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Opening Minds by Colin Mcleod (4 DVD Set)
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Every generation has a true innovator who brings his own unique vision to bear on the art of mentalism and creates material that seems to defy explanation. Alakazam Magic is proud to introduce the newest member of this elite group: Colin McLeod.

Combining his very modern sensibilities for cutting-edge prop-free methods with a clarity of performance that leaves audiences speechless with wonder, Colin has developed a repertoire of contemporary mentalism which is the envy of all who've seen it.

Now for the first time on this 4-disc set Colin reveals the methods, techniques and thinking behind some of his most incredible effects. This is stand-up and close-up material that will empower you to mystify your audiences with some of the most compelling mentalism you will ever learn.

Stand-Up:

Bookless Test
Colin's brilliant opener where he predicts a thought of word from an imaginary book. And yes, the prediction is printed, not nail-written.

Quite Wordy
A clever new psychological word-force for the whole audience, leading into what will become the standard impromptu book-test handling.

Chair Test
An exceptionally clean and direct chair-test, where process is kept to an absolute minimum. It features three distinct climaxes which build to an incredible finale.

ACAAN
This is the one! No gimmicks, no sleights, no pre-show, no stooges. An anytime, anywhere, any deck method has to be seen to be believed. One number + one card = one miracle.

Where's the Money?
A bank-note and serial number divination effect, which introduces Colin's innovative hands-off system for identifying which one of five spectators is hiding an object. 100% accurate, with no electronics and no prevaricating!

Will ESP Cards Match
Becker's classic 'Will The Cards Match' reworked for stage and incorporating a sure-fire prediction.

Lo££ery
Colin's favourite effect! A purely psychological influence effect which is the perfect answer to the question, "Can you predict the lottery?" A future-classic...

Winning Numbers
Following on from Lo££ery, this revolutionary handling of 'Sneak Thief' turns the effect on its head by allowing you to reveal every spectator's chosen number!

Newspaper Tear Routine
A stunning prediction of a single word from a freely chosen piece of newspaper. It involves the entire audience, with every decision made outside of your control. Nevertheless the chosen word is predicted in a totally entertaining way.

Close-Up:

Result
A stack of un-gimmicked billets become an accessible and totally practical tool which can be used to easily and openly predict anything.

Furtive Switch
A one handed, invisible billet switch that drags billet switching into the 21st Century and makes it completely practical for the real world.

Bolder Business
Colin teaches his handling for a drawing duplication which uses more than a stack of billets, a pen and chutzpah.

Serial Prevaricator
An entire close-up routine for revealing who is holding a borrowed, folded bank note and which hand they are holding it in. It concludes with the divination of the serial number from across the room.

Kolintrol
A powerful extension of Knepper's 'Kontrol', which Colin has developed over hundreds of performances. He correctly predicts the actions a spectator will make, even though they are given lots of opportunity to change their mind as many times as they like.

Double Card Thought Projection
This routine is the main reason Colin uses cards in mentalism. The spectator reads the performer's mind and the performer reads the spectator's. A truly simple and direct mindreading demonstration using playing cards.

NOTE: No returns of this item will be accepted due to the omission of the Albertest performance on disc 4. Please see the Additional File provided on this page by Alakazam Magic to view this material.

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2 of 2 magicians found the following review helpful:
Best Mentalism DVD EVER! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 2nd, 2011
Colin McLed "Opening minds" is the best mentalism DVD set I have ever purchased. He goes beyond the procedures and mechanical of the routines. His routines are well thought out and he builds layers into his presentations. His routines are not like Max Maven, Banacheck, Osterlind which are practically build upon the approach of "just follow the steps 1, 2, 3, etc. and you'll be ok." In the end, what you learn form Max, Banachek or Osterlind are "mentalism tricks" but what you would learn from Colin McLeod are "mentalism tricks in-depth."
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 3rd, 2011
Ignore the reviewer who gives this a low rating. This is one of the best purchases out there for mentalism, by far. The value here far exceeds the cost.

What you are provided is a variety of solid mentalism effects that Colin has used in his own performances. I count 15 total effects (9 stage and 6 close-up), and each one is discussed at length, with numerous subtleties, and Colin performs it live as well (and then discusses what went right and wrong about the audience portion). The cost for 4 DVDs here is a bargain.

Of the 9 stage effects, 6 for me were things I would have paid three times the cost of the DVDs for. They are things that I will work into my routine, and the reaction from these is amazing. Colin offers one of the best ungimmicked book test effects I have ever seen -- possibly the very best.

This is material for workers, not something to show your friends. They employ classic principles in mentalism, in some cases, but brought up to date and routined for impact. If you have been looking for some material for strolling and close-up, a couple of the close-up effects are equally as strong (though a few aren't).

Part of the difficulty in assigning a rating is that the effects presented are not all equally as strong. Which is true of every DVD and book I have ever purchased. I guess the other reviewer got fixated on an effect he didn't like.

The good news is that some of these are absolutely brilliant, and worth the entire price of the DVDs. You will get several effects from this that will go right into a working parlour/stage performance.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 23rd, 2012
I've seldom gotten so many effects for one price, let alone such a low price.
Many may not suit your particular style, but due to the laborious deconstruction of every effect you gain an insight into the cogs and wheels of them and could if you wanted construct entirely new effects.
One of the best deals around if you want to start mind reading.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 29th, 2012
Colin runs thru his routines with first, an intro, the actual live taped routine and then an explanation. He uses a friend, Mark, who does a nice reparte with Colin, challenges him at times during the explanantion.

Colin is honest and sincere and describes WHAT WORKS FOR HIM.....and most everthing he does can pack into a briefcase for a 60 min show. Great ideas and intellect!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 7th, 2013
This video has so many great ideas and subtleties. Some genius applications of the Dunninger Ploy. And the best version of 'any card at any number' I've ever seen. It's so brilliant and simple. Some excellent thoughts on equivoque. Well worth the money.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 8th, 2012
the work of Colin Mcleod is very good, it gives new life to the mentalist
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 18th, 2012
There is some seriously strong magic and mentalism on these 4 DVDs. Colin and his mate are entertaining company, talking through every routine in great detail, from the origin and thinking through to the execution.
Special mention goes to Quite Wordy, with a ballsy approach to the Book Test (I am still mustering the courage to perform it!), as well as seriously devious methods behind Lottery and Winning Numbers.
All in all, very good value.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 7th, 2013
The Opening Minds DVDs worked on my old non-widescreen TV.
Though these were shot with widescreen in mind, the menus are toward the center so they can be accessible on an older screen. I enjoyed the DVDs very much and learned a lot. Especially loved the close-up one on one mentalism.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 14th, 2013
I purchased this with Colin's Penguin Live Lecture (also recommended) and I learned so much. All of the effects are pretty simple and it was hard to choose which I would add to my show. The information is so good and reliable that most of your focus can be on presentation. One important thing is to order a Sanada gimmick because you WILL need it for multiple effects and you don't want to get stuck ordering that alone and having to wait for it.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 2nd, 2011
I did not see any penguin reviews so I looked elsewhere on the internet and found a positive review and I decided to make the purchase.

This is a great value. There is a lot of very usable routines and principles taught.

I took off 1 star because one of the trick demos was missing.

I must have 4 or 5 Mentalism DVDs and this is by far the best. Any of the 4 Dvds justifies the price.

highly recommended,
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