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Topic: Pendulum Magic: Routines for Mystery Performers
Message: Posted by: David Thiel (Dec 13, 2011 09:10PM)
We're two days away from the official release of our second book: "Pendulum Magic: Routines for Mystery Performers."

This is a book designed to give you unique presentations on all things "pendulum." There are genuinely scary ghost stories, Victorian theme magic -- and instruction on how to make a pendulum move WITHOUT touching it. (I know that effects are loaded with expressions like "My jaw dropped when I saw this" -- but the truth is that my jaw DID drop. Mauricio has created something very special.)

The list of contributors is headed up by the incomparable BOB CASSIDY (who introduces a NEW pendulum "move" I've never seen before), TC TAHOE (with a brilliant new tarot card/pendulum effect), PAUL PRATER (who shows you how to use a pendulum with a spooky ghost story), PAUL VOODINI (with a routine that is downright chilling), MAURICIO JARAMILLO (who will show you how to move a pendulum without even touching it), and DR. BILL CUSHMAN (who introduces a whole system for creating pendulums on the spot...and getting their attention by bending a key.)

Our idea was to create a book loaded with routines you'll use -- routines designed by working pros.

The ebook is available at $27.95 through our site http://www.magicpendulums.com to the first 25 purchasers. Then it moves up to its regular price of $34.95.

If you purchased our first book "Pendulum Magic: A Guide for Mystery Performers" -- PM me, because you're entitled to special pricing.

(Mods: I was not sure where this routine should go. If I have posted it in the wrong place, I apologize.)

Message: Posted by: gmeister (Dec 14, 2011 10:54AM)
The first book was gold, so I don't think it's wrong that we should anticipate platinum for this one.
Message: Posted by: Voodini (Dec 14, 2011 11:19AM)
It was great to be involved in this project, and having had a sneak peak at the contents of this book I can say with all sincerity that it is indeed pure platinum!
Message: Posted by: Amirá (Dec 14, 2011 12:02PM)
Via personal conversations I can say that just Mauricio´s or Bill´s ideas are pure gold.

So if you can, get this today and be part of the pendulum mania !
Message: Posted by: David Thiel (Dec 14, 2011 07:52PM)
Thank you, guys! The eBooks started shipping this morning and no one's thrown anything at me yet...so I think people are happy.

Message: Posted by: Amirá (Dec 15, 2011 06:11AM)
Review : David Thiel´s Pendulum Magic: Routines for Mystery Performers 2 from http://www.amirasideas.com

David Thiel´s Magic Pendulum is a recent place in which we as performers and pendulum´s fan can dream, and see and buy wonderful pendulums.
Now I will review his new eBook , his second offering with pendulum ideas.

Price and Description:
$27.95 at http://www.magicpendulums.com/our-newest-pendulum-book.html

My opinion:

64 page eBook, great design and writing style. You can see that the contributors and David did all this with passion and love.
Im complete biased when I talk about pendulums but I will do my best.
This eBook isn't for beginners in pendulum work. You have to have the basics and the confidence to do it.
If you have some level of experience in performance with pendulums, 3 words

Why ? Because you will get SEVERAL pieces that worth the price alone.
I will not review each of the effects because they are already described without any hype on David´s site.
New uses for pendulums, hands off pendulums, storytelling presentations and a lot more!

Rate: 9,5/10
Well done David ! Highly under-priced document. 100% quality material from the brightest minds in our art.
Message: Posted by: David Thiel (Dec 15, 2011 08:41AM)
Thank you, Amira. I appreciate your review.

You're bang on about "Routines" not being designed for performers who are new to pendulums. While "Routines" has some instruction on how to use pendulums in performances, the real introduction on how to incorporate pendulums for newer users is in its companion volume: "Magic Pendulums: A Guide for Mystery Performers."

When you put the two eBooks together (I've always seen them as a companion set), you get a master class on pendulum use from people like Richard Osterlind and Bob Cassidy and many, many more on how THEY use pendulums. More importantly -- you'll see how working pros introduce pendulums to their audiences and how they construct routines. Every contribution is unique to these books -- you won't find them anywhere else.

Am I trying to sell the eBooks here? Of course. But let's face it: no one is going to get rich from them. Our real goal from the beginning has been to get MORE performers using these great props. That's it...our whole marketing strategy. Cunning, huh?

If you're a beginner, then look at "Guide." If you're already using pendulums "Routines" was designed for you. (Also if you're fascinated with the scripting that goes into your presentation.) If you'd like to add pendulums to your act and are interested in adding them to your arsenal -- both books are available as a companion set. Today's the last day they are offered together at a reduced price.

You may also want to consider what I honestly feel is a MasterWork on pendulums which is Bob Cassidy's "The Pendulum of Fate." If you're into more exotic uses, or multi-bobs -- try the classic Dr. Bill Cushman's "Trybil."

All of these hand-picked resources are available at Magic Pendulums.

