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RedDevil
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Looch, will you notify us with tracking when our package is sent?
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Chris H
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On Jul 22, 2015, RedDevil wrote:
Looch, will you notify us with tracking when our package is sent?


FYI - I received my copy twenty minutes ago, but had no idea it was on its way. Based on my experience, I don't believe that you will be provided with a tracking number.

Chris
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All copies are tracked and I have those numbers.
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Hi Looch,
maybe I'll order it before the 27th, but in that case I will need the tracking number because the Italian postal service is so bad and I'll need to follow it from source to the destination.......even because during the summer holiday....everything can happen with the post.
So will you be able to give me the tracking ?

Thanks
Stephen Young
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Got mine today.
Will begin reading it in about 30 minutes.

:)
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The F**c off effect (vol 1) is genius. Lots of clever ploys mixed together for some pure mind reading.

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A quality production inside and out. I'm only a little way into volume one, and the real die routine will be going straight into my mix and mingle set.
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I'm just over 150 pages in and thoroughly enjoying the book.

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On Jul 13, 2015, MagicAtlas wrote:
I guess my point was that limited editions aren't always printed to keep things away from people who are just curious, or as sales tactics, but there is an actual moment when a printer asks you how many copies you'll need and you have to make a guess at the figure as retooling and reprinting are also typically expensive enough to not be viable options. You want to get the order just right and that's difficult. If there is a perceived gap in supply and demand, it is because a creator will have erred on the side of caution when it comes to printing the run of books.


Atlas, I appreciated your explanation given above. Thank you for that. Can you shed some light on why an author would limit himself not only to a set number of copies for the first run but also for the rest of all time ("NO reprints or subsequent editions")? I'm struggling to understand the motivation for that. If the first run sells out, and there's enough demand for a re-print, go for it and have more copies printed. That's what Hector Chadwick does from time to time. Max Maven reprinted the Color Series decades after the initial runs.

The first run will sell out, and those copies will eventually find their way to ebay and the "for sale" forum here at the Café. It's not like 400 copies limits the number of readers to 400 people. Why shouldn't the author benefit monetarily from those future sales?
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On Jul 22, 2015, RedDevil wrote:
Looch, will you notify us with tracking when our package is sent?


Quick update on this. There is a method in the books for divining your tracking number. 😉
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Expensive, but worth it. I paid for my copy and have no connection with anyone involved in the project. On a per effect/per item basis it's good value.

The physical books are beautifully produced with a Taschen/MM style externally and a "leaked documents" style for the text. Great design work by Sushi (Phil Smith).

There is some really strong, flexible material, presented simply and low key, but not limited to that type of presentation. Most elements are not limited to a particular effect, so you can adopt a construction kit approach using the Looch components.

No one will like/use all the material, some features/techniques are well established (but usually with novel application), some use commercially available effects and there's even some DIY!

Yes, some effects have embarrassingly mundane explanations, given the benefit of hindsight, but if you want fairy dust, look elsewhere.

However, the number and range of the effects ensures that there is enough to suit everyone, assuming their sanity and discretion.

The background information relating to development, presentation and business aspects is extensive and useful.
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On Jul 13, 2015, MagicAtlas wrote:
I guess my point was that limited editions aren't always printed to keep things away from people who are just curious, or as sales tactics, but there is an actual moment when a printer asks you how many copies you'll need and you have to make a guess at the figure as retooling and reprinting are also typically expensive enough to not be viable options. You want to get the order just right and that's difficult. If there is a perceived gap in supply and demand, it is because a creator will have erred on the side of caution when it comes to printing the run of books.


Atlas, I appreciated your explanation given above. Thank you for that. Can you shed some light on why an author would limit himself not only to a set number of copies for the first run but also for the rest of all time ("NO reprints or subsequent editions")? I'm struggling to understand the motivation for that. If the first run sells out, and there's enough demand for a re-print, go for it and have more copies printed.

it's easy. Is Looch be able to ask 400$ if it has not a limited nujmber of copies ? NO

It's an old trick, but limiting the number of copies, you can easily ask 4-5 times the price. So if you have limited the number of copies to for example 500... it will be like selling 2000-2500 copies at regular price!
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it's easy. Is Looch be able to ask 400$ if it has not a limited nujmber of copies ? NO

It's an old trick, but limiting the number of copies, you can easily ask 4-5 times the price. So if you have limited the number of copies to for example 500... it will be like selling 2000-2500 copies at regular price!


I don't suspect for a moment that Looch's primary motivation with this release is financial gain.
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On Jul 13, 2015, MagicAtlas wrote:
I guess my point was that limited editions aren't always printed to keep things away from people who are just curious, or as sales tactics, but there is an actual moment when a printer asks you how many copies you'll need and you have to make a guess at the figure as retooling and reprinting are also typically expensive enough to not be viable options. You want to get the order just right and that's difficult. If there is a perceived gap in supply and demand, it is because a creator will have erred on the side of caution when it comes to printing the run of books.


Atlas, I appreciated your explanation given above. Thank you for that. Can you shed some light on why an author would limit himself not only to a set number of copies for the first run but also for the rest of all time ("NO reprints or subsequent editions")? I'm struggling to understand the motivation for that. If the first run sells out, and there's enough demand for a re-print, go for it and have more copies printed.


This was the Black Project arriving. It filled an entire garage. I think frequently, mundane logistical considerations factor into these types of decisions.

