Mental Voyage presents Altriotto
, the second collection of mentalism effects from the mind of Paul
Carnazzo. This is an ebook that includes photographs for one of the effects taught. In Altriotto
, you will discover 9 close up mentalism effects:
This Side Up - a never fail heads/tails prediction. A prediction is presented, and then a participant flips
a coin 5 times (more or less if you wish). The participant is given the chance to change any of the results
until they are happy...of course, the prediction is 100% correct - including whether or not the
participant would change any of the results.
Positively No Force - a no force, never fail version of Positive/Negative using five (real or imaginary)
coins (contributed to an upcoming project by a well known mentalist - TBA later)
Uncrushed - a borrowed water bottle is crushed. Using mind power only the bottle uncrushes itself.
The bottle is borrowed and never touched by the performer. (This effect was contributed to Mindblasters USA by Peter Duffie)
The Wannabe Serial Killer - a tale of an unlucky serial killer unfolds, and his bad luck is put to the
test. (Two versions are included - photos included!)
Instant Psychic - two participants select cards from a shuffled deck. The deck is shuffled again and
handed to a third participant. Miraculously, he is able to find the two selected cards.
The Bucket List - the topic of "Bucket Lists" is brought up, and a participant thinks of an item on their
"Bucket List", and is asked to imagine they are experiencing the event in their mind. The performer takes this journey with them and correctly describes details what the participant is visualizing, and correctly names the thought of item! (This effect was contributed to Ran Pink's T-Rex)
iShiner - a great utility item using an iPhone (contributed to J. Prager's Swipeit)
Eye-Tunes - a participant is asked to think of the last song they listened to on their iPhone or iPod
Touch. The mentalist starts to "receive" some sound bites, and correctly names the actual song.
Cursory TK - a willing participant is able to move the cursor on virtually any computer screen using
only their mind!
1st edition 2012, 70 pages.
word count: 12408 which is equivalent to 49 standard pages of text
Reviewed by Christian Fisanick (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★ Date Added: Saturday 29 October, 2016
Paul Carnazzo describes his ebook Altriotto as a collection of eclectic mentalism effects. And eclectic they are--and for your $25, there are nine of them, and they are excellent. So excellent in fact, that a few of them are going right into my close-up repertoire. What I like about this ebook of effects is that they are direct and right to the point (and there's only one card trick). But then again, I love everything the Paul puts out, and I have a lot of his stuff, the absolute best of which is his other book Carnage; Dreamweaver, possibly the best single card wallet mentalism effect ever; the fantastic Lookout Wallet (best business card peek wallet around); PaC Stack; and his brilliant and surprising The Test Book Book Test. I am a huge fan and use tons of his stuff.
But back to the ebook at hand. If you are familiar with Paul's Carnage and The Test Book Book Test, it should come as no surprise that a couple of the effects here rely on one of his pet utility gimmicks. It's a gimmick that I never leave home without because it's so unknown to both magicians and laypeople, yet you can fry minds with it. He tells you one way to make it, but you can also buy the commercial product, Neil Tobin's The Xpert. Even if you don't use it for any of the Carnage/Book Test/Altriotto effects, you can do Tobin's unbelievably great coin-bending routine. Check out Penguin Magic, and pick one up. I should mention that although you will need to make/buy a gimmick, and there are some other arts and crafts involved, Altriotto supplies reproducible photographs for a couple of the effects, which is very cool.
So if I sound like a gushing fanboy, I am. Paul Carnazzo never disappoints. He's creative, he takes old ideas and refreshes them, and he writes well. You can't go wrong emulating this American titan of mentalism.