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100th Monkey by Chris Philpott (2 DVD Set + Gimmicks) THREE devastating effects based on a brand new, diabolically clever principle. NOW SHIPPING. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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"The 100th Monkey is not just a method; it's an adventure! You're going to want to run with these simian secrets." -Max Maven
The 100th Monkey
A powerful new plot involving the entire audience…
The performer holds up a card with a word written on it - the audience concentrates on it and a volunteer reads their minds!
"In 1952, in the jungles of the island of Koshima, in Japan, scientists made one of the strangest discoveries of all time..."
The performer holds up a large card so everyone in the audience can see it - everyone except a volunteer on stage with her eyes closed. The card has a word printed on it - perhaps it reads Canada. As the audience concentrates on the word, the volunteer is asked to think of a country…
Her choice matches the card shown to the audience!
The effect can be repeated with one or more volunteers and a variety of choices: from rock bands to six-digit numbers…
At this point you may be wondering how the heck can a volunteer know what everyone else is thinking?! If you're guessing this involves some kind of switch or flap so the volunteer looks at a different card than the audience, you'd be wrong -- everyone looks at the same card at the same time!
When I first performed this for a group of mentalists, many of them came up to me afterwards and confessed that they thought I was using stooges. I wasn't.
The 100th Monkey Effect is the controversial scientific theory that when enough individuals think the same thought, then that thought can spread to others as if it is "in the air”.
Take away a volunteer's ability to read!
"I want you to come on a little adventure, a trip into the past - your past - to rediscover the childlike wonder you felt at that age when you'd learned to speak but not to read..."
The performer takes away a volunteer's ability to read. When the performer holds up cards with words printed on them, the audience can read the words easily, but the words make no sense to the volunteer who struggles to sound out the words just like a child learning to read. In the end, the performer gives the volunteer back his ability and without ever looking away from the card suddenly he can read the words perfectly!
Speechless can be presented as a display of mind control or hypnosis (though it doesn't use hypnosis). It can be comic but it can also be beautiful or even frightening, depending on your presentation.
Like The 100th Monkey, Speechless uses no stooges, instant or otherwise - the volunteer is just as amazed as everyone else and the moment when he suddenly understands the word he is looking at is so baffling and powerful that it elicits gasps and shouts.
Speechless is part of the 100th Monkey package, and includes video overview, full written instructions, scripts, variations and all necessary "gimmicks.”
The Sixth Scent
Know which of four spectators is thinking of a time, a place, a thing and an emotion -- then, without a question or anything written, reveal exact details!
"Different types of thoughts have different flavors. And just as you might walk into someone's home and say, 'Ahh, they're cooking Indian food!' I often catch the scent of a thought when I am close to someone - not the specific thought which is very difficult but a general flavor. I'd like to demonstrate for that for you."
Four people are selected and come up from the audience. The performer shows them four cards - on one side they are blank and on the other they say "Month", "Country", "Furniture" and "Emotion." With the performer's back turned, they mix the cards among themselves and yet the performer quickly and unerringly determines who is thinking of a time, a place, a thing and an emotion. This is repeated several times in quick succession.
And then, the impossible kicker - without a single question, pre-show, stooges or anything written down, the performer reveals the exact month, country, piece of furniture and emotion the four people are thinking of!
No stooges, hypnotism or pre-show.
Includes 2 DVDs, props, written text and loads of extras.
*ENGLISH VERSION ONLY
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Customer Reviews (showing 1 - 10 of 12)6 of 6 magicians found the following review helpful:
Visible Monkey Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 9th, 2014
I have done this trick a good 20 times and no matter how picky I am about the lighting, spectators guess how it works about fifty percent of the time. I can't say that I would recommend this one, but I like the idea and hope it can be perfected in the future.
