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lejon
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Hi all,

I have decided to purchase one of Paul Brook books.

Which one do you advise me as a first purchase?

Thanks.
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The Alchemical Tools... it's wonderful!
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Ditto
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Paul sent me a copy of the Alchemical Tools some time ago and I've been a bit rubbish and said nothing about it.

So here goes:

This covers all the things a modern mentalist needs to know that any amount of off the shelf DVD's and tricks doesn't tell them.
That said, it saddens me that there needs to be a book that teaches those skills -You have no right to call your self a mentalist until you know them.
Sadly many people don't.

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P.S. - That means I like it.
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ALL Paul Brook Books are GREAT!!
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Does anyone know any information about Paul's upcoming book Chrysalis of a Polymath yet?
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I know both are going to be classics...
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I loved Alchemical Tools too.

On Mephistos Shoulder is my favorite though in terms of effects.

Of course The Gift is great if you haven't if you have an interest in the subject/technique it covers and have not already got your head around the control required for effectively using it.

Best value for money is definitely Alchemical Tools.

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Depends on what you're looking for. If you're a beginner, "Alchemical Tools" is most likely not for you. You will not get anything spectacular in terms of effects. The real power of that book comes from psychological ploys you can use to enhance your performance as well as an ehanced understanding of our art. Questions like "how many effects should I have in my repertoire?" and " "how to present my effects in the most convicing manner?" will be answered. I did not get any effects out of that book. However, it was a real mind opener.
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This is going to get a bit boring, but without a doubt The Alchemist Tools. There are so many wonderful insights in it that can help performance and presentation skills. This is my favourite of all Paul Brook's publications.
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Thanks all

alchemist it will be....
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Count me as one who was underwhelmed with Alchemical Tools. Perhaps his other books are better.

- entity
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I love the Alchemical tools book too. what do people think of good vibrations?

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I didn't know paul wrote for beach boys...

I've been using locked in thought even more than usual of late...i've found a great way to do a two-way kinda effect with it..ive recently messed up a few people with the handling and I've grown rather fond of it...

mephisto, the gift and alchemicals are my faves for different reasons...
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On 2009-02-06 09:12, IAIN wrote:
I didn't know paul wrote for beach boys...

I've been using locked in thought even more than usual of late...i've found a great way to do a two-way kinda effect with it..ive recently messed up a few people with the handling and I've grown rather fond of it...

mephisto, the gift and alchemicals are my faves for different reasons...


:)

Yeah the lock is awesome, I performed a peice for a friend the other month and left him examining the lock after while I fetched us a beer, after 10 minutes he just put it back down on the table and called me a ***, lol
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The Gift is my favorite of his.

Good Vibrations is OK. It's essentially just a good example of combining some classic methods with the lessons from The Gift. It's a well explained, single effect with cards. I'm of the opinion that I can never see enough examples of ***show scripting, so I like it a lot in that respect. If I was more inclined to use cards, I'd probably think more of it.
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On 2009-02-06 10:03, Davit Sicseek wrote:
The Gift is my favorite of his.

Good Vibrations is OK. It's essentially just a good example of combining some classic methods with the lessons from The Gift. It's a well explained, single effect with cards. I'm of the opinion that I can never see enough examples of ***show scripting, so I like it a lot in that respect. If I was more inclined to use cards, I'd probably think more of it.


Thanks for the reply Davit, So far I have picked up AT, TRC, LIT from Paul and I have been blown away by all of them. Not got the Gift because I tend not to use PS, but defintately thinking of picking up Good Vibrations, anyone else got an opinion?

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I have all of PBs work.

Good vibrations does use techniques that you all know, but hey that means you have nothing to learn. The effect is dynamite and I say you should get it.

It is hard to pick a favourite as I have gotten something worth more than what I paid from each item I have got.


Good Vibrations - Strong 20/30min effect

Brook Test - Clean impromptu book test of any word on a page

The Gift - The best techniques ideas and subtleties for PS I have ever come across

On Mephistos Shoulder - Some amazingly original thinking and a great switching device

Alchemical Tools - Essential reading for everyone and amazing value for money

Thought Reader Card - Very clean one card version of a Mental Yarn style effect but where the spectator remains silent throughout the entire process.

You Know Who - Great way to demonstrate what it is you do to a new person or client. All with one card and it never fails.

Locked In Thought - Sincerely one of the best purchases I have ever made in menatlism. It is always with you, can be checked for forever, never fails and is open to so many presentations.


Those are my thoughts on each product. I would also add that PB has a way of writing that is very easy to read and he leaves nothing out.

Hope this helps you to make a decision.
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On 2009-02-05 15:36, entity wrote:
Count me as one who was underwhelmed with Alchemical Tools. Perhaps his other books are better.

- entity


Without meaning to discredit your opinion - why were you underwhelmed by Alchemical Tools? I already own the book, and enjoyed it thoroughly, but it is always good to see a negative review.
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On 2009-02-08 11:20, wordSMITH wrote:
It is always good to see a negative review.


Really? I hated it with a passion like the raging of a thousand suns!

Not really, but I aim to please.
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