* A Question and Answer (3/10):
This effect is a weak opener, just more of
the same if you're not new to mentalism. There's nothing new or that hasn't been already explained
on Practical Mental Effects - Use of env*******s by Annemann himself. The rest is just Peter's
acting and a lot of talking.
* Life Equation (8/10):
Very decent and smart
effect. Definitely my favorite of DVD 1 and one of the few I would probably use with a few tweaks
here and there so the methodology doesn't become obvious, otherwise it can't be repeated for the
same group twice.
Also, there's no explanation as of performing it for stage so I assume it
can only be done for one on one mentalism.
* Rosie Red (4/10):
Even though the
performance looks amazing and the concept it's not bad, there's a BIG catch to it - and it's
obviously writing down. Might as well use any other kind of p**k device and get the job done,
looking much more fair also to the spectators.
He later discusses the Slate # 2 which if
anything at all, it's not a bad idea but it's completely unreliable to perform to anyone that's a
skeptic and it's not surefire
(as a lot of the material on the dvds) so that takes away points
Also, Peter says more of his "If I dont fail it doesn't matter" and I doubt you
would honestly want to say this on your paid gigs all the time.
DVD 1 - Average Rating =
5 / 10
* Finger Finger (2/10):
More than "Finger Finger", I would call this one
more like "Filler Filler". Just a very and well known old f***e applied to the effect, nothing
absolutely new and as most of the dvd's material, it can fail most of the times.
more to say about this one, could be better left out of the DVD. Sure, Peter as usual says he
doesn't care about failing but I wonder if your audiences would really be happy with performers
failing all the time, I guess not.
* Cigarette Divination (5/10):
for what is shown in the video performance is so obvious that it's the first one that came into my
mind as soon as I saw it. Of course, nothing is examinable by the spectators.
provides a handling with an imaginary box of cigarrettes which hits 50% of times with an unjustified
procedure that makes it work half of the times you try it.
Not everything that shines is
* Locking Keys (2/10):
Although the premise of the effect is interesting,
the method is made up of 2 parts, the first one is reliable and explained in classic mentalism
books, but the second part is something that is completely unreliable.
Another one with
great presentation that ultimately disappoints.
* A Slate and a Number (9/10):
closer is a nice routine that relies very heavily on DR, it's pretty risky as you're playing with
the perception of several participants, but it's a very well thought effect which I enjoyed in
general. Best effect of the second DVD for sure.
DVD 2 - Average Rating = 4.5 / 10
Overall Rating = 2.4 / 5
It seems this whole "Mentalism is not
about method but presentation" has been taken too seriously by people like Peter, who has released
in here a bunch of effects that don't live up to the overhype of this DVD or to the title of the
original Practical mental effects book, as I would doubt the presented effects are practical if any
at all, let's hope for the sake of Mentalism, this doesn't become a trend.
At almost 200
USD, I would recommend to stay away from this and either buy the original book from Annemann or even
Richard Osterlind's 6 Set DVDs, you will learn a lot more from his vast years of experience.
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The seven Performances on JINXED are with strangers on the street or in venues in Greece and the
explanations for the effects are back at Titanas Magic with Vangelis Haralampous.
is broken down so that you can "play all" or just view the effects individually. If you choose to
"play all" that viewing will also include the introduction and prologue. The explanations that
follow each trick are more than just a simple "how to" but more of a "behind the scenes" theory
about Peter's craft and how he's arrived at his ideas. Behind the scenes discussions include:
building confidence, the gypsy peek, multiple outs, be bold, invisible force, updating the old,
combining methods, versatility, peeks, mixing principles, Annemann plot, slate #1, slate #2 and
0. Prologue - (15:09) Peter and Vangelis talk on the Titanas
set. Peter sets up his premise for the DVD set and his appreciation for Theodore Annemann. The thing
with these tricks on JINXED is - you're basically learning how Peter presents these classics. So
don't expect to "learn" some revelational new methods on these DVDs. And I would argue that 90% of
the magic that comes from these effects - the "reason" why they look like "magic" is Peter's
presentation and his ability to work with strangers.
