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Topic: Neal Scryer's 'Band of Readers' - Contents only!
Message: Posted by: ParaLabs - Thomas (Nov 6, 2012 04:27PM)
As I mentioned in [url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=484258&forum=303&start=172]another thread[/url] there are apparently interests in discussing sideshows – even if personally I'm rather interested in [i]contents[/i]. But either my corresponding remark was too subtle to be realized or this playing field is needed for whatever reasons.

So those members who devote themselves to non-contentual topics may stay there; but let’s talk about [i]contents[/i] here, OK? I like to solicit the mods to keep at least this thread free from deviating posts. Obviously I have no issue with deviating interests or opinions – but please open a separate thread for this.

Now for Neal’s book on readings isn’t released yet, unbiased reviews are not possible at the moment. So all informations content-wise can only be provided by the contributors. And for the contributors have no financial advantage from this book, you could see all corresponding posts as pure information – no more, no less.

Rainer and me will offer an initial overview of our contributions – keeping our informations as objective as possible. Obviously we’re biased anyway, but we’ll try our very best.
Maybe other contributors feel comfortable to join and introduce their creative work too.


We share three different contributions in Neal’s book – and in all honesty all three offers are works close to our hearts and they were not shared publicly before.

[list][*]Our first contribution is a proven little procedure to practice readings. We developed this method as a kind of training-wheel for clients in the context of reading lectures and coachings. The procedure allows newcomers in readings to get self-confidence and to find an initial ‘flow’ during a reading performance.

The method is one which offers a suspenseful, flexible and situation-based ‘telling’ as a kind of warm-up in the beginning, but which can very easily be developed into a genuine empathic reading in a convincing manner later.

[*]The second contribution deals with the topic of offering appropriate answers to questions or a sitter’s personal issues in readings.

During a reading it is pretty common that we have to deal with a particular issue or problem that a sitter faces and that she is struggling with. This may be consciously realized and openly mentioned by the sitter during a kind of Q & A performance, or it may be just implicitly present, captured by our empathy. And obviously answers, suggestions or even ‘advices’ have to be provided very carefully, modest, unobtrusive, responsible-minded and cautious.

Now whether you are an experienced reader or a novice, you will agree that this is a tricky situation anyway. If you shy away from providing an answer, you cast doubt on your trustworthiness as a reader. On the other hand if you challenge yourselves with offering an answer, you have to have ethics, carefulness, modesty, responsibility and cautiousness in mind.

So our second contribution offers a way to deal with this situation. A way which is as practicable as it is sensitive, caring and (last not least) poetic. It provides an interpretable allegory of the participant’s situation and by this it offers a wonderful and poetic way to end a reading with a metaphoric answer to a question she is struggling with.

[*]Our final contribution is a particular ‘reading tool’ that we have used for many years with great success. It is not meant to be applied for ‘entertainment’ purposes primarily. Even if technically you could add parts of the premise to readings as parts of (stage) shows, that’s not what we prefer or intend.

The reason for this is that the situation we induce using this technique is a very intimate and private one by nature. So we prefer to use it in one-on-one settings primarily.

We developed this technique out of groundwork that originally came from a systematic solution focused therapy, which can also be found in system-orientated coaching. We gladly use this technique in our readings as it offers our participant a ‘virtual world’ in which endless options are opened up and by doing so it allows us a deeper insight into her inner most desires and hopes.

Explicit clarity about one’s own wishes when they have been released from the usual constraints of the ‘conceivable’ or ‘possible’ is quite a revelation – a revelation that one rarely indulges in. So the process offers a manifestation of the deepest desires and dreams of our participant. And again this is something that should be guided very sensible, caring and responsible by the reader. An aspect on which we emphasize in no uncertain manner in our contribution.[/list]

So those are some contentual informations about our contributions to Neal’s reading book. Maybe other contributors feel comfortable to provide some informations on their sharings as well. I personally would be very interested in informations like this.

Please keep this thread free from any unproductive quarreling, OK?

