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About the Author

Joe Riggs has been dazzling audiences with his own unique style of cutting edge, mind-altering, psychological entertainment for the past ten years. In fact, he has staked out his own space: the World of Joe Riggs. In his thirties, Joe is already an internationally acclaimed mentalist, hypnotist, lecturer, and consultant. He is currently based in the West Palm Beach area.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 78 pages
  • Publisher: MX Publishing (June 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780922620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780922621
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,749,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By I. Radmanesh on October 29, 2012
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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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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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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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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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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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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".
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