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Mind Blasters
by Peter Duffie


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Mind Blasters by Peter Duffie

The ultimate collection of mind-blowing English mind magic! Some of the world's top mentalist's tip their mitt! After the success of Miraculous Minds - Scotland goes mental Peter Duffie pulled off an even bigger job covering England with 41 contributors and 57 sensational routines. Do the math yourself, this is the quality and quantity bargain of the year.

[There is also a sequel of similar quality to this extraordinary ebook: Mind Blasters 2.]

The contributors in the order in which they appear in the ebook are: Marc Paul, John Archer, Wayne Dobson, Stephen Tucker, Paul Hallas, Christopher Williams, Abracadaver, Les Johnson, Harold Cataquet, Andy Nicholls, Shiv Duggal, James Ward, Stephen Jones, Russell Hall, Roni Shachnaey, Lewis Jones, Scott Creasey, Barry Cooper, Al Smith, Roger Curzon, Andrew Brown, Anthony Brahams, Dominic Twose, Justin Higham, Mike Hopley, Roger Ferriby, Todd Landman, David Britland, Walt Lees, Andi Gladwin, Chris Hare, Chris Wardle, James Brown, Olly Crofton, Paul Gordon, Steve Cook, Stephen MacRow, Mark Elsdon, John Holt, Doug Segal, and David Penn.

