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Topic: 21st Century BOT
Message: Posted by: Sudo Nimh (May 24, 2017 07:42PM)
I have been away from the Café for a little while as I haven't been feeling well due to my health issues. I have acquired a number of PM's to reply to while I have been gone, so if you see this thread and wonder why I haven't replied to an earlier PM it is simply because I haven't gotten to it yet,ok? I will get to you soon and I apologize in advance for my tardiness.

In the meantime, I have finally gotten back around to writing again and have a new release to share with some of you fine folks. This one is a VERY strong piece that involves two spectators and every Mentalists' favourite tool: playing cards! :rotf:

In all seriousness, if cards are not your thing then you won't be interested in this - which is a real shame since it uses a very interesting principle along with a very special formula I worked out that feels like the REAL thing - even to yourself.

This effect allows you to have ANY card thought of from a normal deck without restrictions and know EXACTLY what card they have literally only "thought of". There is no fishing or questions and no sleight of hand is involved either. It has a squeeky clean look and feel to it and everything is 100% examinable since it uses just a straight deck.

I'm not going to bother with a description here as I don't wish to hype anything. If you are at all familiar with my work, then you should already have an idea of what to expect in terms of quality. I will only say that this one is exceptionally strong and that I am quite certain that this will make you smile from ear to ear when you discover how it works. If you'd like in on it, then simply PM me with a request. I am only going to share a few copies of this so it's best to act fast.

Lastly, a big heartfelt hug and "thank-you" to those who have bothered to check in with me lately to see if I was "ok". You'd be amazed at how much impact little things like that can have on someone's life. Thank-you.
Message: Posted by: Pit Boss (May 26, 2017 07:15PM)
Another winner from Sudo. He has quite the knack for embellishing, and therefore greatly improving, existing routines. And he's a kind and generous soul as well. Even though we've never met, I'm proud to consider him a friend.

Message: Posted by: bowers (May 26, 2017 08:39PM)
Excellent effect as I would expect no less from Sudo.
Glad to see you back with us my friend.Thanks for sharing with me.
Todd :thumbsup:
Message: Posted by: ash2arani (May 26, 2017 11:02PM)
This is AMAZING!!!! I love every bit of it and what a great return to the scene.

I loved how he detailed the evolution of this effect :) This is another winner from Sudo.
Message: Posted by: Sudo Nimh (May 27, 2017 04:55AM)
I am touched by your comments guys, and happy to have shared with you all and to hear that you have enjoyed this.

If I may, I'd like to share an experience and some thoughts I had earlier this evening - for whatever it's worth.

I have a lady friend who is much older than I (in her 70's) - bless her heart. Tonight she picked me up and we went out for dinner as she knows how sick I have been lately with my bipolar disorder. I don't think many people realize that severe depression can actually make you physically ill as well. Anyways, the surprise was that I got to perform for some people that she knew. It was wonderful. Two hours had passed and they were still begging for more.

It was the first REAL performance I have given in nearly two years. I wasn't really prepared for it either as I didn't know this was going to happen and I had very little on me except for what I usually have: a deck of cards, a stack of blank business cards with a rubber band round it, and a few bills in my pocket with some change.

My lady friend had really hyped me up a lot to these people and for a brief moment, my gut instinct was that I wanted to just climb under the table and hide. I was worried that maybe I had lost my edge with everything that has happened in my life with my past struggles with addiction and not performing for the last two years. Or better put, I was worried that maybe the "twinkle" in my eyes had faded. So I sat quietly for a few moments while they sat there, watching my every move and patiently waiting, not knowing what to expect.

And then I began to speak - without worry. Quietly, slowly, and deliberately. I just released control of everything. I didn't try to control anything at all. I didn't worry about what I was going to do for them. I wanted to just open up lines of talk and see where it took us and base my selection of material around that. There was a strange calmness there I have never felt before. Throughout the entire performance, there was never a single moment where I didn't feel that I was in complete control of the audience, and yet I didn't even care about that at all. They were absolutely loving the experience and were hanging on almost every word it seems. It was apparent that I was human, that I was vulnerable, and yet these miracles were occurring despite of that and also despite how slow and casual everything was. It just seemed like I was doing nothing to them. (I only know this because they kept saying this to each other.) I can't ever recall a performance ever being so effortless for me, and yet so powerful for my audience. I can only describe it as a pure "Zen" moment.

