I just finished watching volume 2 and a little underwhelmed ( see my review of Vol1) There are a
couple of good pieces on this tape - I liked Bert Reese Secret and Para Optic - both got a good
response from the studio audience and I could see the possibilities with these two effects.
Yggdrasel is a multi phase ESP card routine - it had a couple of interesting phases but overall the
audience looked as bored as I was . The Prophetic Tissue was anti climatic and the audience was
not that impressed. I have the same critique as Vol 1 - the performance are very strained and some
almost non existent - that's ok because it gives you a chance to see if the effect has strength on
it's own. The strength in the series is in the explanations and seeing how he has added
improvements to the old effects. I love the material Mr Osterlind has produced so far but I am
Luke warm on this series. I was hopping it would be right up there with 13steps which is excellent.
Vol 1 was off to a good start but unfortunately did not follow through - maybe Vol 3 will - I will
not be purchasing the remainder of the series. I still recommend purchasing the book and maybe one
of the tapes to get a feel on how a master like Mr Osterlind can update old classics
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Annemann's Practical Mental Effects Vol. 2 by Richard Osterlind is okay. I was able to get what I
consider three workers out of the nine mentalist effects covered. My favorite is "Dead," because it
is impromptu and simple. If presented properly, Dead can be baffling and spooky. The other two
effects I liked were "You and Me - Yours and Mine" and "Par-Optic Vision." If you are new to
mentalism, the methods and presentation techniques that Osterlind covers will be valuable. I
generally like all of Osterlind's material and tend to collect the complete DVD sets. From that
viewpoint, I am glad to have it.
It's me again and from vol 2 I found these effects to be the best.
They are ''You and Yours - Me and Mine ''''Extra Sensory Perception'' ''Ultra Addition'' ''Par -
Optic Vision''.All four are easy, practical and strong.
Thank you Mr Osterlind.
The nonchalant demeanor by which this presentation is presented to the spectators really makes the
dvd and performance move slowly. The work is not impressive, it's clumsy. I've never wanted to
fast forward a magic or mentalism dvd before this one. Very low energy. The reason the audience
doesn't see the MORE THAN OBVIOUS MOVES is because their eyes become so heavy with boredom that the
performer can get away with anything. This "Columbo" style of magic doesn't work for this
performance, though I imagine some performers could pull it off in a comical, fun way. Lennart Green
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