With a Foreword by mentalist Marc Paul
The sequel to the remarkable Silent Running, featuring dozens of routines, handlings and ideas from around the world. Contributors include: Jamie Badman, Richard Busch, Ben Harris, Claude Imperiale, Isaac Louie, Colin Miller, Bernardo Rodriguez, Matthew Shepherd, Steve Shufton, Robert Smith, Christopher Taylor, Francesco Tesei, Mario Unger and more.
Run Silent, Run Deep is the highly anticipated sequel to the controversial book, Silent Running (which created such a storm of interest in early 2010). This clever approach to the “Think of a Card” plot gained immediate acceptance with mentalists around the world (being translated into Japanese, Spanish and German editions), yet seemingly baffled some magicians who were not used to the subtleties used in performing "mind" magic. Professional mentalists like Bob Cassidy, Marc Spelmann, Jerome Finley, Marc Paul, Devin Knight, Paolo Cavalli, Looch, Francesco Tesei and Banachek saw the potential, many adding Silent Running routines to their acts. Conversely, a handful of magicians failed to see the potential. Why was this the case? Why do mentalists quickly "get it" while some magicians struggle with the concept? I believe the polarization of opinion boils down to two things: The difference between how magicians and mentalists approach their material and performances, and, therefore, my reluctance to provide every bit of minutia in the initial description of the Silent Running procedure. I assumed magicians would perceive and comprehend the details and nuances as readily as mentalists. In retrospect, I can see how that was a misguided decision!
It is telling that the contributors to the sequel are almost all mentalists. It also speaks volumes that the small smattering of critics of the approach are almost all magicians. I think that proves that there is indeed a chasm between how both groups approach their presentations. Magicians "shuffle" cards, while mentalists "mix" them. Mentalists know that an occasional failure builds credibility, while magicians shun the thought. And, I'm convinced, therein lies the answer: both groups approach performing from entirely DIFFERENT angles.
Run Silent, Run Deep has been written with two very clear goals in mind.
Firstly, it is intended to make the “basic procedure” CRYSTAL CLEAR so that a wider audience of performers will be able to grasp and utilize the procedure, and thus have access to the exciting material that uses it. After all, most of my readers ARE magicians, so this is a very important consideration. To address this, my very good friend Steve Shufton, (who is a talented magician AND mentalist), has distilled his thoughts on the matter into written form. Steve's detailed approach is a thing of beauty. His script and insight of the subject bristles with detail and leaves the spectator with an unequivocal impression that they have had a free choice of ANY OF 52 CARDS IN THE DECK, and that NO ONE CAN POSSIBLY KNOW THE SECRETLY THOUGHT OF CARD. I am indebted to Steve for taking the time to think this through in such depth, and for conveying the process with such clarity, to my readers. I honestly believe that if you really study what Steve has to say, then you too will “see the light,” and then feel empowered by the "Silent Running procedure".
The second intent of the sequel is to bring you some truly STUNNING performance material. Several of the items included could have easily been sold as separate effects for the same price you have paid for this entire collection. Here are some of the highlights:
A COMPLETE LIST OF THE CONTENTS:
A Force In The Shadows:
A critical examination of the Silent Running Procedure with the intention of providing the nuance and understanding to ensure a convincing execution.
The bare guts of the script with commentary removed. Learn this!
Hands Off: Silent But Deadly
Steve’s treatment of the Brainwave effect allowing the entire routine to carried out in the spectator’s own hands. The performer NEVER touches the deck.
Speechless: Left Unsaid
Picking up where “Speechless” left off, Steve teases out extra nuances and proposes multi-key sets for simultaneous use.
Jamie Badman & Colin Miller (The Underground Collective)
A charming effect, complete with printable photos to add to your wallet. One of Jamie and Colin’s classics, given the Silent Running Treatment. Complete with photo templates so you can make the aged photos to carry in your wallet.
Clever gimmicks allow mind-numbing mental transpositions of cards mentally selected from the CrossRoads Set.
Combining Silent Running with Greg Rostami’s iforce has never been this sweet. You deserve an iphone, just so you can perform this!
