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
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.
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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.
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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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.
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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
Hey, it's Banachek :)
A PDF with the symbols you need is also
It's in my show for good...until i wear it out then back to Penguin for another
I should buy two.
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So it is like an invisible deck, however my cards are not sticking well. Good trick but I may return
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I recently purchased ESP Opener and as a working professional I can honestly say it's a hit. The
cards alone are intriguing to the audience and you can present it many ways ie. A betcha with a
charge for them to possibly win some cash or simply as a demonstration on how we can be influenced
without even realising.
This routine is simple in execution and demands a good presentation in
return. This product gets my full endorsement.
I bought this effect as I respect Banachecks work. Great teaching on the video and handling is
straight forward. I don't prefer to use the Bicycle Rider back cards it comes with and made my own
on my business cards and some old bridge size ESP cards I had laying around. I love this little
piece of magic. Fits in pocket. It's easy to perform, especially if you are familiar with the method
system. Instant reset. Create your own routine/patter and have fun. I like to draw the symbol I want
them to pick on their palm with my finger and tell them they are now marked to only think of that
subconsciously. Buy if you are looking for a good, fun, mentalism type opener. Spectators really
seem to like this and it's repeatable.
I watched the video, the instructions are direct and clear. This is really a great opener or
“closer”. The method is simple, but as the video shows, your spectators will be amazed. To Banachek
“great job”, highly recommended.
Perfect to carry around in your pocket and impress anyone who wants to see a miracle in a moment's
notice. I had a set with regular playing cards, but I like the ESP cards even better.
Bought this and watched video instructions. Made my own cards up while I still wait for cards in
mail. I was too excited to get out and perform this. Performed this about 15 times last night.People
really liked it and it was a great opener. I choose to draw the symbol on spectators hand with my
finger saying they are marked with the symbol. Great teaching.