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Tom Jorgenson
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Anthony Stagnero's 'Something From Nothing', his book on cold reading. I see that this is now on the shelves at $45...any reviews from actual owners/readers would be appreciated. Thanks.
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A fairly good book for those just getting into readings. Has some good information on Zodiac signs aswell as thorough breakdowns on different characteristics in people and several pre-written lines for readings. Felt it was a fairly good buy.
Thanks! Scott B.

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I just got it and I really like it. Like Scott said, it is more for the beginner cold reader but it is a great starting point.

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It's total junk, save your money and buy something else. There are MUCH better books on cold-reading out there. Stagnaro lectured in Europe -- I was at two of the lectures. He was terrible. (I read the book before the lecture and didn't like it. I went to the lecture because I wanted to see a train wreck, and I did!).
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His name is Angelo Stagnaro.

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Tom Jorgenson
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My mistake.
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On 2005-06-26 00:32, asper wrote:
It's total junk, save your money and buy something else. There are MUCH better books on cold-reading out there. Stagnaro lectured in Europe -- I was at two of the lectures. He was terrible. (I read the book before the lecture and didn't like it. I went to the lecture because I wanted to see a train wreck, and I did!).


I agree with you a 100%. I was another unhappy customer with his products and especially with his lecture, considered in Spain one of the worst lecturers ever.
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I agree. Worst lecture I've ever seen, and I've seen hundreds of magic lectures. And he had no respect for those in the audience. Sad and pathetic.
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His total disrespect for reading systems like numerology and tarot is really insulting.

I don't understand this type of performer. If you don't believe in the tarot or numerology that is fine, but they are both actual systems that can be learned.

Most of the information in the book can be found on the internet, including all "effects" included in the book.

A really great set of books on cold reading are Ron Martin's.
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Excellent advise from someone who [oh my god] actually does readings for money.

Stagnaro's book is crap.
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But guys, you're forgetting an important point: That book was the first mentalism book to be published in two languages simultaneously! German and English! I mean, come on... two languages!

What does that have to do with anything? I have no friggin' clue, but the publisher certainly made a big deal about it at the time...
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I don't think his lecture was bad. For the seasoned mentalist there was nothing new, but all those new to mentalism and cold reading learned a lot at his lecture. At least the one I attended.
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Did he show up to your lecture on time?
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I really like the idea of having all the tables in one place. That is this book's redeaming value. I disagree with most of his text, and I think the collection of mathematical tricks in a book of cold reading is silly, and out of place. But the tables are nice.

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But does it justifies the price tag?

just wondering that's all.
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The only thing that justifies the pricetag is what we are willing to pay. Supply and demand. Personally, I do not demand this book.

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The book is very, hmmm, uneven and it does have *some* bits of valuable information. It's a mix of cold reading bits and various magic tricks etc.

The lecture I actually found interesting. Yes, also uneven, but there were some really interesting bits. I particularly enjoyed his (not actually his, but taught to him) rope effect. Yes, I said rope, where the idea is to psychically and visually free your tied up hands, fairly tied by the participants! (True... when will I use this? Probably never or maybe around magicians, when a rope is laying around, but still...) Also a decent elementary spoon bend among other things.

The man himself is a nice guy. Works as a teacher.
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Maybe I'm a little secluded here in Maine but here is my review on Angelo's lecture, and I think my fellow club members will agree. Angelo was pleasant, casual and comfortable in a room of magicians.

The first part of his visit is based on the powers of the mind. He presented several wonderful mind reading effects, two spoon bendings and a beautiful, visual, rope tie escape where the rope visually melts off his wrist. When he presented a seemingly impossible book test with an ungimmicked telephone book, I had to think, "Knowing that one effect will be worth the rush back to Maine and the admission price". It was.

After a short break the group came back for the Cold Reading part of his lecture. Unlike TV's Jonathan Edwards, Angelo always has the disclaimer that this is for entertainment only. Misleading your audience would be unethical and immoral. Make it clear that you are an entertainer. He adds this, and I think this is very important for your credibility and your reputation. Cold reading may be easier than you think and there are many clues and "tricks" you can use to get information to do a good reading. If nothing else cold reading will help you pick the best volunteers!

Several effects were presented as workshop pieces, where members tried the magic themselves. Angelo is clever, witty, and never pushy for sales. For those of you debating whether you will attend the Angelo's lecture I have two words for you; go, enjoy.
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