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Bending the Real by Jay Sankey (DVD, Book, Gimmicks) A revolutionary perspective on "real magic" from one of the art's deepest thinkers, and a fantastic follow-up to "Beyond Secrets." NOW SHIPPING. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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Bending is about creating dream moments, inspiring people to open their eyes wider than ever. And we wanted to make sure that this surreal FEEL played a big part in the viewing experience of the DVD. The result is a DVD that is far more visually interesting and engaging than 95% of the ‘magic trick’ dvds on the market.

As for the content, the DVD features a large collection of invaluable ‘bending tips’ + the techniques behind 25 bends of an exciting range and variety. I teach you how to create 25 memorable ‘does not compute’ experiences from as many different psychological angles as possible. There are visual ends, audio bends, tactile bends and conceptual bends.

And because bending celebrates deception as a social activity, I selected the collection of bends to reflect a fascinating range of social functions. As the video preview suggests, there are bends suited to flirting, impressing, confusing, amusing, shocking and more.

As for the items involved in the bends, because bending is about ‘dropping the inexplicable’ into an everyday situation, the majority of the bends featured on the DVD involve stuff you would normally find lying around at school, work, a house party, diner, coffee shop, etc. (There is only ONE bend involving playing cards in the entire collection. I couldn’t resist. It’s too much fun.)

So you can expect to learn bends with borrowed bills, chocolate bars, drinking straws, magazines, paper clips, stir sticks, water bottles, tea bags, plastic spoons, chewing gum, soda cans, post-it notes, driver’s license and other such down-to-earth, everyday items.

THE TWO BOOKLETS
[Please note that ONLY PRE-ORDERS include a second, limited edition, bonus booklet of short essays + bonus bends. All orders placed AFTER the pre-order period will only include the first booklet of short essays and bends.]

Certain kinds of information are better suited to different mediums. So, while the bending tips and the techniques to the 25 bends work well on video, my more in-depth thinking around the psychology and philosophy of bending is better suited to the printed word.

Some students of magic will find the DVD to be their favorite part of the project. Other fans of my work will get more out of the rare information contained in the two bending booklets. Here are some of the subjects I discuss:

*Ways of drawing attention to a bend without saying a word
*Sharing a bend without trying to ‘get’ anything
*How to really greet other people
*What to say when they ask ‘How did you do it?’
*Ah, Ha and Aha (3 profound experiences)
*The power of surprise
*Bending as a form of reminding
*Connecting through shock
*Non-Framing and avoiding suspicion
*Witnessing rather than performing
*Mystery as a social activity
*Tightropes and waterfalls
*How, Why and What (questions raised by surprise)

THE EQUIPMENT
Bending needs no equipment, and is in fact at its best when it sticks to what is available in the space (the items, the personalities and the moment.) But given my more traditional magic background, I can also appreciate the value of ‘gimmicks,’ especially if they create memorable, dream-like images.

So with the ‘Bending the Real’ project, I have included equipment for a few effects I’ve found to be well-suited to the casual and organic deception style of bending. None of them require more than a few words spoken.

‘Zero Gravity’
Exceptional tool + no-sleight handling to suspend almost any small, borrowed object on a folded bill, take-out menu, page from a magazine, paper napkin, almost anything you find in the space.

‘Descendent’
One of the stand-out effects from my ‘Kaleidscope’ DVD. Absolutely perfect bend to share at work, school, anywhere.

‘Hijacked’
The only bend using playing cards on the entire project. Just 4 cards. Only 10 seconds. An optical illusion…that lingers.

‘Vanishink’
Awesome bend for school, work, bus stop, coffee shop, anywhere. Again, no words required.

