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It's all great thinking, but for me Verbalist is the crown jewel! I kind of agree about Vox, though I'm sure it can work just fine with the right person.

But Verbalist.... is amazing and will fool almost anyone!

(I'm including Verbalist 2.0 here, though I like the original better personally)
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I am glad so many people like Verbalist.
Fun Fact:
Verbalist was the very first "which hand" routine I ever came up with after watching Atlas Brookings' effect Imbalance that was in his Penguin Live Lecture. If you visit Penguin's site you can still see my review under Atlas' Lecture that I left a little more than 2 years ago saying how much I loved Imbalance and that his lecture inspired me to start working on my routines. A few days later I created Verbalist, and right after that, I created what is now known as Tequila Hustler, because I wanted a one person version as well. Fast forward a little more than a year later, someone told me that Mark Elsdon had recently come up with a similar idea and after I showed Mark my routine he informed me that he came up with the same method and was planning on releasing it. We agreed that he was going to publish this idea in his book and I was going to publish the rest of my ideas. Of course, I also had a Skype session with Atlas because I wanted his permission before I publish Verbalist but I ended up fooling him with it because he wasn't able to spot that I was using a similar technique to Imbalance. He really enjoyed that one. Smile
Overall, Atlas was a great help because he introduced me to Michael Murray who helped me publish the original "V". What is also funny about this story is that even though I decided not to include "Tequila Hustler" (that wasn't the name I had given it) in my book, I had no idea that this would possibly create mishaps for my book. Some magic shops were hesitant to pick up my book since they already had TH and did not want to stock 2 products that were so similar and I know that there were many people who thought "I already have TH, why should I bother picking up another book that has similar techniques?". Anyway, it all ended well for me and I couldn't be happier with the way this project was received by the community.
Sorry for making such a long post. I will stop here, just wanted to share some of my thoughts and some trivia behind my work with the rest of you.
Thank you all for supporting this project and for being so nice to me in my first publication. I am grateful to every single one of you.
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I must be a bit slow. A few posts are calling VOX 2.0 transparent, but I followed along with the video and had a lovely moment as I was fooled over a screen. I don't want to watch it again (and I have not read this yet). If this is the weakest, I am blown away.
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I agree Sean. I too had a lovely moment when taking part in the screen demo.

Well worth trying.
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On Jul 30, 2017, Waters. wrote:
I must be a bit slow. A few posts are calling VOX 2.0 transparent, but I followed along with the video and had a lovely moment as I was fooled over a screen. I don't want to watch it again (and I have not read this yet). If this is the weakest, I am blown away.


Big fan of Vox 2.0, it's my favorite from the book. It's really direct. The process fits the premise perfectly.
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I too was initially fooled by the trailer... and I loved it!! It was THAT moment that made the decision for me to purchase. But I see that the option for a physical copy is unavailable on MindFX... dang! Hope some good news is coming soon...

