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Excerpt from Vibrations interview with Robert L. Bluemle

Q. What do you really feel is most important in advancing one's career as a performer?

A. Believe in yourself.

Ignore those who try to discourage you.

Give more than you planned to give.

Be honest and always strike a fair deal.

Open your eyes and see things as they really are.

Practice makes perfect.

Read, study and learn everything important in your life. Avoid negative sources, people, places, things, and habits. Zero in on your target, and go for it!

Ever since I created the first

"Flashback" books, countless mentalists have told me it's without a doubt the fastest, simplest and most direct of all book tests. I'm sure there are others, but for me, Flashback has always been

Ever since I created the first my first choice. Over the years, I've created numerous routines and, in November 1992, I

released the ultimate version which includes all of the effects possible with the original Flashback plus vastly expanded routines possible with the new version. The "Ultimate Flashback" utilizes four examinable paperback novels with all-new covers, a dictionary and an optional fifth book designed to perform an improved version of the Hoy Book Test, called "Hoy Plus." Here's a rundown on some of the effects you'll be able to accomplish with this, the "last word in book tests."

The spectator selects and concentrates on the first word on any page in the book of his choice and you immediately reveal the word. He can then point to any word in the next paragraph and you immediately reveal it. Using the "Evelyn Woods scanning procedure," the spectator concentrates on a proper noun in a line elsewhere on the page and you know what it is. He then thinks of any word on the next line and you've predicted its location in an unprepared dictionary. You and the spectator freely select the same word from each others' book. Three people each think of a word in the book of their choice and you correctly identify each word. All that, plus being able to perform the original Hoy Book Test without miscalling the page number.

Naturally, you wouldn't do all of the above in a single performance, however it demonstrates the extensive variety of effects possible with "Ultimate Flashback." I'm sure the effect will be around for awhile, so if you like what you read, be sure to obtain a set from me or your favorite magic dealer.

The original Flashback enabled a mentalist to hand out two gaffed paperbacks for examination. Then, without any counting, sleight of hand, the use of prompters, or other devices, the performer was able to immediately reveal the first word of the

The Art Of Cold Reading

The Art Of Cold Reading

Today I'm going to teach you a fundamental Mentalism technique known as 'cold reading'. Cold reading is a technique employed by mentalists and charlatans and by charlatan I refer to psychics, mediums, fortune tellers or anyone that claims false abilities that is used to give the illusion that the person has some form of super natural power.

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