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Martin Reinertz
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Yes, an invisible deck routine is part of my program... any suggestions for turning it into a very strong mentalism effect as you suggested? Feel free to PM me about this if you don't want to talk about it in public...
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I agree, the osterlind dvd's have an excellent mix of effects and will suit what you are looking for. They are the best dvd's I have bought in a long time.
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I strongly second that Mike! It is indeed the best dvd I have bought.

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Cutting through the natural tendency to advise that you start witht he basics (13 Steps to Mentalism, etc.), if you are willing to really work at it like you suggest and are trying to get in and get out in and quickly learn one good effect, I'd recommend that you get either or both of these items:

1. Barrie Richardson's "Theatre of the Mind" seminal book, and/or
2, Richard Osterlind's Mind Mysteries 4 volume DVD set.

Both of the above are killer items and each has many many strong items in it.

I just recently purchased the Richardson book after procrastinating for almost a year. This book lists a wide variety of strong magic and mentalism items and has no hesitation in "mixing and matching" both the items in the book and in performances. Barrie writes very clearly and I was literally shocked as I read this book and realized just great this material is. Usually, you get a book with 2-3 great items and the rest being either theoretical musings, impractical presentational items or "throw-away" garbage. Not the case here. This book lists practical strong effects that can, methodology-wise, be performed by anyone with average ability. Barrie also gives lots of information about performing in an entertaining manner. This book has rocketed up to the front of my library and is in my "top 10" list.

2. The Osterlind DVDs list effect after effect that just frys the audience. Each of these many effects has been throughly audience tested by Richard and, for the most part, is relatively easy to perform. If you had to choose just one of the DVDs, I'd probably start with No. 1, but this is really a very subjective choice. His No. 2 DVD deals with his memorized deck and many effects that can be perforned using a memorized deck. Richard's system is called the "Breakthrough Card System" (BCS) and is relatively easy to learn.

You said you didn't mind working on an effect for 2 years just as long as it was a strong effect. Well, the BCS fills the bill in Spades!! It won't take 2 years but any practice you put in will be returned many times over.

Additionally, just watching these DVDs over and over will help you understand and appreciate Righard's performance technique, his audience mamagement. rapport and control.

There are many many good mentalism items and effects "out there"; I've tried to recommend two of the "cream of the crop". I don't think you will be disappointed in either, but, in the unlikely event that you are, you will have no trouble whatsoever selling either or both of these items here on the Café.

I own both and, if you want either of them , you will have to pry them out of my cold dead fingers. I will never sell either of these.

Hope this helps.

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