  • AAA Serial Number Divination (Marc Paul) Marc divines the serial number on a borrowed bank note - ANY time - ANY where - without ANY preparation. New to Marc's AAA series - never before released!
  • Shuffle Challenge Too (Marc Paul) A hands-off miracle! You show a deck of cards to be all different. These you then shuffle and then set in front of the spectator. You do not touch them until the end of the effect. The spectator is asked to think of a number between 1 and 52, this number is a free choice and is never revealed to you. While the spectator is concentrating on their number you make an open, verbal prediction of a playing card, let's say the Five of Clubs. The spectator now shuffles the cards and then they deal down to their secret number. When they turn over the card that they randomly arrived at it is the Five of Clubs.
  • Back to the Future (John Archer) Spectator thinks of a card in an invisible deck. You remove that very card from an envelope that has been on the table from the start. No card index used, but you'd swear that John had to have used one - it's that clean. Or you might just 'swear'!
  • Fluke (Wayne Dobson) A red and a blue deck are introduced, both cased. The red deck is given to a spectator. You ask this person to THINK of any number from 1 to 52 and then name it. They might say 27. You remove the blue deck from its case and spread the cards face up on the table. One face down card is seen in the middle. This proves to be the Four of Spades. Turning back to the person with the red deck, you ask which number they thought of earlier - he replies 27. He now removes red deck and counts down to the 27th card. Miracle of miracles...the 27th card is ALSO the Four of Spades!
  • 58 to 1 (Stephen Tucker) Someone thinks of one of the 58 locations, and ... you reveal it!
  • ACAARN (Stephen Tucker) Any Card At A Revealed Number!
  • Still Battling Along (Paul Hallas) An alphabet deck is placed on the table and then two packets of cards are shown, one containing female names and one containing male names. Four people give single digit numbers and each is used to count down to a letter card. The selected name is now revealed, and the alphabet letters arrived at from the counting are turned over to show that they spell out the selected name!
  • Ungaffed Entourage (Christopher Williams) Gordon Bean's amazing Entourage is made even more amazing as Christopher dispenses with the gaffs.
  • Predictext (Christopher Williams) You send a prediction to any spectator's mobile phone and then prove your prediction to be 100% accurate!
  • Con-Flatulation (Abracadaver) You ask three spectators to name any Animal, Vegetable and Mineral. You have predicted the outcome on a card in your wallet. Easy method.
  • Remote Viewing Magic (Les Johnson) You divine the content of a freely chosen picture using remote viewing.
  • The Knight's Tour (Harold Cataquet) If you've ever wanted to perform the classic Knight's Tour and found the prospect daunting - then this new approach from Harold Cataquet is your answer.
  • Seeing & Believing (Harold Cataquet) The performer writes down a prediction, and tables it. A note is borrowed, and the note is shown to have the same serial number as the prediction. The note is returned to the original owner, but the serial number has changed. The prediction that the performer made is now blank.
  • Borderline Location (Andy Nicholls) Andy Nichols exploits a flaw to create something flawless!
  • Out of the Ordinary (Andy Nicholls) A spectator predicts the colour of cards as they are removed from the deck. A prediction placed aside at the start of the trick details how many the spectator got correct and lists the incorrect guesses.
  • A Good Year (Shiv Duggal) Using a deck of cards, choices made by a spectator are shown to have been predetermined!
  • Frequency (Shiv Duggal) You appear to memorize a deck of cards...even if your memory is like a sieve!
  • What's in a Word? (James Ward) Perform miracles with a deck of 50 words!
  • Sentimental Journey (James Ward) James' excellent take on the Chris Carter/Doc Eason "Anniversary Waltz."
  • 1812 (Stephen Jones) Force any large number...simple as that!
  • Titanic (Stephen Jones) Two spectators each think of a find them!
  • The Blackwood ESP test (Russell Hall) This one from Russell could have beaten the James Randi $1m Challenge!
  • The Inquisition (Roni Shachnaey) Bizarre Magick with a gripping script.
  • Concord (Lewis Jones) Any Card at Any Number! Anyone shuffles the deck. One spectator picks out any card, by freely cutting the deck herself. A second spectator, with the deck in his own hands, deals out any number of cards himself. Bingo.
  • The Eternal Triangle ([la=105827Scott Creasey]) Scott Creasey (creator of the incredible BIP Book) has created a powerful and engaging prediction using the Major Arcana from a Tarot pack. Perfect for walk-around.
  • Are you a "real" mentalist? / The ABC of ESP (Barry Cooper) Two thought-provoking essays from Barry Cooper.
  • Tryangle (Al Smith) A spectator thinks of any World Champion Snooker Player. The magician divines the name.
  • Friendly Persuasion (Al Smith) Is the persuading done by a combination of verbal and physical cues - body language - and perhaps a hint of regular Extra Sensory Perception?... Nuances so subtle that they are not suspected or detected. Or perhaps not. It could be just a trick.
  • The Devil Rides Out (Roger Curzon) The face of the Devil visibly changes into a randomly selected number in a very visual and stunning a manner.
  • The Living & the Dead (Andrew Brown) With 8 portrait cards and total freedom of choice, it would seem impossible for you to have predicted the outcome...but you have.
  • The Clairvoyant Card (Andrew Brown) A red-backed card found in the deck matches a spectator's selection. Easy - powerful - no sleights.
  • Cabin Book Test (Anthony Brahams) Uses an ungaffed book and can be presented either as a prediction, or a mind reading experiment.
  • Drawing Close (Dominic Twose) A drawing duplication using an old gambler's dodge.
  • Double Minded (Justin Higham) Two spectators each think of a card ... you read their minds and find them!
  • Two-Person Book Test (Mike Hopley) Without saying a word at any time, your assistant is able to divine a word that a spectator is thinking of. You repeat this several time. Finally, as a variation and to round off the experiment, your assistant asks the spectator to concentrate silently on the final digit of the page number. This, too, is successfully divined.
  • A Card in Motion (Mike Hopley) First you read a spectator's mind, and then you cause her chosen card to travel...
  • The Ghost of the Ferry Boat Inn (Roger Ferriby) A strange story culminates in the revelation of a name that only the spectator could know.
