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The Prodigal By Atlas Brookings (Instant Download) The Prodigal examines the method by which you can create pure, direct mind reading - miracles that can be performed whilst in a straight jacket, with no props at all if you so choose.
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"Seriously, this is underpriced...A vast amount of theory and applicable content is squeezed into this... After I get it all integrated, this is going straight into my naked repertoire...

This has a huge amount of information to digest, but it's 100% workable, and Atlas has brought many, many new ways to work with this to the table. I think that many don't use this principle simply because a work this all encompassing has never before been written on the topic. This really fills a previously gaping hole in mentalism and opens up many doors.

This is incredibly underpriced in my opinion.

I rarely get to say this in reviews, but this is a solid 10/10."
-Bill Dekel, Author of the MindCraft Series

"Good stuff...well worth the attention of many mentalists. Very thorough coverage and history of this method. Congratulations.

l love what you have to say about this method and technique."
-Greg Arce, Author of Deep Thought, Four Thought, and Lost in Thought

"The first thing you should appreciate reading this is the amount of work and thought that has been put into this product. This is not a cut and shut job like some products that are being released presently...If you want a better understanding of this area of mentalism grab this while you still can, this book will open new doors and windows for your thinking. Great work Atlas!

Great book, great thinking, great price!

Grab it see what all the fuss is about."
-Peter Turner, Author of Dare to Be Bold and Isabella's Dream

"This is a fantastic read. I must admit this pdf takes a very old method and gives it a good shake down. I have always avoided using this sort of thing in my act. I've never been comfortable with working it. Having read over this very fine piece from Atlas I must confess, I am a convert. The 90 paged pdf is crammed full of information, explanations, examples and ideas. This work was not hurriedly thrown together, it is immediately obvious that a lot of time and care and effort has taken place to bring this release to fruition. I am impressed. I will be reading this over a good few times to give this method the respect it is due. Many of you will be familiar with the method but I imagine even those that already use it will learn from this in depth exploration.

Well done Atlas, you have certainly changed my perception and attitude towards this chestnut of mentalism.

This is a must have!"
-Derek Heron, Corporate Entertainer

"This is some great new thinking and fits really well with 'Naked Mentalism' and the whole approach of getting as close to the real thing as possible. A very accomplished release indeed." -Jon Thompson, Author of the Naked Mentalism Series

"Overall, my initial impressions are 'thank god, someone has needed to write this for a long time' and that the material provided is real world and incredibly workable. Great job Atlas."

"The Prodigal is an essential for any serious mentalist's library, or anyone wanting to finally learn how to use one of the most misunderstood, yet unquestionably powerful techniques in
mentalism."
-Jakob Michaels

"Atlas has done for this principle, what Docc Hilford and Max Maven did for magicians choice. IMHO

Well written. No fluff. Good stuff."
-Stephen Young. Thought Illusions

"This is, quite simply, excellent.

I've always love the idea of what is presented in this manuscript, but never thought it a viable tool to work with. Atlas has done an excellent job breaking down each and every step of the process, making it a very workable endeavor.

Yes, you'll need to work with it, and practice, like all things. But after reading The Prodigal, for the first time I'm actually excited to put in the work.

I can't wait to further develop this and incorporate it into other routines. The effects and systems included are an excellent, excellent value, and is enough to get anyone started right off the bat. But for me, the real value lies in obtaining a very precise manual on how to master the art of a very undervalued principle in mentalism...This is one of the best purchases I've made this year, in terms of furthering the knowledge of my craft."
-Rich Orvec

"The Prodigal' has resulted in me spending far too much time developing new effects.

It really is a lot of fun and I'm getting great satisfaction from each one I develop. I have road tested one of the effects in the book and it works really well.

