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Jay Are
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IAIN...

EXCITING!

Kioku and TRC are really different effects, and I don't think it is fair to judge them together.

You will be equally pleased with BOTH I think...

:)

J
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I received my card yesterday. This is my honest review of the card. First the method is nice and Paul has done some extensive research through trial and error to get the card where it is. The scripting and patter is done well and if you follow his advice you should flow quickly and smoothly thought the routine.
The E-Book is well written as with all of Paul work and very in-depth could have had less pages with some different formatting but he is not charge per page!.

If you are finding that you’re not able to get the correct object may I suggest you do two things first pick a better spectator. You may also have to go outside of what Paul says and use a little more psychology and sometimes just boldly state that you’re seeing _________ and see if you get confirmation.

Pros - Does as it says it will do if handled correctly. I am 6 for 6 right now, but with my wife I had to use some of my own methods, but that is expected she is very intuitive as to what I am up too.
Can be done to two people at once I realy like that fact. Matter of fact I feel doing two reading at one time is much stronger then the single person reading. Well done Paul!

Cons - Writing is very small not well suited for darker places like bars and night clubs were I would use this at the most.

All in all a decent effect and does as it says.

Advice take your time with it and do everything Paul lays out in the document.
Now my Sanctum II card has a buddy in my wallet.

I give it a 9 out of 10. Reason is because of the size but Paul explains in detail why that is. So maybe a 9 1/2.

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I agree it is workable no question about it. Problem is anyone over 45 may have a problem with the print Smile

I also wish it didn't look like Martha Stewart designed it.
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On 2008-08-20 16:16, Roth wrote:
I agree it is workable no question about it. Problem is anyone over 45 may have a problem with the print Smile

I also wish it didn't look like Martha Stewart designed it.


Fully Agree!! Good thing my wife is still in her 30s.
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The writing seems to only be a problem in the dark, my uncle is has quite bad eyesight and still managed to read the card easily. He did have to bring the card closer to his face to do this but with audience management this isn't a problem.

Loved the Martha Stewart line Roth gave me a giggle.

I don't find the design that twee to be fair; it seems slightly disturbing. With the fake stains and faded flowers I find it to be liked to an aged wallpaper in a dingy murderers house found on CSI style shows.

Noticed that some of the flowers look like the Rosicrucian roses and Paul does like his occult studies. Anyone else notice this?
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On 2008-08-20 16:16, Roth wrote:
I agree it is workable no question about it. Problem is anyone over 45 may have a problem with the print Smile

I also wish it didn't look like Martha Stewart designed it.


I have done this effect letting the spec borrow my wallet credit card magnifier (I carry it to use with my Sanctum 2 ... some specs need it). Some might think it would be "distracting" (if you know what I mean) but it's been just fine.

A mildly disturbed Martha Stewart. Which is cool.


I also agree about the Rosicrucian symbolism ... I think there's a code on the card....
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Never noticed the Rosicrucian symbolism but now you come to mention it!

I am still getting nothing but hits with this, which has surprised me as I figured to get at least a miss from the responses of some people on here.

It occurred to me that there is a massive out that you could use if the secret were discovered by the spectator:


Start off by saying that you would like to try and experiment with the spectator.

Then proceed as mentioned in Pauls book.

If the secret is discovered you can say, "Perfect, you are the first person to be successful in this perception experiment, you are going to be perfect for this next experiment..."

You simply perform another effect that you are comfortable with.

Hopefully this will enable a few of you to not worry so much about using the card as you will be able to use it as a segue into another effect.

Just an idea and I hope this has value for someone!

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On 2008-08-21 05:17, Dr.J.Jameson wrote:
It occurred to me that there is a massive out that you could use if the secret were discovered by the spectator:


Start off by saying that you would like to try and experiment with the spectator.

Then proceed as mentioned in Pauls book.

If the secret is discovered you can say, "Perfect, you are the first person to be successful in this perception experiment, you are going to be perfect for this next experiment..."

You simply perform another effect that you are comfortable with.

Hopefully this will enable a few of you to not worry so much about using the card as you will be able to use it as a segue into another effect.

Just an idea and I hope this has value for someone!

Dr. J

Ok, that IS indeed, truly brilliant.
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I have been holding off posting a write up of this effect so I could get all my thoughts together on it, so here it is:

Paul's TRC has a ring of Mental Yarn, but like bats and birds the two effects have come up with a similar looking solution from completely different directions. The whole effect is self contained and the performance is structured around a small laminated card which Paul supplies, complete with a link to a pdf document containing more instructions than you will think you need.

Opening the effect and giving it the once over you may well be surprised at the audacious simplicity of the deception that is perpetrated in the course of the effect, and it is this brazen approach that I think some of the posters here have had a problem with. Paul has structured the effect so that you can minimise the chance of getting busted with the method, and it is here that the detailed instructions come into play.

