2009 12:17PM)
Hi Jan

They were that good I went back !
Message: Posted by: Colin (Oct 13, 2009 05:54PM)
Been playing with Alone all day... WONDERFUL!

Very impressed again... as ever :)

Thanks for that Christopher! I can only imagine what's coming next...

Col
Message: Posted by: burst (Oct 14, 2009 03:04AM)
Personally, I think the issues that swiss_magician brought up are valid. But I also believe they can be remedied quite easily, even making the effects stronger. This is the first electronic device that has seriously peaked my interest. A purchase may be in order. I first need to think about how to structure it into my current effects, if Alone can somehow enhance them, and if it could somehow help my current presentational weaknesses as attempt to improve my game.
Message: Posted by: Jay Are (Oct 18, 2009 11:08AM)
New teaser up soon?
Message: Posted by: Jean-Luc.R. (Oct 18, 2009 12:01PM)
This one is pretty tempting.
Message: Posted by: Stefmagic (Oct 18, 2009 07:39PM)
[quote]
On 2009-10-18 13:01, Jean-Luc.R. wrote:
This one is pretty tempting.
[/quote]too much tempting!
Message: Posted by: Matthew Townsend (Oct 19, 2009 07:18AM)
Having seen this in action I am saving up all my hard earned cash to get it.

Dam you Chris!!!

;)

M
Message: Posted by: markthorold (Oct 19, 2009 07:30AM)
Matt,its a thing of diabolical wonder...press the send cash button asap....
Mark
Message: Posted by: Matthew Townsend (Oct 19, 2009 07:32AM)
Lol Like it was said in the Lecture I attended on Friday, its called Alone cos you need A Lone to get one!!!

Im saving the pennys as we speak!

M
Message: Posted by: Jay Are (Oct 19, 2009 11:05AM)
Oh where oh where is our new demo?

oh where oh where could it be?

;)
Message: Posted by: actorscotty (Oct 19, 2009 11:24AM)
[quote]
On 2009-09-10 13:20, willowtaylor wrote:
Pre-order is now possible at the following link: http://www.taylorimagineering.com/products/alone.php

Cheers.
Christopher
[/quote]
ok the truth, when I watched the original video, my mind said, I could do that with several items in my bag, right now,but when I saw the additional demo's , I of course knew what was involved and realized that I couldn't do those with gimmicks on hand so , the order is in, can't wait to add this to my arsenal, Can see lots of additional bookings, after a short demo to the suits in charge, of hwerever I am pitching to
Message: Posted by: Jay Are (Oct 19, 2009 11:26AM)
...might actually be ALONE with the busy schedule this could create...
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Oct 20, 2009 04:08PM)
Hi All,

Sorry for the late post. Christopher & I just got back from a grueling (but fun) lecture tour of the UK. We did 10 lectures over 14 days & drove (& flew) all over the United Kingdom. We had a great time, it was such a pleasure touring with Christopher Taylor.

Anyways, here is the link for ALONE demo #7:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRz0j_a25qw

Enjoy!

Matt Johnson

P.S. Remember the $50-00 pre-order price ends on November 10th. Shipping for North America is included for free. After the 10th of November the price goes up to $300-00 US + shipping.
Message: Posted by: ArtIn (Oct 21, 2009 04:21AM)
Now you Guys surely have time coming to germany, don't you? ;)

Please stop teasing it is hard enough to wait until 10th of november!
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Oct 21, 2009 08:53AM)
Will any of Matt's demos shown here on the Café, be explained in the DVD that comes with Alone, I'm sure it will be simple to see onece one has Alone and reviews the demo's, but still , I would like to know.
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Oct 21, 2009 09:06AM)
Hi Dave,

All of the demos are fully explained on the DVD. Each demo represents a different principal that can be applied to ALONE. Once you understand the basic principals used with ALONE (by watching the DVD) you will be able to apply them to literally 100's of your own routines & variations. If you simply want to perform the routines I perform you can do so by watching the instructional DVD.

Hope that answers your question.

Cheers,

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: actorscotty (Oct 21, 2009 03:20PM)
I already have in mind what I will do with this,,, can easily see what is in play here, simple but brilliant,living and dead, find my check at the end of a performance ala kreskin, and a lot more
Message: Posted by: Jay Are (Oct 21, 2009 05:19PM)
I can not wait any longer...


Mindvention could not come soon enough.

J
Message: Posted by: Nechto (Oct 24, 2009 06:38AM)
Well,

A fantastic thing happened the other day. A package arrived in the post addressed to me, this was thankfully not a bill or bad news of any kind, this was really very good news. I had received an ALONE from my good friends Matt and Christopher for testing and all I can say is...

WOW! I LOVE Alone!!!!

Kudos you clever, clever chappies!

Everything is well made and put together, great presentation and high quality goods. As far as the DVD goes it is very clear to learn the effects and the DVD is well put together with some really exciting ideas on there that just tempt your brain into that creative mode.

And the biggest thumbs up I could possibly give this little electrical marshmallow of goodness is that all of these amazing routines can be performed sleeveless, what an absolute triumph! I regularly pull up my sleeves when performing, it feels more comfortable for me for some reason and other electrical items require sleeves to cover up some sort of sensor, not with ALONE! Summer time or winter time this baby is going to be with me! You can even use this in shorts and a t-shirt!

I can't wait to test this in the field and I am already coming up with new ideas for this little puppy! This is going straight into my act and I believe will not be topped for a very long time.

Thanks Matt and Christopher,

Ben Williams

When I have tested it in the field for a while I will come back and post my full review, initial thoughts are great though.
Message: Posted by: borjuist (Oct 25, 2009 03:59PM)
ALONE!!! is what I want for NEW YEAR PARTY 2010.. :D

All The Best,

Rick
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Oct 28, 2009 11:17AM)
Hi All,

Well I thought I better chime in this week as you are probably all waiting for the 8th installment of the ALONE videos.

I am sorry to say that I will not be posting a video this week. Christopher & I have just returned from our UK lecture tour & leave for Mindvention next week. To say we have a mountain of work & orders to get through would be an understatement!

Thank you so much for all your pre-orders, posts, ideas & support! ALONE is growing into a monster & we are very excited about the things to come with ALONE. You will just love some of the ideas to come on the expansion pack.

ALONE is set for its official release at Mindvention & will then be going to Alakazam in the UK & Hocus-Pocus in the USA, these will be the only official dealers for ALONE in the world. Remember after November 7th the pre-order price of $250 US will no longer be available & all units will ship at the retail price of $300 US.

Watch this space as we will post on this thread with updates for ALONE as they arise. The expansion pack is due for release at Blackpool Magic Convention 2010.

Cheers,

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: taoist (Oct 28, 2009 11:22AM)
"Find a hidden object anywhere in a room without the use of a confederate!"

Would love to see this demonstrated! I hope this works as well as Proximity!

-Aleksi
[/quote]
For this application, I'll be interested to get a comparison to the Proximity.
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Oct 28, 2009 03:03PM)
Hi Aleksi,

One of the released demonstration videos shows me performing the effect you are talking about. I do not remember which video off the top of my head so you will have to search through them.

Hope that helps,

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: Sid Helkule (Oct 28, 2009 04:33PM)
Matt, so the Alone pre-orders will be dispatched before or after Mindvention?
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Oct 28, 2009 04:44PM)
Hi Luke,

Christopher & I are working really hard to get the ALONE pre-orders dispatched just before Mindvention starts. We have a lot of pre-orders to cover but hopefully both should happen at about the same time!

Cheers,

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: Sid Helkule (Oct 28, 2009 08:00PM)
Cheers Matt. I take it you are despatching them reverse alphabetically by surname? :P
Message: Posted by: Nathan Pain (Oct 28, 2009 09:18PM)
I agree with Luke...start at the S's...

Nathan
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Oct 29, 2009 02:21PM)
You guys are too funny :o)

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Oct 29, 2009 03:02PM)
Now c'mon guy's , this is too much pressure we are putting on Matt and Chris, let's givem a break.........





( hey matt, am I still on top of the list for pre-mindvention)
Message: Posted by: Sid Helkule (Oct 29, 2009 04:30PM)
Dave is lucky, his surname is Aardvark. Or unlucky after Matt receives my carton of beer as a bribe to use my dispatch method.
Message: Posted by: Nathan Pain (Oct 29, 2009 05:41PM)
I chipped in on the beer...(Just go with it...)

Nathan
Message: Posted by: Sid Helkule (Oct 29, 2009 05:42PM)
Yeah... Umm... Nate chipped in... Swear to GOSH.
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Oct 29, 2009 06:38PM)
I bet he liked my Champagne much more........
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Oct 29, 2009 06:39PM)
Oh, and those Cuban cigars too.........
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Oct 29, 2009 09:40PM)
Puff......puff.....hic!

What Chamagne & Cuban Cigars?????? I have no idea what you guys are talking about!

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: DT3 (Oct 29, 2009 10:15PM)
Can this be done without Matt Johnson's sexy muscles and tattoos?

Looks great guys. And how cool of you to release all of those performance videos. In a day and age when a lot of demos are clandestine, it's great to see a creator give so much in terms of disclosure.

Looking forward to it!

D.
Message: Posted by: Sid Helkule (Oct 29, 2009 10:49PM)
[quote]
On 2009-10-29 22:40, mattjohnson wrote:
Puff......puff.....hic!

What Chamagne & Cuban Cigars?????? I have no idea what you guys are talking about!

Matt Johnson
[/quote]

Look Matt just do what Nate and I said and no one get's hurt. ;)

Anyway stupidity aside, I'm looking forward to toying with this.

And Don, congrats on becoming a TV celebrity. :)
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Oct 29, 2009 11:26PM)
:fyi: I am happy to report that Matthew and I are able to ship out all of the ALONE pre-orders early (the post office will NOT be happy to see us arrive). They will go on Friday. The only exception are several overseas orders who have not seen to the overseas shipping fee. The "pre-order" price is still in effect until November 10th. Cheers.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: ArtIn (Oct 30, 2009 04:23AM)
Christopher I deeply hope pre orders to germany are not affected by this delay :fear:
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Oct 30, 2009 06:37AM)
Matt and Christopher, first I am very excited to see an early arrival, but I am also sick to my stomach that other highly regarded Café members would try to bribe you both for an early mailing of Alone, as for me, I would never do such a thing, the cigars and Champagne are simply ...never mind. my review will be here soon. Dave



Luke, now that I don't have to send Matt all this stuff, and he does not know where I live, you can stop by and share with me, these cigars are awesome, and we can discuss "Alone"
Message: Posted by: Sid Helkule (Oct 30, 2009 06:58AM)
Sounds like a plan Dave!
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Oct 30, 2009 08:02AM)
Luke,

No one gets hurt eh! Did you not hear Don mention I have sexy muscles & tattoos????

Off to help Christopher take a truck load of boxes to the post office for mailing, imagine the look on their faces :o) I can't wait!

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: Sid Helkule (Oct 30, 2009 08:32AM)
I thought you meant next Friday because it as already Friday here... Brilliant!

I was kidding about the 'hurt' part, swear. To quote the briliant Wayne Dobson from his TV show:

"You're a big fella, say what you like!"
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Oct 30, 2009 08:41AM)
It'd been a tough week, you guy's make me laugh, Thanks to all, Luke , never been to Australia, but I hear you have a beautiful country, one day.
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Oct 30, 2009 01:24PM)
Matt, will we see ant more demo's
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Oct 30, 2009 11:45PM)
Hi All,

Well it's official, we shipped out all pre-orders today! How is that for service, shipped a week before we said they would be shipped :o)

The pre-order price still runs until November 10th & we don't leave for Mindvention until November 7th so if you are still thinking about purchasing ALONE at the pre order price you still have a chance.

Thanks to everyone for your purchases & we look forward to hearing all of your comments. Please feel free to post on this thread as we will keep responding here.

I have also attached a funny photo of Christopher & I (the dream team :o) with today's pre-order mail out, Christopher is actually standing on two upturned orange crates :o) hahaha

Cheers & enjoy,

Matt Johnson

P.S. Dave, to answer your question, I will not be posting any more demos at this time. We have just finished an exhausting lecture tour & are gearing up for Mindvention. Christopher & I both hope that the 7 demo videos we posted were a breath of fresh air from most demo videos as we wanted you to see exactly the types of things ALONE is capable of before buying. We both feel we have been more than forthcoming with the routines possible with ALONE (without the fancy video editing). Rest assured, so much more is possible with ALONE, oh and then there will be the expansion pack due for release at or before Blackpool 2010!
Message: Posted by: Sid Helkule (Oct 30, 2009 11:50PM)
Lol!
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Oct 30, 2009 11:54PM)
Luke,

You got in there before I could post the pre order link for ALONE.

Here it is again for those of you that PM'd me:

http://www.taylorimagineering.com/products/alone.php

Cheers,

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: DT3 (Oct 31, 2009 12:03AM)
I tried to pre-order this but it kept asking me to touch one side of the web page and think "Order"

I'm assuming that I can just think of my address and it will get here, right?

I really can't stop thinking of all of the things that are possible with this. I have never really been into high tech solutions for mentalism before but ALONE just seems a little too hard to pass up.

Matt and Chris, you globetrotters need to get some rest! BTW, what did they say at the post office when you showed up with all of those packages?
Message: Posted by: Sid Helkule (Oct 31, 2009 12:49AM)
"Do you guys sell products to the magic community? Yup we've seen this before..."
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Oct 31, 2009 09:17AM)
"Do you guys sell products to the magic community?....."

Once in a while but rarely :o)

Don, I loaded the pre sales into Christopher's car & then left as I had to pick up my daughter from school. So to be honest I have no idea what the post office said?

I am thinking something to the effect of "What the #$!*?". Boy would I like to have been a fly on the wall for that one. I will call Christopher today & ask. May be he can share his (hilarious I am sure) experience with you all.

Cheers,

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: Nathan Pain (Oct 31, 2009 10:29AM)
Matt,

You better not have been stealing MY Alone unit in that pic...I did chip in on the beer...excellent service, my thanks to both of you for the early shipping!

Nathan
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Oct 31, 2009 10:30AM)
It was actually quite a nightmare. In the middle of processing the shipment, the Post Office computer system crashed and took over an hour to come back up. We had to start again. Then it crashed again! Four hours later, they were all done. Talk about customer service! Well all's well that ends well. Cheers.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: Sid Helkule (Oct 31, 2009 10:37AM)
I would like to announce publicly that Nathan Pain did in fact 'promise' to chip in for the beer but I am yet to see any money. I did receive an email where he promised me a special dance in lieu of said money, but I declined because he wears a funny hat and has a tendency to produce the 3 of clubs at inappropriate times...

In all seriousness thanks guys for getting those out a week early, superb service! It's not often that a pre-ordered item ships ahead of schedule, and for that I thank you.

Will post thoughts when it arrives.

As you were.
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Oct 31, 2009 12:57PM)
Hi Nathan,

I will not be announcing exactly whose ALONE I stole ;o) The winner (or loser I guess) will find out soon enough. I guess you could call it an ALONE Russian Roulette of sorts :o)

To Luke & everyone else we are thrilled that we could ship the ALONE pre-order units a week ahead of schedule, just a small thank you to all for your support.

Enjoy!

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: JanForster (Oct 31, 2009 01:27PM)
[quote]
On 2009-10-31 10:17, mattjohnson wrote:
... So to be honest I have no idea what the post office said?
[/quote]

I think it said let me ALONE. Jan
Message: Posted by: Nathan Pain (Oct 31, 2009 02:23PM)
Luke,

My "dances" are worth every penny...I am truly insulted.

Nathan
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Nov 1, 2009 10:44AM)
If you look real close at the box Matt is holding, you can see my name on it,And if you listen very close you can hear Christopher saying my name, By the way, for those who may not know, Chris has an amazing book called "Inside Out" loaded with awesome effects, but , in my opinion , the best and easiest coin bend I have seen, I don't know Chris , I'm just a customer who found a great book.
Message: Posted by: Tacoking74 (Nov 1, 2009 04:29PM)
I don`t post a lot, but this time I feel like a 10 years old kid. Why???
I have just ordered ALONE and can`t wait! :)
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Nov 1, 2009 05:59PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-01 11:44, dave wrote:
By the way, for those who may not know, Chris has an amazing book called "Inside Out" loaded with awesome effects, but , in my opinion , the best and easiest coin bend I have seen, I don't know Chris , I'm just a customer who found a great book.
[/quote]

Dave: Thank you. My non-electronic material sometimes gets overshadowed by products like ALONE, so I appreciate the kind words. Cheers.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: DT3 (Nov 1, 2009 11:07PM)
Post Deleted. Sorry, was trying to post on an entirely different thread.

But while I'm here, are these being posted from Canada? And if so, when mine gets to Florida, will the "Hot/Cold" effect still work? Or will it need to be reversed?
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Nov 2, 2009 09:24AM)
Don,

If you live in Florida I may just mail myself in the box, I love Florida! It has to have been 18 years since I was in Florida.

By the way, yes you will have to reverse the Hot/Cold effect (obviously) ;o)

Can I also say, even though Christopher & I are close friends his non electronic material is really great. After just being on tour with Christopher I had the pleasure of watching him perform & lecture on his non electronic material & it is very good stuff. You should ask him about his Any Card at Any Number (not published in full yet).

TacoKing74, I know what you mean. I always get that same excited feeling on Christmas Eve, hey that's coming up soon........yeah!

Cheers,

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Nov 2, 2009 11:57AM)
Wow! I recently sent off some AONE units for MindVention and then a sudden run of orders came in and we are sold out! We will continue to honour the pre-order price until November 10th but will not be able able to ship any more until about the middle of the month. Cheers.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Nov 3, 2009 02:51PM)
Hi All,

OK, their has been a change of plan on the pre-sale price offered by Taylor Imagineering on ALONE.