Message: Posted by: lucavolpe (Nov 6, 2012 04:38PM)
HI Thomas, great thread ;)
I am happy to write something here about my contribution to the book.
In Neal's book will share for the first time my "Mystic Touch".
The Mystic Touch is a different way of connecting with your sitter during a reading, it is deeper, it is more intense and it has a special meaning for your client.
The mystic touch starts with a reading, in which you will be able to visualize her thoughts (for real) and it ends with a cleansing/empowering session using a quartz crystal.
Is a FULL EXPERIENCE, very deep and has been my favorite from many years.
Everything is written in details and a full script is included (as I always do in my works)
This is something very close to "the real thing".
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Nov 6, 2012 04:57PM)
My one contribution allows you to deliver a reading via the tarot despite never seeing the cards drawn, yet also leave them with an unique tarot card as a gift...its a hybrid piece in a way; very simple to do, very visual and is a good way to give your contact details out too...

the first time I did this for someone (around seven years ago) - the lady in question still has it framed on her living room wall...
Message: Posted by: mota (Nov 6, 2012 11:36PM)
The following I copied from a post I made in another thread. It describes my contribution...

My article touches on an approach that is useful in a down economy, using a specific type of reading. One big terrorist strike, one national disaster, one more economic contraction...any of these (or other) events and the entertainment market could essentially vanish. I address that with an approach that won't make you rich but will keep things moving along, even in an area with a moderate population.

I also received permission from a working pro to include something he shared with me...how to crack the affluent market. If you have ever wanted to be psychic to the rich I offer one approach. It isn't plug and play...you need to be in or near a large population center and need to be A+ in your readings and presentation. Most people simply are not there, or their family/life situation might not work for this. Working for the rich isn't for everyone but if that is your goal I offer one path.
Message: Posted by: Danyel (Nov 7, 2012 12:09AM)
Since I was a kid I was fascinated by crystal scrying -the most revered tool of the soothsayer. The most mysterious, the most ancient, the most intriguing.

In many years, despite being a Tarot reader, I always remained attracted by that dimension -pure intuitive insight, with no pre-defined signs and meanings.
But my preferred ways of scrying -I am an adept of either crystal and 'wax in water' scrying- are not easy to do outside a private room, and are very time-consuming procedures, if one wants to do them for real.

The peculiar method and technique for crystal scrying I devised over the years -I have called it PiCS- is something the intuitive reader can use in settings so different as a psychic fair, a corporate gig, a wedding, a private psychic party; and in a manageable timespan.

PiCS is an intuitive insight tool never before released. You'll find it under my name in Scryer's Band of Readers.
Message: Posted by: gypsyfish (Nov 7, 2012 05:21AM)
I appreciate you all sharing your contributions. It only makes me want this book more!
Message: Posted by: Amirá (Nov 7, 2012 07:53AM)
Neal also invites me to contribute some of my ideas regarding readings using my experience in psychotherapy as well.

What a great honor.
Hopefully the readers will find something interesting in my thoughts.

Message: Posted by: TJ Halford (Nov 7, 2012 08:09AM)
On 2012-11-07 06:21, gypsyfish wrote:
I appreciate you all sharing your contributions. It only makes me want this book more!

couldn't agree more
Message: Posted by: ParaLabs - Thomas (Nov 7, 2012 12:29PM)
Thanks a lot to those friends who already offered a small peek into their contributions! :)

I'm always excited to see the diversity of approaches, techniques and philosophies even in such a delimited topic area like 'readings'. And exactly this diversity and variety makes a collection like this so instructive for me.
Even if I personally have anything else than an esoteric or even spiritualistic approach in readings (I'm rather pointedly relying on empathy and intuition) I always learn so much from approaches that deal with classic oracles - even if I don't use them but adapt particular insights and ideas to my personal approach.

Looking forward to read more sneak peeks into contributions for the upcoming book. ;)

Thanks a lot, guys!

