The Intrepid Rogue's Manual of Deception

by

Atlas Brookings





Magician in Nottingham Atlas Brookings

The Intrepid Rogue's Manual of Deception is a new book by performing mentalist Atlas Brookings and represents his first major work since Train Tracking.

The Manual of Deception is 224 pages long and comprises 8 essays, one switch technique, and 14 effects. While he is known for his propless work, the majority of the material within encompasses some of his work with props. The Hollywood Squares prop also ships with the book.

A brief outline of the contents is included below:



* You'll Never Find a More Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy...

This essay asks you to take a closer look at your goals within mentalism, encouraging you to use your analytical skills to determine who is best positioned to help you to achieve those goals as you select the path you'd like to follow. It offers a system for cutting through the hype and nonsense that so often surrounds creators and releases and outlines what I think are the four archetypes that we most often see within this subculture.


* Quinnfluence

A propless effect that can be used with a single participant or a crowd of hundreds, people are asked to think of random bits of information which are subsequently easily revealed. This can be played either as mind reading or influence and is a powerful technique that is always available to you.


* Gesticulate

An incredibly simple and deceptive, self-contained one handed billet switch in which the hand not in use never leaves the pocket.


* The Importance of Being Earnest...

An essay that asks you why you are drawn to mentalism and examines the implications for success that your answer may have.


* The Lexi-Con

A compelling three phase routine in which three words are freely chosen by a participant, two from a list and the third an entirely free choice - yet their words are the only words spelled out in a deck of alphabet cards.


* The Subtle Swindle

Formerly the Subtle Hustle (I was informed that this name was already in use elsewhere). An easy and propless means of winning or losing (your choice) at Rock, Paper, Scissors.


* The Untangled Web...

An essay that encourages the performer to consider how their performance is perceived by the audience, asking whether it is best to simplify and streamline presentations, and how to approach such a problem.


* High Five

An example of the principles above put into practice, High Five is a close up effect using five numbered business cards. The participant selects a card at random for both the performer and themselves, and their choices are predicted, as is the five digit number that they create.


* Imbalanced

An impromptu and propless murder mystery game in which the performer becomes a human lie detector and hunts the elusive killer.


* Hollywood Squares

A wonderful routine that involves an apparently innocent, yet gimmicked business card (supplied with the book) and which allows the performer to determine what different celebrities up to three participants choose to think of.


* A Head Bloodied but Unbowed...

An essay that emphasizes the importance of developing and improving problem solving skills, complete with an example from my personal working repertoire that allows dual reality to be performed in audiences of any size, including those that know one another well and corporate audiences - all without any of the drawbacks typically associated with the method.


* Ariadne's Thread

A hands off effect in which the performer gets the participant to randomly think of a number, deal out playing cards onto the table, remember the card at their number, and reveal that card with ease.


* Market Traitor

A game is played revolving around honesty and Wall Street. Envelopes containing stock picks made by anonymous 'whistleblowers' are laid down before four participants who are then given a free choice of stocks to invest in. After three days of trading, the proceedings are called to a halt as the Securities and Exchance Commission (or FCO in the UK) arrests all four participants for insider trading, and the prediction envelopes are opened, proving that in each case the anonymous whistleblower's information was correct.


* Wasting Time is Only Robbing Oneself...

An essay that examines the formula for finding the most direct route to accomplishing your effects, both in script and actions, and whose intended aim is to help you remove dead time from your show, allowing you to establish and keep the pace moving.


* Don't Make a Mess of Your Message...

An essay dealing with the benefits of learning to adapt a presentation to be able to memorably convey a bespoke message.


* Choicest

Contained within the above essay, the workings of this Blackpool effect (filmed back in 2014) are explained along with the history and reasons behind embedding a message into an effect.


* White Out

A pseudo hypnosis effect in which a participant , apparently in a trance state, is able to select the match to a playing card chosen by another despite nobody - including the performer - knowing the identity of the card. Moreover, when shown the faces of the rest of the deck, they are blank to this participant despite them being clearly visible to the audience.


* It's Still Snowing

A single person version of the above effect, with an influence theme and a prediction tabled before the card is even selected - and the participant selects from a face up fanned pack in which each card is demonstrably different.


