I looked in my bag and saw that I have been dragging the book SAD by Looch around for the last couple of months and have not yet read it. Looch is one of a small minority of mentalists who specialize in close up walk around mentalism. Having enjoyed his book and DVD set I was. From the mind of one of Mentalism’s rising stars comes an important book of practical, simple and direct mentalism. Why should you be interested in this book ?.

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Spelling aside this book contains some wonderful material. They don’t sell out, they are true scholars, and they have intellectual integrity and honesty when giving credit to others who made prior breakthroughs in our fields. Now, I am sure this kid will get better but his first book is no dog.

While he does reference some methodologies invented by others, he does so with credit. I have always thought that the further one had to reach to find an example to support a point, the weaker the argument. Overcoming one of the problems with a lot of mentalism material, Looch has devised clever ways of retaining the element of surprise in his work, which elevates the material, even standard plots, to new levels of astonishment.

Did this review help you? The purpose would be more to give proper credit where it was due, rather than to punish the newcomer for his unintentional stepping on an originator’s toes.

View our Frequent Questions. How much would an old effect have to sadd changed in order for it to be considered new?

The point being, if you didnt know loocb and hadnt heard the story, the other guy would have the credit for the invention. I guess I’m a sac guilty of being a bit blind myself in that my review of the material didn’t center so much on how things are were done as much as the presentational ideas These lecture notes were initially only available to the GEM, but now after 5 years they are being made available to Penguin customers.


I’m sure that in the future he will seek permission from the originators, where possible, as a courtesy, but he has broken no laws nor has he done anything that would legitimize a law suit or warrant accusations of theft.

Yellowjacket Regular user Wisconsin Posts. Then the creative upcoming inventors will have a body of experts to whom they could submit their work for researching the prior art. And the thing about all of Looch’s material is that it is loocy simple you can concentrate on asd performance aspect of it.

Where It Has To. It’s not like the old days when you used to have to give the telly a thump to get it to behave. It is very obvious that this material is the result of countless real world performances for paying audiences.

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None expressed concerns re: From the material in sax and Ponsin’s book I see lots of great performance items glanced over as if the reader would remember having seen them in action. James Biss did this with his last book using things of others without permission and is why it was received by most established performers in a negative way as I suspect that this will be treated in a similar manner. The tricks are very well thought out and build to a strong and logical climax.

It is only recently that I have come up with original methods, as confirmed by Max Maven. Would this turn into an oversized game of Gotcha, that some enjoy playing?

Little Door by R. Some works are created with the expectation of a certain amount of prior scholarship by the reader.

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The endorsements, on the other hand, like quotes of praise that are traded like baseball cards, are just the opposite. Crap, now what am I going to do. And I thought S.

I would say that the single routine of Superman makes the book worth it for me. Doesn’t anyone consider those ends worthwhile?

It has a clear meaning that is easy for the audience to follow. D was a very good book.


As I said, he’s a young, first-time author. Your assertion that Looch has done anything actionable is just plain nonsense.

I would strongly be against committees and organizations which should give a ‘blessing’ or ‘approval’. His revelations pertaining to the use of Post-it notes with a nod to Julian Bev Moore and his application of said items is fantastic.

If you have ever tried to write out an effect you will find that this is not as easy as it sounds. Many other tips follow, the most interesting being IMO an analysis about how to create logically ordered routines a thing too often forgotten also by accomplished pros.

You can spend it on anything you like at Penguin, just like cash. Particularly with the young’uns today, they do not bother to study and learn the history of magic, let alone all avenues of magic. Since it was an adaptation of a well-known gimmick for a different effect, my friend decided not loocch bother making a stink over it. This is for actually all sqd his creations Looch then details the select items tools of the trade that he carries upon his person for his walk around set.

The Other Brothers In this case, Jon is reaching back over years to the beginnings of published magic, to support his argument.

If other books were found, and the interest were sufficient, the finder could search for an earliest source for the concept. View our Frequent Questions. The truth was buried in the June, Sphinx: The Other Brothers View our magic tricks index.

Perhaps we are better putting the burden of proof that such has original components upon the writer and publisher. Hall had marketed several loch a few professionals and suddenly finds a well-known dealer [Burling Hull was then running prominent ads for Dunningers Miracle Floating Light], selling the trick as his.