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Not to distract, but wasn't there another thread on this last winter? Seemed to me that many of the routines were discussed...I've searched but can't seem to search beyond 3 months. Can anyone provide a link? Thanks for answering what's probably a simple question...

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Vilago,

Is this the one?
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That's it Smile

Thanks, Law!

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I've got to tell you that I have been thinking about ordering some of these for a while now -- well I just ordered 4 of them and I can't wait to check them out. I am interested in ordering 5 or 6 more but I want to check out these 4 first. If they are as good as I've heard (I'm sure they will be), I'm sure that I will be getting all of them.

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I saw these mentioned here in the Café and asked my good friend/club member Jim Hall if he had heard of them. He looked at me strange and said "buy'em". I said which one? he said "any of them". Best advise I ever got! These booklets are the real deal!! As I read them and begin to absorb some of Mr. Bauer's wisdom I get giddy!! I have 7 booklets so far and hope to work my way through the whole series. How appropriate that his web site is thinklikeaconjuror.com
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How would you that own these effects respond to the Jamy Swiss review in which he claims that the separate books are not a great value? He seems to believe that these routines would be best off compiled in the form of a large book. Not having seen these, I couldn't agree/disagree with him, but wondered what others thought of his assessment.
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Hi Flipper:

I think he goes out of his way to be controversial sometimes. He's entitled to his opinion, but I'm sure everyone above will disagree with him. I think they are a tremendous value.

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The wonderful thing about them being sold individually is that you have the choice of which routines you would like to purchase according to your interests. It also makes them more affordable. I love 'em.
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I was just at the Midwest Magic Jubilee demoing the Private Studies Series for Ron.

The best seller at the convention was #5 "Hornswoggled Agian!"

So for those of you who haven't read this little gem. With Ron's permission I'm putting up an excerpt that I thought you might find interesting.

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CASUAL HANDLING

Just being a magician, of course, means that everything you use, say, and do is in question. Human nature compels the onlookers to "figure out the trick." Unusual handling is often the only tip-off to the secrets of magicians' little mysteries. In fact, thoughtless arbitrary handling does more to give us away than almost any other element.

The most effective way to throw them off the track is also the easiest. Make yourself comfortable with whatever it is you're going to magish with before you try to learn any "moves."

Before you try to learn sleight-of-hand with cards, you should get used to shuffling, dealing, cutting, and squaring them. Hold a cup in your hands. Drop items into it, spill them onto the table, and cover them. Coins should be fingered and felt individually and in groups with both hands. And Bills should be counted repeatedly as though auditioning for a role as Super Cashier in Vegas.

The sensory awareness you gain from these exercises, which can take place while advancing your intellect and sensitivity by watching TV, is the key. When you move onto learning the "secret work," you'll easily achieve Casual Handling. You'll be doing something sneaky, but it will become as invisible as frog's hair.
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I've seen first hand proof of these words. We have several guys in Detroit who couldn't handle cards to save their lives.

After a short time of applying the above technique they're now known as "expert card men."

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I got the first ones that I ordered in yesterday, very fast service -- Thanks! I have only had a chance to skim through them so far, with the exception of Feminine Side -- I wanted to read that one first, and it is Excellent! This is very usable in the real world and the details are what really make it! You don't get just the effect, which in itself is Excellent -- but you get the psychology behind the effect, and how to make it play as well as why it plays!

I hope all of these are as good as the first, I'm sure they will be!

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We just put some videos of RB on the website.

Here's the link:
http://www.thinklikeaconjurer.com/conjurers/freestuff.htm

You can see RB doing RAP (Riffle Action Palm) and his two card trunover technique.

Great stuff. Make sure you sign up for our e-newsletter while you're there.

Tom
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Tom, I think the free Card Rise has a bad PDF (I got an error when I tried to open it)

I just bough Butch, Ringo and the Sheep and think it's great. This would be VERY entertaining to a lay-person. Putting those 2 routines together makes SO much sense!
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Ixnay66,

I'll let our webmaster Dowdy know about the problem. Thanks.

Butch, Ringo, and the Sheep is great.

I've gotten by a few well posted magicians as well as the public with this one.

Make sure you download the videos for the moves from Butch, Ringo, and the Sheep. It will help a lot.

Tom
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First a few general questions, humbly asked to those of you who have studied several parts in the series:

*Would you say that the main strength in these series is that they teach theory effectively?

*And is this theory not available in the other standard works for magicians? (Say, Ortiz and/or Nelms books?)

*How applicable are these theories to different performance styles? (Maybe someone could give an example?)



Second, I'm humbly asking for someone with knowledge in mentalism to answer on the following, please):

*As a mentalist, what would and what would not be of the same value as for a magician, in these series? Obviously(?) I'll not be able to use the effects, the sleights or the specific presentations, but would you say there's anything else I'd miss out on? (An example: the general idea of "story presentations" are not really suitable for me or most mentalists. Is this a heavy ingredient in the booklets?)

