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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2012
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I was expecting something much more for 10 bucks.

The first half of the book acts like a filler. It's only in the second half where you get something juicy.
I do find however some of the instructions rather confusing and not quite good enough.

It does cover some interesting ideas and "tricks" you can do.

However i would probably try to spend my money on something else. This is more like a 10$ leaflet than a book.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
If Sherlock Holmes wrote a book (other than The Whole Art of Detection and The Practical Handbook of Bee Culture), it might be something like this.

In fact, Holmes did write some of it in the sense that quintessential quotes from the Master are spread throughout this little book. Riggs, a mentalist, psychological performer, and consultant, has been called "the real Sherlock Holmes" for his ability to read people. A Sherlockian, he wears the label proudly.

In the first part of the book, Riggs calls upon his upbringing as the child of psychics to expose the tricks of the trade. He discusses the seven subjects that are on people's minds all the time, cold reading (no preparation), hot reading (advance work needed), something called the Forer/Barnum effect, and how psychics cover up when they go wrong. He names names.

Part II is perhaps more practical for most of us. Here, Riggs offers advice on how to develop a supermemory, how to read body language, and how to detect lies. "Much like Sherlock Holmes," he writes, "an adept Mentalist can gather a wealth of information from a person or place within minutes, or even seconds. Sherlock may be fictional, but his tools and powers are not. Let's develop them."

That's hard to do with a short book as your guide. I would have loved a much longer volume exploring these subjects in greater depth. I'm looking forward to the sequel.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2013
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You buy a book by someone called 'The Real Sherlock Holmes' who clearly has a lot to live up to with such a grand title. Yet the answer to the question 'does it live up to it?' Oh my god yes!! Over and over again! What is provided within these pages is an exquisite insight into the mind of a mental specialist! It quickly becomes apparent by the knowledge that is imparted within this book that a specialist is precisely what he is! Each chapter does exactly as it says it does, tells you precisely what to do and how to do it yet in such a way as to not over face you or overwhelm you in any way. It is done in such a way so you are never put off by the outlined work within each chapter. I would like to make a particular note of the chapter regarding the science of deduction, the magnitude of the wisdom you the reader receives for the mere pittance of the asking price is outstanding. Covered concepts such as observation and deduction via self annihilation and the suppressing of emotions to allow clear reasoning are just magnificent. I personally have had the rare pleasure (as it is I live on a different continent) to have Joe demonstrate his Sherlock worthy deductive skills for me. Watching these skills be performed in front of you is truly phenomenal! The best part is that they are all in this wonderful book! I showed him around my living room for less than TEN seconds via my laptop’s webcam, He then proceeded to deduce nearly my entire life story in unimaginable detail! Do yourself a favor and if you want to know how to think like or begin to build your mind like Sherlock Holmes then buy this book! NOW!!!!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2013
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At first glance, this book may seem short but rest assured there's far more than meets the eye in front of you! Through the first portion of the book, and through the fascinating account of his life as a child raised in a community of psychics, or as he calls them, charlatans, we are taught in detail the methods used by the psychic community to exploit people into believing their outrageous claims. The second half of the book is devoted to cultivating our observational and deductive abilities via a vast array of skills including nonverbal communication, speed reading people and advanced memory techniques just to name a few! Being an avid Sherlockian and forensics investigator myself as well as a hardcore skeptic, I find Mr Riggs provides the reader with the ultimate set of tools to apply the deductive and observation methods of the Great Detective into our daily lives. A book you won't regret having around,

Meritxell Farre
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2013
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A real find to lovers of Sherlock Holmes and his diabolical way of thinking! Joe Riggs is a master of deductive reasoning - using his well honed skills he can deduce a persons history within minutes o meeting them, tell what has gone on in what appears to be an empty room but which screams at him with clues and insights so meaningful it would seem to the untrained eye that Joe was some kind of super psychic - But no, these are down to earth real and learnable skills that can enhance your everyday life and interaction beyond what you could imagine!.

The layout takes you step - by - step through the skills building as you progress through the book - these include in-depth understanding of a persons wants and needs through cold reading skills to remembering what you have seem moments before with enhanced memory skills....

