Review: Mindsight by Andreu

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Nique Tan”][vc_column_text]This is a short review for a mentalism book entitled, “MindSight”, written by Andreu from Columbia. I first got to know of Andreu on a popular online magic forum and he has put out some interesting material prior to this book with a similar flavour. We have also exchanged some thoughts via social media. Here, he presents you with a method for mindreading which, as the blurb quite accurately describes, is based on binary systems as applied to mentalism.

The main effect, called Direct Mindreading Masterpiece, plays out as follows. You present the spectator with a card on which are listed about 40 different objects and they are to simply think of one. A game of “20 Questions” is proposed, where you ask simple “yes” or “no” questions and will then guess what the thought of object is.

However, instead of answering out loud, the spectator is handed a small object (such as a coin) and is told to conceal it in their right hand for a “yes” response, and in their left hand for a “no” response. After just three or four rounds of secretly answering questions in this fashion, you reveal the thought of object. Bear in mind that they never answer the questions out loud and that nothing is written down.

While the idea of combining the “which hand” plot within the context of another routine is not new (ideas have been released by Colin Mcleod), I think this to be quite an interesting and clever combination. For a start, the routine plays out like a game of sorts, with reference to the 20 Questions game that we all might have played at one time or another; or perhaps the electronic “Magic 8-Ball” toy that guesses what object you are thinking of based upon the responses you input into it.

You already know that this is based on a binary system and as such already know the method to this. So you would only need to get your “yes” or “no” responses based on ascertaining which hand the spectator hides the coin in. From there, you secretly clock your binary responses and will be able to figure out which object the spectator is thinking of.

You might already have such a device for performing a “which hand” routine, and if you are looking for a more involved and expanded way of utilising it, MindSight might just be up your alley. That said, while I have not performed this, I suspect it to be a piece that is heavily dependent on your ability as a performer. Otherwise, it could potentially end up being simply a case of you running your spectator through a laborious process to which the payoff might not be that great – revealing a thought of object.

There are options taught, more “open” in nature, should you not have a device or method to locate the hidden coin, or are performing this completely impromptu. However, I do feel that it is certainly much stronger if you are able to do so covertly. At worst, a spectator might decide, and quite correctly so, that you are able to somehow narrow the list down and through a process of elimination of some kind, work out what their thought of object is. It still will be impressive to some extent, as the questions you ask are still quite broad in range and will not really give away the object with just 3 or 4 questions.

It is also worthy to note that there is some memory work involved if you do wish to perform the routine impromptu. However, if doing a more formal performance, you will have access to a crib sheet that is provided for you in the book to make copies of.

There are some videos online if you search, showing Andreu performing D.M.M and other of the routines in the book. The method can also be applied to other things, such as working out a thought of emotion, a thought of ESP symbol or even a spectator’s zodiac or star sign. I am sure that there are other applications of the basic concept that you could put together yourself for a personalised routine with some thought and experimentation.

All in all, the book teaches the method well and Andreu has gone into quite a bit of detail within each section of the book. It also comes complete with the 2 cards that you need for the main routine. If you can see yourself performing the routine as seen from the online performance video, or if such methods intrigue you, I would certainly recommend picking this up.

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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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