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Jacob Smith
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Hello again all,

If you're into simple and direct methods, strange plots and bold methodology (well it's not THAT bold per say) then stick with me here, grab your juice boxes then sit Indian style in a nice little semicircle because it's story time...

Still settling into a new home and trying to find time to pull myself away from the multitude of hands massaging my clay form day to day. A few months ago a very kind young gent came to me, Dustin Dean, with a collection of works he was looking for feedback on and as always I kindly obliged to take a look then give some constructive feedback. Long story short, I ended up being handed over some very clever thinking that I think has a lot of appeal to a mentalist with a bold mindset and simple direct methods in mind.

So what's inside?

Inside this lovely little book are nine effects from the mind of Dustin Dean ranging from visual mind control effects (Puppet Master & Influenza) to a really really clever collection of small subtleties (UP-Force & Stop Watch Subtlety). This a really nice collection of effects by a very ambitious bright mind that has worked through these ideas enough to ensure they work as well as create the proper "outs" when needed. I think in today's scene there is a sea of half baked and, as my good friend Ken puts it, mentalism fiction. The most bold effect in here that most will probably criticize is the Puppet Master effect, but being a proficient hypnotist myself...I think it's extremely clever.

Dustin is opening preorder sales right this very moment and the full release will be July 15th. Here's the best part, if you preorder, you can get this for ten dollars off ($30-$10=$20) and you can pick any one of his other works absolutely free, which I believe is one hell of a deal. So if you're appetite has been intrigued and you're looking for the opportunity to indulge in the bold phenomental (hahahaha) mentalism of Dustin Dean then you can cross our friend Dustin's palms with silver via Paypal at incredibledd2@yahoo.com today!

Here are some of the other works you can choose from:

In-To-It
http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/5565

Invisibend
http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/5031

HandWhich
http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/5147

Dual Fiction
http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/5464

"The Magician" That Became "The Mentalist"
http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/5329

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-Jakob

P.S. My favorites by far are Influenza and WatchStop Principle. Influenza is frigg'n great and really made me smack myself in the head because it's so insanely boldly clever. Now for those who are lucky enough to be adopters, the classic psychic stop works really well with the Watch Stop Principle IF (and only IF) you have a great accuracy with it...it enables you do do it with two or more people at once...
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I've had chance to skim this work so far and I really like what I've read. I'm performing and recording all weekend but really looking forward to sitting down an reading these ideas. Dustin has some great routines here. I will post back with further thoughts soon.

All the best for now,

Joel.
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Can either of you gents describe an effect or two? Or post a link so we can see for ourselves?
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Thank you so much for the kind words Joel and Jakob! I'm so glad you guys liked it.

There's actually 8 routines not 9. Smile

Here you go, the ad copy:

Phenomental!

A mixture of clever principles and bold, high-impact routines for the serious mentalist!

Phenomental! contains some of my most powerful work to date. Inspired by the likes of Peter Turner, Michael Murray, Luke Jermay, Fraser Parker, and many more.. Inside you'll find bold principles combined with classic approaches for a very modern feel.

Want to perform impossible mind miracles with no props? This book has it. Want to perform an emotional mind reading demonstration with a sure-fire approach? This book has it. Want to learn how to use suggestion and bold methods to achieve the impossible? Then this is the book for you!

Influenza: Influence a participant to think of anything you want with this sure-fire method! That's right.. Anything!

The "WatchStop" Principle: A clever, brand new principle that allows you to cause a moment of synchronicity for two participants.. Can be totally propless!

Vaporize: A routine that creates an amazing experience for a participant. Cause someone to feel a deck of cards (or photos, index cards, business cards etc) to slowly dissolve in their hands.. Leaving only their thought of card!

The Mind-Meld Principle: An amazing principle that can be used to enhance many routines. Create an initial connection between two participants' minds and demonstrate how this newly created bond can cause the impossible to occur!

Master of Puppets: A completely propless and gimmickless routine.. A PK touches style effect that causes your participant to be under your complete control in the most impossible way!

The Muse: An incredibly well structured routine that causes a very emotional moment for your participant. Make your mind-reading meaningful with this powerful effect!

Out of Uranus: My take on the classic "OOTW" routine. Easy and completely impromptu!

The UP-Force: Pick up on a very specific memory from your participant, then divine the exact object they are thinking of from that memory (even it's color)! Oh yeah.. And did I mention it's completely prop-less?? (Special thanks to Mr. Cassidy for making this what it is today!)
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I've had the chance to read through this book and I must say that it truly is brilliant!

Dustin is a super clever guy and the ideas in here are just Phenomenal! (pun intended).

Writing style is clear, instructions are precise, routines and principles are brilliant. No particular standouts for me as all the routines are brilliant, but if I had to mention 2-3 that stand out in my mind they'd probably have to be Vaporize (more of a magical effect in my opinion but an incredibly strong one at that!). Super bold, super clever and just all around genius. This will take guts but it's really interesting!

The "watchstop" principle is brilliant and something I've already started utilising in the finale of my parlour act. It's similar to something you'd find in psychological Subtleties (think Banachek's Brain Game style method) in that it's not completely 100 % and not a standalone effect (although a few effects using the method are explained) but a subtlety/moment that you can include in almost any routine. It's genius!

UP Force is VERY clever as well and I could see this being used in conjunction of the style of Bob Cassidy's views on the first effect you should perform on stage.