*Would any specific booklet be particularly suitable? And any specific one perhaps not suitable? (...as a mentalist I really do not want to thinklikeaconjuror!). The (very positive!) review at the visions site (http://www.online-visions.com/reviews/0309dixie.html) explains that it's suitable for a "persona of a smart-alecky, wisecracking, trickster", which very much scares me off.



And since we have mr Gaddis here, may I ask if there is any plan on turning the whole series into a book? Or perhaps if there is any other book by mr Bauer that deals with performance theory? Or any other suggestion for a mentalist?



/Matias
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Matias, I didn't study the whole series - just have the few booklets without card tricks.

From a mentalist's standpoint, if you already have Strong Magic, Magic and Showmanship, Magic and Meaning, Wonder Words, the Fitzkee trilogy, the Bandler and Grinder books etc. I'm afraid you will find very little new here... but again my opinions are based on 6 booklets only.

This is the contents of the entire series:

1. Gadabout Coins Revisited - From the man who needs to carry three lucky coins. You win an intellectual battle with your audience by using repetition against them! (Of course, you don't reveal theres a battle until you win!) Learn how to build to a climax, and to set up a pay-off so it comes as a complete surprise. Even the price is amazing! A paltry TEN BUCKS.

2. Sudden Death Gypsy Curse - From the man whose ancestor almost invented Three Card Monte. He was just ONE card off! This handling and presentation of "The Gypsy Curse" is so clean and sharp, there's no warning of the sudden and startling outcome! Learn several techniques of powerful direction and misdirection that completely conceals sleight-of-hand! A more than fair TEN BUCKS if you use your own Gypsy Curse cards. Or, seventeen-fifty if we include them.

3. Tony Chaudhuri's Cross To The Feminine Side - From the man who is proud to get in touch with your feminine side. The procedures for this novel item divulge how misdirection, through shrewd subtlety, can alter an audience's perception of sleight-of-hand, making it seem to be completely natural appearing actions. It also demonstrates how topical references can make a card trick seem relevant and of some value! A mere TEN BUCKS for all this! (Use any deck of cards.)

4. Butch, Ringo, & The Sheep - From the man who can't let the classics rest in peace! Following an exposition of the classic Thieves and Sheep tale, in which two men have been slandered and libeled, two heroic adventurers vindicate them! Could this be a magical morality play? Not with this climax! Learn the right and wrong times for borrowing items from an audience. A trifling TEN BUCKS! (Borrow all the props.)

5. Hornswoggled Again! - From the man who is overconfident enough to be easy prey for any short con! This is an entertaining way to show off your "sure-fire" defense against short-change artists. First you take in an innocent bystander by short-changing him in his own hands. Then, when you try to push your advantage, he gets his revenge! The real money used wont be suspect, thanks to the principle of "casual handling." An insignificant TEN BUCKS!

6. Ode to Poker Dan - From the man who believes waxing poetic will make a packet trick worth something. The tragic tale of a gambler who outwitted several envious magicians who dealt him a Poker hand with BACKS ON ALL SIDES! What happened next MUST BE TOLD! Learn to coordinate presentation and misdirection for maximum audience reaction. And, find out how to avoid the "Packet Trick Discrepancy." A shockingly meager TEN BUCKS, considering it includes Poker Dan's winning hand!

7. Dixie - From the man who carries counterfeit Confederate money. Using a faux keepsake of the Confederacy, a little tea cup (or any "Dixie Cup" will do) you demonstrate the last practical use for Confederate money. Then, in return for the audience's kindness in putting up with such a peculiar presentation, you reveal the real treasure of the Old South. Complete with an unlimited supply of DIY Confederate money! One picayune payment of TEN BUCKS!

8. The Cursed Ring - From the man who has left his ring in more than three hundred restrooms! Does a ring vanish from a spectator's hand, and invisibly return to the magician's finger? Lets try it again, but under "test conditions", to see if this ring really does carry a gypsy's curse! Learn the subtle secret of using one method to throw the audience off the scent of the next. A repetitively reasonable TEN BUCKS!

