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The Rare Baker Street Performance

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This friday sees the official launch of my book ‘The Monographs’ a book unlike any other and a complete compendium of Deduction in the 21st century. Now comes the important part, there a few people in this world who are granted the opportunity to perform in this illustrious place (i don’t know of any) but i have been granted the opportunity to do exactly that. For your chance to be a part of this  event you need to book your tickets as soon as possible! All proceeds are going to the Undershaw preservation society. A noble cause if ever there was one.

Book your tickets for The Deductionist performance here

Also there is an incredible prize to be won on the night! A signed First Edition of one Petr Kopl’s Mind blowing Graphic novels! you would be mad to miss out on this opportunity!

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This will give you a hint at just how incredible this work is!

I hope to see you all there!

Best wishes

Ben

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The Monographs – Why you need one!

  

   
For quite some time now, I have been working on a book of Gargantuan proportions. I am pleased to say that it his now here, available for purchase. To brighten up your days you can purchase yours from either Amazon or The Book Depository.

The Monographs can be explained in simple terms, that it is a manual that anyone can use to make themselves into a modern day deductionist. However, it is so much more than that. It is a book full of transferable, real world skills. Once you have studied and mastered all this book has to offer you will memorise as much as you could ever need or want to, with all the retentive capabilities that the famed detective has, read people, situations and scenes as easy as books. Detect lies in everything, right down to handwriting. Deduce clues in the objects people own and the clothes that they wear. History, theories, research, how to train and practice. It is, for want of a better phrase, a complete compendium. Make no mistake though, and I try not to mince my words when I say that these skills WILL need practice and these are NOT attributes that you can pick up overnight. I promise you this, you put in the work and you will reap the massive rewards!

It has only been a few days since its release date but the reviews are in and I am so proud and humbled to say that they are all 5 star reviews! Follow the link to see for yourself and pick up yours today!

Read the reviews in full and pick up your copy here!
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Have a good one! 

Ben  
 

Perks and Performances

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Hello All!

Boy do I have some exciting news for you all. First off, for all you delightful people that have already contributed to the indiegogo campaign and for all the delightful people that soon will or are planning to, I have added another perk for people to take advantage of.

Due to popular demand you can now have me, The Deductionist, come to your event and perform live for you. This will be subject to my already booked up days but you can now take advantage of having genuine real life Deduction performed for you. So get in there before they all go, as there aren’t many spots available.

FOLLOW THIS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OR CONTRIBUTE TO THE CAMPAIGN NOW

The second item on my agenda to tell you about is an event that is quite simply not to be missed. Friday 30th October, at the Sherlock Holmes hotel are the details to put in your diary. It is a book launch night for the new Sherlock Holmes tale ‘Sherlock Holmes The Scarlet Thread of Murder’ penned by ace writer Luke Benjamen Kuhns and published by the incredible folks at MX publishing. Mr.Kuhns is a big voice for the save undershaw foundation and as such is a voice that deserves to be listened to. You can keep up to date with his post at http://www.lukebejamenkuhns.com or you can stay in touch with his latest blog entries here : Luke’s Blog

This isn’t the first time he’s released his vast Holmesian knowledge and evocative storytelling capabilities to the world. His previous works include, The Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes and a the case of the Crystal Blue Bottle. He has also contributed to two other novels Sherlock’s Home:The Empty House and The Art of Deduction. Now, not only will he be there, but yours truly will also be performing at the Hotel as well.

I will be performing a stand up show for all the attendees, so this is your chance to get up to the big smoke and have an incredible night. Witness Deductive skill in front of your very eyes and leave with 2 very sought after books! Because let’s face it, you need a copy of The Monographs in your lives as well.

Event Tickets Here

Keep your eyes peeled for more updates and information coming very soon!

