The MindTech System
(PDF) by Anthony Black 5.00 / $7.80
Available at: http://www.anthonyblack.biz/products.php
The MindTech System
is Anthony Blacks first marketed product. At his website, Mr. Black states, The MindTech System is a set of tools to enhance your Mentalism and Readings.
The authors writing is rather rough. The text contains numerous typographical and grammatical errors. He does a bare-bones, but adequate job of describing the method. He offers no presentational ideas.
So whats the skinny on this groovy-sounding product?
Mr. Black begins the PDF by describing how the method allows you to acquire accurate, personal information about someone without ever meeting them or speaking to them. Later, you use this secretly obtained information to give an amazingly detailed cold reading to the person.
The author describes how he accidentally stumbled upon this method of intelligence gathering.
Then he describes the method.
The authors closing remarks include these presentational words of wisdom:
It would be very wrong to simply real off a load of information to someone that you have discovered. You are there to entertain, not to bore the client to death.
Better men than me have published hundreds of works on how to present well, far be it from myself to drone on about this issue.
Well, Im here to tell you that this method is neither a system, nor a set of tools. It is a simple, three-step procedure. I could describe the procedure with five words. And Mike Close could name that tune in two notes, but that is also irrelevant.
Since Mr. Black included the word tech in the products name I dont think Im saying too much by telling you that the procedure is an application of an existing technology. And come on, the author isnt referring to supercollider technology or medical technology or spacecraft technology or mouse trap technology. He is using the term as it is most commonly used, in reference to internet technology.
While it is true that you neither speak to nor meet the subject to gain this information, you must know one piece of information about them prior to performing the cold reading.
The subject must also engage in a popular internet activity.
I know virtually nothing about internet technology. Hell, I dont even know how to create a PDF! And I dont engage in the popular internet activity in question. But for several years, even I
have understood and appreciated how this information gathering procedure could be applied to mentalism. It is a very good idea.
I am certain that many of you who participate in this particular internet activity have discovered this application as well. If you purchase this product, I think youll be disappointed that you dont learn anything new.
So, while I empathize with Mr. Blacks enthusiasm over his discovery, I suspect that he is arriving late to the party.
As far as I can tell, Mr. Black goes into the Published Record as the first person to publish this procedure. If that is the case, I am happy for him. But at best, this idea should have been submitted to a magazine for publishing consideration.
Regardless of this products questionable provenance, I dont like it because I was already familiar with the procedure and I dont engage in the required internet activity.