The pre-sale for ALONE is now over as of this post!

ALONE is now being sold by Hocus-Pocus & Alakazam. In order to be fair to the retailers we have to remove the pre-sale price from the Taylor Imagineering website.

For all those that have already pre-ordered an ALONE unit your orders will be honored at the pre-sale price.

ALONE is now offered at the regular retail price of $300 US + shipping & can be purchased through Hocus-Pocus, Alakazam & Taylor Imagineering.

Thank you again for all your support & both Christopher & I apologize for any confusion this change to the pre-sale date may cause.

Cheers,

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: lunatik (Nov 3, 2009 03:27PM)
I personally think the pre-sale price should be honored as it has been mentioned so many times throughout the Café. A lot of people are counting on you to keep your word. I am wanting to pick up one of these :(
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Nov 3, 2009 03:38PM)
This is a matter of trying to be fair to as many people as possible and comes from doing people the favour of shipping things out early. Anyway, as Matt said we WILL honour all pre-orders made to date. If anyone, including you lunatik, has a genuine problem with this situation please PM me and I will do my best to sort you out personally. Cheers.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: Mr. Mindbender (Nov 3, 2009 03:50PM)
More proof that a good deed never goes unpunished.
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Nov 3, 2009 06:05PM)
You had a lot of time with this pre-order, how long should a company keep a lower price for, they need the profit to keep making great product, R&D is huge, then advertising, and on occasion they put some food on the table too.
Message: Posted by: lunatik (Nov 3, 2009 06:22PM)
I fully understand Dave, kinda
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Nov 3, 2009 07:31PM)
That's funny, Thanks, but I'm not sure I fully understand.
Message: Posted by: Justin Lewis (Nov 3, 2009 08:10PM)
Ordering mine tomorrow!
Message: Posted by: swiss_magician (Nov 3, 2009 10:13PM)
Hum, oh well...I must admit that I sometimes plan a "schedule" of purchases for props, books, etc... in order not to have too much money disappearing at the same time from my bank account, depending on a timing parameter (this product this month, that product next month,...). Then I have a naïve tendency to trust the deadlines provided by the sellers to plan my purchases when there are some pre-order offers...

Being fair to the retailers instead of being fair to the customer? Now THAT is an interesting concept...I should think a little more about it :(

M.
Message: Posted by: rockwall (Nov 3, 2009 10:54PM)
Yep, I have to admit to being a bit disappointed. Assumed I had a little more time before pulling the trigger on this one.
Message: Posted by: Sid Helkule (Nov 4, 2009 02:20AM)
I don't know how the heck it happened, because airmail usually takes about 10 days to Australia - but I just got a delivery at 6pm, sitting on my fence.

Alone hath arrived.

Hopefully will have a chance to play with it tonight. Thanks guys, that is exceptional service, I seriously don't understand how it got here so quick. I'm perplexed.
Message: Posted by: Magicmike221 (Nov 4, 2009 03:21AM)
***, I was gonna order today for the pre order price. I figured I had a day or so before it shot to 300 Dollars.
Message: Posted by: ArtIn (Nov 4, 2009 03:25AM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-04 03:20, Luke Shield wrote:
I don't know how the heck it happened, because airmail usually takes about 10 days to Australia - but I just got a delivery at 6pm, sitting on my fence.

Alone hath arrived.

Hopefully will have a chance to play with it tonight. Thanks guys, that is exceptional service, I seriously don't understand how it got here so quick. I'm perplexed.
[/quote]

that is quit teasing, gosh...! I am looking forward to read your review!
hoping airmail to europe is as fast as to australia.
Luke, do you have ordered with standart airmail or express?

have a great week guys
Message: Posted by: Nathan Pain (Nov 4, 2009 06:32AM)
Luke,

I hate you so much right now...you can forget about my dance!

Let me know how ya like it, buddy!

Nathan
Message: Posted by: Sid Helkule (Nov 4, 2009 08:04AM)
Nate I can't help it the US postal service sucks. PM me on you know where...

It came by standard airmail, not express. I have no idea why it got here so quickly, however I did notice a large bicep with a tattoo of a an anchor on it hanging above the fence when the courier dropped it off. I can only assume that a certain someone has been hand delivering them to watch the reaction the customer gets when they are received. And bash them using brute strength if they spot a frown. ;)

Now, onto my Alone unit.

The packaging is fantastic, very professional which you would expect. I had enough time to set up the unit and watch about 45 minutes of the DVD, which is well presented and very in-depth. Both Matt and Christopher go into great detail on the specifics of the unit and how to apply it to your performance.

The unit is a little bit larger than I expected, but not so much that it cannot be concealed easily. It's inner workings are very clever, and the receiver is well hidden (as we all probably know) from the spectator. They wouldn't suspect a thing.

I haven't had time to actually field test this as I only received it hours ago, but I did run a distance test. This works (as far as I can tell) from 30+ odd feet away (allowing for walls). The only thing that makes me nervous is that over this distance I did not pick up a strong signal. I am unsure as to whether my partner was using the pen correctly (although after some verbal abuse she swears she did), but it seemed that the sensitive areas were a bit fiddly at this distance. Perhaps it is in my head only. I had been drinking somewhat.

In close proximity it worked very well though, and I had no troubles at all distinguishing one signal from the next. I can see it working best within a shorter range. However as I said I haven't really had enough time to play with it.

The ideas for this unit are endless, and the setup is relatively simple. Alone would be a performers delight in that you set it up and you are ready to go for the rest of the night with minimal/no reset.

All in all I am very happy with my purchase, and I can see myself getting quite a bit of mileage out of it. Please note that these are only speculations after an hour of toying. It is very clever and I think that Matt and Christopher have a great product on their hands!

Will post more when it is tested for real...
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Nov 4, 2009 10:56AM)
Thanks for the quick feedback Luke. Regarding the range, ALONE is definitely designed for close combat and is not intended to be able to transmit thorough walls and floors like a Real Ghost or thumper transmitter will.

All the best,

Christopher
Message: Posted by: bobser (Nov 4, 2009 01:27PM)
I don't have a problem with the pre-price or the new price.
I simply hate when someone (normally the guy in charge who can make the decisions) says: "It's now got a new price... and it's higher. I've done what I can but now it's out of my hands, sorry"
If it were me and I were the guy in charge I'd act like the guy in charge and do what I wanted to do. And that includes saying: "I'm putting the price up so that me and my business partners can get more money from you and that's simply the truth".
That's cool with me because I already sorted this out in my brain and my brain tells me that's the reason WHY. And my brain is probably correct.
Now then, I want to purchase it at the original fair price. If you want to sell it to me at that price pm me.
I expect you won't, but ask yourself this: if I brought a 1,000 team or purchasers with me, would you? OK so we all know the answer is 'yes' so stop taking the p-ss and do the right thing.

bobser.
ps: I know you won't cause I don't have the 1,000 purchasers with me, but I know I'm right, and so do you, so... feel guilty!
Remember 'magicians helping magicians'?
Message: Posted by: mindpunisher (Nov 4, 2009 01:37PM)
Bobser is always on the scrounge ignore him. The original price was $300. The presale price was the cheaper one.

C'mon bobser cough up. Or do without. I think its a great idea although a bit pricey. And from first review the transmitter doesn't seem to be all that strong.

Why would christopher not charge? And just like you when you book gigs with the material you have. you don't do it for free.
Message: Posted by: aukt (Nov 4, 2009 01:53PM)
I think this is bad form. Such a shame.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Nov 4, 2009 02:23PM)
I suppose I have no reason to be angry as I put myself into this mess by trying to please as many people as I could. Bobser, you are simply wrong. The price was ALWAYS going to go up. I got twisted up in contractual obligations that I can not back out of. People who know me are aware of how hard I work at providing good service and I will try once more here to keep things fair. Anyone who feels disapointed over me changing the pre-sale period to 8 weeks (yes it has been THAT long) from 9 weeks can consider this offer: Matthew and I are working on an Expantion Pack to be release in February. It will sell for about $50. Any one who orders between now and November 10th at the retail price will receive an Expansion Pack free. Beyond that, I am at my wit's end.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: mindpunisher (Nov 4, 2009 02:29PM)
Christopher:

Relax man. for what I can see the price hasn't gone up. $300 was the price. the other was a special pre-sale price. I think the majority understand that. you will always get some moan on here. They had plenty of time to take advantage. Special prices do not last forever. Unfortunately bobser has missed the boat.

Bobser is a hustler charge him $350 instead. Magician's helping magicians doesn't extend to marketed services or products its aimed at advice.

Your doing a good job. And you deserve to make some money. And I don't see how they can complain now your offering the expansion pack.
Message: Posted by: mike storz (Nov 4, 2009 02:45PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-04 15:23, willowtaylor wrote:
I suppose I have no reason to be angry as I put myself into this mess by trying to please as many people as I could. Bobser, you are simply wrong. The price was ALWAYS going to go up. I got twisted up in contractual obligations that I can not back out of. People who know me are aware of how hard I work at providing good service and I will try once more here to keep things fair. Anyone who feels disapointed over me changing the pre-sale period to 8 weeks (yes it has been THAT long) from 9 weeks can consider this offer: Matthew and I are working on an Expantion Pack to be release in February. It will sell for about $50. Any one who orders between now and November 10th at the retail price will receive an Expansion Pack free. Beyond that, I am at my wit's end.

Christopher
[/quote]

IMHO that's incredible customer service! Christopher has always been prompt in responding to customers, being flexible with payment options, and even sending me material that I needed when I purchased something second hand. Contractual agreements has tied his hands and we all know his character and how good he's been. Things happen and I feel this gesture is incredibly generous of him.

Mike :)
Message: Posted by: Sid Helkule (Nov 4, 2009 03:20PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-04 11:56, willowtaylor wrote:
Thanks for the quick feedback Luke. Regarding the range, ALONE is definitely designed for close combat and is not intended to be able to transmit thorough walls and floors like a Real Ghost or thumper transmitter will.

All the best,

Christopher
[/quote]

I do want everyone to know that above wasn't really a proper review, as Christopher said it was 'quick feedback'. I am taking this with me today for some real testing!
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Nov 4, 2009 03:30PM)
OK...here we go!

I am going to start by explaining this situation in full as the situation of shortening the pre-sale date from 9 weeks to 8 weeks seems to have disappointed a few people greatly, for that both myself & Christopher apologize. Christopher has customer service that is second to none & I am disappointed that a few individuals would choose to tar & feather Christopher over this without knowing ALL the details that have caused Christopher's hands to be tied.

First the facts:

1) The pre-sale date was supposed to end on the 10th of November!

2) The pre-sale has lasted for 8 weeks (1 week short of the schedule)

The series of events that have lead to this unfortunate circumstance are as follows.

All pre-sales were supposed to be shipped on the 10th of November (after Mindvention was over.) When we returned from our UK lecture tour the ALONE units were ready to go so Christopher (as a courtesy to his customers) decided to ship those pre-sales early. He then decided to ship ordered units to Hocus-Pocus & Alakazam early too so that they would not miss the boat either. Now Hocus-Pocus & Alakazam are the only two authorized dealers in the world of ALONE other than Taylor Imagineering. They were chosen because of their excellent service & business practices. Because these are the only two dealers in the world to sell ALONE it does cut down on profits somewhat for Taylor Imagineering but Christopher wanted to be able to have some say in the price & the level of service offered to the purchasers of ALONE.

When the two dealers started to sell ALONE earlier than we originally anticipated it created some conflict between their retail price & the pre-order price. A conflict of $50-00 + shipping. Now as you can understand, no one is going to order a product from either of those two retailers if they can buy it cheaper from Christopher & therefore this puts the dealers in a difficult position which they should not be in. This situation arose from the fact that Christopher was trying to keep everybody happy by shipping earlier than anticipated, however due to the large work load Christopher over looked this 1 week cross over period.

Pre selling a limited number of high ticket items is a necessary step for many creators as large R&D costs & production costs have to be covered before any profit is made. The production of ALONE is already into the 10's of thousands of dollars & all of that has to be recovered, therefore pre-sales are necessary.

Both Taylor Imagineering & myself have worked very hard to keep customers happy & have been VERY forthcoming with not just 1 or 2 demos of ALONES possibilities but 7 demos + ongoing up to date information. We have done this because we want everyone to be happy with their purchase.

As Christopher mentioned we have been working on an Expansion pack for ALONE that will be valued at about $50-00 US that will include gimmicks that can be added to ALONE along with many guest contributors. This Expansion pack will (as of now) only be available through Taylor Imagineering & is due for release at Blackpool Magic Convention in 2010. Christopher has offered a free expansion pack to anyone who has a problem purchasing at $300 which I think is an incredible offer & more than fare. This offer will only apply until November 10th & after that it will be gone!!!! Please note that this expansion pack WILL NOT be shipping until after its release at Blackpool in 2010!

Also with reference to the insinuation that Taylor Imagineering & myself did this for a quick buck because sales were doing well let me say this (even though I do not need to). We have had to pull the pre sale price because units are now being sold by Alakazam & Hocus-Pocus. We have to sell to both of these dealers at a wholesale price & therefore we make a lot less money!!! If this was about continued high profits for us we would have made more money if we continued to offer the pre-sale price. Hope that makes sense & if it does think about it for a second!

Taylor Imagineering is a business & has to make a profit but trust me when I say again that many units have to be sold before profits are made!

OK, off my soap box now!

Cheers,

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: actorscotty (Nov 4, 2009 04:16PM)
Got it love it, knew what to expect but the extras on the dvd far exceeded my expectations,,, thanks for a great product
Message: Posted by: Martin.Lester (Nov 4, 2009 04:48PM)
As someone who (Luckily) did get the pre-order in time, I can see both sides

I have always found Christopher to give excellent customer service, however I did raise the question about alakazam and was told they would only stock the product after the pre-sale,

so even if you did ship to them early to the dealers. I can’t see why you could not have added a condition that they do not put them on sale until after the official pre-sale had finished (which is common with many products)
Message: Posted by: ScottLeavitt (Nov 4, 2009 08:36PM)
I got in under the wire, but don't see how anyone who didn't can complain given the expansion pack offer (which you guys know you would have ended up purchasing anyway). They got stuck in a tough spot (not due to any "greed"), and I truly think they've done the appropriate thing to make amends.

Look forward to receiving later this month!
Message: Posted by: Mr. Mindbender (Nov 4, 2009 09:08PM)
I find it ironic that the two most innovative creators of mentalism on the market today (Taylor and Outlaw) are having to dodge arrows about their customer service. Both of these guys are not only offer top notch services and products, they are clearly top notch individuals. I applaud and celebrate both companies.
Message: Posted by: Jay Are (Nov 5, 2009 01:33AM)
If you don't like the price, policy, color of the box, etc than don't f%+#?!& buy it!

Owners of the item wont mind....
Message: Posted by: bobser (Nov 5, 2009 03:15AM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-05 02:33, Jay Are wrote:
If you don't like the price, policy, color of the box, etc than don't f%+#?!& buy it!

Owners of the item wont mind....
[/quote]

Oh yeah, 'owners of the item won't mind'. I think I know which category YOU fall into. And mind your f$£&ing language when your on here mate!

Apart from that I do wish to apologise to the makers. I've listened to what they have to say and I guess in THIS particular occasion I was wrong to write what I did. And yes I have heard that you are straight guys and I certainly regret making you feel any more frantic by what I wrote.
As a token of apology I will rather humbly purchase this item (at the increased price since it serves me right for being so crass!) Obviously I would have purchased it anyway since it does seem more than worth the money. In fact it does seem like a work of pure genius.
Anyway, please accept my apologies. Sorry.

Bob
Message: Posted by: MagicDog (Nov 5, 2009 05:20AM)
Chrstopher,

Thank you for allowing me to save $50.00, The wait was worth it, and as always you have gone out of your way to give the best product for the price.

John
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Nov 5, 2009 09:24AM)
Bobser,

Thank you for your apology! Our point was not prove anybody wrong, just to try & explain the obligations we were under that tied our hands. Anyways to come on a public forum & apologize speaks volumes about your character :o)

Luke, ActorScotty & John, it is great to hear that you have received your products & that you are happy! This last year & a half of working on ALONE with Christopher has been a long haul (demos, R&D, design, prototypes etc) so your thoughts are very much appreciated.

Cheers,

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: Gerry Hennessey (Nov 5, 2009 10:19AM)
Whilst I don't intend to debate the validity or otherwise of the pricing issue, I do wish to reference one point i.e. ethics.

I've known Christopher Taylor for many years, as a champion martial artist, magician and brilliant innovator. Whether it be martial arts, magic or business, there are fewer people I'd rather have in my "ethical corner" than he. Considering that he has shipped hundreds of products all over the world and earned himself a reputation as one of the most trusted in the business, I would suggest that those feeling slighted consider that there are dozens of unethical companies out there who would not care in the slightest about customer concerns. Taylor Imagineering is clearly not one of these. From dozens of past posts, (do a search and you will see) I am not alone in that opinion.


The free offer of an "expansion pack" is indeed a sincere attempt to correct a contractual oversight and should be seen for what it is i.e.. a generous gesture from a very ethical, conscientious dealer.

Gerry
Message: Posted by: Nathan Pain (Nov 5, 2009 10:20AM)
If my mailman doesn't "deliver" today...I may have to touch one side of his face...not sure if it will be hot or cold...