80 bucks? weak instructional dvd Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 27th, 2014
I know an extra dvd was given with other goodies to print out for your use but still I feel cheated. The instructional dvd doesn't have any live performances just exactly what you see on the trailer. Chris basically sits in front of a camera and tells you things you can do without really giving any detailed demonstrations or live performances to prove his theory. This feels like an incomplete project. For the 80 bucks I poured in and days of trying to put together strong patter, I really feel that I've taken away time from other stronger effects that I receive great reactions from. this is going in the draw, highly disappointed, worst 80 bucks I ever spent.
I really tried to give this the benefit of doubt but as one earlier reviewer put it. It worked about 50 percent of the time as everyone knew about the mystery of the gimmick. Old science trick for adults if that, doubt its performance will interest a younger crowd so save your Begonias....
Do not buy. Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 9th, 2014
I was very excited for this trick, as I do a lot of mentalism effects. However, while it states that it can be used for close-up, spectators also will "lose their ability to read" if they are close. It's a shoddy gimmick, and I've had children see through it, it's so transluscent. Chris Philpott basically sits in front of the camera the entire time explaining the effects in little detail, and it's hypothetical best case scenario at that. Nowhere in the description does this tell you that the effects have a risk factor. Only one of these effects are reliable, "Sixth Scent", and even then, you'd have to be a stage performer to do it. I am very displeased with this, an optical illusion that should be sold at Toys R Us for $10, not worth $80 at all. It is sitting at the bottom of my shelf in a box and I am debating setting it on fire.
Very Cool For Pros Only Though... Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 26th, 2013
This is really cool ! I'm stoked about it and fortune enough that for me at least right now $80 is not a ton of money...
However if i was stretched for cash and could only buy 1 trick I'd def feel a little burned. Not because of the quality or the amount of content you get out of the product but more because this trick is really for working professional mentalist.
I'm just a dood who is dabbling in magic for fun. I brought this to the bar and it was fun to play with but really only got a 50/50 result out of it and it not nearly as cool as the trailer makes it out to be.
BTW there are no full performances on the DVD which always a huge red flag. I wish I had known that before I bought it...
Overall really innovative and great addition for any working pro... if you are just an average person though. Save your cash unless you have a ton of extra floating around and want to try this !!!
Excellent Effects and Supplies! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 10th, 2013
This 2 DVD set is an outstanding methodology to doing some incredible effects that can be done right out of the box! Watch the DVD once and you're off and running with 'Speechless', incredibly funny and mysterious for everyone around!
There are many effects for close up, parlor and stage!
If you use just one effect from this DVD set, then it is still worth the price asked! I'm glad the price is high as it will keep the curious at bay!
For those of us who do perform, the price could of been even higher!
Don't want to give away the method but everything you need is here contained on those two DVDs. You can work straight out of the box or produce effects that are appropriately sized for the stage!
Chris is a freakin' genius!
Every mentalist should own. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 4th, 2014
I spent all day getting my patter down for this trick and it was worth every penny. Every trick will be able to be done right out of the box after watching the dvd. Yes the lighting can sometimes be a problem but I plan on performing this in parlor and stage anyways. This isn't for every situation for instance table hopping or some close up situations. However this effect is too powerful when it's done. I don't want to tip the method but you can do this close up but the audience just has to be a couple feet away from the spectator that is reading the cards. People can't be on top of you for this one. I agree with another reviewer in that I want more live performances! Lastly the other effects on the dvd were just alright but speechless was worth $80 especially sinc you get the artwork.
Great for seasoned Performers Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 23rd, 2014
I have used this effect with great success, and I can totally understand why some might have difficulties performing this effect as well.
The bottom line is: If you want to do this close-up, and you have good audience management this is for you. If in close-up you can't control your environment and people will move around when you need them to stay at a particular distance this will be impossible. I get it to work 100% of the time, becaus I know how to manage those things.
