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"A Piece Of My Mind" is collection of mentalism routines, discussions and principles by Michael Murray developed over a ten year period. Known the world over for his unique approach to mentalism plots this is sure to become a classic text upon this subject.

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  • Springboard (Principle and Routines) - Teach your spectators a skill that will allow them to read minds.
  • ATM (Routine) - Seemingly discern the PIN number of a random spectator and then wipe all traces of it from their memory.
  • Tattle Tailed (Routine) - Possibly the greatest ESP routine ever devised.
  • A Brave New World (Routine) - A brand new approach to the OOTW plot.
  • Dave's PIN (Routine) - A propless method for revealing the PIN details of five spectators.
  • Picasso (Routine) - An in the minds design duplication of sorts.
  • Comparative Uncertainty Principle (Principle and Applications) - A method for truly reading your spectators thoughts.
  • The Pandora Principle (No Memory Reading System) - A simple system which will allow you to give highly accurate readings for certain people.
  • The Inversion Technique (Principle) - Change the way your spectators will think about your routines using a simple change in performance context.
  • Making it Memorable (Technique) - A method which will allow your spectators to recall your performances years after the event.
  • What Does a Mentalist Do? (Introduction) - A brief introduction into the propless section of the book.
  • Read My Mind (Short Essay) - A simple method for removing challenges from your spectators.
  • Principles Within Mentalism - A simple introduction into the use of principles within mentalism.
  • Small but Deadly (Technique) - Strengthen the way your audience interprets your effects using "favourable objections".
  • Thought Unlinking (Principle and applications) - Learn how to do pre-show work "real time".
  • Thoughts on Billet Work - Some thoughts and suggestions for the use of billet work which detail Michael's thoughts on how/why thoughts should be written down.
  • The Circle of Truth (Short Essay) - An examination of the logic of billet work.
  • Crossword (Routine) - A billet routine which allows you to apparently write down the spectators thought ahead of time.
  • The Racket Switch (Technique) - A new method for switching a billet.
  • Animal Instincts - Discern your spectators thoughts using the answers to three questions.
  • Consulting the News (Suggestion/Routine) - Predict a word that is genuinely decided upon by two spectators.
  • On the Level - A method for building rapport with your spectators.
  • A Sight Unseen - A simple billet routine used to demonstrate some of the points highlighted earlier within the text.
  • The Boomerang Force (Principle and Routine) - A method for allowing you to control your spectators choices whilst they are changing their mind.
  • Cal-Ender (Principle and applications) - An amazing principle which takes advantage of a mysterious flaw within an iPhone calculator.
  • Daylight Robbery - (Routine) - Genuinely discern the PIN codes to two spectators mobiles (even Sherlock would be impressed).
  • Personal Identification Number (An Out) - A language based pseudo PIN number reveal.
  • Un-Real - (Principle/Routine) - A psychological quirk forms the basis of a "Liar Truth Teller" routine.
  • Sublime Influence (Routine) - Prove how your unconscious thoughts may be manipulated by what we see.
  • Bonus - Once Removed (Routine) - A novel take on the think a card plot.
  • Spectator as Mind Reader (Essay) - An essay which provides some insight into this often "loved or loathed" plot.
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    Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 24th, 2016
    If you want to see what modern mentalism, post-Corinda, is all about, then dip into Michael Murray's A Piece of My Mind. Therein you will find page after page of brilliant routines, principles, subtleties, and advice that range from the simple, but why-didn't-I-think-of-it, way to do a cold reading and how to make your performance memorable to startlingly original stuff like the Comparative Uncertainty Principle, Springboard, and Between the Lines. Each one of these major items is probably worth about $30, so even though the ebook is $60, it's an outrageous bargain. By the way, one of my favorite things is called Cal-ender, which is a combination reverse Add-a-Number/Divination of PINs using a bug/undocumented feature in an ungimmicked iPhone calculator. I just about fell over when I read it, a minute later tried it, and it worked! Genius. How on earth do guys like Murray discover these things?

    Anyway, as you can tell I am as enthusiastic as everyone else about this book. (OK, there is some stuff using DR that isn't for me, but hey, to each his own. It worked for Dunninger.) Though not for beginners or the faint of heart, the material here, if studied and refined, will turn you into something close to being a real mindreader.
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    Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 14th, 2015
    This book is a gem, and is really pushing thinking both philosophically and practically. There are such solid building blocks for you to build your own material, and also such good pieces that have been worked out and are completely performable. I almost don't want people to know about this book.
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    Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 28th, 2014
    michael murray is a very respected man he is so intelegent every effect of his new book is blowing mined the book is teach very well very clear always make me want to read his book if you one who like mentalism of coure you will love this book 5 star !!!!!!!
    put it in your cart with closing your eyes
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    Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 8th, 2014
    If you love clever mentalism, amazing ideas innovation , and thoughtful reading this is the book for you.

    The thinking is great and effects are unique. Well done
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    Lots of Great Material - Not for Everyone Report this review
    Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 29th, 2019
    There's a lot of material here and it is very clever and well-explained, unfortunately, most of the routines and principles did not appeal to me (see below). I know others will feel the same. I would recommend this to mentalists that do parlor/stage performances and perform for different people each time or hobbyists that like learning new and clever principles.

    Final score: 7.5 out of 10

    The Details:
    With all the praise and hype surrounding this book and my previous positive experience with Michael's "Beyond ESP" products, my expectations going into this purchase were quite high: I was expecting to want to add several of the routines to my walk-around and stage mentalism acts right away. However, after reading, and re-reading, the book, I will only be working on the first two routines (Tattle Tailed - a 5 for 5 ESP matching demonstration between two participants; and ATM - a PIN number revelation). While I do believe there are routines in here for anyone who performs or is interested in performing mentalism, most of the material will appeal to the hobbyist or professional who regular uses D**l R*****y, "spectator as mind-reader," "prop-less mentalism," and psy*****ical forces. Professionals or hobbyists looking for sure-fire, bullet-proof routines that are simple in both effect and method should think twice before purchasing.

    Having said that, I'm still pleased with my purchase because I got a lot of new presentational ideas, two routines I plan to use, and the book did get my creative juices flowing. I just won't be using as much of the material from the book as I had expected. Michael seems like a really clever guy who knows the field of mentalism as well as anyone - I really wish I could whole-heartedly recommend "A Piece of My Mind" and add to the 5 star reviews.

    -Great value for money: you get a lot for your money in terms of quantity of material and several of the routines are marketed separately.
    -Great Production Quality: It's a well-produced softcover book in black and white on good quality paper.
    -It's well-written and basically free of grammatical and spelling errors.
    -A lot of clever thinking that will get your creative juices flowing.

    -While there is a lot of material, it will have limited appeal and most of the material is only for certain types of performers
    -Be prepared for a lot of shameless plugs for various products and creators, including from Michael himself. Sure some of this is to be expected, but the amount in this book felt excessive.
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