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Topic: "TAILORED SUITS"-book by Sean Waters
Message: Posted by: Waters (Dec 8, 2011 05:34AM)
All,

I wanted to inform you gals and gents of the release of my only physical book. (Just kidding, I know there are only two ladies interested in mentalism and my hat is off to both of you :).) While the use of cards is debated amongst those in the know, I have always thought they can be utilized... when presented in a certain way. I have explored this "manner" in my own work and maybe you will find this worthwhile. I am passionate about this medium, though extremely particular. Maybe a reductionists view of cardwork may be of interest to you? This perfect bound book contains (what I hope you consider) breakthrough new routines, updated and simplified handlings and a couple pieces, as originally published. I promise you will use them. Nonethless, I present to you:

TAILORED SUITS-Card Routines Befitting a Mentalist

Beyond Touch – A demonstration of derm-optic vision

Red-Handed – A direct psychological force of a playing card

Tandem – A structure to (fearlessly) utilize your favorite psychological force

Cherchez – A (nearly) mind’s only Monte routine

Our Mind’s Eyes – A parallel demonstration of photographic memory

Mirrored – Three Card Prediction

Darkness and Light – Two participants explore their own intuitive abilities

Fields of Vision – A progressive thought-of card routine

Avalon 2011 – An imagined card becomes a reality (my updated handling)

Brave New World – New Territory in the Out of This World genre (No displacements or switches and the colors are shown immediately separated. The clean-up happens in the participant's own hands. True.)



This is an 8.5” x 8.5” perfect bound book, and scheduled to ship late this month
Price: $49.95 US, $56.95 anywhere else.

For a short time, there will be a discounted price at my website. Here is the page:

http://www.watersmindworks.com/releases/tailored-suits.html


With regards,

Sean
Message: Posted by: Amirá (Dec 8, 2011 07:32AM)
Sounds like a great document.


The best for your work Sean !
Message: Posted by: Patrick2409 (Dec 8, 2011 09:03AM)
I like the "Personal Delivery" option ;-)
Message: Posted by: Waters (Dec 8, 2011 09:12AM)
[quote]
On 2011-12-08 10:03, Patrick2409 wrote:
I like the "Personal Delivery" option ;-)
[/quote]


It includes coaching and a free cup of coffee. Some exclusions apply!

:)
Message: Posted by: PsiDroid (Dec 8, 2011 11:05AM)
Anything by mr.Waters has been warmly recommended to me and this is going to be no exception:
Message: Posted by: Waters (Dec 11, 2011 03:18PM)
Thank you for the votes of confidence. These routines have proven effective for me, though all quite simple and clear. They are a joy to perform and represent breakthroughs in some effect genre or another. For instance:

"Cherchez" was really a result of my obsession with a mind's only "Bank Night" routine. While I was never fully satisfied with the variety of methods I employed for a traditional (mind's-only) Bank Night, this structure works excellently as a Monte presentation. (Though it could be used for a three envelope Bank Night or adapted to a "Dangerous Monte" Theme). I love it.

"Brave New World", as far as I can tell, is a novel approach to Paul Curry's psychic sorting effect. This method can be applied to any like-sized medium (pictures, etc) and is a standing-up method. It is a tad bold, but easy. It can be utilized as easily on stage as in any informal setting. I am extremely proud of this, as well. It represents a personal breakthrough.

I began my interest in Mystery Entertainment with a deep love of card magic (of all sorts) nearly twenty years ago. This passion has endured and I hope this this material reflects this long-standing interest. They all are epiphanies, of sorts. Since mental card effects are a "gateway" effect of sorts, I thought it seemed appropriate to devote these to a physical book.

Thank you all for your orders, thus far. I hope you enjoy the book.


