Saturday, 2 July 2011

On The Mark 2.0

The same killer effect, but in a new hip-pocket sized wallet.

Back in April of 2010 I finally decided to release my killer named card in wallet effect which is the opener in every stand-up show I do.

The effect goes way beyond anything previously devised and features the following benefits:

·        Only one wallet used.
·        No deck required.
·        Different card every performance.
·        The card they name is the exact one in the envelope – no ‘off by one’ or other outs.
·        No sleight-of-hand.
·        Perfect for both close-up and stand-up performance.

It is fooling, practical and commercial, combining a real worker’s method with a powerful effect and an engaging presentation. And lots of performers bought one and are using it regularly in their performances.

However, I got TONS of emails and messages from performers who never wear a jacket, and for whom the original OTM pocket-sized wallet was too big.

So now, I am pleased to announce the release of OTM 2.0 – the same killer effect, but in a new hip-pocket sized wallet.

Comes complete with a beautiful leather wallet, envelopes, Bicycle card gimmicks and very detailed instructions and script.

The new wallet is a standard-sized hip-pocket wallet, with the usual space for cash, credit cards, driver's licence etc.

Here is a picture of what the new hip-pocket wallet looks like:

And here is a discussion of the original OTM, with reviews from many satisfied purchasers:

The price is £50.

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Monday, 6 June 2011

Mentalism Reveals Volume 2

So, as Olivier's Henry V so beautifully put it: "Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more". 

This florid introduction is simply to alert you to the fact that Mentalism Reveals Volume 2 will be available very shortly. Advance comments from friends who have seen the manuscript is that whilst some of the material is a powerful and motivational extension of Volume 1, much of it goes in stimulating directions that they simply didn’t anticipate.

It is identical in format to the first Volume, albeit with a slightly higher page count.

Here is the artwork and ad: 

Mentalism Reveals Volume 2
Further journeys of exploration and discovery.

If you are searching for ways to make yourself and your performances more relevant, more powerful and more memorable, then look no further. Mentalism Reveals Volume 2 contains presentational techniques and performance material that will help you to become the performer you have always wanted to be.

One particular focus is on the key element of using mentalism to reveal more about yourself (your life, your history, your interests) in order to make you an extraordinary performer. This new volume teaches simple yet powerful strategies to become more captivating and appealing to your audience.

Also discussed is how to build a character and how to properly integrate that character into your performance. There is truly inspirational material on motivation in mentalism, and the recipe for how to successfully take  your audience on a meaningful and authentic journey.

MR2 also contains a revelatory section on Contact Mind-Reading which goes to the very limit of what can be accomplished with this incredible technique. When performed well, CMR looks like the real thing! And best of all, the procedures taught here for learning and practicing it are practical and stress-free, ensuring that it is within the grasp of anyone who wants to learn and use this remarkable skill.

Naturally, parts of this new book build on the theories and ideas shared in the ground-breaking Mentalism Reveals, extending and amplifying the concepts previously taught in ways that will surprise and inspire you! However, this new Volume is a complement to the original and as such stands alone and is completely self-contained.

It is a limited edition of 100 copies and there are just a few copies left.

Available early January.

The price is £100 (including postage).


Comments on Mentalism Reveals:

“I must say that Mentalism Reveals is probably the one of the most inspiring book that focuses solely on mentalism in a long time.” - Magnus Bodin

“I’ve been privy to the contents of Mentalism Reveals for quite a while now and to be quite bloody honest I don't want Mark to release it!!! There I’ve said it. Favourite book of 2010 for me.” - Looch

“Mark has certainly made me think about the way I perform, and maybe more importantly, why I perform (in the eyes of the spectators).” - Rob Bond

“Along with Ken Weber's book, this is a must have on your performance bookshelf.” - Quentin Reynolds

“There was information inside that really caused me to re-evaluate both my act and my thoughts about of the best books I have read!” - R. Lee Davis

“The people who read this book can only become better performers, there are no two ways about it.” - Paul Brook

