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Topic: "Philter" -- A new card mentalism effect from Ben Blau (coming soon)
Message: Posted by: Ben Blau (Aug 7, 2017 04:31PM)
"Philter" - A new card mentalism routine from Ben Blau (Coming Soon)

Features:

*100% impromptu

*Any complete deck of cards can be used.

*The cards can be shuffled in any manner before starting the routine.

*Two spectators think of cards while the performer's back is turned.

*The performer turns back around to face his participants, and asks each of them two questions about their cards. The participants get to decide whether to answer these questions truthfully, or lie in their responses.

*The performer genuinely doesn't know what combination of truth/lie responses he will get, and even both participants can answer the questions in the same way.

*Despite these seemingly impossible conditions, the performer is able to unfailingly divine both cards being thought-of with no further questioning or fishing!

This is easy to do, requires no reset, and can be done any time a deck of cards is available. It can also be done with a symbol deck, such as the Zeneration-X deck.

More to come...
Message: Posted by: Craig Logan (Aug 7, 2017 05:48PM)
I have seen this first hand and can attest it is all Ben claims it is. This is a wonderful effect.
Message: Posted by: adiabaticman (Aug 7, 2017 06:24PM)
That's great news Ben. Seems like you had a very creative and productive summer. I'm excited about this and looking forward to the release.
Message: Posted by: dj (Aug 7, 2017 06:29PM)
[quote]On Aug 7, 2017, Ben Blau wrote:
"Philter" - A new card mentalism routine from Ben Blau (Coming Soon)

Features:

*100% impromptu

*Any complete deck of cards can be used.

*The cards can be shuffled in any manner before starting the routine.

*Two spectators think of cards while the performer's back is turned.

*The performer turns back around to face his participants, and asks each of them two questions about their cards. The participants get to decide whether to answer these questions truthfully, or lie in their responses.

*The performer genuinely doesn't know what combination of truth/lie responses he will get, and even both participants can answer the questions in the same way.

*Despite these seemingly impossible conditions, the performer is able to unfailingly divine both cards being thought-of with no further questioning or fishing!

This is easy to do, requires no reset, and can be done any time a deck of cards is available. It can also be done with a symbol deck, such as the Zeneration-X deck.

More to come... [/quote]
Demo video is also coming, right?
That's how I know you :D .


Darko
Message: Posted by: Ben Blau (Aug 7, 2017 06:43PM)
I'm currently struggling with the idea of a demo video for the first time.

I'm going to do my best to film a demo as soon as possible. The one thing that concerns me is that I am hesitant to releasing the demo footage for promotional purposes. Learned and well-read magicians could potentially decipher the method, and appropriate the effect for themselves without purchasing it. Therefore, I'm probably going to shoot a demo video and curate a group of people with whom I will share it. I'll then rely on their testimonials to help promote the effect. Normally, I release unedited promo footage in its entirety, because I think that's honest. In this particular case, however, that could undermine sales and promote exposure. I plan to be open about my decision not to release promo footage, and hope that potential customers understand that the value in this routine is a novel combination of principles that even though they might recognize, it's a routine that is not necessarily designed to fool magicians (although it likely will), but to devastate lay audiences.

I'm really torn about this, because my normal inclination would be to release promo footage. In fact, I think this routine is so good that I would want to release the footage for vanity alone. But in this case, I think it might be too risky.

I hope that by now, people will trust that I don't release junk. I firmly believe this is something you will use for the rest of your life, especially if you enjoy my particular approach to creating routines. I also hope that potential customers forgive me for my hesidency to release performance footage in this case. I promise I'm not withholding it for unscrupulous reasons.

Ben
Message: Posted by: yachanin (Aug 7, 2017 08:24PM)
Hi All,

Ben shared this with me and, like all his other releases, "Philter" is a unique combination of principles and very clever thinking. Ben added one aspect to the original routine I saw that will allow you to reveal details about the volunteers' selections that seem impossible to know... it was a brilliant insight on his part. Promo video or not, Philter is another excellent creation from Ben.

