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My name is John van der Linden and I'm from the Netherlands and I’m in love with magic and mentalism for almost 44 years.

About 19 years ago I started performing mentalism only. It may be a personal flavor, or maybe it just fits my style and character more comfortably, but I do know I love performing mentalism.

As a mentalist I always try to use the smallest number of props possible, and the tools I do use have to feel organic. My preferred tools are my brain and my mind. With my mind (my control center), I may observe, communicate, influence, hypnotize and interact with the people around me, and my brain is the perfect hiding place for my memory systems, mathematical principles, and linguistic abracadabra. It has also been a repository of information for me as long as I have lived, it controls my emotions and it’s the engine of my body.

They may not always work together as smooth as I would like them to, but they are invisible and I always have them with me, so I consider the mind and brain to be the perfect weapons for a mentalist.

Like many of you, I try my best to keep up with the latest knowledge and innovations within our art, with the inevitable disappointments that come with the territory. However, once in a while you stumble on something so exciting and amazing. Like when you are reading a book that was not really special until you hit that one golden idea. Your mind fills with a flood of thoughts and you know you have found something quite extraordinary, you immediately start adapting it to your persona, perfecting it as much as you can and you can already see yourself doing it...

That moment, you know you have a winner!

I want to stress that I am not an app person, but after reading about teleFoto I immediately understood that this app was something special. teleFoto is organic, invisible and always around...

Just like my brain and my mind!

Immediately I saw endless possibilities and many other uses for teleFoto, and when I was writing them down, ideas and questions kept bubbling forth. How could I use teleFoto in a completely different way? What special coding methods and mnemonics are suitable for this app? I think I found many of the answers to these questions, and during this journey I have discovered some fascinating new ways to use this amazing app.

The same thing happened when I first saw the professional uses for the Svengali principle.
It was the book 'This Way Up' that inspired me to create new and other material for these pads and when Brett Barry created the perfect pads the idea was born to write a book from my notes.



John van der Linden