Of course, I’m always going to say it’s great, but you don’t have to trust me. A thousand thanks to all who have given me such kind feedback. (Most of these comments culled from The Magic Cafe and Talk Magic forums):
“Mitox,Yokai, and now Mokele are all innovative, imaginative, funny, erudite, and beautifully designed books on mentalism.Filled with pithy quotes, cool drawings, great vignettes, and really cool practical methods, gimmicks, and full routines,Mokele picks up many of the themes introduced in the first two books and takes them even further.
I am really keen on Sirva and Quinta in Yokai, and now in Mokele, you get further applications of Quinta that are dynamite. I think one of my favourites at the moment is Bluke, a great routine for after dinner or when the gauntlet has been thrown down.
I also love Kit Kat, Sawklip, and Trapezoids….Kit Kat and Trapezoids give you two very powerful peek devices for under a pound each…no need for the fancy wallets folks,just Phill’s mind and stuff you have in your collection already.
Sawklip might cost you more than a pound at Staples, so bring an extra 10p. Like my good friend Roni Shachnaey, Phill simply sees the world differently and finds uses for things in what I am certain are little Eureka moments like when Watson and Crick thought of the double helix! Ok that might be an overstatement Very Happy but you do find your self gasping and laughing at his ingenuity throughout the book.
This is stuff that can be done as written or modified for your own style. There is definitely something for everybody here.
The added bonus for me is the collection of face furniture,which is so good I will not even divulge what it is,but some of our illustrious crew here have now become members of a very elite group!
Phill also uses the insights from the world of design as metaphors for mentalism,which I think work really well throughout the book.
So, go find the Mokele in your world and enjoy this great book from one of the best minds in mentalism!”
Dr. Todd Landman
“I have been looking forward to this since the second I finished the last one. I honestly believe that Phil is one of the rising lights in mentalism and from the few dealings I have had with him I can tell he is also a very helpful and encouraging fellow.”
“I just got this today. I have read a few effects and let me say this. Phill Smith is a genius. I am so pleased I have this book! Phill, thank you. It is another treasure.”
“As with Mitox and Yokai I can see this is destined to become one of the must reads for mentalists. Not only are there some very clever and practical ideas but some wonderful insights into the performance, structuring and impact of mentalism.
Thanks Phill. This is a quality production and in more ways than one. ”
“Phill, has once again, put out a book with some very creative ideas and routines. Each of his books has several items that make me stand up at attention. Great thinking!!!”
“As part of my therapy for not spending any money on stuff for the next 89 days… I thought I’d live vicariously through other people by encouraging them to spend money on some good stuff.
*hype mode = on*
I can’t believe there isn’t more buzz about Mokele. Or maybe it’s just workers who have it and they don’t want to share. That I can understand.
First of all, it’s great to read something well written. And Phill’s prose is not only easy to understand– which is a feat unattained by too many manuscripts this days– but it’s clever and filled with humour. PLUS the guy illustrates the book himself!!!
But that doesn’t even talk about the effects, principles and thinking that is shared. Now I know Quinta was shared a couple of books back but there is some awesome applications of this principle including a super hands off Bank Night that deals with that effect’s main drawback in a fun way. There’s gizmos and gimmicks and self-working stuff… and stuff that requires some commitment on your part.
I don’t want to mention one thing that went directly into my act because I don’t want anyone else to use it. Or the other thing that I want to use ASAP.
And the I know that Essays are usually the filler we put up with to get to the next effect but Phill’s essays are must reads. And in this book particularly the essay on design is fantastic and not to be skimmed over. There was an interesting thread on the Paul Vigil visit earlier this month which was about what we can do to become artists rather than hacks. I think there’s a lot very practical advice in Mokele to take any performer a couple of big steps in that direction.
*hype mode = off*”
“What can I say, I really enjoyed the two previous volumes. I’m only halfway through this wolume and I canalready tell you that a few of this idea are already worth the price of the book. So grab your wallet, buy it, enjoy it and perform it (because in this book, you can qnd should use the effects described).”
“It’s great stuff that has been in my bag whilst I’ve been travelling the UK. Phill’s ideas are top quality. Grab it and see why Phill is one of my mind Reading heroes!”
“I have all three, and each one has gems, and then stuff I think nah! not interested. But the value is that each one has great stuff (I am now an affirmed Quinta addict), but the performance thinking around it is phenominal. I now pre-order as a matter of course. Phil does great stuff. Highly recommended. I use equifinger as my light hearted opener, and journey using a BCS deck as my closer. Love his stuff!”
“These days I tend to look for performance and presentation over effect. There is so much to be learned from looking at old material in new lights, and from new angles. Even material that perhaps you use, or have used, where on reflection from a new presentational point of view it is brought back to life.
Mokele is FULL of presentational and performance based vistas. Forget the super effects, the presentations are strong and frequent throughout the pages. Of course, the majority of you mob hungry lot don’t give a tiny rats ass about presentations so I better talk about effects.
DB Drawing Dupe – I’ve instantly modified this so that it gives a strong theatrical impact and pacing to an existing drawing dupe.
CDC Drawing Dupe – Love the bold nature of this effect, and can imagine it playing really well on stage. Lots of laughs!
Sawklip – A wonderful utility device that can be carried around in ones pocket.
Reader’s Digest – Just for the moon gag loved it
They are just a few of my favs, there are other wonderful effects that will no doubt be loved by many. As always with Phill’s books they are stunning to look at and a pleasure to read.
I know I am Phill’s friend, BUT, in honesty I would say the same about this book if I were his enemy.”