Nathan
Message: Posted by: DamonWizaed (Nov 5, 2009 12:52PM)
Matt & Christopher -

Got mine today and, as usual it is beautiful. Can hardly wait to get it into the real world and the expansion pack can't get here soon enough.
Thanks again for everthing!

the best,
Damon
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Nov 5, 2009 03:31PM)
Received mine as well, as expected, great packaging, extremely well made props and the DVD has everything needed to not only get you started , but get your brain going, anyone who has this will easily come up with their own variation and have an exclusive routine, all we need now is a password protected forum to openly discuss amongst each other.
Message: Posted by: Nathan Pain (Nov 5, 2009 04:54PM)
Mailman! Consider yourself on my list...the bad kind.

Nathan
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Nov 5, 2009 05:07PM)
Nathan, don't be upset, your only waiting for one of the best things to come out this year,
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Nov 5, 2009 05:09PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-05 16:31, dave wrote:
....all we need now is a password protected forum to openly discuss amongst each other.
[/quote]

Ask and you shall receive. It's here: http://www.taylorimagineering.com/forum/

Cheers.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: jonxodus (Nov 5, 2009 06:39PM)
Got mine today as well, I live in CA. Haven't gotten time to play with it yet, but just want to praise the customer service I got from Christopher, he was very quick to reply all my emails and answer my questions. He is a great person to deal with. Will definitely not be my last purchase with him.
Message: Posted by: Dan McLean (Nov 5, 2009 11:35PM)
I'd like to read some reviews. Experiences. Test trials.
I received mine today but am still going over the wealth of material supplied and also wondering what could possibly be included in the expansion pack that hasn't already been covered in the excellent DVD.
So what's the buzz? Heads or Tails and Which Hand immediately caught my eye.
Message: Posted by: Sid Helkule (Nov 6, 2009 02:51AM)
I'm not a big fan of either of those effects Dan... However I like the Hot/Cold effect immensely.
Message: Posted by: Nathan Pain (Nov 6, 2009 05:08PM)
I am finally ALONE...

Nathan
Message: Posted by: rockwall (Nov 6, 2009 06:26PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-04 21:36, ScottLeavitt wrote:
I got in under the wire, but don't see how anyone who didn't can complain given the expansion pack offer (which you guys know you would have ended up purchasing anyway). They got stuck in a tough spot (not due to any "greed"), and I truly think they've done the appropriate thing to make amends.

Look forward to receiving later this month!
[/quote]

Just as a note of reference. I went back over the thread and don't see that anyone HAS complained since Christopher made his very generous offer of the expansion pack for those who purchased before the originally promised pre-order date.

As someone who did express slight disappointment at the early end of the pre-order period, let me also say that I am VERY happy with the consolation offer made by Christopher and I promptly put in my order once it was made. I think the offer was more than fair but also appropriate.

Thank you Christopher and I really look forward to getting Alone!

Mike
Message: Posted by: Magicmike221 (Nov 6, 2009 11:40PM)
Gonna give alakazam a call (4 hours till they open) Hopefully I may have my hands on this item Tuesday,, Cant wait,, Christopher, Matt ...well done for bringing out what seems to be a real world winner !
By the way roughly speaking how long from opening the box to performing a simple routine?
Message: Posted by: markthorold (Nov 7, 2009 06:29AM)
Id seriously recommend viewing the DVD in its entirity ,then its a matter of a minute or so to install the battery and youre away . Its superb.......
Message: Posted by: Mr. Mindbender (Nov 7, 2009 10:00AM)
A mentalist performs Bank Night, a book test, and a drawing dupe for his act. One day, a genie appears before him, granting him one wish. The mentalist tells the genie that he wants to have real mind reading powers. The genie snaps her fingers and so it becomes. The mentalist now has the power to truly read minds. For his next show, he performs Bank Night, a book test, and a drawing dupe.

What does this have to do with Alone? Well, I received it a few days ago, watched and absorbed the DVD material, customized it for my business cards, and have begun to experiment with it. There are several routines I currently perform that will be much cleaner and ultimately, stronger as a result of this amazing product. But I think its true power won't be applying it to what I currently do.

The challenge and ultimate reward will be in coming up with brand new, innovative effects that could never be accomplished in any other way. For me, that won't happen out of the box. It'll take some time. It'll be challenging and exciting. That's what I love most about Alone.

Thanks genie!
Message: Posted by: westo (Nov 7, 2009 10:00AM)
I am absolutley delighted with this, as close to the real mindreading as you could hope to get.
Built to last if treated with slight care.
Super stuff!!
Message: Posted by: Steve Suss (Nov 7, 2009 10:45AM)
Is this something you could easily carry with you all the time? Is it always ready to go? Is there some hidden bulky gismo that must be turned on? I'm looking for any performance restrictions that will determine how often I might use this.

Thanks

Steve
Message: Posted by: Dan McLean (Nov 7, 2009 11:14AM)
I don't think there are any more restrictions on using it than for example using a memorized deck or remembering to set up your scotch and soda gimmick. The setup is very minor to me. I guess it depends on what you're used to.

What isn't minor is the customer service. I can tell you from experience that Christopher fully backs his products and is always available to help. I wish all suppliers followed Taylor Imagineering's lead.
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Nov 7, 2009 12:02PM)
Hi All,

I am so glad to hear that everyone is enjoying ALONE so far!

Steve, as Dan mentions the set up is pretty minimal. As far as hidden bulky gizmo? Well you can see me performing in jeans & t-shirt on many of the demos which shows that the gizmo (so to speak) is not too bulky :o)

Mindbender. You have hit the nail on the head my friend! The power of ALONE is how it will grow with you to suit your own routines & ideas, of course for those less creative you can do any one of the seven routines included on the DVD!

Off to Mindvention in Las Vegas today where ALONE gets it's official launch! Traveling with Christopher (the yoda of mentalism) :o) It will be my first time in Vegas (believe it or not) & I cannot wait to hopefully see some of you there. Make sure you come & introduce yourself to me.

Cheers,

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: patrick66 (Nov 7, 2009 12:15PM)
I took the plunge as well.... Let's see if this thing can live up to the hype.
Message: Posted by: lunatik (Nov 7, 2009 05:27PM)
3 for sale on the Café already! it seems 2 of those people has Solstice and are opting to stay with that instead. I personally don't like the notepad as it doesn't fit my style or personality, so I'll probably will be staying with Alone.
Message: Posted by: necroloid (Nov 7, 2009 07:26PM)
4 sold on the Café in the last few hours. I think I should have waited for reviews before I pre ordered!
Message: Posted by: DT3 (Nov 7, 2009 08:42PM)
And now 5. That's strange. Did these purchasers really have the time to try it out first?

Most of them say it's new still in the box, so I imagine it's a case of buyer's regret, (which happens with any high priced items) and not unhappiness with the product.
Message: Posted by: Nathan Pain (Nov 7, 2009 08:49PM)
Maybe they should take up stamp collecting...

Nathan
Message: Posted by: Jay Are (Nov 7, 2009 09:44PM)
I usually don't post about stuff I have and use, but the "bad" advertising a bunch of Café members selling their alone units is giving the product is making me sick TBH.

I have used it at 3 PAID gigs over the last 4 nights...

The applications and possibilities for this are huge ( blah, blah, ad copy blah).

The product is great, deceptive, and allows for some killer mentalism.

J
Message: Posted by: lunatik (Nov 7, 2009 11:56PM)
I haven't received mine as of yet, but think it should be a great piece! some people already have something similar ie Solstice and others aren't wanting to take the time and effort for the hookup. I could be wrong
Message: Posted by: mike storz (Nov 8, 2009 05:30AM)
I do not own this but do own solstice and have spoke to many who have sold this or debated buying this. It appears that it's a matter of preference in terms of which one (Solstice or Alone) you like more and some feel you really don't need both. I absolutely LOVE my solstice wallet and most people selling these have said people who do not have Solstice already will LOVE Alone. In fact, they all had great things to say about it.

I wish the DVD was available so I can lean the routines to use with my SW!

Hope this helps! Christophers items are excellent. If I didn't have Solstice I'd jump on this and believe it or not I'm still considering it.

My understanding is the hookup isn't difficult but it's slightly different then Solstice. It's a little surprising that it requires two "somethings" rather than "one". Owners of both know what I mean. Others would never think differently about it.

Mike :)
Message: Posted by: VIEW (Nov 8, 2009 06:48AM)
I count 7 sold now, including mine.
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Nov 8, 2009 07:22AM)
Nathan and Jay, your thoughts are always welcome, I think you are wrong (Jay) in saying it makes you sick, perhaps you should PM these few people and see what's up, it may make you feel better and you won't have to keep eating Tums. Alone is one of the most amazing effects to come out in a very long time, and one who owns it will most likely use it, I agree with Mike's post, in that , many of these people selling this are owners of Solstice, and they feel it is very similar, there are also those who will sell Solstice and keep Alone, I purchased Alone for one specific reason, after receiving it, I found my original method was and is more practical, and all the amazing things Alone can do, I can accomplish with what I have, the feeling is mutual among many who are selling it, All agree it is amazing, we all also buy and buy and buy, looking for that perfect fit, Jay found his with Alone, I found mine with Solstice and Chris Taylor found both of them for us, I see no losers here, Those who get to buy Alone on the Café saved a bit , those who sold, learned a lot from the effect and DVD, and Chris may sell some more of his Solstice.
Message: Posted by: Sid Helkule (Nov 8, 2009 07:30AM)
I have to agree with Dave, almost to the point where we may have had the same effect in mind? ;) I too am selling mine, but this is in no way a reflection of the product!

I also purchased Alone for a specific reason, and during the pre-order wait I found another method for what I wanted to do. I have to echo Dave's post though in that I think this is a brilliant product that a lot of buyers will get loads of mileage from. It just isn't for me personally at this time...
Message: Posted by: bobser (Nov 8, 2009 05:53PM)
I've pm'ed Christopher but if anyone can answer this I'd be grateful. Would one be correct in assuming that there is a pro- th-mp-r included in the ALONE kit?

ta
Message: Posted by: Nathan Pain (Nov 8, 2009 06:10PM)
Bobser,

Kind of...I think the ranges very between the 2 units...

Nathan
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Nov 8, 2009 06:18PM)
No
Message: Posted by: bobser (Nov 9, 2009 02:49AM)
Thanks. Christopher just pm'd me.
Message: Posted by: ArtIn (Nov 9, 2009 03:47AM)
I could imagine a few would'nt expect the simplicity of alone?

[quote]
On 2009-11-04 09:04, Luke Shield wrote:

All in all I am very happy with my purchase, and I can see myself getting quite a bit of mileage out of it. Please note that these are only speculations after an hour of toying. It is very clever and I think that Matt and Christopher have a great product on their hands!

Will post more when it is tested for real...
[/quote]

Luke, what happened to you? How went your real time testing?
I feel a little bit confused about your post compared to earlier ones.
You may wanted it for a specific way but what about the endless possibilities?

I am still waiting for mine and either don't understand the reselling "wave" here.
Was it to simple for someone? Whats the problem about it? Did somebody expect a real time impression device?

best regards
Message: Posted by: Sid Helkule (Nov 9, 2009 05:04AM)
It does have endless possibilites, I stand by that. I DID however (as stated above) purchase it purely for one routine I wanted to perform, and in the meantime have figured something else out. Also I found myself not liking using the stack of business cards as much as I thought I would. Remember I posted my thoughts after an hour of toying with it, I have since come to find it's just not my thing.

Yes I tested it for real, over two days and with about 15 different people. Not a huge test but enought to see if it was a good fit.

I think everyone is being ridiculous about this apparent "wave of reselling". What wave? A handful of people have offloaded their units, probably because the next great thing has come out since the pre-order and they feel they need that now. I had my own reasons seperate to that. Either buy it or don't I say.

I did hear people complain that their unit was fiddly and did not respond correctly as one of the reasons they sold it. My unit worked perfectly though, no problems at all.

And as to the simplicity - I knew exactly what the unit was before it arrived, there were no surprises there.

Have fun with it!
Message: Posted by: mindpunisher (Nov 9, 2009 07:41AM)
I don't think anyone is being rediculous. If there a number of people reselling so quickly then something is definately wrong. There is definately a wave.

I personally would never buy anything pre-sale. And on here you very rarely get the real truth from those that bought. I think reselling says a lot more than the words. There is definately a mismatch between the marketing and the real experience.

Otherwise there would be no reselling so soon.
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Nov 9, 2009 12:24PM)
Hi All,

Down in Vegas at Mindvention having a blast! I stayed up a little late last night & had a couple too many beers so I am nursing a little bit of a sore head at the moment :o(

I am glad to see all of your comments, I would however like to address this wave of sales that everyone seems to be focusing on.

First lets put this wave in perspective. Christopher & I originally packaged 200 ALONE units. We have since sold all of those units except for the 20 we have at Mindvention & the 6 or 7 we gave to colleagues for beta testing. That's about 170 out there already. It appears we have 7 that have been resold (according to my reading of this thread). Looking at the numbers we have sold I am OK with 7 being resold. Not all effects will be a great fit for all people, it's as simple as that. Part of the process (if you want the secret) is to buy the effect. If you feel it's not for you then that's completely understandable.

Now to the matter of the mismatch between marketing & the real experience. I do have to say that I do not believe there is a mismatch between the marketing & the real experience.Now I know you will all consider my opinion a little bias & one sided but hear me out here. We released 7 demo videos to show you exactly what ALONE is capable of. I feel we were more than fair & forthcoming with our demos. There is no mismatch as far as I am concerned. What you saw (is exactly) what is possible with ALONE & more!

As we have mentioned for some time, an expansion pack will be coming out in January 2010.We have simply come up with more great routines with the unit over time not to mention we have great contributions from people both Christopher & I respect very much. These routines from contributors are great & we want to share them with you.

I do not fault anyone for selling their unit either. If it does not work for you then move it on, however I again will reiterate, there is no mismatch between the marketing & the real experience.

Thanks to all for purchasing & thanks for all your great comments & private PM's on ALONE, both Christopher & I are very happy to hear that you are enjoying your new purchase. To those that have decided to move their ALONE units on, thank you for giving it a try.

Cheers,

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: mike storz (Nov 9, 2009 06:59PM)
Nicely said Matt!

:)
Message: Posted by: ArtIn (Nov 10, 2009 03:26AM)
The less go with it the more people would'nt know about it.
Hope that makes sense.

I do not want to sound egoistic but things like Alone seem to be more effective if not spreaded widely. The price indeed helps for that. (and of course creativity)

If something does'nt work correctly there is no reason for re-selling it.
http://www.taylorimagineering.com/warranty.php

I really believe in T.I's support and hope others will do so!

Is there a possibility of tracking standard airmail?

best,
art
Message: Posted by: JanForster (Nov 10, 2009 05:23AM)
Art, that's exactly why I'm here at Vegas for Mindvention, to pick it up personal from Christopher. Just kidding, but standard airmail doesn't offer tracking. Jan
Message: Posted by: ArtIn (Nov 10, 2009 06:21AM)
So I have to keep waiting for the lucky day..

I would like to be there now instead of sitting at my desk..

have much fun there!
Message: Posted by: magicFreak2 (Nov 10, 2009 11:42AM)
Question regarding the limitations of this device, it sounds very useful, I understand the obvious fun in which hand, but who would pay $300, seriously, only to find out which hand something is in, or where in a room an object is? What I am more interested is the part of the routine where someone wrote something down and Matt stated it. Are there any serious limitations to this portion of the effect?
Message: Posted by: bobser (Nov 10, 2009 12:20PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-10 12:42, magicFreak2 wrote:
Question regarding the limitations of this device, it sounds very useful, I understand the obvious fun in which hand, but who would pay $300, seriously, only to find out which hand something is in, or where in a room an object is? What I am more interested is the part of the routine where someone wrote something down and Matt stated it. Are there any serious limitations to this portion of the effect?
[/quote]

Who would pay £300, seriously, only to find out where someone wrote something down?
Obviously you.
And others would pay the same to find out which hand it's in or where in the room the object is hidden.
Can you explain the difference? How is one a miracle and the other isn't?
Message: Posted by: magicFreak2 (Nov 10, 2009 12:52PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-10 13:20, bobser wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-11-10 12:42, magicFreak2 wrote:
Question regarding the limitations of this device, it sounds very useful, I understand the obvious fun in which hand, but who would pay $300, seriously, only to find out which hand something is in, or where in a room an object is? What I am more interested is the part of the routine where someone wrote something down and Matt stated it. Are there any serious limitations to this portion of the effect?
[/quote]

Who would pay £300, seriously, only to find out where someone wrote something down?
Obviously you.
And others would pay the same to find out which hand it's in or where in the room the object is hidden.
Can you explain the difference? How is one a miracle and the other isn't?
[/quote]

There are a million uses for what someone wrote down (e.g. Phone number, Pin number, Book tests), but only one for the hands (oh wow, you got a 50% chance right three times in a row!)

I would just rather use the Nose Knows principle (80% success ration makes it seem more genuine)
Message: Posted by: Jay Are (Nov 10, 2009 01:11PM)
Magicfreak...

buy another device.

J
Message: Posted by: magicFreak2 (Nov 10, 2009 01:13PM)
NP. I had just saw somewhere on the video this lady writing the name of a card and Matthew Johnson naming it. Guess I was misled or it was a different principle.
Message: Posted by: Jay Are (Nov 10, 2009 01:16PM)
No...

That effect is POSSIBLE with alone. It looks and feels just as clean as it did in the video ( nothing misleading here ) but I feel that what you are looking for is a real time p**k or i** device.

Which you can get for far cheaper than $300.

I am of the opinion that alone will not suit your purposes.

J
Message: Posted by: Mr. Mindbender (Nov 10, 2009 02:10PM)
I've had a chance to take Alone out for a spin the last few days, and am really pleased with the reaction I'm getting.

