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Psychokinetic Touches by Banachek (Book) A completely impromptu demonstration of mentalism.
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2 spectators participate in a haunting story during which they feel touches on their shoulders while the magician is nowhere near them!
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10 page spiral-bound booklet with step-by-step instructions and detailed illustrations
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Amazing trick Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
One of the best Pk tricks around.If you can manage your audience well then this is the trick or you.Highly recommended.
Excellent!!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 3rd, 2004
This is one of those tricks where some reviews say "rubbish" and others say "well...if you stick with it its good" and seen as though there are none of the latter reviews posted yet, I thought I would post one. This trick, no matter how simple, is absolutely flawless. It takes a little while to get just right but once you have all the patter and showmanship down its really quite simple. The effect itself is a reputation maker without a doubt and will be one of the "show us the touches trick again" type. I would say this needs practice but there isnt actually anything to practice, as long as your patter is just right and you get your helpers to do exactly what you want them to do no-one will be any the wiser. This trick is often described as 'bold' because people think the method is obvious and that you have to be brave to do it but being unsure about the trick will make your audience aware that what you are about to do is a trick and that is not what you want, you want them to believe that this is to do with the mind and psychology and therefore there is no trickery to spot and by giving them this belief they wont TRY to spot anything, to do this the trick needs to be done with absolute comfort and confidence. In other words, the more confident you are about doing the trick the less likely it is to go wrong as it is with any other trick. Overall, brilliant.
Touches Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 12th, 2003
I had the pleasure of seeing Banachek perform this in person at a skeptics convention. He had a crowd of doctors, lawyers, scientists, and magicians, uncomfortably trying to think of an explaination for what they had just seen. It's not every day you see a performer who can completely stump a CSICOP gathering; or, for that matter, a completely prop-less routine with that same ability.
Very very good Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 28th, 2005
I was highly sceptical when I first read the Method and put it away for a very long time. Then I came back to it - and after re-reading in the intro that Richard Osterlind has said that very few magicians would put any thought or time into it, I put some thought and time into it(!)
This is really good and clever material, but people control is absolutely essential. This is not material for the beginner, but for the experienced mentalist who absolutely makes the audience believe in what he is doing and follows his commands. If you are still working with just "tricks" forget this, it is not for you. If you are ready for the next level - try this and give it some considerable thought: then, and only then, this is killer material!
Psychokinetic Touches Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 4th, 2003
I didn't like this. I 'know' that it's just me, it's a great effect, but I couldn't get it to work properly. I never had the confidence to do this in public because I couldn't get it to work closer to home.
I'm sure if you are experienced in mentalism you would get more out of this, nice effect, wasted on the amateur I'm afraid.
An impossibility that requires practise Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 11th, 2016
The moment I received the book, I read it end to end twice, and studied the method and practised for several hours before my first demonstration. While it killed and fooled everyone, I was able to see why Banachek suggested lots of practise. You NEED to practise this well until you have developed a flow, the patter and the timing etc. It is a beautiful and impossible effect.
I have always looked up to Banachek as my benchmark for performance and ethos. If you feel that you are prepared to practise, then this is for you. Even though I got away with it after 5 hours of straight practise, I know it still needs work.
I agree with Banacheks friends, he should not have released this effect. But I thank him for it. It has improved my skills and has improved my knowledge. Of the fakery of psychics. A lot of psychics in my area do not know about Banachek and have since accused me of fakery when I have educated people about their fakery.
In my top five Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 25th, 2014
I bought this book a while ago. This routeen is somewhere in my top five to perform. There are many different ways to do this now , many with "gimmicks". Which I think is lame to use those gimmicks. If you like to do magic where YOU are the magic and not some remote control device then this is the version for you ! The book is well written. It is to the point and gets you going.
I will admit. This version is 100% you. YOU have to sell it to make it work. You should be at the level where you are very self assured in your presentation skill. And if you are not self assured, then doing this experiment this way will get you there !
I currently use it in the beginning of a hypnotist routeen segueing into a follow the cursed doll routeen. Great attention getter.
Awesome Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 11th, 2013
This book may be short but it is a great effect!!
I did it last night for a group of friends and blew them away.
Add this to you cart now , you won't be sorry.
Classic Effect Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 12th, 2013
Booklet is well thought out and concise. This effect has made it into the 'classic effect' genre. Keep 'em comining, Mr. Banachek.
Not Easy to Pull Off Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 25th, 2012
This trick is a good trick, but it is not for beginners. The skill in this trick is in the presentation. The person that is successful with this trick will have to be a good performer and have a strong stage/presentation presents. Its a great trick, but nor for the new, timid mentalists or magician. It requires confidence!
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