I'm excited about pendulums. (You can probably tell, huh?) They've become a staple of my close-up and parlor shows. What's not to like? It's a whole act that fits into your pocket. No b*tteries. No st*oges. No w*res. No pre-s*t. No reset. The magic happens right in your spectator's hand. Again: What's not to like???

I want YOU to be excited about them too -- to pour your creativity into presenting them to your audiences. And that's the WHOLE reason that we're doing what we're doing over there.

Message: Posted by: Amirá (Dec 15, 2011 09:27AM)
True words David.

Truly, the best for your projects!
Message: Posted by: Dreaded Mentalist (Dec 15, 2011 12:31PM)
Got my copy last night and I must say it's brilliant!
I love using pendulums routines in my shows, but now its a case of which pendulum routine!..
I know I'll be singing the hangman's song next chance I get for sure :)(Thanks Paul)
And to reiterate Amira's words, "Buy It Now!"

Message: Posted by: Voodini (Dec 15, 2011 04:41PM)
On 2011-12-15 13:31, Dreaded Mentalist wrote:

I know I'll be singing the hangman's song next chance I get for sure :)(Thanks Paul)

My pleasure! :)
Message: Posted by: David Thiel (Dec 17, 2011 09:55AM)
"The Hangman's Noose" is spooky...when I read it the first time it's one of the few routines that actually gave me chills.

It's a painstaking attention to detail that Paul puts into his work that makes the biggest difference. I've read his books and that same sense of purpose is there: these routines are going somewhere. I performed "Hangman's Noose" for a group of nurses at a small show two weeks ago. When we got to the end one of my volunteers looked up and said..."Like...seriously?" (Which in this particular vernacular of nurse-speak means "I think I just peed a little.")

Great work from Paul...actually ALL the contributors. Each one has come up with something remarkable.

Message: Posted by: tctahoe (Dec 29, 2011 06:35PM)
Yeah, I dig the Hangman's Noose, great job.
Message: Posted by: David Thiel (Jan 13, 2012 11:49AM)
I was performing the Hangman's Noose last night for a group of oil people.

They did, in fact, walk away singing that creepy song and laughing. This effect rocks. And so does yours TC. I'm sure you've made the man in the blue suit proud!

Message: Posted by: Voodini (Feb 2, 2012 08:48AM)
On 2012-01-13 12:49, David Thiel wrote:
I was performing the Hangman's Noose last night for a group of oil people.

They did, in fact, walk away singing that creepy song and laughing. This effect rocks. And so does yours TC. I'm sure you've made the man in the blue suit proud!

Thanks David. Glad you're having fun with the routine. In fact the whole book is wonderful and really deserves to be on the shelves (electronically speaking!) of every mystery entertainer. I really like all the contributions.
Message: Posted by: aligator (Feb 2, 2012 12:35PM)
This is a great book and a great site, even if you are only window shopping. The pendulums, including the one I bought(Thor's Hammer Amber) are magnificent.
Message: Posted by: David Thiel (Feb 4, 2012 07:29PM)
So Thor's Hammer is behaving herself, aligator?

When we shipped her out, I thought I detected an attitude...

Message: Posted by: TJ Halford (Feb 4, 2012 11:38PM)
I cant wait to try "the hangmans noose". hard to find the chestnuts around here. I love the detail and history woven into the routine.

I purchased the routines book with Saria, and was lucky enough to receive the guide book for christmas (god bless my wife). and I must say David you deserve your kudos as well. "what a Woman Wants" is by far my favorite routine from the first book. havn't the money for the recommended deck but I made a set from my business cards,and they work great.

I was excited to get started learning to use my pendulum, but I didn't realize how much fun I would actually have with it. I have already gotten 2 offers from people wanting to purchase her.

Keep up the great work
Message: Posted by: David Thiel (Feb 5, 2012 09:18PM)
Thanks, TJ.

I used What A Woman Wants for about three years before I wrote it up. You could actually use that system for almost anything...thinking about business cards -- they'd actually be easier. I've been playing around with a variation using expired credit cards...and before that un-scratched lottery tickets.

But somehow I always seem to get back to the routine in the book.

Glad that Sarai is attracting that much notice. She's utterly lovely. I think all the other pendulums breathed a sigh of relief when we shipper her off to you.

Message: Posted by: Allan Kardek (Feb 6, 2012 10:57AM)
Hi David,

I'm relatively new when it comes to pendulum work and the only effect I perform is Docc's Dead or Alive from his Monster Mentalism DVD. I love this effect and it's turned my interest in pendulum work. I keep a pendulum with me for any impromptu performances.

I would like to expand my knowledge on pendulums and I was thinking of buying one of your ebooks but I'm not sure which one. Since I like a more casual, impromptu setting when performing (not too many extra props to bring), can you advise me which one of your books would be best for me?

Many thanks,
Message: Posted by: David Thiel (Feb 6, 2012 11:27AM)
Hi Alan...

The 'seriously cool' thing about pendulums is that nearly every routine can be made to look impromptu (as much as any mentalism presentation can LOOK impromptu :) ) because the only thing you need to perform in many cases is a wee pendulum and a presentation.

