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Dr Spektor
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Curse you all (tongue in cheek) - you have got me so fired up over this book - I just went and bought a copy for $200.... but with all the praises being sung - I'm sure it is worth its weight in gold...

I got to stop logging in so much - I end up buying way more books and DVDs by listening to you all Smile

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It's worth every cent and much more.
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Great book except "Any Card At Any Number" section.
The ad said "The Legendary ACAAN finally revealed".
The explanation, however, doesn't make sence.
But it's a great book on the whole.
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The ACAAN (a/k/a The Berglas Effect) is, admittedly, the strangest chapter in the entire book. I don't think I can agree with Jay Elf entirely (i.e., that it doesn't "make sense,") I just think the introduction to the explanation is completely accurate...the method for the effect is so much a part of David, the way he performs, the way his mind works, etc., that it's almost impossible to lay out in print. I remember telling my wife that it's the only time I've read 27 pages of explanation on an effect and am no closer to performing it than I was before (and, realistically, maybe even further away).

But, with time and re-reading, it started to make more sense. Admittedly, it doesn't really explain at ALL the most famous stories surrounding this effect (the deck in the glove box, Barrie Richardson's recounting in Theatre Of The Mind) but, hey...It's still an excellent book and, really, I think that if you put in the time, effort, work, blood, sweat, tears, etc., you can definetely work out the Berglas Effect in certain presentations. Just not the most famous versions.

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On 2006-02-26 16:20, smokingkills wrote:
he showed me any card at any number, whilst driving in traffic

Was this a blind-fold drive? Smile
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Just saw the Berglas book for sale in the Books for sale section.

Somebody must need it. Or maybe it is already sold by now.

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On 2006-02-26 17:18, Slim King wrote:
What's up with The David Berglas File, being sold on Hank Lee's for $5?


I'm wondering if the "David Berglas File" is a set of lecture notes? It definitely is not the $200.00 "The Mind and Magic of David Berglas" book. Now youv'e got me curious.

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I'd buy it but I hate spending $7.50 on shipping for a $5 item.
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"The David Berglas File", which I have before me, is a good collection of general magic -- cards, ropes, and such. Yes, solid magic, but no mentalism to speak of.

BTW, its full title is "The David Berglas File No. 1 -- Professional Magic for Magicians." No. 2 is advertised in the back as being "In Preparation", but I don't know if it was ever produced. A few other intriguing titles are also listed as "Planned", including one on "Psychological Magic".

Hope this helps ....

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I'm almost certain the other Berglas files never made it to publication. His "Matchmaker", "ESPacology" and "Newspaper prediction" routines were released seperately with the "Newspaper prediction" also released on video which sometimes comes up on eBay.
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The superlatives have already been used.
Can I finally say that to seriously suggest that one is interested in mentalism and NOT to have Berglas might be considered sacriligious IMHO. Because this is completely and absolutely The Dog's B******'s!(I'm in a posh mood)
And finally I would suggest that this book is actually FREE!!!!
I say that simply because, to my mind, in the very near future all copies will be worth far more than the $200 asking price (if not already).
Don't invest in real estate... buy Berglas!

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How about the Turning the Clock Back routine? That was a highlight of the book for me.

"For those who believe, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not, none will suffice." ---Joseph "the Amazing" Dunninger
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He wasn't blindfolded, no. Entity, I wouldn't believe me either.
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My copy has an entire bookshelf to itself.

Well, right next to the, now out of print, Derren Brown books.
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I had the pleasure of meeting David Berglas last night.
What a gentleman.


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David is the closest thing on earth to a real life James Bond! This book is incredible.

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I wonder how valid the gambling method described is even today. Can it be found?
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There was a booklet once, and I think it still exists somewhere.
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Just when I thought my mentalism act was boring and dull, David Berglas enlighted me and inspired me so much. IMHO, he is like the Godfather of our field. My favourite has to be the ....everything in the book!
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I have met a lot of my heros. Blaine, Harris, Maven, Carter, Cheung, etc. But this man would have to be the coolest individual on the planet!

Whats so cool is that he dropped out of the game! He won the game! He developed a legend. He's the man!
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