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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!


Unleash The Sherlockian within

Good evening folks! I hope you are all well! I bring you news on one of the most unique learning experiences that is currently available.

Here is what is currently on offer http://www.moonstonelectures.com/deductionist/

By the end of the 3 days and with the skills you will have mastered or at the very least be on the way to mastering, you will be well on your way to unleashing the sherlockian skill within you. Noticing details that pass others by, remembering anything and everything you choose to, being able to deduce hobbies, likes and dislikes, jobs, pets, lie detection, observation, be able to reason out some intricate problems and much much much much more. Skills that are transferable to all walks of life and work and can only serve to benefit you! Think of all that is possible with the information you will be able to deduce! Be sure to attach yourself to the email list to get on to the early bird discount.

Also stay tuned for chances of a workshop in england! confirmation tomorrow!

As always, contact me with any enquiries you have!

Best wishes


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! 


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!


Thoughts of the day : Popular deductions within today’s society

Evening all!

With The Monographs just around the corner, I thought I would throw some interesting tidbits your way on what some consider ‘Gold’ when deducing. How would you go about deducing someone’s job. How would you know details about someone’s vocation, without having to ask them? To get the full work on this, follow this link 😉

Indiegogo link

For now, here a few ideas to get you started that are in essence, quite simple. The knowledge database you have stored away in your own Palace needs to be vast. For the simple fact that you can’t get to answer if you don’t have the information to utilize. So, get to know as many jobs as you can and more importantly what some of their attributes are. For example:

  • Indoor workers will have very little, if any coarse and worn skin.
  • Builders do very little paperwork
  • Teachers gravitate toward the cheaper end of smart wear.
  • Students carry backpacks and satchels, whereas the more business minded job requires a more formal carrying device.

The lists really do go on and on.

main-qimg-87863dd8c10295abcc7e1b97d93011bcLogos and emblems can be and incredibly handy helper when out working these techniques in the trenches. Knowing the difference between the Personal trainers and the salesmen, the care workers and the driving instructors. This can be more than enough information to get you well on your way to success and is an idea that is so very often overlooked. I can’t tell you the amount of people i have spoken to/taught the deductive arts to over the years who simply just don’t think about something this simple. Even some of the logos of jobs that aren’t even for companies in your country. There is a very simple way to practice this, and in todays world it is quite simple. There are hundreds of logo apps and quizzes available on almost every device on the market. Search them out and practice.

These are transferable traits and ideas to all manner of deduction. Attributes, and tells as it were, can be found in anything. Look at the photo above.

  • None smokers will have no discernible tobacco aroma, no paraphernalia clogging up their pockets, no need for consistent breaks at work, healthy skin (thats if they aren’t a drinker), No visible tobacco stains on the finger tips and on the clothes.

Everything has a trait and everything has a tell, the small details are what is key! Now much in the same way that body language becomes more reliable when you observe a cluster of tells pertaining to the same thought, this same is true of the objects and in this instance, figuring out what someone does for a living.

Have fun practicing team!

Now CALLING ALL SHERLOCK HOLMES FANS, record breaking collection of incredibles tales coming your way soon! Not from yours truly, but, it is going to be mind altering, trust me!!!



Hello again everyone!

You may remember quite sometime ago i announced that i was going to be releasing a book that would detail the workings of a reductionists mind? Well, the time has finally arrived where this gargantuan tome will be realized! Within this book i have poured out knowledge that will take anyone from complete novice to Deductionist in as much time as it takes for you to put in the work to get you there.

11720753_10207196013287193_27837719_nThere are lessons imparted within here that have yet to be seen anywhere, and have formed part of my daily work as a Deductionist for the past decade. ‘ Have you ever wanted to truly know what goes on inside the head of Sherlock Holmes? Have you wanted to be able to read people and their expressions like books? Have you ever wanted to read a room and all the tells and clues that it provides? Then this is the book for you. The Monographs is a complete and comprehensive manual that will impart the lessons on everything you need to know to become a Deductionist in today’s world. Contained within you will learn how to think and approach problem solving like the famed detective, spot liars in person and through their handwriting, deduce clues, personality traits, and the personal details of people through their phones, watches and clothes. Figure out where people live from the shoes that they wear, deduce what they do for a living, how to build a memory palace as intricate and perfect as the one that is written about, histories, theory, application, how to train, practice and develop your skills. All this and much, much more. After you read this book not only will you see the world but you will truly observe what goes on inside it as well. Your name will still be your own, but you can make it your business to know what other people do not know.’ It is due for release on the 15th of September, you can follow the link to pre-order your copy before they sell out.


