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Firstly,

Thanks for the kind words Phill and Drew; always appreciated Smile

Now to the real pressing matter:

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On 2007-09-11 18:28, Drewmcadam wrote:

Sometimes, I perform in the kilt. Some of the effects require a NW or PW, and there are no pockets in a kilt. Shouldn’t I moan on and on and on a forum that THOSE effects cannot be performed in Scottish National Dress? Or that was not mentioned in the sales description? No! I just get on with it.




Drew, a sporran might be able to work here. Just imagine standing infront of a client with your hand in groinal area, making dubious writing motions within the sporran. Actually, not that great of an idea afterall Smile

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Paul shared with me his Serial Killer (which is part of OMS) and I find his idea a refreshing one.

There were some slightly different ways to accomplish something like that in the past, but they were restricted - to the best of my knowledge - to some peculiar stage situations only.

Paul's take is innovative and allows you to "get the show on the road", so to speak.

I like it very much!

Oh, and for the record - The video really shows what happens during the effect!
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On 2007-08-22 12:25, tincture wrote:
How does this compare to Patrick Redfords serial number bit?


Two different beasts!
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Thanks for Chiming in with your kind words Paolo Smile

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Well, that effect alone, Paul (with some expanded thoughts) could be worthwhile many times the price of the whole book for people REALLY using it.

One could be booked on the spot thanks to THAT effect alone.
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WOW, just found this topic, and I am shocked. People seem to be judging this book without ever reading it. They also seem to be trying to get more information out of Paul to find out the effects for free.

I own this book, I find that the ideas are really refreshing and strong. The subtleties that Paul has written about are worth the price of the book, let alone the material included in it. I named it as my best buy of 2007, so it can't be that crap, people.

All I am saying is buy it, read it, and then have your say!


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It seems an amazing book to me
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If you'd never heard led zepplinn play, and just said "yeah, well, they look like standard hippy drones...their music will be airy-fairy, nothing original about them at all...blah blah blah..."

then at some point, you actually go and buy one of their releases and take it all in...your original views will change...end of story...

of course, paul isn't led zepplin, if he were, he'd probably be jimmy page, for all kinds of crowley reasons, as well as his electric fingerings of the mind that the man is capable of...

I now own all of pauls released material...and I think it's very refreshing for someone to give you all the psychological nuances for each effect too, and to not miss anything out for the presentation...

rather than just push some notes at you and say "that'll do..." read any of paul's books and you'll see how much he genuinely cares about how the reader interprets and uses each book...

people - have a flake and relax...
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The difference between Paul’s material and standard mentalism is quite something. The kind of difference you get between a Rolls Royce and a Skoda. They both meet transportation requirements, but one of them does it with precision design, style, and a whole lot of love.

On Mephistos Shoulder is a MUST HAVE book for any mentalist’s library, in my opinion.

Stop arguing about it, read it or silence your moaning.
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Intro: I will be upfront about the fact that I received this book for free in a contest; however, I do not know Paul Brook at all. We have never met or spoken to each other online. This is a completely unbiased review that is of my opinion only. That being said, let's get on with the review!

Where You Can Purchase This: http://www.paulbrook.co.uk/heknows/oms.htm

Price: $60

What They Say:
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A number of strong and eerie effects that will put your spectators on edge!

Effects Include :

Dearly Departed:
A volunteer is given a sealed envelope and a photograph of a dead person; they are to look at the photograph at any opportunity they can for a week.

After the week has passed the volunteer makes a time prediction. Once the prediction is made the envelope is opened to reveal a death certificate showing a time of death for the person in the photograph that matches their prediction.



Telepathic Touch:
You explain that a single touch is enough to change destiny if we allow it to. A sealed envelope is handed to a person to keep safe. You look into the eyes of a volunteer and touch their shoulder. A deck of cards is then displayed openly and fairly and four cards are selected randomly by this person, without you touching the cards. Each card is placed into an envelope and numbered.

Another person is asked to join the two of you. The first spectator touches the new spectator in the same way you touched them. The new spectator chooses any envelope they want, when the envelope is opened the card is displayed and eerily matches the card within the envelope that you handed out to a neutral party from the start.



Fair is Fair Switch:
A wonderfully fair and deceptive way of switching billets.



"Your Word, Corinda!":
An evolution of "My Word!" by Corinda, using the 'Fair is Fair' Switch and other astonishing methods.



Serial, Killer!:
You approach a person that you have never met before, you ask them to take out a bank note while you turn away. You never touch them, their belongings or the note, yet you can tell them the unique serial number on the bank note.

Watch a video of this effect by clicking here.



On Stage Killing:
A large scale variation of "Serial, Killer!" with a surprise Revelation that proves the serial number prediction was made days before.



Unique psychological subtleties are included for each effect, to the in-depth standard now expected from Paul.



BONUS: Interview with James Brown, the Magic Circle's close-up magician of the year 2006.



136 page, perfect bound soft cover book.


Okay, so onto my review of each effect in the book. First up we have...

