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Postby Jean » Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:51 pm



It seems my list of 'need to buy' items always grow when I have promised not to spend any more for a few months.
Moving to the top of the list.

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Postby Jason_T » Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:07 am

Point taken, he clearly seems to have some friend/fans here.

I ordered the book this morning - best to form my opinions based on what I read.

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Postby RobMagic » Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:26 am

It's a great book and I believe highly recommended by the Mystery School for its pupils.

The information is like a gold mine but there are errors and its written in a way that anyone could pick it up and understand (probably a great thing)

There are two copies in household

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Postby Jason_T » Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:27 am

Agecroft wrote:It's a great book and I believe highly recommended by the Mystery School for its pupils.

The information is like a gold mine but there are errors and its written in a way that anyone could pick it up and understand (probably a great thing)

There are two copies in household



What errors? I am feeling buyers remorse now.

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Postby RobMagic » Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:29 am

no no nothing major and most people will miss it (grammar mainly).

Like I say there are two copies in my household such is the value of the intformation in the book.

It's certainly worth a read and gets you thinking, In fact I think I'll read it again starting this weekend.

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Postby Jason_T » Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:35 am

Agecroft wrote:no no nothing major and most people will miss it (grammar mainly).

Like I say there are two copies in my household such is the value of the intformation in the book.

It's certainly worth a read and gets you thinking, In fact I think I'll read it again starting this weekend.




Remorse over I can handle some grammatical errors.

Why do you have two copies though?

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Postby RobMagic » Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:38 am

Because it's that good! :)

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Postby Jason_T » Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:44 am

Agecroft wrote:Because it's that good! :)



That makes no sense at all, you cant read two copies at the same time!

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Postby Mandrake » Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:46 am

But it spreads the wear and tear over two copies :wink: !

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Postby bronz » Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:48 am

Yeah but what if you drop one in the bath....



Drop the book, I meant the book.

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Postby Part-Timer » Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:09 pm

Jason_T wrote:
Part-Timer wrote:Jason, you clearly wouldn't have liked Hector Chadwick's book.



I did actually. Not sure why you said that?


Who is Hector Chadwick? I don't mean who is he really. You've found out about, bought and enjoyed his book, yet you have never heard of Paul, or even tried to research who he is. In spite of not making any effort to find out about Paul, you called him into question.


Jason_T wrote:I do have to question why I have not heard of this guy before as I buy a lot of mentalism.


If I am honest, I questioned it too. :) Paul is fairly well known, and I am surprised that you haven't heard of him before now.

Sorry that my last post was so oblique. I just think that magicians, and mentalists even more so, should be sharp people, and capable of thinking things through and reading between the lines. They should also, in my opinion, be capable of doing a little elementary research into a topic.

I hope you won't take the responses you got on this thread discourage you from sticking around. I think you just got off on the wrong foot! We're a nice bunch, and loyal with it (hence the replies you got).

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Postby Craig Browning » Sat Jan 31, 2009 4:01 pm

Sorry that my last post was so oblique. I just think that magicians, and mentalists even more so, should be sharp people, and capable of thinking things through and reading between the lines. They should also, in my opinion, be capable of doing a little elementary research into a topic.



My dear friend, I hate to burst you bubble, but the majority of magicians I've known over the years never came close to the idea of human being you describe. Most seem to be lethargic, argumentative drunks too lazy to get off the couch, that live by what they read from this or that magazine or saw on a video vs. true life experience. Then we have the real winners; the guys that "work" but still have a chronic drinking issue as well as some serious sexual kinks.

I certainly know of the kind of "Magician" you speak of -- the Harry Blackstone's as it were. I fear however, most would prefer to live down to the above image than apply themselves in ways that would negate the public's low opinion of us and the ugly truth so many have created around this craft; a condition that has become far more grotesque via the advent of the internet and ease of access to both, prop systems and secrets. Case in point; the arrogant spoilt brat with an opinion on things he knows nothing of. :?

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Postby Part-Timer » Sat Jan 31, 2009 6:24 pm

Craig Browning wrote:My dear friend, I hate to burst your bubble...


It's OK; that particular one was burst a long time ago.

But I live in hope.

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Postby Jason_T » Tue Feb 03, 2009 8:14 am

Got my copy now. I was impressed with the customer service as it was swift and efficient. My first impression is pretty good and I was shocked with the thickness of the book.

Due to snow I have the day off so will delve into it today.

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Postby A J Irving » Sat Jul 04, 2009 10:51 am

I just got this and I've read about 50 pages and in my opinion, £38 is way too little an amount to ask for this fantastic book. For a start it's just under 400 pages long and only after the tiny amount I've read, it's already got my brain buzzing with ideas about how to change and improve what I do. I haven't even looked at the effects yet and even if I never do, I know I'm going to get so much out of the rest of the book that can be used in each and every performance.

Just the first section on it's own could warrant it's own book so for Paul to fill another 300 pages with what I'm assuming is equally awesome stuff makes him quite possibly the most lovely man on the planet.

Now back to the book.

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