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Another download from Docc Hilford and Penguin.

http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/9007

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Shocking, amazing, impossible to them. And, oh, so satisfying for you.

This will drive people insane! So fair, but it really makes no sense how it works. Especially when they think about what just happened. Actually, the more they think about it, the more they’re fooled!

Docc said it best: The beauty of this particular trick is that you don't even need to understand how it works to perform it like a pro. It’s the ultimate party mind-reading trick because you can quickly gather people, a few items, and perform an effect that has built-in drama and suspense. And, you can predict ANY outcome. The Note is impromptu, it demonstrates an awesome power, and it plays huge.

Impromptu after one-time setup.
Fools everyone.
Customizable.
Easy enough that you can really focus on your presentation.
Fun to do.
And a great way to engage a small group.

This is classic Docc Hilford. The Note takes a crazy cool method and turns it into a routine suitable for a professional presentation.
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Does anyone else think Docc sounds like Dr. Phil ??

The effect looks good but like his previous effect which I purchased, the process is a little long for professional work (IMO). I like short and punchy effects that keep the train rolling in a close-up setting - less process, more entertainment.
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But surely you make the process entertaining? the journey is the interesting part...
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On Sep 12, 2017, IAIN wrote:
But surely you make the process entertaining? the journey is the interesting part...


The mentalism community at large can't seem to make up its mind on this particular issue. I'm part of the population that believes that process can not only be made entertaining, but also strengthen an effect in general. This stuff is not meant to seem easy.

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Is this repeatable with the same audience?
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Is this repeatable with the same audience?


no, but why would you?!
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Does anyone else think Docc sounds like Dr. Phil ??

The effect looks good but like his previous effect which I purchased, the process is a little long for professional work (IMO). I like short and punchy effects that keep the train rolling in a close-up setting - less process, more entertainment.


Perhaps if you like short punchy stuff. I agree. But there are times when a few people want to participate and have fun. Pro walk-around work is a little more faster paced. Often though you're at a table where folks are really enjoying the fun and you have a little extra time to show them something longer.
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For the note for me too much process and pre conceived steps.

I'll pass on the note.
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But don't forget - this walkaround mentalism is a fairly new thing (in the scheme of things) - I'm not even sure what it is exactly...I mean, maybe there's a need for a section purely for "walkaround" mentalism instead? or for effects being sold on a major scale need to say whether its suitable for it...so I would say that most things that might fit walkaround might be from magicians, rather than dyed in the wool mentalists like docc...
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I like this style of effect. I have one which is similar called "Spectators' Choice" which, while it uses a different method, could have the same advert as Docc Hilford's "The Note". The upside of the one I use is that it can be done quite quickly or you can draw it out for entertainment. You are not restricted to only 6 items and there's no moving around of objects. It's a simple choose an object, then say if you want it to stay on the table or to go. If they say it goes then it goes off the table. If they say it stays then you keep it and carry on till there's just one object left which matches your prediction. It sounds like equivoque but it's not. The spectator/s really do have a free choice. I agree with statements above that the process leading to the effect is just as important as the effect but when doing walk around you can be restricted for time which is why quick effects are at the moment more popular. These effects work really well in Parlor settings.
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But surely you make the process entertaining? the journey is the interesting part...


Ooohhh... This is wisdom
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Is this repeatable with the same audience?


no, but why would you?!


I often perform for groups of friends, and I'll invariably find myself with a (mostly) new group where someone who's seen a particular trick will go, "Hey, do that trick you showed last Saturday night!"
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Ah, in that case, try docc's site and his work on equivoque instead...
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I don't have this yet, but am tempted.

It occurs to me that the item the spectator is left with could have extra significance eg a folded piece of paper with a message such as 'Well done. Always follow your intuition,' and which you have signed or something like that. Again I am thinking aloud here but it could have more relevance for the final item to be a slip of paper or folded post it rather than coin.
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Nice idea, Neill. I'm debating over this myself, you may have just tempted me to give a shot Smile
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Neil, you don't need to, the presentation and ending takes care of that for you...
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On Sep 12, 2017, IAIN wrote:
But surely you make the process entertaining? the journey is the interesting part...


The mentalism community at large can't seem to make up its mind on this particular issue. I'm part of the population that believes that process can not only be made entertaining, but also strengthen an effect in general. This stuff is not meant to seem easy.

Ben


Most definitely. I love Paul Brook's intro story in Alchemist Tools and see wisdom in it. Taking time with an effect, building it up, having people get invested versus the wham bam thank-you mamm.

I guess I don't like effects where the spectators have to work too much. I don't like effects that require me to have to carry around props for that single effect. I also don't like effects that require a table; a lot of venues I work may have small tables, few tables, or no tables which limits it's usefulness. There are many releases that can create the same effect as Note and Junky that are more direct. If I wanted to create the same effect as Note, I would do Jimmy Fingers Free Will. I only need a business card, pen, and a borrowed watch. It can be done in the hands and the work load for the spectator is minimal. I still stretch the effect to build it up or shorten it if need be. I can think of many more direct ways to do the think of a card plot, as I'm sure all of us can.

Different strokes for different folks. I just don't see Note or Junky more than something I would show my friends one time.
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I do like the fact that they can put these objects ANYWHERE they like but, ......10 instructions ????? Woah!
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OK, so I got this. And I like it.

It is the sort of thing that is ideal for family, friends, an informal gathering and for a bit of fun. If wanting something more serious or purely for professional situations then I would give this a miss but for light-hearted, intriguing mentalism The Note is ideal.
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@NeilS ... Great thought about the note in ... um, The Note!

I picked it up, and I think it's pretty slick. I see this also more-so for informal gatherings. But I could see this playing very well in a more formal setting for "regulars" who'd like to see something a little different.

It's got potential. I like it.

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