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I've just completed the pseudo demonstration of Michael Murray's "Guess Work" in the new book "Trojan Horse". The book asked me to place three objects in three different locations and then told me -without asking any questions- exactly where those objects were.

I'm now going resist reading the method for an hour or two to luxuriate in that most rare circumstance for a mentalist, these days: wondering what the f~~~ just happened!?!


I STILL haven't cracked open the book. And if you ask Michael, I was the first to buy it seconds after it went live before he even set it all up. Smile I love that feeling of being fooled. Just love it.
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On Nov 9, 2020, Martin Pulman wrote:
I've just completed the pseudo demonstration of Michael Murray's "Guess Work" in the new book "Trojan Horse". The book asked me to place three objects in three different locations and then told me -without asking any questions- exactly where those objects were.

I'm now going resist reading the method for an hour or two to luxuriate in that most rare circumstance for a mentalist, these days: wondering what the f~~~ just happened!?!


I STILL haven't cracked open the book. And if you ask Michael, I was the first to buy it seconds after it went live before he even set it all up. Smile I love that feeling of being fooled. Just love it.

There is no greater joy. And it is invaluable to experience as it reminds you of how wondrous it can be for a participant when Mentalism is performed well.
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On Nov 9, 2020, Martin Pulman wrote:
I've just completed the pseudo demonstration of Michael Murray's "Guess Work" in the new book "Trojan Horse". The book asked me to place three objects in three different locations and then told me -without asking any questions- exactly where those objects were.

I'm now going resist reading the method for an hour or two to luxuriate in that most rare circumstance for a mentalist, these days: wondering what the f~~~ just happened!?!


I STILL haven't cracked open the book. And if you ask Michael, I was the first to buy it seconds after it went live before he even set it all up. Smile I love that feeling of being fooled. Just love it.

There is no greater joy. And it is invaluable to experience as it reminds you of how wondrous it can be for a participant when Mentalism is performed well.



I'm about to dig into this and feel like it's Christmas morning Smile
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Yep, it got me too! 😃
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I am glad you all are finally getting to read this.

Look into Remote Control as well don’t pass that one up
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I bought this and *expected* to be disappointed. But... the opposite happened. There's a tremendous amount of useful thinking in this book, and with a bit of creative effort it's not hard to see how to take these ideas and do much more with them as well. Michael's variations on Manos' original idea (which is great all by itself), has opened up my mind to some other ways to make use of this.
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What is the shipping cost?
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A HUGE thanks for the very kind words gents, I am so pleased to hear that you have been given an insight into how special this project is. It is an altogether rare thing to experience being fooled and I hope that the pseudo demonstration within the book allows this to happen for as many of you as possible.

The shipping costs are based entirely on the weight of the order but assuming that you are just ordering this item, it will work out at under £3.00 for UK postage and under £6.00 for international.

Let me once again express my personal gratitude to Manos Kartsakis, without whom, this entire project would not exist. Manos is one of the most creative and generous guys in the business and I know that those that take the time to play with the techniques and principles he shares within his routine will find a myriad of uses for them.

Special thanks also go to Ian 'Rasp' Cheetham for spending countless hours with me over FaceTime helping me to polish the other routines that you will be having so much fun with. If Ian had a pound for every demonstration that he had to endure then he would be a very wealthy man indeed. Let us not forget the proofing magic he worked on it too.

Best Wishes Michael
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On Nov 9, 2020, Martin Pulman wrote:
I've just completed the pseudo demonstration of Michael Murray's "Guess Work" in the new book "Trojan Horse". The book asked me to place three objects in three different locations and then told me -without asking any questions- exactly where those objects were.

I'm now going resist reading the method for an hour or two to luxuriate in that most rare circumstance for a mentalist, these days: wondering what the f~~~ just happened!?!


Manos just demonstrated his version to me and... I had that exact same feeling. Very, very enjoyable experience... Smile I really liked the routine as a whole. It has a great build-up, that consists of three pieces (sort of) and a great climax as well. Lots of nice subtleties It plays very well over Zoom, too. Which is a nice bonus, these days. I highly recommend this.
Please check regularly if you are becoming the type of magician Jerry Seinfeld jokes about. (This applies to mentalists as well.)
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I ordered the booklet, but read already the PDF... this is really incredibly strong, creative and so clever. One of the best reads I had in a long time! Jan
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Jan....... hope you have joined the Facebook group. I am looking forward to reading what that big brain of yours can add to this. Hope you are keeping well.
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Just had this performed on me: The feeling I had is what I would want my spectators to feel. Truly astonishing what Manos has delivered here.
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I had a chance to read through this last night and the underlying principle is really cool. I loved Michael's application of it in Chain Reaction, and I'd likely use this version most often. If you want a powerful effect to add to your professional shows or impromptu performances, you should definitely pick this up. Really great work and thinking by all involved.
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Absolutely love this and recommend it
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Yeah, nice one.
the original concept is good, but I prefer the michael's version, more streamlined

