Ok chaps, listen up! I have a big revelation regarding John Kennedy's Mind Power Deck.... well, it's more of a comparision to another product.
As some people will know, I was very disappointed in the Mind Power Deck, especially considering how expensive it is.
I just bought the third volume of Max Maven's VIDEOMIND DVD series (the Stage Mentalism volume) and there is an effect on the DVD called "Tossed Out Tech". Despite this being on a DVD of stage mentalism, this effect can be performed anywhere that you have two spectators.
The effect is the same as the Mind Power Deck, but in my opinion is BETTER. Why? Let me describe the effect of "Tossed Out Tech".
The magician shows a deck of Bicycle cards (or your favourite style of cards) and thumbs through the cards to the audience. The magician wraps the deck up with rubber bands. This is the LAST TIME the magician will touch the deck. He passes the deck to one of the spectators and asks him to choose a point in the deck and remember the card he chose. He then asks the spectator to square the deck so that the other spectator doesn't know where the first card was. The second spectator then does the same - he picks a point in the deck, and peeks at the card, remembers it, then squares up the deck. The magician asks for the deck to be thrown back to him, but the magician deliberately does not catch the deck - this is to emphasise the point that the magician has NOT handled the deck since it was in the spectators hands. The magician then procedes to tell the two spectators what cards they had chosen.
The same effect as the Mind Power Deck, but better because of these reasons:
The deck is made from Bicycle cards, without the use of gimmicks. THe deck is EASILY produced by the magician, no specially made deck is necessary. The cards are shown to the spectator. The SPECTATORS handle the deck. THe magician DOES NOT handle the deck. The fishing involved at the end of the effect is a LOT more efficient than the Mind Power deck. If the deck ever wears out or becomes tatty, it is very easy and cheap to make another one.
The Mind Power Deck: Cannot be handled by the spectator. Can be SHOWN to the spectator. Magician handles deck at all times. Does not come in Bicycle (or other popular card styles). It will eventually wear out and become tatty, and to be replaced a new one must be purchased. Fishing for information CAN BE quite apparent.
So, giving the same effect, but BETTER, is a great thing. The fact that it comes in whatever cards you want is also great. The fact that the spectators handle the deck is brilliant, and the fact that the cards are not gimmicked in any way (set up YES, but not gimmicked) means replacing it, or customising it, is a breeze. To top it off, the $30 for the cost of the DVD the effect comes on is a bargain - you get a video performance and tutorial, plus about four or 5 other amazing mentalism effects.
I LOVE this DVD, and this effect is now going into my routine. Mind Power Deck has just gone on Ebay
Sorry, I had to shout that out, I am soooooooooo impressed with the Tossed Out Tech effect