Ian Rowland 2016 Lecture Notes
Pdf file available for instant digital download. Approximately 50 pages.
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My First Completely New Set Of Material Since 2013
These lecture notes represent my first new set of magical thinkings since I did a number of lectures and conventions in 2013. They include some material that I've wanted to share for some time, including what is currently my favourite bit of magical repertoire: "C.O.T." . I love the reactions I get from this piece, even though it's trivial when seen through a magician's eyes.
With this set of lecture notes, you are definitely not paying for quantity - there are only about 46 pages, and even some of those are just 'theory' musings and matters of opinion.
If you look at the details here and don't think these notes are worth the money, then please don't buy them! Keep your money and smile. I wouldn't want you to buy anything you didn't think was worth every penny.
I love my work doing corporate talks, training and consultancy. The corporate world is the perfect venue for me, and has also proved to be the perfect vehicle for what one might call 'mentalism as metaphor'. This point is explained in the lecture notes. And I'm delighted to share some of the ideas that I use in my work all the time.
So, anyway, what you want to know is... what tricks do you get?
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It stands for 'Read Any Mind Anywhere'. This is my all-time favourite way to either read minds or predict the future. It's versatile, it fools people, it's fun to do and it's good for close-up or medium-size parlour and platform gigs. I'll even tell you what it is: it's a variation on 'Albertest' by T.A. Waters, which many of you will know from 'Mind, Myth & Magic'. However, I've made what I think are some significant modifications. The result? You can now read anyone's mind, anywhere, whenever you want. You don't need any special gimmicks (not even a nailwriter) and it all takes place in the hands. Nothing hidden under cover, no awkward moves... you write your prediction, they make their choice (whether it's letters, numbers, celebrities, dates... whatever) and you are correct every time.
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The Instant Genius
Reduced to its bare bones, here's the effect: a spectator looks at a large, complex table of data he has never seen before. The data can be anything: a list of Superbowl winners, the largest lakes in the world, the complete films of Dustin Hoffmann... anything you want. The spectator just looks at this table for 10 seconds. Someone else in the audience (non-stooge) asks a random question based on this data, and the spectator is somehow able to come up with the right answer! It's as if he has somehow 'absorbed' all the information more or less instantaneously.
You can repeat the same demonstration with any other spectator in the room (no pre-show, no pre-selection of participants).
What's significant about this particular effect is how clean the illusion is. As far as the audience is concerned, the spectator on stage just looks at the table of data for ten seconds and then... somehow... just knows it.
This effect is the result of over eight months development. Here are some of the methods that I explored but then didn't use because they wouldn't give me the 'clean', deceptive effect I was after: dry wipe, flaps, my friend Chris Philpott’s ‘Hundredth Monkey’ principle, ambiguous figures, covert audio feed, small text, faint text, polarising filters, magnetic panels, Sanada gimmick (a la Colin Cloud), messages on small cards that I sneak in and out of play... and many more besides.
This is a tremendously versatile effect. Just imagine being able to turn a spectator into an 'instant genius' about any subject you want! It's fun, but also very mysterious.
Warning: there's quite a lot of 'paper and glue' construction involved, just to make up the lists and tables that the audience sees. However, you don't need any special equipment.
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I love this routine. I've been using it as my closer at every corporate gig I've done over the past five years, and it always gets the kind of reaction that we, as magicians and mentalists, are always hoping for: audible gasps of disbelief, strong applause, looks of sheer amazement and delight, stunned recognition that they've just seen something they cannot even begin to understand.
Sounds pretty good, huh? Well, yes, but there's a problem. Seen through the eyes of ordinary spectators, it's a miracle, a marvel, the most inexplicable thing ever. Seen through the eyes of magicians, it's nothing.
The reason I'm publishing this is because it's one thing that I, as an old guy with grey hair, can pass on to the younger guys who are bringing so much good new energy into mentalism. I can say to them: trust me, with my thirty or more years of experience, when I tell you that sometimes the simplest ideas get the biggest reactions.
Okay, so what happens? Well, here's what the audience sees. You hand a spectator a deck of cards. You invite him to check it out and then thoroughly shuffle the cards any way he likes, for as long as he likes, while you get on with other stuff. When he has shuffled the deck to his complete satisfaction (he can take five or ten minutes over it if he wants), the spectators (not you) check what the top card is. Let's say it's the five of diamonds. You have predicted this accurately. Your prediction can take any form you want: a piece of paper in an envelope, an engraved metal plate, a message sand-blasted into a nearby mountain. You KNOW the top card is going to be the five of diamonds. No stooges, no pre-show. The guy who shuffles the deck will be dumbfounded.
Does that sound impossible? Yes. Is it what REALLY happens? Not quite. Is it what the audience perceives and believes? Yes. 100%. Everyone watching will swear this is what happened.
