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On 2006-05-18 20:27, Dr Spektor wrote:
Like I said Bartles - beats me Smile



What beats you?
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Use your psychic gifts and you'll know! Smile
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Er, yeah, whatever.
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Thanks to the people who actually are giving me advice instead of getting into a ****ing contest.

Why is it that people can't support each other instead of tearing someone down?

But hey, that's just me.

Tim
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I don´t really see much of anyone tearing anyone else down? Minguy tore the DVD set down (and not for the first time) and I felt it appropriate to add an alternate viewpoint AND the information that it´s on a money-back guarantee (which he omitted to mention).
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Bartlewizard -

You speak highly of this program and I own other things from SC, just wanted to get confirmation. As a hypnotist looking to add something to my show I have no desire to reinvent the wheel and was/am looking for something that I can learn the basic outline, make it my own, and plug it in to my system. Sounds like this might be the way to go.

Tim
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Well, one thing Mindguy mentioned was that the show has a "let´s put on a show" type feel to it. This is true to an extent - I was surprised by Stuart´s lightness but what Mindgguy HASN´T mentioned is that Cumberland uses the show to precede his hypno act. Given that the show is presented for something like 600 students who are waiting on their friends getting up to make an ass of themselves (not saying that´s what SC´s act is, I´m saying that´s probably what students are expecting in a hypno act) then the lightness of touch can be fully understood in context. For what it´s worth, it doesn´t seem to diminish the strength of the effects - as opposed to a "comedy" Mentalist DVD set recently released where IMHO every single effect was diminished by very low humour.
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Yup, no one is tearing anyone down around here!

I went and reviewed my PDF book - I again say its worth it if you are an Annemann junkie - and if you don't own the book (original) already - what the heck.
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I have the e-book but not the DVD/CD set. The annemann act was something had long contemplated actually trying out but never "got around to it." Truth was, I was scared as hell to try something so bold, and...shall I say it?....something so "outdated." Stuart C. has simply streamlined a couple of the billet effects early in the routine...though he also tells you outright that you can still do those the original way... His streamlineings of these is simply the substitution of a simpler and more direct and well known (among mentalists) method..

S.C. also gives great tips and details of working with billets that for me makes them soooo much less intimidating and easily mastered. He shares with you his experience with the act..where to change the pace and give the audience a bit of time to relax before dumbfounding them again. He also shares his experience with the "numbers" effect and how to make it simpler or what to substitute in its place which shouldnt take a well informed mentalist/magician by surprise. Simple and direct.

There is more..like how to lengthen the show with a QandA routined and what to leave out if you do. I found it well worth the price of the ebook because I am and will continue to actually USE it. What really did it for me was that it gave me the condfidence and reaffirmed for me that there are already so many wonderful and great routines just buried in books we already have. S.C gave me the desire and condfidence to actually get out and do it. So, for me, it was money well spent.

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Mark -

Hopefully the DVD will be just as good as the ebook since that I what I bought. Thanks for the great review. Looking forward to getting the program later this week.

Tim
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Howdy.

I've been away performing shows as it is grad season and a very busy time for me. A friend tipped me to this post.

Although Tim seems to have gotten the answer he's looking for, I'd like to re-cover a couple of points for the record.

Before doing so, I'd like to reiterate that I've answered these before.

The live performance would have been excellently shot as I painstakingly set up the camera to capture the stage and audience. In fact, I even staked out limitation areas so that I would not go outside of the frame.

My camera (as do most) shuts off after being in "stand by" mode for a few moments. I asked a tech guy to turn it on. He was a friendly and very helpful fellow, who *zoomed* in the shot when he turned it on. Of course, I didn't find this out until after the show.

I filmed other locations, one of which a bunch of students were standing in front of the camera for the entire show.

I figured the footage would suffice to give a very good feel for the show.

Studio filming was plagued with problems both within my control and outside of my control.

I've mentioned this before--and I'll say it again--I very nearly dumped the project altogether.

Two good friends gave me excellent advice. Publish it. Most will love it, some will hate it.

I'm glad I did. I feel I made a valuable contribution to our art.

A few complained about this and that. And in almost all cases, the complaints were 100% valid.

But many thanked me. The biggest compliment being the DVD on billets. Many said it was the best instruction or that it inspired them to actually do them.

I think that's great.

Regarding the refund policy. I refunded one person. For those not familiar with direct marketing, that's an astonishingly low refund rate. And one I'm very proud of.

OTHER COMMENTS:

I'm not quite sure what Scott is referring to, but I can absolutely assure you, I've done the act more times than Annemann himself ever did. The Annemann Act is a reliable act.

Bill--thanks for your kind comments, as always! Yes, I'm VERY passionate about our art, and am very opinionated. That said, I try my best to base my opinions on facts and experience.

Maybe it's just me, but I don't understand the comments about my performing style. While I'm not a comedian, I'm certainly not bombastic. My style is my style. And it's the same if performing the act solo or as an opener to my hypnosis show. The act, btw, could easily be presented in a very heavy fashion. But that ain't me.

Onward.

The original question posed by Tim was what is the difference between my ebook and the Trickshop version.

Frankly, I don't know. I don't have the Trickshop one but will get it in the next week or so to review it.

I got several dozen emails *implying* that Patrick ripped me off. I don't see how he could have? Annemann's works, unfortunately, are in public domain. Anyone is free to "update" his stuff. Including Patrick. His stuff is always well produced.

All I can say is this (and I've said this before). You *don't* need my book or dvds.

If you are just simply "curious" about the Annemann Act, I'd strongly suggest that you get the original. It's dirt cheap, it's what I originally had to work with, and the routine is rock solid.

The ONLY thing I've done is add experience as well as more modern techniques that Annemann himself wasn't privy to.

Annemann provided the structure. I've added some routining, staging, audience management, etc. Stuff that Annemann did not cover.

I'm not an originator of effects. I'm envious of guys like Osterlind and Karmilovich who just create endless amounts of awesome material.

That isn't my strength. My strength is taking effects and routines and making them into very powerful and memorable presentations. Presentations that wow audiences and force them to remember... YOU.

Some people think that $45 for an ebook and $297 for dvd's that contain over 20 years performing experience to be worth it. Some don't.

I'll let you be the judge.

To quote the late and very great Ted Annemann: "For the first time in my hectic career of placing effects and methods before the ever and all too critical fraternity of magic, I am presenting a complete act, routine or whatever you may wish to call it."

Passionately,

Stuart Cumberland
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If you are a working mentalist and looking for strong, commercial and memorable material, Stuart Cumberland's e-book on Annemann's "One Man Psychic and Mental Routine"is gold. Telepathy Plus is alone worth many time the price of the pulication. For someone who is actually working, this routine could easily be a corner stone of one's act.

George K.
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