How is it that I was sharper tonight than I have ever been despite not having performed for nearly two years? I wonder what has changed? Is it that I am clean and sober now? Certainly, audiences haven't changed.

Of course, the answer here is that "I" have changed.

Sometimes, you have to lose it all before you really understand what you actually do have(or what you HAD), what matters in life, and what has actual value. Looking back, it is easy to see what conditions led me to addiction. But really, it could have all been avoided entirely if I had only been able to appreciate what I truly had already despite how hard life was at the time. I had also completely underestimated the infinite capacity for things to become infinitely worse too.

Tonight, I got to spend some time performing for some people for two hours. And I never got paid a cent. And I have also never been more grateful.

You see, that's the rub right there. How many of us take our audiences for granted? I can't ever remember feeling so grateful to perform my heart out - and I certainly gave it my all tonight. Do you feel genuinely happy to be able to perform for others or do you just take it for granted? I see this now. I think I sort of realized it during the performance tonight too. Maybe for the first time ever - I ACTUALLY cared about my audience as humans and for giving me their undivided attention. I remember a long time ago, that this was the authentic me - how I felt all the time when I performed. Then doors started opening up and I don't really know what happened, but somewhere along the way I forgot that our audiences are a gift. I remember scoffing at gigs for $275.00 for two hours of close-up - not too long ago and actually turned them down - and on more than one occasion. Now I'd happily do them for free!

I guess the point here is, be grateful. Never take things in life for granted - even simple things such as performing in a casual situation. And remember: your audiences are a gift - you have nothing without them. There is something about this thankfulness that is communicated to your audiences, and it works in wondrous ways.

Count your blessings and be thankful.
Message: Posted by: Davdo (May 27, 2017 07:13AM)
Thank you for sharing something so honest and personal. I think, especially on these boards with all the technical and high-concept chatter, it's easy to forget that we're all real people - your story is not only inspiring but also a much-needed reminder that we've all got lives beyond the mentalism or magic or whatever.

Thanks again.

Message: Posted by: yachanin (May 27, 2017 08:54AM)
Hi All,

Sudo was kind enough to share 21st Century BOT with me and I'm grateful he did. Easy in execution (with just a little learning on your part), this effect provides an opportunity for two volunteers to participate in a simple game with a mystifying conclusion. Sudo has taken an old idea, slimmed it down for today's hectic lifestyle, and created an effect that will certainly bring a sense of wonder to your volunteers. I think it would be ideal for a small, informal gathering (friends visiting, having dinner at a restaurant, etc.) and perfect as a segue into more involved routines, should you decide to give further demonstrations of your mentalistic gifts :-)

Regards, Steve
Message: Posted by: Caveman (May 27, 2017 10:35AM)
Thank you for that story Sudo, those are the kinds of moments we live for! Its wonderful for a spectator, but to feel so good about it as a mage is really special.
Message: Posted by: Yogi2x4 (May 27, 2017 07:54PM)
Thank you Sudo, we are blessed to have such a good person in our presence. Easy to forget what it's for in the struggle where we're going. I do too often...

Wish I could have seen that show.
Message: Posted by: Sudo Nimh (May 28, 2017 10:54PM)
I am not a "good" person, though I am trying to be. I think "good" people don't have to work at it. I often wonder what the point in "trying" is, when the world's gone mad and is full of corruption. I mean, we still have people killing one another in the name of religion and doing horrific things like bombing a kids' concert.

It breaks my heart.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Woolery (May 29, 2017 12:03AM)
I think we all have trouble today with communicating what certain words mean. Good is an example. Am I a good person? I'm not a bad person. I try to be a good person. I am of the opinion that we largely are what we attempt to be. Perhaps I get a little too hunky-dory about it, but I am happier that way than being strictly literal.