Regards, Steve
Message: Posted by: bowers (Aug 7, 2017 11:09PM)
When are you planning on releasing this Ben?
Todd
Message: Posted by: Nicolino (Aug 8, 2017 03:33AM)
[quote]On Aug 7, 2017, Ben Blau wrote:
"Philter" - A new card mentalism routine from Ben Blau (Coming Soon)

Features:

*100% impromptu

*Any complete deck of cards can be used.

*The cards can be shuffled in any manner before starting the routine.

*Two spectators think of cards while the performer's back is turned.

*The performer turns back around to face his participants, and asks each of them two questions about their cards. The participants get to decide whether to answer these questions truthfully, or lie in their responses.

*The performer genuinely doesn't know what combination of truth/lie responses he will get, and even both participants can answer the questions in the same way.

*Despite these seemingly impossible conditions, the performer is able to unfailingly divine both cards being thought-of with no further questioning or fishing!

This is easy to do, requires no reset, and can be done any time a deck of cards is available. It can also be done with a symbol deck, such as the Zeneration-X deck.

More to come... [/quote]
Sounds fascinating, Ben.
However, reading the description step by step one might wonder at what point of the routine actual cards are required at all? This implies that quite a bit of the handling has been withheld yet.
Message: Posted by: Waters. (Aug 8, 2017 05:52AM)
Like other routines from Ben, this routine combines several clever principles to achieve an ingenious routine. I think this is a great impromptu piece with cards that would seem impossible. I will be using this!
Message: Posted by: Bill Cushman (Aug 8, 2017 06:29AM)
I like this a lot. Exactly the kind of material that I have come to expect from Ben, extremely deceptive and clearly taught with attention to detail.
Message: Posted by: Ben Blau (Aug 8, 2017 06:38AM)
[quote]On Aug 8, 2017, Nicolino wrote:
Sounds fascinating, Ben.
However, reading the description step by step one might wonder at what point of the routine actual cards are required at all? This implies that quite a bit of the handling has been withheld yet. [/quote]

Yes, the performer touches the cards in this routine. There are scripted reasons for him to do so. However, the participants ultimately get to shuffle them before and after making their selections, all while the performer's back is turned.

Hope that helps.

Ben
Message: Posted by: Nicolino (Aug 8, 2017 06:58AM)
Thanks, Ben. Still curious...
Message: Posted by: Ben Blau (Aug 8, 2017 07:07AM)
[quote]On Aug 7, 2017, bowers wrote:
When are you planning on releasing this Ben?
Todd [/quote]

As soon as I can set up a filming schedule with the videographers, and get it all properly filmed. Shouldn't take too long, I hope.

Ben
Message: Posted by: Ben Blau (Aug 8, 2017 09:44AM)
Some additional thought has resulted in me thinking of a way that I could potentially publish a demo performance. I'd have to modify the routine slightly in order to do so, but the effect will be the same. If a demo video is really important to everyone, I'll do my best to provide one (even though it won't be EXACTLY the same as what I'll be teaching in the video download). The modified version of the routine can be reserved for when you absolutely need to fool magicians, so it will probably also be taught as an option.

Ben
Message: Posted by: RiBo (Aug 8, 2017 11:16AM)
[quote]On Aug 8, 2017, Ben Blau wrote:
Some additional thought has resulted in me thinking of a way that I could potentially publish a demo performance. I'd have to modify the routine slightly in order to do so, but the effect will be the same. If a demo video is really important to everyone, I'll do my best to provide one (even though it won't be EXACTLY the same as what I'll be teaching in the video download). The modified version of the routine can be reserved for when you absolutely need to fool magicians, so it will probably also be taught as an option.

Ben [/quote]

Why not just show reactions and talk a little about how great the effect is without actually showing a performance? I mean, it seems to work for E...

