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Effect: Think Pink
Presented by: Ran Pink
Medium: Booklet
Arena: Mentalism
Ability level: all
Available: any shop, http://www.secretcenter.info / distributed by Murphy’s Magic
Cost: $25

Roughly 13 pages of instructions, great photographs, very clearly written, and the key to one of the most devastating utilities in mentalism. All this is what you find in Think Pink, the oddly named booklet that covers Ran Pinks handling of the center tear. For those not familiar with this wonderful lil’ move imagine you ask a spectator to think of someone they knew who passed. In order to have their focus clear you ask them to write down the name (can be a number or anything else) and they then fold the paper so that you cannot see it. You take the paper and proceed to tear it up, hand it back to the person (or burn it) and then by some method determine the name of the person they were thinking of. There doesn’t seem to be any way you could have seen the name for it was folded up and torn up, yet if you handle it well it is completely mystifying to the spectator. This is what you can do with the center tear as part of a broader presentation and one of the easiest and best ways to get information.

One of the biggest problems I’ve had, and the same is likely true of many others, is how to peek the information w/out being spotted and giving it away. I’ve tried various methods that I’ve found in books and magazines, none of them really satisfied my desire to have a constant flow and worse of all having bits of paper missing the text should the spectator look at it later. Think Pink resolved that problem. You have to carefully read the instructions and practice the move but this little booklet is the resolution to the problem. The handling is beautiful and flows naturally and allows for the peek and then the text is included with the torn pieces handed to the spectator to hold. I never would have thought of the handling myself and I thank Ran Pink for releasing it. Not only can the center deal be used for mentalism you can also have a card thought of and noted then later producing the card in any way you choose.

If you use or think you’ll use the center tear and want to do it effectively you’ll want to look into this informative little booklet. Good things often come in small packages and it sure is true with Think Pink.

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Agreed. Many many CTs out there but for me this is the one.

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Thanks guys. Reading your posts put a nice smile on my face Smile
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How does this compare to Richard Osterlinds Perfected Center Tear?
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I think it's slightly easier to get the hang of than the PCT, but Think Pink seems to have more limitations on the type of paper stock you can use.
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I think the limitations are something that can be worked with. Real quick, I was a history major and a fellow once picked as his 'dead person' an individual from history that I knew a lot about and was able to draw connections between him and the spectator (both went to West Point, both in the Army, both had gray hair), it completely floored the guy. The center tear is a great tool.
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I'm going to repeat a question I asked before to which no one responded. Also, Ran, please know I mean no disrespect.

I've learned and tried a great many instant read CTs. I bought the very nicely produced hardcover, limited edition of Think Pink: Central Intelligence with many extra effects, several by other mentalists I have a great deal of respect for.

Here is my question: What is the true advantage of this tear? I tried and I tried to find one and I just can't. Busch's Zen Billet Tear in Peek Performances is easier, quicker and provides everything I see in TP and much more. Not to mention this is one method in a classic book that sells for 60 dollars and is FULL of methods, ideas and routines. More precisely, my question is: Why invest 25 dollars in one method that is inferior to a method in a 60 dollar book filled with invaluable material?

Good Thoughts,

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Well, I've never seen Buschs Zen Billet Tear in Peek Performance so I've no idea what it is or isn't. I like this one because it improved my handling over what I was doing before.
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On 2006-10-25 21:02, Bill Cushman wrote:
I'm going to repeat a question I asked before to which no one responded. Also, Ran, please know I mean no disrespect.

I've learned and tried a great many instant read CTs. I bought the very nicely produced hardcover, limited edition of Think Pink: Central Intelligence with many extra effects, several by other mentalists I have a great deal of respect for.

Here is my question: What is the true advantage of this tear? I tried and I tried to find one and I just can't. Busch's Zen Billet Tear in Peek Performances is easier, quicker and provides everything I see in TP and much more. Not to mention this is one method in a classic book that sells for 60 dollars and is FULL of methods, ideas and routines. More precisely, my question is: Why invest 25 dollars in one method that is inferior to a method in a 60 dollar book filled with invaluable material?

Good Thoughts,

Bill


Dear Bill,

Richard Busch's books are very valuable and I agree with you that there is much to learn from Master Busch. I think the Zen Billet tear is easy but not as deceptive as Think Pink. Its true, it is our jobs to make the participant forget about the paper anyway, so it should not matter which technique you use, as long as you fluent in it.

One of the reasons I feel Think Pink is so deceptive is that the pieces are torn to tiny bits, with your head turned away or gazing directly into their eyes. The participant is definitely convinced (in reality and psychologically) that their thought is only in their mind, before you even need to peek!

In my opinion there are other advantages that may seem insignificant to you. Think Pink has worked brilliantly for me and many other respected mentalists from around the world.

I'm not sure why you are comparing price points but you have a right to your opinions. I've spent almost twice the cost of my book to learn a clever technique that I'll never use. Does that mean it is an inferior technique? No. Should I stop spending money on magic and mentalism ? Probably. The thing is I like to learn more, read more, spend more just as we all do.

I hope that answers your question.

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Buschs Zen Billet Tear is good, but Think Pink is my favorite tear.

