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Silent Running (Regular Edition) by Ben Harris
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POSSIBLY THE MOST AMAZING "THINK OF A CARD" METHOD IN YEARS!
In addition to the above, STEVE SHUFTON contributes further nuance for card workers and presents "SPEECHLESS"-a devastating version of "The Open Prediction".
As a very special treat, professional mentalist DEVIN KNIGHT provides TWO FULLY DEVELOPED ROUTINES-each bristling with fine detail and subtlety. Any of these bonus items are worth the price of admission on their own! PLUS additional ideas and effects from BOB CASSIDY, PAOLO CAVALLI and JASON MESSINA.
What they're saying about SILENT RUNNING:
"This is so much more than just an effect. It is a powerful subtlety that is a must have for your mentalist toolbox."
- Banachek (USA)
- Nathan Kranzo (USA)
"This is going to become the best effect of 2010 and possibly of the decade...the genius magic engineer Ben Harris has done it again."
- Chris Wasshuber (Lybrary.com)
"Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!" - Marc Spelmann (UK)
"I highly recommend Silent Running to serious students of the art as well as to professional workers."
- Bob Cassidy (USA)
"The perfect effect for those times when someone says 'Do Something' and you have nothing with you. With this effect you need only your mind."
- Devin Knight (USA)
"I love the newspaper Card Stab as it has the perfect combination of drama and impossibility. Great stuff."
- Peter Duffie (Scotland)
"I will definitely be working this- amazing stuff."
- Dee Christopher (UK)
Pages: 60 - Saddle Stitched, Photo Illustrated
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Customer Reviews (showing 1 - 4 of 4)4 of 4 magicians found the following review helpful:
Fairly simple. The work is on you. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 23rd, 2010
I'm always on the look out for good mentalism effects that are big on presentation while not requiring days of my life in tireless study to accomplish. "Silent Running" sounds like the perfect fit as the spectator thinks of a card and the magician names it, causes it to disappear from the deck, or stabs it with a knife from an shuffled, covered deck. It's sort of a hit-and-miss project that you will either love or hate.
First of all, it's fairly simple to learn. There is a little bit of patter and action you must master (as in most mentalism) but you can get it done in perhaps 20 minutes of good study. After that, it's all in presentation. I applaud the author for giving us 3 very solid ways of telling the spectator what their card was, and I can easily see where they would fit into most environments. The card stab is very high on presentation, but limited in where you can do it. The best choice is the "Dissolving Card", where the spectator counts the cards and finds one missing one: the one they thought of. I prefer his other suggested method, and that's having a blank card in the deck so the spectator finds one blank card and it is supposedly their thought-of card.
None of the choices are necessarily impromptu except the "Direct Mind Read", and even that requires pen and paper. There is a huge bonus section, however, where several other magicians have included their suggestions for using this principle for other versions of the effect, and that practically ensures something for everyone.
The price works for what you get, and I feel I've spent the money wisely on this effect. I won't necessarily do it as the book lays it out, but I've learned a valuable principle I can use for other effects.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 27th, 2010
I'm going to give it to you straight.
In every effect on this you do need props. Direct Mind Reading (the "Propless one") needs pen & paper.
Also, Direct Mind Reading is total bull. You, in all likelyhood, will never use it during your shows.
Other than that this book is great. The Dissolving Card is hard-hitting. In combination with an Invisible Deck, it's almost pure mentalism.
The Spirited Card Stab seems to be a great stage effect. However, I'm a Close-up magician, so I might never use it. If you are, though, you probably will use it forever.
The Bonus Section has many great ideas. You are sure to find something in there for you.
Overall, I recommend this book. I wish it were cheaper, but, oh well. Go ahead and buy this.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 19th, 2010
I got this document as an ebook..
I read it, and i loved it.
I have effect for no prop moments, and THIS is my thought card effect
You need to be experienced with a few techniques ( for mentalist uses )
For magician perspective, you have an incredible effect
A thougth card vanish and appear in your pocket, or anywhere.
I can´t believe I spend $40 on this... Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 15th, 2010
Wow, I can´t believe i spend 40 bucks on this, the description is very misleading, I think this trick is worth $7 or $8 but not $40. You have to ask questions to the espectator and you can fail on 2 of them... great mind reading skills?
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