A Pro Shop
by C. Dayton
describing what this Pro Shop release contains, I wanted to
share something from C. Dayton's introduction to the book:
"I am excited, but tentative about
presenting this. Im excited
because I really like doing readings with playing cards, they are one
the very first things I learned to read, and because I really like
the routines that Ive written up.
Im tentative because Im not entirely sure how they will be
received. Everything here is simple and Im sure that others are
doing similar things. For those who are not doing similar things, I am
afraid that the simplicity of the reading system and the mentalism
routines will cause them to be overlooked. On the other hand, maybe
its better if they are."
I have to admit that I'm a bit conflicted about C. Dayton's last
remark. Let me explain...
the one hand, the wide-spread acceptance by many mentalists of the
conventional "No Playing Cards in Mentalism Rule" means that those who
ignore it (and know how to effectively present convincing card
routines) are among a select few -- which sets them apart from the rest
of the pack. From this standpoint, the fewer performers who buy C.
Dayton's book, the better.
On the other hand, the information in
this book will undoubtedly improve just about any
performer's presentations of readings and mentalism, and that,
turn, benefits everyone -- performers and their
C. Dayton explains, one of the strongest arguments for the use of
playing cards in mentalism is their being readily available. Presented
with the frightening "Airline Lost My Luggage" scenario, having a deck
of cards in your pocket means that you can easily perform a 20+ minute
show for any size group, and then present readings afterwards. With
that idea in mind, C. Dayton includes a number of routines, including a
walk-around presentation, a card reading act, and his version of Any
Card At Any Number.
In addition to the mentalism routines, C.
Dayton shares his playing card reading system, which is based on a
simple and easy-to-learn interpretation of the suits and values of the
deck. Based on
years of experience, his approach
is extremely practical and
flexible, and the four spreads he describes in detail are perfect for
just about any reading situation you may find yourself in. I
especially like his direct methods of answering Yes/No
questions and timing predictions.
Ritter's Deck of Cards
easy-to-learn card reading system
Dayton's Favorite Spreads
Double Lift Spread
How to put
it all together
to answer Yes/No questions
to time predictions
Dayton's "Three Secrets for Readings"
Walk-Around Card Reading Routine
Complete Card Reading Act
essential -- but easy -- sleights
Ultimately, of course, the use of playing cards in your presentations
is a personal decision based on your own vision of
mentalism and your
however, you're interested in how to get the maximum impact out of
playing cards in your performances, I suspect you will appreciate C.
Dayton's approach. And, if you are familiar with his earlier works
(Roses on a Stage and Yes/No+), I think you'll especially
his thinking on the use of playing cards as an oracle.
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