Most of what Chris Bolter taught were fundamental mentalism effects with some new handling. However,
Chris Bolter gave a solid lecture and worked hard explaining every effect thoroughly. His
presentation style is relaxed and he uses humor effectively. He comes across as likable.
Unfortunately, I felt I could not use his material as is, but his material did stimulate my
thinking. Often, I was able to see ways to carry the ideas one step further to make them punch
harder. There is nothing wrong with using well known effects to entertain a lay audience, and I
think that is Chris' main goal. I think he accomplishes that goal. If you're new to mentalism, this
is a good foundation lecture.
I'm not sure if I'd give this lecture to a beginner to watch on his/her own...Some of the methods were disappointing (such as the use of an instant st**** with the magazine t*** shows the use of a substantially weaker technique that was totally unnecessary in an otherwise good routine). Dan tries to be polite about it a few times but Chris didn't engage.
Anyway, I do agree that there are some good solid methods here and, with just a few exceptions, would be great for a beginner. however, I would probably want a beginner to discuss the lecture with a mentor. Some of the routines are easily tweaked to be stronger but this might not be obvious for a fresh-ish beginner.
If you're a beginner with not much experience, get it but talk to a mentor if you have one.