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I feel very fortunate to have become good friends with the creative genius, Pablo Amira. We have been corresponding for some time, and he has been extremely generous in sharing many of his wonderful ideas with me.

I want to express my excitement about his latest project, "Amirism, Vol. 3". This is a book of very direct, and straightforward mental routines. What I love most about this work is the minimalistic and organic nature of the effects. Most of the material just requires items you carry with you anyway, such as business cards, writing implements, pocket change, etc. Some of the effects are visual, others purely cerebral, all very clear in their impact on an audience.

Here is a link to the table of contents:

http://amirismvol3.blogspot.com/

Many of these routines are going to be incorporated into my own performance repertoire, and I predict this will appeal to many performers due to the sheer practicality of the effects in relationship to their impact. I wish Pablo great success with this project.

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Well played, sir...well played...
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Thanks Ben for the heads up. I had this project on rest for some time. Finally on vacations so I take the time to finish the writing.

Now is on proofread time and it will be released oficially next week. Meanwhile, is on pre-order phase, with a special price Smile


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Finally the eBook is ready!

But I will keep the pre-order price until Friday Smile


All pre-order buyers will receive his copy during the day
Thanks for your interest


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I will await a review before purchasing. However, it does sound interesting from the contents.
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On Feb 26, 2014, Clel-Mentalist wrote:
I will await a review before purchasing. However, it does sound interesting from the contents.


Thanks Smile. Its material that I still use on a regular basis, no "1 day before" ideas.

Hope that the owners of Amirism Vol 3 can find value.


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I am offering 3 review copies for those interested in read this material and give me their thoughts about my thoughts Smile

Just send me a PM or an email if you have it.

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Just PMed you, I realise I am new here but thought I would give it a shot anyway.

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1 review copy left Smile



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All review copies are gone, thanks for your interest.


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Thanks for trusting me with a copy Pablo, will have a read today and post a review tomorrow.

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Pablo kindly sent me a copy of his latest work to review.

There is a lot to like in this collection of routines and a wide variety of effects are explored - from metal bending and PK heat to direct drawing duplication and emotion-reading.

Let's go through the contents in detail. Please note that these are first impressions only. I have not had a chance to practice, rehearse or present these effects.

1. Pyrokinesis: "Your participant will feel and experience fire in his hands, and best of all, he will keep the proof!"

I really liked this idea. It is very a different, unusual and memorable way to get your business card into a participant's hands and ensure that they will show it to friends and colleagues. The working is technically very easy to achieve, which leaves space to build a great presentation.

BUT my one reservation about this routine is that only a partial presentation is given. Pablo states that the participant will be made to experience a sensation of heat in their hands through verbal suggestion techniques, but in the script there is a space with the words: "(Suggestive pattern I leave up to you.)" Now, many performers will already have pet methods for evoking heat sensations in a participant, but it would have been nice to read and learn from Pablo's approach as part of this routine.

2. PKMB with coins: "2 simple ideas to add to your toolkit of metal bending."

As stated in the heading, these are finesses and extra ideas to bolt into coin bending routines. A pre-existing knowledge of coin-bending technique is assumed.

The first is a clever bit of thinking that allows a participant to select which coin from the change in their hand will bend. I think this is a nice idea and would play very well.

The second is a clever way of using pre-prepared coins to perform real-time marked/signed coin bends. I've never really understood writing on coins - it just never makes sense to me. But for those that do, this idea would be worth exploring.


3. Impromptu Prediction 3.0: "A new strategy to predict any thought, anytime, anywhere."

This is a pet effect for Pablo and he already has several approaches in print. I like the handling described here, which allows for a clean prediction of any thought using just a stack of business cards and a pen.

I didn't really feel the routine explained alongside the handling worked for me, but the mechanics are solid and would allow each performer to create a presentation that feels right to them and meets their personal criteria. I am now developing a routine based around "word association" that I think will work very well with Pablo's handling.

4. Symbolia: "Perfect opener. Predict a chosen symbol in a very clean manner."

This is a clever psi-force of a symbol with an out for when the force doesn't hit. The manual encourages the reader to "play along" and see if the force works on them and I am happy to say I fell for it hook, line and sinker.

This is nice, but I'm not sure it would work for me. It's like a DIY wallet card type idea, where the participant selects one symbol from 15 or 16 drawn on the card. If I did use it, I'd be tempted to ditch the out and simply give a reading on the selected symbol if the force missed, before moving on to something else.

But the thinking is solid, the force is clever and there are some nice verbal elements that help it along.

5 Tésera-emotions: "Double climax effect with 4 participants and 4 emotions."

This is an adaptation of a classic card plot, given a mental/emotional overhaul. The routine assumes some basic card-handling skills (fa**e sh****es and fo**es).