I'm [i]mostly[/i] kidding. Ben, your reputation is such that many here will likely purchase without that demo. Once it's available I trust you'll have no problem gathering testimonials.
Message: Posted by: Ben Blau (Aug 8, 2017 11:33AM)
Yeah, I get it. But only showing reaction shots and edited footage just isn't me. Either I will shoot a fair demo video of a "version" of the routine that is designed to fool magicians, or I'll opt to shoot no demo video at all. It depends on how I feel about the likelihood of being ripped off once the "magician-fooler" version is filmed.

Ben
Message: Posted by: Max Hazy (Aug 8, 2017 03:29PM)
Definitely interested. I want to hear more from it soon!
Message: Posted by: Francois Lagrange (Aug 9, 2017 09:02AM)
[quote]On Aug 7, 2017, Ben Blau wrote:
"Philter" - A new card mentalism routine from Ben Blau (Coming Soon)

Features:

*100% impromptu

*Any complete deck of cards can be used.

*The cards can be shuffled in any manner before starting the routine.

*Two spectators think of cards while the performer's back is turned.

*The performer turns back around to face his participants, and asks each of them two questions about their cards. The participants get to decide whether to answer these questions truthfully, or lie in their responses.

*The performer genuinely doesn't know what combination of truth/lie responses he will get, and even both participants can answer the questions in the same way.

*Despite these seemingly impossible conditions, the performer is able to unfailingly divine both cards being thought-of with no further questioning or fishing!

This is easy to do, requires no reset, and can be done any time a deck of cards is available. It can also be done with a symbol deck, such as the Zeneration-X deck.

More to come... [/quote]
Reads good, but I fear a large amount of process in the method. Iíll be more than happy to be proved wrong and Iím looking forward to the demo that fools magicians.
Message: Posted by: Ben Blau (Aug 9, 2017 11:52AM)
[quote]On Aug 9, 2017, Francois Lagrange wrote:
[quote]On Aug 7, 2017, Ben Blau wrote:
"Philter" - A new card mentalism routine from Ben Blau (Coming Soon)

Features:

*100% impromptu

*Any complete deck of cards can be used.

*The cards can be shuffled in any manner before starting the routine.

*Two spectators think of cards while the performer's back is turned.

*The performer turns back around to face his participants, and asks each of them two questions about their cards. The participants get to decide whether to answer these questions truthfully, or lie in their responses.

*The performer genuinely doesn't know what combination of truth/lie responses he will get, and even both participants can answer the questions in the same way.

*Despite these seemingly impossible conditions, the performer is able to unfailingly divine both cards being thought-of with no further questioning or fishing!

This is easy to do, requires no reset, and can be done any time a deck of cards is available. It can also be done with a symbol deck, such as the Zeneration-X deck.

More to come... [/quote]
Reads good, but I fear a large amount of process in the method. Iíll be more than happy to be proved wrong and Iím looking forward to the demo that fools magicians. [/quote]

If you're familiar with my work, you're probably aware that I don't shy away from "process". I work very hard at scripting and blocking to make all procedural steps seem motivated and logical. This routine has a commensurate amount of process as most of my other popular pieces. If you're not familiar with my work at all, please visit the website in my signature. There are several performance videos there.

Hope that helps,

Ben
Message: Posted by: rowdymagi5 (Aug 10, 2017 08:55AM)
Any idea of a release date?
Message: Posted by: Ben Blau (Aug 10, 2017 09:44AM)
Not as of yet. I'll keep you all informed as best I can. Thank you for your interest!
Message: Posted by: rockbrunnen (Aug 10, 2017 11:32AM)
Ben, I'm really looking forward to it!
Message: Posted by: Ben Blau (Aug 10, 2017 01:16PM)
[quote]On Aug 10, 2017, rockbrunnen wrote:
Ben, I'm really looking forward to it! [/quote]

I sincerely hope it lives up to your expectations. It's very "Ben Blau" in its construction and performance, so if you're already a fan of my work and
approach, I think there is an extremely high likelihood that you will enjoy this routine. Currently, I'm in love with it. But there are just as many performers out there that absolutely despise my style and approach. This routine is not for them.

