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Titanas
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Hey guys,
Check out the latest offer from Marchand De Trucs and Mindbox, The Green Neck System.
It's a book on mentalism effects and it looks like a great collection of both impromptu and prop based mentalism.

More info:
https://www.murphysmagic.com/product.aspx?id=59983

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Looks intriguing.. any more information on this?

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This is really really good !

The Green Neck System – Gabriel Werlen

Product description : This is a new book, based on a quite old principle which is mainly used in the mentalism field. The idea is pretty simple, and can be used in a lot of ways, it will allow you to know which object among 3 the spectator has chosen, without him even saying it. But this is much more than that and Gabriel teaches a lot of routines and variation based on the Mathematical Three Card Montee by Bob Hummer.

Price and where to buy it : This is sold at around $60 (55€) and you can find it in the “Marchand de truc” shop in France. Maybe this will be sold through Murphy's later (if it’s translated from French into English).

What you get : You get a very nice printed book, I love the cover, it is all green and very appealing. The book quality is outstanding, as usual with Marchand de Trucs release. Inside, you will find a few things, the first being the basic principle applied with common object. Then Gabriel explains a little bit more about what can be done with it, especially on stage or with more than 3 objects. Each routine is greatly detailed and nicely edited, with some pictures in order for us to understand the system and how things work. Overall, for the price, you can’t be disappointed, the book is great and the content is amazing, you can’t ask for more !

Teaser : Since it’s a book, there is no real teaser or trailer for it.

The pros and the cons : Here is the core of my review, let's begin with the cons, as I will usually be doing, I prefer to keep the good things for the end.

THE CONS :
– All the routines are based on the same principle so I don’t recommend you to do more than one of them to the same audience, they will see that the procedure is the same.

THE PROS :
– For me, this is a new application of an old principle, Gabriel didn’t just reused the Mathematical three card monte but he brought a whole new content.
– There are close up and stage routines, so this is a very versatile tool.
– You don’t need anything to carry, you can just walk to a table and do this with a fork, a knife and a spoon ! So I think this is worth “learning”.
– There isn’t really something to learn, you just have to remember the procedure which is fairly simple.
– Gabriel added subtleties to the procedure so that people don’t feel like it’s a trick where the magician is giving all the information : “put the item A here” etc.. I really feel people think they have the choice of doing all the work.
– The book is really well written, there are even parts which are for you to rehearse so you feel confident enough when you will be doing this in front of people.
– Since it’s very easy to do, you can completely focus on your presentation and because this is mind reading, presentation is everything.

Overall rating : I think this is worth learning for every magician, you may not use it daily, you’ll still find a use for it, on stage or for an impromptu mind reading routine, 4/4 hearts.

As for the difficulty level, it’s very easy to remember and very easy to do (but you need a good presentation), 2/5 stars.

Similar products : Mathematical three card monte by Bob Hummer is where all this come from, there is also a booklet called “Inv3rsion” by Pierre Boc which is on the same topic and worth reading in my opinion.
Get yourself the Flap Cards guide : http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/4435

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Very interested in this! Any more reviews out there?

I would be more than happy to review this--cough cough-- Smile

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Thanks Alex for your excellent review. I was wondering about this publication myself and your thoughts have been very helpful.

Neil
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I absolutely LOVE principles like this that can be leveraged in so many diverse directions - I'm eager to see the advances made by Gabriel on Hummer's classic ruse.

Can anyone speak to the differences between this and Patrick Redford's work on the principle (specifically in reference to the three object mixing process Patrick shared in "Heptagon")? It would seem that Patrick's take on it focused on a controlled mix while Gabriel's uses the same procedure to identify a thought-of object/position... Admittedly, I've not read "The Green Neck System" but at first glance they appear similar.

And in full sake of disclosure, I'd never before considered using Patrick's/Hummer's three object switch to identify a thought of item but understand how it is possible having thought on it for a moment - and it is quite simple, clever, and practical (with only two simple rules to remember).

If it seems as though I'm fishing that is NOT my intention - I'm just trying to understand what new this might add to my toolbox of techniques.

Best,

Drew
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This book is wonderful, go for it, you won't be disappointed.
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Does anyone by chance have a way to contact Gabriel Werlen directly? I'd love to connect off-line with him (feel free to PM me).

Best,

Drew
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The Green Neck is a diabolical process that goes much further than the Hummer principle on which it was initially based.
Gabriel has particularly removed the mathematical aspect to make it really bluffing.
This is not for nothing if Jheff considers The Green Neck as "one of the best releases this year, perhaps the best" : http://marketplaceofthemind.com/products/greeneck/
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I am intrigued. At this price I would certainly hope that it is some kind of streamlined improvement.
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Hi, I'm the author of the Green Neck System!

Thank you for the nice reviews, especially Jheff who made my day! Smile

I discovered the Green Neck System about 10 years ago, playing with Bob Hummer's principle.
This well known principle is indeed the starting point of my discovery but the Green Neck System is a totally new principle.
It's not just an improvement!

It's so simple I couldn't believe it hasn't been discovered earlier. I made a lot of research: Nothing was approaching the GNS.
The more I was working on the system, the more I was discovering it's potential. The 13 routines are not 13 presentations using the same system. Each routine explores a new development of the system.

I'm very excited to share my work with you!
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To answer all the pm I received asking for the difference between the Green Neck System and Bob Hummer's method :

Over the phone, you ask for any 3 cards to be dealt face down. No one knows the value of the cards.
One card is secretly peaked at.
2 switches are made without your friend saying a word.
There is no doubt the cards are mixed.
You are now in a position to find the thought of card using the presentational angle you want.
Your friend didn't say a word.

This routine is included in the book to show the difference between the 2 methods.
This is the only one using cards!

Hope this help!
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Received it a few days ago. Fantastic.
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I know creating a Facebook group is the popular thing to do with products nowadays - but in this case, it would be extremely helpful. Any plans?

BTW: Take the first routine, Setting the Table, but instead of cutlery, use cells phones from three people. Like the original routine, you'll be able to tell which cell phone the participant has mentally selected and which hand it's in. Great impromptu effect.
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Thanks Proof Daddy.. Just ordered it at that great price.. Cant wait..
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It is a wonderful book!

Time ago I've played for some time with this principle, using playing cards (3) and a me...zed deck, ParaLabs Picture Deck, 3 business cards with random, unknown first names and some more (German speaking mentalists have seen some applications on my second DVD which came out in 2013...).

But in "The Green Neck" I still found quite a lot of new aspects I wasn't aware of. I find it amazing. Just tried to combine a ma...d deck and this principle which can lead to VERY powerful applications... I really recommend this book. It is a gem. Jan
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Yes, agreed, this is a great book that I am going to need to re-read and re-read again. However, I am very surprised that nobody has mentioned one glaring non-method/non-exposure aspect of the book:

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No, this is an international thing...
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I am glad I followed the favourable reviews and recommendations for the Green Neck System. It is truly excellent.

Neil
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