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In my opinion, all the routines in the book can be equally deceptive (maybe except Verbalist/2.0, maybe that one takes the cake in terms of deception). At the end of the day, I really believe it is a matter of preference. I am glad that everyone has found a routine that they enjoy performing. That was the point of it all and that's why they all made it in the book. So if you are saying that one routine really works for you but others prefer a different one, that's completely normal, no one is wrong about anything. Just different people with different tastes, that's all. Smile
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@Seth
I hadn't realized that the printed copies ran out on MindFx again until you mentioned it. I know that Michael has already made an order for more because Alakazam also sold out so I am assuming that he ordered his copies as well and more will be available in the next couple of days on MindFx.
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Thanks Manos for sharing more of the history behind V. I find it very interesting. I also like hearing about the inspiration for the effect. This has encouraged me to pickup Atlas' lecture to see what he has to share. It is always great to hear what inspires creators like yourself. If I hadn't picked up RPL by Jay, I would not have spoken to him and discovered your work. It is great to share in this way.
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Atlas's lecture is also great.As a matter of fact.
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I saw the video twice and I was fooled. It was amazing. There are certain effects that look transparent once you know the secret. Well, those who figured it out immediately will probably not feel comfortable performing it, but people like me will always remember how it felt when we first saw it, and I think this feeling will encourage us to perform. I haven't bought the book and yet I am writing all this. After I buy the book, this post will remind me how great this effect is. Well Done Manos!
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Yia Sou Mark! Do you make up the "prop" used in Velvet ? The brand I used are no longer available because the rights were sold to Meir Yedid. I spoke with Meir and he said he doesn't have anyone with time to make them. I just ordered Mark Chandaue's book (your manuscript led me to it.) Does he teach how to make his version, or are they commercially available?
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Yia sou John. I order my envelopes to Barry Fazackerley (you can find him on Facebook) or his online magic shop www.blackcatmagic.co.uk
If you want to make them yourself, everything you need is in Harpacrown including pictures with the exact dimensions and instructions. You will also get much more from this book than just the envelope design.The book shows you exactly how to cut the envelope and how to fold it step by step to put it together. The instructions are not difficult at all, but I am so clumsy when doing arts and crafts that I always end up gluing my fingers to my eyebrows or something ridiculous like that. Barry, on the other hand, makes the envelopes look perfect and can also print something on them. Mine have a question mark on them. Not only do I like that design but it also helps me keep track of the orientation when I perform. Smile
Regarding the printed copies of V2 that were mentioned in another post, we ran out faster than expected almost everywhere and I was informed that new copies will be available again next week. Keep an open eye for that because they tend to sell out quite fast. Smile
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Even I get my Chandaulopes from Barry at Black Cat, he makes them so well.

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Even I get my Chandaulopes from Barry at Black Cat, he makes them so well.

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Verbalist is so good that it makes prevaricator obsolete imo. But I'm actually glad that TH was released separately... otherwise, I'm not sure I would've came up with my own ideas. I use the method to negate the method, then it's all about presentation.
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Just received the printed publication from Michael Murray. So much nicer to have a book to hold and study, and well produced too. Something now to study and enjoy.

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This is such a wonderful evolution of the 'which hand' premise. Manos has succeeded in providing very simple and unencumbered instructions for the spectator involved, whilst burying the method and removing the ability to backtrack. I will be using this. I couldn't recommend highly enough.
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If you are into which hand routines, then this really is a no brainer.

The routines are direct and easy to learn, perform and understand. Routines for 1 person or multiple. Routines without even asking a question.

I personally love Verbalist, for the chance it gives for them to just THINK of the answer, which you reveal. Very powerful. Also, the routine on the Penguin video is exactly as written, so what you see is what you get. All of that, plus the extra bonus routine.

The only negative (this is very subjective, a personal opinion, which I know I will get flamed for by those who don't understand my point) is that the Penguin video misrepresents what the book looks like. That in no way takes away from the routines, and the book itself is nicely produced. But many of those who prefer books know that there is something hard to describe about the physical aspect of the book. To almost as if the book itself is a pleasure. Unfortunately the video suggests a hard bound book that is much bigger than the actual book. Its a very personal disappointment and I blame Penguin for it. Why not just show the actual book rather than misrepresenting it, it's a nicely produced soft back edition that should stand on its own merit.

However, it is not something that should affect anyone's decision whether or not to purchase it. The price point is spot on, and the routines are suitable for the hobbyist as well as the working pro. It can be done as mentalist, or magic, or mental magic, or reading body language etc etc etc.

Well written, well presented, and a very worthwhile addition to the collection of which hand effects.

Nice one Manos, well done.
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I love the fact that someone is putting out an actual book. I think it's noble that Manos did the video demonstration even though the very fact that it's a video leads you down the garden path. But very clever and I could see it working for the right audience (I imagine a child or slightly intoxicated adult could easily mess up the somewhat linguistically tricky instruction). But I'm looking forward to this.
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