Calculated Thoughts

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Calculated Thoughts

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Book by Doug Dyment ($60.00)

Out of stock. New stock expected approximately Wednesday, June 16, 2021
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In Ken Weber's foreword to Doug Dyment's "Calculated Thoughts", Weber refers to Dyment as "mentalism's best-kept secret." And you know something? He might be right. Doug Dyment spent 25 years performing mentalism across the globe, and until now his material was kept under-wraps in privately distributed manuscripts, or entirely out of print. Now, for the first time, it is all collected and described in one gorgeous volume: "Calculated Thoughts" is finally here.

With more than forty ready-to-perform routines, this 400-page book is brimming with creativity and performance-tested material.

In our eyes, Doug's "Quarto" is the perfect center tear. An entire chapter is dedicated to ESP cards, as well as a new, easy way to mark Bicycle cards, a memory aid that uses your feet, plus an impromptu star sign divination, drawing duplication, and other beautifully constructed mentalism pieces for both informal and formal performances. You'll even learn a method for apparently slicing your thumb open and then healing the bleeding wound. If that sort of gore isn't your thing, perhaps you'll enjoy the deep dive into Magic Squares, including what we believe is the finest handling of an impromptu magic square ever described in print.

What's refreshing about "Calculated Thoughts" is that it's a creator's lifework all in one place. "Calculated Thoughts" is the accumulation of a lifetime of mentalism secrets, sweated out through performance and refining from Doug and his illustrious coterie of high-profile mentalist friends.

“Doug Dyment is one of the deepest thinkers in mentalism and Calculated Thoughts is his Magnum Opus. The depth to which he explores each of his chosen subjects is simply breathtaking. He shines a highly perceptive light into some of the darkest corners of mentalism technique and reveals insights that will remain with the art for decades to come."Marc Paul

“For those who’ve not had the chance to enter the mind of Doug Dyment...your time has come! For those in the know, it’s time to give thanks that all his material and much more are now available in a gorgeous hardcover book. I predict this will become a neoclassic of modern mentalism.”Raj Madhok

“Now you have the opportunity to discover what, up until the publication of this book, has been one of mentalism’s best-kept secrets; you are about to dip into the vast creativity of Doug Dyment, a true “underground” genius.”Ken Weber

Contents

Foreword (Ken Weber)

Magic Squares

  • What Is It About Magic Squares, Anyway?
  • Flash Squared
  • Foundation Square
  • Square School
  • The Natal Square
  • Fair & Square

Full Deck Stacks

  • On the Ordering of Playing Card Suits
  • Hiding a Sequence in Plain Sight
  • The DAO Stack
  • The 4D Stack
  • QuickStack 3.0
  • SnapStack
  • The Q Stack
  • The Zenith Stack
  • The Chroma Stack
  • The ChroMem Stack

Card Capers

  • Menologue
  • PokerFace
  • PokerPlay
  • An Immoderate Deception
  • Major Arcanum
  • Couplet
  • Bob’s Your Uncle
  • ESPerimental

Quarto

  • Introduction
  • Evolution
  • Execution
  • Consummation
  • Contribution
  • Codicil: Six Billet Layouts

Zenermancy

  • Introduction
  • Symbols: Introduction
  • Symbols: Interpretation
  • The Circle
  • The Cross
  • The Wavy Lines
  • The Square
  • The Star
  • Transitions: Introduction
  • Transitions: Interpretation
  • A Reader Prepares 236
  • Reading Dynamics
  • An Abecedarian Adjunct
  • Coloured Symbols

Wordplay

  • Sign Language
  • Verbiage

Mystery Mélange

  • Penney’s From Heaven
  • Spoiled for Choice
  • FourSight
  • The Real Thing
  • The Vision

For the Toolkit

  • BikeMarks 2.0
  • Tick Tock Too
  • How to Construct a Forcing Matrix
  • Premise NV
  • Marker Cribs

Musings

  • On Performance
  • On Overthinking
  • On the Use of Props in Mentalism
  • On Extrasensory Perception
  • On Psychic Guilt
  • On Predicting the Future
  • On Learning Cold Reading
  • On The Validity of Readings
  • On Being a Perpetual Student

Borrowed Business

  • Other Minds, Other Thoughts
  • ABCDEFG
  • The BBB Peek
  • Design Duplicity
  • Psi Coin
  • C.C. Seer
  • Figmental
  • Bloodied

Afterword (Richard Webster)

398 pages. Hardback.