SIR Richard Busch’s Think-A-Card
Richard takes us on a different journey, one with a “nod to the dodge” and a different brand of "digital" finesse.
Two “thought-of” cards appear in an isolated packet. A full-on routine worthy of stage or formal presentation. Explores the use of an "Osborn inspired" count procedure.
Small Packet Concepts
Taking advantage of “small packets” and their inherent particulars—in combination with the CrossRoads Set—to create new effects.
Continuing to explore “packet concepts” the author details further applications and ideas, this time, with the Elmsley Count at the heart of matters.
The Deck At The Other End (DATOE)
The polar opposite of the CrossRoads Deck. Instead of any card in the CrossRoads Set being absent, to the count of 51—with this deck—there’s always a duplicate of the “thought-of” card, and a count of 53!
Another “feature” routine that plays wonderfully on stage, formally, or under casual performing circumstances. Possibly one of the easiest and most convincing transpositions of a “thought-of” card (this side of the CrossRoads).
A wonderful property of the Deck At The Other End is revealed and it’s uses pondered. Imagine having a duplicate of ANY “thought-of” card, immediately at hand. Well that’s what this is all about—that kind of POWER.
The Headway principle is applied to create a formal and powerful “simulation” of the acclaimed “Berglas effect.” A card is “thought-of” and any number between one and fifty-two is named. You don’t need me to tell you happens next...
This is a new tactic for Direct Mind Reading (Silent Running, 2010). It eliminates what some considered an “iffy” bit, and leads you directly to the specifically “thought-of” card for a full-on “neuro-blast” of a finish.
An expanded CrossRoads Set to match the numeric options offered by two imaginary dice. Play along...
An impromptu method for setting any borrowed deck for a lovely demonstration of pure thought reading. Using Faro shuffles, of course.
Silence of the lambs
Having your entire audience turn their cell phones OFF (as part of a routine) is sheer genius. And, that’s just the beginning! Crazy and effective magic!
Months, days, and events (lucid dreams) collide in this wonderful application of Silent Running Principle to the “Diary Effect.” So many possibilities revealed here!
The White Room
Just you and the spectator, sitting in an “all white room”. She is asked to imagine the walls of the room changing color...
“Imagined Card at Imagined Number Unspoken”. The title says it all. This turns The White Room into a physical entity, with cards in hand.
Silent Solstice #1
Mentalist and electronics wizard, Christopher Taylor saw a perfect match of his Solstice Wallet to Silent Running. Here’s the application and related ideas.
Silent Solstice #2
Quite independently of Christopher Taylor (see above) Bill concocted his own exciting mix of Silent/Solstice. From an entirely different angle, and sweet as can be.
I have no idea what sparked this, but Bernardo decided to number the backs of his cards with pen, and to apply Silent Running. Great result!
Notes on Silent Running
Hiro-san notes the language barrier with Japanese audiences and povides a well thought out solution and in depth routine.
Matthew has a certain way of going about things. A certain attitude. Here’s how he and the ideas in Silent Running meshed.
Voodoo Finger, Edgework, Impromptu Invisible Deck, The Sharpie Principle, and more await you in this edgy and inspired BSmith section.
Silent Running For Stage
Italy’s Francesco Tesei takes us behind the scenes with his full blown stage presentation. Lots of wonderful ideas here.
Thought-of Card To Wallet
A direct way to ensure your CrossRoads Set always falls into a “cop-able” position. Ideal for “Card To Wallet” workers.
The clever use of a FRIXION pen assures you have a magical “out” no matter which of the CrossRoads “pair” a spectator has chosen.
Starman (Ben Harris)
Silent Running applied to the solar system, galactic events, and the special star maps of Dr Elmer William Bishop. Complete with “Star Deck” (mono) templates so you can print this out on your home/office printer.
Silent Past Photo Templates
Star Deck Templates
Run Silent, Run Deep is a MASSIVE tome, the final page count, well over 200 pages!
he above effects are only some of the HIGHLIGHTS