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Topic: Depicting Thoughts - Postcards
Message: Posted by: NeilS (Oct 17, 2014 12:01PM)
The Paralabs Depicting Thoughts cards have been out for some time and, a little while after they were produced, Alexander Schelle compiled a set of picture postcards based on the original Depicting Thought set. As I wanted something visual and that might introduce a conversational element into what I do, I recently obtained a set of these postcards.

As you would expect from Paralabs, the cards are of superb quality, are colourful and visually appealing.

On Wednesday I used them for the first time and, following a recommendation in the accompanying booklet, did not so much divine the image but the memory the image provoked. It produced a fantastic response, not only from the person who had taken the card (which was of a horse) but of several others who also saw the horse and were reminded of their love of riding etc.

Following this, I will be using these cards on a regular basis. They are certainly nicely different from the norm.

In addition to the booklet you receive two sets of 50 postcards. They are not marked and it is literally a case of learning the order - that is if you want a totally free selection. However, thanks to the learning suggestions (and if you know Depicting Thoughts, the original set and postcards are linked,) it is not too hard a task.

If wanting something a little bit different and which resonates with spectators, then these picture postcards are well worth considering.
Message: Posted by: George Hunter (Oct 17, 2014 08:11PM)

Thanks for your review. I hoped to check them out, and maybe buy a set, at the recent Mindvention, but none of the vendors were featuring them.

Based on your assessment, I may spring for them.

Message: Posted by: MatthewSims (Oct 17, 2014 11:34PM)
I've had my eye on these for so long. I have their Sense and Meaning lecture notes, which they discuss The Depicting Thought cards in. I would however, love to know more. Different presentations/ideas that they could be used for.

Message: Posted by: NeilS (Oct 18, 2014 05:25AM)
I think these postcards are probably best described as an attractive mind reading tool. They are just what they are - colourful postcards - and they can be handled and examined and nothing untoward will be found, because there is nothing to be found. All that is required is some memory work.

They can be used and introduced in virtually any setting, whether stage, in a parlour situation or in the home. When you want something to show, you can just bring these postcards out and away you go. And there are no awkward moves involved either, because none are needed. The cards could be used to prompt memories, to divine images or, if you are artistic, to reproduce the picture. They offer plenty of scope and as I found, resonated well with audience members.

This is simple and direct and with nothing suspect to discover. But you will need to put in a bit of time familiarising yourself with the cards.
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Oct 18, 2014 05:27AM)
Can't seem to find them anywhere .
Message: Posted by: ParaLabs - Thomas (Oct 18, 2014 07:40AM)
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Oct 18, 2014 07:45AM)
Thanks Thomas.
Message: Posted by: JanForster (Oct 18, 2014 08:11AM)
Yes, they are great, I have and use them since some time. Give it easily my highest recommendation! Jan
Message: Posted by: MDantes (Oct 19, 2014 11:43PM)
These post cards are colorful and fun to look at.

While I'm an advocate for the plf picture cards, these post cards are gorgeous and fit in a suit pocket nicely.

I'm not so sure I'd always use all 50 but there is always a time and a place huh?
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Nov 5, 2014 07:34AM)
Just got my set, they certainly are clourful.. Now time to get started on the memory work.
Message: Posted by: NeilS (Nov 5, 2014 09:03AM)
Learning the stack is a really good and satisfying mental exercise. I now have the cards always on my desk and cut them several times a day for practice and to keep 'the little grey cells ticking over.' As I have mentioned before, with nothing suspicious or to get caught out on, these postcards are an absolutely superb tool to amaze minds and display your talents.
Message: Posted by: eric50 (Nov 5, 2014 09:26AM)
I go over the stack every night before I go to sleep. The postcard stack is somewhat different then the picture cards. In so much as some of the postcards don't have specific photos relating to the picture stack. As an example postcard 46 is of an ice-cream sundae and 47 is of brass lamp that looks like it from Aladdin. But I prefer these photos you can really elaborate on the reveals.
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Nov 5, 2014 09:36AM)
My only problem is that I already have a list men prided that I have been using for years.. So not sure whether I should learn this new one or just adapt my old one.. Thoughts appreciated.
Message: Posted by: ParaLabs - Thomas (Nov 5, 2014 09:42AM)
Link both!

Use your former list and link the postcards to what you already memorized. This will speed things up anyway. :)
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Nov 5, 2014 11:26AM)
Thanks Thomas.. Actually I have learnt the new list and can use it as well as my old list.. I was worried that having two I would confuse them but for some reason found the one supplied with the postcards surprisingly easy to memorise.. Whether this was because I already do a lot of memory based things or not I don't know but I am thinking of combining it with Tele-Foto. Although that means using both lists if I can do it without confusion it will give me 100 object/photos to play with.
Message: Posted by: MatthewSims (Nov 6, 2014 03:07PM)
Ok, I have a few more questions before I make the purchase. I'm debating between the Postcards and the Depicting Thoughts Set.

1. I noticed that it says each of these comes with 2 sets (decks). Are the sets EXACTLY the same (back design)...or is one blue and the other white like the ESP decks? My idea is to have 2 identical sets, let the spectator mix and shuffle one of them, then switch in the stacked deck and "memorize" it. A memory demonstration essentially, but the decks would both need to be the same.

