Review: Your mind is my playground by Vincent Hedan

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Maarten Bosmans”][vc_column_text]Hi there everybody, I am going to review Vincent Hedans latest book your mind is my playground.

First of all who is Vincent Hedan, in case you were wondering he is a French Magician and Mentalist he does both things in his act and does not like to be boxed in.

Vincent has created a number of other effects like 10000 Decimals of Pi, this is an effect where you know every digit of the number Pi in order. Another one of his effects is amanuensis impression device, this is a really nice and thin impression device that i own and love more information on these and other products you can find at:

http://www.vincenthedan.com/magic/

But we are here to review a book : Your Mind is my Playground by Vincent Hedan.

This book consists of 11 effects and a couple of short essays about mentalism and magic.

But let’s get into the effects first, the first effect called Globe-trotter is a beauty this is something i will use in shows because I like the props he uses and the effect it accomplishes.

A inflatable ball with the earth printed on it is tossed into the audience. The spectator comes onto stage and writes his favorite holiday destination down on a paper for safe-keeping.

The mentalist correctly guesses the first country the spectator thought off but also the country he thought of after you asked to change his mind and also guesses when he went on this vacation.

The extremely loud and incredibly close book test, do we need another book test probably not but what I liked about this book test is that it does not use a gimmicked book.

There are also a number of card effects in there, the effect Zatoichi based on a famous blind Japanese sword fighter who was one time played by Takeshi Kitano my favorite Japanese actor.

The effect goes like this the spectator selects a card the spectator closes the deck and shuffles it. The mentalist can be completely blindfolded and still find the spectators card. It uses like almost everything in the book simple stuff you have lying around in your home.

His effect The Fiery One is also great this uses Vincent’s version of bank night a spectator choose any of the 6 cards they have lying in front of them.  On the six cards there are different names on it the spectator rolls an ungimmicked dice and Vincent hands the card to guy and this is a girl’s name and the rest of the other cards are mens names. I like this concept and idea for this effect because it has a surprise ending. You predicted he would pick a girl and not a guy.

Most of these effects are presented in a regular fashion so you can use these as a mentalist or a magician.

What I really like most about this book are Vincent’s Essays about Magic an Mentalism how you should look at yourself as a performer and what is important when creating a show. There are some really valuable lessons learned in these short essays.

I have learned what he finds important in how to stage a show and not to be predictable in your shows. Also his essay about I am not a mentalist is really interesting on how Vincent views himself as a performer, he never tries to obtain the same props other mentalists are using. He uses a different approach he considers himself an illusionist. This illusionist can be everything a visual or a mental illusion. He asks you as a reader to think about your role and be a (in my opinion) ‘bad’ copy of Derren Brown or any other famous mentalist. He wants you to be influenced by the things you like beside magic/mentalism and use this as an inspiration for your shows.

I highly suggest you pick this book up. The only gripe I have with this book that I wanted some more non-card effects like the perfect opening trick that is worth the price of this book.

A solid 9/10!

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[usr 9][/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Madame Curator”][vc_column_text]Vincent Hedan is no stranger to the world of mentalism and mental magic. A rising star, he has had a très magnifique reputation, releasing a body of work that is of high standards like bestselling booktests Babel, Haiku and 10000 decimals of Pi. He’s also quite recently lectured on Penguin Magic and this new book Your Mind is My Playground (YMIMP) is the French magician’s latest offering.

Hedan first gave me a sneak peek of YMIMP when he generously contributed a chapter (Parisian Bet) for my autobiography Who is Magic Babe Ning, which was released in January last year. For magicians who enjoy dabbling with mental magic effects utilising cards, this clever routine would be something right up your sleeves.

There are illustrations in the book, which compliment Hedan’s clear instructions. He has many clever pointers in YMIMP about subtleties and convincers, besides simply walking you through the effect and method, all which I appreciated very much.

I had some questions about dual reality principles used in his earlier chapters and after sending him an email, Hedan promptly responded with a clear reply that deepened my understanding. So bravo on that… Be assured that this ward-winning magician has no airs and is there to answer any doubts and help clarify any uncertainties for you!

The routines featured in YMIMP are designed for audience (not magicians/ mentalists) in mind and are perfect for real life close-up and stage work, with the required materials for various effects relatively easy to obtain. Nothing fancy or crazy expensive is required. To keep the mystery, I won’t divulge too much about this brilliant book… but just know that it has a nice variety of routines beyond the typical book tests and mental magic effects with cards.

Here’s a short flip of the scribbles and markings I’ve made on my own personal copy of YMIMP (done in reverse from somewhere in the middle to prevent cheapskates from reading it – please buy your own copy LOL); you can easily tell that I truly enjoyed the read! So while yes… I do know Vincent Hedan and am proud to call him a friend, this is not a bias review based on our friendship but leverages fully on the positive attributes of this book.

 

https://youtu.be/6yuSNSh3EiQ

 

So… My personal take? YMIMP will be enjoyed by modern magicians/ mentalists who like reading and appreciate good, clear thinking. This is for workers, and I can completely see some of Hedan’s contributions (e.g. “Globetrotter”) being solid reputation makers if you’re smart in skilfully executing it at a big event involving the media.

This book comes highly recommended. Well worth the investment!

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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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