Review: The Swingers Party – The Power of the Pendulum by TC Tahoe

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Madame Curator”][vc_column_text]If you consider yourself a student of mentalism but haven’t heard of TC Tahoe, you my friend, must be living under a rock 😉 His books are worth their weight in gold and his latest one, published last year, is no exception!

Its memorable title, The Swingers Party: the Power of the Pendulum, already radiates TC’s cheeky vibe. I’ve always loved the man’s humour and he is one of the best storytellers around. Relevant, contemporary, but still engagingly mysterious. He has an excellent voice!

This informative, well-written 280-page book essentially shares clever ideas, workers tips and powerful effects (trust me, some are clearly emotional) that a performer can do with the mentalist’s most under-explored BFF… the age old pendulum.

An easy read, I finished it in one setting and will definitely thumb through it again… this time I’ll scribble my own thoughts and ideas. Some of today’s best known mentalists and mystery performers have also contributed to TC’s book; Richard Webster, Jeff McBride, Alain Nu, Docc Hilford, Neal Scryer, Stuart Palm, Dr. Bill and many more. Each of them have their own distinct voice and presentation style, and essentially any mentalist should aspire for that streak of originality.

This would be an ideal first book for anyone keen on reading up about pendulums. Having said that, it’s not just for beginners. Folks who are already familiar with pendulum play would definitely pick up new ideas as well! Personally, I took away quite a bit from contributors like Paul Voodini, Pablo Amira and Eric Olson 🙂

Besides the traditional pendulum, the use of several untypical pendulums are also discussed. There are also mental magic routines, besides esoteric ones involving tarot cards. Safe to say, there is something for everybody and I personally relished the good mix in the book!

I can’t think of any negatives, to be honest. There are exciting experiments in there (like Docc Hilford’s amazing technique), which I wanted to try out immediately after reading! So if I had to really nitpick, the only con I would say would be that a professional editor could have helped make the book a smoother read; fixing minor typos and some careless mistakes.

If you want to know more about TC Tahoe’s body of work, you’d be happy to know that the award-winning magician was on Penguin LIVE just the other day! From the short video trailer, astute viewers would be able to tell that the man is a professional entertainer and is adept at a plethora of genres.

The pendulum is old, possibly as old as rune stones and tarot cards. The clever chapters within TC’s latest book shows you how to best use this ancient instrument as the mystery performer’s most powerful tool yet. The Swinger’s Party is a hidden find (why aren’t more people talking about it!?) that is well worth its price of US$40. However, this is just a thought: it might be a good idea to come out with a convenient e-book version of this excellent read in the near future.

This has my complete blessings. Two thumbs up; it’s definitely a book I’d enjoy reading again and again. Thank you for this brilliant read, TC Tahoe and friends!

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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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