Now for those who are keen to get hold of their copy before the release date, that can be done as well. There is currently an indiegogo campaign going with a wealth of goodies for the early bird. Such as T-shirts, signed copies of the book as well as personal tuition and a chance to appear in my very popular web series ‘The Deductionist’. This campaign has been doing incredibly well, just bafflingly well! so be sure to get your orders in before they all go and you have to wait as patiently as we all wait for the next Sherlock special!


I thoroughly appreciate all your support so please spread the word! Ben

Catching up

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening wherever you are!

Well, its been quite sometime since i have written one of these posts and i initially started this with the idea of imparting lessons with each post! however much has happened in my life that i would like to tell you all about!

First of all, i released a couple of products for Mentalists, these detailed powerful material that was particularly close to my heart!.

The first was a dvd called Sherlockian. This can be found at all good magic stores around the world, including and i promised a shout out for tom e lee atmonlymagic.com so check it out! Heres the trailer! SHERLOCKIAN TRAILER I also released a book called ‘Ratiocination’ contained powerful pieces of impromptu work! Ratiocination Such an honor and a pleasure to have my work recognized in this area as something worthwhile and i thank everyone for their kind words and support with all of the products.

I also began work on my very own web series called ‘The Deductionist’. This gave me a real good chance to flex my deductive possible in front of a camera. This was a big learning curve for me! episode 1 is right here THE DEDUCTIONIST EPISODE 1 In the show, everyone has given their time freely, there are no stooges or anyone who has been asked to say and do anything. Everything is exactly as you see it! Episode 2 is coming soon! check out this teaser clip from episode 2! Rock paper scissors on steroids! Episode 2 teaser!

I have sadly had to drop out of work with the book Joe Riggs is planning due to personal reasons but as they say, as one door closes another one will open. Keep your ears and eyes peeled!

And on a final note i have recently included video detailing my plans for the next deduction experiment! this one will be a real challenge! and real fun! thank you to everyone who has offered their time to take part! Now as a feature of this blog i am going to start reviewing book and training items for the modern day deductionist! Any requests will be considered, anything that people would like me to discuss or even interviews you would like me to track down, or try to anyway.

I aim to make this a much more interactive blog!

Hope you are all well!

Ben x


Hello all!

In this edition of the blog the topic that is up for discussion is job titles. At all times in my blog i am calling on actual real life experience of going out and doing this. This seems to be a very popular request for the modern Deductionist and Mentalist, so what follows is a small offering to wet your whistle on how i go about performing this type of effect. As lord knows the ‘course material’ so to speak is quite vast!

So lets look at this as objectively as possible. The most chance i have to practice and indeed demonstrate this is when i am out performing. In these kinds of situations and venues its a fact that your canvases, so to speak will have scrubbed themselves of a lot of the clues that can be read to glean possible job titles. For the simple fact that people dress up to go out. At a party you will rarely find anyone there that has just come from their place of work and even if they have then they have gotten changed in a rush to be there. You will not find anyone in their work uniforms…apart from the people that actually work at the venue.

To quote an example, at a recent party i was working and performing at one time for a group of men. One of which was at least 6” 3′ wearing a short sleeved shirt, clearly defined Tricep and Forearm muscles and a rough scratch on the left tricep. He had a slight beer induced gut and even his smart shoes were rough boots.

So what conclusions did i/can you draw from this? it is again about taking a step back and looking at what was presented and i was quite fortunate in this instance that what was presented was quite a lot. This is how i broke it down :

BODY TYPE – A person’s body is often a visual metaphor for their life, in this case what was shown to me is someone that is physically active but has no real footstep into the healthy lifestyle. That much was clear from the rotund swelling of the midsection. Now as it was that the triceps and the forearms were developed and not the biceps that points to gripping and pushing, it would have to be repeated over a long period of time to define muscular structure in someone that really didnt care too much about keeping fit. Which is why i thought that would be involved in his job.

His shoes i asked about with a mere offhand compliment and he chose to fill in the blanks for me.

ME : Hey, i like your boots. they look durable.

THE MAN : Yeah man, ive got a few

So if he has a lot of those kinds of shoes, its a fair assumption he might use a pair like that for work, couple that with the scratch and the body type it seemed to me to be only one place he could work and that would be in a warehouse. Which he was. Pushing big trolley loads of equipment around, the shoes would provide the necessary protection, the scratch turned out to be a regular hazard of the job though i didnt actually focus on it. i just asked after i had made my guess.

In this instance you can see how taking a step back and seeing what is possible to observe from the person, then you can follow your deductions through to their natural conclusion. you will not always be presented with something that can lead to job titles. Even at events when the clues have been scrubbed, this is still a possibility.