Dearly Departed: This exceeded, high and above, my expectations that I had for it. This is an effect that can make a grown man cry. Read that last sentence again. It is that powerful. It is definitely something that takes time to perform and should not be rushed. As it said in the description, you have to wait a week after you give the spectator the photograph and then perform it. This is probably something you would only perform with a very small group. It would, technically, work on stage, but you would never want to. You'll see why when you get the book. I heard someone else on another forum say this and I will agree with them, they said, "If I could go back in time to when I wasn't a magician and have one effect performed for me, it would be this one." The psychology behind the effect is brilliant this effect should not be overlooked by the simplicity of the method. This effect can affect a person in an extremely strong way. 10/10

Telepathic Touch: Another brilliantly simple effect to perform that will strongly affect your audience. Once again, the psychology and boldness of the routine is so wonderful and really makes the routine special. This seems like it is the real thing when performed right and it is sure to be a favorite of the book among many mentalists/magicians. The effect is so easy to perform a trained monkey could do it. There are no sleights, but again, it will take some performance chops to make this thing look real, otherwise it will come off as a cheap card trick. 10/10

Fair is Fair Switch: This is a billet switch where you never touch the billet, really. You do have to make a simple gimmick that doesn't take very long to make. Oh, and once you have made it, you won't have to make another gimmick for a long time. Plus, it won't require you to buy any strange materials, most likely. And if you do it will only cost you like $3. It is actually quite simple and it does appear very, very fair. It will not always be appropriate to use this billet switch, but when you can, it will be extremely effective. There isn't much else to say about it so I give it a 9/10

Your Word, Corinda! This effect is an advancement of a routine in 13 Steps To Mentalism that uses the Fair is Fair Switch and has some psychological advancements as well. Basically, a spectator writes down a page number, line number, and word number on a piece of paper. It is brought up onto stage without you ever touching it and then a spectator opens up a selected book to the corresponding page/line/word that the audience member wrote down. Sure enough the word matches your prediction that is in an envelope and laminated. It is kindle bold, but I don't think it would present any problems. Personally, I'd rather just do a thenceforward type book test, not this type. If you like the premise, then you will really love this effect and perform it. It appears, again, very fair and out of your hands. Just because I'm not a fan of the premise, I give it a 8/10

Serial Killer: OK, when I read the hype and saw the demo, I thought, that could not happen without some kind of pre-show. I thought there must be a gimmick or some mirror or accomplice or something! Well, what you read and what you see in the demo is exactly what you get. Like I said, no gimmicks, no stooges, no peeking, no writing down, you never touch the bill, etc. This is the best serial number reading I have ever seen. That being said, you cannot use it in all environments. I obviously can't go into detail, but this is more of the type of thing you would do to get booked rather than after you have gotten booked. You'll see what I mean when you read the book. Anyway, this will get you booked. This is about the most amazing thing you could do to someone and they will not forget it. Try to perform this as often as you can, and you'll be getting booked very, very often. It's pure genius and I love it! 10/10

On Stage Killing: Well, just read the description. IMO there is no need for this and I don't think it would be something that I or anybody else would really want to do. It's not bad, it just seems unneeded. I don't really want to give a rating on this because it is more of just an optional add-on to Serial Killer.

Final Thoughts:

As I said in the beginning, I did receive this book for free, however, if I had paid the full $60 for this book, I truly believe that I would've been just as happy. The psychology in each of these effects is excellent. He gives you lots of subtleties and different options at the end of each effect. These are A+ effects and you can tell that he has thought out, and used in the "real-world", all of the items contained within the pages of this book. It has my highest recommendation, and I think you will be very pleased with your purchase.

Overall Rating: 10/10 (Yes really)
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On 2009-06-06 14:15, mayniac wrote:

Serial Killer: OK, when I read the hype and saw the demo, I thought, that could not happen without some kind of pre-show. I thought there must be a gimmick or some mirror or accomplice or something! Well, what you read and what you see in the demo is exactly what you get. Like I said, no gimmicks, no stooges, no peeking, no writing down, you never touch the bill, etc. This is the best serial number reading I have ever seen. That being said, you cannot use it in all environments. I obviously can't go into detail, but this is more of the type of thing you would do to get booked rather than after you have gotten booked. You'll see what I mean when you read the book. Anyway, this will get you booked. This is about the most amazing thing you could do to someone and they will not forget it. Try to perform this as often as you can, and you'll be getting booked very, very often. It's pure genius and I love it! 10/10
As I said in the beginning, I did receive this book for free, however, if I had paid the full $60 for this book, I truly believe that I would've been just as happy.


I just got 'On Mephisto's shoulders. Mayniac, I'm certainly not going to question your belief in this, however I would question if this is something to seriously get a mentalist regular bookings. I say that due to the framing of how the set-up comes about. And that, for me, would be too much work involved. I was also unhappy with some of the description (NOT by Paul Brook)given on this. I think the fairest might be that the pre-show in this case might be better named pre-performance. And for me personally, and many mentalists I know, the pre-performance would simply be too much.
For what it's worth I used to actually perform Serial Killer before it was called Serial Killer. In fact I don't believe it had a name but it's one I used over 20 years ago, when I had more time on my hands for such a pre-performance. By the way I accept completely that Paul Brook came up with this entirely on his own. It certainly wasn't my idea but I did know quite a few who used this. I personally was taught 'the idea' by a wonderful magician called Bill Seagraves (a former British champion).
What I did like from the book itself was Paul Brook's conceptual thinking behind each action. For example in 'Dearly Departed' the concept is not new (I believe it's in a set of Osterlind DVD's), however I liked very much Paul's ability to build a storyline and mystical prestige. And his willingness to pay a price (timelag) to get the result he wished. Loved it.
All in all I'd say yes, I liked On Mephisto's Shoulders and I like Paul Brook's thinking. To close: just because I said the pre-performance on Serial Killer was too much for me personally, that does not take away the fact that what the DVD showed would have been absolutely a true picture in the eyes of the recipient. No doubt about that.

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