* CloudNine

A casual, conversational personality reading that ends with the performer revealing the day, month, and year of the participant's birth - despite apparently none of this information being communicated to the performer. The most common feedback I hear about this effect is that it is better than Isabella's Star, which is no small compliment indeed.


* What Will Your Verse Be...

An essay that deals with what is, in my opinion, the right way and the wrong way to contribute your ideas to the mentalism community, along with a marketing guideline for those seeking to establish and manage their brand.


* The Intrepid League of Super Villainy

A companion to my "think of a super hero" plot, along with the two person presentation that makes this such an entertaining piece for the set of friends you are working with.


* One in the Chamber

An incredibly simple billet technique that can be applied to nearly any billet routine, a load, switch, and peek that is invisible in which you hands are shown clean throughout and you never go to your pockets. This is my go to move when performing a Q and A routine.


* It's a Traaaaaaaaaaap!!

A final word of advice to those who would like to chase their dreams and live life on their own terms. It is entirely possible, but you HAVE to know this one thing - and you have to take it to heart.



The estimated shipping date for this book is April 12, 2016

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Atlas Brookings Penguin Live Lecture DVD

The

Power of Propless Mentalism





Nottingham Magician Lecture



OWN THE BEST REVIEWED PENGUIN LECTURE OF 2015!



"Atlas is a new friend and a talented one. I always look forward to everything he is willing to share and you should do the same." - Michael Weber


'Every time I have a conversation with Atlas I'm inspired, my creative juices are flowing and I get excited about mentalism all over again.' - Ken Dyne (Full time mentalist, and author of Bairn)


"Atlas is one of my favourite mentalists, having fooled and entertained me many times with his original and creative ideas." - Marc Oberon


"I won't lie. I don't really know much about Atlas and his work, but what I do know is, when he did Train-Tracking on me I was so fooled I punched the fu*k*r." - Andy Nyman


"Atlas Brookings, hands down, has one of the most deviously clever minds in the business. His efforts are always clear, direct and as close to real as you can get. I absolutely love this guy and GUARANTEE that you will too!" - Michael Murray


"Atlas Brookings is one of the creative new minds in mentalism who is enthusiastically, and with great skill, helping to define mentalism in the 21st Century. His contributions have given mentalists valuable additions to their arsenals of techniques and I predict that we'll be seeing many more innovative things from him in the years to come." - Bob Cassidy


"Atlas Brookings is outstanding, his contribution to mentalism in a relatively short space of time is phenomenal. His Train Tracking technique is as close to real mind reading as you will ever get. His work on impromptu propless mentalism has set a new standard and it actually works." - Marc Spelmann


"Atlas is shining a light on a brand new landscape for the mind reader. Opens doors previously sealed tightly shut. Watch, listen and learn." - Luke Jermay


What will he teach?



The Power of Impromptu, Propless Mentalism



Join Atlas as he examines the strengths and limitations associated with propless mentalism techniques. He'll discuss when to go propless, the correct way to present the material, and how to handle those situations when things don't go exactly as you'd planned - teaching you the right and wrong way to fail when using these approaches.

Tune in and discover how to do some amazing things when you have only your wits about you.

At this lecture, Atlas will teach you some of his favorite propless effects, many of which have never been published before:

CloudNine - A short personality reading that finishes with telling someone the day, month, and year they were born.

Comicle - Tell someone the name of the superhero they are thinking of.

Disney Dynamite - Name the animated Disney film you participant has in mind.

Forward Thinking - You play an association game wherein your participant only answers in their mind and selects only one of the responses they freely thought of. You then reveal their thoughts.

Imbalanced - An impromptu murder mystery game, wherein you not only name the murderer, but you reveal whether someone chose to be honest or to attempt to deceive you.

Speed Trap - Within moments of meeting someone, tell them the make and color of the car they have in their garage at home.

Quinnfluence - A series of free choices lead three participants to three random thoughts, which are then promptly revealed.