With regards,

Sean
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Dec 11, 2011 03:36PM)
How much is the personal delivery if I want you to fly over and drop it off round mine, Sean?

good luck with this mate...sometimes I want to train nanobots to crawl up your nose and take a sample of your brain so I can clone it...

love the cover too!
Message: Posted by: Lord Of The Horses (Dec 11, 2011 06:27PM)
[quote]
On 2011-12-11 16:36, IAIN wrote:
How much is the personal delivery if I want you to fly over and drop it off round mine, Sean?

[/quote]
Ok, I failed to convince you with the spirit bell proposal I made...

But I'll try again here...

Iain, pick one copy for me. IF we happen to meet soon you'll give me the book, if not you'll pay the postage fee from your house to mine! ;)
Message: Posted by: Andrew J. K. (Dec 14, 2011 04:24AM)
Greetings from Athens, Sean.

May I ask you how many pages does "TAILORED SUITS" consist of?

BTW, I've already "Ponderings" and " Contemplation" and both of them are true gems.

Next in my order list was for a long time "Reflections" since I noticed overdue today
that you have released an other pdf ebook titled "WONDERS" and of course the
aforementioned physical book as well.

Because of my health issue I was for quite a few months away from my daily personal and
professional activities and the magic community as well.

It seems that I missed a lot of great happenings. Anyway.

I'd like to point out one more thing regarding Sean's personality that I think it deserves
to be mentioned at this topic.

Except from his deep knowledge of Pscychology (if memory serves me well) and his creativity
as a magician/mentalist as well, Sean is a person who STANDS OUT for his high levels of ethics,
integrity and his humane and high professional attitude towards his customers as well.

I think it was a Saturday afternoon about two years ago, when I sent him an email
asking for some info about "Ponderings".

Here's a brief taste of my email:

"(...) Since I've been intrigued by the amazing reviews (Magic Café, etc.) regarding
your e-book PONDERINGS, I thought it's worth to get it ...right now!

Since I'm an impatient person, I'm interested to purchase it today and I would appreciate it
if you could tell me if it is possible to send it to me within the day (it was Saturday as I mention above).

I'd also like to know, how long after I place my order via PayPal, will it take to arrive in my inbox.

Thank you in advance,

Waiting for your soon as possible reply,

Andrew"


And here is what Sean DID after receiving my email:

"Andrew,

Thank you for your interest and the kind words.

I have gone ahead and attached the ebook.

Please just send the paypal payment, as soon as you can.

I will be out much of the day and I did not want you to have to wait.

I hope you enjoy it."


I'd like to thank him once more, but this time publicly, for his particular kind gesture two years ago.

Sean, I'd like you to know that I much appreciated the fact that you trusted me implicitly,
sending me your e-book on the spot, without having beforehand received my payment.

I just felt the need to share it here with all of you because those kind of gestures from
on line retailers/authors/dealers are rare nowadays. Don't you agree?

Of course I sent Sean his payment right away after his "unusual" for most of the people
who are running those kind of business, email.

Sincerely,

Andrew
Message: Posted by: Waters (Dec 14, 2011 09:58AM)
Andrew,

Thank you for the gracious comments. They are genuinely appreciated. Thank you as well for your interest in "Tailored Suits". The page count is approximately 100 pages. The final draft is being revised, so the final number will be close.

With Regards,

Sean
Message: Posted by: Nicolino (Dec 14, 2011 12:35PM)
...yet another wallet threat!

But what the heck: it's christmas...my order's in.
Message: Posted by: Andrew J. K. (Dec 14, 2011 04:11PM)
Your welcome, Sean!

I said nothing but the truth.

I think I'll also place my order for "Tailored Suits" within the next few days.

It was nice to "meet" you in the Cafi.

Best wishes,

Andrew
Message: Posted by: eSamuels (Dec 14, 2011 04:29PM)
Sean is one of our community's more gracious and unsung creators.


e
Message: Posted by: Waters (Dec 21, 2011 12:27PM)
Thanks Eric and Andrew.

