Our first interview could not have been with a better guest. We invite you to join us in our conversation with the Real-Life Sherlock Holmes himself, Mr. Ben Cardall. Ben is a successful mentalist, dubbed “the deductionist” who focuses his performance art around the application of deduction. He has written a prolific work on deduction called The Monographs, which is a must-read for novices and veterans of deduction alike.
The Monographs: https://www.amazon.com/Monographs-comprehensive-manual-become-Deductionist/dp/1780928505/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?crid=3AEUQ83DQ97BN&keywords=the+monographs+ben+cardall&qid=1551902171&s=gateway&sprefix=the+monographs%2Caps%2C182&sr=8-1-fkmrnull
Logan Porteneir: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzMvqwt21xqm7Fg5Uo3lsRQ
[00:00:16] Ben talks about how he got into Deduction.
[00:04:00] Ben defines “deduction”.
[00:09:37] Logan inquires as to what Ben was like before he became a deductionist, and if looking back there was any hint that this was the road he would have gone down even before Holmes became an influence.
[00:14:23] We each comment on how deduction has become an integral part of who we are.
[00:17:33] Ben tells the story of writing the mongraphs. https://www.amazon.com/Monographs-comprehensive-manual-become-Deductionist/dp/1780928505/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?crid=3AEUQ83DQ97BN&keywords=the+monographs+ben+cardall&qid=1551902171&s=gateway&sprefix=the+monographs%2Caps%2C182&sr=8-1-fkmrnull
[00:19:37] Ben talks about how The Monographs was written as a book for everyone regardless of their skill level.
[00:25:16] Ben’s tips for people conducting their own studies beyond the monographs.
[00:29:24] Ben’s frustration with instant gratification and pop psychology
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[00:33:24] Ben explains how he began his pursuit of a career in mentalism.
[00:36:20] Ben talks about how he integrated deduction into his mentalism routine and how the routine then began to revolve around deduction.
[00:42:30] How Ben deals with hecklers.
[00:45:29] Logan makes the observation that the sort of people who like to have a standoff about deduction are almost like people who watch medical dramas arguing with real doctors.
[00:46:11] Ben talks about deducing a person’s occupation
[00:54:40] Deduction Story Time