As you well know, Peek Performances is a brilliant book that requires much more than a quick glance through it. It is for a serious student of mentalism and unless one is willing to put in the time required to study and learn the material properly, it is useless.
Mike Close quite obviously glanced through the book and failed to comprehend the vast amount of material within the book by merely skimming through it without putting in the required amount of time required to properly absorb what is written within those pages.
That said, he has missed many a good book because of his haste and possible biased towards some items over others towards certain topics and authors many a bad review has been attached to excellent pieces of work within our world. Jamy Ian Swiss has a worse biased against mentalism than Close does but the simple truth that if you do not purchase something strictly because of what the critic said - you are as bad as the critic.
Paul Alberstat http://www.bigfoot.com/~thoughtreader