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Topic: WHISPER by Ken Dyne
Message: Posted by: Mind Guerrilla (Jul 25, 2011 10:24AM)
There was a rousing discussion about this book up in "Penny for Your Thoughts" a few weeks back. I've not seen any reviews posted yet, though (apart from the blurbs that appear in the ad). Would any purchaser care to share their thoughts? Thanks.
Message: Posted by: Ken Dyne (Aug 8, 2011 04:00AM)
I love it...:P
Message: Posted by: David Rhodes (Aug 8, 2011 04:09PM)
I loved the book aswell it is not really a routine but more of a concept that once you learn yo could easily adapt to almost any piece in your show.
Message: Posted by: David Rhodes (Aug 10, 2011 07:47PM)
Firstly the add copy, I know that a lot of people complain about little things not being mentioned in add copies to hype the effect. I can definitely state that Kennedy does not do this and goes as close to revealing the method as physically possible, everything that is typed on the page and also themethod video embedded on the site is 100% true. Ken goes on to discuss every detail about the effect about where he got the idea from to its current inception.

Personally I like this approach as th effect itself is very simple however watching it evolve through the pages of the book show the power of the routine and the subtle approaches to heighten the effect ten fold. Whilst I was quiet satisfied with the book at this stage, pleasantly surprised with the other additions which were added to the book, he gives a few variations on effects that appear to use the the Whisper concept however they use more traditional methods. This is great as in my show I like to have a almost palendromic like feel where one half of the show is reflected onto the other. And by having two methods fir similar effects nobody in the audience would be able to reverse engineer either effect.

The guest contributions within this book are definately first class. Some of then are very clever for example Mark Eldson's variation on the effect is brilliant, but a little too much in my opinion. Colin McLeod's variation on the effect takes it to a level which is as bold as you can get and would work very well on a large stage but in a more intimate environment it would be a huge problem. On the flip side Patrick Redford elevates Colin's method to awhole other level. The is also a method discussed in which the method is completely hidden.

Whilst the first half of the book is primarily around the idea you will bw using the this as a book test, it really is just the tip of the iceberg relating to this concept. As the book goes on there are book tests, design dupes even a ACAAN. I have had so much fun with this idea the only real draw back is that I wasn't sure if I was where it should go in my show.

Th only real negative thing I can say about this product is the price, it is not a bad thing and I while whole heartedly understand why Kennedy placed a high price on the book. Do I think its value for money yes I do, do I think there are better things I could spent the same amount of money on yes I do. The thing is there is always something better value for money, however the real decisions whether it is something you will find value in this book is up to you.
Message: Posted by: Ken Dyne (Aug 11, 2011 05:09AM)
David, thank you for such an in depth, honest review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed Whisper.

Please let me know where you take it and what you do with it, as you say it's versatility is what is exciting about the concept.

Cheers man!
- K
Message: Posted by: David Rhodes (Aug 11, 2011 07:29AM)
Something I have been playing with is Annemann's A Question and a Answer.

Revealing cards, words or pictures are interesting to spectators, however I do not believe that there are better demonstrations for the whisper concept. The way I present it is almost as a second thought I do the move from AQATA, pause and look at the person who is 'safely holding the question' and inform them that they are going to do this effect. They are already involved in the effect as it is and when you openly tell everyone that the person holding the billet is going to determine the question and the answer, I believe it is a real ability that the audience would rather to have.

With this effect you normally have two or three moments, the first is the entertainment side of determining the question the second is giving the person the answer. This is more personal and is the real strength of the effect finally you have the confirmation from the audience member which brings the effect to a close for the audience and also for the audience as a whole.

Ken as you can imagine you can hide the method, is a reveling the question is the smaller part of the effect. It is revealing the answer that is the only part the audience will remember and for the most part that can be summarized by simply stating 'trust your instincts'

I have a few other touches that I would happily discuss in a more private discussion.
Message: Posted by: Ken Dyne (Aug 12, 2011 12:54PM)
Fantastic thinking man, I'll be in touch :)
Message: Posted by: takeachance (Aug 14, 2011 01:45AM)
Can this work in a intimate environment? say parlor with 10 people. Who's contribution or take on this fits smaller crowds? With corporate events were people get together afterwards for dinner or drinks, will they discover the method used to read each others minds when they chat! If this is the wrong place to ask perhaps it should move down stairs or please PM me with an answer Ken
Message: Posted by: Magic-Daniel (Aug 16, 2011 10:57AM)
I saw the video-ad on your site Ken. What I'm getting from the video is really just, that you can get a spectator to name a prediction instead of you.
Can you explain why this is so awesome?:)
Message: Posted by: Magic-Daniel (Aug 22, 2011 09:31PM)
Message: Posted by: Decomposed (Aug 26, 2011 05:30PM)
Ken has always been a great contributor to the art. Keep it up Ken! :applause:

Message: Posted by: entermagic (Dec 4, 2013 08:38AM)
Recently my friend showed me this effect.
After the performance I tried to give my explanation, believing that he fooled me badly because my explanation
was not so good and the current value of this effect is 200.
Unbelievable!!! My explanation is the same!
Well, now someone who has purchased this effect must tell me why you said that this effect is so incredible?
In my opinion this is the first thing that people think when you perform this effect, but everyone discard
as solution because it is so obvious.
Now everyone say that this is awesome and applaud Ken!!! How it is possible??? This effect in my opinion has no price
because there is no secret. 200.00??? If I would have purchased it, sure I would be very angry, I would ask to give me
back my money!

Unbelievable read all this positive comment!
Message: Posted by: Waters (Dec 11, 2013 08:12PM)
I was supposed to have a copy, but...
Message: Posted by: insight (Apr 17, 2014 11:02PM)
Is the limited edition batch sold out?

Message: Posted by: brehaut (Jul 13, 2015 04:37PM)
Fyi---a copy on eBay right now with the bid at only $107