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Sudo Nimh
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Thanks for sharing your thoughts Rik.

The design points you liked about Skeletons are precisely the reason why I formatted it the way I did. Obviously, I'm in complete agreement with you. Again, someone complained because they wanted a "white" background with less graphics to make it easier on their printer. There's really no winning no matter what you do it seems. Someone will always have a complaint.

I wrote in the opening thoughts of one of the issues of Skeletons, that I'm much like black licorice...

Not everyone likes black licorice, but those who do...like it a lot.

Of course, I borrowed that quote come from the late Jerry Garcia (who said it in regards to his music) because I felt it was a rather fitting description of my situation as well.

So I think I've already made up my mind. The people that enjoy my work and style will continue to do so, and those that don't - won't. I may as well stay true to myself and stop trying to please everyone. I'd initially planned on releasing The Improved Whispering Joker as part of the Skeletons series but didn't because I wanted to see if anyone missed the old format.

I'm quite happy to hear that it's missed.

Since you've remained a faithful fan of my work, would you like a copy of this latest work reformatted in Skeletons fashion? I'd be more than happy to do it. Truth be told, I like the design and layout aspects of putting these out far more than I do the writing.
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“Rank ru raggy”

This was typically Sudo thinking. Very subtle and elegantly simple. I really love how you extended this to squeeze every ounce of impact. Your generosity is appreciated. (By the way, you were already the reason I have seven of hearts shortened in my deck).

Philemon’s idea has me brainstorming as well. Thank you Philemon.


Best Regards,

Sean
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I would be delighted to get a copy of "The Improved Whispering Joker" in "Skeletons fashion". In exchange I would be happy to sponsor some giraffe illustrations in your next work Smile
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Thank you for sending this Sudo. You are a kind and generous man. At first blush, it looks good.
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@ Sean: Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it. I didn't know that I'd influenced you into adopting a short card in your deck. Since you're using one now, keep a lookout - I'll be putting out much more work with this tool as it's an important component of much of my card work. I have some original and unorthodox uses for it (beyond what you've seen already) which I think you're really going to enjoy. Smile

Check out Al Baker's routine "Poker Face" for another great mental-styled effect which also makes use of one. If you're not familiar with the routine already, it can be found on Ammar's ETM Card Miracles Volume 2, or in his book "The Secret Ways of Al Baker".

@ Rik: OK then. I shall get to it. Smile

@ Aligator: You're welcome.

For those who requested and haven't received this yet, hang tight a little while I reconfigure this into the Skeletons format. Should only take a few hours.
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I love it Sudo. Many thanks!

I'm still hoping that once you will publish all of your material in a hardcopy book Smile

Regards, Luc.


Your post snuck in while I was writing my previous.

Yes, I'd love to do a hardback book - and in the styling of the Skeletons series. In fact, that's probably what I'd title it: Skeletons From the Closet. I can think of no better name.

The main issue is that I cannot afford to take on the cost of such an endeavor. I have a wealth of material sitting in reserve that I've put together over the last 30 some odd years which has never been written up before. Add to that the fact that I obsess over the smallest details. The end result is that the task seems almost unfathomable. I've tried several times to start such a project, but inevitably lose steam because I can't see how I'll ever manage to (financially) publish such a book. As it stands, I'll likely just continue releasing stuff in little trickles as time and health permits.


Hi Sudo,

Don't lose the steam! Smile I assume that if you would have the texts ready (which is a hell of a job, I know...), a publisher would certainly be interested. If you have the texts ready, you could also start a crowdfunding campaign? Regards, Luc.
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Or sell via Lulu?
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Or sell via Lulu?


I'd personally recommend against this approach. While I love Lulu and buy from them regularly, piracy becomes a concern with ebooks. Just my opinion. Pre-orders I personally stay away after many well respected performers have had issues deliverying in their careers (Jermay, Cassidy, Elsdon too I think, etc.) from but something like Kickstarter I might be inclined to back, although I wonder if it would be successful.

I received this from Sudo in my email this morning. I'm not sure what to say, to be honest. Many of us have seen amazing reviews or testimonials here on the Café only to be disappointed with the reality. Keeping that in mind, I'm having a hard time deciding what to say about what Sudo shared. Hmmm...

Well, I'll just say it with the understanding that this will most likely be lost in the Café "Everything is Amazing" noise:

It's absolutely wonderful and it's obvious this has been worked a lot to be as smooth and efficient as possible.

When I read effects, I often immediately think about what I would drop, modify, add, etc. With this, I just let it sit. It's just there in the back of my mind right now as I type here. Really, really excellent stuff.

It's a card-based effect, so the obvious (and already mentioned) applications to stuff like the Tarot are right there for you. I'm not going to go into it too much more as I already feel there are discussions of methods mentioned here, but it's something I have been doing in all my decks since Scott Creasey's book came out anyway.

Thank you, Sudo! Your generosity is much appreciated!
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You're a popular mentalist for very good reasons, Sudo! I've tried messaging you at a couple of intervals to avail myself of your generosity, but your inbox has been full. No small wonder, considering!
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I'm pleased to hear that you enjoyed this Lemniscate. Thank-you for the lovely comments.

I've just finished laying this out in the Skeletons from the Closet format. It looks pretty spiffy. Smile

@ Rook: I just freed up some space in my PM box. Try again - I'll need your email.

@ Delimbeau: Appreciate the suggestions. I'm with Lemniscate though - I wouldn't use Lulu. I know it's worked out for a few others, but something about that model just doesn't sit well with me. I can't really explain why, but it's likely because I obsess over quality details and from what I've observed, Lulu can be hit or miss.
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Sudo,

Thank you again. This is a marvelous piece, and I am so grateful for your generosity in sharing it.

L.
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@ Delimbeau: Appreciate the suggestions. I'm with Lemniscate though - I wouldn't use Lulu. I know it's worked out for a few others, but something about that model just doesn't sit well with me. I can't really explain why, but it's likely because I obsess over quality details and from what I've observed, Lulu can be hit or miss.


Hi Sudo, I totally get your remarks about quality, but I guess Lulu does keep costs acceptable for the writer. However, I would certainly prefer a sewn/stiched/bound hardcover book. Smile Luc.
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Sudo, thank you for the updated Skeletons layout with Whispering Joker.
Just like a 5 star chef... Not only is it appealing to the eyes, the main course is phenomenal.
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I have got to agree with Wravyn, the updated "Skeletons" layout is a feast for the eyes. I have sent you a donation for the giraffes.
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Glad you enjoy the work I put into these fellas.

Thanks for the donation Rik. Just so you know, your son thinks you may be playing an elaborate joke on him. Smile
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Great thinking as usual, thanks Sudo.
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Excellent Thinking!!
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Another amazing mentalism effect from one and only Sudo Nimh. I had been waiting for the 4th issue for a long time. I am really, really thankful to you Sudo for sharing your creativity and hard work with me. It's amazing how you pay attention to every tiny detail and produce remarkable, workable effects.

With all that you have shared with me, I can't pay you back but I am always thankful to you.
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Thanks for the donation Rik. Just so you know, your son thinks you may be playing an elaborate joke on him. Smile


That will be my son-in-law. I am a complete duffer when it comes to technology and the internet so he handles all that stuff for me. He sometimes says that is the only reason I allowed him to marry my daughter Smile
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Never received this. Am I blacklisted? Smile
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