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The Solution

by

Atlas Brookings and Raven Gairloch





Magician in Nottingham Atlas Brookings

There are some pretty cool things that you can do with a memorized deck. The only trouble is that you have to memorize 52 cards in 52 positions. Not only can that prove challenging, but it is incredibly time consuming and requires constant work to move that information from your short term to your long term memory.

Understandably, not many people make the effort.

But what if you could memorize the position of every card in a deck in a matter of minutes - And then recall that deck order for the rest of your life? This ability adds a versatility to your card repertoire that is WORTH having.

Don't think you can do it?

Well, you can.

How is this possible? Why does this work?

Take a look at the Solution deck below:

Magician_Nottingham Atlas Brookings

Memorized decks typically take a number of forms, and (unsurprisingly) each has some sort of compromise. A deck that requires you to memorize it through brute force takes an awful lot of time to master. A deck formed from a set of rules or a formula typically can't be freely handled or displayed as the cards don't look mixed. Systems that allow the use of memory pegs are also difficult to learn as you often have to learn the peg system as well.

In an ideal world, there wouldn't be any compromise - You'd be able to quickly memorize a deck that could also be freely displayed and handled by a participant. You'd have your cake and eat it too.

I'm pleased to say that this is now possible with 'The Solution'.

The Solution is the deck that I referenced during my Penguin Live Lecture - a deck that you can memorize in minutes and openly fan and display.

The book - running to 120 pages - not only outlines the system, but also comes with several routines that have been created specifically for someone who wants to perform as a mind reader.

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The Prodigal

by

Atlas Brookings





Nottingham Magician Atlas Brookings

"Most of us have seen those shows on television where someone takes something to a flea market or rummage sale only to have an expert in possession of a trained eye come along and see through all the age, dust and patina that comes with neglect to discover a hidden gem, a priceless and coveted item.

All too often in Mentalism, a method is not what we expected or wanted it to be. As a result of our perceptions, we walk away and leave it behind. Over time, it is forgotten and gathers dust until one day, some expert comes along and shows us just how amazing this little item truly could be if it was polished and lovingly repaired rather than cast aside, scorned and esteemed as naught. Only then is our true appreciation won.

The Prodigal was written with the sole intention of demonstrating the value of one misunderstood and much maligned method, and offers glimpses of masterworks that can be built with it.

It offers a true demonstration of pure mental powers - void of pencils, scraps of paper, envelopes, gimmicks, or any of the accompanying apparatus that walk hand-in-hand with other effects and immediately serve to trigger skeptical reactions in our audiences - suspicious that they are being deceived, just unsure as to how.

The Prodigal examines the method by which you can create pure, direct mind reading - miracles that can be performed whilst in a straight jacket, with no props at all if you so choose.

"Let us be honest, if you could go one step - and one step only further - get it to the point where they do not have to write - but just think - then you would not be a Mentalist, you would be a genuine thought reader." - Tony Corinda

The Prodigal offers you strong, convincing Mentalism in its purest form.

155 pages long, this softbound book offers up a number of strong close-up and stage-worthy mind reads, bolsters performance material based on psychological forces, offers methods of performing impressive ungaffed book tests, and outlines a means by which actions taken in radio studios or corporate headquarters hundreds of miles away can be accurately revealed. Better than all this - it establishes a creative platform upon which you can expand and create your own distinctive feats!"


What do other Mentalists think?


"Atlas has taken a field which many have often shied away from and given it a new lease of life. He has given this technique a massive kick up the backside and offered you, the performer, a very real variety of modern genres from which you will be able to reveal specific thoughts. His tips and suggestions for how to make this convincing are wonderfully direct and you will feel very confident, upon completing this book (although, I want to say that it's more like a workbook due to the wonderful layout he's decided on) that you will be able to perform some pretty strong and more often than not, impromptu, Mentalism."

- Colin Mcleod

"Seriously, this is underpriced...A vast amount of theory and applicable content is squeezed into this... After I get it all integrated, this is going straight into my naked repertoire...

This has a huge amount of information to digest, but it's 100% workable, and Atlas has brought many, many new ways to work with this to the table. I think that many don't use this principle simply because a work this all encompassing has never before been written on the topic. This really fills a previously gaping hole in mentalism and opens up many doors.

