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The Crusade by Atlas Brookings (Review)

Posted on 23 May 2014

After reading rave reviews on “The Magic Café” about the work Atlas Brookings & Andrew Brown I was curious as to what all the fuss was about.

So I took the plunge and invested in one of his works. His thinking was highly impressive and It was clear from the off that he had invested a lot of time in thinking his material through.

Naturally this wasn’t to be my last purchase from him, the second was as equally as impressive as the first and I’ve adopted many elements of his thinking within my own work.

Keen on hearing a little more about him I made contact, we exchanged emails and shared some thoughts then out of the blue I receive an email from him detailing a routine he has titled “The Crusade”.

I was very intrigued and began to work my way through the pages….

Let me say this. I rarely write post unless I feel so strongly that an item is worthy of everyone’s attention.

“The Crusade” is a true piece of art and I have no hesitation in saying that this will become the go to effect for any mentalist who utilises cards within their work.

Atlas has taken a whole new approach to the “Grail” and the results are highly satisfying. I promised not to spoil all the fun but let me share some thoughts on why this piece is so unique.

There are countless methods for the ACAAN plot yet to date I’ve never found any in which the mentalist plays an “active role” in facilitating the effect. In this offering the mentalist gets all of the credit for discerning a genuinely thought of card and a genuinely thought of position.

This piece of work is simply stunning and I say this honestly and wholeheartedly from experience. The reaction to this effect is exactly what I would expect of “The Grail” and more.

I could go on all day talking about the conditions of this effect, how fair it is but this effect deserves far more. Although this will be compared by many to the previous efforts in finding “The Grail” this is so much better, this is “The Crusade” and it is beautiful!

- Michael Murray

To purchase a copy of this please visit www.magicbox.uk.com

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