Saturday, 2 August 2014

Fooling With Freud

Introducing the CAM Private Release series:

#1 - Fooling With Freud 

Over the last few years of devising conversational mentalism material I have developed several routines that are so powerful that they each demand a separate release. The first of this new Private Release series is titled Fooling With Freud and is a 100% practical piece of innovative mentalism.

As per the Conversation As Mentalism ethos you don’t need to carry any props; this is a pure three-phase routine of direct mindreading - it doesn’t use playing cards, iPhones, peek devices, stooges, guessing or the law of averages.

What is the effect? In increasingly arbitrary ways, the participant merely thinks of something random (they never write anything down or tell anyone) and you simply reveal what it is. The routine builds through each of the three phases, ultimately leaving everyone involved to conclude that you really must be walking around inside their head!

Perform it close-up, stand-up, on stage, in the pub or wherever you like. It works as well for a whole group of people as it does one-on-one. If you like Mark’s CAM series you will LOVE this! If you’ve never read either of the CAM books, you’ll still LOVE this!!

Exclusive Bonus: The booklet also includes Pulling With Freud - Colin McLeod’s personal handling of Mark’s mind-bending routine.

Please note: this is a brand new, standalone release and does NOT appear in either of the CAM booklets, nor does it require any prior knowledge of CAM material.


“I've never seen anything quite like Fooling with Freud!  It is a beautiful composition from a man whose knowledge of techniques is nearly encyclopaedic.  Mark's exhaustive understanding of methodology has allowed him to create exactly what he visualized - a mind blowing three phase demonstration of the impossible, a routine that is as clean as it is amazing.  This is my favourite 'Conversation as Mentalism' piece - and if you're familiar with the series, you know that is no small thing.” Atlas Brookings

“Brilliant! Mark has cleverly combined a series of methods into a structure that will cause people to believe you’re reading their thoughts, and actually analysing their very thought process as you’re doing so.” Colin McLeod

“Fooling With Freud is a masterpiece. It is clever, direct and deeply fooling. It should be in the arsenal of every modern mentalist! I give it my highest recommendation.” - Michael Murray

The price is £30.


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Tuesday, 20 May 2014


I’ve finally decided to release B'Voque my handling of the 'Four Card Brainwave' effect. Previously shared only with those who have attended my exclusive Equivoque Workshops, this super-strong card effect can now be yours!

Effect: You ask a spectator to imagine four cards in an envelope. They make various choices - every single step of the way, they are in total control of what happens to the four cards - and amazingly, their chosen card is the only one reversed in the envelope. But there's more! You then reveal that the named card also has a different coloured back to the other three. There's still more!! You then destroy their minds completely by showing that the other three cards are actually BLANK.

The reactions are CRAZY!!!

And everything can be immediately examined.

Based on a plot originated by Marlo, developed by Trost and Miesel and popularised by Supreme Magic as ‘Parade of the Kings’, the small packet Brainwave effect is a modern classic. The title was inspired by Goldstein’s seminal version and the handling was developed many years ago when I began my explorations of Equivoque.

The good news is that this is such a different, minimalistic approach to Equivoque that it is the easiest thing you’ll learn this year.

Want to see what kind of impact it has in performance? Here you go…

 The price is just £12.

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Saturday, 10 May 2014


I’m pleased to announce the full release of my SPYPAD:

Designed to deliver a clear, full-view, real-time peek yet remain completely innocent in appearance. The SPYPAD is THE all-new tool for modern mentalism developed specifically for under-fire use. Great for close-up, stand-up AND I can confirm that it has been used on TV!

The SPYPAD’s real ingenuity lies in the instant reset. You have someone write something down and tear out the page. You take the notepad back from them and put it away. With that, not only do you have your peek but the pad is now reset to go again! Nothing to remove, replace or erase. No magnets or chemicals. Just a clear view of whatever they’ve written down, delivered to you in the most natural of actions.

The DVD includes no less than TEN professional ideas, some of them shot ‘in the trenches’ so you’ll actually see the Pad in action. I even tipped one of my favourite close-up mentalism effects – Monopolise ME.

You’ll also gain some invaluable insight into the general psychology of using an impression device - thoughts and tips gleaned from over 15 years of using the SPYPAD.


The price is £23 plus postage.

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Friday, 2 May 2014

Conversation As Mentalism 2

After the runaway success of Volume 1, I'm pleased to present:

Would you like to have in your repertoire some more killer mentalism effects that you can perform anytime, any place and without any props?

Well, good news! Mark Elsdon’s new Conversation As Mentalism Volume 2 contains more of the tried and tested* material that made the original volume so popular.

The participant’s experience of what occurs during these casual performance pieces is this: during the course of an interesting conversation, things take an odd turn and something strange and completely inexplicable happens.

You will learn a fantastic impromptu prediction using any three borrowed objects, an incredible mind-game using just your fingers, the world’s best linguistic bar bet, how to travel a few minutes into the future, the secret of the invisible red envelope and much more!

All in all, nine brand new effects that have been designed with one outcome in mind – to amaze whoever you are talking to without the aid of any gadgets, gizmos or gimmicks.

Conversation As Mentalism 2 once again teaches pure, propless mentalism at its most organic.

Praise for Volume 1:

“It is my firm belief that the title of this book should be changed to The Essential Handbook of Impromptu Mentalism. The routines taught are all very simple, direct and deeply fooling. This material should be in the arsenal of every modern mentalist! I give it my highest recommendation.”
 - Michael Murray

“This is Mark's other great release up there with the Meridian Technique. As well as the clever effects and probably more importantly, you're going to learn an attitude which can be used to approach performing in all real world situations."
 - Colin McLeod

"Conversations as Mentalism is a collection of impromptu gems that can be used at the drop of a hat. Just the piece with the invisible dice alone is worth the cost of the entire booklet! With just what you carry in your pockets and the knowledge in this booklet, you will be able to perform a whole host of practical material anywhere."
- John Carey

The price is £20 plus postage.

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 *No ‘suggestion’ techniques are used in these effects. They all actually work all the time ;-)