Review: Secret Notebook of Mr Hyde – Volume 1

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Madame Curator”][vc_column_text]Too often these days, we come across products hastily put out by folks only interested in earning a quick buck. It’s sad but true. Thankfully however, this isn’t the case. It’s sheer rarity when one comes across brilliant gems that should be priced higher than their listed price. The Secret Notebook of Mr Hyde (Vol.1 ) is one such diamond.

I must say that Timothy Hyde has a very pleasant “voice” that makes very easy reading in this 37-page long manuscript. If you’re a fan of Aussie humour, you will especially love this! A professional entertainer who has been performing magic, mentalism and emceeing for over 30 years, Hyde’s professional website is modern and updated, allowing instant gratification of receiving his PDF ebook right away once you’ve cleared payment online via Paypal.

Ted Annemann described Pseudo Psychometry as “one of the greatest one-man psychic effects ever conceived.” So to be honest, I wanted to check out Hyde’s eBook specifically for his Ziplock Psychometry effect, which uses the clever and rather novel utilisation of clear plastic bags (very much like CSI). But what I didn’t expect however, was to end up loving most of his other stuff!

His Pig Test is a cute and effective group reading routine; I’m sure most people remember getting one of those popular chain emails from 20 years ago, instructing you to draw a pig and then analysing one’s personality by how they drew it. Hyde breaks it down step by step and guides you on how to deliver it effectively, to suit whatever size crowd you have to entertain. He also gives 3 other animals as alternatives if you for any reason think a “pig” may not be an appropriate animal to use.

I enjoyed his Baby Gag Plus very much, and it inspired me to come up with my own version after learning Hyde’s clever concept. Bob Cassidy has a similar routine in Pseudomentally Yours, based off Robbins ESP Photo Miracle, but there are differences. For one, Hyde’s effect allows a wider range of selections. I’m quite confident that the discerning mentalist will be eager to dream up of their own spin of things!

If you perform with a savvy partner in crime, Musical Telepathy, would be an effect that will pique your interests. I love how deviously simple it is, and the adage “pack small, play big” applies. You just need some clipboards and your brains. This smart mentalism routine involving music (you can use your music player or if you work on a cruise ship, utilise the band) will work well with a small group or auditorium.

If you own Larry Becker’s Flashback and Ted Karmilovich’s Mother of all Booktests, Hyde’s brilliant routine using both combined, cheekily named My Mother, will inspire you to try a new way of presenting this well-loved mentalism classic using 2 spectators on stage. Hyde’s candid advice dealing with “idiots” and illiterate people are honest and handy, I’m glad he shared this information gleaned from his years of performing experience 🙂

For fast-talking magic emcees, trainers and stand-up folks, there are also clever bits of business that you may feel inspired to add to your show, like Hyde’s Psychic Heckler Stopper, Whack Pack and 7 Days 1 Ending. Hyde also touches a bit on promotional ideas for the professional entertainers, with 2 ideas that he personally uses that you can quite easily personalise and adapt to make it your own.

In his section about dealing with heckling, Hyde writes an eloquent phase that deeply resonates:
The heckler is like a river. They can’t really be stopped. You can change the direction, shape it and sometimes control it, but never stop it completely. When you acknowledge this fact, you can apply it to your performance and how you deal with hecklers. Like the ju-jitsu warrior you use the energy and momentum by deflection. Turn it to your advantage.

The Secret Notebook of Mr Hyde (Vol. 1) by Timothy Hyde comes highly recommended. There are performance material in there that I would personally use and I like his method of thinking. The book also reads well with no annoying typos or grammatical errors. If you’re a mentalist wanting to up your game, you definitely want to check this out!

Please support intellectual property. Only buy original. Ebook available directly from the creator, Timothy Hyde.

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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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