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A Study in Deduction

Hey friends! For a while now, my own personal tome The Monographs has been topping the Amazon charts with 5* reviews all round. My writing style is not conventional at all, I have always tried to keep everything as jargon free and focus on the work that matters, the important things. The detailed studies in The Monographs speak to that nature.

To get your copy of The Monographs please follow this link 

I mention this because I also give tuition via Skype. Lessons consist of everything in The Monographs but much more indepth and with new training techniques and tests to track your progress on the road to becoming a Deductionist yourself. 1 on 1 help for creating your memory palace from the ground up, reading people and catching lies and solving puzzles where’ve they lie. Check out the video below to hear what one of my skypers has to say

Recently I have also been working on taking these Skype lessons to the street! You heard me! Live training from the comfort of your own living room!…or wherever it is you use Skype. So after a time of developing your skills, you will be put to the test in all manner of genuine locations, to be able to deduce all manner of tasks from the smallest item carried in someone’s hands to possible suspects in a robbery. 

So if beginning your quest to unleash the Sherlockian within you is something you’d like to do, or if you’d just like to improve your memory skills then email me or private message me and we can start your course today.

Just deduce it team!


The Monographs is a hit! Find out why!




My friends it is an absolute honour and a privilege to be able to tell you that my book The Monographs is a hit! You can pick up yours from Amazon.co.uk today 🙂 Follow this link to pick yours up today

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I hope you enjoy your copy as much as everyone else seems to have!


The Skills Of a Deductionist

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My friends, there is something incredible in the making. A course like no other, and that has never been yet. It is happening in Berlin, Germany February 26th, 27th, 28th.


Here is some of the things you can expect to learn.


Day 1: The right frame of mind
• Deduction, induction and abduction theory
• Practice of logic puzzles
• Essential training and practice drills
• Observational memory training, combined with deductive work
• Increasing speed and focus and retention
• Introduction to memory work
• How to be confident in everything you do

Day 2: Memory and deduction
• Speed memorisation
• Peripheral training
• Listening with the other senses
• How to memorise the awkward stuff
• Building a memory palace and why it’s invaluable
• Dealing with large quantities of information
• Remembering names and faces
• Reading people and body language
• Reading scenes
• Noticing details about clothes, shoes, jewellery
• Micro and macro expressions training
• Lie detection

Day 3: Putting it altogether
• Practicing everything from day 1 and 2
• Tests in memory, retention, deduction and logic
• Rounding it all off
• See what really is possible

Make no mistake:
This is real skills acquisition. It will be hard work. Ben Cardall will take the workshop to the streets of Berlin.
You will practice your new skills live and on real people!

There is nothing like it on the market right now. Not in this depth. And certainly not at that price!

My friends, book your spot early to be a part of this incredible event! Any questions then shoot me a message.


The Rare Baker Street Performance

IMG_0654Hello Friends!

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!


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

I hope to see you all there!

Best wishes



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!
If you want to keep up to date with all things Deduction based then find me on Facebook and Twitter as well! Links are on my website.

Have a good one! 


Sherlockians are gathering, and a competition!

photo-originalMy friends, i have something quite enormous to tell you about! October 1st sees a collection of Sherlockians that hasn’t been seen for quite sometime! The reason? A world record breaking release of Sherlock Holmes tales! Gathered under one roof will be members of Sherlockian societies from around the world, the conan doyle family and estate, authors from the collection, Stepping stones, BBC Sherlock will be represented and many more! Add to this the fact that you can win your chance to come to this one off special event today!

The rules are simple!

Screen Shot 2015-09-07 at 8.55.13 PMI forgot to mention that there are some other incredible prizes to be won as well. These range from a signed and framed piece of wallpaper from the set of BBC Sherlock, a hardback set of the record breaking release of stories and tuition from yours truly! I will also be there on the night, performing a stage show for your viewing and deductive pleasures! Showing you some of the skills that can be picked up in my book The Monographs and just how far you can take them (Due out on the 15th of September, what a segue right!) you can still pick up your copy from here Order your copy from this link

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Best wishes



The Adventure of The Changing Date


Good Ladies and Gentlemen of the Internet and all those who are coming to the book launch night for The Monographs. I have some news for you. We have heard this morning that, due to a double booking at the hotel we have had to move the night of the book launch back to October 9th. All the other details remain the same. Including a dazzling show from me!

Link to purchase tickets for the Book launch night

Thanks again for your time everyone! Have a good one!