“It is an expensive book but the information contained within is worth every penny. I am sure those that got their hands on the 100 copies will have a performance advantage over those that don't and will more likely to be remembered by their audiences.” - Andrew Reid

“I'm content with this being a limited release. To me it's pure gold. Shall take its place on and off my shelf! I've even started jotting personal improvements in a separate journal alongside it.” - Nicholas Byers

“I must say that I am very happy with it and I'm sorry for those who couldn't get their hands on a copy. This is a book that is a must read for all mentalists or people calling themselves a mentalist.” - Bart Nijs

“Really wonderful job putting these thoughts together. A must have in the Library.” - Andrew Gerard

Monday, 11 April 2011

The Inevitable is here...


Now available for the first time is The Inevitable and it is one of the strongest pieces I have ever created. I have used it as the closer at every single private and house party I have worked for the last couple of years and it brings the house down (pardon the pun). 

The only other performer who has known about it is Paul Vigil and this is what he has to say about it:

"I call this "My friend Mark Elsdon’s ACAA...," but he calls it The Inevitable; and it's one of the strongest and most clever uses of The Invisible Deck I've ever witnessed. It went directly into my performance repertoire and can quickly become the perfect closer (or encore piece) for you too!"

As Paul says above, it uses an Invisible Deck, and I honestly believe it is one of the most powerful uses of the ID that you could possibly perform. The ID however is just one part of it - there is so much more to it than that. It is and it isn’t an Any Card At, it is and it isn’t a Prediction, it is and it isn’t a Revelation. 

Playable as the most impossible magic or the most incredible mentalism, The Inevitable is as close to a miracle as a card trick can probably be to a layman.

It is available exclusively from me and the price is £10.

Please allow up to 24 hours for delivery (usually within a couple of hours).

Saturday, 1 January 2011


Less work than The Cube, more fun than Q & A!
"Very clever. Practical and easy to learn. I'm going to put this to use immediately." - Ben Harris

"I REALLY like SRS! Very simple, very straightforward and a bargain..." - Looch

"A really elegant, professional and valid looking reading system." - Paul Brook

"Mark explains the system in great detail and everything is very easy to understand. Highly recommended!" - Iain Moran

SRS stands for Simplex Reading System. It is a practical cold-reading method designed for mentalists and magicians who want to learn to do readings, but simply haven’t got the time to spend hours and hours memorising traditional systems. Impossible though it sounds, SRS actually requires NO memory work! That’s right, none, nada, zilch. Making it ideal for beginners and experts alike.

With the information provided in this new manuscript you will immediately be able to give anyone an intelligent, perceptive reading. And because of the way it is structured, if you were to meet that person again in a year’s time, you could give them the exact same reading. And remember, no memory work is required.

SRS takes a bold new approach by employing a seemingly random series of questions as the ‘theme’, which means it is perfect for those who want to get away from the more traditional systems. Whilst it will more than satisfy anyone who has previously had an old-school reading, it is also perfect for those looking for a less ‘psychic’ style reading, i.e. something more in tune with today’s approach to mentalism and magic.

The System comes complete with everything you need: the full instruction  e-book, question sheets (PDFs so that you can print as many as you need) and a sample reading so that you can see how the system works in practice. Plus audio files of further sample readings being given, so that you can hear exactly how simple, direct and powerful it is. Plus, for those who are brand new to reading, a PDF of informative, entertaining lines that will make you seem like an expert.

SRS has its roots in Ken de Courcy’s fantastic Systematic Seer and therefore shares a lineage with work by Ron Martin, Richard Webster and Mark Sherman. However, SRS heads off in a completely different direction and is a far more ‘pop culture’ approach than anything that has gone before.

If you want to give a reading that sounds like you are in the 21st century rather than the 19th, SRS is for you!

SRS has been unavailable for a long while (it was very popular and sold out quickly), and was previously for sale at a higher price.

This new, updated e-version (eBook* and all related files and media) is available now. The price is £30.

 *Please note: eBook download link usually sent within two hours.