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Mr. Woolery
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Jack Kent Tillar has multiple acts described in Duet. All for two people. This is the only book of his I own, but it is another for the list.

Luke Jermay’s 45 minute performance with The Marksman Deck is free to watch. I did buy the deck because of the video. His other VI projects have full shows, as well. I think his material is great, not so much because I use it, but more because of his very sincere delivery. He sets an example of what I think a real mind reader might look like.

I do believe the real value of watching a full show is in the why, not the how. What’s the narrative? How does the performer build up from an opener? Why put the material in a particular order?

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Great thread!

Please mods correct the spelling of the title so the search works better
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Bob Cassidy in Penguin live lecture shows the structure of his act. The structure is really similar to the structure of his act, that he explains in one of his books (The art of mentalism)

Richard Osterlind in "mind mysteries vol.1" explains his act.

And I love Derren Brown full theatre shows.

Paul Daniels Bravura. On there Paul explains his approach in rutaining a show.

I decided to give this texture to create dynamics;

- only me standing on stage without any spectators doing something for whole audience.
- me and one spectator (participant).
- me and 2 spectators or participants on stage.
- only me doing something on stage.
- me and 3 spectators.
- for the finale there is only me standing on stage.
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On Aug 24, 2020, johnhsawyer wrote:
On Dec 28, 2018, snm wrote:
Necro post much? lol (This is a 13 year old thread)

Since so much time has gone by though maybe people can add some full acts that have been released in the last 13 years.

Off the top of my head I can think of:

Mick Ayres ACT series.

There is also Docc Hilford's Perfect Mental Club Act

I'll second the Act Series from Mick Ayers. The revival of this thread is what first made me aware of Mick's work. After some quick research through the Café, I bought the entire set of books. There is currently a package deal being offered for all 5.


Hi John,

Just to keep everybody updated, a week ago I released "Mr. Know-It-All" (Book Six in the Act-Series). This is the Act I was performing at the Disney resort when the Pandemic shut things down. Also, I have plans for a 'companion book' for the Act-Series that is not far off either.

I hope you are doing well, sir.

THE FIVE OBLIGATIONS OF CONJURING: Study. Practice. Script. Rehearse. Perform. Drop one and you're done.
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Mick, are you back performing at disney yet?
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This thread made me revisit Fat-Free Mentalism by John Riggs. Now available on ( and it is also included in one of his highly recommended Mastermind books. I'm not sure which one and I can't check because I'm not at home.
The 30 minute act is still as strong as it was 23 years ago. And if you like Sneak-Thief-esque routines (is there anyone who doesn't??) you will find some nice tips here as well which I completely forgot about. Now I will have to reread all of John Riggs' material!
BTW: not a single playing card in sight in this 30 minute act.
It is clear that John knows his character and knows what this character can and cannot do.
If you want to create an act, first create a character and then find material that fits this character. You must know the limitations of what your character can do. It's these limitations and restrictions that will set you free in choosing the right material.
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