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Tequila Hustler Review

May 20th, 2022 6:58am
Reviewed by Stephan Sloan
Popularized by the amazing Derren Brown, the Truth and Lie plot has been given new life and is the latest rage in mentalism the last couple of years. The truth is (pun intended), that this is not a new plot at all. It's beginnings go back to 1978 in Apocalypse Vol. 1, No. 6. Gerald Kosky had the brilliant idea of using the old "truth -teller and liar" logic puzzle as a basis for his trick To Tell The Truth. This concept was then elaborated on by such notables as Banachek, Rick Maue and Barrie Richardson. Logic puzzles go back even further which are the basis for all these truth-teller / liar plots seen now. Lately there have been a plethora of these types of routines hitting the market and there is no shortage of versions to choose from. I have looked at a few of these in a quest to find the "perfect version" for me. After reviewing a couple I find that I like the version by Mark Elsdon called Tequila Hustler.

The premise is that a spectator hides an object, typically a coin, in one of their hands. They choose a role, either a liar or truth teller, but does not tell the mentalist which role they are playing. The mentalist asks two questions and after hearing the spectator's answers he can correctly ascertain 100% of the time the correct hand the object is hidden in. Reading the above description may not get you too excited thinking it's a 50/50 shot each time, however I assure you, despite the odds, after correctly guessing where the hidden object is three times in a row, people are quite impressed. There are no gimmicks, any object that the hand can hold without telegraphing its presence can be used. The routine is based purely on linguistics.

After a couple of years of reworking, Mark Elsdon has taken what was a tortuous and confusing logic puzzle and distilled it down to two normal and justifiable questions for the mentalist to ask. Its simplicity is laughable and it is hard to believe how this actually works, but it does. The book is a pamphlet and has 30 pages of information with contributions by Peter Turner, Colin McCleod and Michael Murray. The concept can be expanded to having as many as five Truth Tellers / Liars at one time. Tequila Hustler is completely prop-less other than the held object. If you're into prop-less mentalism, Tequila Hustler is a winner.

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Product info for Tequila Hustler

Author: Elsdon, Mark; Tuner, Peter; McLleod, Colin; Murray
Publisher: Michael Murray
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $30.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

Still using electronics for coin in hand? Think again!

Mark Elsdon's Tequila Hustler is THE game changer. No electronics, no gimmicks, no prep. Any currency, any language, anywhere, any time. Perform in person, over the phone or even Skype. 100% accuracy guaranteed!Mark initially shared this with only three other performers: Colin McLeod, Michael Murray and Peter Turner. Not only did they love it, all three immediately developed their own handlings and presentations, which are all fully explained in the Tequila Hustler booklet.

Some unsolicited reviews:

"I just read "Tequila Hustler". It is by far the very best method using the liar/truth theme. Very, very clever!!"
- Jean-Jaques Sanvert

"I very rarely praise anything... as I think too many times things are hyped, over priced and many times add nothing to move a plot forward, but thankfully, to me TH was well worth it and I'm glad I purchased it. As someone else said... I will use this for the rest of my life."
- Steve Haynes

"This is really brilliant, and I do not like to hype things. So, it is no hype from my side."
- Jan Forster

"If you liked Marks CAM books then you will love this. It's the best thing he's released for years (and he's released some good stuff!) It's just brilliant how simple it is to do and the thinking in this booklet really is worth so much more than its price. After using this last night I absolutely love it and will use it forever."
- Sean Giles

"I sometimes see posts along the lines of "I wish he didn't release this as I want it all to myself" and I just thought of them as advertising hype from a stooged friend. Not any more. I really wish this was kept under wraps."
- Stephen Young

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