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I received my copy from the first batch of Aaron's new book today, so I thought I'd start a space here to discuss it. I'll post some thoughts within the next day or two as I work my way through the book.
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I'd love to read, what you can say about ppygmalion effects!
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I got my copy yesterday as well. I've just started reading but haven't been able to devote much time as of yet. I'm really looking forward to getting into it.

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My prediction?

Those who love and follow my work are also going to love, cherish and appreciate Aaron Alexander's epic "Pygmalion Effects" and for those who don't care for my work and approach - they too are going to love, cherish and appreciate Aaron Alexander's epic "Pygmalion Effects!"

Smile

I highly recommend and endorse this book. "Pygmalion Effects" is a worthy addition to any serious library.

It's pricey. The author isn't well known to most (with good reason). The material is stellar, as is the approach, thinking, depth of feeling, execution, timing, psychology, subtleties and nuances behind the material within "Pygmalion Effects."

Aaron Alexander's "Bridge", "Push" and "Psychic Surgery" have all become staple pieces and permanent additions to my own work and repertoire...and I can say with the utmost honesty and conviction that it only continues to grow and get better from this point on, folks.

We've got something (and someone!) exceedingly special here.

JF.
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Where can this be purchased?
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I was about to say that too. What is the password?
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I can't wait.
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Due to the recent arrival of Pygmalion Effects, I was forced to move a book from the top shelf of my bookcase to make a space, a shelf I reserve for the most cherished tomes I know that I repeatedly return to for inspiration: the Artful (and Art of) Mentalism books, Maximum Entertainment, The Book of the Demons, The Alchemical Tools, a printed copy of Invisible Readings, the Psychological Subtleties series, Pure Effect, Absolute Magic, Thought Dial, Thought Veil, Guerilla Q&A, Mind Reading, Mystery by Association, Building Blocks, and Conjurer's Psychological Secrets. I had some expectations for this book. However, I've been floored. Those expectations have been far exceeded. If I could start over in this journey, right now I'm thinking I'd whisper in my younger ear to start it with this book.

Aaron Alexander has a unique perspective and writing style. It seems as though he largely arrived to this point in his personal journey independent of the magic and mentalism communities. Reading this book makes you feel a little silly about our squabbles about the finite distinctions between magic and mentalism, and such things. Aaron's writing style is almost scholarly in a lot of ways, somewhat detached and objective like a textbook; some of the adjectives I've heard attached to Todd Landman's writings would seem to apply here as well. Although some of the end results of his perspective resemble Jerome's work, they're shared in a very different way, Jerome's writing is much more emotional, I guess, is how I'd describe the contrast. But along with the scholarly writing, every once in a while a little poetic flourish arrives out of nowhere that reminds me of something out of one of Enrique's books, or I come across a paragraph that feels like the little kid in Aaron couldn't be held down, and decided to come out to say hello. Above all, I'd say Aaron is devoid of ego. He's a bit remarkable in how comfortable he is with sharing that he doesn't find himself particularly remarkable, and how comfortable that leaves you feeling to give this material a whirl.

This is a book about taking little abnormalities in our human sensory experience that most of us overlook and how to bring them to attention in contexts that sculpt masterpieces out of merely being human, shining a light on these sensory aberations in a way that reawakens that childlike curiosity that most of us have allowed to be buried deep below the surface.

I was surprised by how well structured and how much is going into these routines. I'll be honest, I thought these routines would rely solely on suggestion based on the videos, in a manner similar to Luke Jermay's early work. However, there is a lot more in play to make you comfortable with the overall experience that you are sculpting in that you are relying on so many things in concert and not just having to take a leap of faith with a single principle like suggestion. Aaron's masterpiece, Push, for instance, has a lot going on. It reminds me of Docc's Ball and Tube in its structure, like a mother bird slowly edging its young out into a new world, its first phase starts with a solid foundation (i.e., physiological sensations ala body magic) and builds into phases relying more and more on suggestive principles in the second and third phases. Of course, Aaron would rather avoid using terms like suggestion, hypnosis, body magic, etc., in that they all bring limiting associations that he'd rather get away from and focus more broadly on taking advantage of naturally occuring sensory experiences.

The beginning of the second section has some parallels to Jodorowsky's work on sacred deceptions that both Enrique and Jerome have elaborated on to some extent in their work, and also brought to mind Taylor's Death and Resurrection Show. However, Aaron's perspective on shamanism, and our role as modern shamans is quite unique, and offers a perspective that is easy to slide into and embrace.