The Deductionist On Stage



Ive been thinking after this weeks shows, about the things that are to come toward the end of the year. The final gig of this week, was by far and away the most difficult i have had for sometime. The performers that read this will know the type of person that i am describing. To give you a idea of a couple of scenarios i was in this evening, i asked someone to concentrate on what they did for a living, they told me they knew how it was done! A few people later i asked someone to merely think of any playing card in the deck, bare in mind, i wasn’t holding any cards at the time, there was nothing in sight, yet they still announced that they knew how it was done. I ****you not my friends, everything i showed the people, they seemed to know how it was done. It is only through doing as i have trained myself to do for the last 15 years or so that i was able to succeed as often as what i did. Let me tell you, i earn every penny tonight! This got me thinking about the values of the lessons that are imparted in my book ‘The Monographs’ due out September 15th though you can still take part in the indiegogo event as we speak.

Join the Indiegogo campaign here!

Pre-order The Monographs from Amazon here!

Now then let me tell you about something extremely important you need to be aware of! I am performing at the Sherlock Holmes Hotel for the launch night of my book! There will be signed copies available as well as non-signed, should you prefer. The important date you need to stick into your diary is the September 16th.

Tickets for ‘The Deductionist’ book launch here! Get in early!


That is only one of 3! The next concerns the world record breaking Sherlock Holmes tales! October 1st is the date you need to put into your diary for this one. Follow the link below for some of the details about the evening. There is currently a kickstarted campaign underway to support the overwhelming awesomeness, after it has finished, more details about the event will be released. Though i can say that some of the Sherlock Holmes elite from all over the planet will be there. Including people from BBC Sherlock, The Conan Doyle family and estate, and many more.

Join the Kickstarter Campaign here


Last but by no means least, is the book launch for the incredible new novel by Luke Benjamen Kuhns (who is also a contributing author to the aforementioned record breaking series) The Scarlet thread of murder. October 30th is the date you will need for this one.

Get your tickets here!

I hope to see you all there! Each of these novels is sure to be a worthy purchase and the shows will knock your socks off! I hope to see you all there! But as i say, get your tickets soon, as they are private events and they WILL sell out fast!

Like and share this with as many of your friends as possible!

Have a good one guys and gals x

Perks and Performances


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.


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!


Speeding to read!

IMG_2303As i sit here in my living room, looking at the stack of books i have for my own reading pleasure this week i am spending more time thinking about speed reading. Not people in this instance but books.

The modern day Deductionist will have to swallow an awful lot of information on their road to awesomeness. The average human reads between 200-300 words per minute and when speed reading is once mastered, it is possible to get up to 750-850 words per minute! I top out at around the 500-600 mark myself. Now why is it that this is a technique that needs to be learnt? It is because we don’t do it properly, simple!

Through a combination of eye movements and periphery,  sub-vocalization as we read (mouthing the words as we read), and going back over words we have already read. It is infrequent that those that don’t speed read will do all of this but, at least one or two traits combined. These will slow you down and decrease retention due over thinking and a lack of focus.

Now then, one valuable technique we can all master,right from the get go is that of meta guiding. This is simply using your finger to guide your eyes along the sentence as it is being read. This can reduce sub vocalization and speed up reading speed. It is a very simple technique that will often go over looked. If you worry about not remembering as much because you are reading too fast, then remember this, you can read the same text a number of times, in the same amount of time as everyone else who doesn’t speed read. Once you come across a sentence of awesome importance, you can stop to take the time to store it into your palace fully! then you continue along your speedy journey.

Once you are aware that your eye will take in several images and words at once, thanks to your peripheral vision, you can use another technique but it does mean defacing your books. If you draw a line horizontally down every page of your book. You will do one 3 words in to lines on your book and 3 words from the end. You can combine this with the meta guiding as well or you can read as normal but either way it will improve your speed by getting the periphery involved in the beginning and final words of each line.

Practice, practice, practice! This way, your retention and comprehension will not suffer. For me, i use different reading techniques for different reading books, for books of an educative back ground i opt for speed reading methods and read the same book over a couple of days. Whereas for something of a narrative flavor i simply read it, for the sake of complete ingratiation into the world of the book. All in all, i find the techniques of speed reading invaluable! I can get through around 5-7 books a week, depending on the size, with around a 70% retention on the first read. That is thanks only to the practice i have done and have trained my brain to take in information this way! Same rules apply for whatever technique you use, whether referring to speed or comprehension, or anything in between.

Don’t be a stranger!