  • My Ching (Todd Landman) A spectator chooses 8 cards from a pack of 64 I-Ching cards. But the outcome is already sealed in an envelope that has been in full view from the outset.
  • Fooler's Gold - T. A. Waters (David Britland) David Britland explains a wonderful routine & a lesson in scripting from the late T. A. Waters that was originally destined to be included in a series for the BBC called The Mind of Dr. Frost.
  • Ring Master (Walt Lees) A small bag is displayed from the opening of which dangle several pieces of rope. You explain that tied to the end of one is a valuable gold ring. The others have nothing attached. Several members of the audience are allowed to pull out the ropes until only one remains. Whoever gets the ring can keep it. In true Just Chance style, nobody wins the ring. You remove the final rope and show the ring hanging from the end. You untie it and invite a spectator to feel inside the bag. A small card is discovered bearing the message: "The Ring always stays with its Master!"
  • Mentalist's Luncheon (Andi Gladwin) Taking an old principle, Andi has hit on a new peek device that is failsafe and ever-so-easy to use!
  • Crab (Chris Hare) This is a great and unexpected prediction effect that can be performed for any size of audience.
  • P.S. (Chris Wardle) Three random spectators - three chairs - 5 coloured balloons and a deck of ESP cards all add up to an entertaining and baffling triple prediction.
  • Dark (James Brown) While your eyes are completely covered by a spectator you are able to name freely chosen cards. Then to top it off you cause a card to change into a free selection whilst it is held by the spectator. Remember, your eyes are securely covered throughout.
  • Caught 3 Times (James Brown) Using their imagination, three spectators cause their selected cards to appear one at a time between two face up Queens whilst they are holding the cards.
  • Three Thoughts (Olly Crofton) A Freudian Opening, A Three-phase card trick and A Mad Explanation from the creative mind of Olly Crofton.
  • Twin Peeks (Paul Gordon) The ultimate Peek Deck. Paul tips this previously marketed effect that has fooled a lot of knowledgeable people.
  • Thought Stealer Rethought (Paul Gordon) A spectator merely thinks of a card. he then spells its name by dealing a card for each letter and is amazed to find the very card he is thinking of!
  • Balls 2 (Steve Cook) You place a cup on the table and cover the opening with a piece of card. Three invisible coloured balls are tipped from the cup and placed in line on the table. The spectator is offered a free choice of any ball; the other two are eliminated. You then cause the spectator's selection to materialise, and then likewise with the other two balls which were discarded.
  • Barefaced! (Steve Cook) You display a packet of blank cards and the spectator takes one and writes any word or number on it while you look away. The designated card is turned face down and cut into the packet. You remove a 'special card' from your pocket and write something on this card, which is placed in full view. Under these 'test conditions', the spectator's card is removed from the centre of the packet and his written thought is seen to match yours.
  • Brain Fry! (Stephen MacRow) You and a spectator both think of a card. The spectator looks through a shuffled deck and removes the card which they believe you are thinking of. The spectator's card is placed next to your card on the table. You now reveal the card you are thinking of. It is shown to be the same card that the spectator placed on the table. You then reads the mind of the spectator to discover which card they are thinking of and this is also shown to be correct.
  • Bottle Capped (Mark Elsdon) Thirty or so beer bottle caps are shown to all bear different logos. They are then turned logo side downwards and mixed. A spectator selects one - it might bear a Budweiser logo. Congratulating the spectator on his excellent taste, you bring an open, full bottle of Bud out of your coat and enjoys a drink!
  • Best Telephone Trick (Mark Elsdon) One of a group of people decides on any object, person or place – real or fictional – and phones a random number from any telephone directory. The person who answers the phone (who genuinely is the stranger listed in the directory,) immediately tells them what they are thinking of. No mobile phones are used, nor codes, or gimmicks.
  • Brainwave-2 (Mark Elsdon) Two spectators each name any random playing card. You spread a blue backed deck revealing the two freely named cards are face up. Not only that - but they have RED backs.
  • Absolutely Positive (John Holt) You remove a prediction from your pocket. A spectator is given three imaginary coins to place on the table. In their imagination, one coin is selected. The spectator, again using their imagination decides whether the coin is heads side up or tails - they might think heads. All this is done without the spectator saying a word. You draw attention to the prediction. The spectator opens it to reveal a blank piece of paper. The magician draws the spectator to the other contents of his pocket on the table - one coin, and it is heads side up - matching their imaginary choices exactly!
  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Cluedo (Doug Segal) Using the props from the classic game of Cluedo, you successfully predict the murderer, weapon and place. This is a great audience-participation routine.
  • Drawing Duplication - A Video Bonus! (David Penn) Link to an on-line video presentation by David Penn in which he describes in great detail his excellent Drawing Duplication method. [Note that you can download this video from your digital shelf. Look for MP4 and WMV download links.]
1st edition 2008; 196 pages.
word count: 73778 which is equivalent to 295 standard pages of text

Reviewed by Derek Renfro (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Saturday 21 February, 2009

I very rarely offer reviews on a product or book as I very rarely find something that delivers more than my money's worth. However, Mind Blasters is definitely in the category of "more than your money's worth". I found several items which I feel are each worth at least the price of the e-book . Many of these items could be sold individually for the cost of the whole collection. Some examples: AAA Serial Number Divination, Back to the Future, Still Battling Along, Con-Flatulation, just to name a few.

After almost 30 years of mentalism and magic I am quite critical when an item sounds too good to be true. None of the items in this collection fit that category. Although not all of the items fit my performance style, there is enough material here which I will use, that I feel as though I got the better end of the deal!!