Thank you to each of you who has pre-ordered this. Your (blind) confidence is appreciated. This has been sent to press so I am waiting on the books to return to me. Based upon all appearances this should be back in time to meet my late December ship date. I truly appreciate each of your investments and I hope you enjoy the material. It was a lot of fun (and tears) to product an physical book. Thanks for taking part in the project and update you all with shipping information. As soon as these arrive, I will ship pre-order copies. This means there are a few more days to pre-order before this arrives.

Sincerely,

Sean
http://www.watersmindworks.com/releases/tailored-suits.html
Message: Posted by: DT3 (Dec 21, 2011 04:12PM)
What a great Christmas treat to indulge in!

Sean is a class act, a true inspiration to many of us.

I had a chance to take a peek at a draft of Tailored Suits and I'll just state here what you probably already know based on Sean's previous work: It's excellent.

His handling of OOTW (Brave New World) breaks barriers. It's so clean. No displacement, no tricky moves...it's almost as though you are doing it for real.

He has added layers to a couple of effects that you may be familiar with from his earlier works in this book. The layers that he added take each of those effects to another level.

Cherchez La Femme is a great piece of work. Imagine playing Three Card Monte invisibly in your spectator's mind.

Our Mind's Eye has got a new face lift, an entire new phase that amps it up a notch.

It's a great book from cover to cover. Sean and I are friends, but that's because I like to make friends with brilliant people. I'm proud to know him and I'm proud to perform these great effects.

You really can't go wrong here. As always with Sean, there is so much going on in between the lines that you will want to read it over and over.

Total Zentalism.

Don Theo III
Message: Posted by: Mike Ince (Dec 22, 2011 12:23AM)
Sean was born into the world of Mystery with a deck of cards in his hands. In his early days I was lucky to find him as a friend and discover that world, back when we thrilled over T.A. Waters' creativity and took turns turning our worlds upside down. I can't wait for the reviews to come in from the trenches for this hardback collection. Every time Sean describes a new card effect to me it feels like coming home to that place where "Out of This World" is brand new and I wonder what's waiting on the next page.

It's about time for a hardback from Sean Waters. His work deserves proper binding.
Message: Posted by: Waters (Dec 22, 2011 05:39AM)
[quote]
On 2011-12-22 01:23, Mike Ince wrote:
Sean was born into the world of Mystery with a deck of cards in his hands. In his early days I was lucky to find him as a friend and discover that world, back when we thrilled over T.A. Waters' creativity and took turns turning our worlds upside down.

[/quote]

"Mem-rees... all alone in the moonlight" (holds back tears).

It's true, the first time I read T.A. Waters, it was Mike's copy. I tried to steal it and would have gotten away with it too (if it wasn't for those pesky kids). I later bought a used copy and then decided my namesake (no relation, though my grandafather was T.E. Waters, hmmmm) derserved to be in better condition. I finally broke down a bought a new one. T.A. still turns my world upside down.

Thanks for the comments Don and Mike. You are both friends for sure. You all are fufilling a long-held dream of living next to T.A. on the bookshelves of the more obsessive-compulsive book owners (like me?). I wish I was a fly on your wall. (Again.... holds back tears).

Seriously! Thanks for the comments Gents.

Sean
Message: Posted by: Waters (Dec 27, 2011 07:25AM)
I hope you all have enjoyed your Holidays thus far. According my tracking number from the printers, "Tailored Suits" will arrive to me on Wednesday (tomorrow) and all pre-order copies will be mailed on Thursday. So there are two more days to pre-order. To those of you who have, you have my thanks.

I just performed a few pieces (specifically my OOTW and Cherchez) from the book for a mentalist friend I had not seen in a long time. He did not have the slightest clue and was quite taken with them. My point is that these routines work equally well for any group. I hope you find the same for your own performances and that they fit you as well.