Best,

Atlas

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Hello, I'm getting a lot of PM's & emails from people wanting to know if their copy of TBP has been shipped yet. Please be aware I am currently around 3/4 of the way through the orders and am posting currently Mon, Fri & Sat. I expect all remaining orders (ordered up until last night) to be sent by Mon 27th July.

Thank you
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The post office must love you!

I guess it's nice to see so many people eager to receive the books!
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Very happy for Looch to see that the book is being sold like that.

Hopefully will have mine copy as well!
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The post office must love you!

I guess it's nice to see so many people eager to receive the books!



Yes! I think I'm keeping them in business 😄
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Hi guys, I'm not sure this is in the correct place, but please feel free to move it accordingly!

First off, before I give my unbiased and honest review of Looch’s Black project, I must point out 2 things!
i have been a member of the Café since 2008, visiting every day but very rarely commenting, just an inpartial observer.
I have no connection or even know Looch. I am like most people, I know of Looch and his work but I have never met him, spoke to him or have any connection what so ever to the Black Project!



I decided to write this review as I feel this is worthy of my time. I have over the years listened to other Café users opinions and views on products and effects and have gone and either purchased the effect or stayed well clear! So I thought I should repay the favour, and let the people who are unsure or sitting on the fence over this hear my opinion! And just to be clear, I have been a working professional for the best part of 10 years.


Ill start from the very beginning. From the very outset, all I ever received from Looch was extreme professionalism.

I received my copy of the Black Project a lot earlier than anticipated, so I was very pleased to say the least. I wanted to to take everything in about this book, so I waited until the kids were in bed before finally opening the packaging!

All I can say is WOW! From the very moment you open up the package to reveal whats inside, you know you’ve made the right decision in purchasing this! The 2 books and the folder just ooze class and screams professionalism at you! Just to look at it is a thing of beauty, and that is even before you delve into the vastness of information that is waiting for you!


To be honest, I felt like a child at Christmas! I was nervous about opening and reading loochs thoughts and ideas.

The content of these books is phenomenal, and above all else, honest!

The books are packed with hard hitting, road tested and proven performances. Looch doesn’t just describe the basic effect, method, and presentation like most effects or books. He provides you with several effects, methods, presentations and constant outs for the one effect!
For anybody out there who has ever worked a professional booking or even for your family and friends down the pub, then at some time you will have eventually run into the problem that the spectator never really does or reacts to what you were hoping for.
You’ve performed the effect a thousand times and everytime is a different reaction
You’ve done everything you’re supposed to do, learned the effect till you know it backwards and inside out, but the spectator doesn’t and this often throws a spanner in the works.

looch covers this in incredible detail with so many versions or variations of the same effect to still get that killer finish, as he knows through experience that no two bookings are the same, no two people are the same and everyone will react differently.

Probably my favourite aspect of this incredible project, is Loochs personal stories of trials and tribulations over come, and incredibly funny and amusing stories of events that has happened to him over the years whilst performing!
I love this as I can relate to Looch, and dare I say everyone of you who has worked professionally in magic or mentalism.
It just made me realise and appreciate that it doesn’t only happen to me, but to the very best of us also, thus reassuring myself.

It is beautifully written, no fancy mumbo jumbo or jargon. it is ironically, simple and direct! The best way I could describe the way in which the information is given to you is, imagine you’re down the local pub sat in a quiet corner with looch enjoying a pint and he just simply and honestly divulges all his workings, thoughts, ideas, methods etc to you.
looch also goes into detail not just about the performance side of the art, but also about the business side of things,Looch effectively talks you step by step from the first initial contact off a potential client right through to when you are saying goodbye to them at the end of their event!

I have read many times that people think the cost is expensive, this obviously is a very personal opinion, with each opinion varying and differing to the individuals position. My opinion is, Looch could have easily sold this for double the price of what it is! What you are investing in is a decade of a top class pros working repertoire! Skilfully carved out for over 10 years, learning from his mistakes, developing skills and routines which as I’ve stated before are solid and are real workers! you are not simply buying the latest gimmick or effect, you are investing in your own future as a performer! looch has done the hard work for you, discovered the nuances, discovered the pit falls and given you the license to get out there and blow people away time and time again!

The price is actually cheaper than what any working pro would charge a client,so to me this is a no brainer! Ill be honest and say I’m glad it is this price, I would have easily paid double for the contents of this book, as I do not want any Tom dick or Harry obtaining this information and squandering it or not doing it the justice it deserves! The information that lives in these books are quite literally priceless, if you know how to utilise them!


I can honestly say this Black Project is amazing, if you are interested or toying with the idea, I recommend you get it now before the copies are all gone and you find this on eBay for over a £1000. This is quite simply going to be a legendary classic, the holy grail of mentalism if you wish!

These are just my thoughts and opinions guys, I am not here to preach or tell you what you must think or do.
As I stated from the very start I have no connection Looch, but I am an advocate of the Black Project.
I wish Looch all the very best in this project, and to thank him for it, as I know this has all ready made a difference to myself personally.
For those of you who have the Black project I applaud you for your wisdom and beg you to keep the information you have obtained a very guarded close secret, very much in the way Looch has done for the entirety of his career.

Cheers
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So Craig, you're able to make a review of this monster book (600 pages) in less than a week of receiving it ?
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