Review: The Monographs – A comprehensive manual on all you need to know to become an expert Deductionist by Ben Cardall

Reviewer: Maarten Bosmans

Have you ever want to be Sherlock Holmes? I do, I would like to have his powers of deduction and memory. In this book The Monographs you will find all of the answers how to become a real life Sherlock in todays society.

Ben Cardall is a English mentalist who uses real life deduction as Sherlock Holmes as his tool to amaze people. On his website you will also find a podcast about deduction and different youtube videos.

I know Ben very well and once upon a time i challenged him, by sending him a picture with me standing behind a building and asked him to guess where I was on holiday. The only thing he asked if I drove by car or flew to the destination and he deduced I was in Normandy,  

Pro TIP: Never challenge Ben if you do not like to be outsmarted.

He described to me how he did that; he went on Weatheraccu ( a weather channel app that looks at the weather) here he saw that it was only sunny today in Normandy France. So he guessed Normandy. The explanation is even more cooler than the reveal in my humble opinion.

In the past I have read some books about body language like Joe Navarro’s book “What every body is saying”. The difference between that book (which is also a great read) is that it is only about body language and this book literally contains everything on how to become a good deductionist.

Ben started with deduction because his girlfriend at the time cheated on him with his friend. He never wanted to be in the same situation again. You will learn how to never forget a name, how to build a memory palace, how to observe people and deduce certain traits about them. If you put the work in it you can really become a great deductionist, Ben has proven it to me.

If you are a working performer in the magic or mentalism field, you can use this as your advantage to make people believe you have certain traits, after studying this you will really have this power.

After you have read this book (circa 420 pages) you have so much information going on inside you too much to handle in one sitting. I suggest you read it once and then begin to learn the chapters that interest you, I loved learning the memory palace. Being a man you often forget the minor things in live so its handy to have this memory palace. You will learn how to recall every single item in a room after scanning it only one time.

There is a great saying in this book from Takuan Soho: ‘Preoccupied with a single leaf you won’t see the tree’.  

Ben has really filtered out the most important stuff you need to know about deduction and compressed into one book. This book is useful for everyone who is interested in Deduction.

In this book you will learn everything to become a deductionist in today’s world. It is  bible for deduction enthousiast in the world, allot of the deduction information is given inside is mainly for the US and Europe. I really loved reading this book because it opened my eyes into looking at the world and people. How to deduce certain traits that these people have.

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