Ben

The Scientific Sherlock Holmes

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When one looks at the idea of learning to think like a fictional character, you definitely have to take said idea with a pinch of salt. For there is no set list of things to do or not do, there are a variety of lessons we can learn from the Canon, but to put them into practice nowadays is an entirely different kettle of fish. It relies upon an acknowledgement of what works for you on an idiosyncratic level. We know the wheelhouse of methods and approaches,things he was good at doing as well as things he wasn’t so good at doing. There are many books that look at Holmes’ approach to problem solving, as well as his observational and reasoning skills. There are few that look at his scientific skill, even less that shine such a magnifying glass on the methods that are discussed in depth in this book and that is the reason for me choosing it as my first review.

To put it quite succinctly, The Scientific Sherlock Holmes by James O’ Brien is a book that I absolutely adore. That adoration never dwindles with each time I peruse its contents. In particular because it references the difference between the fiction of the tales and how the techniques would work in reality. The sciences the book enumerates is plentiful and varied. The Bertillion fingerprint approach, footprints, written text, codes, dogs (this is a particularly insightful part due to the way that Mr.O’Brien highlights the way that dogs are utilised in investigative in today’s world. As well as their pros and cons and what the histories of using dogs in detection are. I find the histories of any technique to be very useful because it helps you to better understand how and why a technique works.) As many aspects of chemistry as any Sherlockian would need.

To touch on the histories again, they are concise and to the point. Though not in such a way that it detracts from any useful information not being there. They may be abridged but that only means that the passages contain all useful pieces of knowledge to be stored away safely in the attic of everyone’s memories. For the sherlockian each piece of science is accurately compared to the scene or scenes that it is used in the Canon.

The ‘other sciences ‘ chapter toward the end of the book contains gold on maths, biology, physics, astronomy, geology and meteorology. A veritable cornucopia of Holmesian delights showing not only the full workings of how to complete some of the seemingly offhand mental calisthenics the famed detective is capable of but demonstrating alternative uses too. Discussed within those final pages is how to tell a person’s height from the size of their stride, the geometric principles behind divining the height of the infamous tree in the Musgrave Ritual is taught and showing the maths behind calculating the speed of the train in The Silver Blaze and how we can utilise these thoughts ourselves, today.

There is no doubt that this book contains a lot of well thought through and useful information. It shows the parallels between real life and the Canon and the differences between the techniques as well as highlighting any pros and cons, which is something I really enjoy given that it is my current vocation. It presents a valuable and worthwhile read for any who are in pursuit of sharpening their mind, and for the avid Sherlock fan who aims to develop a skill set like the famed genius, you will see the dedication it will take to reach the success you want but above all, that it is possible!

It is a very different look into the head and mind of Sherlock Holmes, but very worthwhile and worthy of every penny and minute contour time you will invest in it.

Best wishes and happy studying!

Ben

Walk this way,what does that say?

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I, like most Sherlock Holmes geeks watched the much anticipated ‘Elementary’ now I am not going to get into a rant over the show (which believe me would take some time). There was an interesting scene in one of the episodes in which Sherlock correctly deduces details about Watson’s amorous activity based upon her walking gait.

Sat watching with my girlfriend she asked me if this was possible, I honestly had no answer whatsoever for her. Well I couldn’t provide an answer that would be based solely on the walk of someone no. So this is what led me down 4 and a half months of research and experiments. Test’s were carried out on friends, family and even complete strangers to place as many different variables into the research as possible. Many questions obviously arise here from anyone and what follows I hope will answer as many as possible.

Initially from any kind of deduction or observation as personal as this one, the first way to go about it would to make your guess based on the analysis of the person in questions’ bass line behaviour. To very briefly explain what this is, this is what their behaviour is like in a normal everyday situation. Behaviour that differs from this normal baseline status is often considered emotional stress peeks, however if you add context to the situation the this provides a different viewpoint on the situation. For example, a friend who is busy with work commitments and is known to be single will often behave in a very specific way. Changes to this behaviour will be noticeable to those initiated with their baseline. Changes most often akin to amorous activity are to do with emotions and moods.