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Venus Mind Trap
This is a simple, do it anywhere bit of mindreading. Someone just thinks of something, such as a favourite song, and you can tell her what it is.
Now, I'll give away the main part of this,: it's sort of an instant stooge effect. I'm telling you this because it doesn't actually matter. What's important about this effect, and the reason why you might want to know about it (even if you hate IS effects) is that it's a little bit different from other IS routines. It's a bit more subtle, and there are lots of safeguards built in to ensure you'll never get caught and never be given away. If you've ever had those 'What if they talk afterwards?' worries, this is the IS effect you want. Plus the routining is good fun, and involves everyone in the audience having a go at reading minds. [Was previously published in MAGIC magazine].
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I Chant Now
If you want some fun mentalism, this is the item you'll like. It's a club / stage / parlour routine in which someone in the audience thinks of a famous movie and you try to read her mind. You try to do this in a slightly unusual way, using some breathing and chanting exercises that you say you've heard can assist the telepathic process. You try to read the spectator's mind and you fail. Then you try again, and fail again. Luckily, there is a hugely satisfying and ingenious twist at the end, wherein you show that not only can you read the spectator's mind, but you even predicted exactly which film she would think of. The routine offers plenty of scope for laughs and silliness, and the ingenious payoff at the end is very rewarding and enjoyable to perform. It delivers one of those wonderful 'We didn't see that coming!' moments. [Was previously published in MAGIC magazine].
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Possibly one of the weirdest things in the magic world. A spectator deals some red and black cards into separate piles at random. Yet the two piles are discovered to have a strange sympathetic property: the number of red cards in pile A exactly matches the number of black cards in pile B. He tries again and it still comes out the same way, even though he does all the dealing, it’s plainly a random process, and you don’t even touch the cards. It’s hands off, it’s baffling, and it even works when people vary the procedure to try to make it go wrong! An intriguing curiosity that you can perform with playing cards or any other items that can be dealt into two groups. Entirely mathematical and self-working, but well worth knowing. I get ten minutes of solid, fascinating, intriguing entertainment out of this! [Has been submitted for publication in MAGIC magazine].
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Some Aimless Musings
I've rounded off the booklet with a five short essays on some aspects of magic and mentalism close to my heart. These may or may not be of interest:
The Joy Of Meaning
The Joy Of Scripts
Anything Can Be Mentalism
The Joy of PACE
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The Mind Maze
I need to clarify that my effect 'The Mind Maze' is not part of these lecture notes. It is sold separately because you need a specific physical gimmick in order to perform the routine. For this reason, I only sell 'The Mind Maze' at lectures and conventions where I can sell the gimmick and then people can download the 'Mind Maze' documentation from this website.
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High expectations - not disappointed.
Posted by Jens Jadbäck on 19th Aug 2018
I was familiar with Ians 2013 Lecture notes and have tried and used several of the routines with great success.
Five years later I came across Ians work again and I was extremely happy to see the 2016 lecture notes. How any material will suit our needs of course depends on our own creativity and performance style.
In the 2016 Lecture Notes you will find very well thought out routines which have been tried and tested. You can easily dress the up to fit your own patter, presentations or style.
There are also some short essays or ”aimless musings” on different topics concerning our trade. They alone are worth the price of these notes. I think they will evolve alot of performers out there. If you’re already there as a performer and these thoughts seem to make sense (which they definately should), you should be able to create even more from the routines. Win-win, there’s something in here for everybody.
If you didn’t know or like Ians work I guess you wouldn’t be here. But since you are - buy it! :)
Posted by Chris Chappell on 19th Feb 2017
Another peerless collection of effects. Not a blank cartridge amongst them and all very practical and strong.
Nuggets of Gold
Posted by Madison Hagler on 22nd Oct 2016
This lecture is full of nuggets of gold. There are a couple of routines I want to add into my repertoire. As always, Ian's plots are easy to follow, simple to execute, and VERY entertaining to all watching.
A+ material from one of the best in the business.
Plain talking, clear thinking: deviou outcome
Posted by John Young on 20th Oct 2016
Firstly, Ian's description and summary of the notes is clear and accurate, so you really know what you're getting, secondly, the notes are tremendous value for money, thirdly, the material is great, cunning and practical.
Plus, the writing is clear, detailed and of course, entertaining.
2016 Lecture Notes
Posted by David Faulks on 19th Aug 2016
You didn't have to see the lecture to get the most from these notes. There are several routines all fully explained with photographs and diagrams. I shall be using at least two of the items for my corporate events.
Real World Material!
Posted by Unknown on 2nd Mar 2016
I like Ian's thinking and approach to Mentalism.
And so this lecture is brillant again.
We perform for real world people and this stuff is perfect for it.
I always enjoy to see him perform live like in Blackpool two weeks ago.
And so you can see that his ideas work.
Highly recommended for the real worl performer.