In the first phase of the routine, the performer is able to read the emotions that four participants have in mind. With some cold reading ability and a bit of chutzpah, this could become a very powerful experience for the participants with a lot of "peripheral" hits. The second climax (which I won't give away) might be a bit "magicy" for some performers, but for others it would play very strongly I expect.

6. Unconscious Drawing Duplication: "Get inside of your participant’s unconscious mind and duplicate his drawing."

This is a business card drawing dupe routine. The techniques and handling seem quite similar to Docc Hilford's "Boudoir Card Reading" approach. Pablo includes some clever psychological flourishes that mean, on some occasions, the performer may not even need to peek to duplicate the drawing.

I think every performer only needs so many peeks and switches before they reach saturation - but for those seeking a new technique for their arsenal, this may fit the bill.

7. Psychological Deck Vanish: "A thought-of card remains inside the card box. Meanwhile, the rest of the deck vanishes in the participant’s hands! He can feel the deck become lighter!"

This reminded me of Kenton Knepper's "Southwest Miracle" in some ways, although there is less dual reality involved. Like the "Pyrokenisis" routine that opened the book, this one relies heavily on verbal suggestion. This time a suggested script is given.

It's not an effect I would perform, so it is hard for me to give a critique. The outcome may be a bit "magicy" for some performers, but I can see it could be staggering for those who "blur the lines".

8. Caterpillar Peek: "Quickly get the thoughts from your participant with this billet technique."

This is a peek for square paper billets, allowing the performer to see roughly half the slip. It includes a link to a video explanation, which is great because these sorts of techniques are sometimes hard to follow in text descriptions.

The handling has some nice features, but I'm not sure I would use it. Again, I am not in the market for a new billet peek - but I am certain that others will find it a very useful approach.

So, in summary, the Amirism series is like a glimpse into Pablo's sketchbook - some items are just ideas, some are flourishes, convincers or finesses, some are utility techniques, while others are full-blown routines.

This third volume was a very enjoyable read. Not all the material suited me - but that is true of any compilation of this sort. However, I know for certain I will adapt and perform the prediction routine and the emotion-reading effect has given me a lot of food for thought, as has the clever psy-force of the symbol.

However, this is not a work I'd recommend to beginners. Some routines require knowledge of techniques not explained in the ebook and other sections describe ideas and finesses that do not stand alone but need an established routine to work effectively.

That said, I like the way Pablo thinks and expect that many readers will find useful and inspiring ideas and effects they can adapt from his work.
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How is this compared with Vol.1 and Vol.2?
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I don't have the second volume, but I do have Amirism 1 and I must say I prefer the content in volume 3. But, having just re-viewed Amirism 1, I see it has a deeper explanation of coin-bending technique, so perhaps it would make a nice companion piece to Amirism 3 for less experienced performers.
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Thanks for your review MatCult. Glad that you enjoyed some of the material, hope that the ideas on there can give you new thoughts Smile


Regarding the Amirism series, each eBook is independant, the only thing that share is my brain and heart Smile


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Hi all,

Here is my review of Amirism Vol.3 by Pablo Amira.
Note that I am reviewing this after reading it, I haven't had a chance to try out the effects yet.


1. Pyrokinesis: Your participant will feel and experience fire in his hands, and best of all, he will keep the proof! - I really like this one, this will work great on it's own or combined with other fire related effects. I have been watching Avatar: The last air bender lately ( I am still a child on the inside ) and been trying to come up with my own bending effects so this will be a great addition to my fire bending effects.

2. PKMB with coins: 2 simple ideas to add to your toolkit of metal bending. - I don't do metal bending so not a lot I can say on this one. I really liked a technique that allows the spec to keep a signed bent coin at the end.

3. Impromptu Prediction 3.0: A new strategy to predict any thought, anytime, anywhere. - Very good method to predict, well, anything. I will have to change it a bit to fit me but I will use this.

4. Symbolia: Perfect opener. Predict a chosen symbol in a very clean manner. - Very good opener that does what it says, you show a spec a card with symbols, he thinks of one and you had it predicted on the back of the card.Even though it's a great effect, I personally think the idea has potential for more. Will definitely play around with this one.

5 Tésera-emotions: Double climax effect with 4 participants and 4 emotions. - I would say this is my least favourite effect from this eBook. That's not to say I won't use it as it is extremely simple to perform and a good addition to my impromptu repertoire.

6. Unconscious Drawing Duplication: Get inside of your participant’s unconscious mind and duplicate his drawing. - If you already have methods for a DD this is just something to add to that in case you want to cancel out methods.