What You Get

  1. PIROUETTE - One minute prep time with a plastic spoon = an awesome, extremely visual deception + souvenir. Perfect bend for the school cafeteria or work lunchroom.
  2. RECONNECTION - Wonderfully minimal handling to create bend of snapping the tab off anysoda or beer can and immediately reattaching it. (And yes, your hands areemtpy.) Perfect party bend.
  3. VANISHINK - Make a sharpie marker vanish with your sleeves up. Perform it in thenude if you want. Insanely visual bend for school, work, bus stop, coffeeshop, anywhere.
  4. PRIVATE PROPERTY - An extremely clever bend for obtaining the phone number of almost anybody.Especially effective with attractive strangers in bars and clubs.
  5. AIRBORNE - Very memorable 'conceptual bend' using a bottle and a borrowed dollar bill.Reveals to witnesses just how narrow our problem-solving skills tend tobe.
  6. SKIN DEEP - A small piece is snapped off the end of a wooden stir stick and a momentlater it appears inside a wrapped straw held tightly in someone's hand.Killer way to 'make contact.'
  7. DIGITAL - Powerful 'mind-over-muscles' handling for a bend involving ten borrowedbills. Totally impromptu. You'll be messing minds with this crazy simplebend at school, work, everywhere.
  8. THE OFFERING - "Wanna piece of gum?" Great example of using a visually arresting bend asa social tool.
  9. REALITY BREAK - A totally impromptu, snapped + restored stir stick handling Jay's beenrefining for 2 years. Direct, easy, the perfect coffee shop bend.
  10. HIJACKED - The only bend involving playing cards on the entire BTR project. Theshortest distance between 4 cards and "Oh my God!"
  11. TASTING IS BELIEVING - You already know plenty of surprising moments involving the eyes,ears and hands. This shocker involves the taste buds. Perfect reminder toyour friends: you can't be trusted!
  12. SWEET SURPRISE - Hundreds of grains of sugar from a freshly opened packet impossibly meltthrough a dish. The very definition of 'organic.'
  13. CORNERED - A hard-hitting psychic bend involving a torn corner from the freelychosen page of a magazine.
  14. WHEW! - While most deceptions create tension, this inventive bend works anotherangle, and instead delivers overwhelming RELIEF.
  15. ECHO - Mess with minds in diners, restaurants and fast food joints. Demonstrate aspooky sympathy between a straw and the paper wrapper it usually wears.
  16. SOUND EFFECT - Using just your two hands, create a wonderfully convincing audioillusion, guaranteed to get laughs and groans. Another no prep,'anywhere' bend.
  17. STORM CLOUD - Cause a cloud of dust to appear in the room of an enemy (or a friend witha good sense of humor.) You don't even have to be IN the room when thebend hits.
  18. DESCENDENT - One of the stand-out effects from Jay's acclaimed �Kaleidoscope� DVD.Absolutely perfect bend to share at work or school.
  19. TOOLONG TEA - A jaw-dropping public bend created by Mike Skutt. Much more of an EVENTthan a 'trick.' It's not illegal, but when you share this bend in arestaurant or coffee shop it's guaranteed to stop ALL conversation (whileyou never say a single word.)
  20. INSIDE JOB - Slam the cap of a plastic water bottle INSIDE the bottle and thenimmediately hand it out to be examined.
  21. ZERO GRAVITY - Exceptional tool + no-sleight handling to suspend almost any small,borrowed object on a folded bill, take-out menu, page from a magazine,paper napkin, almost anything you find in the space.
  22. IN RED INK - If you are a 'natural performer' you are going to LOVE this old schoolbend. Make as much or as little of it as you dare.
  23. BURIED TREASURE - While paying for snacks at a convenience store, 'discover' a five dollarbill inside a chocolate bar. Guaranteed to seriously mess with the mindsof your friends (and the guy at the cash.) Comes complete with an awesome'real world' theatrical hook.
  24. REMOTE CONTROL - The devious gimmick looks EXACTLY like something you would find in yourdesk drawer, but the mentalism possibilities are endless. Jay combinesthis lethal tool with the serial number of a borrowed bill with tremendousmind messing results.
  25. SHATTERED - Just how much fun can you have with a big ass rock and a friend's car(without breaking the law?)

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5 of 6 magicians found the following review helpful:
Nothing more than a Hyped up disaster Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 29th, 2011
Now, Jay Sankey has some good material out there, but lately he's been rehashing sleights and old moves into apparent "new ideas" with slightly "new" handlings. Bending The Real falls into the category of mediocre and plainly unusable. I'm not entirely sure what was going through Sankey's mind when releasing this. apparently he was trying to convey that a "bend" is a way to misshape reality or thought. Bending was an apparent ploy to use deception as a social activity. Basically in a nutshell, what other impromptu DVD's have been trying for years.