Everything is truly brilliant, I absolutely mean it. This is a very worthy investment and I urge you to pick this up, you'll definitely use more than one idea in here forever (and for this deal, it's incredible!)
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Thanks for the review Sasha! Very pleased to hear your thoughts!

Thanks also to all those who have already pre-ordered. Just want to remind those that do to name the free ebook they'd like in the paypal message. Smile

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I've finished my weekend of performing and looking forward to putting this on my iPad. Really looking forward to having a good read.
Kind regards,

Joel
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On Jul 5, 2015, JoelDickinson wrote:
I've finished my weekend of performing and looking forward to putting this on my iPad. Really looking forward to having a good read.
Kind regards,

Joel

Excited to hear what you think Joel!

P.S. I've noticed a small mistake in the original post.. "Invisibend" is not part of the pre-order deal as I don't have the video files any longer. It's only through Penguin. Sorry for the confusion!

Thanks for the support everyone! Smile

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I've had the pleasure to take a look at this work, and I liked it.
About 60 pages long and full of good ideas. I especially liked the routine Influenza which I think it's really great; the UP-Force is really good, too!

Nobody asked me to write this, I really mean every word I write.

And come on, $20 Dollars? this is a bargain :p
I shall see you on the other side.
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Thanks Ever! Really appreciate it!
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Hey guys!

Just three more days until Phenomental! is officially released and the pre-order deal will be over.. Don't miss out on this great deal!

I thought you may like to see a live performance of my favorite routine within the ebook.. So I had my effect "Influenza" filmed at a nice drive-in show I had last night. Performed completely surrounded with no issues.. Enjoy this little sneak peek! Smile

Influenza Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwvscRAkpwY

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Good offer and looks like good material for a reasonable price. Purchased Smile
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Hey guys!

I've been following this project since his begin, a lot of things has changed, but the final version is just brilliant.

This is my type of work, and I really love it what's inside.

You get a lot for what you paid! There's some effects you will use for sure!

Brilliant Dustin, so proud Smile


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Heka: Thanks for your interest and support! Your freebie has been sent! Enjoy. Smile

Ceierry: Thank you so much Olivier, your support and kindness is invaluable to me.

On another note, I made a little website where you can now purchase or pre-order Phenmomental! through paypal using whichever option you desire. Here is a link to order Phenomental! (make sure to hit the pre-order option for the deal!).

Website: http://doubledmentalism.blogspot.com
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P.S. I forgot to mention to include which ebook you'd like to recieve for free in the instructions to the seller on paypal even when paying through the site I set up. That'd help out! Thanks. Smile
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Alright guys the wait is finally over...

I'm proud to announce that Phenomental! is officially released! All pre-order copies have been sent out!

Purchase here: http://doubledmentalism.blogspot.com

I also got this very nice quote from Andreu today - "Dustin Dean's Phenomental has very interesting concepts which I'm sure performers will enjoy.

Influenza, UpForce and WatchStop are easily worth the admission price - they surely got my mind in a creative state once more!"

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. Someone, and I confess I am blanking on who, (some mentalist I am) mentioned Dustin's earlier eBooks to me in passing. I figured I'd take to google and have a look at his wares! Seemed interesting enough, so I paid a few dollars for an instant download, ("The Magician" That Became "The Mentalist") read it over and was intrigued. Some killer stuff. Some not for me. But all VERY well thought out, accessible, passionately written by a guy who clearly loves his art too much to sell it cheap. (I mean that metaphorically, his prices are quite low)

When his name popped up again on a pal's FB page with his new offering:"Phenomental" I bought it sight unseen. Glad I did. It's nothing but great top to bottom.

I even used one effect on a couple of friends and their kids LITERALLY 45 minutes after reading it...totally impromptu (after rummaging through their drawers that is) I even got my dog involved.

Do yourself a favor and send this man 30 bucks post haste. Well worth it. If you are anything like me (and I wouldn't wish that on anyone) you've paid much more, for much less, many times.

You've also regretted it MANY times. This will not be one of them.

Get it.
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Dustin Dean already has several successful releases to his credit - HandWhich being one. With Phenomental he has drawn on his extensive knowledge of mentalism and served up some real delights. It contains a good mix of material and with something to cater for all tastes and many situations. The material is practical and solid and with script and presentational ideas to help. Also Dustin should be complimented in the depth of his descriptions with some of the moves helpfully covered by photographs.

When compared to some other ebooks which only detail one effect (and which may not even be of use) with Phenomental you get a choice of many. Also included are suggested variations, including one with business or index cards taking the place of playing cards.

For me, my favourite is The Muse, a close up routine using blank cards. It is an effect and concept I intend to explore and develop. However, with such a good and varied selection, Phenomental is superb value and with effects that I - and am sure many others - can put to good use. I also particularly like the way many of the effects and their themes will connect and resonate with your audience, so making them all the more powerful.

Very highly recommended.

Neil
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Thank you so much both Neil and Eric for your honest thoughts. I'm extremely happy that this is being well recieved!

It's also really nice to see everyone having different favorite routines from the book. The routines all have varying styles and presentations. Smile

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Got a nice quote from Peter Turner the other day.. He ended up providing some extra ideas that I included in the Up-Force!

Peter Turner - "Just finished reading Phenomental.. Love the Up-Force!"
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