If you use the psychological mentalist approach (as I do) you will find this to be an excellent resource, works like this are few and far between for this approach. However, if you don't use this approach, it is still an excellent resource!"
-Seamus Macguire

"One method, a plethora of effects! Highly recommended!" -Scott Marshall

"I recently acquired The Prodigal. There was a lot of buzz about this and I wanted to let everyone know - that it lives up to the hype. The PDF is a strategy guide for conquering the branching anagram. The "super hero" anagram alone is worth the price but it is the "thinking + strategy" of the most effective way to use B.A.'s and disguise its use, that makes this PDF so darned good. Thanks Atlas - great stuff and job well done." -Ben Cummings, Creator of Conversations with Mind Readers

"Fantastic job Atlas! This is without a doubt the best source of info out there on the subject. Truly brilliant thinking and I am struggling to decide what/how to adopt or adapt as The Prodigal is an embarrassment of riches!" -Dr. Bill Cushman, Creator of Dr. Bill's Bend

"Atlas Brookings is a thoughtful creator who has compiled a detailed and thorough resource for anyone who is looking to deceptively and entertainingly use branching anagrams. The Prodigal is a joy to read, and I think that will be the case even for those who do not call themselves mentalists. Brookings' dedicated research into this method is inspiring. Such a passion for study and improvement should be something we all aspire to." -Arthur Trace, Magic Magazine



"Most of us have seen those shows on television where someone takes something to a flea market or rummage sale only to have an expert in possession of a trained eye come along and see through all the age, dust and patina that comes with neglect to discover a hidden gem, a priceless and coveted item.

All too often in Mentalism, a method is not what we expected or wanted it to be. As a result of our perceptions, we walk away and leave it behind. Over time, it is forgotten and gathers dust until one day, some expert comes along and shows us just how amazing this little item truly could be if it was polished and lovingly repaired rather than cast aside, scorned and esteemed as naught. Only then is our true appreciation won.

The Prodigal was written with the sole intention of demonstrating the value of one misunderstood and much maligned method, and offers glimpses of masterworks that can be built with it.

It offers a true demonstration of pure mental powers - void of pencils, scraps of paper, envelopes, gimmicks, or any of the accompanying apparatus that walk hand-in-hand with other effects and immediately serve to trigger skeptical reactions in our audiences - suspicious that they are being deceived, just unsure as to how.

The Prodigal examines the method by which you can create pure, direct mind reading - miracles that can be performed whilst in a straight jacket, with no props at all if you so choose.

As others are fond of stating - "You can perform this naked."

The Prodigal offers you strong, convincing Mentalism in its purest form.

90 pages long, this e-book offers up a number of strong close-up and stage-worthy mind reads, bolsters performance material based on psychological forces, offers methods of performing impressive ungaffed book tests, and outlines a means by which actions taken in radio studios or corporate headquarters hundreds of miles away can be accurately revealed. Better than all this - it establishes a creative platform upon which you can expand and create your own distinctive feats!"

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4 of 5 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 13th, 2013
I bought this book after reading great reviews on cafe.

I have been working with PA (progressive anagram) for long time to come up with a clean zodiac divination and I bought this book with the same intention.

However I was deeply disappointed. This, I feel is a beginners guide to PA. It does build on few aspects related to PA but is nowhere path breaking as endorsed by others.

The basic problem with PA is fishing and though the book addresses it, the solution provided is neither complete nor 100% convincing. I wish there was ATLEAST one performance video to support the book's theory.

This is 40$ wasted.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 12th, 2013
This work is surprising in many ways. For once you really get what is advertised`, butwhat I actually liked most is the approach on teaching. Don't expect an ebook just giving you some tricks and routines. Instead The Prodigal will provide you with an in depth look on an old and proven principle in mentalism. A much needed in depth look. There's a big difference between knowing a lot of different principles or effects and mastering one. In my humble oppinion, this work provides you not only with a tool but also with the knowledge to use it wisely. If you are serious about mentalism and not just browsing for the next big thing, you should seriously consider picking this one up.