I have a spec name four cities they'd like to visit, and write them down on a card. I then take them through a mental exercise where they create an imaginary trip, where they travel from one city to the next. At the end, I reveal the exact city by city order of the trip they take, and as a kicker, predict the time they arrive at their final destination.

For those with the Alone DVD, I make a slight alteration to the "Infinity Principle", changing it to a circular globe the spec travels around, and, as a Nail in the Coffin ending, use my SYKYS watch for the kicker.
Message: Posted by: ArtIn (Nov 10, 2009 02:12PM)
How long will it take for a standard airmail package to europe/germany.

I am getting a little bit impatient.

@magicfreak2
may sound stupid but the limition is your own mind!
(i believe this experience you could have with every single T.I Product)

Buy it like everybody, use it like nobody would ever think of!

best,
art
Message: Posted by: mike storz (Nov 10, 2009 03:06PM)
Mr. Mindbender,

Love the routine! I may use this one with my SW. Knowing the "Infinity Principle" I think the the globe idea is wonderful and makes such good sense!

Mike :)
Message: Posted by: magicFreak2 (Nov 10, 2009 05:56PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-10 14:16, Jay Are wrote:
No...

That effect is POSSIBLE with alone. It looks and feels just as clean as it did in the video ( nothing misleading here ) but I feel that what you are looking for is a real time p**k or i** device.

Which you can get for far cheaper than $300.
[/quote]

Thank you for your feedback, unfortunately I am not aware of any REAL TIME p**k devices that are sub $300, I find this rather hard to believe.
Message: Posted by: bobser (Nov 10, 2009 06:15PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-10 13:52, magicFreak2 wrote:

I would just rather use the Nose Knows principle (80% success ration makes it seem more genuine)
[/quote]

I understand what you say. It's just that, a pro would never dream of guessing when he's right or wrong. He rather CHOOSES when to be right or wrong. Also you talk of the hands being a 50/50 chance but that's not the case when someone can place an item ANYWHERE in the room. That might blow someone away. And that person might already be aware of 'imp pads/clip boards etc.
Message: Posted by: Ireland (Nov 10, 2009 07:02PM)
If minds could really be read, why would someone always have to write it down first?
Message: Posted by: Mr. Mindbender (Nov 10, 2009 07:54PM)
If you don't have an answer to that question, then you should consider another hobby/profession. Right?
Message: Posted by: Jay Are (Nov 10, 2009 07:57PM)
Luckily ireland already has...

not sure why he's on this forum though...

;
Message: Posted by: Dan McLean (Nov 10, 2009 08:10PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-10 20:02, Ireland wrote:
If minds could really be read, why would someone always have to write it down first?
[/quote]

Hmmm. The problem with the printed word is that the tone is lost. I honestly can't tell if you're seriously posing a question, taking a position or just having a laugh. I sure you know that your question has been covered endlessly in print and video. The answers are myriad.
Message: Posted by: Nathan Pain (Nov 10, 2009 09:29PM)
If you could really do magic why would you just make a hanky disappear in your fist?

Nathan
Message: Posted by: Mr. Mindbender (Nov 10, 2009 10:21PM)
If you could really read minds, why would you even ask this question - you already know my answer.

;)
Message: Posted by: MatthewH (Nov 10, 2009 10:50PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-10 18:56, magicFreak2 wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-11-10 14:16, Jay Are wrote:
No...

That effect is POSSIBLE with alone. It looks and feels just as clean as it did in the video ( nothing misleading here ) but I feel that what you are looking for is a real time p**k or i** device.

Which you can get for far cheaper than $300.
[/quote]

Thank you for your feedback, unfortunately I am not aware of any REAL TIME p**k devices that are sub $300, I find this rather hard to believe.
[/quote]

Have a look at Al Straker's Sniper Pad on Outlaw's site - might fit what you want for a lot less than $300
Message: Posted by: magicFreak2 (Nov 11, 2009 09:26AM)
Exactly, its the weak link. I hate the weak link, but its in every trick. Some do a clever disguising job, like Greg Rostami (Sorry if I got that name wrong), with iForce, but then the overall effect is not as strong.

I really dislike tricks where the weak link is obvious e.g. Just Think, where they write it down and then crumple it up. If they crumple it up, then what is the point of writing it down? They put two and two together and the trick is shot. With the Disappearing Card Case, why does the magician have to put the case over the cards upside down? You put 2 and 2 and get the answer.

Its all the more sickening when it comes mentalism. With the TT, if you really can read minds, why do you have to write it down? And if you really can read minds, why do you have to know the answer before you can show what you wrote?

With the Koran Deck, why do you have to ask questions if you already read their mind? At least questions can be easily disguised as byplay.

With a Svengali deck, why can't you just hand them the deck to choose a card, why does it have to be riffled?

But at least a realtime writing device would get rid of them needing to return the object.
Message: Posted by: aussiemagic (Nov 11, 2009 09:30AM)
On asking questions...

What you are doing is not meant to be easy.

On writing it down...

So, the spectator doesn't forget, change their mind, etc etc There are plenty of ways to justify having something written down and I do not think it is a "weak link" in most situations.
Message: Posted by: magicFreak2 (Nov 11, 2009 09:33AM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-11 10:30, aussiemagic wrote:
On asking questions...

What you are doing is not meant to be easy.

On writing it down...

So, the spectator doesn't forget, change their mind, etc etc There are plenty of ways to justify having something written down and I do not think it is a "weak link" in most situations.
[/quote]

Sure, but in reality, if you really could read their mind, you wouldn't need them to write it, lets face it, and even if they did cheat, they would still be internally stunned.

I had hoped that Thought Chunnel by Joshua Quinn would be what I was looking for, but I was misled by a review he posted here on the Café (the one about Ant and Them). Luckily as an uber computer geek I didn't have to pay for the book (and I never pirate anything), and eventually I even made a PDA app to make it easier to do, but still, people always remember something similar to the Elephants from Denmark and it loses the touch.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Mindbender (Nov 11, 2009 09:48AM)
"But in reality, if you could really read minds, you wouldn't need them to write it down..."

How do you know? Sure, in some goofy sci-fi movie all you have to do is put your fingers to your temple and concentrate and voila! But that's not reality either.

The point is -- YOU define the reality. Just like a writer in a good sci-fi story -- YOU create the rules. What if reading someone's mind is nearly impossible. Nearly. It usually takes two highly trained people to focus all of their mental capacities in unison for something to have a chance at working. You have absolutely no history working with the spectator. They have never seriously tried this before. You both need all the help you can get to have success at reading their mind. To increase the possibility, they need to focus on something specific, not just any random thought. To help focus, they write down the word...

And on, and on you go. The point is -- no one truly knows the difficulty of reading minds. The questions you ask are legitimate, but you stop short. Anyone can ask questions. Put time into coming up with creative answers. By solving your own questions, you end up crating an effect or act that has logic, rings true to you and others, and has real entertainment power.

And in a blatant attempt to get this thread back on track -- half the fun of working with Alone is answering these questions!
Message: Posted by: magicFreak2 (Nov 11, 2009 09:58AM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-11 10:48, Mr. Mindbender wrote:
"But in reality, if you could really read minds, you wouldn't need them to write it down..."

How do you know? Sure, in some goofy sci-fi movie all you have to do is put your fingers to your temple and concentrate and voila! But that's not reality either.

The point is -- YOU define the reality. Just like a writer in a good sci-fi story -- YOU create the rules. What if reading someone's mind is nearly impossible. Nearly. It usually takes two highly trained people to focus all of their mental capacities in unison for something to have a chance at working. You have absolutely no history working with the spectator. They have never seriously tried this before. You both need all the help you can get to have success at reading their mind. To increase the possibility, they need to focus on something specific, not just any random thought. To help focus, they write down the word...

And on, and on you go. The point is -- no one truly knows the difficulty of reading minds. The questions you ask are legitimate, but you stop short. Anyone can ask questions. Put time into coming up with creative answers. By solving your own questions, you end up crating an effect or act that has logic, rings true to you and others, and has real entertainment power.

And in a blatant attempt to get this thread back on track -- half the fun of working with Alone is answering these questions!
[/quote]

I guess I can try using the concentration technique, and if I want something a little closer to reality maybe try some Hellstromism/Muscle Reading.

As for Alone, I keep watching that realtime of her writing it down and him naming it over and over, is it imperative that Matt turns around, or could he just name the card as soon as she wrote it? I would think he only turned so he could maintain eye contact.
Message: Posted by: actorscotty (Nov 11, 2009 10:37AM)
As for Alone, I keep watching that realtime of her writing it down and him naming it over and over, is it imperative that Matt turns around, or could he just name the card as soon as she wrote it? I would think he only turned so he could maintain eye contact.
[/quote]
Just my humble 2 cents, but if you name the card immediately after the spectator writes it down , wouldn't that at least partially give away the method....Just asking
Message: Posted by: magicFreak2 (Nov 11, 2009 10:44AM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-11 11:37, actorscotty wrote:
As for Alone, I keep watching that realtime of her writing it down and him naming it over and over, is it imperative that Matt turns around, or could he just name the card as soon as she wrote it? I would think he only turned so he could maintain eye contact.
[/quote]
Just my humble 2 cents, but if you name the card immediately after the spectator writes it down , wouldn't that at least partially give away the method....Just asking
[/quote]

Yes it would, *sigh*, I was asking for the technicalities sake, not that I would do that, so that I can be assured that looking at the spectator/pen/anything is not the weak link as discussed above.
Message: Posted by: magicFreak2 (Nov 11, 2009 11:00AM)
The point is all tricks have a weak link, otherwise they wouldn't be a trick, and I think the weak link is in the writing. I just want to make sure that in addition to having to write it down there is not another weak link of also having to look at them. I am already glad that the magician doesn't have to receive the cards back from the spectator.

If he doesn't need to even turn around, I am sold.
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Nov 11, 2009 01:15PM)
No I don't need to turn around!!!

Looking forward to your order :o)

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: magicFreak2 (Nov 11, 2009 01:43PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-11 14:15, mattjohnson wrote:
No I don't need to turn around!!!

Looking forward to your order :o)

Matt Johnson
[/quote]

Thanks! Sheesh the possibilities are endless if it does what I think it does which I think it does :)

Expect it for Christmas!

Side note: I think you will find that the number of things that American juveniles can acquire for Christmas is quite alarming.
Message: Posted by: KBLV (Nov 11, 2009 04:41PM)
MF2...Alone is more versatile than what you're thinking. Using the Alone technology, you can let three people each choose one of three items. Back turned. No writing. No looking at anything. You know each selection.

You're buying a tool, MF2. What you make with it is up to you.
Message: Posted by: chichi711 (Nov 11, 2009 04:42PM)
Magicfreak2. Just my humble opinion, but hey everyone else is putting them out there so I might as well do it as well. You are wasting your money and time with mentalism right now. If you think writing something down is a weak link then go back to studying and or doing other forms of magic. That or maybe look into other areas of mentalism , but not thought reading. You are setting your own rules and limitations you are projecting your "weak links" on spectators. And for those reasons "alone" you will never be a successful "mind reader".

In my personal opinion having someone think of something and then I immediately tell them takes out the fun and mystery for them. I actually would be extremely board if I had to sit in a theater and watch someone do that for an hour. Where is the process? How does it work? Why does it work? Why are you here in a theater trying to entertain us if this is so easy for you?

My 2 cents for today. See you all again in a few months.
Message: Posted by: KBLV (Nov 11, 2009 05:21PM)
Whoops. Scratch my earlier assertion. You can't do what I was thinking with Alone, in the way I was thinking.

Nonetheless, it's a very interesting tool that has many different uses.

Plus, it's fun to experiment with!
Message: Posted by: magicFreak2 (Nov 11, 2009 05:26PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-11 17:42, chichi711 wrote:
Magicfreak2. Just my humble opinion, but hey everyone else is putting them out there so I might as well do it as well. You are wasting your money and time with mentalism right now. If you think writing something down is a weak link then go back to studying and or doing other forms of magic. That or maybe look into other areas of mentalism , but not thought reading. You are setting your own rules and limitations you are projecting your "weak links" on spectators. And for those reasons "alone" you will never be a successful "mind reader".
[/quote]

I DO NOT have a problem with weak links. I get them all fine, always ends well, the problem is *I* as in me, hate tricks with obvious weak links just personally, because I am a perfectionist. The closer it is to reality, the stronger the effect will be. There are different ways to find a card, and some of them ARE more powerful then others. I feel now that Alone is powerful enough from the 4 demos I have seen so far. Its not like where you just use Carbon Paper and have to retrieve the notepad. That is what expands the possibilities. I get sick and fed up of cool ideas that only work in one way.

[quote]
In my personal opinion having someone think of something and then I immediately tell them takes out the fun and mystery for them. I actually would be extremely board if I had to sit in a theater and watch someone do that for an hour. Where is the process? How does it work? Why does it work? Why are you here in a theater trying to entertain us if this is so easy for you?

My 2 cents for today. See you all again in a few months.
[/quote]

I never ever ever just tell them, always have some byplay; pulse reading, double climaxes etc, I just want it to be possible. Don't you just hate those superdevious supersmart tricks that make you lose the sense of enjoyment for *yourself* because the only way to come to the climax is to go through that byplay? I will use byplay/disguise, I just don't want it to be DEPENDENT on it, as too many tricks I have are. From what I have seen and heard, this one is not. Its a solid principle that I can re implement in a multitude of possibilities, as I am apt to do with tricks and devices that I truly like.
Message: Posted by: kissdadookie (Nov 12, 2009 01:48PM)
MagicFreak2, I would ask you to consider another hobby. You're asking for true to life miracles and those simply do not exist. Why should you get someone to write something down? For concentration purposes, the process of writing it down cements the thought in their mind, after all the way our minds work is by conditioning from repeated actions. Why take the piece of paper away then? To emphasize their mental concentration, one does not need to mentally concentrate as hard if they have it in front of them to fall back on, take it away and now they have to put forth effort to concentrate on it since the thought now only exists in their mind. Two step process, the action of writing it down is to condition their thought into their mind, taking the information away now forces them to mentally focus/concentrate on aforementioned though. Everything is justified IF you bother to justify it. Where's the weak link? The only true weak link can only be blamed on the performer for a lack of presentation and justification of actions.

As to your earlier comment about which hand is it in effects, it kills. The Nose Knows is utterly useless compared to a gaffed method that provides you with 100% accuracy. It can also be expanded to be more than just a simple guessing game as you have full control of the outcome, to some extent you can have a open prediction as to what the outcome is. Again, it's not a weak effect and it's not a weak plot, the only weak link is the performer.
Message: Posted by: kissdadookie (Nov 12, 2009 02:26PM)
Just to add to the bit of why people should write things down. You're demonstrating that you can pick up on thoughts but you're also demonstrating that your abilities have limitations thus they need to be completely concentrated on their thoughts and nothing else. Let's just say this, if you don't demonstrate that your abilities have limitations then it would make you look like a truly higher being that can possibly stand toe to toe with your spectators person belief in the higher being in their chosen religion, you obviously don't want to do this as it will create resistance and your job is to entertain, not create resistance. Another reason you want to show that your abilities have limits is also if you think about it, if you're able to predict the future and read minds with no limits, what the heck are you doing standing in front of people performing such lowly demonstrations? Shouldn't you be filthy rich and on some private island somewhere bathing in the glories which has been provided to your by your incredible abilities (you know, you would win the jackpot easily, win at the high roller table, influence people to give you money, etc. etc., things that someone with true abilities would inevitably be doing)?
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Nov 12, 2009 02:41PM)
What should mindreading look like? Should we have people write things down? To quote the always articulate and eloquent Bob Cassidy: "Mind reading is theatre, therefor it is what ever the hell we say it is!" Cheers.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Nov 12, 2009 02:44PM)
I often remark about writing things down , as Kiss said, it locks it in the spectators mind, after it is written, I say to the spectator,(depending on the crowd) now that is done, try to think of something else, another word or number perhaps, see you can't, as long as that paper is in your hand, your mind will always come back to what you wrote, go ahead and try, after a moment or two, I say, see your written thought is in your mind , in and I can see it getting stronger bolder. And like a pendulum works , so does this, try it.and watch the spectator react.
Message: Posted by: kissdadookie (Nov 12, 2009 03:44PM)
Very well put Christopher. There's so many people out there, magicians and mentalists alike, who totally skip or skim the work of Bob Cassidy and thus totally miss a understanding for mentalism that very few besides Bob Cassidy has explained with clarity and completeness. Pretty sad.
Message: Posted by: Patrick Redford (Nov 13, 2009 01:25PM)
http://www.youtube.com/patrickgredford

Another application of Alone.
Message: Posted by: magicFreak2 (Nov 13, 2009 05:20PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-12 14:48, kissdadookie wrote:
MagicFreak2, I would ask you to consider another hobby.
[/quote]

Not this again...

I merely think of those things, and lament that magic wasn't, well magic. I already know (dont we all), that mentalism can never reach that stage.

@PRedford

Great performance! Very clever way to avoid just writing it.

Just thinking of a routine for Alone; give the spectator the stack, take a stack yourself, then do a do as I do routine for one word or letter or number! Would make a great followup to a Do As I Do card routine.

Oh better yet, the ultimate book test! Man these possibilities are endless I have to get one of these. :P I hope the release price isn't too much higher then 300$
Message: Posted by: Mr. Mindbender (Nov 13, 2009 05:35PM)
Terrific application Patrick, thanks for sharing that!
Message: Posted by: Jean-Luc.R. (Nov 13, 2009 06:18PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-13 18:20, magicFreak2 wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-11-12 14:48, kissdadookie wrote:
MagicFreak2, I would ask you to consider another hobby.
[/quote]

Not this again...

