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Simple. Powerful. Easy to explain.

Banachek is one of the world’s authorities in mentalism. He's the man who fooled scientists into thinking he had ESP. And now he's sharing his original strolling ESP routine.

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENS

You approach a group, and show them five cards. Each has a symbol—one of the five classic ESP shapes. The cards are mixed, and they’re instructed to avoid selecting the star.

No matter what they choose, or how hard they try to suppress your influence, they can’t avoid picking the card with the star symbol!

Fool-proof and virtually self-working.

*Comes with 2 complete sets of Bicycle Maiden Back gimmicks (red and blue).

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Good instruction, poor production Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 25th, 2018
The effect is good. I think it is a solid opener for an ESP card routine. I don't believe it would be a good opener for approaching a table. The introduction of cards with symbols no one is familiar with seems a bit odd. Maybe that is just me.

My problem with this routine is not with the instruction or method, but with the production. I received two sets of cards with my order. However, neither one of the sets were gimmicked like the set Banachek uses in the instructions. This doesn't make then unusable, but it does make all of Banachek's teaching on how to guide a spectator to name a specific symbol a bit obsolete...and not in a good way. Because my set of cards were gimmicked differently than what was shown in the video, the accompanying PDF that was specially made to work the way Banachek does it is now also useless. To be practicing scripting and the psychological wording to guide the spectator to the correct symbol and then receive a totally different set of cards is a bit frustrating.

Another problem is that the cards are sent printed on bicycle cards. The symbols on the front, bicycle back design on the back. Granted, Penguin does send a red set and a blue set. However, I expected to receive the cards that are shown in the preview. I don't like the idea of spectator's knowing that Bicycle cards can just be printed in anyway a magician wants them to be printed. The bicycle back design is a bit of a turn off for me.

Finally, and this may be specific only to my set, but my gimmicks were poorly made. I can't say too much without revealing the method, but my cards were barely usable when not held in a death grip.

I am a fan of Banachek and his thinking. Purchased this already knowing the method to receive the cards and additional points from Banachek. But due to my cards being different, Banachek's touches and subtleties are wasted.

I wish the PDF contained the symbols in different sizes and the gimmick material separate so I could make my own cards.

Worth purchasing, but be ready to do a a bit more work to make it performance ready.
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Penguin Blew It - Waste of Money Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 19th, 2018
The first phase involving the choice of symbols cannot be done because that card, or a PDF template with it, is not included in the package.

The second phase includes two different sets of the gimmicked ESP cards (one red-backed and one blue-backed). Penguin certainly did not understand the significance of having the star be the key symbol as Banachek shows in his demo video and uses in his explanation. In my package, one set has the plus sign as the key symbol and the other has the wavy lines. Though Banachek doesn't explain this, there is a specific reason (those who have Banachek's Psychological Subtleties) why the star is the symbol

Sure, the cards are still usable and I can do a very similar routine, but not the one that Banachek explained and not the one advertised. For this, I give it ONE star. But not that my one-star rating is for the entire Penguin package, not Banachek's wonderful routine (which would get a much higher rating).

Should Penguin send out and/or replace packages to all customers making sure that the star is the key symbol, and include the choice cards shown, then my rating would be significantly higher.
5 of 6 magicians found this helpful.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 14th, 2018
I've come to the conclusion that when Banachek releases something I just get it. His thinking and routining and subtleties are always first rate. There are very few mind readers I feel that way about.

ESP opener includes the ESP cards shipped to you, plus a video download (14 min, 38 seconds). Clear, easy to follow instructions.

The perfect opener for walk-around, table hopping, close up situation.

I love it. Highly recommended.
4 of 4 magicians found this helpful.
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Cool idea, my deck is not working. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 21st, 2018
So it is like an invisible deck, however my cards are not sticking well. Good trick but I may return it.
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Thank you Banachek Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 23rd, 2018
This is a fun little routine.
Great to get you going with a mentalism routine.
I've used it at the restaurant I perform in and it
gets a good response.

Clear instructions with alternate presentations.
Hey, it's Banachek :)
A PDF with the symbols you need is also provided.

It's in my show for good...until i wear it out then back to Penguin for another set:)
I should buy two.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 15th, 2018
Love the idea, love the reaction and feel it will continue to work once I 'repair' it.. perhaps it's the hot weather or very poor manufacturing to begin with, but after just a few performances the cards have completely stopped "working". No amount of technical finesse will reestablish its ESPness. So buy it, it's really good. But also buy some repair agent once you know the secret...
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Simplicity meets Powerful with this great effect Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 4th, 2018
Just Purchased this last week or so ago and just back from performing ESP opener for the first time.
The response I got from this far outreached my expectations.

ESP opener is precisely what it is 'a great opener'
I just love this effect !!

Thank you Banacheck
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Mentalist Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 30th, 2018
Powerful, Easy to master. A must,,,,
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Great effect Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 14th, 2018
so easy to do plus deceptive, what would expect from banachek? Very good effect...
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 13th, 2018
Not everything shown in the video was included, at least not how I expected it to be. The ESP symbol selection card was added as a downloadable printable after the fact, so I guess everything is now complete. I was not expecting Bicycle backs on the ESP cards, I thought they would have a design similar to what was shown in the video. I was informed that those shown in the video are Banachek's business cards. My mistake.
The effect is as shown. The method is extremely easy to perform. The cards are not examinable. Everyone I have shown this to has been astounded.
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