This is incredibly underpriced in my opinion.

I rarely get to say this in reviews, but this is a solid 10/10."

- Bill Dekel Author of the MindCraft Series

"Good stuff...well worth the attention of many mentalists. Very thorough coverage and history of this method. Congratulations.

l love what you have to say about this method and technique."

- Greg Arce Author of Deep Thought, Four Thought, and Lost in Thought (among others)

"The first thing you should appreciate reading this is the amount of work and thought that has been put into this product. This is not a cut and shut job like some products that are being released presently...If you want a better understanding of this area of mentalism grab this while you still can, this book will open new doors and windows for your thinking. Great work Atlas!

Great book, great thinking, great price!

Grab it see what all the fuss is about."

- Peter Turner Author of Dare to Be Bold and Isabella's Star

"This is a fantastic read. I must admit this pdf takes a very old method and gives it a good shake down. I have always avoided using this sort of thing in my act. I've never been comfortable with working it. Having read over this very fine piece from Atlas I must confess, I am a convert. The 90 paged pdf is crammed full of information, explanations, examples and ideas. This work was not hurriedly thrown together, it is immediately obvious that a lot of time and care and effort has taken place to bring this release to fruition. I am impressed. I will be reading this over a good few times to give this method the respect it is due. Many of you will be familiar with the method but I imagine even those that already use it will learn from this in depth exploration.

Well done Atlas, you have certainly changed my perception and attitude towards this chestnut of mentalism.

This is a must have!"

- Derek Heron Corporate Entertainer

"This is some great new thinking and fits really well with 'Naked Mentalism' and the whole approach of getting as close to the real thing as possible. A very accomplished release indeed."

- Jon Thompson Author of the Naked Mentalism Series

"Overall, my initial impressions are 'thank god, someone has needed to write this for a long time' and that the material provided is real world and incredibly workable. Great job Atlas."

"The Prodigal is an essential for any serious mentalist's library, or anyone wanting to finally learn how to use one of the most misunderstood, yet unquestionably powerful techniques in mentalism."

-Jakob Michaels

"Atlas has done for this principle, what Docc Hilford and Max Maven did for magicians choice. IMHO.

Well written. No fluff. Good stuff."

Stephen Young - Thought Illusions.com

"This is, quite simply, excellent.

I've always love the idea of what is presented in this manuscript, but never thought it a viable tool to work with. Atlas has done an excellent job breaking down each and every step of the process, making it a very workable endeavor.

Yes, you'll need to work with it, and practice, like all things. But after reading The Prodigal, for the first time I'm actually excited to put in the work.

I can't wait to further develop this and incorporate it into other routines. The effects and systems included are an excellent, excellent value, and is enough to get anyone started right off the bat. But for me, the real value lies in obtaining a very precise manual on how to master the art of a very undervalued principle in mentalism...This is one of the best purchases I've made this year, in terms of furthering the knowledge of my craft."

- Rich Orvec

"Fantastic job Atlas!

This is without a doubt the best source of info out there on the subject. Truly brilliant thinking and I am struggling to decide what/how to adopt or adapt as The Prodigal is an embarrassment of riches!"

- Dr. Bill Cushman Creator of Dr. Bill's Bend

"Atlas Brookings is a thoughtful creator who has compiled a detailed and thorough resource for anyone who is looking to deceptively and entertainingly use branching anagrams. The Prodigal is a joy to read, and I think that will be the case even for those who do not call themselves mentalists. Brookings' dedicated research into this method is inspiring. Such a passion for study and improvement should be something we all aspire to."

- Arthur Trace, Magic Magazine





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The Real Thing

by

Atlas Brookings





Nottingham Magician Atlas Brookings

When this routine was first released in the Pyscrets publication 'Liber Mentis', it created quite a stir. It offered a means of performing both a lie detector type routine as well as an incredibly clean and direct mind read, devoid of any standard form of method. At the time, the text was only available through the Psycrets publication, but, after the widespread approval it received, the text has been reworked and dramatically extended, offering 22 more pages of additional material. This new material not only contains another means of performing a clean, impromptu, and apparently impossible mindread, but it contains instructions for a book test that is unlike anything you have ever seen before!

