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7 Deceptions Review

December 14th, 2002 6:50pm
Reviewed by Christian
This is an excellent book, but it is not for the beginners.

This is truly fresh and stimulating material. Although it is not complex, it will require an experienced performer to effectively deliver the material. I believe that most hobbyists and beginners that purchase this book will at first think, "cool!", but then will quickly toss the book on the bottom shelf when they realize that their presentational abilities will not allow them to effectively perform the material.

So what makes this material so good?

Well, Mr. Jermay has trekked into some less explored areas of mentalism. As with many 'magic' books, this is not a (my version of ------) book. Mr. Jermay takes us on some thought provoking journeys with techniques that most will find quite refreshing.

Using a spectator's phobia as a centerpiece in one effect takes a rather simple effect and elevates it to a mind-boggling surprise. It is presentational beauty that will make this work and not the sleight.

In another compelling effect, a single word is written on the card. Two spectators take turns reading it with completely different results. When the audience sees the card, it continues to be a mystery as they see a dissimilar word themselves.

This is a fascinating book. However, if you are only getting it for the secrets, don't waste your time. You will not be able to do these effects for your friends. Why, because it will take a mature and experienced performer, one the audience believes in. They will be much less likely to buy into the 7 deceptions if they have just seen you do a sponge ball routine.

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Product info for 7 Deceptions

Author: Jermay, Luke
Publisher: Kenton Knepper
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $34.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

The groundbreaking material contained in 7 Deceptions is in a class of its own. After seeing these creations, Kenton Knepper was so stunned that he actually bought the publishing rights from Luke-the first time Kenton has ever purchased another's material. With endorsements from names like Docc Hilford, Steve Banachek and Kenton Knepper, you can rest assured that this is real-world material.

# Stop your own pulse...with no gimmicks! And-stop a spectator's pulse without even touching them! No stooges, confirmed by another audience member, this is the real work!
# A spectator simply looks at a playing card and you cause them to actually forget this card-they can't remember it! This really works!
# A spectator's actual phobia is seen to go away through a magical, psychological event. The spectator takes home a special paper to remind them of this dramatic change. Is it real magic?
# Two different spectators see two different words on one ungimmicked piece of paper without a single switch. You may also add to this, causing a third spectator to read a third word. A fascinating principle explained in full. This technique opens up many brand-new doors.
# During a palm reading, the lines on the spectator's palm apparently move and twist on their own. A stunning combination of linguistics, psychology and neurology.
# And lots more, including in-depth extras from guest contributors and fans of Mr. Jermay.

Staplebound, 50 pages.

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