Jay doesn't really hit any new ground with his Bend idea and it seems to fall flat once the project is finished. I'm not sure what was to come of this, but it was hyped up more than I can remember with different videos and a claim of "redefining" magic into some art form. But sadly it's just an orange-shaded mess with bad music.

Literally, the product description says: "Bending is about creating dream moments, inspiring people to open their eyes wider than ever. And we wanted to make sure that this surreal FEEL played a big part in the viewing experience of the DVD. The result is a DVD that is far more visually interesting and engaging than 95% of the ‘magic trick’ dvds on the market." If by visually interesting they mean annoying camera cuts, orange and blue tint that distort picture quality, and short explanations to tricks, well then job well done Mr. Sankey. I seriously do not know what they were thinking when they filmed this, most tricks are explained really fast and with the Watercolor splash they add to the picture, most times it's hard to see what is going on in the first place. For a DVD that claims it's "visually Stunning" is it no surprise that No one, including Sankey, filmed this way again?

Now onto the tricks themselves. There literally is nothing here anyone can use. Most of these tricks(I'm not calling them bends cause it sounds stupid) are either pranks or useless feats you can do for some type of betting games over friends. One even goes as far to include a rock and your friend's car...You can see where that will go. Aside from the pranks, there may be 2 or 3 that you may use, but in no way a display of your true magical prowess. The only ones that seem worthwhile are the ones were the gimmicks are supplied to you, but not all are good. Hijacked and Vanishink are both pretty decent. Descendant comes with an incomplete gimmick and is a slap in the face, and Zero Gravity is altogether useless. Even with Hijacked and Vanishink it is not worth it.

BtR also includes two "booklets"(non-pre orders only get one) that state they have more ideas and essays. I use booklets with quotations because these things are barely pamphlets. About the size of a video game manual and only four pages long, I think the material of both pamphlets could of been covered in the short intro on the DVD.

I may be overly-critical on this but it is because of this one reason. HYPE. Jay Sankey as well others that helped in the project prior to release stated many times how Bending the Real was going to reshape how we all think of magic and how it will be unlike any magic DVD before it. It's a complete lie. If he had said Bending The Real will help beginners not be scared about magic but be able to think in a more social way, then it would of made more sense. As a worker or professional, this does nothing for you. Even if it was tailored for new hip audience into their first foray in magic, I still wouldn't recommend it since there are plenty of tricks and DVD's suited just for beginners(Hell Penguin magic even has a free two hour beginner DVD). So this is why I do not recommend this at all.

Now this isn't a stab at Jay Sankey himself. Jay has a ton of good material out there, but unfortunately he has a bunch of stuff like this that is drowning his great work. I strongly recommend Front Row Sankey, Hemispheres, 22 Blows to the Head, In a Flash, Kaleidoscope, or Spontaneous Combustion, just to name a few, over this any day. Do not make the same mistake I did.
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3 of 4 magicians found the following review helpful:
Reframing your magic Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 26th, 2011
Here's the nitty-gritty of the DVD.

1. Don't expect mind-blowing magician foolers. You will not find that here. This is magic tailored for social purposes with laypeople--to share in whatever light you see fit.

Technically speaking, you should be able to lie/deceive and be able to pull off extremely basic sleight of hand (on just a few of the effects really). In other words, no knuckle-busters (unlike Revolutionary Coin Magic) are in this project.

2. The effects and methods are all clear (if you've watched his youtube channel--you'll know what I mean). The explanations are precise and quick.

3. Not all of the effects are magical. Some seem to be very mischievous, others are more like stunts, and some are like spectacles. The idea is to elicit a strong emotional response from people--and being pranky, using a gag, etc are other ways of doing so. I think Jay is trying to get magicians to include other ways to impress, flirt, etc other than using the traditional approach of magic.

4. The best thing that I got was a clarity of how you can frame your magic in a way that is on the off-beat (if that made sense). Seemingly impromptu and situational with the potential get people's attention. This idea of the "bend" is an interesting take and how one might approach doing magic in social situations like work, bars, and schools. The new theory is something that I can appreciate.

5. There is a re-hash of a few effects, but those are the ones that needed gimmicks before (Zero Gravity, Descendent, Hijacked, and Vanishink) and the gimmicks come with it.

6. It's well produced and the essays that came with it are interesting (strikes me as "Beyond Secrets: part Deux"). It's neat to have quotes and bits of theory between effects.