With regards,

Sean
Message: Posted by: JanForster (Dec 27, 2011 09:39AM)
Sean, I'm really looking forward to it. Glad I ordered :). Jan
Message: Posted by: Waters (Dec 28, 2011 05:26PM)
Thanks Jan!

All pre-order copies have been shipped (one day early). Since I stated that these would ship tomorrow, I will honor the pre-order pricing one final day. I hope you all enjoy the book and you each have my thanks!

Sean
Message: Posted by: dmoses (Dec 28, 2011 05:37PM)
Wow... I don't know how I've missed this thread!!!!
Sean, I just placed my order but forgot to ask you to sign it for me, pal.

Can't wait, and congratulations!

d
Message: Posted by: dmoses (Jan 11, 2012 12:41AM)
Just received my book today--
Who was your graphic designer in this, Sean? Very nicely put together, between you, Iain and Phill Smith you're definitely raising the bar.

I was one of the guys that got fooled so badly with your Brave New World... and it was great to see it in print-- but I'll have to wait until the weekend to give this a proper read.

d
Message: Posted by: Nicolino (Feb 13, 2012 01:54PM)
Grapped my copy today at the custom office! :crazydude:
Message: Posted by: Waters (Feb 13, 2012 02:04PM)
[quote]
On 2012-02-13 14:54, Nicolino wrote:
Grapped my copy today at the custom office! :crazydude:
[/quote]

Dang man. The material is not THAT secret.

Seriously, I am truly sorry if your copy was held up. I am glad that it is in the hands of (you,) the rightful owner.

Enjoy!

Sean
Message: Posted by: Nicolino (Mar 15, 2012 12:32PM)
Meanwhile I've studied the book and even chatted with Sean about (my way of) tweaking some effects - believe me, it was a real pleasure to exchange ideas and to learn more about the genesis of certain routines!
So this little book is a real treasure chest, and although I can't find the time to review all single effects now (some of them are improved versions of existing SW routines, btw), it gets my full recommendation!

Hopefully there will be a second edition! :D
Message: Posted by: dmoses (Mar 15, 2012 02:08PM)
My experience has been the same as Nicolino's.

I haven't had the time to put together a proper review of this yet, but I can't believe there hasn't been more buzz about this book.

d
Message: Posted by: JanForster (Mar 15, 2012 04:14PM)
Bad for Sean, good for us :) An exceptional book! Jan
Message: Posted by: mindhunter (Mar 16, 2012 04:47PM)
Cards DO have a place in mentalism.

Here is over 100 pages that further proves it.

This is well-worth getting from Sean.

Bryn
Message: Posted by: gabelson (Mar 19, 2012 02:16PM)
[quote]
On 2012-03-16 17:47, mindhunter wrote:
Cards DO have a place in mentalism.

Here is over 100 pages that further proves it.

This is well-worth getting from Sean.

Bryn
[/quote]

Couldn't have said it better. If you've ever doubted whether cards have a place in mentalism, READ THIS BOOK! Some fantastic routines here, and Sean is one of the nicest, most creative guys working today.
Message: Posted by: Waters (Mar 21, 2012 08:38AM)
My thanks to each of you. I hope you are enjoying the book and that you find routines worthy of your personal use. Thank you for taking the time to comment. I know each of your lives are busy (too)!

Regards,

Sean
Message: Posted by: Waters (Apr 30, 2012 07:06AM)
[quote]
On 2012-03-15 13:32, Nicolino wrote:
Meanwhile I've studied the book and even chatted with Sean about (my way of) tweaking some effects - believe me, it was a real pleasure to exchange ideas and to learn more about the genesis of certain routines!
So this little book is a real treasure chest, and although I can't find the time to review all single effects now (some of them are improved versions of existing SW routines, btw), it gets my full recommendation!

