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Mental Zen

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by Jason Messina
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Mental Zen by Jason Messina

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Mental Zen is the first ebook in a series by Mason Mess. In this first volume the goal was to take a classic technique of mentalism and squeeze it till beautiful drops of mentalism came pouring out. In other words, armed with just a simple technique, read serial numbers off borrowed bills, q and a, ACAAN, muscle reading, coin bending, blister effect, mind reading and much more. With virtually no sleight of hand.

By using a host of powerful strategies, you'll be able to instantly perform all the classics of mentalism with ordinary props found anywhere. No gimmicks or sleight of hand. Just simple technique combined with clever applications. Yes, the secret is simple but the impact is powerful. In addition to the above effects, you'll also learn two different bank night type effects, a living and dead test, a secret Spiderman trick hidden in the book, a brand new way to do Wi, teleportations, a bunch of prediction effects, a drawing duplication and a book test.

Plus, you'll learn The Lucky Principle, 3 new ways of doing Chicago Opener and a bonus effect by Ted Karmolovich, called License To Ill.

Some of my favorite routines in the book are the coin bending (so super easy with hardly anything to do), the blister idea (the blister effect is not explained, just a cool way to get into it) and the bank night effect.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • A Brief Guide To Expert Technique
  • Notes On Basic Method
  • Q and A
  • Bank Night
  • Serial Numbers
  • Predictions
  • Wi
  • Dead Or Alive
  • Mind Reading
  • People
  • Fortune Telling
  • Muscle Reading
  • Focus
  • Chicago Style
  • Blister
  • Cards
  • Celebrity
  • Coin Bending
  • License To Ill
  • Credits

1st edition 2016, 65 pages.
word count: 13975 which is equivalent to 55 standard pages of text

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Reviewed by Christian Fisanick (confirmed purchase)
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]   Date Added: Wednesday 01 March, 2017

I was familiar with Jason's Tube effects, which are really fun, modern, high-tech things, but I didn't know what to expect with one of his other ridiculously low-priced mentalism books. When I read it, I realized that he had taken one hoary, tried-and-true, classic mentalism method and applied it to some hoary, tried-and-true classic mentalism routines like Dead or Alive, Bank Night, and Q&A. And while I'm tempted to tell you what the classic method is, I won't--but you'll know it. (Hint: If you have Nardi and Spelmann's wonderful impromptu mentalism DVD, The Unexpected, you'll see the inspiration.) I'm still smiling. The method is not original, nor are the routines themselves, but I couldn't help but really enjoy this little ebook. There is good thinking involved here, very good thinking indeed, to take a single concept, refine it, and apply it across the board to such disparate routines. There's even a bonus routine by the great Ted Karmilovich that, with a tiny bit of pre-show, would be a killer. I'm going to check out more of Jason's $4.95 bargains. One small word of advice: Jason, please fix the layout of the ebook. Double-spaced text with no paragraph indentation and triple spacing between paragraphs is not only ugly with all that white space, but it's also hard to read. Otherwise, for the cost of a Starbucks, you'll definitely pick up a routine or two to add to your repertoire.

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