I will say this: Sudo, you are generous. In a thread where I was just not understanding what you were saying you were very patient as you tried over and over to get through to me. You are candid and share things like what you posted above. Whether or not you see yourself as "good," I think it is hard to deny that you do things for total strangers that they (we) think are good things. In my opinion, that makes you one of the good guys. Thank you.

Oh, and 21st Century Bot is another gift that pleases me very much. I will be using this. I will enjoy using it. I really like about your work that it is so cleanly thought out. Thank you for this, as well.

Message: Posted by: Sixten (May 29, 2017 05:28AM)

Tried to PM you, Mr. Sudo. (Your box is full)

If you wouldn't mind, could you PM me a copy? Or send it to:
Sixtenmagic@optonline.net (If you already sent out your quota, I Thank You anyway!)

Warmest regards,
Sixten :)
Message: Posted by: ThoZ (May 29, 2017 08:44AM)
I am also very interested in this work :)
Would be awesome if you could PM or mail me:
Message: Posted by: Dr Art (May 29, 2017 09:41AM)
Another winner of an effect. Great thought and ingenuity went into 21st Century BOT. Sudo is one of those creators that has worked his effects in the real world and you can count on whatever he puts out to have a well thought out premise, workable technique and an overall magical or mental impact on the specs. And inside the workings of the effects are elements that can be used elsewhere….always inspiring.

Sudo is adding a dimension of warmth and heart to the forum and his posts can often stop you in your tracks. He is generous with his magic goodies and generous with his character.
Message: Posted by: Caveman (May 29, 2017 10:12AM)
Sudo was generous enough to share this effect with me, and once again I'm very impressed with his thinking. Sudo is able to see numbers and patterns in a way that many do not. Sudo, thank you for applying your gift to the art of magic and mentalism. And, thank you for your generosity!
Message: Posted by: Mr. Woolery (May 29, 2017 10:54AM)
More than seeing the numbers and patterns, he is able to explain things effectively. Good explanations are rare and valued.

Message: Posted by: BMWGuy (May 29, 2017 01:08PM)
Hey guys,

Sudo was generous to share this with me, and let me tell you this is good!

Though the method is old as the hills, I love the tweaks that Sudo has made to really make it stand out, and no you don't you any gimmicks, or marked decks.

Any deck can be used, and with 100% accuracy you know the thought of card with easy.

Not hard to do, and will take some practice to get down, if you don't already know something about cards, if you do, this is a breeze, and something that you will be adding to your repertoire.

Little nuances, adjustments, tweaks, is what make all the difference in effects, especially if one can make them better, cleaner, and linear.

Thanks Sudo for this.

Alex Alejandro
Message: Posted by: Davdo (May 29, 2017 04:56PM)
I was also fortunate to read this...

I like Sudo's take on an old method. It refreshes it and removes some of the questionable parts of the original idea... The use of any deck, and a nice justification of the steps. As he laid it out, Sudo details a very strong effect.

After reading the earlier pages that outline Sudo's process of adapting and some background on the original, I was also inspired to consider what it would take to do this completely impromptu. That inspiration did the trick and I now have a very nice, almost hands-off version that I simply love.

Sudo has done two special things with this manuscript; he has rejuvenated a classic method, an email he has given readers a rarely seen glimpse into the working process of an innovative mentalist.

Thanks again.

Message: Posted by: Ben Blau (May 29, 2017 06:10PM)
[quote]On May 29, 2017, Davdo wrote:
I was also fortunate to read this...

I like Sudo's take on an old method. It refreshes it and removes some of the questionable parts of the original idea... The use of any deck, and a nice justification of the steps. As he laid it out, Sudo details a very strong effect.

After reading the earlier pages that outline Sudo's process of adapting and some background on the original, I was also inspired to consider what it would take to do this completely impromptu. That inspiration did the trick and I now have a very nice, almost hands-off version that I simply love.

Sudo has done two special things with this manuscript; he has rejuvenated a classic method, an email he has given readers a rarely seen glimpse into the working process of an innovative mentalist.

Thanks again.