P.S.: Why just 4 stars? For me a five stars rating should not be used inflationary. It's reserved for the few life changing events in your life time. I'm still young. Or so I hope...
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 20th, 2013
This amazing book takes a principle that I'm sure most of us have used from time to time (even our Mother used it) and turns it into a powerful method for miracles. Mr. Brookings seems really to have thought of everything. I have read this book cover-to-cover twice and, if somehow it disappeared from my collection, I would buy it again in a heartbeat. It is a reference that I will use again and again for great ideas and strategies. My favorite quote from the book is as follows: "I have never seen a method that can be used so subtly and convincingly by a serious mentalist, but so obviously and clumsily in the hands of someone that hasn't put in the work." Amen!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 9th, 2013
At the suggestion of someone on The Magic Café, I looked up and bought The Prodigal. I have been interested in Progressive Anagrams (Panagrams) since I first saw Richard Osterlind's closer in Live Without a Net. I only thought I understood "panagrams". The Prodigal has brought my understanding of them to an entirely different level. Atlas Brooking's deconstruction of history, context, sourcing, and performance tips are phenomenal. If panagrams are part of your repertoire, you really cannot go wrong with this book. I've returned to the drawing board of my scripts and feel certain that what emerges will be light years beyond what I had.
He begins by freely admitting that successful panagram use requires some work, then explaining how and why the work put in is far exceeded by the results. He next gives some outstanding instruction on how to make it (using the panagram) "make sense" in the context of your performance piece. Audience management, and ensuring you maintain control are thoroughly covered in at least 4 sections of his manuscript, as is a brilliant lesson on how to ensure the "effect" is not so isolated within the context of your entire show, that its method might be deduced.
Throughout the second section of the book, Atlas provides real performance examples to drive his points home, using different "mentalist" approach styles - Psychic or Psychological performers alike stand to learn a great deal from this wonderful work. There are some wonderful gems throughout the book that are almost too numerous to mention.... With the word-count limit I've got here: Buy the Book! Is all I can say.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 4th, 2013
This effect is truly a complete guide to this method. Even you you've never thought this method worth using this ebook will change your mind.

It goes through everything, from fixing any problems with the method, to what to do to ensure it isn't obvious, to even presentations and full methods.

Overall well worth the price!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 21st, 2013
Recently, I was in a jam regarding an upcoming TV performance & Atlas suggested that I try his "Prodigal" effect. I still cannot thank him enough. After reading only 20 pages, it had rekindled my interest in learning this classic method of REAL mind-reading!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 10th, 2013
The prodigal deals with a subject well known but often overlooked by seasoned mentalists. Atlas does not simply teach you to use this method he helps you to understand how to use it properly, how to avoid the pitfalls and how to create the illusion of true mind reading.

Atlas has a writing style that is a joy to read. He includes several powerful effects and a ton of nuances and psychology that is transferable to other effects and other methods. For the seasoned mentalist this book will likely give you a new found respect for a method you may have already discounted.

For the beginner to mentalism this book will give you a powerful method for reading someone's freely selected thoughts with out them having to write a single word. It will also give you a very solid grounding in the presentation skills to deliver mentalism effects.

Highly recommended!,
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 10th, 2013
To my mind, this is one of the most essential mentalism texts I have read in quite some time. An in-depth analysis of a technique that is often either avoided or mis-used, The Prodigal has opened my mind to new possibilities and hence strengthened my performances.

There is memory work to be done in order to fully utilise the information in The Prodigal, but the effort expended is well worth it in order to furnish yourself with strong, impromptu, billetless routines that involve your spectator and feel like real mind-reading.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 10th, 2013
Atlas has taken a well-known, though often avoided mentalism tool and honed it to a sharp-edged weapon!

I have personally steered clear of using effects that rely on this type of principle, fearing that it may be perceived as somewhat transparent, but, as Goldstein did for Equivoque, Atlas has taken this beyond the level of 'magic puzzle' to what can be experienced as profound and pure mentalism.

In summary; a 'progressive' approach to a mentalism classic that will open your eyes to the real possibilities it can achieve and in the right hands will provide incredible results.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 9th, 2013
Atlas Brookings has done a fantastic job on this.
Naked mentalism at it's best.
Once you get your head around the BA system you are truly onto a winner.
Atlas goes into so much detail in this 90 page e book.
A big thumbs up.
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