A great man once intimated at the theory, Observe, Analyze, Deduce. That is to say you can make your observations:

  • Beer belly vs definition in forearms and triceps
  • Shoes
  • Scratch on arm

Analyze what is this means:

  • Lazy lifestyle choice, or at least a lax attitude towards health.
  • Muscle definition would take time in someone with this attitude towards health, so it would be something that he did often and for quite some time. Job?
  • If he has a lot of these kinds of shoes, would he have a similar pair for work?
  • Scratch, possible work hazard? Not really confident enough to pursue.

Then make your deductions:

  • Arms would mean pushing, gripping. No real bicep action would make warehouse more likely as opposed to working in the builders yard. That would be more all over work.
  • This fits with the shoes idea, shoes built for protection. A lot of heavy duty items going on in a warehouse.

It is in my opinion quite difficult to explain this kind of thought process as it is only with practice and honing of the skill that it starts to feel natural to you. So when out performing, or if this is merely a passion of yours then it seems obvious to say that you can only make your deductions based on the knowledge and the hard drive of information you have in your head on this subject matter. The world we live in is a world of google and simply knowing how to find information. This is fine for knowledge and research to store for later use. however as we are particularly concerned in this instance with actually doing this, then knowing how to find information from online or books will do you little good.

Lateral thinking of this nature will take time develop but is considerably fun to practice. So let me pose you a ‘game’ precisely as it was given to me. The answers and deductions i made will feature at the end of the blog, so be good and test yourself first.

You will notice there is a picture key ring attached to the bag, on one side there is this:

And on the other side there is handwritten, this ‘ A U  GUYS!!! ‘

Now i made some deductions about the bag and its owner but the question that was posed to me is ,” You now have all the information you need to open the lock. What is the code?”

Which seems a ridiculous question, however the information is there i promise you. So what does this boil down to then in executing something of this nature, semantically speaking. It is my opinion that it comes down to whatever information you have stored away in the ‘Attic’ in your mind that you can draw on. The more you immerse yourself in this kind of knowledge, that you need to perform this task then the better off you will be. Eventually you will know the difference between the shoes of a plumber and a salesman. The wear and tear on Jewelry of someone that works behind at till. The wear on clothes of someone that sits down a lot at their job.

(To wet your whistle of interest, plumbers need strength and manoeuvrability, work underneath sinks an with toilets and are mobile so their shoes will take them from inside to outside and back again. Salesmen are the wheelers dealers of the world of buying and selling. Office based salesmen and women will have shoes that are expensive, clean and more often than not pointy in the toe area with a crease from where they have had their feet bent under their chair as they are sat behind their desk all day. Door to door salesmen will go for a similar approach but the shoes will be obviously cleaned.

Till dwelling workers stand behind their till in, invariably the same posture of hands rested on the table top in which the till resides. With a lot finger tapping to pass the boredom. Bracelets will leave indentations around the wrist, the circular nature of rings will flatten out slightly on one end where they have been drummed against over time and rested against the counter.

People who get to sit down a lot at their jobs will have visible crease marks in their shirts/blazers etc that start at the bottom of the back and end mid shoulder blades.  This is due to moving around in their chairs and leaning over their desk to complete whatever task they have in hand.)

There is no getting away from the fact that this is a huge mental undertaking, which is probably why it seems so popular. This is a demonstration of a unique skill as with most feats of mentalism so if we keep looking for shortcuts, when the reality is possible then we never experience a chance to grow, in mind and performance and in infamy 😉

Here is a further tip to get you started. Ask the person in question if they enjoy their job and then what kind of hobbies they have. If they enjoy their job then the hobbies will reflect an aspect of their job, and if they don’t enjoy their job then their hobbies will be of an opposition to their job title.

I sincerely hope that this has got your mental juices flowing enough to set to work on your palace and go out and make your deductions.

Now to tell you all about a regular performance going on, in lichfield. A performance of mystery men called The mysterians. This Halloween there is a performance going on containing the highest standard of UK mystery performers! For more information and tickets, go here now! Ill see you there!


As always guys find me on all the usual social media stuff (Facebook, twitter, Skype)

I love to and will do talk about this and all things at great length.

Take it easy!



Lateral thinking game :

  • A diary is visible so there is a need for organization, particularly a diary for next year. so whatever this person is involved in it will continue into next year.
  • From the style of the bag you can make a guess about the age range of the owner, late teens to late 20’s
  • This would suggest a student of some description. (It was)
  • The discrepancy in the pics on the keyring of ‘Hey you guys’ vs ‘A U Guys’ suggests something about the humour of this person which is why i went for student and not young teacher. As the ‘Hey you guys’ is a literal quote from the film, the play on words makes the ‘A U’ stand out.
  • AU on the periodic table is gold, whose atomic number is 79. As a four digit number this 0079 which was the padlock combination. Also suggest something about the topic of this persons study!