Traditionally, if you wanted to learn the "real secrets" and benefit from the twenty-five or thirty years a professional has put into his profession to learn what - and, more importantly, what not - to do to be successful in his field, you had two choices: go out for twenty-five or thirty years and gain the experience yourself, or pay the already successful guy several hundreds or thousands of dollars per hour in consulting fees. (That's if you could pull him away from earning his living long enough to teach you.)

Through the magic of pre-recorded video instruction, the world of magic and mentalism occasionally gets to benefit from the wit and wisdom of a truly successful full-time professional performer, but it's awfully rare that we get handed the "inner secrets" - the real details and knowledge that only comes from twenty-five or thirty years of constantly performing those tricks for real-life audiences. (Kindly consider for a moment why that may be.)

With that in mind, I feel more than confident in saying that magicians and mentalists in 2006 sure have it pretty good when one considers the contents of Richard Osterlind's Mind Mysteries series of videos. With them, you have the opportunity to learn and subsequently perform stunning performance pieces that were honed over the course of hundreds and hundreds of performances in front of real audiences. The explanations include performance tips that give you a window into the "whats" and "whys" of turning an already good trick into a guaranteed audience killer. But, as it turns out, there was more.

When I learned that Richard was working on a series of guide books to augment the material in the videos, I was initially stunned. Understand that Richard earns his living per forming this material. I was certainly not alone in being surprised he released all of it on video, but the guide books go even further and are, essentially, the equivalent of personal instruction (please see paragraph one above.) Usually one had to perform a trick hundreds and hundreds of times to learn why, for instance, a phrase constructed one way always elicits a favorable response while a similar, though slightly different wording, fell flat. (Wouldn't you like to know the difference?)

Given my personal admiration and respect for him, and the fact that Richard considers the Breakthrough Card System his greatest accomplishment, I was truly honored when he asked me to write this foreword. Having read this guide book cover to cover three times now, I can say you are in for a series of treats. The Breakthrough Card System has a number of absolutely wonderful features built into it that allow you to concentrate on routining. The second volume of the Mind Mysteries videos explored some of those best routines. This guide book sharpens your performance skills and allows you to perform some of the most astounding mentalism your audiences will ever see.

The best part? It won't take you twenty-five or thirty years to learn them!

John LeBlanc Lafayette, LA March 2006

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