 

Community questions about Calculated Thoughts

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  • Lucia asks: Does the book contain new material, or it’s a complete collection of Dyment’s booklets?

    • 1. Craig answers: from the author "approximately two-thirds of Calculated Thoughts is comprised of (almost) every item from my eight previously-published books, updated and expanded for this new publication. The remaining third consists of previously unpublished material."
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  • Maksymilian asks: Is this book for beginners?

    • 1. Brian answers: Yes and no. Material was aimed for experienced performers but much of the material can be easy to do. It’s worth getting and reading through it. I think it would be worth it to try it out! The DAO stack is easy. It’s a killer stack.
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  • Daniel asks: Is this book aimed more towards Stage Mentalism or Close Up?

    • 1. Brian answers: There is material for both categories.
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  • Hilal asks: What's with all the mathematical equations in the trailer video?

    • 1. Craig answers: I suspect the title of the book is a clue.
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  • Michael asks: Does QUARTO follow Doug's twenty billet-tear evaluation criteria, just like his previous release "R2-D2" did?

    • 1. Doug Dyment (creator) responds: It does: it's actually a more highly refined/optimized version of one of the (eight) R2-D2 tears, the one towards which most practitioners have gravitated. The original R2-D2 book remains in print, though, for the researcher who absolutely must know the other seven.
    • 2. Michael answers: Thanks ever so much for your swift response, Doug. Most appreciated. Since I'm a huge fan of the thinking behind R2-D2 (which shamefully I don't own so far, but only read about on its product page), I guess I'm just going to order both Calculated Thoughts and R2-D2 :)
    • 3. Doug Dyment (creator) responds: I would hold off on purchasing R2-D2. I expect that "Quarto" in the new book will satisfy your needs. Most of what's in the R2-D2 book is also in the new one (and more). You can always change your mind later if you feel the need for exhaustive research on the other seven variants.
    • 1. Doug Dyment (creator) responds: It does: it's actually a more highly refined/optimized version of one of the (eight) R2-D2 tears, the one towards which most practitioners have gravitated. The original R2-D2 book remains in print, though, for the researcher who absolutely must know the other seven.
    • 2. Michael answers: Thanks ever so much for your swift response, Doug. Most appreciated. Since I'm a huge fan of the thinking behind R2-D2 (which shamefully I don't own so far, but only read about on its product page), I guess I'm just going to order both Calculated Thoughts and R2-D2 :)
  • Kurtis asks: Hi What can I except to learn from this book ?is there any where I can watch some of the effect ? Thanks

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  • Matthew asks: With the title and first chapter on magic squares (which I have a deep aversion to) I just wondered if the the book is heavy on the maths?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: No, it's not. But, as ever, we offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. So if you're not happy - for any reason - you can return the book and we'll refund you or give you credit.
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Customer reviews for Calculated Thoughts

Reviewer

Joe

Wow, talk about a deep dive into mentalism methods.

Everything from Magic Squares, to Readings, to deck stacks, to secret markings, to billet tears.

If you're simply a collector of methods you will find an embarrassment of riches here. If you are a working pro doing magic, mentalism, or both, you will find high level professional secrets to add to your repertoire and to make you stand out from the competition.

If magic squares aren't your thing, this chapter might not change your mind, but it will at least give you a deep dive into the methods that is currently unmatched in the literature.