Imagine being able to have someone choose a word from a book, close the book and set it aside, and then change their word to any other word they can think of (and I'm not talking about a different word from the book, but any other word they can think of) - only to have the performer subsequently reveal their new word with NO fishing!

For the first time, this extended version of 'The Real Thing' teaches you how to do this and much more!

Released publicly through this site for the first time, this text contains an astonishing array of impromptu routines! Any time you are asked to perform a feat of mind reading, all you need is a pen and something to write on.

For example:

On five (or more) different pieces of paper (business cards work well) you write a unique sentence, folding each card as you finish.

The participant takes all five pieces of paper, and while you turn around (or leave the room), opens one and reads it.

Once this is done, the Mentalist has a short chat with the spectator, and then tells them the sentence they were thinking of. The papers stay in the participant's possession the entire time.

No peeking, no confederates, no dirty work - Just REAL psychological Mentalism.

What do other Mentalists think?


"At last a routine where you really are doing what you claim! This is a fantastic concept that Atlas has expanded greatly. It has the feeling of real mentalism because it IS real mentalism."
- Marc Paul

"Page seven of your manuscript is worth whatever you end up charging for it."
- Dave Arch

"I really enjoyed 'The Real Thing'...The core of the effect uses pure psychology which is just the ticket. The way in which this has been used to create a nice little lie-detector routine is very clever indeed."
- Derek Heron

"Rather than a physical peek, your method is kinda like a mental peek!"
- Seamus Maguire

"I must say I really enjoyed reading 'The Real Thing'. If nothing else, it has gotten me thinking and that's when I know I'm taken by an idea."
- Nique Tan

"Thank you for making my copy of 'Naked Mentalism' relevant again!"
- Aaron Alexander

"Atlas has open up a world of possibilities here. Using this knowledge you can play mind detective and catch your criminal every time. Very sneaky stuff. Excellent."
- Greg Arce

"When I first released Naked Mentalism back in 2007, I hoped that others would run with it and create simple, subtle, yet powerful effects that really do feel real. With 'The Real Thing', Atlas has certainly done that. It's a tour de force; intelligent, clean and yet very reliable. Lovely work."
- Jon Thompson


And all of the above feedback was given BEFORE the additions to the text!

Here is a review of "The Real Thing - Extended Version" featured in April's Vanish Magazine:


"Is it really possible to read minds? After reading this e-book I believe I can, at least that's how I felt. Inspired by Jon Thomspons Naked Mentalism, Atlas has taken the method to another level. I have been doing this and it really works, so it's not some pipe dream. It is very easy to understand and this book is well written so you don't have to be afraid of psychological thinking. I couldn't wait to try it out on friends after reading and it blew them away. The great thing is once you have learnt this you'll have some incredibly powerful impromptu mentalism that will fool people badly.


The method can also be applied to a book test. There is a gimmick book involved which is described how to make, or you can order one online from the author. I would probably just order one because it's not expensive and save yourself a lot of time and trouble. I would say it's easily one of the strongest book tests I've seen in some time.


For close-up performances there is a great routine with business cards using the method. You can perform this on one person or several. There are a lot of variations explained in this e-book. It's the method that really impressed me because I hadn't come across it before, and my mind was alive with ideas on how to apply to other effects.


This is some of the best psychological thinking I've read, because it's not hard to understand and even easier to put in to practice. If you could really read minds this might be the way to do it." - Paul Romhany, Vanish Magazine



Have a look at the video below to see exactly what you can accomplish using the Real Thing!





This softbound book is 84 pages long and offers a means of entering the human mind unlike anything you've ever seen before! It gives you the chance to perform the REAL thing!

THIS IS AN ENGLISH ONLY EFFECT!

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The Crusade - A Mind Reader's ACAAN

by

Andrew Brown

and

Atlas Brookings

Nottingham Magician Atlas Brookings

Imagine it:

The cards rest on the table in front of your first participant, who gingerly takes them up and begins to count down to his secret number - a number that has never been written down, verbalized, or communicated to any other person.