I would say that this is best for cabaret/parlor or even stage performances. It's camera friendly so you could play this as big as you want, but in a very intimate situation I would not recomend this as much. I use it like that, but some of the audience management might seem
LOVE this effect!!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 5th, 2014
With the proper audience management and a tiny bit of screening for participants that are either near-sighted (read fine up close) or have reading glasses with them if they need them, this trick BLOWS peoples minds!!! Sometimes, when I perform "speechless", people call out, " Hey, that's the trick from America's Got Talent!" But that has never come across as a negative.
Some thoughts, based on my own observations and what's worked well for my personal style so far:
To take the heat off the ingenious gimmicks, I had the volunteer put on lensless glasses. It can be comical to let the audience assume there are some sort of special lenses until the effect is over, then stick your fingers through the open frames. The drawback is that the impact is slightly diminished because even if you prove the lenses are not these and have nothing to do with it, people will grasp onto it as "the explanation."
Also, Chris provides several different background designs and you can make your own if you like. The ones David and Leeman used are very recognizable, so if you don't want that connection, try different backgrounds. Also, instead of turning off a person's ability to read, I framed it as a pseudo-demonstration of the tower of Babel.
Also, I strongly suggest that you take Chris' advice to have someone use the volunteer's phone to video tape the performance. When they play it back, they will see themselves struggling to read a word that they can clearly read on the video.!
Also, out of necessity the first time, now out of preference, I have the volunteer turn their back 3/4 away from the audience so the nice bright stage lights illuminate the card for the volunteer (helps the effect work better) and the audience can read the card simultaneously. I found in early performances that some folks thought I was switching the cards somehow when I turned them around to show to the volunteer. Having them turn their back a little solves that problem, but still allows people to see their reaction as they struggle to make out the word.
Chris, you have created a versatile gimmick that I'm sure magicians and mentalists will continue to adapt and customize in ways nobody's imagined yet! Thank you for sharing this powerful tool. I love it! Well worth the money. I'll use this for the rest of my life!
Great effect Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 12th, 2014
Chris Philpott's '100th Monkey' is terrific. Comes with several cards pre-printed and many, many cards that can be printed. I love to get tricks that are so versatile to allow them to be heavily individualized. Creating that moment between audience and volunteer is not often found in tricks. In '100th Monkey' that connection happens both during and after the performance.
Printed instructions are fantastic. One of the best features of getting a Philpott effect is registering and getting updates of ideas after the purchase. I also appreciate Chris' scripting background that shows in performance scripts that are actually well thought out and have a true dramatic arc.
The DVD covers all the thought behind the creation and many performance ideas. However, it is a pretty amateurish recording. Chris is sitting in front of the camera with no operator. The editing is all jump-cuts, sometimes intentional. There are several interruptions of things happening off-camera left on the recording which are pretty distracting to the flow of information. Other times visual examples are tried and fail during the instructions but are left in the final production.
Good but hard to pull off Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 20th, 2014
Overall, the effects are sound and if you are a seasoned stage performer, you should be able to pull this off. However, I am not a stage performer, and I haven't had the confidence to try this at my local happy hour in front of a group of under 10 people.
Lighting is very important for these effects to work properly, and trying to perform this impromptu at a bar or restaurant is very risky since you don't really know how the lighting will be. Also, crowd control is important since there are angle and distance issues to think about.
Yes, the trick is pricey. Is it too expensive for what you get? Well, if you are a stage mentalist with some experience, then the price is justified. For an amateur impromptu bar/close-up magician like myself, it's probably a bit too much, especially since I don't think I will ever feel confident enough to try to pull this off.
The DVD quality is also mediocre since it's just a talking head for the most part. Seeing more detailed performances would have been more useful so that we could get an idea of how best to perform these effects and get away with it.
I don't really regret buying the trick since I was curious how it was done after seeing it performed on AGT. And yes, it was done exactly how I thought it was, which makes me think others might also be able to guess how it works. I think it would best be performed quickly, then move on to something else to not give the audience time to ponder it over.
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