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Topic: Looking for a Paul Brook Recommendation
Message: Posted by: Steven Keyl (May 3, 2010 03:28PM)
Based on the overwhelmingly glowing reviews of his products by members whom I hold in high regard, I am thinking of taking my very first foray into the world of Paul Brook.

Assuming I will enjoy his work as much as I hope to, the plan is to acquire all of his books. However, even the journey of thousand miles begins with a single step, so I'd like to ask the members here for their recommendation as to what my first step should be.

As to criteria, I'd like something that provides a healthy mix between theory, subtleties, effects, methods and presentational angles. The greater the number of elements the easier it will be to determine if his other books will be right for me. Based on what I've seen from his website it seems that either The Alchemical Tools or On Mephisto's Shoulder would fit the bill, but perhaps another book would be better in this regard.

Your thoughts are appreciated. Thank you.
Message: Posted by: Thaumaturge (May 3, 2010 03:47PM)
You're on a slippery slope there young man! :lol:

After buying locked in thought from him, it all spiraled out of control.

I'd really recommend Chrysalis of a Polymath. Its weighty, it's jam packed with effects, subtleties and thinking, and to my surprise, is a very enjoyable read. I'm getting a lot from this ere book.

And if you want to break yourself in gently before the urge to buy all his work takes you, I'd plump for Juxtapose.
Its beautiful, and it just reeks of Pauls thinking and cunning. Highly recommended!
Message: Posted by: Anthony Jacquin (May 3, 2010 03:50PM)
I think your initial hunch is correct. Alchemical Tools will give your a broader overview of his thinking and some nice effects. On Mephistos Shoulder has better effects but can wait.

Then check out Locked in Thought, One in The Hand and his latest Juxtapose.

Anthony
Message: Posted by: jeremysweiss (May 3, 2010 05:20PM)
The Gift is one of my favorite books of all time.
Message: Posted by: Mike Ince (May 3, 2010 06:01PM)
It sounds like you'll buy more than one of Paul's books before deciding whether you like his work. Buy whatever grabs your interest first. I bought The Gift, On Mephisto's Shoulder and The Alchemical Tools (in that order) and they're all good, so I say it doesn't matter which one you buy first. When I first read The Gift, it filled a need no other book I owned could fill. I was so pleased I bought more. I think you'll have a similar experience.
Message: Posted by: Nathan Pain (May 3, 2010 06:07PM)
Alc Tools changed me permanently.

Nathan
Message: Posted by: Chris K (May 3, 2010 07:16PM)
I'd recommend Alchemical Tools first.
Message: Posted by: Seth speaks (May 3, 2010 07:43PM)
Alchemical Tools is marvelous, and changed my paradigm almost as much as Derren's Absolute Magic did. I think the two books you mentioned are the best to start--one more philosophical, and the other more effect-oriented. Be forewarned, it is very easy to get addicted to Paul's growing body of work...

Seth
Message: Posted by: John C (May 3, 2010 07:50PM)
Juxtapose
Message: Posted by: Steven Keyl (May 4, 2010 09:31AM)
Thanks everyone. My order is in and I am eagerly anticipating its arrival. I both hope and fear that this will be the first of many.
Message: Posted by: David Rhodes (May 4, 2010 07:15PM)
Alchemical Tools is in my top five pieces of work put out. There is not a week that gies by where I don't read atleast a chapter of that book.
Message: Posted by: parmenion (May 5, 2010 04:11AM)
SIGMA !
Message: Posted by: John C (May 21, 2010 11:53AM)
[quote]
On 2010-05-03 19:07, Nathan Pain wrote:
Alc Tools changed me permanently.

Nathan
[/quote]

is that possible with a diaper? :lol:
Message: Posted by: Paul Brook (May 21, 2010 12:29PM)
[quote]
On 2010-05-21 12:53, johncesta wrote:
[quote]
On 2010-05-03 19:07, Nathan Pain wrote:
Alc Tools changed me permanently.

Nathan
[/quote]

is that possible with a diaper? :lol:
[/quote]



Sure, that's on page 338, first paragraph ;)

'In-Joke' for owners of the book!

Cheers,

-Paul
Message: Posted by: boydy (May 21, 2010 01:38PM)
Underhanded is gold as is the DB Sven book.
Message: Posted by: pancho247 (Aug 22, 2016 09:22AM)
All, I bought The Alchemist Tools at MINDS3. Wow, what an amazing book. I'm relatively new to magic and mentalism, I'm so glad I read this. I got so much more out of it than any other that book I've read.

I'm now looking at buying another Book by Paul, the question is, which one?!?!?

Which one would you say has the best effects?
Message: Posted by: phillsmiff (Aug 22, 2016 09:29AM)
Chrysalis is a great (weighty) book, lots to ponder in there.

Phill
Message: Posted by: pancho247 (Aug 22, 2016 12:38PM)
Cheers phill. I know what you mean by weighty. It's about a million pages long.
Message: Posted by: Machina (Aug 22, 2016 06:03PM)
The Alchemical tools.
I own all of them bar one.
Message: Posted by: John C (Aug 23, 2016 07:41PM)
Networker and juxtaposed
Message: Posted by: pancho247 (Aug 28, 2016 01:59AM)
I've picked up juxtapose a while back, not tried it out yet, but looks great.
Message: Posted by: Paul Brook (Sep 4, 2016 04:28AM)
[quote]On Aug 22, 2016, pancho247 wrote:
All, I bought The Alchemist Tools at MINDS3. Wow, what an amazing book. I'm relatively new to magic and mentalism, I'm so glad I read this. I got so much more out of it than any other that book I've read.

I'm now looking at buying another Book by Paul, the question is, which one?!?!?

Which one would you say has the best effects? [/quote]


That's very kind of you to say so.

The books that people really enjoy seem to be 'The Alchemical Tools', 'The Gift' and 'The Book Of Lies'.

Then there's the eBooks which my personal favourites are 'Juxtapose' and 'Around the Table'.

My items cover a wide range of mentalism and when asked the questions, "What would you recommend?" I ask the person, "What are you wanting to achieve from your mentalism?" when that's answered I can give you a better indication of what book, eBook or product will help you to reach your goal.

So..."What are you wanting to do with your mentalism?"

Cheers,

Paul