It is true that it is often considered a way to de-stress yourself and bring your mood back to a more amiable one. All emotional reasons, and chosen partner for the activity aside the mood change is largely due to the endorphin release. These endorphins are released into the spinal fluid and other parts of the body which is essentially the hub for obvious posture, this has a domino effect in that a change in physiology will affect the mood/emotion you are feeling at the time. Very basically put, science has proven that if you are feeling low and you smile then you will begin to feel happier.
This is due to the chemical make up of endorphins which are similar to morphine and other analgesics.

However, these endorphins can and often are released during other forms and strenuous exercise and attendance at the gym. They can even be released during something as simple as a fit of hysterical laughter!

During my efforts and research, I found out all to quickly that this type of information could not be gleaned from merely walk alone. That would depict a mood change definitely, but to gauge ones amorous activity then other attributes will need to be taken into account.
-Do you know the person, to develop a baseline for their normal everyday gait.
-Can you deduce that they are actively involved in sports or health. There are many key markers in making a deduction of this nature but I have a tendency to go off on a tangent so as this blog is primarily concerned with walking, I shall stick to that topic.
-Do they have a partner with them? What does their body language reveal about the state of sir relationship? A mix of statistical analysis will help in a more direct guess.

So, in conclusion my findings are that no, you cannot gauge someone’s sexual activity by there walking pace/gait alone.

SO WHAT CAN BE DEDUCED BY SOMEONE’S WALK

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This is a PDF work up of the correlation between walking pace and age, and gender/smoking/alcohol etc. There is some interesting points about the psychophysiological reactions when emotions are felt as well and how this affects are walk.

The classic ‘wobbly bottom’ of the models way of walking, causes excess pressure on the Gluteus Medius which can lead to back pain and weak muscles. Pilates will help with this, so if you ever find yourself performing for models then it is a safe bet that at least one of them will have taken a Pilates class.

Boston medical research centre found a correlation between a slow walking pace and the amount of electrical activity in the brain. This basically means that fewer neutrinos are firing and it will function at a slower pace. This can lead to a risk of dementia, poor performance on language’ memory and decision making. Speed walking relates to exercise and endorphin release. The heads of the National Institute on Agings Behavioural and Systems Neuroscience Branch have stated that walking change is an observable change in cognitive processing. A slow deterioration is the biggest indicator towards dementia and Alzheimer’s sufferers. A note on this information would be that they consider a slow pace of walking to be 2ft per second and a fast pace to be 3.3 ft per second.

Limping, which is indicative of the pelvis having dropped on one side, most likely cause of this would be an osteoarthritic hip. This can be seen in shoes with an excessive wear on the heel of one shoe more than the other an for the detective, a consistently deeper footprint on one side. I will write a separate entry in a few months on shoes and possible inferences so for now I will keep them very brief. If the limp means they are tiptoeing on one side, this relates to medicinal problem with the heel and ankle of the foot and can be seen in excessive crease marks on one shoe more than the other. Which is situated below the laces.

There are many other aspects I could cite but would require further medical explanation and I fear another tangent coming on so I will endeavour to be as to the point as possible.

– A stomping which is consistent in the walk may suggest a vitamin b12 deficiency. One of the functions of this vitamin is to help regulate the brain signals that give information about the position of the limb in relationship to the ground. This is called proprioception.

– Any issues with walking up stairs, the most likely cause of this is bunions.

– A shuffling to the walk. Much like the pace this would need to be progressive but however would indicate Parkinson’s onset. This is a progressive neurological disorder, which cause a deficiency of the brain chemical dopamine. Depleted Dopamine levels can leads to a loss of muscle control.

There you have it friends, I have thrown a lot of information at you in a very short space of time and for this I apologise. However it is all valid and worthwhile to learn for the deductionist. File it away neatly in your memory palace 🙂

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