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Fundamentalism by David Eldridge (DVD Download)

The complete mentalism show of David Eldridge all on one DVD.
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Fundamentalism, the complete mentalism show of David Eldridge all on one DVD. All the classics are here, including some you've probably never heard about. The props fit nicely in your pockets and the routines can be performed just about anywhere.

  • DAVID'S ESP ROUTINE - A self-working three-phase routine using an ESP deck. David has used this effect for years and you'll love the "hands-off" feel of it.
  • DAVID'S ESP TRICK - This is a great example of "Apparent Spectator Control," wherein the spectator believes that she is controlling everything when, in fact, she controls nothing.
  • FLIP FLOP - A spectator holds a packet of 5 ESP cards and makes free decisions as to which cards are flipped over. At the end of all this flipping and flopping, you show that you've predicted the outcome in advance!
  • ESP WITH PLAYING CARDS - This is a three-phase routine using a borrowed deck of playing cards. There is a lie detector test and then a called-out revelation, and David caps it all off with a terrific sandwich effect.
  • HOY BOOK TEST - This is mentalism at its strongest! Far and away David's favorite book test, and you'll see why -- anytime, anywhere, from any book!
  • PICK-A-DATE - Easy to do and a wonderful effect. Two random quarters, two spectators, and one amazing moment of magic!
  • JUMBO 8 CARD BRAINWAVE - A stage-size version of a close-up classic!
  • THE ENDLESS CHAIN GAME - While this isn't really mentalism, it is included here because it is so much fun to perform!
  • THE GREY ELEPHANT IN DENMARK - An old classic that David has used to great success. You'll use this in close-up, on stage, even on the radio!

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 30th, 2010
i usually do not write reviews but it is usually a bad sign when a DVD product doesnt have a video preview...the reason for this is if anyone saw it, no one would buy it. worst magic purchase ever. not for mentalists who arent beginners
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 27th, 2021
I am a professional mentalist.

This is simple mentalism. I like it simple, so that is a plus. Much of it is very heavily based on other's work which is why I am giving it four stars. It does say it is "Basic Mentalism" and it is called "Fundamentalism" which should be clues that this is simple and old.

All of it is strong except for "Flip Flop" which is WAY too long.

If you are a beginner then this is a good DVD for you. Even if you are an experienced mentalist, there are good routine ideas.

My favorite is David's ESP Routine. It is hard-hitting and has multiple predictions throughout.

As for the grey elephant in Denmark, this was overexposed in the '80s or '90s, but I think most laypeople have forgotten it. Especially 20-year-olds who were not around when it was overexposed.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 3rd, 2019
I'll be as nice as possible here. The presentation is lacking and sets a bad example of what mentalism should look like. The tricks, with the exception of the swindle, were not good effects. There may be one or two that you are amused by, but these are not workers. There is not one trick on here that I would consider adding to my personal repertoire.

The Good- The swindle was interesting. I wouldn't present it as mentalism though. It's a neat trick that you could have a lot of fun with. But, it isn't worth the price of the DVD.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 2nd, 2012
This DVD is excellent mentalism for a close up situation, using ESP cards, Playing cards, and jumbo cards. Magicians will scoff that it is too simplistic because none of the methods are clever or devious. But the best mentalism effects are always simple in method. This allows the performer to place full emphasis on presentation. None of these effects is slow or tedious as some mentalism effects tend to be. All flow and build, often to multiple climaxes.

All effects are well attributed to original sources which inspired the changes that David has made. The video quality is excellent. The explanations are very clear.

David’s opening 3-phase ESP routine is an especially good demonstration of routining for close-up mentalism. It flows naturally from simple mindreading through complete separation of the ESP cards into matching sets. Along the way David gives tips on proper equivoque and subtleties of card handling that seem to mix the cards randomly while maintaining control.

The Flip Flop routine demonstrates mind control of several spectators at once as they all arrive at the same conclusion after making their own random choices.

David’s ESP with Playing Cards effect is another 3-phase routine which demonstrates presentation and timing in card revelation using what would be considered trivial methods well-disguised by presentation.

The proper handling of the Hoy book test using borrowed books is near perfect.

Over al,l this is a good DVD to study for presentation of effects in the manner of mentalism rather than as tricks of magic. Excellent!
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