the facebook group is going to be a GREAT adition, I'm sure
good work!!!!
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I couldn't be happier with the response that the "Trojan Horse Project" got from the magic community. I would like to publicly thank Michael Murray and Ian Rasp Cheetham for their help and contributions to this project and everyone who has expressed an interest in this.
As with everything that I release to the community I want to be quite open with what you are getting so if you are interested in seeing a demo, hit me up with a pm here or Facebook and I can arrange a demonstration for you. Smile
Be well, enjoy your day and stay safe.
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This is terrific! Michael's "Chain Reaction" is certainly the way I'm going to go about this; it's clever as hell and so direct. I love diabolically clever effects like this which one can do anywhere and any time.

Congratulations on a job well done; I'm sure everyone is going to be talking about this one for a while to come.
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Michael just performed two of the routines for me. WHOA. Awesomeness.
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The devil is alive and well, and he operates a website called MindFx.

This morning, I had the opportunity to FaceTime with the ever charming Mr. Murray where he was so kind as to demo two pieces: Manos's take, as well as his personal take, on the free will effect. It's an aptly titled plot, as seeing both pieces in action made me question my own notions of the concept. Did I really have free will? Were my choices my own? Or was I merely a marionette on the end of Michael's string?

As Michael proceeded to blow my mind not once, but twice in a row, it certainly felt like the latter. Although, suffice to say, I believe it was my own decision when the call ended to lie down for an hour to process the miracles I had just witnessed. Having only regained consciousness just now, I'll recap the experience.

First, Manos' take: Michael had me take any three objects of my choosing, in my case a bag of collectible buttons, a plastic ladybug, and a nail clipper (pay no mind to the fact, dear reader, that I pulled these items out of a box labeled "evidence.") I shuffled the objects up and laid them out on the table in any order I wanted from left to right. I took three index cards and wrote the name of one of the objects on each card.

To demonstrate the impossibility of what was about to happen, Michael had me shuffle the cards face down and lay one in front of each object. I turned them over, and, of course, none of the cards matched with the object in front of them - how could they have? Despite knowing the order of the objects and having them right in front of me, I couldn't guess correctly. Now, I could truly appreciate the difficulty of Michael's task: he would divine the order of the objects from his shop on the other side of the world without ever having seen them, let alone knowing what the objects were in the first place. Everything was completely off camera. He didn't see anything - not even the business cards.

He smoothly directed me as to which card to place in front of which position. We recapped everything that happened, and then he had me turn over each card. Sure enough, without fail, every card matched - the card with "ladybug" on it in front of the ladybug, the card with "buttons" on it in front of the buttons, the card with "nail clipper" in front of the nail clipper. Speaking honestly, I did not think it was going to work. When I turned over the cards to see they all matched perfectly, the only sound that could be heard was that of my brain shattering.

*A brief intermission, in which I picked up my jaw and made several prayers to my God.*

Next, Michael showed me his take and boy, when I say it was direct, I really mean it. Gone were the index cards and first set of objects, replaced now by my house key, a quarter, and a 5 dollar bill (although Michael did point out that, while this next piece too could be done with any three objects, he uses these objects as they're always readily available). He looked me squarely in the eyes and told me straightly what was about to happen: "you're going to hide these three objects, and I'm going to tell you where each one is." Anywhere else, these words would be those of a madman. Heck, even in the context of a mentalism demo, they still sounded crazy. How was he going to pull this one off? Michael turned his head and I stepped off camera, choosing to put the house key in my right pocket, the bill in my left pocket, and the quarter in my closed first. The choices were entirely my own and could have been switched.

What happened next was nothing short of a veritable flabbergast. Without saying a word or giving him any information -- as if possessed by the Holy Ghost -- Michael looked at me and rattled off confidently: "the coin is in your hand, the key is in your right pocket, and the bill is in your left pocket." Astounding.

It was that direct. Nothing resembling a logic puzzle or anything of that nature - it, along with Manos' version too I should state, felt about as close to real mind reading as you can get with a plot like this. Again, let me stress, I could have put the objects anywhere I wanted, switched them too, and at no point did I offer up any information. Both pieces play handsomely over video chat, which is only another fantastic selling point in today's climate. I can't imagine any way in which the pieces could be backtracked - they're that tight, that fooling.

I haven't purchased the booklet yet; like others, I want to revel in the feeling of not knowing what the heck just happened.Highly recommended! Apologies if there are any typos in this frenzied testimonial. The smelling salts are still kicking in.

-Andrew, in NY
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I’ve been hacked, the Greek Trojan Horse blew my mind!

Thank you Manos for your time performing this online, CONGRATULATIONS Smile

Great you team up with Michael Murray and Ian Rasp to release this to all of us, THANK You!!

Have a great day!
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