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Leading Thoughts (2 DVD Set) Review

Official Review

February 11th, 2015 11:53am
Reviewed by Joe Diamond
This is a collection of some new-ish effects with some classic methods.

Overall, the routines are well structured, and work well for Chris Rawlins. I think they will work for other performers as well with a little bit of personalization. The methods are solid, not over the top crazy innovative, but a lot of them are a bit too procedure heavy for my taste.

Granted, not everything has to be to my taste, and so I do believe there are some things here that could be of use. If someone doesn't like the effect, they may like the premise, or maybe a method will jump out and be of use to you for another routine.

If you are not a mentalist, or a mentalism fan, this won’t turn you around. If you collect mentalism ideas, there may be a few things you will like. If you are a professional mentalist, I’m not sure you will replace any of your current repertoire for something here, but you may fine an idea or two to adapt to your own stand up show.

My favorite effect was the idea of eating a bunch of different colored sweets, and you are able to divine how many of each color there are. While the method is not the one I would personally use, I loved the freshness behind the effect and the final stage image.

The DVD quality is very nice, with a very cool cover, and easy to navigate menus. With it being two discs, and with there being video of the live show, I would have liked a bit more information about the show as a whole, and a bit of why he structured effects in this certain order. One other negative is that the ad copy boasts seven effects. One of these “effects” is a quick lead in to another effect. Because of the method used, there has to be another effect that immediately follows it to make it deceptive. I wouldn’t call this a stand alone “effect” because it can’t be performed as a stand alone effect. I also don’t think it’s particularly deceptive, it didn’t seem anyone in the audience thought the apparent effect was deceptive either. I could be wrong, and I wouldn’t feel it even worth mentioning if it wasn’t listed as an “effect.”

Overall, if you are a mentalism collector, you will find something of interest here.

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Product info for Leading Thoughts (2 DVD Set)

Author: Rawlins, Chris
Publisher: Vanishing Inc.
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $35.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

Chris Rawlins is an emerging voice in the field of mentalism. His no-nonsense, direct approach to mindreading is at once realistic and utterly amazing. On this DVD-his first-he shares seven of his most coveted original creations. You'll learn "Hack," the fairest newspaper test we've seen, "Lucky Lottery," a streamlined and practical lottery prediction effect, "Flutter," a tremendous thought-of name revelation effect, and much more.

This is an evening parlor mentalism performance where you get to see Mr. Rawlins work the room, define his character, and amaze a room full of people with his polished brand of mentalism. You'll learn:

Hack: Involve everyone in your audience with this clean, easy, and astonishing newspaper test.

Credit Guard: A high-stakes yet playful mentalism "game" in which you correctly determine where a spectators credit card is. You end with a hands-off revelation of someone's credit card info, yet you never touch or see their card.

Lucky Lottery: Six number are called at random by the audience. You then reveal the selected numbers printed upon a real, genuine lottery ticket, inside an envelope, inside your pocket.

Flutter: You reveal a thought in a playful and interesting way, that gives both the audience and spectator moments of amazement.

E-Numbers: You demonstrate super-human taste buds by recalling the exact combination of candies that have been created by your spectators. A Little Lead In - A moment to add texture to your show.

Drop Card: A spectator finds another spectator's thought of playing card, while their eyes are closed.

"A fantastic collection of workable material that you can perform as is or add your own style too."
- Chris Cox

"Chris Rawlins has released a very interesting DVD set for the Modern Mentalist. Chris is a charming performer, and his effects are clear and to the point. I was impressed with his approach to Al Korans Newspaper prediction Countdown. His method removes the stress, which I experience when performing the effect. I enjoyed the DVD very much."
- Graham Jolley

"Chris Rawlins' new DVD set is full of practical material that will delight all performers of contemporary mentalism. His effect Flutter is the best use of a certain classic mentalism idea released to date, and it would be worth buying the DVDs even if Flutter was the only trick on them!"
- Mark Elsdon

"Some great and practical methods for a working mentalist"
- John Archer

"Drawing inspiration from masters both past and present Chris Rawlins provides a series of classical effects with modern twists that pack small and play huge. Chris delivers them all with his own unique charm and provides in depth instruction that makes them suitable for even the most novice of performers."
- Michael Murray

"In this DVD Set Chris explains real workers routines from his professional repertoire. All of the routines are very well thought out and each psychological aspect, staging and nuance is perfectly covered. If you want to add some strong routines to your show that are very entertaining and pack a punch, this is the DVD set you are looking for!"
- Luca Volpe

Two DVDs in a beautiful slipcase.

Total running time: 2 hours, 40 minutes.

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