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WordSmith: As I tossed the book after reading it a couple of times (to make certain my first impression wasn't a false one), I don't feel that I can fairly make a public "review" of THE ALCHEMICAL TOOLS. I wouldn't be able to accurately quote the bits that were most disappointing to me.

However, if you would like to read my impressions privately, by PM, I'd be willing to share them with you.

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I do like Paul's work and I am biased but I have some points I would like to mention.

Having read all of his offerings I can say that Paul normally has his tongue in cheek instead of the manipulative nature that you seem to have taken it in. For example, when he mentions the penhouse suite in france Paul mentions that it is on a road rue deseil (sorry for spelling) this is an in joke for fans of HP Lovecraft as this is the setting for The Music of Erich Zann. Paul also thanks Zann for some violin music.

I don't recall Paul writing that this information is all originally his in any way. I took the information to be Pauls experience when applying psychology to mentalism.

From what I remember Paul does not advocate that mediums should be allowed to practice if they have a therapy background. Mentioning that those trained in therapy would not possibly abuse their powers in such a way. This I took to simply be a thought provoking essay.

As for the simplicity of the effects I believe that they were included in that manner as to get the mentalist to add their own substance to it. I think it was on Paul's forum that he mentions he wanted people to flesh out the bones. I take it that you do not own Paul's other works, if you did you would realise that it is not basic as included in the Alchemical Tools.

May be wrong but I though Paul did credit Paul Curry in the appendix?

These are my thoughts, and I feel that you may have taken the book in the wrong light that it was meant to be read in. Not wanting to belittle your viewpoint at all, just trying to see why others love it and you seem not to.
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On 2009-02-09 11:33, MindSeeker wrote:
For example, when he mentions the penhouse suite in france Paul mentions that it is on a road rue deseil (sorry for spelling) this is an in joke for fans of HP Lovecraft as this is the setting for The Music of Erich Zann. Paul also thanks Zann for some violin music.


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Yep, I liked the in-jokes too...

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I believe Jeff McBride loved the book - so maybe we can chalk at least one full-time working pro as finding it of some worth...

I do think we should show good and bad in reviews though...

and I'm sure Paul's not too bothered...he seems to be doing very well for himself professionally...

as for bad grammar - up with this I will not put!
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On 2009-02-09 11:33, MindSeeker wrote:
I do like Paul's work and I am biased but I have some points I would like to mention.

Having read all of his offerings I can say that Paul normally has his tongue in cheek instead of the manipulative nature that you seem to have taken it in. For example, when he mentions the penhouse suite in france Paul mentions that it is on a road rue deseil (sorry for spelling) this is an in joke for fans of HP Lovecraft as this is the setting for The Music of Erich Zann. Paul also thanks Zann for some violin music.

I don't recall Paul writing that this information is all originally his in any way. I took the information to be Pauls experience when applying psychology to mentalism.

From what I remember Paul does not advocate that mediums should be allowed to practice if they have a therapy background. Mentioning that those trained in therapy would not possibly abuse their powers in such a way. This I took to simply be a thought provoking essay.

As for the simplicity of the effects I believe that they were included in that manner as to get the mentalist to add their own substance to it. I think it was on Paul's forum that he mentions he wanted people to flesh out the bones. I take it that you do not own Paul's other works, if you did you would realise that it is not basic as included in the Alchemical Tools.

May be wrong but I though Paul did credit Paul Curry in the appendix?

These are my thoughts, and I feel that you may have taken the book in the wrong light that it was meant to be read in. Not wanting to belittle your viewpoint at all, just trying to see why others love it and you seem not to.




Just so that I do not seem like a loony tune this was in response to a post that has been deleted.
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Alchemical tools is nice, it cover's Paul's thoughts on presenting the art. I personally really enjoyed On Mephisto's Shoulder because it's got a few of his really out-there ideas and effects in it. That is one of the things I like about Paul, he has some great ideas that are quite "out of the box". If you want some unique effects, Mephisto is good, if a little short, if you want to build up the effects you already do, Alchemical Tools.

Someone mentioned the forthcoming Chrysalis of a Polymath: I had a chat with PB last week and he mentioned he was hard at work on the new book, I got the impression there was a lot in there, and a lot still to do. I'm looking forward to it, but I know Paul's got a lot on his plate so I've no idea when it will be completed.

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The Alchemical Tools is by far my favorite. Although everything he has written is well thought out, complete with strong psychological techniques and subtleties.
The Alchemical tools will help you see many aspects of performance/psychology/congruency etc. etc. I have had this book for ages and re read it all the time when scripting my effects to bring out the strongest reactions I can for any effect.
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What are everybody's thoughts on the Brook Test?
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I like the Brook test a lot. It's a practical way to not have to use the first word on a page and it provides a multitude of methods to divine different types of words on a page. I've incorporated some of the principals in my work, and that's all I could ask for.
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I hear that Paul Brook got accident last year, how is his condition right now?
because I'm planning to order his books, is it affected to the delivery time of my order?
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I ordered 'Locked in Thought' only a few weeks ago, the item was delivered very quickly, as fast as I've received orders from most shops I've used.
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Thank's muse for the info...
hope Mr. Paul Brook is find and healthy right now...
I'll order his book soon...
thank's again...
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I recently purchased The Alchemical Tools. I was very impressed by the quality of the content. A real gold mine for the working pro. I've really had to sit back and reassess my act. Having read this book I have the potential to make some very positive changes.

Paul appears to be doing well. My order was shipped very promptly.

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Thanks Derek, for the info ...
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I recently bought The Gift and was so blown away by it that I promptly ordered all of the rest. Awesome. I like the easy style; and the insights are very inspiring.
I didn't buy Locked in Thought, but that appears to be an oversight judging by the posts.
He just needs to shoot his proof-reader. But, being a pedant, I would say that Smile
I will definitely be buying Chrysalis, and he probably knows that already.........

On the non-book side, the Thought Reader card is excellent. I blew away a super-cycnical and highly analytical colleague with it.
Yup he called me one of those rude words too.
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On the basis of 'Alchemical Tools', ditto regarding the proof reading needing to be improved, mainly because the standard of pretty much all of the rest of it is so high. It is still a highly enjoyable read, even for the pedants amongst us (by which I mean me).
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I could not agree more. The Alchemical Tools is a superb read and has the potential to become a classic - but it is marred by all the errors. It should have been very carefully proof read before it was sent off to the printers.
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Locked in Thought is a good one. But I've found that the audience's selection of a combo and resetting the lock to their personal choice is sometimes problematic. They've got to be really attentive to the reset process. Even demonstrating the reset process prior to handing it out to reduce problems sometimes still isn't enough.
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Rumour has it the 2nd edition has been proof read again. Hopefully the Tools will be rock solid. Brace yourselves for COAPM.
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