I would highly recommend this--remember that method is secondary to the effect.
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2 of 2 magicians found the following review helpful:
Watch as your money vanishes in a flash of hype! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 14th, 2011
Jay Sankey has produced some great stuff. Too bad this DVD is not one of them. Jay did an amazing job of hype, and I bought into it.

My biggest issue overall is the filming technique. If you go watch some Bending The Real videos on Jays YouTube channel you will see what I mean. Terrible color, bad sound, difficult to see what is going on... but filmed that way on purpose.

Too many of the tricks are silly gags or mean spirited pranks. Very unprofessional and unusable. Of the 25 "tricks" I will use Vanishink and maybe Hijacked. Those 2 tricks aren't really worth the cost of admission but live and learn.

This has not turned me completely off Sankey but it will definitely make me never pre-order from him again. Read the reviews, watch some videos, and decide if it is for you. I would have gotten more value for my money by buying a pizza and making it disappear. :(
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2 of 2 magicians found the following review helpful:
I paid $35 for this? Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 17th, 2011
I am hard pressed to highly recommend this product. I'll admit this wasn't a complete waste of money, since there were some tricks that were interesting and ingenious.

The philosophy itself seems to be new itself. I don't understand why the philosophy couldn't have been expanded even more. Instead it is a four-five page booklet. If this was truly revolutionary why not make a book about it?

In addition, the camera work and cheesy techno music more than put me off.

Furthermore, some of the tricks were stupid gags. I don't so much see the some of the gags as effects (I refuse to call them bends), but more of filler material. Also, if you think that pencil trick has the full gimmick parts you are mistaken. If you look around reviews, you will know what I mean.

I truly find it hard to believe that people can justify spending their money on this. Given my opinion, this DVD was just a DVD that, although there were some gems, had a lot of filler material that can be found off the internet. There are better magic products you can buy with $35. This is not one of them.
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2 of 4 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 9th, 2011
Bending the Real by Jay Sankey
should be called
Stole my Money by Jay Sankey
Not alot of new ideas! Too mutch hype!
I like video's that have a picture and often have sound!
Tired of Jay Sankey its magic not art.
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Not your typical sankey Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 28th, 2012
Bending the real is a cool dvd with a lot of different "bends". Some range from magic to pranks. The reason why this dvd is great is because it includes some of jay's tricks that he sells individually, like Vanishink, Indecent, Zero Gravity and stirring silver. If you want to learn magic, find a different dvd. If you want to learn impromptu "stuff", this is the video for you
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What you guys probably dont realize... Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 19th, 2012
I do not think that this dvd is as bad as everyone here is making it out to be, it has a few good "magiciany" tricks on there, like the one with the four jacks to aces, and vanishink, but the rest are things that you play around with when the opportunity comes up. They kind of fall under the same category of the effect you do with a straw where you give it a push with your mind and it magically rolls across the table. is it your a material? no. is it a fun thing to do when your hanging around after dinner and dont want to be a weirdo with cards? yes. anyways, i feel that this dvd was intended, not for the beginning magician, nor the ameteur or advanced magician, but for the every day person who wants to stand out every once and a while.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 26th, 2011
Compared to Jay's other material, this just isn't very good. This is coming from someone who has gotten most of their 'mileage' out of Jay Sankey-based material.

Instead of this, get anything else by Jay Sankey, most of it is much better than this.
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Nothing good here Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 29th, 2011
Its mostly pranks, jokes, and little ideas. Unless you are dying to have descendent, zero gravity, vanishink, and hijacked, its a complete waste of money. I bought it for those four tricks and none of them are good except hijacked, which is similar to NFW so just buy one of those.
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Too much flash disguised the real point Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 15th, 2011
This was actually the first dvd I'd ever bought by Jay Sankey. My first impressions on watching the dvd were "This is too orange." and "That was it?" The tricks are pretty basic, not something you would do outside of light social situations and I feel that better effects are presented on Sankey's YouTube channel. The video filter and overbearing music are also incredibly grating which makes for extremely rare repeat viewings of the dvd.

Still, I feel like the philosophy of performance that Jay presents here is worthwhile. It definitely took some time to sink in with me but my view on performance has shifted incredibly and I feel greatly enriched now that I feel like I've begun to grasp what was being presented on this dvd.
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