Hopefully there will be a second edition! :D
[/quote]


Nicolino was kind enough to offer an excellent idea that had never occurred to me. In my color sensing routine, "Beyond Touch", a standard method is utilized that involves one-time preparation. He suggested replacing that method with a o_e-w_y deck. I mention this primarily because I just found out that the League Back Bicycle cards have this (subtle) feature. I bought a dozen online. Nonetheless, Nicolino's advice was sage and I thought this recent discovery (of knowledge) would aid those who are performing this routine. This eliminates any preparation.

Thanks Nicolino!
Message: Posted by: Nicolino (Apr 30, 2012 03:12PM)
You're very welcome Sean! It is pleasure and honor to contribute a small part to your excellent work.

By the way, it should be noted, that also surprisingly many Bicycle decks offer this feature, depending on how precisely they had been cut during manufacturing.
Message: Posted by: Waters (Aug 17, 2012 04:35PM)
BLATANT THREAD BUMPING POST:

I just wanted to mention that anyone who purchases "Tailored Suits" from me by Monday (when I am already going to the Post Office), will receive the AVALON AND BEYOND kit (PDF and secret things which would normally cost $25+ to have made) for my updated method for "Avalon" (my version of KK).

This is one of those pieces that will always be progressing, because it is theatrical and powerful. The method I am performing now allows anyone you to (always) know the color before any decisions seem to be made. ONE ENVELOPE is placed on a table in advance and the presentation begins. This is a previously undisclosed method (and the way I perform this now). Only those who purchase this during this deal will get this package (PDF and secret stuff) at no additional cost.

One another note, here are some comments made by our own Dreadnought after using some of the materials from the book in his show: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=476993&forum=82&35&start=30

Any purchases this weekend will automatically receive the bonus package which I guarantee you will use.

END BLATANT THREAD BUMP

Thanks!

Sean
Message: Posted by: Nicolino (Aug 17, 2012 04:53PM)
If I recall correctly, I ordered my copy of Tailored Suits on a Monday as well. Not sure if that qualifies...? :)
Message: Posted by: Waters (Aug 17, 2012 05:15PM)
Ha! You made me laugh out loud. Precision counts doesn't it?

Nonetheless, I should have mentioned that this PDF includes a technique that I am using (that can be applied to many routines), which will double the impact of the piece. I use this for my KK and for my "Forever Jung" (spectator as mind-reader) routines in particular. It psychologically primes the audience and your participant and insures that they will never forget what happens. This also greatly aids in compliance for those bolder methods (that sometimes make us quake). I promise.
Message: Posted by: dmoses (Aug 19, 2012 09:54AM)
Avalon 2011 is great... (even without what I can guess is included in this package) Tailored Suits continues to be one of the two most under-rated books this year. (the other being Iain Dunford's Profeign)
Message: Posted by: dylan magic (Aug 19, 2012 01:32PM)
Looking forward to recieving my copy of tailored suits and avalon notes!.
Seans work really is top notch and money well spent!
Message: Posted by: Waters (Nov 6, 2012 06:29AM)
All,

I have a few ever-so-slightly "less than perfect" copies that, if you are interested, I can sell at a reduced rate. I had somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 or so that I would not call perfect. So, on either side of the big pond, I will sell these for $35 including shipping. If you have an inclination, simply PayPal to watersmind@gmail.com.

Please include the phrase "Scratch and Dent" in the comments!

Thanks,

Sean
Message: Posted by: Looch (Nov 6, 2012 07:23AM)
This is a wonderful book, containing some great card material. Ideal for any mentalist wanting to add a card effect to their rep.