It's getting to that information that I found quite challenging.

When I was just getting into pendulum work, I found it very difficult to get straight information on how performers could use pendulums. There was a ton of metaphysical stuff -- but it wasn't what I was looking for. That's why we built the site.

There were little nuggets here and there...but it was difficult to find all the ideas and good routines in one place. Bob Cassidy's "The Pendulum of Fate" is an excellent resource -- which we sell. Great background and invaluable insights -- just what you'd expect from Bob.

The book I wish had been available to me is our first one: Pendulum Magic: A Guide for Mystery Performers. Richard Osterlind sent a routine that is pure gold: it introduces pendulums to the audience as well as the performer. It's more than a routine -- it's a system. This is the book that lays it all out from A-Z.

Anyway: our intent from the beginning was to have "Guide" be the entry level book for people who weren't really experienced in using a pendulum.There's great material in here for all levels of users, but there's also the basic information you need to know.

The second book "Routines" is the next step -- with slightly more advanced thinking on routines (and a wee bit more of a spooky feel.) Bob Cassidy teaches in this book, So does Paul Voodini, TC Tahoe, Paul Prater (from Alchemy Moon)...and a host of others.

When I say "slightly more advanced" -- I'm not referring to "more difficult to perform." These routines are mostly built around stories and the pendulum is always a critical part of the presentation. They are more advanced because they tell stories and the emphasis is on presentation.

Dr. Bill Cushman's classic Trybil is on our site too. This opens the world to multi-bob pendulums -- as well as some very powerful single bob presentations. (I am in the midst of talking the good doctor into offering this book at a sale price...and as soon as he sets it we'll be posting it.)

Finally -- the incomparable Pablo Amira has written an introduction to pendulums -- which is a remarkable eBook. We've been sending this along as a gift to each person who purchases a pendulum from us. This eBook starts at "zero" and builds from there. If you like his stuff...please keep in mind that we also sell his excellent course on our website. It's an outstanding resource.

That's it. Aside from hand-made pendulums, that's the full resource set at our site. I'm very picky about what we put on. There's nothing there I don't completely believe in.

We really wanted to create a "one stop" site for entertainers who use pendulums. So pop by for a look.

Feel free to write any time.

Message: Posted by: Allan Kardek (Feb 6, 2012 11:58AM)
Thanks so much David!
Message: Posted by: David Thiel (Feb 6, 2012 06:00PM)
You're welcome, Allan!

Your bundle should be happily sitting in your Inbox by now. I hope you enjoy it. Let me know what you think!

Message: Posted by: Moderncelt (Feb 6, 2012 10:50PM)
I have to second the review by Amira. I purchased the book recently, and already I've found several routines I can use right away. They are developed by some great names in the business. Several of the pieces alone were worth the price. If you've been thinking of incorporating the pendulum (and if you haven't...why the heck not?) this is the book for you. Personally I loved both "Kiss me Fate" and "Dr Bills Bend" and can't wait to work them into my routines.
Message: Posted by: David Thiel (Feb 7, 2012 07:34AM)
I'm glad to hear you say that, Moderncelt.

Bill told me he was considering releasing his routine on his own -- as a separate effect. It really is more than just an effect. It's a sequence of events that have a nice building action to a "wow" moment; a system. I'm glad he chose to contribute it to this book instead.

TC Tahoe (the author of "Kiss Me Fate") has a history with tarot cards. He did a great job with this one. Simple to do. A great story. A simple system. I love the way he thinks.

Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate them.

Message: Posted by: PhilDean (Apr 9, 2013 08:19AM)
Well I took the plunge and splurged (for me as I'm a cheapskate DIYer normally) on a gorgeous pendulum from David today. While I love all the ones on his site, this particular one enchanted me (it actually did - I thought 'I must have it'). It's not too gaudy and has a very mysterious vibe. Just like me! Boom boom! I shall be following up this purchase with a selection of the above mentioned books. I really want to check out the Bob Cassidy book as I just think his stuff is brilliant. I'm a huge fan.
Message: Posted by: David Thiel (Apr 9, 2013 08:58PM)
Thank you for the kind words, Phil. Hagstone Seeker has begun her journey to Oz. There's something utterly wonderful about those hagstones. They just FEEL good.

It's also wonderfully rewarding to hear how that pendulum "called" to you. People say things like that over and over again. I think Rich, who makes excellent pendulums as well at Mentalcraft (http://www.mental-craft.com/) would probably agree with me that there are certain pendulums that are simply destined for specific people.

I own about a dozen pendulums -- and I use them all. But there's only one that I absolutely consider "mine." And I knew it from the very instant I saw it. That particular pendulum has been with me in every show...every close-up session. It's with me now -- right in my pocket. You are always ready to show someone something fabulous with this wee prop that doesn't require a reset or batteries...and allows magic to happen right in the spectator's hand.

I love these things. Each one has a unique "personality" -- each one is a real pleasure to "get to know."

So enjoy your pendulum when she arrives on your doorstep, Phil. And thank you very much for the kind words.