It is with great relief and satisfaction that I write this introduction to the second installment of the Mind Mysteries guide books. From the first day I began writing Volume One, I was worried (or "a-scared," as we say in Kentucky) that my efforts would be seen as an attempt to cash in on the success of the Mind Mysteries video series. I knew I had a lot of important things to say and, now that the first volume has been scrutinized, the positive feedback has been profound. To date (I'm sure this will end soon!), there has not been one bit of negative feedback about the book. Some of my e-mails have shown even more analysis of the material than I went into myself.
It is my intention to go into as much practical detail as I can muster up with each video. Each one has its own unique flavor and I am now happy I recorded such a diverse array of material so as to leave the door open to different kinds of study. With this volume also comes the realization that I must talk about some blunders I made in the making of the series. The Act has been with me for over two decades and pretty much runs on its own. I can do those routines in my sleep. As we progressed over the next six videos, however, I found myself doing routines in different scenarios than I usually do them and, in trying to keep the flow going, sometimes sacrificed diction and even thinking to presentation! In this second video, for instance, you can see my brain malfunctioning when, in the Corinda routine, I talk about the cards being mixed above and beneath the deck instead of the table! Although bad, that is nothing in comparison to the drastic blunder I made in the Blackjack Routine that could have made that twice as effective as it was. I will talk about that in due time.
In a bit of self-defense, please let me point out that the order and routining of these effects is not what I would normally do. As much as I would like magicians to purchase all of the videos available, I realize that many only choose the ones they feel will be to their most benefit. It therefore became necessary to include all the Breakthrough Card System material on one video. I would normally only perform one or two of these routines in a single performance. As already mentioned in the previous guide book, the Card Calling routine fills the second slot in my stage act, not as a close-up item. Still, the versatility of the system is apparent in the completely different effects it obtains. Nothing on this DVD is redundant and all of these routines could be done in one session if so desired.
Finally, this book is about the Breakthrough Card System and about the use of cards in general for both magic and men-talism. There are, however, continuing examples of stagecraft that I will point out whenever pertinent and different from those already mentioned. Each video has its own distinguishing trademarks when it comes to audience handling and each offers uniquely different situations because of the characteristics of the routines.
I sincerely hope you find this guide book as useful as the first volume.
Richard Osterlind Falmouth, KY March 2006
MIND MYSTERIES Volume 2
The Osterlind Breakthrough Card System
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