I merely think of those things, and lament that magic wasn't, well magic. I already know (dont we all), that mentalism can never reach that stage.

@PRedford

Great performance! Very clever way to avoid just writing it.

Just thinking of a routine for Alone; give the spectator the stack, take a stack yourself, then do a do as I do routine for one word or letter or number! Would make a great followup to a Do As I Do card routine.

Oh better yet, the ultimate book test! Man these possibilities are endless I have to get one of these. :P I hope the release price isn't too much higher then 300$
[/quote]


Fantastic idea.

Thanks for sharing.
Message: Posted by: kissdadookie (Nov 14, 2009 01:32AM)
If you thought of those things and then figure out solutions, don't point them out as faults then. If you can't handle working around faults that truly can not be avoided then it's your own fault. Simple as that. You stating that you see no sense in having people write things down (just as a easy example) clearly states that you haven't bothered to ever justify it in the first place. I can only comment on what you yourself have provided here on the Café, if you have figured ways around it you should have stated it instead of going off saying how you dislike things that have "weak links" when in reality, within the context and limits of what is available to us is actually NOT a weak link and only becomes a weak link when one can not justify and present it properly. If you had better ideas then what is currently available then state it or else work with it and put some time and effort into it.

Let's just put it this way, it's clearly evident that you haven't thought of all the possibilities of the which hand is it in plot. You see it as what it is on face value, a guessing game, thus you haven't tried to expand it and see what else can be accomplished. Another thing, you stating that you can very easily just use the Nose Knows method shows that you have a tendency to favour things without any evident method, which in theory is the holy grail but sadly it's not currently a viable solution. Psychological methods are great methods but they do not provide 100% reliability nor does it provide any control of the outcome (which is actually VERY important), thus they are not suitable in effects which are your highlight effects. Even Banachek acknowledges this fact in his book, he clearly states that these are tools to AUGMENT existing routines which you already perform to create more impact. It's the equivalent of repeating a card effect multiple times but using different methods each time to achieve the effect. Psychological methods are there to "flavour" what you are performing but they are in NO WAY reliable enough to stand on their own. There are exceptions to this but they are few and far apart. A few psychological method based effects that can be performed with 100% reliability in my experience has been psychological pulse stops as well as some suggestion material HOWEVER there is a caveat, for them to be 100% one must learn how to successfully qualify his/her audience very much in the same vein as qualifying good subjects for hypnosis. Bottom line is that you point out these "weak links" when in actuality they are not and at the same time you are trying to find true to life miracles which up to this point do not exist. How can there be any "weak links" when there is just simply no other real options available? Based on your personal framework of what is a good or perfect effect/routine it basically needs to be a real deal miracle.

Lastly, let me point this out and make it real clear for you. You pose the question along the lines of "If you can read someones mind why not just straight out tell them what they are thinking?" There's a few problems with this. Firstly, something of importance is pretty much impossible to accomplish without trickery. SECONDLY, and this is the most important point, if one was to just read minds like that it's theatrically VERY BORING. Your goal is to provide a ENTERTAINING EXPERIENCE to your audience. They want to SEE something. Just calling out thoughts is inherently BORING as there is no process for the audience to follow and it's not providing any theatrics. Take movie descriptions as an example. If the descriptions just pretty much described the movie in a very matter of fact way it's very BORING, what ends up happening is that movie summaries are written up embellishing the material which makes it INTERESTING. Not only does writing something down provide us the performer with a viable METHOD of acquiring the information it also provides the rest of the audience with a process in which they can follow along with. Remember, the destination is not as important as how one reaches that destination, the journey is the experience and a experience is what us as performers are striving to provide to our audience.
Message: Posted by: magicFreak2 (Nov 14, 2009 05:58AM)
[quote]

Let's just put it this way, it's clearly evident that you haven't thought of all the possibilities
[/quote]

This is true.

Another thing; I hadn't noticed that the confederate from the audience in the second video was actually "steering" him with the business card. I thought he just had a tracking device on the object and was being "pulled" towards it. Obviously that opens up the options considerably.
Message: Posted by: A.G. (Nov 14, 2009 11:16AM)
Page 14 c mon I can't wait for it !

AG
Message: Posted by: kissdadookie (Nov 14, 2009 11:44AM)
What happens on page 14?
Message: Posted by: chichi711 (Nov 14, 2009 12:39PM)
Page 14 has more of this.

Why levitate 4 inches? Its such a weak link. If you could go 4 inches you should be able to fly to the moon!
Message: Posted by: magicFreak2 (Nov 14, 2009 04:18PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-14 13:39, chichi711 wrote:
Page 14 has more of this.

Why levitate 4 inches? Its such a weak link. If you could go 4 inches you should be able to fly to the moon!
[/quote]

Nope, that's not true. You might not be powerful enough. However if it comes to writing if you can read their mind one word with a paper you should be able to do it without.

For the levitation, the weak link is not the moon, its looking under the feet :) If they can't do that, it shows there is something down there ;)
Message: Posted by: chichi711 (Nov 14, 2009 05:38PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-14 17:18, magicFreak2 wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-11-14 13:39, chichi711 wrote:
Page 14 has more of this.

Why levitate 4 inches? Its such a weak link. If you could go 4 inches you should be able to fly to the moon!
[/quote]

Nope, that's not true. You might not be powerful enough. However if it comes to writing if you can read their mind one word with a paper you should be able to do it without.

For the levitation, the weak link is not the moon, its looking under the feet :) If they can't do that, it shows there is something down there ;)
[/quote]

well well well. It seems that in magic you have no problem letting your spectator know what limitations you have any why you can do what you can do. Why not in mentalism? You cant have limitations in mentalism? Its either I can do it and lets go win the lottery, or nothing?

I think we should let this thread go back to what it is supposed to be about. Magicfreak2 you are wrong. You will always be wrong. Everyone reading this knows that except for you. Writing is not the weak link. Performance is the weak link. Work on that and the writing will be an after thought for anyone. Work hard and have fun. Stop setting your own limitations and then projecting those to your spectator. You'll see a major difference in what you do. We all once thought like you do right now.

Nate

Back to Alone!
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Nov 14, 2009 06:02PM)
Magicfreak2: The first lesson for beginners who really wish to progress in any field of endeavour is to realize that there is a direct correlation between listening and learning.

[/quote]
Back to Alone!
[/quote]

Thank you Nate!

Christopher
Message: Posted by: magicFreak2 (Nov 15, 2009 07:10AM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-14 18:38, chichi711 wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-11-14 17:18, magicFreak2 wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-11-14 13:39, chichi711 wrote:
Page 14 has more of this.

Why levitate 4 inches? Its such a weak link. If you could go 4 inches you should be able to fly to the moon!
[/quote]

Nope, that's not true. You might not be powerful enough. However if it comes to writing if you can read their mind one word with a paper you should be able to do it without.

For the levitation, the weak link is not the moon, its looking under the feet :) If they can't do that, it shows there is something down there ;)
[/quote]

well well well. It seems that in magic you have no problem letting your spectator know what limitations you have any why you can do what you can do. Why not in mentalism? You cant have limitations in mentalism? Its either I can do it and lets go win the lottery, or nothing?

I think we should let this thread go back to what it is supposed to be about. Magicfreak2 you are wrong. You will always be wrong. Everyone reading this knows that except for you. Writing is not the weak link. Performance is the weak link. Work on that and the writing will be an after thought for anyone. Work hard and have fun. Stop setting your own limitations and then projecting those to your spectator. You'll see a major difference in what you do. We all once thought like you do right now.

Nate

Back to Alone!
[/quote]

I thought you were gone... Just came back to say that I am wrong again, no doubt.

I was trying to point out that the moon comparison is one of magnitude, vs Alone to real mind reading was the method.

So to compare with the moon, a weak link might be that you couldn't read minds with paper from 30 feet away, only 5 if you get my meaning. I understand what you are trying to say, but I was just saying that you said it wrong if that makes sense.

EDIT: No matter what, reading what someone wrote without looking is amazing and I will definitely purchase it.
Message: Posted by: Jay Are (Nov 15, 2009 07:40AM)
Magicfreak.... who cares if you buy it or not?

if you think we do, skip buying it...you already are ALONE.

J

P.S. There is no spoon!
Message: Posted by: borjuist (Nov 15, 2009 11:30PM)
Can't wait for this arsenal... huhuhu... :D :D
Message: Posted by: wolfwaldbauer (Nov 16, 2009 01:08PM)
I bought it last tuesday. I hope it's on its way now...
waiting...
waiting...
it must be a long way from Canada to Italy...
still waiting...
Message: Posted by: magicFreak2 (Nov 16, 2009 01:43PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-16 14:08, wolfwaldbauer wrote:
I bought it last tuesday. I hope it's on its way now...
waiting...
waiting...
it must be a long way from Canada to Italy...
still waiting...
[/quote]

LOL! I'm in NY so when I order it won't take so long :)

Another routine I was thinking:

The magician asks a volunteer to think of a card, write it down, and then sign it as proof that they are only thinking of one card. Then he asks for another volunteer. Hands shoot up, the magician tosses a ball, which someone catches. The volunteer is asked to stand up, and guess the card. To the complete fright of the first volunteer who is just thinking of the card, the second volunteer is completely right, as the signed paper confirms.

The benefit here is that the attention is taken of of the performer and moves to a stooge (in the front, where there won't be much competition for the ball). The stooge then, without ever looking at the first volunteer "guesses" the card with 100% accuracy. The signing is they way I figured out to get rid of the weak link, it brings the attention to the signing.

Additionally, if you have multiple receivers, you can have multiple stooges among the crowd that are all "randomly" selected and then uncannily guess at the value of the card.
Message: Posted by: kissdadookie (Nov 16, 2009 03:14PM)
Magicfreak, based on how Alone works for such an effect, you would not need any receivers for your confederate. It's pretty plain as day for your confederate to "see" which card the spec has chosen. In that regard, it's not a good idea to go this route because it's pretty obvious how someone in the audience can come to the conclusion of which card has been selected. The strength of the divining a thought of card routine using Alone is that the performer sees nothing thus to the audience it seems impossible for you to figure out which card the person has selected.
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Nov 16, 2009 03:29PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-16 14:43, magicFreak2 wrote:

LOL! I'm in NY so when I order it won't take so long :)

...[/quote]

Don't bet on it. It takes me longer to get things from Canada than from China. And I'm right next door in MA.


Unless it is expressed, expect at least a 3-week wait.

Tony
Message: Posted by: magicFreak2 (Nov 16, 2009 04:18PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-16 16:14, kissdadookie wrote:
Magicfreak, based on how Alone works for such an effect, you would not need any receivers for your confederate. It's pretty plain as day for your confederate to "see" which card the spec has chosen. In that regard, it's not a good idea to go this route because it's pretty obvious how someone in the audience can come to the conclusion of which card has been selected. The strength of the divining a thought of card routine using Alone is that the performer sees nothing thus to the audience it seems impossible for you to figure out which card the person has selected.
[/quote]

No, I was not insinuating that a card was SELECTED, but merely THOUGHT of. ;) hope that clarifies it.
Message: Posted by: Jamie D (Nov 16, 2009 04:26PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-16 16:29, Tony Iacoviello wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-11-16 14:43, magicFreak2 wrote:

LOL! I'm in NY so when I order it won't take so long :)

...[/quote]

Don't bet on it. It takes me longer to get things from Canada than from China. And I'm right next door in MA.


Unless it is expressed, expect at least a 3-week wait.

Tony
[/quote]

I'd like to chime in here and agree with Tony. Being from Canada and selling and shipping things to the states it for some reason takes a rediculusly long time. I have had a product take almost five weeks to get to the States.

Daren
Message: Posted by: magicFreak2 (Nov 16, 2009 05:10PM)
Bummer, a 3-5 weeks (a month or more) is a long time :P
Message: Posted by: kissdadookie (Nov 16, 2009 06:29PM)
I understand what you are saying, I just don't think you understand the method behind it. Alone isn't a peeking device nor is it a instant impression device. It's quite brilliantly simple in its workings.
Message: Posted by: JanForster (Nov 17, 2009 08:17AM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-16 19:29, kissdadookie wrote:
... Alone isn't a peeking device nor is it a instant impression device. It's quite brilliantly simple in its workings.
[/quote]
Yes, indeed :) Jan
Message: Posted by: magicFreak2 (Nov 17, 2009 10:31AM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-16 19:29, kissdadookie wrote:
Alone isn't a peeking device nor is it a instant impression device. It's quite brilliantly simple in its workings.
[/quote]

That sounds like an oxymoron to me ;)
Message: Posted by: Stefmagic (Nov 17, 2009 11:18AM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-16 17:26, Daren James wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-11-16 16:29, Tony Iacoviello wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-11-16 14:43, magicFreak2 wrote:

LOL! I'm in NY so when I order it won't take so long :)

...[/quote]

Don't bet on it. It takes me longer to get things from Canada than from China. And I'm right next door in MA.


Unless it is expressed, expect at least a 3-week wait.

Tony
[/quote]

I'd like to chime in here and agree with Tony. Being from Canada and selling and shipping things to the states it for some reason takes a rediculusly long time. I have had a product take almost five weeks to get to the States.

Daren
[/quote] Shipping from Canada to USA takes more long times because of customs.
Message: Posted by: kissdadookie (Nov 17, 2009 01:36PM)
You will understand when you receive yours magicfreak2. LoL. It's brilliantly simple in the same way that IT is brilliantly simple but extremely flexible and capable of complex miracles.
Message: Posted by: magicFreak2 (Nov 17, 2009 07:12PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-17 14:36, kissdadookie wrote:
You will understand when you receive yours magicfreak2. LoL. It's brilliantly simple in the same way that IT is brilliantly simple but extremely flexible and capable of complex miracles.
[/quote]

I was joking ;)
Message: Posted by: aukt (Nov 23, 2009 07:05AM)
Just a brief few thoughts on this after receiving it and selling it.

1. the device is of excellent build quality.
2. there is some notable body set up. Far too much for me.
3. The brains of the receiver are in the normal familiar ti receiver box. Personally, it's much too big for me - but I think this comes from me working with the excellent filitetti receivers. The alone receiver is roughly the volume of 6/8 boxes of matches.
4. The signal is unmissable. really strong. you'll never miss a beat.
5. The range is not long, but then it's not supposed to be. Mine topped out at around 8 metres. No more.
6. The pen is horrible. Just awful.
7. All the routines can be performed exactly as the video's demonstrate. The one where a card is divined will not work all the time, even with the 'workarounds' suggested on the ti forum, and even with excellent spectator management. I've been performing professionally for 10 years - I know how to manage spectators. I'd never use this particular effect in a paid performance.
8. Packaging and instructional material are good quality.
9. The effects are not really openers or closers, imho. If I kept the device I'd have used it as a middle bit, but not as an opener or closer.
10. Customer service and shipping speed are very good.
11. I do not feel that any of the single or collective effects are worth the price of the item. The reactions in the real world just aren’t as strong as I’d hope. For now, my killer walkaround material is

Multidimensional
Ufo (for which hand and other stuff)
Butterfly pad
Suc II wallet.
Nw.

REspectfully, Imho, having fully road tested it, none of the effects with alone have the impact that any of these other high or low tech methods employ.
Message: Posted by: mindpunisher (Nov 23, 2009 07:12AM)
Its good to get an honest review for a change.
Message: Posted by: Jay Are (Nov 23, 2009 08:29AM)
EDIT
Message: Posted by: Steve Suss (Nov 23, 2009 09:55AM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-23 08:12, mindpunisher wrote:
Its good to get an honest review for a change.
[/quote]

I agree. My compliments for a thorough and honest review that will allow performers to evaluate how useful the product will be for them.

Steve
Message: Posted by: PsiDroid (Nov 23, 2009 10:03AM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-23 08:05, aukt wrote:
Just a brief few thoughts on this after receiving it and selling it.

1. the device is of excellent build quality.
2. there is some notable body set up. Far too much for me.
3. The brains of the receiver are in the normal familiar ti receiver box. Personally, it's much too big for me - but I think this comes from me working with the excellent filitetti receivers. The alone receiver is roughly the volume of 6/8 boxes of matches.
4. The signal is unmissable. really strong. you'll never miss a beat.
5. The range is not long, but then it's not supposed to be. Mine topped out at around 8 metres. No more.
6. The pen is horrible. Just awful.
7. All the routines can be performed exactly as the video's demonstrate. The one where a card is divined will not work all the time, even with the 'workarounds' suggested on the ti forum, and even with excellent spectator management. I've been performing professionally for 10 years - I know how to manage spectators. I'd never use this particular effect in a paid performance.
8. Packaging and instructional material are good quality.
9. The effects are not really openers or closers, imho. If I kept the device I'd have used it as a middle bit, but not as an opener or closer.
10. Customer service and shipping speed are very good.
11. I do not feel that any of the single or collective effects are worth the price of the item. The reactions in the real world just aren’t as strong as I’d hope. For now, my killer walkaround material is

Multidimensional
Ufo (for which hand and other stuff)
Butterfly pad
Suc II wallet.
Nw.

REspectfully, Imho, having fully road tested it, none of the effects with alone have the impact that any of these other high or low tech methods employ.
[/quote]

aukt: thank you. I also appreciate your INFORMED review and I understand your comparison because of the other products you own and tested them all
Message: Posted by: patrick66 (Nov 23, 2009 01:36PM)
PsiDroid, thank you for this review, I IMMEDIATELY cancelled my pre-order, I hope Chris and Peter accept it.
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Nov 23, 2009 04:05PM)
Hi All,

It's been a while since I responded to this thread as I have been busy performing. I (like many of you) am now into the full throws of the Christmas party season, boy do I love this time of year!

