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Hi guys, I just wanted to stop in and tell you about an exciting new project I’ve got going on - the Creative Solutions Deck.

The deck is a beautifully designed deck of creative problem solving cards that JUST HAPPENS to have been built from the ground up to facilitate amazing and EASY mind reading and mentalism effects. We’ve all seen the arguments here on the MC in Penny about whether you should use playing cards in your mentalism sets, yes, no, maybe, you choose. I played with the idea of a Concept Deck in Mokele, replacing the suits and pips of a deck of cards with really meaningful concepts that will resonate with punters, and Creative Solutions is a polished end result of that train of thought.

If you love cards, but aren’t sure about using them in your mentalism, or if you are a magician who knows loads of cool card tricks and wants to experiment with some proper mind-reading without starting from scratch, the Creative Solutions Deck is for you.

The project is on Kickstarter right now, which I think may be a first for magic and mentalism - there is a little video explaining the thinking behind the deck and the text explains some of the features that have gone into the design to make mind-reading easy and fun. Here’s the link:
http://bit.ly/creativesolutionsdeck
Let me know what you think, I’m really excited about this, and I think it will be really cool for people to get their hands on.

Thanks!
Phill

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Terrific thinking, Phill!
I'm reminded of some work done with the "Creative Whack Pack," some years back.
But this is so much more advanced with the use of custom cards.

I can already think of a multi-phase routine that could be very powerful (I'll PM you the details),
but suffice it to say, this is a great tool for anyone who wants to get away from playing cards and specifically for those of us who work corporate audiences.

Really looking forward to this!

e
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Hi Eric, thanks!
The inspiration came from those kinds of Creative Whack decks and the legendary Oblique Strategies deck by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt.
I'm intrigued by your routine, and I'd love to hear it, please do PM me! I've had a great time coming up with new ways of presenting existing effects as mind reading pieces using the deck, it unlocks a lot of stuff.

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Great idea. I'm in.
"One should always be a little improbable." - Oscar Wilde
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I'm in...brilliant
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Incidentally Eric's handling was one I hadn't even thought of that used the deck as part of a complete stage piece - but it's his idea so you'll have to bug him for it!

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Me too.
I can use this in conjunction with my own deck.

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Rick Maue has a nice technique on one of his L&L DVDs that would work well with these cards.
"Yes, I have tricks in my pocket, I have things up my sleeve.
But I am the opposite of a stage magician.
He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth.
I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion."

Tennessee Williams

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Which DVD Mr G?
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Mr Samuels...

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http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/bright-idea/

I use these sometimes... Phil's stuff sounds like a good idea for a different tack and fun!
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Those cards are a really nice update on Tarot Dr S, I like the modern visuals - maybe more 'now' than the arcane acolyte's journey or the actual Tarot. How do they play with punters?
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On 2013-04-17 11:13, phillsmiff wrote:
Which DVD Mr G?


Mental Deceptions - Volume 1

The effect is called "Mixed Emotions"
"Yes, I have tricks in my pocket, I have things up my sleeve.
But I am the opposite of a stage magician.
He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth.
I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion."

Tennessee Williams

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Thanks for the suggestion Mr Grue.
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On 2013-04-17 11:36, phillsmiff wrote:
Those cards are a really nice update on Tarot Dr S, I like the modern visuals - maybe more 'now' than the arcane acolyte's journey or the actual Tarot. How do they play with punters?


Fine - as I don't really present them as mystic tarot at all - its just a "reflective tool for sparking imagination and creativity" based on cultural symbols etc etc
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The new looking cards fit that really nicely. They feel much clearer and relavent, although I expect that the arcane feel of the tarot does imbue them with a certain *power* in some people's eyes.
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Indeed - I just let THEM fill it with their own beliefs... I just smile and move the cards in patterns and toss out reflective statements here and there Smile
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Hooray!
I'm still trying to figure out if there have been any Kickstarted magic projects before.
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