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Atlas Brookings – The Intrepid Rogues Manual of Deception


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The Intrepid Rogue’s Manual of Deception


Atlas Brookings

The Intrepid Rogue’s Manual of Deception is a new book by performing mentalist Atlas Brookings and represents his first major work since Train Tracking.

The Manual of Deception is 224 pages long and comprises 8 essays, one switch technique, and 14 effects. While he is known for his propless work, the majority of the material within encompasses some of his work with props. The Hollywood Squares prop also ships with the book.

A brief outline of the contents is included below:

* You’ll Never Find a More Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy…

This essay asks you to take a closer look at your goals within mentalism, encouraging you to use your analytical skills to determine who is best positioned to help you to achieve those goals as you select the path you’d like to follow. It offers a system for cutting through the hype and nonsense that so often surrounds creators and releases and outlines what I think are the four archetypes that we most often see within this subculture.

* Quinnfluence

A propless effect that can be used with a single participant or a crowd of hundreds, people are asked to think of random bits of information which are subsequently easily revealed. This can be played either as mind reading or influence and is a powerful technique that is always available to you.

* Gesticulate

An incredibly simple and deceptive, self-contained one handed billet switch in which the hand not in use never leaves the pocket.

* The Importance of Being Earnest…

An essay that asks you why you are drawn to mentalism and examines the implications for success that your answer may have.

* The Lexi-Con

A compelling three phase routine in which three words are freely chosen by a participant, two from a list and the third an entirely free choice – yet their words are the only words spelled out in a deck of alphabet cards.

* The Subtle Swindle

Formerly the Subtle Hustle (I was informed that this name was already in use elsewhere). An easy and propless means of winning or losing (your choice) at Rock, Paper, Scissors.

* The Untangled Web…

An essay that encourages the performer to consider how their performance is perceived by the audience, asking whether it is best to simplify and streamline presentations, and how to approach such a problem.

* High Five

An example of the principles above put into practice, High Five is a close up effect using five numbered business cards. The participant selects a card at random for both the performer and themselves, and their choices are predicted, as is the five digit number that they create.

* Imbalanced

An impromptu and propless murder mystery game in which the performer becomes a human lie detector and hunts the elusive killer.

* Hollywood Squares

A wonderful routine that involves an apparently innocent, yet gimmicked business card (supplied with the book) and which allows the performer to determine what different celebrities up to three participants choose to think of.

* A Head Bloodied but Unbowed…

An essay that emphasizes the importance of developing and improving problem solving skills, complete with an example from my personal working repertoire that allows dual reality to be performed in audiences of any size, including those that know one another well and corporate audiences – all without any of the drawbacks typically associated with the method.

* Ariadne’s Thread

A hands off effect in which the performer gets the participant to randomly think of a number, deal out playing cards onto the table, remember the card at their number, and reveal that card with ease.

* Market Traitor

A game is played revolving around honesty and Wall Street. Envelopes containing stock picks made by anonymous ‘whistleblowers’ are laid down before four participants who are then given a free choice of stocks to invest in. After three days of trading, the proceedings are called to a halt as the Securities and Exchance Commission (or FCO in the UK) arrests all four participants for insider trading, and the prediction envelopes are opened, proving that in each case the anonymous whistleblower’s information was correct.

* Wasting Time is Only Robbing Oneself…

An essay that examines the formula for finding the most direct route to accomplishing your effects, both in script and actions, and whose intended aim is to help you remove dead time from your show, allowing you to establish and keep the pace moving.

* Don’t Make a Mess of Your Message…

An essay dealing with the benefits of learning to adapt a presentation to be able to memorably convey a bespoke message.

* Choicest

Contained within the above essay, the workings of this Blackpool effect (filmed back in 2014) are explained along with the history and reasons behind embedding a message into an effect.

* White Out

A pseudo hypnosis effect in which a participant , apparently in a trance state, is able to select the match to a playing card chosen by another despite nobody – including the performer – knowing the identity of the card. Moreover, when shown the faces of the rest of the deck, they are blank to this participant despite them being clearly visible to the audience.

* It’s Still Snowing

A single person version of the above effect, with an influence theme and a prediction tabled before the card is even selected – and the participant selects from a face up fanned pack in which each card is demonstrably different.

* CloudNine

A casual, conversational personality reading that ends with the performer revealing the day, month, and year of the participant’s birth – despite apparently none of this information being communicated to the performer. The most common feedback I hear about this effect is that it is better than Isabella’s Star, which is no small compliment indeed.

* What Will Your Verse Be…

An essay that deals with what is, in my opinion, the right way and the wrong way to contribute your ideas to the mentalism community, along with a marketing guideline for those seeking to establish and manage their brand.

* The Intrepid League of Super Villainy

A companion to my “think of a super hero” plot, along with the two person presentation that makes this such an entertaining piece for the set of friends you are working with.

* One in the Chamber

An incredibly simple billet technique that can be applied to nearly any billet routine, a load, switch, and peek that is invisible in which you hands are shown clean throughout and you never go to your pockets. This is my go to move when performing a Q and A routine.

* It’s a Traaaaaaaaaaap!!

A final word of advice to those who would like to chase their dreams and live life on their own terms. It is entirely possible, but you HAVE to know this one thing – and you have to take it to heart.