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Modern Mentalism Vol. 1 by Matt Mello and Paper Crane Magic (DVD)
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Modern Mentalism is a collection of 14 effects from the mind of Matt Mello, spanning 2 volumes. It is one of the few DVDs on the market that appeals specifically to the entertainer that performs mentalism close up. Another unique feature of Modern Mentalism is the absence of sleight-of-hand methods and awkward props. Instead, Modern Mentalism uses clever principles, interesting plots and extremely simple methods to create a collection of close up mentalism worthy of both casual and professional performers.
:: Serial :: An on-the-spot serial number reading, requiring nothing more than a borrowed dollar from your spectator.
:: Coffee Melt :: Imagine if you could touch a straw and make it melt and bend at your command, being able to control everything from speed to how far it will continue to bend. Well, with Coffee Melt, you'll be able to do just that, and you'll be able to do it seconds after learning it!
:: Photographic :: If you could really memorize a long string of code in seconds, it would probably look something like this.
:: Lottery :: This is Matt's version of the add-a-number routine, using the lottery as it's theme. It uses no switch pads or gimmicks, and as a bonus, Matt also teaches a way to do this effect with absolutely nothing on you but a pen and paper.
:: Stop :: A demonstration of suggestion and influence during a simple game with cards.
:: Handy Prediction :: A spectator is asked to hold their hand up, and then drop any amount of fingers. A card the performer is holding predicts the spectators actions.
:: Any Card at Any Number :: Forget about complicated math and card counting and all of that, and get ready for one of the simplest solutions to the "Card At Any Number Plot". With only a deck of cards and a prediction, you'll be able to perform one of the easiest, most baffling effects imaginable on your spectators.
Running Time Approximately: 60min
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Customer Reviews (showing 1 - 6 of 6)2 of 2 magicians found the following review helpful:
Not amazed, It's not worth it Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 1st, 2015
This DVD has at best a couple of effects that you might resort to if you are asked to perform at the drop of a hat, with absolutely nothing. There are seven effects on the dvd only three of them have proved to be even worth performing to me. I was very excited to get this DVD, but overall I am disappointed. Get a penguin live lecture instead, it is a better use of your time and money. (I suggest Atlas Brookings, Luke Jermay, or Peter turner.)
Some nice concepts Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 8th, 2014
There were some good ideas here, but the effects seemed rather so-so. I will definitely be trying out a couple tricks though, such as his Handy Prediction.
More than one effect that I'll use! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 30th, 2014
My rule of thumb for evaluating a magic DVD is that if I can use just one effect, it's worthwhile. So by that standard, three of the effect on this DVD meet that test--Photographic, Lottery, and Any Card Any Number (ACAN).
I'm not saying that all three will go into regular rotation, but they are all worth a try in front of an audience. Of these, I think that ACAN has the most potential to make it into regular rotation because it's so easy to set up on a regular deck of cards that's already been used for other effects. And, an audience member can shuffle the cards, which is always a nice touch.
I didn't give this five stars because I didn't see that "Wow!" factor I'm always striving for, as in "In A Flash," or "Envy-Lope," for example. But in fairness, both these "Wow Factor" effects are stand-alone tricks that cost more than the Blizzard price I paid for this DVD.
Some Good Ideas Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 29th, 2014
Some good thoughts but I was hopping for more.
it is could be better Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 11th, 2014
the tricks look very nice... but the way the trick goes is lame
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 19th, 2014
This dvd is amazing for any mentalist or magician pro or beginner. As a magician i can tell you not all of the tricks on here are blow away fantastic. like the one where you guess the finger they send their energy into that is not sure fire. but dont get me wrong the acaan that is quite possibly the easiest and cleanest ive ever seen. and let me tell you from experience it gets reactions. and it is completely impromptu. i really liked this dvd only because a couple of tricks because i am a magician, now if your mentalist youll have a field day with this one and if your a magician it is still worth it for those couple AMAZING tricks like serial and acaan btw coffee melt is good too.
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