I would first like to address some of the comments aukt gave in his review. First I would like to thank you for taking the time to write the review. Good or bad we want to hear your comments. Comments & opinions are great feedback for creators such as myself or Christopher Taylor.

I would like to clarify a few of the points made.

The size of the receiver is larger than those used by Craig Filicetti however to say it is the size of 6 to 8 matchboxes is simply incorrect although I guess it could depend on the size of the matchboxes. The receiver used is the same one that is used for all of the Taylor Imagineering products (in size that is). I would say it's about the size of two matchboxes side by side. The TI receivers are a little larger but this system works for TI, if it's not broke don't fix it as they say. The receiver is a dependable work horse & comes with fully adjustable vibration units (on both channels) so you can adjust the strength of vibration to suit you. You will not miss with these units . I have used TI receivers for many years even before Christopher & I met & trust me, they are hard working products in the field of full time performing.

The pen, well it's a pen. It's black with a click on click off operation. It's the same kind of pen used for the solstice wallet (although not the same inside the pen ;o). Again I feel the pen is a worker, looks great & to be honest I have never had a problem with the pen, I fail to see what's awful about it?

I will stress again that all of the demo videos for ALONE show you exactly what ALONE is capable of & believe me when I say that every one of the reactions in the videos are real & unedited (except for a little editing for time on the demos). These videos were also the only demos shot, we did not shoot 50 demo videos & choose the best ones as we simply did not have time. The reactions you see were the first ones we got & the only ones we got.

Like any effect ALONE will work for some & not for others I am sure. The reactions I get with ALONE are great! I know my name is on the product so you may or may not take my word for it :o)

We have given you 7 demo videos, Patrick G Redford gave you one more & many well respected performers have given you their comments.

Ultimately you will like ALONE or you won't. Don't buy it if you are unsure, on the other hand if you like what you see & are unsure drop me or Christopher a PM or an email & we are only too happy to help before you buy.

Cheers,

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Nov 23, 2009 04:24PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-23 08:12, mindpunisher wrote:
Its good to get an honest review for a change.
[/quote]

I would very much like to have all the dishonest comments and reviews regarding my products pointed out so that they can be removed from the Café immediately. Cheers.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: Mr. Mindbender (Nov 23, 2009 04:45PM)
Well, here's an honest review. I love my Alone unit. When I first received it, one side was not quite as sensitive as the other side, and I brought it up to Christopher. He was quick to help me with a simple adjustment and now both sides are equally fantastic/sensitive -- so gotta say that the commitment to keep customers happy is top notch.

Second, I have to agree with Matt in that the pen is a pen. It's reliable, it works, and it seems like a pen to those who hold it. Not sure what else is needed from it.

In terms of whether it can be used as an opening or closing effect -- I'm not sure how that relates as a product critique. Alone is a device that can be used to accomplish many things. I don't question Aukt's opinion, but it's just that -- an opinion. An opening effect using Alone doesn't really fit my criteria for an opening effect either, but neither do thousands and thousands of effects, so again, don't see that as a downside to the product.

As for a closing effect, well, it depends on what you do -- the venue, your style...etc. I recently adapted a Richard Busch effect I've been doing for many years with the Alone device for my walk around show. It's my closer effect. It's always gotten a great reaction in the past, but now with Alone, it truly comes off as a pure mind reading miracle. In just the past few weeks, I've had several people track me down afterward and want to talk more about how it the world I could have done what I did.

So I think it all comes down to that ever nebulous comment of --whatever floats your boat. For me, Alone floats it, and I'm one happy sailor.
Message: Posted by: aukt (Nov 23, 2009 05:04PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-23 17:24, willowtaylor wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-11-23 08:12, mindpunisher wrote:
Its good to get an honest review for a change.
[/quote]

I would very much like to have all the dishonest comments and reviews regarding my products pointed out so that they can be removed from the Café immediately. Cheers.

Christopher
[/quote]

Christopher, I think you are misunderstanding his sentiment. I believe he's referring to the fact that there's a bit of a "fanboy" movement at times with new products. People are often reticent to speak openly and honestly, lest they be dubbed an inexperience unprofessional who doesn't realise what a gem they have on their hands. The finley stuff is an example, imho.

Matt - there really is no need for rebuttal, although I certainly respect your right to do so. I stand by everything I've said - including the matchbox statement - but perhaps there are regional differences in matchbox sizes. To put it in perhaps more familiar terms, I would say that the ti receiver and a standard deck of bicycle cards are of virtually identical volume (when you factor in the fact that the ti receiver is markedly thicker than a deck of bikes, and somewhat shorter in length). I can easily take a photograph of the comparison if anyone's interested? the receiver image is public domain and posted both here and on christoper's site in the past.

-----edit. actually just had a moment to take the photograph. Here's the link.
http://img159.yfrog.com/img159/144/bng.jpg

RE the pen. It truly is awful. It's a cheap, light, tacky piece of plastic. It's one of the reasons I didn't use solstice for such a long time - I spent a ton of time looking for a replacement that I could trick out myself. You may say that the point is for it to look normal and everyday. I say as a person who charges just short of $2k from my best corporate clients, if I pull this thing out the very feel of the item will cause the spectators to think for a second beat. it's rattly, it feels cheap and low quality, and it's ugly. This is not a personal slight on your or christopher - it's probably the only one you could find with a)space inside to trick it out and b)of a price that would facilitate the obvious bulk purchasing that you would have been doing. So I can understand the business justifications for it. But it's a horribly ugly pen. Again, my own opinion. your mileage may vary.

Please - I hadn't intended it as a negative review. It was a 100% honest account of my experience of the product. In sum, the receiver was much too large for me, considering I'd need a pocket large enough to hold it and also would need to be running multiple wires from that location to wherever the routine/my attire needed them to go. I simply cannot refer to an electronic receiver without comparing it to the new generation filicetti receivers. Not to compare would have been hugely remiss of me. Filicetti receivers are the size of a few coins. I'm not saying either is better - just stating facts and saying which I prefer.

Many will like alone - and that's great! But looking back on this purchase I see now that the reactions on the demo video's really aren't that great, and I got similar reactions when I tried out the effects on both family and my clients at events.

Please - don't' take these comments as personal. I can see it's your baby, and you've come a long way with it. I just don't believe the EFFECT on the SPECTATORS is worth the asking price. My opinion.
Message: Posted by: Nathan Pain (Nov 23, 2009 05:57PM)
I may be wrong but couldn't a pen be easily made with a couple of little friends hiding in either end of the pen? I don't like the way the pen looks for me...Everyone I know, knows I use BIC pens & I intend on tricking one of them out to use with Alone...

But I may be wrong...

Nathan
Message: Posted by: aukt (Nov 23, 2009 06:00PM)
Hi Nathan - the problem is finding a pen with the space and 'access' to trick it out, if you know what I mean.

I've got a nice schaffer pen that I tricked out to use with my solstice.
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Nov 23, 2009 06:09PM)
Mindbender & aukt,

Thank you for each of your reviews, both very different! Like I said different strokes for different folks.

Anyways, we do appreciate your review Aukt, thank you for purchasing the product & giving it a try. Sorry to hear that you will not be using it from now on. With so much more to come with ALONE it's a shame you will not be sticking around but I certainly respect your opinion.

Cheers,

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: aukt (Nov 23, 2009 06:10PM)
As I respect you, also matt.

cheers.
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Nov 23, 2009 06:12PM)
Just as a side note.

With a little work you can certainly trick out other pens for sure. Our job as creators is to find a pen that will suit most performance scenarios & styles for most budgets, I believe the pen we offer does just that.

Cheers,

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: mike storz (Nov 23, 2009 07:52PM)
Dave showed me how to trick out any pen. In fact the little guys needed can be bought online in any size. My bet is a regular bic pen would be ok. I tricked out my own pen for the solstice wallet. It's a silver Lamy pen that makes sense with the wallet. I just removed the special something and put it in the other pen with some rubber cement. Works like a champ!

:)
Message: Posted by: Nathan Pain (Nov 23, 2009 08:24PM)
Thanks Mike...Matt...Baby Jesus.

Nathan
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Nov 23, 2009 08:28PM)
Mike, you have been luckier than me with pen selection. I've gone through dozens of pens and different types of the other little things, and have yet to find one that works reliably for Solstice, other than the one provided by Christopher.
Personally,

I prefer Solstice over Alone (to each their own) and can understand and relate to where aukt was coming from and what he said. We all have different preferences and differing working criteria.

My dream version would be Solstice in a steno-sized notepad. (HINT)

Tony
Message: Posted by: Dan McLean (Nov 23, 2009 10:31PM)
I've had the same problem with Alone. I can't seem to find a suitable pen alternative. Those "little friends" need to be fairly close to the point.
Message: Posted by: JanForster (Nov 24, 2009 05:10AM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-23 20:52, mike storz wrote:
Dave showed me how to trick out any pen. In fact the little guys needed can be bought online in any size. My bet is a regular bic pen would be ok. I tricked out my own pen for the solstice wallet. It's a silver Lamy pen that makes sense with the wallet. I just removed the special something and put it in the other pen with some rubber cement. Works like a champ!

:)
[/quote]
I did the same....
Jan
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Nov 24, 2009 06:25AM)
The Bic round stick works great. very innocent looking, and if you loose it, no big deal, as the needed gizmo and the Bic, both cost under a buck.
Message: Posted by: Nathan Pain (Nov 24, 2009 06:34AM)
Thank you Dave...

Nathan
Message: Posted by: mindpunisher (Nov 24, 2009 07:23AM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-23 17:24, willowtaylor wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-11-23 08:12, mindpunisher wrote:
Its good to get an honest review for a change.
[/quote]

I would very much like to have all the dishonest comments and reviews regarding my products pointed out so that they can be removed from the Café immediately. Cheers.

Christopher
[/quote]

Christopher don't take my post personally. I would like to see more honest reviews on the Café. My post wasn't directed at you personally. You have a pretty good reputation on here from what I can gather.

You just can't please everyone.
Message: Posted by: ArtIn (Nov 24, 2009 09:44AM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-23 08:05, aukt wrote:
9. The effects are not really openers or closers, imho. If I kept the device I'd have used it as a middle bit, but not as an opener or closer.

11. I do not feel that any of the single or collective effects are worth the price of the item. The reactions in the real world just aren’t as strong as I’d hope. For now, my killer walkaround material is
[/quote]

I found it little bit misleading for others to read about that kind of view.
I would recommend to think about making it for a closer. (no attack at all)

to test "only" the given effects does'nt sound like putting in that much effort.

Alone is just a tool nothing more - but so much more.

the connection with premonition as mentioned at the t.i-forum will make it
a definite closer. give it a try if you want

best regards
fanboy out ;)
Message: Posted by: JanForster (Nov 24, 2009 09:45AM)
Friends, I'm living in Germany, and here you can see what I did to my Solstice concerning the pen. And this pen you get far easier in the US and Canada! Jan
Message: Posted by: ranpink (Nov 25, 2009 02:37AM)
I just received my Alone and so far I love it. I came up with an effect along the lines of a Shaman dream journey. This is truly a unique tool that I will get a lot of use from. I'm having fun creating my own routines with Alone and there are so many possibilities. I also love the distance I'm getting out of my unit. Its working through walls!

Though it works perfectly, my only MINOR issue with this is the receiver. Only because I've been spoiled to the size of Proximity or Dual receivers and it signals a bit differently than I'm used to. I know this will be resolved in the future. But overall a major thumbs up to Chris and Matt for this devious creation! I look forward to performing with it this Thanksgiving.

-Ran Pink
Message: Posted by: ranpink (Nov 25, 2009 04:08AM)
Correction. I meant Duel not Dual. And also I just posted a routine on the Alone forum for Alone users. Enjoy!
Message: Posted by: mike storz (Nov 25, 2009 06:33AM)
These are the pens I use. The twin pens work perfectly with what Christopher supplied for the solstice pen.

http://www.lamyusa.com/multisystem.html

mike :)
Message: Posted by: lunatik (Nov 25, 2009 06:33AM)
Man, if they could get Alone's receiver down to the size of Proximity's, that would be awesome!!
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Nov 25, 2009 03:01PM)
What's funny ? am I missing something/
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Nov 25, 2009 03:04PM)
Here are links that you can use/

http://www.kjmagnetics.com/


http://www.gaussboys.com/
Message: Posted by: mike storz (Nov 25, 2009 07:34PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-25 07:33, lunatik wrote:
Man, if they could get Alone's receiver down to the size of Proximity's, that would be awesome!!
[/quote]

agreed! However the size isn't so much an issue as I own solstice and I really do not have an issue with it. My only thoughts are why it uses two "somethings". Solstice has 5 z****s and it only uses one.
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Nov 26, 2009 01:12AM)
Hi Mike,

Good Question!

The two somethings as opposed to one something were used mainly for the real time psychic guide routine & other routines of that nature. Because you own solstice you will understand that switching from being directed left to being direct right with solstice is not as easy as you have a delay (so to speak), with ALONE everything is happening in real time.

Add to this the fact that it is far easier to tell left from right, up from down, yes from no etc with ALONE as you are not getting mixed up with the b*** count (hope that makes sense).

ALONE offers a much more organic package than solstice although solstice is great too. Don't forget that ALONE allows you to think a little bit more outside the cards (outside the box ;o) as the unit is mobile unlike Solstice.

Hope that answered your question???

Cheers,

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: mike storz (Nov 27, 2009 10:16PM)
Hey Matt!

You answered it perfectly and now makes sense. I was so confused about that but I knew there had to be some great explanation. I just couldn't figure it out. :)

thanks for answering the question. Now I'm on the fence again (only b/c I have Solstice) :)

mike :)
Message: Posted by: ranpink (Nov 27, 2009 11:49PM)
The left and right thing does makes it really easy to sense.

There is some great thinking behind Alone. So many possibilities...
Message: Posted by: pearljamjeff (Nov 28, 2009 12:25AM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-13 18:20, magicFreak2 wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-11-12 14:48, kissdadookie wrote:
MagicFreak2, I would ask you to consider another hobby.
[/quote]

Not this again...

I merely think of those things, and lament that magic wasn't, well magic. I already know (dont we all), that mentalism can never reach that stage.
[/quote]
I read a lot of your posts and just want to say that being a perfectionist is noble. However, you don't need the method to the magic to feel real to you. You need the essence of the magic to feel real to your audience... which is best accomplished by not lamenting over the fact that there is a "method" to achieve each feat.

I will never forget a post I read on here that described a story where a member asked a friend what he thought real mind reading would look like, and he said, "I would think of something, write it down, and the person would read my mind."

Don't dwell on method "alone."
Message: Posted by: magicFreak2 (Nov 28, 2009 06:54AM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-28 01:25, pearljamjeff wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-11-13 18:20, magicFreak2 wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-11-12 14:48, kissdadookie wrote:
MagicFreak2, I would ask you to consider another hobby.
[/quote]

Not this again...

I merely think of those things, and lament that magic wasn't, well magic. I already know (dont we all), that mentalism can never reach that stage.
[/quote]
I read a lot of your posts and just want to say that being a perfectionist is noble. However, you don't need the method to the magic to feel real to you. You need the essence of the magic to feel real to your audience... which is best accomplished by not lamenting over the fact that there is a "method" to achieve each feat.

I will never forget a post I read on here that described a story where a member asked a friend what he thought real mind reading would look like, and he said, "I would think of something, write it down, and the person would read my mind."

Don't dwell on method "alone."
[/quote]

That is very interesting. I myself have never asked anyone what they would think real mind reading would look like.

Ofcourse after some brainstorming I am almost positive that you can't do that with Alone. I'll have to find some other instant impression device. Took me a while to put two and two together on the card revelation, but then suddenly it hit me like a load of bricks, and I was just "Oh. So that's why he does that."

I'm not positive as to the ring, but I have a very good speculation, and that effect itself wasn't as interesting to me vs. writing something on a paper and reading their mind. Still its an ingenious idea.
Message: Posted by: mentalmagic101 (Nov 28, 2009 11:06AM)
Not a big fan of this and would rather use traditional methods to achive the end result.
But if you are into short cutting traditional methods or you just don't have the skill to achieve this in other ways then go for it.

MM
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Nov 28, 2009 12:20PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-28 12:06, mentalmagic101 wrote:
Not a big fan of this and would rather use traditional methods to achive the end result.
But if you are into short cutting traditional methods or you just don't have the skill to achieve this in other ways then go for it.

MM
[/quote]

Does that view extend to say, using billet switching devices rather than slight of hand methods? What if the switching device uses a battery? If you view the use of electronics as a substitute for skill, then you are missing a very important performance principle: If using an electronic device can not provide you with a significant THEATRICAL improvement over other methods then it makes absolutely no sense to use electronics. However, as David Berglas and other major contributors to our art have pointed out, if theatrical advantage is gained then it makes perfect sense.

All the best,

Christopher
Message: Posted by: magicFreak2 (Nov 28, 2009 12:56PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-28 13:20, willowtaylor wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-11-28 12:06, mentalmagic101 wrote:
Not a big fan of this and would rather use traditional methods to achive the end result.
But if you are into short cutting traditional methods or you just don't have the skill to achieve this in other ways then go for it.

MM
[/quote]

Does that view extend to say, using billet switching devices rather than slight of hand methods? What if the switching device uses a battery? If you view the use of electronics as a substitute for skill, then you are missing a very important performance principle: If using an electronic device can not provide you with a significant THEATRICAL improvement over other methods then it makes absolutely no sense to use electronics. However, as David Berglas and other major contributors to our art have pointed out, if theatrical advantage is gained then it makes perfect sense.

