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by Dustin Dean


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Phenomental! by Dustin Dean

A mixture of clever principles and bold, high-impact routines for the serious mentalist.

Phenomental! contains some of my most powerful work to date. Inspired by the likes of Peter Turner, Michael Murray, Luke Jermay, Fraser Parker, and many more. Inside you'll find bold principles combined with classic approaches for a very modern feel.

Want to perform impossible mind miracles with no props? This ebook has it. Want to perform an emotional mind reading demonstration with a sure-fire approach? This ebook has it. Want to learn how to use suggestion and bold methods to achieve the impossible? Then this is the ebook for you.

Influenza: Influence a participant to think of anything you want with this sure-fire method. That's right. Anything!

The "WatchStop" Principle: A clever, brand new principle that allows you to cause a moment of synchronicity for two participants. Can be totally propless.

Vaporize: A routine that creates an amazing experience for a participant. Cause someone to feel a deck of cards (or photos, index cards, business cards etc) to slowly dissolve in their hands. Leaving only their thought of card.

The Mind-Meld Principle: An amazing principle that can be used to enhance many routines. Create an initial connection between two participants' minds and demonstrate how this newly created bond can cause the impossible to occur.

Master of Puppets: A completely propless and gimmickless routine. A PK touches style effect that causes your participant to be under your complete control in the most impossible way.

The Muse: An incredibly well structured routine that causes a very emotional moment for your participant. Make your mind-reading meaningful with this powerful effect.

Out of Uranus: My take on the classic "OOTW" routine. Easy and completely impromptu.

The UP-Force: Pick up on a very specific memory from your participant, then divine the exact object they are thinking of from that memory (even it's color)! Oh yeah. And did I mention it's completely prop-less?? (Special thanks to Mr. Cassidy and Peter Turner for making this what it is today.)

Read what others are saying about Phenomental!:

"Inside this lovely little book are nine effects from the mind of Dustin Dean ranging from visual mind control effects (Puppet Master & Influenza) to a really really clever collection of small subtleties (UP-Force & WatchStop Principle). This a really nice collection of effects by a very ambitious bright mind that has worked through these ideas enough to ensure they work as well as create the proper "outs" when needed." - Jakob Michaels

"I've had the chance to read through this book and I must say that it truly is brilliant! Dustin is a super clever guy and the ideas in here are just Phenomenal! (pun intended)." - Sasha Crespi

"Dustin Dean's Phenomental! has very interesting concepts which I'm sure performers will enjoy. Influenza, Up-Force and WatchStop are easily worth the admission price - they surely got my mind in a creative state once more!" - Andreu

"Just finished reading Phenomental!, loved the Up-Force!" - Peter Turner

"Dustin Dean already has several successful releases to his credit - HandWhich being one. With Phenomental! he has drawn on his extensive knowledge of mentalism and served up some real delights. It contains a good mix of material and with something to cater for all tastes and many situations. The material is practical and solid and with script and presentational ideas to help." - Neil S. (Magic Cafe member)

"I bought it sight unseen. Glad I did. It's nothing but great top to bottom. I even used one effect on a couple of friends and their kids LITERALLY 45 minutes after reading it...totally impromptu (after rummaging through their drawers that is) I even got my dog involved. Do yourself a favor and send this man 30 bucks post haste. Well worth it. If you are anything like me (and I wouldn't wish that on anyone) you've paid much more, for much less, many times. You've also regretted it MANY times. This will not be one of them. Get it." - Eric L (Magic Cafe member)

1st edition 2015, 67 pages.
word count: 11580 which is equivalent to 46 standard pages of text

Reviewed by Christian Fisanick (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Monday 19 September, 2016

It's almost de rigueur in the mentalism field to put out a book, usually with nine effects, and slap a price tag of $30 on it. And the old adage goes that if you find at least one thing that you'll use, it was a good purchase. I have mixed feelings about Phenomental. First, you get eight effects, but it's more like five effects and three forces/subtleties, not full routines. I'm going to have to try out Vaporize even though I'm not a fan of dual reality. The Up Force is intriguing, like something that should be in Banachek's next volume of Psychological Subtleties. I think Influenza is the strongest routine here, though truth be told, it's a variation on an old Annemann idea, one that Looch and now Alexander Marsh have also gussied up. (And the video performance of it, in front of what appears to be a women's lavatory at a park, is completely underwhelming, especially since it edits out the move that you need to do.) The other stuff, like yet another handling of Out of this World and the WatchStop Principle, which is hardly original, really didn't do anything for me. I will say though that I was impressed that a few things actually used sleights, something that you don't see much of in mentalism, and that's good.

Overall, is it worth the 30 clams? Probably not quite for me. I had kind of the same tepid feeling with the author's Hand Which, where I liked a couple of his ideas, didn't like one in particular at all, and wasn't blown away. Influenza by itself might be worth about $15, Vaporize $9.95, and the Up Force belongs in a larger collection of psi-forces. I think the tipping point for purchase might be if you want another handling of OOTW. If not, Phenomental is probably a pass.