Dave [/quote]

Look at "Sort Of The Truth" in ASYMPTOTES for a totally impromptu handling.
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (May 29, 2017 09:11PM)
Sudo shared this .pdf with me and I'm excited to see attention going to a routine structured to have the participants get a chance to see just how difficult it is to read someone's mind... If you go that route with the performance.

Typical of Sudo's adaptations this is a power packed entertainment piece!
Message: Posted by: Paolo_1966 (May 31, 2017 12:38AM)
Thank you Sudo for sharing 21st Century BOT. In the right hands this effect can provide 15 minutes of people 's entertainment and bewildering. Ideal for a small gathering. Another winner from Sudo !
Message: Posted by: Sudo Nimh (May 31, 2017 03:04AM)
You're very welcome Paolo. :)

Yes, you could certainly get 15 minutes out of this if you wished - though I tend to wrap it up by about the three and a half minute mark - maybe 5 at max if I really feel like taking it easy. Having performed in commercial venues for so long, I am more less conditioned to that time frame - even when just performing casually. Unlike SOME person (whom I won't mention in the name of being gracious), I strongly feel that there are very few close-up mental routines that "should" or "need to" require ten (or more) minutes....even in casual situations. (I'm not referring to you Paolo) :)

On another note: Thank-you for all the nice comments guys. I never really know what else to say other than "thank-you". It's funny, I deliberately promised myself I would only give out 6 copies (as I always plan), but it never works out that way for me. I ended up giving out a few dozen copies already - as usual. It is so hard for me to say "no" and be the big meanie. I have some of my works for sale on my site, but it has never really been about the money to me...which is why I am always worried at the end of the month. I am a firm believer in trying to establish that not everything has to come down to money. Sure - it's a necessary evil, but people have far more "things" than they really need in life, IMHO. Thankfully, I don't need much to feel basically content.

I had a point, but I lost it. Anyways, "thank-you" once again for taking the time to comment. My only hope now is that you go and have some fun with it.
Message: Posted by: Sixten (May 31, 2017 06:29AM)
Thank You So Much, Mr. Sudo!! :)

That was very kind & gracious of you. I am thrilled to have been included.

Great effect & wonderful thinking.

(Can't wait for my lovely wife to return from work. She'll be stunned!)

Warmest of regards,
Sixten :)
Message: Posted by: mike hopley (May 31, 2017 04:56PM)
Sudo is a clever thinker. He brings his knowledge, expertise and ingenuity to bear on every possible angle so that an effect is as watertight and engaging as possible. 21st Century BOT is no exception to this very high standard.
Mike Hopley
Message: Posted by: adiabaticman (Jun 5, 2017 12:50AM)
As with most of Sudo's creations in the past, this one is also very well thought out. Thank you Sudo for sending me a copy. I really like this.
Best Wishes.
Message: Posted by: Franky (Jun 11, 2017 01:40PM)
Sudo shared the routine with me and I'm very excited, Sudo is a clever thinker. I love very much this routine. Another winner from Sudo ! Thanks. Sudo!
Best wishes from Italy.
Message: Posted by: qualysoft (Jun 23, 2017 09:31AM)
Since Sudo offer probably must have expired, can I find this routine to buy somewhere? She does not exist in her website for purchase.

Thank you!
Message: Posted by: Sudo Nimh (Jun 23, 2017 02:53PM)
Hi Qualysoft - I sent you a PM regarding this and a few other things. ;)

To anyone who is interested: this, Area 52, and several other other "new" things will be available at my site very shortly within the next 2 or 3 days.
Message: Posted by: Yogi2x4 (Jun 23, 2017 06:31PM)
Message: Posted by: qualysoft (Jun 24, 2017 08:18AM)
Thanks Sudo!
Message: Posted by: MentalMik (Aug 1, 2017 01:02AM)
Inspired by your post Sudo, wish you well. I will have to check out your site as I have yet to see any o your work. But I know from reading the other guy's posts, that it is excellent.
Message: Posted by: Rob_magician (Aug 11, 2017 10:10AM)
What is sudo's website?
Is 21st century BOT on it?
Message: Posted by: Yogi2x4 (Aug 11, 2017 11:40AM)

He didn't get the product page up before he decided to take a break. That PDF was very recently completed, and is limited to those who freely received it for the moment.
Message: Posted by: qualysoft (Aug 11, 2017 01:46PM)
Looking forward to it.
Message: Posted by: Sudo Nimh (Aug 16, 2017 02:07AM)
Hi guys - apologies for the long silence and delay, but hospitals will do that to you.