Anyone who is familiar with Paul's work will recognise his meticulous attention to detail in the routining, and it is this that fleshes out his fifty page instructions. The thing is that although the method for TRC is very simple, the real pressure is on your audience management. It is important to bear in mind that if you don't properly manage the audience they could easily bust the effect and leave you hanging. What is required of you to avoid this is not difficult but it does require confidence and a sound understanding of the possibilities. From my point of view, it passed the wife test, and that is high praise indeed.

The card itself is nicely produced, a fair amount of time has clearly gone into it and as it is thickly laminated it looks as though it will survive the rigours of life on the road. My only real issue with it is the size of the text: yes, I know that Paul has explained why this is the way it is, but I know for a fact that a lot of people will be reaching for their reading glasses or just shaking their heads and saying "No, sorry I can't read that." I understand Paul's motivations in terms of the psychological reasons for doing this, and as a designer I fully agree that the approach he has taken will work to further diminish the chances of getting rumbled. But the method is so well disguised it may end up jeopardising the effect itself. The text is just too small to my eye.

Is this a problem? Not to me, I could knock up a card with bigger text on my mac in ten minutes and laminate it in my office. If anyone has a problem with the effect they can do the same. Want different objects? Put different objects in. Don't like Martha Stewart wallpaper? Replace it. Paul's prop is a great introduction to the concept but if you are serious about your performances you should at least consider what your own approach would be. Even if the text weren't small, it would only be a matter of time before I made my own card.

If you are interested in a simple self-contained effect with an interesting and quirky method that will allow you to perform a very straightforward mind-reading effect in next to no time at all, TRC is for you. The extensive instructions, all founded on Paul's psychological insights, are an important and welcome addition to the simple but well made prop.

For the money it is hard to argue, especially if you see the effect as a powerful introduction to a concept you can yourself develop rather than it's final immutable manifestation.

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In response to concerns about the small print. There is a very simple solution. Rather than simply redoing the text in a larger or different font and losing the important design features (i.e., fonts, background, tilted clipboard, etc.) that Paul has incorporated and which serve the very specific purposes described in his instructions, I made a slightly enlarged (110%) color photocopy of Paul's card (both sides) printed on off-white (ivory) index card/cover stock and then hot laminated it thereby producing an exact (albeit slightly larger) duplicate of the card provided by Paul. Trimming the edges a bit before laminating it put it back to the same overall size as the original, losing only a bit of the background around the edges without reducing the size of the 'clipboard' or text. Rounding the corners of the card itself before laminating it and then rounding the corners of the completed laminated card provides better durability than sharp corners. Just that small amount of enlargement (10%) of the text greatly improves the 'readability' but still keeps it small enough serve the purpose.

All of this was done using inexpensive and readily available equipment and supplies found in any reasonably well-equipped home office: a good quality color inkjet copier/printer, cover/index card stock, a small GBC DocuSeal 40 hot/cold laminater and badge or business card size GBC laminating pouch.

I learned long ago the advantages -- in terms of both quality and economy -- of being able to produce one's own props, materials and supplies, especially when it comes to printed material. With rare exception, I have been designing and producing my own letterhead, promotional material, business cards (both my own and for the performers my agency represents) for years. The software and equipment available today makes this capability available to almost everyone.
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Having been one of the few who have been caught out on this (the reason being that the lure and previous mention of the watermelon made them want to see it again on the card), the suggestion by Dr Jameson is truly ingenious.

Thanks for this. It's a brilliant ruse and well worth having should things go pear - or watermelon - shaped!

Neil
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Psychichturtle and Neils, I am so glad that you like my idea. I am most happy of all because you can see just how much you can have with this card without the fear of being caught.

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On 2008-08-21 12:59, NeilS wrote:
the lure and previous mention of the watermelon made them want to see it again


Neils, watermelon shortage where you come from Smile

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Dr. J...


NICE work!
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Dr. J: thank you utterly for the perception weave. It is fantastic.
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I've been testing out this effect over the last week and the results have been encouraging. Paul has offered us a spring board here, and we can develop this method/tool to suit our own styles, as Phill suggested.

It seems so bold (and is) but it works. With Dr. J's tip you literally can't fail. Thank you for sharing Dr. J - and for reminding us that routining is so important - it's easy for us to think about effects in isolation too often when we get a new toy.

Best wishes (and hats off to Paul Brook),

Ross
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I ordered a couple of days ago but nothing has arrived in my inbox,does the e-book get sent out at the time of the card postage?
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You get the link in your package so you can go and DL it
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I also ordered it on Sunday because of the good reviews. But I have a question :
What will be exactly in the package? The card, and the download link to the ebook only, or maybe something else?

Because I've got a mail from a ??Casino from England?? (which is not really often here in Hungary, mail from England Royal Post...) yesterday, but the letter was half-open, and I don't know if the Hungarian Post Office - sorry to say this - stolen something.
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You get the card, and a card with the website link to download the ebook.

:)
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Has anyone actually made the card up with larger printing & has it worked as well?
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