Sunday, 22 November 2015

Tequila Hustler

Still using electronics for coin in hand? Think again!

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!

I 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. 

All of them are fully explained in the Tequila Hustler booklet, as is my original and preferred routine using a bunch of keys. This softbound booklet contains all the information you need to allow you to perform expert mentalism.

This is one of the ultimate CAM-style effects and something that you will use for the rest of your life.

Some unsolicited reviews:

"One of the finest effects ever created for mentalists. An absolutle solid gold gem of creative and deceptive insight." - Ian Rowland
"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

"Just wanted to add what others are saying, this is genius. Compared to all the gizmos out there at the moment that let you achieve the same type of effect, surely... it's a no brainer." - Michael L. Clark 

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Friday, 11 September 2015


One of my most prized routines is finally available:

Designed to be performed for a group of people, this is a multi-phase card routine that causes absolute pandemonium. The audience reaction is priceless! In my experience there is nothing that can follow Limelight either in terms of mystery or laughter.

A female spectator is quietly given a very simple instruction that enables her to perform incredible card magic. 

She repeatedly finds selected cards, names selected cards and eventually performs an ACAAN with a free choice of number where the performer never touches the deck at all. 

Any deck can be used and there is almost zero sleight-of hand for the performer to worry about and even less for the woman. If she can hold a deck, she's good to go.

And the best thing is that the woman doesn't have a clue how she is accomplishing any of the effects. If she is quizzed afterwards, the most she will be able to say is that she was doing 'something', but neither she nor the other spectators would have any clue how that was related to the effects she accomplished.

In my experience the woman absolutely relishes playing up her role as the star, and refuses all questions about what she was doing, because she loves being the center of attention!

The booklet contains all the handling and scripting details, as well as the psychology which strengthens the theatrical structure of the routine. It also discusses the selection of the correct person to use as the star and how to amplify their role to make their participation the absolute highlight of your performance.

Comments from a few early purchasers:

"Wow. This is a real worker! I love the fact that the girl IS the star and will be unable to explain it herself. This is very clever... I think it is the best ‘audience participation’ routine ever!" - Jean-Jacques Sanvert

“It’s brilliant.” – Dave Forrest

"Limelight, so simple to do yet extremely clever and baffling. I watched Mark fry a room full of magicians with this, including myself, it really is very clever indeed! This has gone straight onto my A-list." - Gary Jones

“Hey Mark just wanted to say I have read Limelight straight through several times now and all I can say is **** ****!! This is so clever… I know this is going to go down a storm in Sleight bar. Thank you so much for a truly beautiful piece.” – Paul Brookes

"It is without a doubt, the best magic routine with cards I've seen in a long, long while. Kinda wish you kept it for yourself, but glad you didn't." - George A Woo.

“This really is a masterfully constructed piece of magical entertainment. Having witnessed this being performed by Mark I know it's guaranteed to stun. I can't wait to start using it!” – Roddy McGhie

"Audience participation in magic tricks normally only serves to make the performer look good. Limelight cleverly changes the dynamic, enabling you to genuinely let your participant shine. I'll use this. Hugely recommended!" – James Went

“After seeing this performed it truly is genius. Grab it while you can.” – Dan Burgess

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Thursday, 25 June 2015

Conversation As Mentalism 3

After tons of requests, Volume 3 is now available:

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

Then rejoice! Mark Elsdon’s new Conversation As Mentalism Volume 3 is just what you’re looking for.

You will learn: a brand new mind-game using a single borrowed key, a killer card trick with no cards, an impossible coincidence in time, the best impromptu coin prediction, an utterly incredible memory stunt and much more!

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 3 once again teaches pure, propless mentalism at its most organic.

Praise for the Conversation As Mentalism series:

“It is my firm belief that the title of these books should be changed to The Essential Handbooks 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

“These are Mark's other great releases 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 series 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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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Elsdon has the Last Laugh!

"He who laughs last, laughs longest."

Last Laugh is my unique take on the 'stranger card' plot:

Two decks of cards are introduced, both with different backs. One of the decks is removed from its box, shown to be 100% regular and shuffled. A participant now selects a card from the deck and sight unseen places it into his pocket.

You now state you are going to attempt to cut to the matching card but from the other deck. Your audience will be impressed by your skill when you accurately practice-cut to both the jokers. 

What happens next is where the madness begins: You start cutting to and removing joker after joker after joker from the deck. Everyone will think they've been had and that the whole thing is nothing more than a wind up! They will assume that it's a complete deck of jokers and then just when the let their guard down you hit them hard!

Yes every card in the pack is a joker. Well almost - every card except one. There are 51 face-up jokers and one single card left face down on the table. 

For the first time your participant removes and shows his card. You could now cut the tension with a knife. You have them reach over and take a look at the card on the table... it's a perfect match!

Your spectators may have had a giggle throughout the routine but you certainly had the Last Laugh ;-)

Last Laugh is easy to do and comes complete with a special deck and a registration code that gives you instant access to a full training video to get you started right away!

The price is £22.
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