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I posted this review over at the Big Green Place, but figured I'd drop it in over here since so many of you use cards. I hope it proves helpful for those unfamiliar with Patrick's work. It is a book primarily dedicated to mental feats with cards. Without further adieu:


I finally had a chance to finish reading “Applesauce” by Patrick Redford. I thought I would offer a more detailed review. 

First off, the book looks and feels great in the hands. It is well made, and one can readily tell that great care was made in creating this book. Aesthetics are never too important to me (judging books by covers and whatnot), but it is nice to have a book on the shelf that has visual appeal and nice artwork. But all of this is meaningless if the book’s contents are garbage or pipe dreams so let me give you an honest overview of the effects in the book. 

Applesauce = A relatively simple ACAAN that has a more meaningful presentation than pure coincidence. While it does not meet the “Holy Grail” conditions, I feel that is overrated and mostly for magicians. It does feature a borrowed shuffled deck and truly random cards and numbers. This is a very worthwhile effect. 

Horsefeathers = One of my favorites. I won’t go into too much detail, but it plays as strong as any CAAN. It looks very fair and is quite easy to do. I strongly suggest yuou check out Patrick's performance of this on Youtube. There is one procedure that appears slightly out of place, but it goes by spectators very easily with a bit of attention management. 

The Evolution of a Rain King = This effect is an apparent speed memorized deck routine that ends with giving the spectator the rain man abilities at the end. It is packed with variations and alternative handlings so there is surely a handling that fits your skill set and style. 

Storm = This effect is dead simple and quite potent. A bit of theatrics will go a long way in strengthening the effect. Essentially a card is peeked and after a quick riffle of the cards the performer knows the selected card, its location in the deck, and the two surrounding cards. This is what the spectator sees and remembers and it is deceptive and powerful. 

Advantageous = An open prediction effect that honestly looks weak on paper, but it has great potential. I was preparing to skim through the effect until Patrick himself said, “I can already tell you’re ready to turn the page and move on.” This bit of textual mind reading convinced me to read through the effect with an open mind, and now I think it is definitely worth your time. 

Wipe Out = A stage/parlor prediction effect that is slightly cheeky but still reads strong. A spectator deals through a deck and stops whenever they want, and the card they stop on matches your previously written prediction that has been full view the whole time. This is a free choice and the wizard never touches the cards. There is also a close up variation that is almost as strong. 

Stop Poker Tells = This is Patrick’s take on the classic “Think Stop” plot. The true beauty in this effect is the subtleties that Mr. Redford offers the gentle reader. The “Advanced card workers” tips turn this basic plot on its nose. I am resisting the urge to say what these tips are, but sufficed to say many will find use for these tips in this effect as well as others. 

Card Counter = I was privileged enough to see this performed live and it fooled the pants off of myself and the other magi that were there (metaphorically, of course). A truly random card is removed from the deck and the remainder of the deck is quickly thumbed through face up. After a bit of thinking, the performer names the missing card. Multiple methods are taught, and the most impressive feat is the spectator is given this uncanny ability at the end. 

O.P. Spread = Another simple worker that allows you to hand a shuffled pack to the spectator, boldly name the card they will choose, and after dealing through the cards face up freely selecting one to deal face down and having that card match the prediction. I will say it can appear confrontational, but I think careful scripting and a disarming demeanor can diffuse any tension (how’s that for alliteration?). 

Standing Prediction = This is essentially a stand up version of open prediction. A prediction is announced and cards are dealt into the performer’s hand. Same as before, when the spectator chooses, they deal one face down and that card is the named prediction. I personally don’t think this is as strong as O.P. Spread, but it has its place and is worth trying out. It’s a good way to do an open prediction without writing things down or needing a table. 

Fishing for One = This is my favorite effect in the book. It fooled me bad, and it is truly deceptive. A pack is shuffled by the spectator, cut anywhere they choose remember the card. The pack is handed back to the performer and they are able to divine what the glimpsed card is by asking the spectator to lie about the name of their card. This is so strong and direct, I will be using this regularly. 

I think this book is a must for those who like cards and mentalism. Much thought has went into this book including alternative handlings for most of the effects, thorough credits and explanations, and even a bonus effect buried in the tome. I am a cheap guy, but this was a no-brainer and is probably one of the best purchases I have made. I didn’t expect to write such a long review, but I suppose there is a lot to discuss between the pages. 60 bucks for 150 or so pages of quality work is truly a deal for this great book. 

Cheers, 
Craig

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Sorry for the monster post, but there was a lot packed into the book. 
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Great review! Thanks for posting it here. I don't have access to the Cafe anymore since they banned me.

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I figured there were enough bannees (that's a new word) to merit a repost. 
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I remember reading on Patrick's website that Applesauce was limited to 200 copies. Does anyone know if that's still the case? I can't find any mention of it. I did see that on ellusionist it still mentions only 199 copies.

I definitely couldn't sell 200 copies of any book if I wrote one today, but I though Patrick (who's fairly well known) would have by now.

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I'm honestly not sure. When I saw him at a Magic Expo, he had a decent sized box of the books in his car. It's been out for less than a year, but this is the first I'd heard about the 200 copies bit. It is a great book, Limited edition or otherwise.
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Books do not sell like they did and unfortunately like everything else they get ripped off so quickly.
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That's a shame. Laziness and piracy are both doing well to hurt the art of magic.
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and don't forget youtube... I really hate when someone reveals tricks there, and they didn't even know how to do it well.
i really hate youtube

anyway, I did a quick read at applesauce (one friend has it) and is OK, but I only like to use cards in mentalism if the tricks needs 0 handling by me.
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Unfortunately, Youtube isn't going anywhere. A lot of them drive me crazy, but there's no stopping it. 

I would say this book is not for every mentalist, but framed well, it can be incredibly strong. I can dig it though, if you want to be more "hands off" with cards. It's not knuckle busting, but the cards are in your hands for almost every trick. "Advantageous" might be one in the book you might be up your alley. 

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I really loved the book. His version of Card at any Number and Open Prediction trick were my favorites.
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There is one effect in particular that I found a bit confusing when I read the book.

Can someone PM me to talk about it?

Thanks for your help!


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This is an excellent book. I'm good pals with Patrick R and have seen him perform many of these items. Very cool indeed!

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I consider Applesauce to be one the the purchases I've ever made. I purchased it directly from Patrick's website. The effects are so powerful and straightforward. While reading through the book I received so much brain food!
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Still in stock and on sale at Penguin

http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/S21267
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This book is coming home... just ordered it yesterday from Penguin Magic along with Mike Powers' Diminishing Returns...
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I got to hang out with Patrick at the MagiFest. He has a new book coming out down the way. He performed some excellent items from the book for me while I was in Columbus. I'm in the process of working my way through the book and will likely write a Foreword. Patrick is VERY clever. I think this new book will be a goodie.

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I have had this book for some time and never tire of paging through it. Lots of solid routines. Like the OP, Horsefeathers and Fishing in One are my faves, with the title effect running a close third. When Patrick's next book is published I will no doubt reach for my wallet. [thumb]
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I just got the book and went through the first effect, Applesauce, and I think just that effect is worth the price of the book. Can't wait to keep practicing and present it soon and also try the rest of the effects...
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I just posted some info in a different thread about Patrick's upcoming book on the Redford Stack. It's going to be another good one.

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