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.