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rickreation
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Hello all,

I recently obtained a used copy of Luke's 3510, and was surprised at how much I absolutely loved everything in it (besides the AWFUL editing! Shame on you, penguin magic!)

I am interested in forking up the dough for his "Long Overdue Blindfold Book," but would like to learn more about it first. It wouldn't be high priority on my list except that it is almost sold out (I know it may end up for sale as an ebook for $25 dollars in a few months, which is once reason I am not sure if I'll buy)

Could any one here write a review of this book, or direct me to any existing reviews?

Thanks,

Rick
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Given Jermays p*** poor attitude towards his customers, insofar as non delivery for paid items, etc., why would anyone contribute to his wallet?

He's got customers in the UK upset at him, a Country Court Judgment exists presently, for non-delivery of paid items.

Several here on the Café have had to wait and are still awaiting promised delivery on goods.

Why indulge his ego?

Why condone his fraudulent activity by purchasing products in which he will gain financially?
Good Thoughts.


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I'm not sure if I've ever publicly agreed with Reuben, but on this occasion I do so wholeheartedly.

I'd rather buy the ebook second hand than pay Jermay for it... And generally I don't even agree with buying physical books 2nd hand.
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I don't have time right now to give a full review, but I bought this second-hand from ebay a few months ago (yes, the softcover, not a copy).
It's good information, but the best blindfold book I've bought came with Richard Osterlind's Stainless Steel Blindfold. Combine that with John Archer's Blindfold Tips DVD, and you have great information without spending $200 or more for Jermay's.

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This book techincially doesn't exist. seeing as how everyone but three people who purchased it, has actually recieved it supposedly. I'm still waiting for my copy of this book, that was well over a year ago. And penguin has nothing to do with the editing of 3510.
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On 2009-05-17 15:15, Brandon Queen wrote:
This book techincially doesn't exist. seeing as how everyone but three people who purchased it, has actually recieved it supposedly. I'm still waiting for my copy of this book, that was well over a year ago. And penguin has nothing to do with the editing of 3510.


Take him to small claims. When I informed Jermay that was my next step I received the goods.
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I have a little more time now, but not much more to say about this book. As I said, it's a softcover, 59-page book published by Miss Bell Productions, copyright 2006. The standout ideas include:

1) a simple way to gain a better peek (p. 19)

2) LJ's "Seeing with the Fingertips" routine (p. 20). The Bandana Peek is the central method of this routine. A bandana is laid upon the performer's palm. An index card is laid writing/drawing-side-down on the bandana, yet the performer gains the information he needs. It's simple and looks impossibly clean... at least one big name performer missed the moment of the peek while watching LJ perform it. It's a good method, but if you read 3510, the description of the effect is the participants fold their cards into quarters before placing them on the performer's kerchief-covered hand. Perhaps a**d*s could be used in lieu of the Bandana Peek. I'm happy with the peek taught in The Blindfold Book as it looks great, but I'd like to know why the method taught varies with the 3510 description.

3) "The Bold Blindfold Q&A" (p.46). It's bold. I don't think I'd want to use this method exactly for every QA performance, as it makes a bit of a mess. You could alter the presentation, though, fix that problem, and make the routine your own.

There are also discussions about other plots and presentations to spur your creativity, publicity stunts (LJ's "The Bishop Experiment"), and common sense ideas about performing with a blindfold. The book is full of simple, sound advice that comes from many performances. LJ's blindfold is standard, very much like the one John Archer demonstrates in his DVD, only Luke has made a change to help deal with the inevitable sweat that comes with working in a casino under hot stage lights. When I'm under hot stage lights, I'll use this touch of Jermay's.

I'm not entering into a discussion about Jermay's bad business practices. I've had no dealings with him directly, and I have no problems with the man as I bought my copy of this book used. I wanted to learn the Bandana Peek. I'm happy with what I learned. However, you might find cheaper alternatives. Richard Busch's books would give you plenty of peeks for use in blindfold work, along with Millard Longman's publications. Osterlind's Stainless Steel Blindfold book (subtitled "Sightless Vision for the 21st Century") is a GREAT value if you don't already own it, and what a standup guy! I've never read Will Dexter's "Sealed Vision," but had I found a review like the one I'm writing here, I might have bought Dexter's book first (LJ bought it as a kid). The Blindfold Book is a collection of clever routines and ideas built on foundational, classic texts and historical performances.
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How upsetting it is to see posts on this still surfacing. As a community we should all stop supporting Luke whatsoever until he delivers all his goods and apologizes publicly for the way he is treating his customers.

I paid a hefty price for this over a year ago, I was told I was going to get one of the last, ha-ha.
From emails with Luke:

"The Blindfold book is now down to 3 copies for
purchase.

Here is the info onthe book:

The blindfold book is limited to 30 copies..."

and in the next email
"There is one copy left. The book is soft back.

L."
Then I asked if when he sends the hardcopy if he would sign it for me, and this was the reply
"
Many thanks for your interested in my work. I will
sign the hardcopy no problem. Is there anything
special you might like me to sign?"

The man is running scams.
(Didn't think I would be screwed by the guy because we had hung out when he was first in NYC.) I did receive an ebook version with terrible editing, which he told me was not quite finished and that I would get the softcover in two months or so when it was finished. But that day never came. I have never seen a soft cover version of it. This all started in Feb. of 2008. And I would be happy to receive information on any suit anyone has on the guy because this kind of activity is completely unacceptable.

It boils my blood to even see someone discussing the option of purchasing this because I was told originally that I was getting one of the last of a limited edition book. You should not be able to purchase it any way whatsoever. And I should have a soft cover copy. At some point Jermay stopped returning my calls and emails. I have decided he must have formed a heroin habit, or gambling addiction because that would be the only excuses I might buy as to the way he has been treating many people. He has lowered the bar tremendously for what one should expect from someone who is trying to be professional but is too young to play that role.

Get a copy of sealed vision, its worth having. Otherwise 13 steps has most of what you need.
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An update of reconciliation. I sent Luke a message a while back stating that I wanted to be able to say he had changed. To say he had turned a new leaf. I told him if he could just send the book I could feel proud of him and supportive of a colleague. And this week I received a package from Lulu containing the blindfold book and a few other publications. I'm so happy to report that people can change. And that I can now be positive about this creative soul.

Blessings all.

May we be able to turn the dark to light.

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That's great news! I've always been a fan of his work and his book building blocks, is one of my faveourit books in my library. So glad to hear things are on the up and up.
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I saw Luke's Q and A act in Edinbourgh for a couple of weeks ago. He did it with a blindfold, and it was great. Probably the best I have ever seen. And I heard people leaving the venue were amazed, and they felt it was an impossible feat because of the blindfold. I haven't read this book but I recon it is good.
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Can't comment about the book in question, but I think 3510 is a great, underrated book I find easy to look over every now and again ... and most often find insight into that help with little things I may be working on at the time.

As would make a great book for people who have just started walking the mentalism path.
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