Message: Posted by: aligator (Nov 7, 2012 03:47PM)
This is an enjoyable thread to read and I look forward to more posts based on content.
Message: Posted by: Voodini (Nov 7, 2012 04:31PM)
My contribution is called the Book of Crows. It is a rather... novel... reading system. I will say no more. ;)
Message: Posted by: ParaLabs - Thomas (Nov 8, 2012 03:31PM)
Paul, ... please! :angel:

... just a small peek inside your mind won't hurt, right, ... ;)

Come on, ... !
Message: Posted by: MentalistCreationLab (Nov 8, 2012 06:20PM)
I sent in a work called Lapis Philosophorum - The Philosopher's Stone-An Alchemical work on the metaphysics of light. Which when put into use will allow its uses to get results unlike anything you have ever seen. This work can stand alone or be used with a sitter before, during or after a reading and will yield extraordinary results if properly used. Once it's is fully understood by the user, that is.

In all honesty there is only a few works that I have crafted that sometimes scare the h*ll out of me when they are employed. This is one of the works that can be of great benefit or cause problems, the likes of which many have never experienced. I do however recommended that this work should be used (if used) with great care.

That's all I am going to say about this at this time.
Message: Posted by: B.Clay (Nov 8, 2012 09:49PM)
Our friend Tony Razzano has stopped visiting the Café of late. He asked me to relay his contributions to "Band of Readers." Included are:

"1. Psy Cards. These relatively new cards have replaced Tarot cars in my repertoire.  I explain how to give 3 card readings, which I use at college and some corporate events. The 3 card readings take about 5 minutes and are great for the 4 hour reading gigs. I also explain my full readings with them. They are very well received.
"2.  A reading on the back of your business card. I teach you how to do a personal year reading on the back of your business card. All the numerology you need is explained. Its a good way to get them to keep your card.
"3.  An essay on palmistry. I maintain that most people don't want a personality reading. This includes how to turn a personality palm reading around a bit so it's more of an intuitive...ok...what the hell...psychic reading. Agree or not, I hope that you enjoy!"

I've seen Tony in action with Psy Card readings and it is really strong stuff. This should make for some interesting reading.

Message: Posted by: DrTodd (Nov 9, 2012 02:25AM)
I like the pay cards very much...readily intuitive and fun to use...Tony will have some real ideas I am sure...
Message: Posted by: Looch (Nov 9, 2012 07:00AM)
I'd really like to get this book, Its the only Scryer book missing from my Library.
Message: Posted by: EVILDAN (Nov 9, 2012 12:03PM)
Psy cards are great. I've seen Tony give some readings to people and they are spookily dead on in giving answers.

Looking forward to his essay on palmistry as well.
Message: Posted by: Amirá (Nov 11, 2012 07:03PM)
What a great list ! , and what an honor to be part of this.

I just send my contributions:

a. 2 Ideas for A-Z
b."Psydraw" , a reading system of mine, and
c. An short essay about Psychotherapy and Readings.

Hopefully the readers will find something interesting in my thoughts.

Message: Posted by: Darrell Mac (Nov 12, 2012 09:57AM)
Hi Guys, I've would have posted a little taste sooner. However I was having internet issues.

It is a Great honor to be a part of this wonderful collection. Thank You Neal & Richard.

Im giving just a little peek into what is, "TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL"

Since Angelic guidance is becoming increasingly popular, with more people believing in angels.
Angel readers tap into the angelic realm to bring messages of healing and wisdom.

As more people find themselves drawn to angels, an increasing number of psychics and mystics are offering angelic readings,
which can bring messages directly from angels and spirit beings.

The purpose of this Three phase Angelic Session is to bring you peace and clarity at this moment. It may be for spiritual guidance, insight into a decision you need to make, or how to follow your hearts desire and dreams as well as a full on Cleansing. (this is just a look of what was added) I do not want to tip the Cream just yet. (its all in the book)

So I hope you all will enjoy, as to there is a lot of wonderful contributions from a lot of wonderful people in this book.

I very Excited about the release.

