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Totally Free Will by Mark Chandaue

A masterclass on having complete control over someone's free will. 15 routines, guest contributors, and beautifully produced. LIMITED RELEASE. 4 IN STOCK.
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In 2004 Deddy Corbuzier released his original Free Will routine and it has since become known as a classic of modern mentalism. Mark Chandaue has spent around 10 years developing, refining and exploring new methods and approaches to this famous effect. Some of this thinking has been shared with a handful of close friends and collaborators and included in lectures. However, until now, he has resisted calls to release his complete work on this plot and held back most of those versions for his own exclusive use. Now for the first time you can learn his full work on the ‘Free Will’ plot from this acknowledged expert.

Through his previous releases Harpacrown and Ophiuchus, as well as his face to face lectures, Mark has become known for practical material that has been fully audience tested. With 40 years working in magic and mentalism, Mark’s name has become synonymous with high quality, workable material.

Totally Free Will is a deluxe 176 page beautifully bound Collectors edition that has been fully illustrated by Phill Smith and beautifully produced by Haresign Press. With a foreword by Deddy Corbuzier himself and contributions from Mick Wilson, Steve Drury, Stephen Young, Drew Backenstoss, Mark Elsdon, Michael Murray and Patrick Redford.

Inside these pages are 15 approaches to the ‘Free Will’ premise. The routines cover a variety of different presentations and methods that all build on the original ‘Free Will’ concept but often lead to versions that feel like completely new effects. Included are presentations based on graphology readings, voice reading, influence, predictions and games of Rock, Paper, Scissors! There is even a version that can be performed over the phone. In the title effect every choice is completely free, the prediction is completely unambiguous, and the participant holds the top of the prediction before any choices are made and never lets go – yet still it is shown to be correct!

Also included is a full description of Mark’s Chandauelope, a utility device utilised by many well known mentalists including on T.V. This devious envelope was first described in Harpacrown and now is expanded to allow for up to six outs.

Totally Free Will really is the most comprehensive work on the ‘Free Will’ plot to date.

Mark has applied his left field thinking to the Free Will premise with excellent results. Different methods are explored as are their presentations and everything has that Chandaue attention to detail that makes sure everything has meaning and context.” -Darren Woolf

“By using a couple of techniques and principles together Mark has come up with a routine I would love to perform… your participant can literally do anything, choose anything, change their mind, swap with you – or with the item they freely chose to discard earlier, why not?? Change their mind again, and again if they wish…. and yet: you have predicted the final outcome of this game.” – Phedon Bilek

“The teaching and attention to details are an absolute joy to read” – Gary Lawrence

“Thank you Mark for making this little Gem Glow….” – Deddy Corbuzier

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 5th, 2020
I first fell in love with the Free Will premise after seeing something like it in Marc Paul's Alakazam Lecture and added it to my routine. After getting great responses and feedback I began looking into its different variations. It popped up again in Paul Vigil's Live Act, the version I currently carry for walkaround mentalism. All in all, I've been using free will plots for about 6 months now, but I'm not ashamed to say that I still didn't really know much about them, their origin, variations, and evolution. It was shortly after my exploration began that a trusted friend on here (The Unmasked Magician) tipped me off to Mark's book.

This is the first book by Mark that I've read and I can safely say it's a hit for me. He's an entertaining and intelligent author and clearly demonstrates a firm understanding of the fundamental concepts behind a free will plot such as scripting, timing, outs, equivoque, and other contingencies. It's worth noting that within the first effect he mentions that if the idea of "Out to Lunch" is unfamiliar to you, then it is possible you found this book "too soon" in your journey into mentalism. Initially, I thought it was a bit bold of him to set his own 'recommended level of entry' (so to speak), but it's a pretty fair level and a valid point, to be honest. It's certainly not meant to discourage anyone from reading. He plainly states that if you aren't familiar, it may be beneficial to go back and familiarize yourself with more classic material before revisiting his, but it isn't absolutely necessary and there is still much to be gained from reading this at any stage in your development. I think I discovered this book at exactly the right time in my own journey.

As for the content, there is some overlap here, but that's to be expected in a book examining variations on a single premise. The selected effects utilize a variety of presentations from a spectrum of quality creators. Despite all sharing the same premise, the material never felt repetitive or redundant; each variation brings something new to the premise or fleshes out ideas that were established in another. The referenced materials in this text will also give curious budding mentalists some homework for the near future.

I especially enjoyed Drew Backenstoss and Patrick Redford's contributions; I already knew Drew's from his outstanding book Architect of the Mind, but I was glad to see Patrick's material here as well (both of them are amazingly gifted creators that I've quickly come to respect and appreciate as guides on my own journey, the same can now be said for Mark). Both of their effects are previously published in projects by their respective creators, but they are excellent additions that certainly belong here.

That does mean some of the other featured routines are previously published, but that doesn't mean there's nothing new to be found here. Mark's own routines were some of the highlights for me. I loved his effect Free Balling; I actually got to try it out a couple of separate times this morning with my coworkers (my regular trial participants) and love the way it plays out. The colored papers also allow you to work in a bit of color reading if you're into that. There was also something fitting about using colored Post-It notes in an office setting Smile I'm definitely adding it to my table/parlor set moving forward.

Another real bonus (for me at least) was the inclusion of a handful of flow charts of the possible outcomes in a few effects. As a visual learner, I get excited when I see a flow chart or infographic, so that was a nice touch. To clarify, the flow charts are not included with every effect, just the first few, but they really aren't necessary if you've got a handle on the basic premise.

For those that don't already have a favorite Free Will effect or perhaps aren't familiar with the premise, I highly recommend finding a copy of this book. If you already have a favorite presentation and are intimately familiar, I would still absolutely recommend this book to help evolve and polish your current Free Will effects or discover something new. Also, it's simply a gorgeous book worth collecting, love the green leather binding. Haresign Press is quickly becoming my favorite publishing house for quality content in a beautiful binding. This book fits perfectly on the shelf alongside Architect of the Mind and The Intrepid Young Rogue's Manual of Deception.

At its low price point of $65 on Penguin (with free shipping) and all of the quality content within, this book is an absolutely amazing value.

I'll try to post a follow-up review once I've had a chance to demo more of the other material, but on the quality of the book and Mark's material alone
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Mark provides humor in explaining background and the how to aspect of Free will. I found it a bit repetitive in what I felt was not really advancing the basics or the plot. There will ,however, be some free will tricks that I will use.
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Mark provides humor in explaining background and the how to aspect of Free will. I found it a bit repetitive in what I felt was not really advancing the basics or the plot. There will ,however, be some free will tricks that I will use.
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These are several variations of the Free Will effect, and as with any collection on a single trick there are some strong ones and weak ones here. The thing I don't care for is the fact that a few require a very, very expensive item from ProMystic in order to make them work. If you already have the item, you probably already do these very effects as described, so I can't imagine this being as beneficial.

Some of the effects require other props such as trick wallets and such, and there is definitely some memorization needed for a few of them. However, if you are going to add this effect in your act, you'll probably find one version here you can use. I really love Drew Backenstoss's version which uses a "word disassociation test" as the opener and kicker end. There is also an effect using three different color paper balls that is wonderfully visual enough to be adapted to a stage routine once you have the memorization down.

Again, I don't see anyone using all of these, but I do think this is very beneficial for those who are looking to bring this type effect into their show. If nothing else, this will spark some very creative thinking toward creating your own version over time.
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An excellent book on different applications of Free Will principle. This book will undoubtedly open up new avenues of thinking on how to use this principle. Recommended.
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