Your Pad or Mine? Organic SvenPad® Insider Tips
Partnering with Nobody Knows to create their uniquely perfect vision for their Organic SvenPad® was cool because I loved their idea of taking something great and making it even better. I was a customer and big fan of their beautiful TW (I own two), and I was gob-smacked that they chose SvenPads® as their first Essential! There is a hell of a lot of innocent force power under the hood of these little hand-made bad boys, and genuine SvenPads® are considered by pros to be the best in the world. So here I share with you some top insider tips that I’ve learned over the last 5 years:
Don't overthink it - The #1 reason some people fail to enjoy the power of their pads is they aren’t sure how to fill them out. “I just don’t know what to put in it.” Don’t fall into the dreaded magic drawer trap! My best advice is just do it within a week or two of getting your pad and don’t hold out for some holy grail idea. Trust me – the holy grail never comes, but once you see how easy the pad handles – you will be all smiles. Make your first SvenPad® simple and just have some fun – an easy force. You can always keep a few extra pads for those ultimate killer ideas.
Embrace mistakes - Some folks never fill out their SvenPad® because they are scared to death of messing up. Don’t worry about making typos or mistakes. In fact, I know many performers who purposely make some cross-outs or mistake scribbles. Why? Because it looks so much more realistic and will let the pad fly under all radar. In fact, you might even use a variety of pen colors (red, blue, black) which will make the pad look even more boring. Your pad should not look like a magic store prop! A notepad should not be perfect – it is a place to sketch out random ideas.
Oh, gel year - Gel pens are always write! Sharpies are so wrong! Only use gel ink pens for filling out your SvenPads® and they will thank you. In fact, any water-based pen is what you want, as they will not bleed through the paper. Do not ever use Sharpie as it will bleed through. If you want the look of a marker, then I recommend Crayola washable markers (any color) which are easy to find on Amazon or online. Organic Svenpads® arrive with the perfect gel pen included.
I don't need a map - Yes you do! Get organized. Before you even start filling out your groovy SvenPad®, take notes (not on the SvenPad®) and make a list of what you want inside it. Use Google and search for top things or lists (i.e. “most popular dream destinations,” “top places to fool around,” “top spicy foods,” “famous quotes,” etc. Your pad has 40 pages (20 long non-force pages, and 20 short force pages). So you need 1 force item + 20 random (non-force) items. Write down your lists BEFORE starting to write in your pad.
Go all long, then short - The most important tip to remember when filling out your pads is to fill out ONLY the long (non-force) pages first, all of them – front to back. Do not alternate long/short/long/short. By referring to your Google list, it will help you organize and avoid mistakes. Trust me on this as many don’t read the PDF mistakenly alternate – which will usually mess you up (like if your phone rings and you lose track!). So fill out by slowly flipping front to back and fill out long (1st page), long, long, long, until the end. Then short, short, short pages until the end. This is the way to avoid screw-ups.
Watch that spine - Your Organic SvenPad® has a unique glued spine at the top – so the pages don’t move and remain at a perfect 1/32" stagger between the long and short pages. IMPORTANT: Never open the pad and turn it back on itself 180 degrees. Doing so will put too much stress on the glued spine at the top, so only flip the front (or back) cover out of the way – but never the book upon itself.
The eyes have it - The #1 performing force tip is called the “Eye to Eye” force, suggested by Israeli mentalist Lior Manor. The key is to display all the non-force pages, then ask the spectator to hold out their non-dominant hand face up. Place the pad in their hand and ask them to flip pages bottom to top (again and again) while looking at you eye-to-eye. Then instruct them to stop and open to their choice. This is the pro way to force – and precludes them accidentally seeing multiples of the force.
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