All the best,

Christopher
[/quote]

That is exactly my opinion on the matter. I love using gimmicks simply for the fact that they provide a technical advantage, no matter how small or larger.

Therein, however there can be a bit of an obsession xD I would rather have a gimmicked book test then use the Hoy book test simply because the gimmicked one is cooler, being gimmicked, even if Hoy's method might work the same or better for all intents and purposes. "I chose two books, I told him where to stop, and then read a word. He read my mind" is what most people think.
Message: Posted by: JanForster (Nov 28, 2009 01:55PM)
You know a Hoy book test with ungimmicked books??? Jan
Message: Posted by: Roth (Nov 28, 2009 02:34PM)
I don't have Alone but a close friend of mine does. This is a wonderful impromptu system for gaining information in the fairest way. There are so many presentations possible.

-Rick
Message: Posted by: hendramagic (Dec 2, 2009 08:16PM)
Mr.Taylor is Good Service. He Responbility about his item. I Like work with Him.
Mr.Matthew Genius about ALONE Effect. congrats. Is like Impromptu system with technology. I Like Alone , My 2 Item Alone Arrived last day . Thanks Mr.Taylor. And SOLD OUT this day. Is Great Invention wow !!!!!!!. I will wait next effect thanks
Message: Posted by: borjuist (Dec 3, 2009 12:55PM)
I just received my Alone today, and so far... I love it. really love it!! Very easy to do and many ideas will born in your minds, SUPER and SMALL!!. and now, many magic trick on my wishlist has been canceled because I just need ALONE.

Best,

RR
Message: Posted by: borjuist (Dec 7, 2009 01:19AM)
Well, because I just need ALONE!!! my assistant QUIT two days ago...DUH
Message: Posted by: jugglestruck (Dec 7, 2009 06:32AM)
Thank you one and all for your input and reviews of this product. It's pages like this that really help me decide on whether to purchase or not!
Message: Posted by: magicFreak2 (Dec 7, 2009 09:10AM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-28 14:55, JanForster wrote:
You know a Hoy book test with ungimmicked books??? Jan
[/quote]

You don't? I forget where I got mine, but this should be it:

http://www.trickshop.com/book_tests.html Its really the cleverest method for an impromptu book test.
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Dec 10, 2009 03:28PM)
If you are looking for a great way to carry and use this, check out the forum.
Message: Posted by: Justin Lewis (Dec 10, 2009 08:37PM)
Um what forum?
Message: Posted by: Justin Lewis (Dec 12, 2009 01:30PM)
My Alone should arrive next week, I can't wait.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Dec 12, 2009 08:49PM)
Justin: http://www.taylorimagineering.com/forum/

Christopher
Message: Posted by: markthorold (Dec 13, 2009 07:33AM)
Chris/Matt , have you seen the total count for views on this thread , its AWESOME .....
Mark
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Dec 13, 2009 10:31AM)
Once you get in to the forum, you will have so many ideas, you won't know what to do first, the video that comes with Alone , is worth buying by itself, if you could, but you can’t. The routines, the conversations with pros's , and real life demo’s, visual tips and techniques, you certainly get your moneys worth with Chris Taylor, nothing is left
Message: Posted by: Justin Lewis (Dec 13, 2009 11:55PM)
Thanks dave and thanks Christopher, I'm pretty excited
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Dec 15, 2009 03:35PM)
Hi All,

It's been a while since I posted here. I have been so busy these days with gigs that I have not even been on the Café for a couple of weeks (Even though I am logged in all the time). I know, I know, me not following the Café, what's the world coming to???

I am so happy that you are all enjoying ALONE still & that we still have newcomers hopping aboard the ALONE train, I cannot wait to hear all of your feedback!

By the way, I just noticed that the full page ad for ALONE is in the December issue of Magic Magazine thanks to Hocus-Pocus. Very Exciting stuff!

If I don't manage to post again before the New Year here is wishing you all a merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Hopefully you won't be spending it ALONE ;o)

Cheers,

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Dec 15, 2009 07:39PM)
I have been using this quite a lot and I have to say it get's me the best reactions I have ever had, I was overwhelmed when it first arrived, so many parts, so many applications, so many routines, I was almost turned off, after digesting it all, I have narrowed it down to 2 effects, and I have used it extensivelly, with amazing results, this is one of my top ten purchases of all time, and that's a lot of years, the info on the DVD, is worth the price by itself.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Mindbender (Dec 16, 2009 01:40PM)
I felt the same way, overload wise -- just curious which two basic effects did you settle on?
Message: Posted by: Justin Lewis (Dec 16, 2009 02:42PM)
Hello all. 11:30 AM this morning my Alone arrived. My first impressions are of pure amazement. I am going to love using this device. I own many other devices such as: midas v.2 and cerribro solo. TI did an amazing job with this, not only does this open my mind to so many routines but I can use this with many mentalism effects I do now.
The device is easily set up and an owner can truly start practicing with it out of the box. unlike some other electronic devices that I own, Alone can be rigged and warn all day with no problems at all. The pen is just that, a normal pen, I cant ask for anything more. The packaging is superb and the professionalism on the part of Christopher Taylor make your purchase an easy choice. The owner of Alone receives a one year warranty with the device. The transmitter is made so smart and it is very durable that I can not see how anyone will need to use their warranty.
I truly love this device. The dvd that comes with Alone is great as well, Mathew does an amazing job showing you the ins and outs of Alone.
Out of all the great stuff that I own, Alone is at the top!
Justin.
Message: Posted by: adrien (Dec 16, 2009 04:59PM)
Taylor has great customer service.
This is rare, so I'll point it out.
My Alone unit was dispatched quickly and Mr. Taylor has been kind enough to shoot a small video and sent it to me to fix my technical problem.

As an aside, I think Alone is a great utility tool.
Message: Posted by: Justin Lewis (Dec 16, 2009 05:36PM)
So just a small update. I am currently at waba grill a local healthy resturant. I am friends with the owner and I asked her to hide my 20.00 anywhere are the resturaunt floor. The deal was I'd eat free if I found the 20.00. I love this, hellstormism is very hard to do, at least for me. I was able to give a great performance and concentrate on the performance. I love this so very much. Go get it while they last.
Oh, and I ate free; my friend knows I'm a mentalist. Lol.
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Dec 16, 2009 06:47PM)
I am doing the what hand effect with a Morgan coin, just as in the DVD, with a twist on the patter, and I do the any card thought of, similar to the DVD,I posted the exact effect on Taylors forum, and if you have Alone or Solstice, or any Taylor product, you will see a lot of useful info there.

http://www.taylorimagineering.com/forum/
Message: Posted by: Justin Lewis (Dec 17, 2009 05:01PM)
I agree, so many amazing stuff at there. equinox is another effect that is really cool, if you have done any Kurotuske routines you will love using equinox
Message: Posted by: Rafael The Master Hypnotist (Dec 17, 2009 09:19PM)
The Streght of ALONE I believe......after using this on Daily Basis for a Week, is to cimbine this and layer this with other method....just like Mr.Taylor and Mr.Matt says in the DVD

I already integrated ALONE into two of my Proffesional Close Up Act that I Combine with "Succubus" and with other Invisible gadget

I again gonna carry ALONE this week for a Table to Table Gig.......its for Corporate Christmast Party

lets have a few moment of Solemn Silence for Mr.Taylor and Mr.Matt for publishing ALONE


.....
Message: Posted by: Justin Lewis (Dec 18, 2009 01:48PM)
HEAR HEAR! THEY DID A GREAT JOB!
Message: Posted by: Martin Adams (Dec 18, 2009 03:07PM)
[quote]
On 2009-12-17 22:19, Rafael The Master Hypnotist wrote:

I already integrated ALONE into two of my Proffesional Close Up Act that I Combine with "Succubus" and with other Invisible gadget
[/quote]


I'm very happy to hear it Rafael. I use Alone and Succubus a lot and its a killer combo. :)
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Dec 28, 2009 01:21AM)
Thanks for the continued support & comments guys & Girls. Christopher & I are truly thrilled that you are all having so much fun with your ALONE units & coming up with all those great ideas.

The clock is now ticking down to the New Year when we will be kick starting our work on the release of the ALONE expansion pack which has a planned release date of mid to late February 2010. This will coincide with Christopher being at the Blackpool Magic Convention & my appearance & lecture at http://www.hokuspokus.dk/seminarer.asp Magic Convention in AALBORG/Denmark in March 2010.

The expansion pack will probably be around the $50 US mark & will contain routines using ALONE by many top shelf performers that have contributed their ideas. The expansion pack will also contain some extra props in the case to be used in some of the routines. If you own ALONE & have been having fun with it this expansion pack is going to blow your mind & will take your ALONE unit to even greater heights.

Stay Tuned!

Matt Johnson

P.S. Happy New Year to you all!
Message: Posted by: markthorold (Dec 28, 2009 04:36AM)
Chris /Matt,put one to one side for me ,Im most definately in . Alone is making my head ache as it is ,never mind an expansion pack .This truly is the most versatile prop Ive ever owned .Ive spent ages constructing "spaces" in a variety things apart from the cards. Im now known as the "Beast of Staples" as Im often seen prowling the aisles there .......
Best Wishes for New Year to you both , Mark
Message: Posted by: Justin Lewis (Dec 28, 2009 12:00PM)
Wow, pretty cool. I cant wait to get the pack
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Dec 28, 2009 07:52PM)
Matt, how about a little teaser and tell us who are some of the people that will be on the new DVD.
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Dec 28, 2009 08:23PM)
Hi Dave,

I have a meeting with Christopher on Wednesday night to discuss details regarding the release of the expansion pack & the possibility of a cool idea/offer for Café members. I cannot say too much now as I may have said too much already but all will be revealed (or not) on Thursday most likely regarding the idea????

At that time we may also reveal some of the names whose ideas will be included on the expansion pack???

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: mike storz (Dec 28, 2009 09:35PM)
Thanks to Dave I should be getting Alone sometime this week. I was able to find a second hand one. I would be very intersted in the expansion pack as well. I'm looking forward to this one!
Message: Posted by: ArtIn (Dec 29, 2009 07:26AM)
I think Martin Adams should include some of his ideas.
I would be very interested in as the combination with
a index allows for much more impact!

all the best
Message: Posted by: Martin Adams (Dec 29, 2009 04:50PM)
Thank you ArtIn nice to hear it! :) I'm sure now you have countless ideas how to combine Alone and Succubus.


Back to Alone :) I can't wait for the expansion pack I use Alone every day and it's awesome!!!

Best,
Martin
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Dec 29, 2009 05:02PM)
Maybe Chris will include my idea for the instant setup and go,
Message: Posted by: mike storz (Dec 29, 2009 07:08PM)
If you're not familiar with Dave's set up it's pretty sweet.
Message: Posted by: Justin Lewis (Dec 30, 2009 01:43AM)
Dave thanks for the easy to follow set up directions on the foru
I used ur set up method today. Worked very well!
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Dec 30, 2009 03:49PM)
Glad you liked it, I am fine tuning it with help from others who have it and I will post it soon.
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Jan 1, 2010 01:33PM)
Hi Everyone & Happy New Year to you all. I hope you did not spend it ALONE ;o)

OK, first I will start with a list of the contributors on the upcoming expansion pack for ALONE:

Mozique
John Archer
Patrick G Redford
Tony Chris
Ben Williams

& of course Christopher Taylor, oh & some guy called Matthew Johnson?

Both Christopher & I are very excited about the routines & ideas presented on this DVD. We both have our favorites from the contributors & our favorites are different which means you are virtually guaranteed to get great stuff you can use.

Although we have enough material to fill 2 DVD's the expansion pack will be on one DVD with supplies & gimmicks included that you can use along with your ALONE unit.

Now here is the exciting part, we will be leaving space on the DVD for one more routine & that is where the Café members come in. We are going to be offering one lucky Café member the opportunity to have their own routine featured on the ALONE expansion pack along with some great names in magic.

So how is this going to work?

Well, we will start work on the expansion pack in about 2 weeks so for the next couple of weeks we are asking Café members interested in being featured on the expansion pack to post a brief outline of a routine idea right here on the thread. The routine idea should be a brief "Here is what I would do with ALONE!" type of post. We do not want you to expose any methods on this open forum.

The idea of getting you to post a brief description of your effect here is so that other members interested in entering this competition (of sorts) do not recreate the same idea (hope that makes sense).

We will privately PM those members whose routines we like the sound of the most for more specific information. We will then choose the winner from a shortlist & announce the winner here in a couple of weeks.

The winner will get a free expansion pack & their routine with full credit will be explained by Christopher & myself on the DVD.

Please understand that we do not need extra material to fill our DVD & are actually leaving out other contributions & ideas in order to offer a Café member this opportunity.

So there it is! Good luck & may the best idea win!

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Jan 1, 2010 01:55PM)
Matt left Mark Thorold off the list of contributors. He contributed a fantastic "Confabulation" routine.

Cheers.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Jan 1, 2010 02:26PM)
Christopher you are quite right!

I feel I should apologize in advance to Mark as his idea is fantastic & his name should have been mentioned. Here is the updated list of contributors to date:

Mark Thorold
Mozique
John Archer
Patrick G Redford
Tony Chris
Ben Williams

OK, I feel better now & consider my wrist well & truly slapped :o)

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: mike storz (Jan 1, 2010 08:04PM)
This is great guys! I bought mine from a member here and I'm hoping to get it in time for routine ideas. This is exciting. :)

mike :)
Message: Posted by: MattSconce (Jan 1, 2010 08:22PM)
This is amazing guys. I will be definitely picking this up! I love what you have done with the video releases. I love the card prediction with the back turned!
Message: Posted by: PWRIS (Jan 2, 2010 07:34AM)
Further to your post Matt. The Cleanest CROSSROADS Ever :) Paul
Message: Posted by: Paul.W (Jan 2, 2010 12:05PM)
"Here is what I would do with ALONE!"

I would take different object like nail, ring, coin, ect.
Ask the spectator to put all the objects in their pocket.
I would than ask them to hold one object in their pocket
like this they cant see it and I cant see it. Than you reveal each objects one by one
If it is not possible with alone let me know. Just purchased alone but did not
yet arrive

Paul.W
From Israel
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Jan 2, 2010 03:21PM)
PWRIS: I've PMed you.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: Justin Lewis (Jan 3, 2010 11:41PM)
Anyone considering buying this device or any device from Christopher and Matt will be in for a real treat. I am loving my ALONE. The device is amazing. I had a few problems with it a few times and emailed Christopher and not ten minutes go by I received a very helpful email back, and all problems are solved. Christopher has the best customer service I have ever seen! Anyone who performs mentalism/magic can benefit from this device. Just yesterday I booked my new gig at a local restaurant by using this. I asked the owner who had magicians work for him before if he was interested in having me perform. He said, "I've had magic performers here before." I told him, "the magic I do is a little different then the magicians you have had before" I pulled out my business cards and pen and asked him to think of any playing card in his mind. The reaction was exactly like the girl in matt's demo, except I now am performing twice a week....what an investment.
Message: Posted by: mike storz (Jan 4, 2010 09:31AM)
Voodoo Touches:

A vodoo effect where the spectator experiences the power of delivering pk touches.

You build the routine up by talking about the power of voodoo. You state if you concentrate enough you might be able to experience its power. You show your stack of business cards and explain the cards are divided in perfect halves by the rubber band. You explain the left side represents the left side of the magician’s body. The right side represents the right side of the body. You now instruct the spectator to write down parts of your left body. Let's say we write left shoulder, arm, leg, foot. Now we do the same for the right side. Shoulder, arm, leg, foot.

Now instruct the spectator to test their belief. Instruct them to start with the shoulders and scribble either the left or right shoulder out. Say, “When you scratch it try to feel the power of sending me the touch.” You reveal the correct shoulder by saying ouch and rubbing the shoulder they selected. (at this point you can be blind folded or just turned away). You state, well that's a 50/50 chance let's try it again but this time with the foot. You repeat showing pain each time with the one she selects. You can save the arm for the end and say, "for the last one I want you to choose the type of pain you want to send. It can be a burn, knife stab, pinch, etc." Let's say she says a burn. When she scribbles out the right arm, you roll up your sleeve to show ashes on your forearm. If she says anything else you can quickly write with a spirit writer or NW the word on the arm she selects.

I do not own real ghost but I can see this as a perfect add on as the spec sends the signal to another spec. The magician is totally hands off.

Hope you like it.

Mike :)
Message: Posted by: jjsanvert (Jan 4, 2010 11:25AM)
Mike - I like it very much!
Message: Posted by: mike storz (Jan 4, 2010 12:45PM)
^^^ Thank you! :)
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Jan 4, 2010 07:35PM)
Mikes voodoo is awesome, I'm going to try it.
Message: Posted by: Justin Lewis (Jan 4, 2010 08:07PM)
Very cool mike, thanks.
Message: Posted by: Colin (Jan 5, 2010 07:41AM)
I love the gimmick! I now have three, so technically they are no longer alone! Yay!

It's an incredible idea and very very simple! That's what I love about it!

Col
Message: Posted by: Martin Adams (Jan 17, 2010 04:39PM)
Any update about the expansion pack?
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Jan 17, 2010 04:58PM)
The DVD footage is in the can and Matt is editing it. Cheers.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Jan 18, 2010 01:36AM)
Hi All,

As Christopher mentioned the footage for the Alone Expansion Pack has been shot & is now being edited.

The official release of the Expansion Pack is going to be through Christopher Taylor at the Blackpool Magic Convention. It will then be available on the Taylor Imagineering website towards the end of February immediately following Christopher's return to Canada.