Blessings to You All
Message: Posted by: tctahoe (Nov 12, 2012 04:27PM)
I have just spoken with Richard Webster and will be contributing a piece from my Riding the Rainbow book of Color based readings. Very happy to be a part of this book.
Message: Posted by: SamNJ (Nov 17, 2012 07:15PM)
At the risk of being flamed by the usual suspects for "hyping" this book, I'll stick my neck out: I spoke with Neal earlier today and he advised me that the book is coming along well and that he is stopping the presses as the result of having gotten some excellent last minute contributions which he and Richard are now reviewing for possible inclusion in the book. He seemed quite excited about some of the submissions.
Message: Posted by: seadog93 (Nov 18, 2012 03:30PM)
Holy sh**!

These sound amazing! I don't think it's hype to say how exciting this looks, since these are actual descriptions by contributors.

Sorry for being out of the loop, is there a price yet?
Message: Posted by: SamNJ (Nov 19, 2012 02:18PM)
Seadog93: See the other Band of Readers thread. I responded there to your query regarding the price of the book.
Message: Posted by: mysticz (Nov 19, 2012 08:36PM)
I am one of the late additions to Neal's groundbreaking book on readings. I am contributing my personal approach to palmistry and divination. From my 35+ years of professional experience as a palmist in the Washington DC area, I provide practical advice concerning developing your own system as well as hints from my own work. I also include my five rules for more effective readings. I am proud to be a part of Neal's Band of Readers.

Joe Z.
Message: Posted by: NYNick (Nov 23, 2012 11:07AM)
On 2012-11-17 20:15, SamNJ wrote:
At the risk of being flamed by the usual suspects for "hyping" this book, I'll stick my neck out: I spoke with Neal earlier today and he advised me that the book is coming along well and that he is stopping the presses as the result of having gotten some excellent last minute contributions which he and Richard are now reviewing for possible inclusion in the book. He seemed quite excited about some of the submissions.

Content only so thanks for talking about when its out. Not content but still great news. Cant waiut to see this.Will be gold.
Message: Posted by: Darrell Mac (Nov 26, 2012 07:14PM)
Hey guys just got this from Stevens.

Scryer's Band of Readers will be a hard back book with 400 plus pages.
And the price is set at an unbelieveable $199.00.

I hope this helps for anyone curious about the price.

I have a feeling that this is his Final Book and priced as a Thank You and Farewell.

With Respect
Message: Posted by: Jonathan100 (Nov 28, 2012 07:48AM)
Although it's clear this book is about reading and not about mentalism I was interested to hear from the contributors whether any of the material can be applied to a mentalist stage or close up show? Of course I mean can it be used in other ways than the regular notion of putting in some cold reading during the revelation to increase the hits.
Message: Posted by: ParaLabs - Thomas (Nov 28, 2012 08:49AM)
Well, as far as we are concerned ... being completely honest, ... it's difficult regarding our contributions. Barely possible - rather: No.

Obviously reading skills can increase the impact of each and every revelation phase in mentalism routines. But the particular contributions that we offer are rather intended to be applied to genuine readings.

The second of our contributions that I mentioned above shares a method to offer appropriate and meaningful (honestly meaningful!) answers to questions in readings or Q&A performances. And the third contribution I mentioned is a reading tool to deepen a genuine empathic reading in one-on-one settings. Both techniques will hardly fit into a mentalism routine.

That said, the 'Mentalism Training Wheel' that I mentioned offers not only an option for newbies in readings to become more confident, technically it can be used as a kind of 'introduction' in an appropriate mentalism effect too. However, the basic idea wasn't intended for this after all.

Message: Posted by: Darrell Mac (Nov 28, 2012 10:08AM)
Thomas I agree with you dear sir.

However, the ability to do readings can be very useful for any Mentalist that is working an event or function. As to most of the Attendees witnessing will be curious if you can provide them with some insight into their current situation. Even if its just a quick Palm Read.

But this is Only after the Mentalist has been perceived by those witnessing to be legitimate and not just a magician doing tricks.

All in all... well put Sir Thomas.

