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The book is one principle and a multitude of effects. When you grasp the first part, of course you will read about tons of other effects that you can do with this.
It's not rocket science, it's like learning a centre tear and then twenty effects that people use it for. What you are getting are multiple explorations of being able to divine any word, any name (within your knowledge capacity)versions of Cluedo, hangman, spirit animals.

If you think there are too many ideas just stop reading after you grasp the first one.

I know what the review says on the latest & greatest - expensive for a magic book? Maybe. Expensive for a tool that will allow you to divine any name in your capacity, spirit animal, cluedo, free choice word, propless or with props, Any Time Anywhere and Impromptu? No. This is a freaking bargain.

Anyhow, if that doesn't work for you, just keep doing what you have always done.
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I received this last week, and I'd like to write a short review. Usually I don't feel that I have much to add to these conversations, but in this case, I think further reviews are still needed. I ordered this manuscript based on the reviews on the two Café threads. I got a small discount from Lulu on the black Friday sale.

Am I happy with the purchase/Did I get my money's worth? Absolutely, yes. And I am encouraging others to buy this, because I would like to see how these ideas can further develop. I immediately saw many additional possibilities.

I have followed most of the billetless name/word guess releases. I can't keep up with the Parker/Tayler releases (still haven't read Rose, False Messiah, Synch, or Second Coming) but I've read all the others that I'm aware of, including Atlas' TT.

For me, of the ones I've read, this is the one. I haven't done this yet, so I can't fully vouch for the effectiveness. But, I'm no dummy, and I have a very good sense of what will work in the real world or not. I haven't done this yet, because I want to make a few modifications for my purposes, and commit it to memory first. I think the propless, memory based versions of this effect have the strongest potential, although some of the prop versions seem very good, too.

I've shared my ideas with Seamus, already, by PM. I'd love to be a part of a Facebook group for this one! One of my ideas would require a little extra work, but would make this 100% bulletproof for any word or name. With the current system there is a small chance that you can't get the name. But, in that case, you wouldn't guess "wrong" because you'll know definitively that you are unable to get the name. I propose shifting to a second Calibration in that case, which would bring this to 100%. My second idea would involve combining this process with RedDevil's Invisible Gemini which, at least in my imagination, would be about the cleanest work next to muscle reading.

The memory work here is not hard. There is some work to be done, but... this is not rocket science. This is maybe on par with MOAB, in terms of memory work. You'll need to practice for a few hours, for sure, but this is even easier than say, Thought Chunnel. And the best part of this, in my opinion, is that (as Seamus says in the book) the process comes across as the sort of fake process mentalists would invent in order to make it look like they're doing real mind reading. But in this case, it's the real process -- and that's why I'm so happy with this idea.

The quality of the writing and organization has been called into question in previous posts, and that would be the room for improvement in this small book. Grammar and spelling are good, so that is a plus, but the overall style of the writing is very colloquial and there are a few mistakes here and there in terms of the methodology. But, if you follow along with how the method works, these mistakes are pretty obvious, and the corrections are self-apparent. Even Erdnase made mistakes.

These billetless name guesses are evolving so quickly that I didn't mind the looseness of the writing. This book is not poetry, but it conveys a method, and many potential variations of this method (such as using props, spectator as mind reader, full audience participation, etc). I would say that this is more than a rudimentary exploration of this technique. It is fairly thorough, in my opinion, and more than enough to get anyone started on the use of this technique.

For me, I want to take some time to customize this for my purposes before committing it to memory. But I think I'll have this ready to go within the week!

For the value per dollar, I'd say that this is one of my best propless purchases. And I look forward to learning more from the others that are using this technique, such as Macchina and Alex. Thanks Seamus. Great idea and great price. I do not hesitate to recommend Calibration!

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I did what ProfJinksy suggested and combined this with with Invisible Gemini. I did it for someone the other day. I spent about 90 seconds doing the process maybe, and I told them their patronus/spirit animal. It worked well, in my opinion. I am going to keep exploring the idea. Very interesting developments. I recommend this little book.
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Thanks for the reviews guys, another thought is to combine this with a pendulum ;-)
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