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The Real Sherlock Holmes: The Mysterious Methods and Curious History of a True Mental Specialist Paperback – June 28, 2012
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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.
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!
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.
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".Read more ›
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Have you ever wished you could tell what someone was really up to? Have you ever been curious about the techniques used by professional psychics and tarot readers? Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by LoriB
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. Read morePublished on September 10, 2012 by Fritz
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... Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by Charlie221b