7. Psychological Deck Vanish: A thought-of card remains inside the card box. Meanwhile, the rest of the deck vanishes in the participant’s hands! He can feel the deck become lighter! - This is so good! I will need to change one thing to fit me and it will be good to go, I can't wait to see what reactions it gets!

8. Caterpillar Peek: Quickly get the thoughts from your participant with this billet technique. - A very good peek with sticky notes, I personally use my business cards so won't be using this but good to know in case you have nothing on you.

Overall I would give this a 8 out of 10.

Thank you for reading and thank you to Pablo for trusting me with a copy of this.

Sylar
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As I think I'm the last to post a review from the advanced review copies I will try to take a different approach to MatCult & Sylar, who have already added good reviews, and just flesh out a few more bits.

Overall I like the layout of the notes. For each effect, you get a feel for the what the effect actually is, what power you are purporting to demonstrate, what the memory of the effect is on the participant (what they would tell their friends), what equipment is required, a sample script and the detailed breakdown of the method. There is also an 'extra ideas' section that might prompt you to approach the effect in a different way, and a 'credits and inspiration' section closes each effect.

1. Pyrokinesis: Your participant will feel and experience fire in his hands and best of all, he will keep the probe!

An effect for the walk-around performer. It uses a standard approach that takes up little pocket space and resets each time. The twist here is the participant actually 'feeling' the heat and the moment something happens. As noted above this could have benefited from Pablo's performance script as opposed to 'insert patter here' but if you have an interest in this sort of approach it is very likely you will already have your own ideas. [Something like Anthony Jacquin's 'Reality is Plastic' or DVD series might fit the bill for anyone still looking]


2. PKMB with coins: 2 simple ideas to add to your toolkit of metal bending

Idea 1: If you are into your metal bending you might like this. It's a subtlety to delay the point of the bend in their hand. A coin is chosen from a bunch of loose change in the spec's hand and that coin is then found to be bent.

Idea 2: The 'indirect signature' idea is great. It has a Bruce Bernstein vibe where 2 phases are combined to cancel out possible methods. I could see this being combined with something like Ben Earle's 'Skin' routine nicely.


3. Impromptu Prediction 3.0: A new strategy to predict any thought, anytime, anywhere.

Pablo's approach to a close-up AAA prediction. No set-up required just a stack of business cards. Not much to add. To be perfectly honest it wasn't the easiest to follow what was happening, but after persevering it should be worth it.


4. Symbolia: Perfect opener. Predict a decided symbol in a very clean manner.

Happy to say that this got me too (You are encouraged to look at the photo and play along). I hadn't seen this used in this way and I defintitely think there is more scope here. It's easy enough to have it as an opener as they will never know that you missed. You are shown a number of symbols and the prediction can be very clean and in view from the start. It reminded me of Patrick Redford's 'Infinite End' but without the outs.

5 Tésera-emotions: Double climatic effect with 4 participants and 4 emotions.

This sort of thing can be divisive. It's a standard magic plot with the mentalism dressing. Reminded me of Blizzard with some more byplay. I think I prefer Greg Arce's effect where he divines the thought of emotion each time, but you might consider this to vary things up.

6. Unconscious Drawing Duplication: Get inside of your participant unconscious mind and duplicate his drawing.

There are quite a few DDs out there. I haven't seen the same clean-up used before. It perhaps would have been beneficial to explain the moves required as one isn't a particularly common card move [KM Move - used here with business cards], and if you aren't familiar with it then you might have to go and track it down in order to know what is going on.

7. Psychological Deck Vanish: A thought of card remains inside the card box, meanwhiles the rest of the deck vanishes on the participant hands! He can feel the deck become lighter!

I can see this having an effect similar to an omni-deck finish if done right.


8. Caterpillar Peek: Get the thoughts from your participant quickly with this billet technique.

Something for post-its and square billets that gives you a 50% glimpse. People who like this might check out Julian Moore's 'Post-Justify' (and vice versa).


Overall there are some nice bits and pieces here. During my first reading I had at least 2-3 'ahh that's nice' moments where a light bulb went off in my head. At the end of the first run through I was left with a comparison to Tom Stone's ebooks like 'Skerries' and 'Gravel'. There is a mix of material: some fully fleshed out and some just as a starting point for you to explore. I wasn't really familiar with Pablo's work before this, so I can't draw a comparison with his other works. But if you like the effects as described then I can't see how you would be disappointed with this.
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Thanks Daniel for your review and comments.


And glad that the verbal f0rce worked for you on the "symbolia" effect


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Just read this pdf and I find a lot of very useful routines and ideas. I.P. 3.0 is really good and the metal bending routines they have very nice touch in it.
I think that each one will find in this pdf a lot of very practical, direct and strong routines to add to their repertoire.
Very good job Pablo!
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