I'm still working my way through the book, but figured I'd start with a review of some of it. I'd planned to try to get a full review up quickly, but soon realized that this book requires careful attention and study to be fully appreciated. It is densely packed and not something you can breeze through without missing a lot. So far, I really like Push and the Skull as far as performance pieces go, but I like the perspective offered here and how it leads you to approach creating and thinking about what we do even more. I won't go into much detail about the effects because that would be too tainted with my own experience and what I'm looking for in performance pieces right now. However, I will tell you that they all have very solid foundations, have multiple methods supporting their foundations, and are taught in steps that are easy to follow. Those of you who are somewhat intrigued by what Jerome does, but have trouble taking the leap of faith to do it, will likely feel more comfortable guided by Aaron's perspective because of his step by step approach, his unremarkable remarkableness, and his textbook style teaching. This book is very generally applicable, though. And I would bet pretty much everyone in our field will find it an eye opening, game changing, experience, because it's not really tailored to just one out of the "real" Jermay, Finley, Montana, Scryer, or "traditional method" Cassidy, Hilford, Osterlind style camps. It takes a broad, unique perspective that celebrates being human.
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Thank you for the wonderful review! If only I knew the password to the purchase page..
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I got on a mailing list when he was selling his other work Bridge, and received an email from him when Pygmalion Effects was ready. Aaron's been reformatting his website. The password page wasn't there before, and so I don't know the password. I'm sure someone that knows will chime in or contact interested parties eventually. I know he only printed up 30 copies of this first printing, and he was emailing people to purchase them based on how early they got on the waiting list, so those who got on earlier had first crack at them. That's all I know, sorry.
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I have been out of town for a few days and having been burning to get to my mailbox. I have been awaiting this! Thank you for the review.

Sean
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Im about half way through the book and I love it.

Let me tell you how much so far. The other night I was able to PUSH my wife over onto our couch and drag her around with an invisible rope. (sounds abusive lol)

After reading just half the book I knew these effects would work on a lot of people, but I didn't expect them to work on my wife. She was impressed. I can't way tot study this more.
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Thank you very much for review.
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I wondered why there was such a huge spike in website traffic, and now I know. I hope this resolves some of the questions on this thread:

Pygmalion Effects is a one-of-a-kind book that has a small run of copies printed every month or two (there are only physical copies). If you want to get in on the next small run, you can contact me directly. There is a semi-public website with information for performers through the second link in my signature, and another with more details that is only available on request.

Everyone is wary of hype and of expensive, disposable books, so I'll stay quiet and let those with a copy speak to what this book really is. Before this thread, everyone found out about the project through personal word of mouth anyway. If you want to get a feel for the style of work yourself without taking the plunge on PE, I'd recommend checking out Bridge, or just watching the unfolding testimonials and the results from people who have put the methods of PE into practice.

You can reach me at aaron@ or info@ addresses on my website (so either one @pygmalioneffects.com). I'm happy to answer any questions.

-Aaron.
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Aaron is a very clever mind, I highly suggest you guys to check out his works, they will enhance your performances to the next level.
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I have finally performed Bridge a few times and can attest to its effectiveness. It is strange (and wonderful) to watch. It seems to me that Bridge could be a nice starting point for all of the material in PE.

I agree with all of the thoughts above. Aaron's brand of explicit physical mentalism will be used and discussed for years to come. His skilled writing and clarity are enviable. I cannot wait to give these a try. I am only 60 pages in, but I am impressed. Understated, unassuming and yet amazing.
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On Jul 2, 2014, Jerome Finley wrote:
My prediction?

Those who love and follow my work are also going to love, cherish and appreciate Aaron Alexander's epic "Pygmalion Effects" and for those who don't care for my work and approach - they too are going to love, cherish and appreciate Aaron Alexander's epic "Pygmalion Effects!"

Smile

I highly recommend and endorse this book. "Pygmalion Effects" is a worthy addition to any serious library.

It's pricey. The author isn't well known to most (with good reason). The material is stellar, as is the approach, thinking, depth of feeling, execution, timing, psychology, subtleties and nuances behind the material within "Pygmalion Effects."

Aaron Alexander's "Bridge", "Push" and "Psychic Surgery" have all become staple pieces and permanent additions to my own work and repertoire...and I can say with the utmost honesty and conviction that it only continues to grow and get better from this point on, folks.

We've got something (and someone!) exceedingly special here.

JF.


Folks . . . Aaron has kindly GIFTED us all with his works and I absolutely agree with Jerome, "we've got something (and someone!) exceedingly special here."
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After reading it, all I have to say is brilliant and thought provoking.
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