Great work Sean!
Message: Posted by: tricky360 (Mar 6, 2013 03:54PM)
Tailored suits is an outstanding book with very well thought out routines. The one effect I made a beeline for was Cherchez three card monte, boy does this three phase routine rock with an absolute killer ending. In my opinion worth the price of the book alone.
Sean very kindley sent me a bonus pdf. Thank you Sean.
If you want to fool people badly then get this.
10 out of 10.
Message: Posted by: davidmag (Mar 7, 2013 11:28AM)
[quote]
On 2013-03-06 16:54, tricky360 wrote:
Tailored suits is an outstanding book with very well thought out routines. The one effect I made a beeline for was Cherchez three card monte, boy does this three phase routine rock with an absolute killer ending. In my opinion worth the price of the book alone.
Sean very kindley sent me a bonus pdf. Thank you Sean.
If you want to fool people badly then get this.
10 out of 10.
[/quote]
I fully agree.Totally worth the money,actually underpriced in my opinion. Cherchez is really an outstanding routine.

Sean bravo!
Message: Posted by: Waters (Mar 10, 2013 12:55PM)
Looch, Mick and David, I thank you all for the kind comments about the book. They are appreciated. I am glad you are enjoying "Cherchez" and am honored you took the time to mention the routine.

I should also make mention that this is now being offering in ebook form from both http://www.ementalism.com" and my website, http://www.watersmindworks.com . While it was originally my intention to keep this a physical book, the dramatic increases in overseas shipping and the continued requests for purchases of ebook copies, made this feel somewhat inevitable. While most of the physical copies are sold, it can still be purchased via my website if you are so inclined. I certainly understand the merits (and maladies) of either format.

To each of you who have offered comment, I appreciate you having done so. You have my thanks.

With Regards,

Sean
Message: Posted by: rickreation (Apr 7, 2013 05:52PM)
After reading and re-reading "Tailored Suits," I sent the following to Sean. It expresses how underrated and wonderful I believe this new work of his really is:

"Your book led me to re-embrace my love for the beauty of playing cards, whose marriage with mentalism is truly beautiful and genuine and without reservation, APPROPRIATE.

It sparked a desire to put aside everything I've been studying and performing, and see how much entertainment, mystery, and variety of angles I can find in my act using nothing but playing cards. Yes other mentalists have done this already (Mick Ayres, David Berglas) but this book revived my belief, and my study of their works."

Thanks Sean! You truly are an unsung titan of our art.

If you have the slightest attraction to playing cards, and want to see how truly powerfully they can be used in the performance of "pure mentalism," GET THIS BOOK.
Message: Posted by: DT3 (May 28, 2013 06:26PM)
I won't lie...Sean fried my brain on phone call. It made me realize how perfect TS is.
Message: Posted by: Waters (Jul 2, 2013 03:39AM)
Thanks gentlemen. I know a sloth brings a mailed thank you note faster than I have responded. I appreciate your sentiments that the investment has paid a happy return and that I took a piece of your brain DT3.

I am thankful that folks have enjoyed the work. One of these days, someone will totally catch you with an unconventional OOTW and you will be shocked. It's better to be the slay-er,than the slay-ee....I am just sayin'. On a recent business trip to Miami, several locally performing magicians were completely amazed with one of the easiest routines in the book (Fields of Vision). They asked me to do it for four different people. Cake.

I wanted to make mention that the digital version is now available at http://www.lybrary.com , as well as http://www.ementalism.com and http://www.watersmindworks.com . Physical (and handsomely produced) copies are still available via watersmindworks.com

Thanks,

Sean
Message: Posted by: Waters. (Aug 30, 2016 10:01PM)
Guys,

Sorry for resurrecting this thread. I will no longer be producing any physical books (for a variety of reasons). I have a small number of physical copies left and that will be all I will ever print. This is mostly due to the logistics in providing these. If you have an interest in one of these copies, which I will offer for a reduced price, please PM me. The details will be mentioned there. Thanks for any interest. The ebook will remain available at lybrary.com and watersmindworks.com

Thanks,

Sean
Message: Posted by: Last Laugh (Sep 14, 2016 08:40PM)
I got this book and it's very good.

Sean does a great job of combining methods to create more deceptive routines. In fact, I'd say that's the theme of the book - logical disconnects.

While just like any thing, some of the effects are not for me, I do find his thinking and his construction of routines very interesting and effective.