What if when you sat down at your
computer and began to read this week's blog, you opened it up and found that it
was all about you - even though we've never met. Ever.
Imagine reading on and finding out that I knew all about you. Very personal things. Some things even that you have never
communicated to another soul! Things
like self-doubt or concern for your future, or feelings of depression?
What would you think if you read
And then went on to read some
very encouraging things about your strengths and virtues - things that conveyed
a sense of calm and well-being? Things
that gave you some hope?
Corinda contended that the
ultimate goal of every mentalist was too become a reader. Some thing that can be done up close and with
out any preparation with any party that you find their in front of you.
The best bits of Luke Jermay's
"From the Notebooks Volume 1 - Mystical Readings" are those bits of
thinking that will advance your ability to perform these readings in a very
credible fashion - and the book is full of them.
As a number of other reviewer's
have stated, The Mind Museum is an extremely clever concept, that allows, you
too zero in on a person's core interests without appearing to have done
anything suspicious. It is probably the
cleverest piece in the whole book and is worth the price of admission of you
are a reader or trying to be - though it must be said that it is a piece that
works best if your approached by some one who wants to be shown some thing.
Whenever I pay for a book, I
consider value for money when determining how happy I am with my purchase. Hear, you are paying $30 for seven effects -
so $4.50 per effect. Thats not to
bad! In my mind, The Mind Museum alone
is worth the $30 even with it's limitations on the ideal situation for
performing. The remaining six effects
are, in my opinion, worth at least what you pay for them.
Overall, I'd recommend this
...especially if you read through
all of the above grammatical mistakes without grimacing. If you could accomplish that, it means that you
are looking for substance and not style and Luke's book is for you.
If what you saw above bugged you
to bits, then you are like me and what you will see on paper will drive you mad
- the book is fraught with punctuation and grammatical mistakes that makes it very difficult to read. Some proofreading would make this book a gem,
but as it is, it was very difficult for me to get through.
It may just be me, but I am
always concerned when I crack open a book on mentalism and instantly spot grammatical
and spelling errors that would make a kindergarten teacher cringe. The part of me that reasons logically
immediately thinks "The term 'mentalist' immediately suggests to others
that your brain is somehow more advanced than those around you - this guy can't
teach me anything!" Most of the
time, this is the case and I will finish the book and blacklist the
Still, I contend that this book
is worth your time as, unlike the works of other authors, the mistakes in the
book do not lead to the conclusion that the author is a dimwit posing as a
mentalist - Luke's work is VERY different.
Yes, it was a pain for my orderly
mind to read, BUT as I got deeper into the book, my perspective changed and I
could tell that I was dealing with a savant of sorts. If Luke has some difficulty with grammar and
spelling, the same thing cannot be said about his subject matter - mentalism
and readings - he knows this area like the back of his hand and the ideas he shares
demonstrate a masterful understanding of the human spirit, our basic needs and
desires, and the drive to be understood and appreciated. The man is an emotive genius.
I genuinely believe that if Luke
struggles somewhat to communicate perfectly on paper, the same cannot be said
of him in a direct performance. What he
shares has clearly been tested repeatedly through countless performances and it
is, in my opinion, well worth your time and money - especially if you plan to