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A lifetime of secrets from one of mentalism's underground legends!

Over the last 25 years, Doug Dyment has been performing his unique and powerful mentalism around the world. Yet, for the most part, his material has been kept private - except for a few limited release manuscripts that are long out of print. Now, Vanishing Inc. is thrilled to partner with Doug to present his most cherished signature routines.

"Calculated Thoughts" is a stunning 400+ page book that finally unlocks the door guarding what Ken Weber refers to in the foreword as "mentalism's best-kept secret". There are more than 40 complete, audience-tested routines detailed in this massive text including Doug's diabolical DAO system that allows you to perform impossible card magic without needing to remember a single card, as well as his "Quarto," which is beloved by many of the biggest names in mentalism and heralded as one of the best billet tears ever to be published.

These are some of the most beautifully-constructed mentalism routines we've ever seen. From a simple, yet powerful, marking system for ordinary Bicycle Playing Cards to a memory aid with your feet, a drawing duplication, an impromptu star divination, an entire chapter on just ESP cards, and even a unique way to "slice" your thumb and heal the wound, there's something for everyone. The book also contains what we believe to be the best impromptu magic square ever described in print.

Unlike some other performers who publish numerous books or create expensive one-trick manuscripts, Doug Dyment has truly compiled a lifetime of carefully-refined work into one comprehensive resource. This is a refreshing book that is sure to spark creativity in any mentalist or magician.

"Doug Dyment is one of the deepest thinkers in mentalism and Calculated Thoughts is his Magnum Opus. The depth to which he explores each of his chosen subjects is simply breathtaking. He shines a highly perceptive light into some of the darkest corners of mentalism technique and reveals insights that will remain with the art for decades to come."
- Marc paul

"For those who've not had the chance to enter the mind of Doug Dyment...your time has come! For those in the know, it's time to give thanks that all his material and much more are now available in a gorgeous hardcover book. I predict this will become a neoclassic of modern mentalism."
- Raj Madhok

"Now you have the opportunity to dis-cover what, up until the publication of this book, has been one of mentalism's best-kept secrets; you are about to dip into the vast creativity of Doug Dyment, a true "underground" genius."
- Ken Weber

338 pages. Hardback.

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Pristine is the word that comes to mind Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 24th, 2021
I'm not finished reading, but I didn't want to wait till I was finished to leave my impressions for anyone on the fence about ordering this. This book is simply exquisite. It is by far the most beautiful magic book I've ever owned. So many thoughtful touches went into the design, and every page is printed in high gloss color on thick paper stock - like a really nice magazine paper.

I haven't been active on the Magic Cafe in a long time, but what I remembered from reading Doug's posts there in the past was how deeply thoughtful and precise he was with every answer that he gave and the advice he gifted. The thinking and writing contained in this book follows in that same vein - so precise that sometimes you start to wonder if the amount of exactitude is truly necessary but then you realize that you're just making excuses for why you haven't put this much thought into your own work. Doug's thinking will challenge you to revisit your favorite routines and strive to approach them with a higher order of thinking. Doug clearly approaches mentalism as art, and you can feel his passion vibrating in the fibers of every page. I think this book is an unequivocal masterpiece.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 22nd, 2022
This booked is over-flowing with incredibly well thought out, practical ideas for the mind reader. Doug Dyment has put a life time of highly evolved thinking into this master work.

The content is exceptionally good.

The production values are the highest I've seen in a magic or mentalism book.

This is a book you don't want to miss.

Highest recommendation.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 8th, 2021
I don't normally write many reviews but I told myself I must write a review for this book. Firstly, the amount of information here is really worth it. I like magic squares and have read quite a few books on them and I was wondering how much more can you tell about magic square magic. Boy, I was shocked. Amazing thinking and every topic in the book is just amazing. This is the kind of book that makes you feel its worth buying one book instead of 10 tricks. Every section is so well written with details that I all I could do was shake my head and think Doug is a genius.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interest in general depth of creative thinking in magic. I like the last part and I am inspired to become a "Cold Reader" or buy a nice decent Tarot deck. Thanks Mr. Doug Dyment.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 25th, 2021
Challenging.
Gots lots of things to work.
If you want to keep learning and
growing in the subjects it is about
you should get it.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 16th, 2022
I received the book two days ago (Oct 14th). I have been reading it all day yesterday. I had never heard of Mr.Dyment until very recently. I am very glad that I did. This book is a gem. It ranks among the top books in my magic librairy. The work on the memorized deck, magic squares and the center tear is outstanding. The author's creativity is impressive. He adds and improve on everything that he touches.I have been into magic for almost 60 years and all I can say is that I have rarely been impressed that much by a magic book.
If you appreciate intelligent thinking, buy this book. You will be a better magician and your audiences will benefit from it.
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