Thanks for this gem, Ran!
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$25 for a great idea that I WILL use is a better deal than $1 on something I won't.
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Ran, thank you for responding personally and in an open forum. I respect that a great deal.

First let me briefly bring up why I mentioned money. I have no problem spending whatever it takes for me to accomplish my goals to entertain. I fully understand why a single routine, not even a method, can be worth 100s of dollars and have spent as much and been completely satisfied. As a matter of fact, a new routine, a new presentational angle, is probably worth more to me than a new method at this point in the game.

OK, brief isn't what I do best as my friends will tell you Smile. Eugene Burger has a wonderful phrase, "tyranny of the new," that may better capture why I (somewhat obliquely) made the point about Peek Performances and spending 60 dollars rather than 25. I can't get over the sense that such "tyranny" is at work here. And, like you mention Ran, I'll probably continue to fall victim to such tyranny, many times with great pleasure!

Such a dynamic is a great part of why I ultimately bought your beautiful book. There is also a bit of a collector in me so "limited edition" (despite its often different meaning in the magic world Smile ) always grabs my attention.

But when it came right down to it, I don't see anything that is really "advantageous." Different, yes, but not advantageous.

You wrote, "One of the reasons I feel Think Pink is so deceptive is that the pieces are torn to tiny bits, with your head turned away or gazing directly into their eyes. The participant is definitely convinced (in reality and psychologically) that their thought is only in their mind, before you even need to peek!"

I have no doubt you get these results. I just suspect it is a matter of your mastery of the your method and the psychology of your presentation. I'm not bragging when I say I get the same results with the Zen or other tears I've mastered. Look at what Richard Osterlind accomplishes with PCT; it isn't any different.

I am truly open to anything I might be missing here which is the main reason I asked my question. I read, re-read, learned and used TP and I just don't get what makes for any improvement. Regarding: "other advantages that may seem insignificant to you," please PM me if you're not comfortable sharing more in open forum. And thank you for you quick and non-defensive response.

Good Thoughts,

Bill

P.S. Kevvy, do we ever agree on anything Smile!
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Actually yes. We both have a passion for mentalism!
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Bill-
One of the advantages of Think Pink for me has been the slow, casual and relaxed way you can do the whole thing. Other tears/peeks have, almost as a requirement, a certain fast speed to them...you mentiion that yourself...and TP does not. If you like to work fast, with Think Pink, you can...but if you want to work slow with the others, I don't think you effectively can.

You find TP inferior...I find that I simply cannot make play any other method, the pacing is off. With TP. it is not.

In my case, I couldn''t make anything in PP work well...not my fault, certainly not Busch's. That's the way it am. TP fits me just fine, and for me, I consider it the best peek/tear extant.

...but I wouldn't and couldn't presume to call Busch's or Osterlind's stuff inferior just because I don't prefer that method or those moves.

Why is Think Pink better? For me it is because I can use it closeup with biz-cards and almost surrounded, the peek is invisible, I can use 3x5 index cards and even 4x6 index cards. Everything is written in the center of the paper, it appears face up when you peek it, the moves are natural, and I can work it sloooowww and casual, flashing both sides of all of it thruout, should I wish. And I don't have to lick my fingers. Also, there's no funny drawings to lamely explain away.

But I can't call other methods inferior...just unsuitable for me.
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Regarding Bill Cushman's post,
I would not agree with one of his comments: ..."Look at what Osterlind accomplishes with PCT..."
But Osterlind's performance of his center peek -- as seen on at least one of his DVD's -- is not something I'd want to emulate. While the tear technique may be good, his peek is pretty transparent. I kept thinking to myself, "But he's looking down. Right in front of the spectator, he's clearly looking down at the torn pieces of paper."
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Hey guys, Thanks for the support.

Fib,I think its tough to judge a peek moment when its captured on video. It could be timed perfectly for the live audience and might still look suspicious to the camera. For the lay audience the papers are torn up already, and its somewhat natural to look at your hands while you tear, as long as your eyes don't give away what you are actually doing.

When I perform Think Pink, I stare deeply into the participant's eyes as I tear and when I'm ready, I ask the spectator to hold out their hand "like this", as I extend my right hand to show them how. Everyone looks at my right hand at this moment and this is when I peek at the pieces in my left hand. I turn my head away and I tear some more above their hand. All the pieces are dropped into their hand.

I noticed something interesting about having the spectator hold the pieces in their hand in a tight fist in front of them, with their elbow bent at about 90 degrees. As I do the reading, their hand just stays like that. Very subtle suggestive body language and their arm goes into a catatonic state. Most people don't notice but their arm will just stay like that until I point it out for a moment and then I snap them out of it. I've been fooling around with this as an interesting premise for the tear in the first place. I'll be posting some ideas on the Think Pink secret forum as soon as I get the time to test them out.
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Jheff will be selling 5 copies of the limited edition Think Pink at Mindvention. After that there are only 20 left. I'm packed and ready to go. See ya there!

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I have it and I like it.
Never tried it out yet.
But will soon do Smile
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I recently aquired the limited edition book. I think it's extremely well done. You can see that Ran clearly has a passion for perfection and presentation.


Well done Mr. Pink!
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I have Think Pink and the Mindvention supplement.
Does the limited edition book include a lot of extra stuff?
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