2. Is the Depicting Thoughts cards the same size as Paralabs ESP cards? How much smaller bigger is the Postcards?

Message: Posted by: eric50 (Nov 6, 2014 03:24PM)
The postcards are standard postcard size 4x6 with a white back..the set I got from Tannens just came with one set. The depicting thought decks also white backs but come in two deck sets at least the set I got did with white backs the size of playing cards.
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Nov 6, 2014 03:36PM)
I got the postcard directly from paralabs. I received 2 sets, both identical front and back. Also came with a 37 page colour booklet explaining everything.
Message: Posted by: eric50 (Nov 6, 2014 03:42PM)
Pays to buy direct I guess.Got 1 deck no booklet..but Thomas emailed the booklet! He has great customer service!!!
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Nov 6, 2014 06:11PM)
I've got my creative head on now trying to think of a way of using the two systems I have together. I can use tele-foto and that worked well on the missus today, and if it gets past her I know it will be OK O:-)
Message: Posted by: MatthewSims (Nov 6, 2014 06:56PM)
Id love to hear how you're combining the two, George. I can't wait to get my set in. I have Tele Photo but have never really used it.

So just to be sure...the Depicting Thoughts set comes with 2 white decks that are identical?
Message: Posted by: Bill Cushman (Nov 6, 2014 07:03PM)
I was fortunate to be asked to help fine tune the translation of the booklet that accompanies the Postcards so may be a bit biased but want to add my endorsement for this wonderful product. From the moment I saw jpegs of the cards I knew they were something special.

As much as I like and use the original Depicting Thoughts cards, I have found myself gradually gravitating towards using the Postcards more often. The images are rendered in a manner that is at once stunning, elegant and, perhaps most important, evocative.

Participants are "drawn in" by the photos so while they can be used simply as is, they can be utilized in a more sophosticated manner by tapping into (or, dare I say it, leading into) memories and feelings of the viewers. As NeilS pointed out above, working with memories "provoked" by the images opens up wonderful and unique possibilities above and beyond that which is merely seen.
Message: Posted by: ParaLabs - Thomas (Nov 6, 2014 11:45PM)
Thank you so much for the appreciation, Bill!
As you know, this means a lot to us.

Hope you're well and healthy, ...

Message: Posted by: NeilS (Nov 7, 2014 05:09AM)
In reply to Matthew, there are two idential sets of postcards. If you wish, this would also allow you to create a mene tekel set but, for me, I will just be using one of the sets which is more than sufficient.
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Nov 7, 2014 05:54AM)
Matt, I will pm you about using this with tele-foto. How are you getting on with the pendulum ?
Message: Posted by: MatthewSims (Nov 7, 2014 08:17AM)
Thanks Neil. It seems one set would suffice for me as well.

George, the pendulum is great. I removed the string and replaced it with a more natural hemp like rope. It swings much more freely now.

I would love to incorporate a pendulum into a routine using the Depicting Thoughts cards. Has anyone did such?
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Nov 7, 2014 08:50AM)
Great, I never liked the leather cord either.
Message: Posted by: adrianrbf (Feb 20, 2019 08:21AM)
OK, having used my own collection of postcards as a coaching tool for some time, this postcard stack definitely sounds interesting.

It is often mentioned in combination with "Depicted Thoughts". Do I need "Depicted Thoughts" in order to make (full) use of these postcards? Or can they also be used standalone?
Message: Posted by: ParaLabs - Thomas (Feb 20, 2019 11:25AM)
You can use them without our Depicting Thoughts book as a matter of fact.

The book provides dozens of ideas, routines, applications and handling advice for our original Picture Cards. Many of those ideas and applications can be used for the Postcards too - however it is not a book about the postcards but about the original Picturecard stack.

Hope this helps.
Message: Posted by: adrianrbf (Feb 20, 2019 04:42PM)
Thanks. My budget for magical props is limited and my wishlist is long. ;-) I think I 'll go for the postcards stack and add the Depicting Toughts later.
Message: Posted by: JanForster (Feb 22, 2019 08:36AM)
And once you can, get both. I have it and love it! Jan
Message: Posted by: NeilS (Feb 23, 2019 01:51PM)
[quote]On Feb 22, 2019, JanForster wrote:
And once you can, get both. I have it and love it! Jan [/quote]


It is also worth spending time getting familiar with the postcards. That way you can better milk the situation and divination, if you are doing a divination that is.
Message: Posted by: TazBo (Feb 27, 2019 08:02AM)
Are the cards marked with stack position numbers on their backs?
Message: Posted by: NeilS (Feb 27, 2019 08:13AM)
No. This allows the cards to be examined and with nothing to find. It really looks an authentic test.
Message: Posted by: The_MetalMaster (Jun 9, 2019 04:29PM)
Are the marked versions of cards and postcards still for sale?
Message: Posted by: Rainer - ParaLabs (Jun 11, 2019 08:12AM)
Yes, you get them here:

Message: Posted by: TheGingerWizard (Jun 12, 2019 06:09AM)
I was really interested in the postcards but realised the shipping to UK was £11 for £40 worth of postcards. Thatís bonkers.