I have missed out on a huge amount of communications (both here and in my emails) while I've been away, so please bear with me as I try to get through responding to them and then get several other items uploaded to my site. In the meantime, PM me and I'll be happy to send out more copies of this freely. Life is so short and I really don't give a d**n about money.

Thank-you for the well-wishes and kind thoughts I've received from so many of you - I love you all.
Message: Posted by: Nicolino (Aug 16, 2017 05:57AM)
So good to have you here again.
Be blessed.
Message: Posted by: Claudio (Aug 16, 2017 07:50AM)
Welcome back!
Message: Posted by: qualysoft (Aug 16, 2017 08:34AM)
Sudo, welcome back.

Glad to know that you're okay.

God bless you!
Message: Posted by: adiabaticman (Aug 16, 2017 10:08AM)
Welcome back Sudo!
Message: Posted by: Shaukat (Aug 16, 2017 10:18AM)
It's so nice to hear from you again. I hope you are doing well now.
Message: Posted by: RexDeash (Aug 16, 2017 11:02AM)
Welcome back and I think it is clear from the response that you are really liked and respected by all.

Wishing you nothing but the best,
Message: Posted by: Seth speaks (Aug 16, 2017 01:29PM)
Sudo--SOOO good to have you back, man!! Some of us were starting to get worried..! Glad to hear you are doing better. Your presence was genuinely missed!
Message: Posted by: Yogi2x4 (Aug 16, 2017 05:15PM)
Everyone needs a break here and there...

Can't wait to see what you have planned!
Message: Posted by: Caveman (Aug 17, 2017 12:52AM)
Was worried about you man! Very glad to see you among us again!
Message: Posted by: Francois Lagrange (Aug 19, 2017 08:47AM)
Very clever idea and presentation. Great effect. Thank you for sharing, Sudo.
Message: Posted by: Sudo Nimh (Aug 19, 2017 05:48PM)
You're very welcome Francois.

And thank *you* for sharing some of your own work on this principle with me too! :)
Message: Posted by: lin (Aug 20, 2017 11:22AM)
Yay! Sudo's back :)
Message: Posted by: Franky (Aug 20, 2017 02:30PM)
Sudo, welcome back.

Best wishes.

Message: Posted by: Sudo Nimh (Aug 20, 2017 03:11PM)
You guys sure know how to make a guy feel better - thank-you.

I try not to discuss my personal life too much (and especially the way I grew up) on here in the open, but let's just say that it presented me with some developmental issues to say the least. I've gotten to know quite a few of you personally through private chat etc, and just wanted you all to know how much you all mean to me. We all have our challenges in life, but this place is really helping me to learn and grow in other areas that most people find easy and natural. I'm still continuing to grow and learn. And so while many of you enjoy learning from what I have to share, it is symbiotic. I also learn much from all of you in ways you may not realize - they are things that have nothing to do with this art. And to me, that is of far greater value.

So thank-you for accepting me as a person (flaws and all) and welcoming me back. In the words of Jim Morrison: "You make me real."
Message: Posted by: Shaukat (Aug 20, 2017 03:49PM)
We all have flaws Sudo. No one here is perfect. We all just hide our flaws.

However, you must remember that you are a gifted performer / creator / writer. The way you take simple ideas and turn them into something stunning is... indeed a Gift!
Message: Posted by: Sh9bum9 (Aug 20, 2017 05:46PM)
Get well soon...love your stuff, but health is more important.
Message: Posted by: towledge (Aug 24, 2017 09:50AM)
Fascinating update on an old principle that may itself not be well known to most unless you've read almost every card book. You will need a decent presentation and Sudo suggests an excellent one, to justify the procedure involved.