He counts down slowly, card after card, and then, abruptly, stops. He pauses and sets this last card aside. He has never said a word about his number. There is no way that you could have known what it was. He is confident of that.

He slides the card across to the young lady next to him. Her thoughts have been focused on an image - a suit and a value. Again, her choice of card has never been shared. It has never been withdrawn from the pack, never touched and certainly not forced.

She could have been thinking of any card in this deck.

Her hand drifts toward the card on the table. The one separated just now by her boyfriend from the rest of the pack. The one resting at the number that he was merely thinking of.

She hesitates.

The deck is their own, they shuffled it before you ever touched it. They called all the shots every step of the way.

Neither participant has ever given any indication what it was that they were thinking of, and neither believes in the ability to read minds... and yet...if the card she was merely thinking of is here, at the number that he was merely thinking of...

As though she is reaching out to touch her own delicate skepticism, her fingers flit tentatively across the card on the table - her card.

And as she reveals its face, she gasps - it is the Queen of Clubs - but it is more than that. It is belief, radiant and beautiful and glorious, a moment of dawning acceptance that will be remembered because it defied all her reason and filled her ideology with doubt.

It is a moment of pure enchantment.

And you made it happen with a borrowed deck of cards that they shuffled before you ever started.

Take A Moment And Enjoy An Excerpt From The Text:

INTRODUCTION

Before we look at anything even remotely to do with methodology, let's first take a moment to examine the origins of this title. This exercise is undertaken in the hope that you will find beauty in its layered complexity and reassure yourself that the same sort of attention to detail and search for perfection in arriving at a title for this book is the standard offered by these authors throughout this document.

Why is this called 'The Crusade: A Mind Reader's ACAAN'?

To many in the magic industry and to card magic enthusiasts especially, the 'Any Card At Any Number' plot is a cherished and well-loved miracle. It's perfect execution is so highly prized and sought after that it is popularly referred to among card enthusiasts as the 'Holy Grail'.

That begs the question - was this title merely a clever play on words?

It is true that the Crusades and The Holy Grail are linked in popular lore. But while the association is interesting, there is more at work here than just opportunistic wordplay.

You see, the Holy Grail was the destination, the final prize at the end of these stories of persistent knights and daunting expeditions, whether they have their basis in fact or fiction. It bears emphasizing once more - the Grail was the destination.

The merits of the ACAAN effect have been argued back and forth for many years in the magic community.

For some, their appreciation for the effect is akin to that of a fine wine and their devotion to it never wavers.

Others, however, despise the plot and note sourly that the reaction from the audience is frequently less than enthusiastic. One person names a card and the other names a number and lo and behold - they match!

It is over so quickly that it often plays as a puzzle rather than as an amazing feat that fills a person with wonder.

The argument rages back and forth, and fruitful and enlightening perspectives have emerged. Some claim that the weaknesses lie in a lack of performance ability. Others argue that the plot is fundamentally unappealing to any demographic but magicians.

The most experienced among us have consistently demonstrated that an individual will fail to recall the workings of a puzzle, but when they are escorted into an experience that fills them with wonder - when you take them on a journey that creates that wonder - they will never forget their sense of amazement or the guide that lit their path.

So, in the title 'The Crusade', you have a reminder that what you are presenting is about the journey and not the mythical Holy Grail that is at the end of it.

In folklore, the term 'Crusade' has also shaken off its religious overtones and become synonymous for a period of endeavor and path to improvement - the path, mind you, NOT the destination - which, in many ACAAN plots is arrived at too quickly to have any impact.

One other important point about the title of this book. The root of the word 'Crusade' is the Latin word cruc or crux - meaning cross.

And, of course, a cross is formed at two points of intersection. And what is an intersection but the place where the roads taken by two different travelers on two unique journeys meet?

This moment of meeting is what 'The Crusade' allows you to create. When the card that one person only thought of intersects at the number another person only thought of - the journey that you created for each of them becomes the destination, and an experience is formed that will create a sense of amazement whose memory will never fade.

To a performer, that is The Holy Grail.

And the path to the Grail is through the Crusade.



This softbound book is 109 pages long and offers an opportunity to astound your audience with an impossible and satisfying piece of mind reading!

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