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brehaut
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On Jan 19, 2015, Dr. JK wrote:
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On Jan 19, 2015, brehaut wrote:
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On Jan 19, 2015, mastermindreader wrote:
It's a powerful technique. I use it often and it gets great reactions.


enough said


I'm as big a fan of Bob's work as anyone (well, not true; there are some *real* fanboys on here), but please, exercise the right to think for yourself....

Thank you to Mr. Cassidy for answering the question.

I don't have TT, so I can't say what the reactions are like, but I'm intrigued with the question given all the people who have it seem to say, "It's brilliant, I need to put the work into getting ready to perform it." I'd love to hear more from those who heaped praise on the concept to see if it works as well for them in practice as Bob has indicated it has for him.


Let me explain my thinking because of course everyone can think for themselves. People are asking about this effect. Mr. Cassidy told us much in his consise statment. First, who makes a recommendation is often more important than what they say. Mr. Cassidy does not go around making recommendations left and right. When he does, I take it very seriously. It means more for me to hear him recoommend something than 10 others who I don't know. Giving him more weight is my way of thinking independtly. Secondly,he said it is "powerful". Mr. Cassidy has seen just about every technique in mentalism. It tells me a lot that knowing all the different methods out there that he classified this one as "powerful". Further, he said he uses it often. Again, having Mr. Cassidy who knows thousands of effects, say that he chooses to perform this one often is a huge green light for me. Finally, and most importantly, he says it gets great reactions. That is why we perform---to entertain.

You are asking for people's thoughts--I am not accusing you of not acting independtly. I am just pointing out that Mr. Cassidy's post gave a wealth of information.
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On Oct 5, 2014, Mind Guerrilla wrote:
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On Oct 3, 2014, Mind Guerrilla wrote:
I'm ready to be Train Tracked! Smile

I'm intrigued by this effect but know very little about it. Any of you who have purchased the book and want to demonstrate it, PM me so we can set up a Skype session or something. Thanks!


Anybody?


Since October I've been asking for someone to demo this to me. I posted here and in "Penny." Not one taker.

Enough said?
IAIN
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Maybe they just don't like you?
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I wonder how this works.... As a Café member who has perhaps performed for well over 100 other members, I wonder why no one will perform something so fantastic and magical for MG??????
Certainly it is fun and rewarding to perform?
Looks like hundreds have purchased the book?
None are confident to perform it?
I'm making no accusations, but these are questions in my mind.
THE MAN THE SKEPTICS REFUSE TO TEST FOR ONE MILLION DOLLARS.. The Worlds Foremost Authority on Houdini's Life after Death.....
IAIN
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I've seen atlas perform it, I guess everyone goes at their own speed - and bob cassidy has said he's been using it in his own way too... maybe others don't want to perform it for people on here in case they mess up and accidentally reveal part of the method? dunno...

maybe they just don't want to?! I mean, there's lots of threads on here about not being a performing monkey..perhaps its that...who knows!
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Again, I use this all the time. Saying it isn't being use just isn't true.

Truth is, I have no desire to ever perform this for any magicians or mentalist because it is so special. CAN I perform it for Slim or MG? Yes! Absolutely! WILL I? Not any time soon.

However I'm sure many people who bought it still haven't learned it or don't feel comfortable performing it. It isn't easy.
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I've never heard of such a thing. It's just uber weird. People put out a lot of cash and you'd think they'd be excited to take advantage of some stellar magic.
I can understand if the investment was $20 and no one decided that they wanted to invest the time and energy to perform it ... But wasn't this a rather larger investment?
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The thing is, Slim, it takes quite a bit of time and energy to master. It isn't something that performers who aren't excellent at thinking on their feet and improvising are going to have an easy time with.

Sooner or later I'm sure you'll see it done, but you probably won't realize it because it is really just a way of revealing a series of thoughts that went through a participant's mind as she concentrated on a word merely thought of. You are just as likely to see it in a book test presentation as in a billet routine or Q&A act.

It's more of a technique than a specific effect. In other words, you could watch a half a dozen skilled performers use this and you'd see half a dozen different routines.
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On Jan 21, 2015, Magic.Maddy wrote:
Truth is, I have no desire to ever perform this for any magicians or mentalist because it is so special. CAN I perform it for Slim or MG? Yes! Absolutely! WILL I? Not any time soon.


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When the whole Train Tracking...umm...train...started rolling, I confess that I pretty much ignored it. I watched the page counts on discussions about it reach the 25+ mark and still ignored it. I had a foggy idea that this was a new system that the "propless" guys were all excited about. Since I have a personal policy of only purchasing something once I know roughly what it is and since no one was talking, I continued ignoring it.

Then Atlas, who was already a friend of mine, contacted me and -- offered to help our grandchildren out by sending me the remaining 30 copies of TT which we could sell and put the money into their fund. I was deeply touched by this. And when the box of the last 30 Train Tracking books on the planet arrived before Christmas, I was curious enough to buy one of them (something very easy to do since I knew where the money was going) for the price we'd decided upon of $395. (This isn't a commercial, by the way. Atlas still checks out each potential buyer himself before telling us who they are and approving them for a book purchase.)

There was an immediate frenzy of buying...and we are currently left with six.

This is not the purpose of my post, though. What IS the purpose is to explain that I took my copy to South America with me and read it from cover to cover. Three times.

My initial reaction was that it was a beast of an effect: something that would have to be studied and worked with for a very long time before it would be stageworthy. Can I be completely honest? Initially I thought it was a great pile of work to learn...and that the risk of looking clunky in execution was very high unless I completely understood what it was about...and where I was going with it.

The second time I read through the book, I began to see how many different ways the system could be applied. It's much more than an effect...it's a series of ideas that can be built into many of the things I'm already doing. I also realized that IF I was to learn it by OBJECTIVE, the whole process would become much easier to learn. And I was right. Once you grasp the system...the thinking BEHIND the system...it's quite exciting and offers much more "under the hood" than initially meets the eye.

The third time I read this book, I went away with a very clear focus...a vast number of ways the ideas could be used. I played around with it in my own mind...and play tested it with some of the people I met on the road. I see clear seeds of utter greatness in Train Tracking.

Properly performed, I can't imagine the audience seeing anything except real mind reading happening before them. And when you consider it, this really IS as close to mind reading as it's possible to get.

Having said all this, I must say that it's not a concept that works out of the box. You won't get this puppy in the afternoon and be performing it that night (the mind boggles...) because you have to soak it in...really understand it FIRST...then you're going to have to work with it. But in the end, performers who master the system will be able to do something utterly amazing...utterly confounding...utterly remarkable.

This is a well crafted book, well written -- but more than that, there's the presentation of an idea that explodes with ideas and possibilities like a supernova.

Thanks, Atlas. You rock. I owe you a beer. And a half.

David
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I would have to agree with what many have said about this offering. This is one of the VERY few times where I believe all of the hype behind this product seems to valid. I just got this and am just begin my travels on the track, but this can potentially be awesome.

Well done Atlas.
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How many of us are thinking of the number six? Smile

Great post, David. Thank you.
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I take it all copies have been sold already?
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