Some of the biggest names in magic and mentalism have raved about Assertive Positive Negative
, Scott F. Guinn's improvement of Max Maven's "Positive Negative." Luminaries such as Ron Bauer, Richard Busch, Dr. Bill Cushman
, and Richard Webster
have been effusive in their praise. It would have been perfectly understandable, then, for Scott to have rested on his laurels and let the routine alone.
But Scott felt there was room for improvement, particularly on one part of the handling. For months and months, he tinkered and fiddled with the routine. And finally, much as with the epiphany that birthed APN, a very simple and elegant solution occurred to him. It was a small detail, but after many real-world performances it was clear that it resulted in a big improvement.
Scott recorded the altered handling and sent it to a number of trusted peers, all of whom are working pros or very serious and well-informed hobbyists. The response was unanimous - they all felt it was an improvement and warranted publication. Positive Increases is the result. It is a commercial, professional, stunning piece of impromptu mentalism that is FUN and puts all the focus on the spectator. You correctly predict which of three imaginary coins is chosen and the mentally selected orientation (heads or tails) of that coin. And it finishes with your business card in their hands, regardless of the outcome!
This routine is sleight-less and easy to learn. For only $10 you will have a real reputation-maker you can do anytime anywhere for the rest of your life!
"I need never be caught without a truly mind-bending piece of impromptu magic again. This is strong, subtle stuff. Thank you Scott (and Max!) for developing and sharing Positive Increases!" - Victor Brisbin
"I have used Scott's Assertive Positive Negative for a few years and have always had good responses with it. Now with his new handling it definitely creates a bigger impact. If you already have APN and use it, you may want to spring for this update. If you don't have Scott's APN, then you absolutely want to get this improvement. All you need is a business card and a pen, and it's super easy. I highly recommend it!" - Alec Negri
"Without question, my go to impromptu effect for the past several years has been Scott's Assertive Positive Negative. I love it. So when I saw that Scott was coming out with a modified version, I didn't hesitate to order and am happy I did. I thought APN was pretty flawless, so was curious what Scott added or modified. Sure enough, Scott has found ways to make APN even stronger! It's still a solid, clean, fun, easy to do routine, but now the reveal is even stronger. For $10, if you already own APN, you'll find the improvements worth the price. If you don't own APN, to me it's a no-brainer! This is a true winner, and continues to be my favorite Positive Negative routine. Highly recommended." - Bill Fritz
"Bought it. Read it. Liked the change. I plan to use it, which is a rarity. So it was well worth the money. Great work as usual, Mr. Guinn!" - Elliott Bresler
1st edition 2015, 16 pages.
word count: 2831 which is equivalent to 11 standard pages of text
Reviewed by Christian Fisanick (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★ Date Added: Sunday 17 April, 2016
This always stays in my wallet. This always works. This always astonishes. There are many different ways to do Positive/Negative. This is my favorite, the one I use. Add a couple of rock-paper-scissors and "which hand" routines to it, and you could literally do an entire close-up set with pieces of paper and no prep. Sure, it's great and loads of fun to do Bank Night with clever props, use a brilliant gimmick like Xpert, or buy a slick commercial book test, but this is what mentalism is all about. It's the ability to do absolutely what you claim to do at a moment's notice. It will take a little practice to get the routine down smoothly, but that's also what mentalism is about--using acting skills and being quick on your feet. There's nothing more satisfying than when folks tell me, "I have absolutely no idea how you did that." I've performed this one more than just about anything else, and I always get that reaction. What blows them away is that they think they know how it's done, but when they try to backtrack it, they can't wrap their minds around the combination of two old principles, which if performed well, are disguised. Highest recommendation.