Now for some good news! The proposed price for the Expansion Pack was to be
$50-00 US, I am happy to announce that we have shaved $10-00 off this price. The official price for the Expansion Pack will be $40-00 US (+ shipping).

Now for the announcment of the Alone Expansion Pack contest. The winner is.......

Café member Mike Storz!!! We loved Mike's Voodoo (PK Touches) routine so we are happy to announce this has been included on the dvd. Mike will be receiving a free Alone Expansion Pack for his great idea (I have PM'd you Mike, congratulations my friend!). Thanks to all of you for your great ideas, posts & PM's, it really was a tough decision.

The official contributors list for the Expansion Pack is now:

Mozique
John Archer
Patrick G. Redford
Tony Chris
Ben Williams
Mark Thorold
Mike Storz
Christopher Taylor
Matthew Johnson

Watch this space for the official release of the Alone Expansion Pack coming at the end of February.

Cheers,

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: mike storz (Jan 18, 2010 09:04AM)
I'm so excited!!! Thank you so much Matt and Christopher. Words cannot express how honored I am to be on this DVD. You're both terrific and what a list of contributors as well!

Thanks you again,

Mike :)
Message: Posted by: ArtIn (Jan 21, 2010 08:12AM)
How comprehensive are the gimmicks that come with the Alone Expansion Pack?
I don't want to expect anything but the best. I am only curious.

best regards
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Jan 21, 2010 05:54PM)
Hi ArtIn,

In order to answer your question.........$40-00 US :o)

OK, I am joking of course!

The expansion pack is a DVD in a DVD case with about 9 routines from some great minds in mentalism. Some of these routines require props, those props are included in the DVD case (this will give you an idea of the size of the props). Remember it is not size that counts ;o)

When you consider that a DVD these days can run for about $30-00 to $35-00 US, a DVD with props included for $40-00 US is not unreasonable.

I hope this answers your question.

The Expansion packs are pretty much ready to go. They will go up on the Taylor Imagineering website when Christopher returns from Blackpool at the end of February.

The initial run of Expansion Packs is only 100 units. If you would like to reserve your copy out of the first 100 units email Christopher at info@taylorimagineering.com. Christopher will then put an expansion pack aside for you out of the initial 100 & will contact you at the end of February so that you can pay

These units will go fast as Christopher will take 20 to Blackpool & I will take 20 to Denmark & Norway! Again, these units will go quick so if you want to reserve one I recommend you email Christopher right away!

Cheers,

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: Justin Lewis (Jan 23, 2010 03:46AM)
Thanks Matt. You guys have been great. I can not wait to see what this expansion pack is going to be about. Amazing stuff.
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Jan 23, 2010 03:53PM)
Will the expansion actually expand as well ?
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Jan 24, 2010 08:14PM)
The Expansion Pack may (quite possibly) expand :o)

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: Justin Lewis (Jan 25, 2010 03:05AM)
I want mine now...lol
Message: Posted by: ArtIn (Jan 25, 2010 09:34AM)
Thanks Matt.

20 pieces for blackpool.. I have to run very fast...
Message: Posted by: markthorold (Jan 25, 2010 11:16AM)
20 pieces for Blackpool .....surely to goodness not ,Ill have to camp out to get one ....Think Im kidding ? lol
Mark
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Jan 25, 2010 01:53PM)
Mark, you my friend will be getting one for free ( you knew that right?). After all your fantastic contribution does have pride of place on the DVD!

You know 20 pieces for the whole of Blackpool does not sound like allot I guess. On your marks.....get set.......

You could always pre register for one by emailing Christopher at info@taylorimagineering.com

Cheers,

Matt Johnson

P.S. Justin, you my friend must work out right? I am usually good at this stuff as I am mental! If you were not at the front of the line I don't see anyone arguing with you :o)!
Message: Posted by: ArtIn (Jan 26, 2010 03:45AM)
What can be said about the Routines on the Expansion Pack?

Will their discription be kept as a secret or can I read somewhere about it?

all the best
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Jan 26, 2010 11:17AM)
Hi Guys,

I have had a few requests (including ArtIn's above) to find out a little more information on the expansion pack. In order to answer those requests I am posting the ad copy from the back of the dvd case below!

Ad Copy for the ALONE EXPANSION PACK

Since it's release, ALONE by Matthew Johnson & Taylor Imagineering
has literally taken the mentalism world by storm! Now get ready to turbo
charge your ALONE unit with this collection of brand new routines from
some of the greatest minds in mentalism.

The ALONE expansion pack includes a DVD containing 9 brand new
presentations for your ALONE unit along with the special props necessary
to achieve these routines.

The Eye of Ra By Mozique - The legendary all seeing eye of Ra finds a
spectators freely selected playing card while the performers back is
turned (props supplied).

Out of This World By John Archer - From the incredible mind of John Archer
comes an ingenious red & black separation that you will love performing!

Signs of the Zodiac By Patrick G.Redford - The performer is able to tell
a spectator their astrological star sign (props supplied).

Free Willy By Christopher Taylor - A stunning hands off (& back turned)
version of Deddy Corbuziers Free Will (props supplied).

The Hands of Divination By Tony Chris - A simple 3 phase prediction that
packs a punch & is perfect for those parlor performances.

Alone Confabulation By Mark Thorold - Get ready to perform Confabulation
like never before with nothing more than your ALONE unit.

Alone Kurotsuke By Ben Williams, Matthew Johnson, Christopher Taylor &
Patrick G.Redford - A fantastic version of a mentalism classic that will leave
them scratching their heads. Perfect for strolling or stage (props supplied).

The Pencil By Mozique - An incredible utility device to super charge your
ALONE performances (props supplied).

Voodoo By Mike Storz - Mike's fun & clever take on the PK touches plot!

This information along with a purchase link will be added to the Taylor Imagineering website towards the end of February after the Blackpool Magic Convention.

Cheers,

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Jan 26, 2010 03:52PM)
Will you have any demo's here as you had before,
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Jan 26, 2010 04:31PM)
Hi Dave,

We will not be posting demo's for the Expansion Pack.

The material in the Expansion pack is truly great stuff & in my opinion shows the maturity of ALONE & how it has grown. With both mine & Christopher's busy schedules & other projects on the go we simply have not had time to do demo's.

I don't believe anybody will be disappointed with the Expansion pack....it's full of great stuff (I think I said that already :o)

Cheers,

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: Justin Lewis (Jan 27, 2010 01:19AM)
WOW thanks Matt, my expansion pack is pre-ordered and I can not wait to see this pack. I can not explain in words the reactions I have been getting with this device. Anyone who is still on the fence about buying this and using it, believe me, get over on this side of the fence and buy it. I have used this four times just booking a show. I used it with the voodoo routine explained by mike, "thank you mike by the way", the perspective client freaked out and could not wait to have me at his party of 20 people "yikes". Last week was the show, my performance was about an hour. Everything went GREAT! The ALONE will build a strong routine. I used my alone for three routines and one of them was finding my paycheck hidden from me. I am horrible at helstorism, finding which poker chip on the table a spectator has chosen is the extent of my abilities with real helstorism; so using this to locate my paycheck works for me..!!!
I love my alone, and can not wait to see what creative minds come up with soon!
Message: Posted by: ArtIn (Jan 28, 2010 01:06PM)
Thanks iam looking forward to see other takes on kurotsuke.
I've shared mine with christopher and looking forward to see differences.

all the best
Message: Posted by: Justin Lewis (Feb 10, 2010 08:15PM)
Any new ideas anybody with ALONE.
Message: Posted by: ScottLeavitt (Feb 24, 2010 09:17PM)
Well...finally got around to opening ALONE, and all the props are there...but no DVD. Can someone please confirm that one should have been included?

Thanks
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Feb 24, 2010 09:46PM)
Hi Scott PMd you.

Matt Johnson

P.S. The Expansion Pack DVD and gimmicks should be launched some time next week so stay tuned to http://www.taylorimagineering.com for more details!
Message: Posted by: ScottLeavitt (Feb 25, 2010 07:31PM)
Thanks for the great customer service Matt
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Feb 25, 2010 07:55PM)
Scott,

You are welcome my friend. Christopher and I are only too happy to help. If you have any more questions please`let us know :o)

Cheers,

Matt Johnson
Message: Posted by: ScottLeavitt (Mar 10, 2010 08:45PM)
Expansion Pack is terrific! Truly loved all of the routines and thinking. If you have ALONE, this is a MUST HAVE

For those who like The Eye of Rah, if you pick up the Platt Pad you can then have the spectator repeat the process on their own! (go through a stack of cards and find the selected one while staring into the Eye)

Love the creativity that's been coming out of our community lately!
Message: Posted by: Rafael The Master Hypnotist (Mar 13, 2010 09:52AM)
This "Alone" is so good, afer my First Puchase, I decide to invest in another "Alone" Unit along with the "Expansion" Pack

As a Working Pro I carry "Alone" with me Daily, since the effect that I manage to create enable me to do it Hand Off and While my back is Turned

And this edge my Friend, to be able to do things Hand Off and While your back is Turned, is the ability can not be duplicate with most Existing method out there

Highly Reccomended

Now I'm waiting for my 2nd Unit and The Expasion Pack
......
Message: Posted by: mike storz (Mar 13, 2010 09:21PM)
[quote]
On 2010-01-27 02:19, Justin Lewis wrote:
WOW thanks Matt, my expansion pack is pre-ordered and I can not wait to see this pack. I can not explain in words the reactions I have been getting with this device. Anyone who is still on the fence about buying this and using it, believe me, get over on this side of the fence and buy it. I have used this four times just booking a show. I used it with the voodoo routine explained by mike, "thank you mike by the way", the perspective client freaked out and could not wait to have me at his party of 20 people "yikes". Last week was the show, my performance was about an hour. Everything went GREAT! The ALONE will build a strong routine. I used my alone for three routines and one of them was finding my paycheck hidden from me. I am horrible at helstorism, finding which poker chip on the table a spectator has chosen is the extent of my abilities with real helstorism; so using this to locate my paycheck works for me..!!!
I love my alone, and can not wait to see what creative minds come up with soon!
[/quote]

Thank you Justin! I'm so happy that you like this routine. I should be getting my expansion pack soon and I'm looking forward to the others as well. :)
Message: Posted by: mattjohnson (Mar 15, 2010 01:47AM)
Thanks for the great continued feedback everyone.

Scott, I am extremley happy to hear that you really like the Expansion Pack, it was our desire to only make the ALONE unit even better than it already is and I believe we did that. As ALONE matures so do the routines and the thinking, it truly has been a great ride so far.

Rafael, 2 units......wow, that's great!!!! Thank you for your continued support.

Mike, it was a pleasure having you on board and your contribution is a success (we knew it would be ;o)

Thanks again everyone!

Matt Johnson

P.S. I am in Denmark and Norway at the moment doing lectures. ALONE has been a great success so far over here. ALONE is taking over the world!!!!!!!!
Message: Posted by: Justin Lewis (Mar 15, 2010 07:13PM)
I love it...Matt I really can not wait to see the alone evolve. Maybe you guys can build a note pad or something that we can just transfer our units into it.
Message: Posted by: MortenN (Mar 21, 2010 10:36PM)
[quote]
On 2010-03-15 02:47, mattjohnson wrote:

P.S. I am in Denmark and Norway at the moment doing lectures. ALONE has been a great success so far over here. ALONE is taking over the world!!!!!!!!
[/quote]

I would like to announce that Matt's lecture in Norway was very good. He is a person that it really is a pleasure and experience alive.

Thanks for a "funny" demo of Alone..... and of course all the other things you're doing.
Matt's lecture on Alone sat me in deep thought about a new investment. ;-)

You are welcome back to Norway.

-Morten-
Message: Posted by: insight (Mar 21, 2010 10:39PM)
For anybody who has not yet ordered ALONE, this is a great product. I'm a proud customer of Taylor Imagineering!

Regards,
Mike
Message: Posted by: dsacks (Mar 21, 2010 11:02PM)
As I too am -- right Dave? :)
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Mar 29, 2010 04:11PM)
I want to urge every performer who has Solstice or ALONE to get Silent Running by Ben Harris. The combination is EXTREMELY potent!

Christopher
Message: Posted by: insight (Apr 3, 2010 10:27AM)
Christopher Taylor,

One word regarding your suggestion---WOW! The combination of ALONE and SR is absolutely stunning and impossible. Perhaps, there should be an expansion pack part 2 detailing how ALONE combined with other marketed effects can provide a powerful prescription for enabling the impossible! Thanks to Matt Johnson and Christopher Taylor for your contributions to the magic community...they are nothing short of pure genius!

Regards,
Mike
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Apr 3, 2010 11:50AM)
A VERY interesting suggestion, Mike. Matt and I will look into that. Cheers.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: Colin (Apr 13, 2010 02:14PM)
Guys, I've said it before, this is an amazing bit of kit! I have two, but only really need one. So I am selling the other brand new one here...

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=360476&forum=76&1

Very best wishes,
Col.
Message: Posted by: Justin Lewis (Apr 20, 2010 08:56PM)
Wow, thanks Christopher, Silent running and alone is jaw dropping. Seriously, anyone who has alone needs to buy silent running. I used my alone with the silent running procedure and it KILLED
Message: Posted by: magicinsight (May 28, 2010 04:07PM)
I recently received ALONE and the Expansion Pack from Mr. Taylor. Alone is simply the best mentalism device that I have ever purchased. It is incredibly versatile enabling the performer to perform countless, amazing routines. The routines on the DVD and on the Expansion Pack DVD offer a variety of entertaining and incredible routines that you could easily do a complete 30 minute close-up show with only ALONE. Both ALONE and the expansion pack are the best purchases I have made to date. Highly recommended.

Michael
Message: Posted by: insight (May 28, 2010 04:32PM)
I think there should be an expansion part 2---yes, a sequel...it's that good!

Regards,
Mike
Message: Posted by: necroloid (May 28, 2010 05:02PM)
Geez, I got this November, but have never used it yet because I keep forgetting to send it back to Chris to repair it. after re examining this thread I better get off my butt before the year long warranty expires! :)
Message: Posted by: Ben Harris (May 28, 2010 06:41PM)
I've been using ALONE extensively. It is quite a brilliant tool.

Benny
Message: Posted by: Dr. Eamon (May 28, 2010 10:15PM)
I´m hoping they make it Promistic receiver compatible, like Solstice Wallet!!!

I´m in!

:)
Message: Posted by: bond19 (May 29, 2010 02:47AM)
If they do I'm definitely buying as well..
Message: Posted by: Stephen Young (May 29, 2010 04:58AM)
This is not the first thread in which a Promystic-compatable Alone has been mentioned.

I would certainly be interested, especially as my Promystic Solstice just arrived, and it's great.


Steve
Message: Posted by: RobertSmith (Sep 22, 2010 10:30PM)
Looking to purchase this effect if someone has one available.
Message: Posted by: Rafael The Master Hypnotist (Sep 23, 2010 11:01PM)
For Electronics James Bond type gadget, don't buy second hand
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Sep 24, 2010 07:35PM)
Rafael, that is the most ridiculous statement , in some cases it could even be better than new, ever hear of upgrades, No I do not have one for sale either and nearly every seller of electronic effects will stand behind them, even when purchased second hand, figure in the savings and you have a great value.
Message: Posted by: toph (Sep 25, 2010 01:01PM)
There is ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with purchasing a legitimate second hand electronic device. As long as the seller is very upfront with you and is a respectable member of the community, there is nothing to fear. And as dave has pointed out,the savings alone can be extraordinary.
Message: Posted by: cpbartak (Sep 25, 2010 01:51PM)
[quote]
On 2010-05-28 23:15, Dr. Eamon wrote:
I´m hoping they make it Promistic receiver compatible, like Solstice Wallet!!!

I´m in!

:)
[/quote]

Agreed! I'm on the fence right now, but that would push me over.
Message: Posted by: kh-magus (Nov 24, 2010 12:17PM)
ALONE will be Promystic-compatable soon...
Message: Posted by: kh-magus (Jun 2, 2011 02:04AM)
http://www.promystic.com/shop/
http://www.taylorimagineering.com/products/electronic.php
Message: Posted by: towledge (Jun 14, 2011 09:51AM)
As I await arrival for new 4D version, for those who bought the original TI expansion pack, has anyone worked out other applications using Patrick Redford's Signs of the Zodiac thinking...ie food menu items, etc. The 4D should make all of this even easier, but just thinking ahead.
Message: Posted by: Decomposed (Aug 18, 2011 09:55AM)
It seems there are so many different routines that can be done with this. When I first looked at it, I had tunnel vision but now I have revisted it, more and more ideas are working are what I may have been missing in my alien act.

Decomposing/Rotting
Message: Posted by: Kirjava (Sep 13, 2011 11:18AM)
If anyone is selling his to buy the 4D version, I'm looking for one, just PM ;)
Message: Posted by: mndude (Oct 1, 2012 11:28PM)
Is it ProMystic compatible now? That would push me over too.
Message: Posted by: drawfull (Oct 2, 2012 03:12AM)
[quote]
On 2012-10-02 00:28, mndude wrote:
Is it ProMystic compatible now? That would push me over too.
[/quote]

Yes
Message: Posted by: John C (May 30, 2018 04:15PM)
[quote]On Sep 8, 2009, Lord Of The Horses wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-09-08 20:45, johncesta wrote:
Nice routine! How much!! ;)
[/quote]

John, this will be out of your league... ;)

Remember that you have young mouths to feed and young feet which need new shoes... :lol: [/quote]

Where are you my friend? I miss you.

J
Message: Posted by: loserdlj (Feb 21, 2019 03:09AM)
If they do I'm definitely buying as well..