I saw Gerry perform his Q & A routine a few years ago in his Vegas show. It was stunning! As a
fellow mentalist who also performs Q & A at almost every show, I was staggered at the amount of
thought and detail that he injected into his performance. The reveals were dynamic and powerful. He
cleverly used other effects to cancel out possible methods in the minds of the audience and left
them with absolutely no explanation for what they had just seen. The gasps and stunned reactions
proved that Gerry is a master showman with a creative mind and a tonne of experience under his belt
and now YOU can gain access to that experience in his fantastic new book.
shares his knowledge and explains everything you need to know to create your own Q & A act. This
book it NOT for the absolute beginner you must have had some stage time and you must understand
about basic mentalism techniques. From this starting point Gerry will lead you on a journey that
will end with you knowing EVERYTHING that you will need to know about Q & A. Interestingly, he has a
rather unique way of getting you to the point of feeling completely comfortable about performing a
full blown Q & A act. I wish I had known about when I was younger!
So many performers shy away
from Q & A as it’s notoriously difficult to learn. The problem is that you can’t stand in front of a
mirror and learn it like a feat of sleight of hand. The effect MUST be performed with people so you
can only learn it by doing it in the real world. This takes guts and a leap of faith in your own
abilities as a performer. Many are not comfortable in taking that leap. If that sounds like you,
then this book is a MUST HAVE as Gerry’s unique approach WILL work for you. What he does is teaches
you three different routines. The first is a completely structured and scripted approach. You know
what information will be coming from the audience and you will deliver your reveals each time you
perform in exactly the same way. Next he teaches you a semi – structured routine that allows for
some improvisation and freer interaction with audience. Finally he teaches a fully blown Q & A where
you have no idea what the audience are going to write on the question cards and therefore gives you
complete freedom to improvise. I have not seen this approach before and I have to say this is a
GREAT way to learn Q and A. You build up your experience at improvisation and how to answer ANY
question with no fear or worry of failure. This is an extremely intelligent approach to learning Q
and A and it’s great that Gerry has shared it with us.
This book is fantastic…I can’t recommend
it highly enough. If you are considering performing Q and A you simply MUST have this book.”
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I've been performing a blindfolded Q & A act for some time now.
Once I started doing it, it
quickly became my absolute favorite part of my show. I studied and performed various Q & A methods,
watched other performers, took big risks, etc. It is the way I close both my corporate act and my
public shows and it never fails to please my audiences and it's a thrill and challenge to perform!
Along comes Gerry's book and there was absolutely no question in my mind about ordering it.
I was clicking and ordering it within minutes after discovering it was being released.
Everything you need to know to perform a Q & A act is in there, for beginners and experienced
pros alike. His "13 Performance Tips" and practice routines alone are worth the entire price of the
After reading it, I instantly put some things to work in my current act to improve
it even more. Last night, after a public show I perform regularly in a comedy club, I overheard one
lady in the audience say "I wasn't really buying it too much at first, but then he got BRIAN and I
was, like, WHOA!"
No fluff in this book. Just concise, straightforward and solid
real-world knowledge from a master who has perfected this act with over 4,000 live performances.
And he's sharing it all with us. THANK YOU, GERRY!
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I loved reading this. I already have Q&A mechanics I'm happy with but this book was well worth for
the tips on presentation.
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When I saw Gerry McCambridge perform his Q&A routine in Las Vegas a few years ago, I thought, "How
great would it be if he taught a course on how to do it!" I even thought about writing Gerry a
letter to inquire if I could pay him a large fee to privately teach me his approach to the Q&A.
Then I thought, "No way, he would never agree to that. After all, the Q&A is THE major routine in
When I discovered Gerry had written a book detailing the exact methods he
uses (and there are several) I was absolutely thrilled. This book delivers the goods, explaining in
detail the inner workings of his superb Q&A routine.
If you get the chance, go see
Gerry's show in Vegas. It's one of the best Mentalism shows I've ever seen. He is a consummate
professional, and the show is fast paced, interesting, funny and very entertaining.
seeing his show, if you want to learn the secrets to Gerry's Blindfold Q&A, get this book and devour
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Gerry's Vegas show is easily one of the most successful (if not THE most successful) Q&A acts in the
business. It's a great pleasure to read his insights into the mechanics and psychologies of the art.
While no single work is definitive on all the possible ins and outs of Q&A, Gerry's is an
extremely well rounded and informative book, offering a tremendous foundation for new minds
exploring the act, as well as a garden of interesting possibilities for the more seasoned worker.
Perhaps the strongest portion here is his take on the blindfold work, which can be applied
to numerous other routines and ideas, outside of just the Q&A. His blindfold tips have led me to
what has become my general go to for blindfold magic and mentalism.
Another very worthy
inclusion here are scans of actual Q&A slips Gerry has received over the years. These are terrific
inclusions for practice in ways of disseminating the info in an entertaining way, as well as
practicing reading needed information that has been handwritten, and potentially difficult to
decipher, due to sloppy or harried handwriting of spectators.
While I recommend also
exploring other works on Q&A, to gain a deeper understanding of the nuances and mechanics of
presenting the act (Bob Cassidy's Master Class, also here on Penguin, is a spectacular resource),
you can't at all go wrong with the building blocks Gerry shares in this book.
This is a
great addition to my mentalism library, and enormous thanks go to Gerry for sharing his many years
of experience and success in this plot.
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The emphasis in the book is on a blindfolded act. I am not interested in doing my Q&A with a
blindfold but his advice on giving back information plus his material on what he considers
foundational routines was more than worth the price of the book
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