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UK mentalist Phill Smith is known in the industry for his in-depth thinking on the art and his Mythology Trilogy (Mitox, Yokai and Mokele) contain dozens of essays and ideas for presentations, alongside unique 'premise' pieces, jumping off points to create your own exciting never-before-seen persona for performing. These essays are collected together for the first time in Theory, a 146 page ebook containing revolutionary thinking that will take your performances to the next level.. and beyond.

Included are essays explaining how to use secret knowledge from the design industry to bomb-proof your effects, increase their impact and hit harder than ever before, ideas on how to build the effectiveness of your speech and vocal presence, ten amazing ideas for creating your own effects from scratch, and Phill's brilliant 'so what' technique, for taking bog-standard effects and making them something incredible.

Theory is a grab-bag crash-course in Phill's unique philosophy of performance and will enhance your performance in almost every way. Download it today to level up.

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Phill Smith is a great thinker and writer on mentalism, the follow-up to his "Mitox Triology." "Theory" is a collection of essays designed to educate and inspire. This is not a book for the armchair mentalist or someone who does a trick or two at the Christmas party, but rather an entertaining exploration into the theory of the art for the pro.

Many of the chapters are instantly useable and will open your eyes, like "So What?" and "Universal Principles: Crashing and Burning." (Smith has a cute out if something goes awry.) A few are just existential musings like "Life Before Death," and then there's "Power in Speech," which is well written but will mystify anyone who has seen Smith's Penguine Live Lecture. (How can someone with such good advice to teach be such a weak performer? I hope that it was just a bad day.)

Overall, this is a tremendous value for the thoughtful, philosophical content you get. I've been thinking a lot about the things Smith has to say, and I find myself re-evaluating my own methods and performance. It's not a book for everyone (Warning 14-year-olds: There are no tricks here. Move along.), but for those who understand its value, it's pretty priceless.
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