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Steven Keyl
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This is a packet trick book full of diverse material–both in method and effect. The quality is high throughout and if you are a fan of packet tricks you're going to love this. For additional information and a full video review (with demos) please visit:

http://www.magicbookreport.com/2012/02/f......ldstein/

Thanks for your time.
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Attaboy.
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Focus is awesome! Also has some marketed effects in it which makes it worth the price.
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This book is loaded with great effects.

While perusing the various posts on the Café recently, I was made aware of an impressive effect that I had overlooked in Focus. The effect is named "Tearable", and IMO the handling is straight-forward and packs a punch. It requires a special "something" that is readily available (and most cardworkers probably have), but I think it's a worker. Check it out.

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Great, thanks, Steven. Now I have *another* book to add to my wishlist. Smile Keep up the great work. Loving the reviews!!!
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Good review. the books good and worth gettting
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His Picasso's Aces is a favorite of mine from this book.
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So many gems in this one
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LOVE Focus!
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Max Maven is such a prolific creator! I would love to see a Focus II. Perhaps someday, there could be a Max Maven/Phil Goldstein in Print - similar to Stewart James in Print. I would argue that such a mammoth book would be a landmark compilation worthy of legendary book status. One can only hope.

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Great book, LOVE Overture!
Agreed Vlad!
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Thanks, guys! And I wholeheartedly agree that this is an excellent book. One issue I always have with packet tricks, though, is the general lack of presentation. We have cards transposing, appearing, disappearing, turning face up and down for generally no reason. That is why Bannon's Mega'Wave is so nice because he has a thread about the differences between magicians and mentalists finding a chosen or thought of card.

The funny thing is this never bothered me at all before. The longer I dabble in card magic the more that it gnaws at me. Not so much that I won't perform these types of tricks, but enough that I don't perform them as much as I used to.
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I had no idea that Max was so prolific until today when I saw what purports to be a near complete set of Maven/Goldstein books on EBay. That drove me here. I wouldn't mind some feedback on whether these books would be of value. It includes Thunday, Thequal, Amperthand, Notions, Fifth, Doth, Thabbatical, and Thavant. Does anyone have any experience with these books or feedback on quality of effects for a mentalist routine? I know with Max Maven (Phil Goldstein), you can't really go wrong, but if anyone has firsthand feedback, that would be great.

Oh, and are they really all that rare?
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I think I have Thunday, it has some neat ideas though there are some mistakes in the first effect.
I got it second hand for a good price, don't know how rare it is.
There are some really clever mathematical ideas though in that.
I love Goldstein stuff and hope to get more of it in the future! Smile
All of his magazine contributions are amazing.

Best,

Kyle
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