 
Reviewer

Damian

This is easily one of the best books Vanishing Inc has put out. This book is full of phenomenal material and insights - If you have an interest in Zener cards, this book is gold. - In fact, it's such a good book, please don't buy it so only a few of us can keep it to ourselves

 
Reviewer

Ross

Imagine a book for mystery entertainers written for adults by an adult. A book that has no hyperbolic descriptions, but rather takes as honest, academic, and fully annotated approach toward explaining and improving the art form. This is the book that evolves from and advances "13 Steps". A must purchase for anyone who wants to truly understand what mentalism is and can be.

 
Reviewer

Cory

In my top 5 favourite books.

 
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Robert

I have almost all of Doug's previously published books, but the prospect that this new one might have 1/3rd new material plus many tweaks to older stuff was too hard to resist. Boy, am I glad I got his terrific, well written tome! Thanks, Doug for publishing it and thanks to Vanishing for printing it. --Bob Killian

 
Reviewer

Lamerson

This is a GREAT book. Not just because of the effects, which are good. Much better, however, is the thinking behind each effect (and even the use of the word effect). The first part of the book is about the "Magic Square." I've experimented with other options that suggested that there were much easier ways. I'm much more concerned with how this memory lasts with the spectator. I believe that Dyment's method while harder, but is also much, much better.
There are also thinking articles as well as effect descriptions. Here you will find chapters with titles like: On Overthinking; On Psychic Guilt, and others.
This is a window into a man who is an incredible genius in the realm of effect and method.
I don't know what else to say beyond, "push order now" button. This may be the book of 2021. Don't let it sell out, get it now.

 
Reviewer

One

This is so far my favorite mentalism book I've read this year!! Although I don't personally perform magic square effects, if you do, the methods in this text is fanatastic. It also has one of the most reliable center tear ever that Mr. Dyment teaches. However, my favorite part of the text were the teachings on stacks and cold reading. He teaches various stacks, which all have it's strengths such as determining the card from looking at the card above or below, but with much less memory work and chaotic looking stack. Great book!!

 
Reviewer

alex

Wow. This book has such a wide range of mentalism tools, ideas, and practical routines.
The chapter on magic squares is great for ideas on how to make the magic square practical in performance.
The chapters on ‘stacks’ and ‘mem decks’ is incredibly detailed and has a range of stacks that can be learnt very easily!

Must have book for any mentalist.

 
Reviewer

Lar

One of the best things about practicing this Art we called Mentalism is the wonderful people we get to share our passion with. People from all walks of life who enrich our lives by sharing their experiences and thoughts. People who bring out the best in us and inspire us to become the best performers we can become; Doug Dyment is one of those people.

“Calculated Thoughts” is a hefty tome. Coming in at just shy of 400 pages, there is no fluff, no filler, every page is solid, covering a vast swathe of Mentalism routines with the level of detail and insight Doug is renowned for. It’s an encyclopedia of knowledge and wisdom garnered from decades of performance that I’ll keep coming back to when I need that little bit of extra inspiration.

 
Reviewer

Cheyun

This book is so good! The routines, theories, the writing style, everything are great!

Doug will cover every little details that you need to know and he will not only provide his solution, but also recommend different sources that you can look for. I saw many online reviews said the book is written like a textbook. Yes indeed! However, if you are into mentalism, this will be the most interesting textbook you will ever read in your life! I find this type of writing style and structure suits me the best.

My favorite parts of the book are: magic square, different stacks, ESP readings, Penny's From Heaven, The Real Thing, Psi Coin and more... There are simply too much great materials to learn from. He even share a tool that could be use to make rough and smooth without any spray (I accidentally found it while reading quick stack 3.0).

Doug loves approaching mentalism with impromptu setting, thus many of the routines CAN be done with very limited (or no) set up. This sometimes mean memorization or some sleights, but they are all manageable if you practice.

Doug is now my favorite magic/mentalism author. Love this wonderful book!