This is a man who knows his stuff, but LOVES the sound of his own voice. There is a great deal of
talking in between effects and almost non stop talking as his primary method. As this is mentalism,
to a large extent this is acceptable, however his explanations are long sermons also.
explanation of finding out the day and month of someone's birth he talks about looking for the
spectator's "reaction" - but he does not elicit what this so-called reaction is. Is it a blink? A
smile? If the spectator is poker-faced there must be some body language "reaction" but WHAT!!!
I found myself being intrigued and then frustrated by both his effects and his explantions,
therefore I have only given 3 stars!
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For those who have purchased any of Peter's work you already get a sense of what to expect with
I really enjoyed the casual format of this set as it has an intimate feel which
completely sums up Peter's style.
The set goes over some great effects with that
Turneresque feel of boldness. While there was some rehashing and re-visiting of some of his previous
works, getting to see him perform live and hear his theory and concepts for is work is ALWAYS
inspiring... (At least for me personally)
Overall, this would be for the true performer and
for the higher intermediate to advanced mentalist. There is a certain level of confidence or as
Peter terms it "boldness" required to pull off some of these feats and a willlingness to fail which
ultimately should be present for any mentalist.
In summary... This is great!
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This is not your average mentalism DVD. The effects taught on these videos are like nothing you've
likely seen before. I do want to warn that any beginners who purchase this download will feel
cheated. If you have, however, been into mentalism for a while you will see how awesome these
techniques truly are. Peter is an extremely good and interesting teacher. The format of the videos
was wonderfully put together as well. I can honestly say that I will not be using all the effects on
the videos, but did enjoy the powerful insight that Peter shares. If you are serious about mentalism
and want to take your mentalism to the next level, I would recommend this download for you. If you
are not at that level yet, please wait to make your purchase. When you are ready and you do buy
them, you will not be disappointed. I promise you!
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Peter Turner is a living legend for a reason: his material and techniques work in the real world!
Freeform Mentalism is for everyone: Magicians, Mentalists, Professionals, even those that
Stop searching for the holy grail gimmick ( they always let you down ) and
start using the powerful techniques that peter Turner teaches on Freeform mentalism so that you can
entertain anyone, anywhere, at anytime!
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The material in this is incredible, but Peter does ramble quite a bit. Everything he says is gold,
but it could be formatted in an easier to understand method. I have watched this many times, and
each time I get a bit more out of it.
The routines (each one) are real workers, and
amazing. They are well worth the trouble of following Peter. I am performing several of them now and
they are jaw-droppers. This is as close to real mentalism as possible. It is a cross between
cold-reading and traditional mentalism and I can't speak highly enough about it.
a lot about being bold, and taking chances. He shows how he presents it so if it is a miss, it is no
big deal. Most of his work is not a guaranteed hit, but the deck is stacked in his favor.
The only reason I gave it a 4 is it is not as organized and understandable as it could be.
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Even if I still have to gain some confidence to put this material to the test, I can say right now
that all routines are very clever and combined with every detail that Peter gives you are just
Also Peter's approach to performing is highly motivational and you'll listen to his
cogitations with pleasure.
You need to buy it by yourself to see what I'm talking about!
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this is excellent! first !the methods for the effects are so subtle,that no one would even think
about how it's done.second most of them are impromptu and require no props,just your mind.so even if
you forget your magic/mentalism props,you can still amaze people.But this requires focused practice
and your presentation must be spot on,or else it won't work. im only twelve but I'm a really good
public speaker so it works out.if you're not as good with presentation I wouldn't recommend this to
you,but it does tell you in amazing detail on how to overcome that on the DVD.
The reason I
bought the DVD really was so you can predict someone's birthday.But the birthday prediction is the
absolute hardest trick on the DVD.I just like to focus on one trick at a time for this and after a
month or two of practicing I will have mastered it.
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I know many of you have rated this very highly. Unfortunately I can not. I have not met the
performer nor am I familiar with his work other than viewing the download. I downloaded it becuase
of the high ratings it had received.
I must say I am also older and like classical magic
and mentalism. I have been a magic demonstrator for Magic Inc., Midwest Magic, Hollywood Magic, and
Hollywood Toys and Costumes for over 20 years. I have edited over 60 magic books and have been the
featured close up performer at the Magic Castle. I say this not to impress but hope you will take my
criticsm to heart as one who has been around this for some time. Most of these comments deals with
the presentation for the purpose of learning.
First - I had a very difficult time with the
spoken language and the accent. There were times I just couldn't understand the guy.
do have a bias and I am not a big fan of tatoos and piercings. However I do understand that many of
the younger set does not have a problem with this. But, what getting the tatoos has to do with what
is being presented is beyond me. The same can be said for all the sessions holding a guitar.
Third - While many effects are presented, there isn't enough interaction with people as examples
of the work. More demonstrations would have been helpful.
Fourth - He comes with
recommendations from mages I know and trust. Kenton Knepper for example. That is good. The effects
are good and the discussion of their construction is workable. However, they just didn't blow me
out. This would be in contrast to someone like Docc Hilford whose material I do use, find clever and
when first seen by me creates a sense of awe. Maybe just a style thing for me. But his material is
more to my style.
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This download was incredible, to say the least. You are literally learning from a man who knows his
stuff. The most amazing thing is that he challenges the viewer to embrace the true notion of being a
performer, and to be creative in his own right. I have tried many of his effects, and especially
Isabella's Star, and boy, does this hit! He even said that he strives for moments of true
astonishment, no backflips, no yells, but rather a quiet moment of astonishment, where the person is
speechless due to the impossibility of the effect. From experience with these effects, I can say
that the reactions are not the main point, but rather the presentation, and through that, the
connection that can be established with other people, with complete strangers. He was right in
saying that with this kind of mentality, you will go out and start myths, and legends. These effects
are only a small fraction of what a true mentalist can do: the stars are the limit. To be able to
cause an event of mystery is one thing, but to be mystery itself... Well... That's an entire new
Very well taught, thorough, with good explanations. Of course, it will take practice,
and indeed it will not work every time at first, but once you get it down, it becomes seamless. Like
Peter said, when the worst happens and you fail.... There... That's the worst, no big deal. It's not
going to ruin your career. Just move on. Then again, this is something out of this world, thus you
cannot fail. A true magician and mentalist keeps and open mind, and works to inspire others. When
odds are against you, use your "magic" and turn the tables. This is your chance for incredible
things. Embrace the magic of this world and go out there and change the lives of others.
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I wasn't surprised that this was #3 on Penguin's best sellers list and I won't be surprised if after
the DVD's get printed, if it makes it to #1. It is by far the best release with regards to mentalism
ever put out by Penguin and probably this year.
Think about this for a second... Peter
Turner, the best mentalist on the planet, taking you through bold but completely fool proof methods
like his ACAAN handling. You get to see him do it for people in the real world. Then you get to see
him lecture on how to invoke emotion, have a lasting impression, how to have confidence to be bold,
The theory part alone is worth the price of the DVD/download. Then you get some of the
best pieces to date and as opposed to the past where they were only available in print, you get to
see him perform them in person and explain them in person.
This is a dream come true. In
the past Peter, although very approachable, seemed unsure about releasing his material. For him to
give us such a gift, how can we not pay the pennies he is asking for? I'd have paid triple the price
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