(nods in respect)
Message: Posted by: Stefan (Nov 30, 2012 09:59PM)
Assuming the material stays in the final cut you will find an amazing look at reading in the 1800's that could have been written today after my updating some of the language. The man who wrote the 1800's text is credited as a major influence on the formation of the modern WICCA movement. I would have loved to have met this gentleman for an interesting conversation. Then I go back to my roots of some 40 years ago with an essay on channeling.
Message: Posted by: mysticz (Dec 1, 2012 04:23AM)
I've added a second submission to the new book -- l explain my approach to reading cards using a special layout spread I developed that provides a six-week forecast into the future. I've been using this effective approach in my professional work for over 30 years.

I'm pretty excited about this new book from Scryer!
Message: Posted by: Stefan (Dec 1, 2012 10:12AM)
There is a short "think" piece on different ways humans are all connected now and through history. This has some likely importance in conversations about perception,intuition and psychic ability. Some will find a little incidental humor in it too.
Message: Posted by: Darrell Mac (Dec 7, 2012 07:25PM)
Hello there everyone, I'm just posting this for anyone who is curious about to who would be in the "Band of Readers". 

There's a wide Variety of Wonderful and Inspirational Contributors: 

The list of these Marvelous thinkers (just keeping you All in the loop) 
are: Richard Webster Jerome Finley, Thomas Heine and Rainer Mees (Paralabs), Palo Santo, Keith Barry, Loyd Auerbach, Evil Dan, Sal Franchino, Ted Karmilovich, Tony Razzano, Jon Stetson, Doc Hilford, Mark Garetz, Joseph A Curcillo,III, Joe Zabel, Marc Salem, Neal Rider, Tony Michaels, Owen Darque, Darrell Mac, Meraux Dantes, Steve Rivkin,  Bill Montana, Monk, Mota, Lady Margaret, Charlote, William Barclay, Ian dunford, Les Cross, Ron Chavis, Witch Doctor, Todd Landman, Luca Volpe, Paul Voodini, Pablo Amira, Daniele Nigris, TC Tahoe, Juan David Arbelaez, Owen Darque, Bill Vangorder.

WOW!!! That's a List. 

Thank you for letting me share this and I trust You all will enjoy. 

Blessed be. 
Message: Posted by: Ruben Padilla (Jan 4, 2013 04:04PM)
Has this released yet?
Message: Posted by: aligator (Jan 4, 2013 05:46PM)
No. End of January, I believe.
Message: Posted by: Darrell Mac (Jan 4, 2013 08:24PM)
(Smiles Really BIG)
It has been sent for printing and is 474 pages of pure goodness.

(Heard a whisper from the shadows) And I'm very excited for my copy. Its Just waiting for the proof and it will be ready within a week or Two. But most definitely will be able to purchase before the end of the month.
Message: Posted by: Darrell Mac (Jan 4, 2013 08:47PM)
Sorry Guys, it will be ready Before the end of the month.
Message: Posted by: Stefan (Jan 14, 2013 08:29PM)
Steven's Magic just annouced the book is going to press and will ship in the next 2 weeks.

A modern classic in the making and over 450 pages of material. This is really like buying 2 books of quality information and material.
Message: Posted by: Dave Nic (Jan 14, 2013 09:52PM)
I hope it doesn't feel like I'm buying 2 books when I open my wallet. :-D
Message: Posted by: espkeith (Jan 15, 2013 08:54AM)
Really looking forward to this one. Glad to see they didn't skimp on content for the price. This one sounds like it will qualify as a deadly weapon in most states. :bg:
Message: Posted by: ddyment (Jan 20, 2013 10:54AM)
[i]Scryer's Band of Readers[/i] is now available [url=http://www.deceptionary.com/webster.html#scryer5]directly from Richard Webster[/url]. Buying direct ensures that all of the revenue goes to the authors.
Message: Posted by: dsacks (Jan 20, 2013 12:28PM)
Thanks for the update Doug -- that's what I've been waiting on :)
Message: Posted by: Jonathan100 (Jan 28, 2013 09:51AM)
As people were discussing their contributions before the book was released it would be interesting to hear a review of the material now that the book has been published.