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Craig Logan

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I bought this DVD a little while ago. 

I am not too well-versed in the two person system (exceptions being Corinda and Annemann) and I wouldn't say I am one to speak with authority on the topic. I merely thought I would share my impression of Dan Harlan's "Speakeasy."


This system is remarkably easy to learn and implement. My wife and I were using the system in short order. Even though she was completely new to mentalism, we grasped the concept immediately without trouble. The memory work is dead simple easy to remember. 

We've performed with this a couple times and it gets strong reactions and baffling looks. 

It is not only simple , but it is versatile as well with build in fail-safes in case one is challenged on the spot. 

I realize this is me being quite late to the party,but I wanted to recommend this to anyone working a two person act. Not only that, but this can also be used in casual settings with a friend that might not be "deep" in mentalism/magic. 

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Craig

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I second the recommendation on this. It's no substitute for a good two person code but you can do a good effect or two with it, 
It's dead easy to learn. I think Dan Harlan even teaches it to someone on the DVD in about 5 minutes. 

If you're going to do something like a dollar bill serial number revelation, I recommend that you get yourself a list of words that you would use and practice the transitions from one reveal to the next. 

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If you're going to do something like a dollar bill serial number revelation, I recommend that you get yourself a list of words that you would use and practice the transitions from one reveal to the next. 


There's list of words on the DVD that you can print off. It is so helpful. We've also made a journal of words and phrases for different effects (i.e. card revelation, bill divination, which hand, etc). It's proven to be a great resource. 

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We did the same thing. We have a small Moleskine book with our notes in it. 
When we're getting ready for a show, we'll be eating breakfast at a diner or we'll be driving somewhere and we practice. 
For true code work, I was told "it's not a method, it's a lifestyle." 
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Yeah, I know an act like the Evasons has taken them years to hone and develop. The only way a code as involved as theirs could work is if it were a part of their daily lives.

Thankfully, Speakeasy isn't quite as involved as the stuff they do, but We're using Speakeasy as a stepping stone to a more personal and complicated system. 

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Hi,

Just wanted to say that if you have Speakeasy, Dan put out on this thread in the cafe http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=437165&forum=218 that he would give out a free 'silent' version of it if you sent him an email.  He's still doing it, as I wrote to him only a few weeks ago and received the bonus version.
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Holy Guacamole! Thanks for that, ScreenguardGuy. My wife and I had been tinkering with adding silent code pieces from Mulholland's Book of Magic Book. Thanks for the heads up.
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Holy Guacamole! Thanks for that, ScreenguardGuy. My wife and I had been tinkering with adding silent code pieces from Mulholland's Book of Magic Book. Thanks for the heads up.


Happy to help!  Just in case you or anyone else couldn't find the post it's this one:

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Okay. Jen and I have just come up with something supercool. We have a silent version of SpeakEasy! Now, she and I have never actually needed a silent version, but having one is... as I already mentioned... SUPERCOOL! I've been thinking about the Cezanne code and also PsiDroid's desire to be able to shift gears while using SpeakEasy, so Jen and I have talked it out. Because SpeakEasy is sooo easy, it only took us about 15 minutes to apply the concept to normal body postures! This is something I want to share with all purchasers of SpeakEasy. At this point, the best way I can think of to do this is to have you contact me atdanharlanmagic@yahoo.com AFTER you have learned the SpeakEasy system and send me a message entitled "Silent SpeakEasy." Within your email, code me "the meaning of life" -- for you non-hitchhikers out there, that is the number 42. That's it... just email me and code the number 42 and I will send you our brand new SILENT method for SpeakEasy. It doesn't matter when or where you get your original SpeakEasy DVD. From now on, until 12/21/12 (or beyond, if the Mayans were wrong), I'll send you this update for FREE... if you can code the number 42! 
--Dan Harlan"
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We were very lucky to have Dan and Jen here at the ranch for Magic Valley Magic in 2014. They were fantastic!

A part that is very special to me is that less than six weeks before I had a quadruple bypass. I was not up to speed. Dan as our hero, took the lead and made the event a success. His standard question was "What do we need next?" and he carried it out. He will never get all the credit he is due for that.

The rest of you know him for his great magic. And it is! I know him for his selfless gift to the successes of other magicians. That is priceless.

I have nothing but praises for Dan Harlan and his magic. He and Jen will always be welcome at Magic Valley Ranch.
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Dan always seemed very genuine and kind. I met him briefly at a magic expo, and that is definitely the impression I got. Thanks for sharing the story. It's good to know there are some good guys left. 
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