Ben
Message: Posted by: Atlas (Aug 10, 2017 02:33PM)
[quote]On Aug 10, 2017, Ben Blau wrote:
But there are just as many performers out there that absolutely despise my style and approach.

Ben [/quote]

For what it's worth, I think Ben is a super talented and creative force when working with card effects in mentalism.

Best,

Atlas
Message: Posted by: Ben Blau (Aug 10, 2017 08:02PM)
[quote]On Aug 10, 2017, Atlas wrote:
[quote]On Aug 10, 2017, Ben Blau wrote:
But there are just as many performers out there that absolutely despise my style and approach.

Ben [/quote]

For what it's worth, I think Ben is a super talented and creative force when working with card effects in mentalism.

Best,

Atlas [/quote]

I miss you, Atlas. I hope time permits us to resume our correspondence soon.

❤️❤️❤️
Message: Posted by: Ben Blau (Aug 16, 2017 12:41PM)
In the spirit of honesty, I think I've made up my mind on releasing a promo video of "Philter". I'm going to do it, despite the fact that I'm 100% positive that wells -read magicians will immediately try to deconstruct it and begin performing it without having to purchase it. If I'm going to be consistent with my stated beliefs, I'm obligated to release a full unedited performance video of the routine, as I have done for every other effect I've released.

To help counter the potential problem, my idea is to create a video download that includes more than just "Philter" by itself. I will make a sort of "double feature", where I also perform and teach my routine "Cardinal Sin". That will have no video demo, but I will make it known that it is included as a bonus for anyone who wants to purchase "Philter".

I think that "Philter" will fool most magicians he way I plan to demo it, but I know from experience that there will be a few who know enough about card principles to decipher the method and start performing it. I've had that problem with "Unfazed" for example. Nevertheless, this is my current plan. I hope to have some performance footage to post on Sunday evening, and will share it here and on my other mentalism group.
Message: Posted by: tomd (Aug 16, 2017 01:20PM)
Looking forward to it Ben!
Message: Posted by: Ben Blau (Aug 18, 2017 07:27PM)
Okay, folks. I'm about to share a video of my first public performance of one version of my new routine, "Philter". Before you watch this, I have some comments and requests. One: I already know that the routine is way too long. The number one complaint I get about my magic is that it isn't quick enough. HOWEVER, I do not share the opinion that everything needs to be "quick and snappy". Ultimately, I just want people to think of me as an interesting person. If I can sustain the interest of a group of people for hours just based on my personality alone while NOT performing a mentalism routine, I see no reason why I shouldn't be able to sustain their interest similarly while performing a ten minute mentalism routine. A routine such as this is going to require a strong sense of character and a magnetic personality. However, in its present form, I do acknowledge that it's longer than it should be, and I have some additional work to do to tighten it up. Either way, this is going to end up being on the long side. If you don't have the patience to watch the whole thing (about 15:30 presently), I'd like to request that you just don't watch it at all. If you have the discipline to understand that this is not designed for the video medium, and that it is a COMPLETELY different dynamic to be directly involved with the routine, right there in the moment with me, perhaps you will appreciate this. The routine is going to be released as soon as I feel it is perfected, along with several variations. To those of you who choose to watch, I sincerely hope you enjoy it. Comments are welcome, as long as they're not complaints about duration. Thanks!

https://youtu.be/N9IB9ReX_2M
Message: Posted by: bowers (Aug 18, 2017 10:40PM)
Enjoyed the trailer Ben.Very mind blowing effect indeed.
Looking forward to the release.
Todd
Message: Posted by: Ben Blau (Aug 18, 2017 10:58PM)
[quote]On Aug 18, 2017, bowers wrote:
Enjoyed the trailer Ben.Very mind blowing effect indeed.
Looking forward to the release.
Todd [/quote]

Thanks, Todd! There are multiple versions I'll teach on the download, so people can mix and match the features they like best from each version.

Ben
Message: Posted by: Ben Blau (Aug 19, 2017 09:49AM)
Shooting a shorter, somewhat more compact version tomorrow. I'll post that too.
Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Aug 19, 2017 01:10PM)
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