At first read, I was slightly dissapointed as this somehow seemed to be the least propless of all of
Pete's material I own. He goes very in depth in the introduction about how he believes propless
mentalism shouldn't stand on its own, but instead be accompanied by effects using props. Which was
very surprising to me because Peter seems, at least to me, a guy who uses primarily propless
A Nifty introduction:
Nonetheless; after my first read through I felt a bit
lied to. The very first trick not only involves a prop to reveal the information, it REQUIRES it in
order to be surefire. I was very dissapointed at first until I realized the beauty of it. What Peter
did was create a very good excuse to introduce a billet into play in a way that feels natural
(should the trick fail). Basically, the performer writes down a name on a billet and holds it
between his hands, and the spectator guesses the name, which is a different name almost every time.
If you already use a billet peak, use this effect first, there's no reason not to as it is over in
about 30 seconds. 7/10 for me.
An ACTUAL propless way to guess a name a
spectator randomly generates in their head. This probably works 95% of the time and the process is
fairly minimal. Probably the easiest effect to perform on this download. 8/10
A Name and A
My favourite effect of the entire download! It is very surefire. One participant is asked
to think of a name and the other thinks of a place and the performer reveals them both with 100%
accuracy. This being my favourite effect, is sadly the least propless on the download. Requires two
billets, and Pete even mentions how to make a gimmick for it, though it isn't necessary. 8/10
The Phantom Dictionary Test:
My least favourite of Peter's effects on the download (aside
from the uninspired input from other creators at the end). The premise is very fun though. The
participants create an imaginary dictionary and then think of a word from within it, then the
performer divines the word. Most spectators will not think of the right kind of word and it is a
little chancy and maybe even a little obvious to the brighter individual. Pete revisited it
afterwards and added a way using your cellphone to make it so the spectator has a larger free
choice, but I found it quite lazy, and not that direct. 4/10.
RRV by Pablo Amira:
This is my absolute least favourite on the entire download. Even just reading through the
performance description it sounds stupid. The spectator thinks of a fruit, colour, or anything
really as they, get this, deal out an imaginary set of alphabetical flash cards while the performer
"closes his eyes"! XD. Not only is it lame to watch, but all the mystery is taken out of the effect
as the audience will always know which letter they chose, and therefore probably able to guess the
exact word they are thinking of. Just use a billet for goodness sake! 2/10.
The best of the guest performer input. A spectator generates a random pin code
in their head and the performer divines it one digit at a time. The method is quite direct and feels
super real. This has got to be the most difficult on the download however. Quite a bit of
memorization and practice is required to pull this off, but it would be amazing in a stage show.
Colour Seer by Fraser Parker:
A spectator imagines a colour and the
performer... sort of reveals it. It's very process heavy and certainly cannot stand on its own. In
theory, this could be used effectively as part of a larger set. Personally I think it is long,
boring, and lacks credibility. 3/10.
So this volume is a great volume that will take
multiple read-throughs to fully understand the theory and even the effects and gets progressively
worse as you read. There are a few distracting typos here and there and Peter does tend to ramble a
little bit (which he's been getting better at not doing recently). Overall, it is worth the listed
price. Would recommend to intermediate magicians/mentalists as well as working pros. If you are ever
caught in a bind, there are a couple really good nuggets in here that are ACTUALLY propless.