9. Fair & Sloppy - From the man who can't tell the difference between the name of a card trick and a weather forecast! Due to the willingness of certain spiteful spectators to take advantage of their magician, you illustrate the value of your magic teacher's maxim to always cut the cards instead of classes. Learn how to turn Ed Marlo's Convincing Control and Sid Lorraine's Slop Shuffleinto totally believable illusions. The price is a pleasant TEN BUCKS!
10. Left Handed Hank - This is a great, visual quickie! You're right-handed, but you bought a scarf that's LEFT-handed (or visa versa). How do you know? You can't tie a knot with your left hand, only your right! (A silk hank or man's pocket square.)
Close-Up, Platform, or Stage Magic. Learn: Rationalizing the Ridiculous, the Interlude, and more!
11. Mechanical Deck - Make any deck of cards do your work for you. Shuffle a selection among the other cards, and the deck finds the card. Let the audience see how it works in slow motion! Astonishing visual magic. BONUS: Detailed tutorial of the Finley-Vernon Double Turnover! (Any deck of cards and DIY gimmick of Scotch tape and thread.)
Close-Up Magic. Learn: Flexible Lead-ins, Denouement, Transition, and more!
12. Bar Bill Stunt- You try to teach a trick. It's almost magic; advanced Origami, but the audience is unimpressed until too much oversell results in the bill turning inside out! (A match box, a dollar bill and a Quartered Bill or DIY Power's Inverted Bill. We supply full-color covers for match boxes.)
Close-Up Magic. Learn: Versatile Premise, Cause and Effect Relationships, Comic Irony, and more!
13. Cut-Up Card Trick - This is an amusing and mystifying card revelation founded on interactive behavioral pseudo-psychobabble (that's the best kind). (Deck of cards, small note pad, and a scissors.)
Close-Up Magic. Learn: Sham Psychology, Running Gag, Jokes in Narrative, Energy, and more!
14. Four Squares & A Knot - This is a test with two pairs of hanks that you give to audiences to see how sympathetic they will be during your performance. It's another sterling example of interactive behavioral pseudo-psychobabble (still the best kind). (Four silk hanks or man's pocket squares; two matching and two contrasting colors.)
Close-Up, Parlor, and Stage Magic.
Learn: Opening Effects, Switching Character, Play on Words, and more!
15. Siamese Goose Egg Bag - After years of searching, you have finally obtained an authentic Siamese Goose Egg bag from which you can produce a real Goose Egg! You get a Goose Egg, all right. But, not the way you intended. (Miller/Malini Egg Bag, egg, and a small locking box with key on long chain.)
Close-Up and Parlor Magic. Learn: Theme, Intrigue Value, Play on Words, Planting, and more!
16. Time Machine - This time, you demonstrate that there's no physical sensation when one goes back in time other than astonishment. Somehow, you arrange 3 piles of cards in 3 unique ways, and one minute later(?)they haven't been arranged.(Deck of cards, several business cards, and a pen or pencil.)
Close-Up Magic. Learn: The Moment, Pacing, Unity Control, and more!
17. Second Finger Top Deal - By replacing the Second, Bottom, and Middle Deals with something brand new, you can deal yourself a winning Poker hand (or just rely on your old standby). (Deck of cards.)
Close-Up Magic. Learn: Audience Involvement with Demonstrations, Running Gag, Planting the Payoff, and more!
18. Xerox Money - Somehow you've come into possession of a supply of high-tech Xerox paper, and you're going into the business of making your own money. Until a new inspiration jolts you and your audience into a state of unavoidable uprightness! (Himber-type Wallet and Five new $1 bills and Five new$2 bills. We supply "High-tech Xerox Paper" and several
$360 bills.)
Close-Up Magic. Learn: Changing Character for Effect, Repetition, Comic Irony, and more!
19. All Out Think Of A Card - Despite the fact that a spectator merely thinks of a card, you can immediately discern his thought, and PROVE that you can do it anytime you choose! (Deck of cards.)
Close-Up Magic. Learn: Rationalizing Mentalism, Prepared Improvising, Ambiguity, and more!
20. That's the Spirit - Somehow you have captured a spirit in a bottle in a bag, and you prove it by provoking the little creature into manifesting his powers by poking him with a pencil. (Half-pint bottle, bag, long pencil, and DIY gimmick.)
Platform and Stage Magic. Learn: Comedy Mistaken Belief, Interlude, Blocking, and more!
21. Final(ly) Aces - People invariably suspect that magicians can cheat at cards, but is it magic or fast hands? You prove it's magic, twice! (Deck of cards and half of the Hamman or Elmsley Aces )
Close-Up Magic. Learn: Natural or Real, Pacing Repeated Actions, Tempo, and more!
22. Hat Trick - This sophisticated and colorful version of tearing tissues, and magically transforming them into a lady's hat is a tested sensation for adult audiences. (Sheets of colored tissues and a seamstress' tape measure. DIY preparation with glue stick and scissors.)
Close-up, Platform, or Stage Magic. Learn: Women and Double Entendre, Filling Low Spots, and more!
23. Worn Out Deck - Egads! You want to do a card trick, but your deck is worn out. All card tricks have been used up. As a temporary measure, you UNcut and UNshuffle some of the cards so you can do at least one more card trick before you discard the deck forever. (Deck of cards.)
Close-Up Magic. Learn: Creating Interest, Plausibility, Play on Words, and more!
24. Sneaky Nudist Rides Again - In an attempt to save a few bucks, you have purchased such a cheap deck of cards, and almost all the ink has been shuffled off of the faces and the backs. However, you're perfectly willing to TELL them about a trick, which is almost as boring as having to watch one! (Nudist deck.)
Close-Up Magic. Learn: Informal Performance Energy, Tempo and Pace, Unilateral Narrative, and more!

Hope this helps
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Hey there I'm really tempted to buy a few of these scripts but I just wanted to ask if they will ever by collected in book form? If they are I'll wait.

Just wanted to check...THanks..
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I've read somewhere else that they don't plan to do it... You may want to visit thinklikeaconjurer.com and ask them
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