Review: MISCELLANEA – A Pamphlet by Hector Chadwick

[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Maarten Bosmans” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Abril%20Fatface%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Dear readers, usually I start my review describing who Hector Chadwick is.

This is a rather difficult task since Hector Chadwick is like Austin Powers… a Brit and an International Man of Mystery. I have bought these lecture notes at Mind Summit in Cologne where he gave a lecture about one of the tricks inside this 67 pages pamphlet as Hector would like the call it. Hector is a writer for Derren Brown’s television and live shows he has also performed several years as a mentalist under a different name. This name will not be revealed here.

The stage effect Hector described in vivid detail during his lecture goes like this: On a washing line, there are 3 envelopes hanging with a number from 1 to 3.

Before the effect begins he asks the spectator to name a number from 1to 100. The spectator does so and names 74. Then the spectator can choose any 2 of the 3 envelopes, but the winning prize is not in there. Instead they win the awesome amount of 3 pounds with a cheque that has been written out to the spectator. Inside the winning envelope it reads something like this ‘too bad you did not win the winning envelope and your number is 74’.

In the pamphlet hector goes on to describe the method and staging in full detail of this effect called ‘Envelopener’. I got to say one thing: This is one of the most detailed and explained simple tricks I ever read in any book. Hectors talks about staging, using music as an intro to set-up your character in detail and it is really interesting to read this amount of detail and work that goes into a 5 minute act.

This book is not for everyone because there are 4 essays in there and 2 tricks, one of which I have described here.

The essays give you deeper insight into the words you use on stage, (mentalism is a wordy job) and how to cut down the words you say in your act and keep it relevant, how to use disclaimers, etc. These are things all performers need to better their act, not just good tricks my dear readers.

I have long been an advocate of using just Practical Mental Effects from Annemman and 13 steps from Corinda. You close your eyes, open the book at any page and study this effect in combination with the tools Hector gives in this book only then can you truly be original and create something that is you and suits your performance style.

I want to say I love this book or pamphlet because it is filled with gems and things you often learn after you have done your show a dozen times. This is a book that gets an excellent grade for me because I will study it in detail what Hector says and use this to better my act. More books should be like this book because it teaches you the secrets to become a better performer.

You can get this book at the website of Hector Chadwick

If you want this you got to hurry there are only 15 copies left the price is 30 pounds with free worldwide postage or 25 pounds if you live in the U.K..

It gets a 10/10 from me because it is the best thing I have read all year.

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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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