All in all, this is an enjoyable ride through the mind of a modern day Holmes - Highly recommended!
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
You can tell from the very start that Joe Riggs is passionate about mentalism. He would be- it is his life. He is a mentalist, psychological performer and consultant, not really something you'd see on the average CV, but then again Riggs isn't the average person. Gifted with a brilliant mind and rather cool talents, you can tell that by picking up his book, you're going to experience something quite different. Riggs holds an intriguing life story and can boast a range of incredible talents, yet he is open and humble.

What is his book actually about? Well, if you haven't already guessed, mentalism. It might mean something to you, but to me I wasn't quite sure what it encompassed at first. To give a brief outline "Psychic Lies" refers to the Psychics and horoscopes one hears so often and (not giving too much away-go read it to find out more!) why these just aren't the `real thing'-how they fool the vast majority of people. Riggs unpicks this and lays it bear to show the reader that they should be more doubtful of many psychics' methods. The second part of the book "Mental Spies" then gives the reader the power to change how they think. Riggs, with an inside view, is the ideal person to teach the reader how to master the art (or science) of increasing their brain power. This section includes how to expand one's memory and to store memories like the great Sherlock Holmes does. Most astounding and really rather useful to one's life! Even though his book contains technical terms, it is relevant and encounters things that you have experience of: "Most all of us have visited them: psychic readers, metaphysical shops, spiritual consultants". Riggs never makes the reader feel as if they cannot be part of something 'greater' as it were, he is always inclusive and encourages the reader to try out a whole host of exciting techniques, promising "you will be able to do things you`ve never been able to do before" and one cannot disagree with that after reading it. The structure of the book itself is synoptic and useful. Riggs explains in a fascinating way where the techniques arise from, how they were used, how he uses them (and how Sherlock Holmes would be too!) and how you the reader can start to implement them too. He shared his experiences and how he has honed his skills with Sherlock Holmes as an inspiration, and come on, who can't love a bit of Holmes?

I have to admit that before reading "Psychic Lies and Mental Spies", I was quite sceptical about Mentalism and what it was, but strangely (or maybe not so strangely, considering how appealing this book is) I have come to see that it isn't just some distant person on a TV show doing things one couldn't quite believe in, this is something believable and exciting.

Seriously, get a copy, read it, read it again, and go out and implement the techniques you learn!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2014
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I have to say I was a bit disappointed in this book. I can't think of anything in it that I hadn't read elsewhere. I was looking for fresh insights, but I got the same memory palace explanation that I've read so many times before. If you know nothing on the subject it's probably a good start, but if you've already studied mentalism and related topics you'll find little new here.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2012
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I really enjoyed this fascinating book and would highly recommend it. You certainly do start to see the world differently after reading it and the memory techniques are very useful. Joe really knows his stuff, the section about reading body language and NLP were particularly interesting. His early life growing up with psychics must have been very unusual and I would like to have descovered more about this, especially the way he turned away from the community to become a mentalist. I do hope Joe considers a follow-up book about more of his personal experiences.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
It is not the first time a reviewer has gone back through and had a different opinion on something. Having done just that with this book I must adjust my review and apologies for getting it wrong the first time. Joe Riggs is not the real sherlock holmes. The Real Sherlock Holmes is an average book full of average details. There are other books that are more in-depth and worth your time. The book is more of an outline with some interesting facts and use Holmes's name just to sell. But truth be told the only reason the book is worth it is that the proceeds go to the Undershaw Preservation Trust. If it wasn't for that I wouldn't have got this book. As one of the other reviewers stated: the book is a con. Well, I think I agree with them.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2012
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I purchased this book after reading all the 5 star reviews. These reviews must be from Joe Riggs friends, because I found this book deceptive and relatively worthless. First, the book is not 78 pages as advertised, it is only 57 pages of actual material, the rest is advertising for other books by the publisher. Second, Mr. Riggs seems to think that all psychics are frauds. Yes, some are. However, how can one say that intuition does not exist, because intuition is what an honest psychic is using in his or her readings. Most of the book consists of outdated NLP information, and body language cues, which have been covered in numerous books and articles. Mr. Riggs may be a fine performer, but this book is worthless. I will be returning it.
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