That is to say, usually with these
new DVDs your excitement in purchasing them is to get to the "how" and you're hoping the "how" will
help you. Peter isn't giving you new "how" he is giving you his approach and his take on perhaps
many effects you have cast aside as "outdated" or "un doable."
For Peter it's not about
"how" he is doing it, but rather "why" he's doing it and how it relates back to his performance.
In all fairness - I bet some people will be disappointed that there aren't more
earth-shattering revelations here. But I think if people are willing to really examine the content,
of what Peter is trying to get across - this is really an argument to revisit the books on your
bookshelf and to not dismiss the classic effects because they seem to use an outdated element. Peter
strips all that away and asks "why did this work -THEN - and how could it work now?" What is the
"thing" behind THE THING?
For instance, I read a mentalist routine once in a Karl Fulves
book where the Magi leaves the room and then goes into a bedroom and closes a door so that his house
guests could choose a random object. The "secret" was that the Magi stared through the keyhole and
watched to see what "item" in the room the house guests chose. I could dismiss that effect and say
"well, house doors don't have keyholes you can see through anymore." True, but... what's the
principle? Having a way to "spy" on the room. What would we do in today's culture? Set up a Nanny
cam! Put a hidden camera in there with a feed coming straight into your bedroom!
thing - as these tricks involve mentalism and mind-reading - these effects are more geared to the
walk-around, or the table hopper magician and not for someone who does magic for friends and family.
1. A Question and an Answer (Performance 9:27/ Explanation 17:31) / a hybrid from Practical
Mental Effects where Peter divines a written answer that is sealed away in a stack of envelopes.
Review: masterful in Peter's hand, Peter combines a cold-reading with a divining method
using a "secret" most beginning mentalists already know.
2. Life Equation (Performance
6:02 / Explanation 25:18) using a cell phone calculator guide the spectator through a series of
special numbers to arrive at a personal integer that is later predicted by the magician.
Review: a hybrid from 202 Methods of Forcing. Again, another very familiar method. I think this
trick was in my very first beginner's magic book from the 1950s. (Simple Tricks for the Young
Magician by Green) Like the previous effect - you're learning Peter's routine and watching how a
master crafts these classics for the modern age.
3. Rosie Red (Performance 2:43 /
Explanation 47:05) this is a slate prediction effect that requires an audience.
reworking of an effect from Practical Mental Effects. Admittedly when I learned Peter's method for
this effect, it was kind of a let down - it's not an effect I would do - but what I loved was the
explanation after the explanation. In the video that follows Peter covers a myriad of equivocate and
1. Finger Finger (Performance 4:37 / Explanation
12:41) an impromptu number guessing game.
Review: a variation of an effect from The Jinx.
At first it doesn't feel like a "trick" and Peter does not sell it as such, more than it's a way to
build rapport with a spectator. But if it hits - it hits BIG
2. Cigarette Divination
(performance 2:37 / Explanation 17:02) The spectator removes a random amount of cigarettes and you
are able to discern how many they took.
Review: a variation from The Jinx originally done
with matches, a wonderful foresight effect that anyone who does bar magic or cigarette magic will
instantly adopt into their routine.
3. A Lock and Keys (performance 4:12 / Explanation
13:11) Peter guesses a spectator's written cellphone unlock key from a series of cards.
Review: Peter's take on Anneman's "Seven Keys to Baldpate" & Henry Fischer's "Lock and Keys." A
trick using a cell phone adopting a method devised before the telephone was ever invented.
4. A Slate and a Number (performance 24:10/ Explanation 7:12) Peter performs this with three
spectators divining numbers, pictures and birthdays.
Review: a passed over effect from
Practical Mental Effects. Peter develops a beautiful routine you can do with a group of people -
easily a closer that would solidify you as a mental savant.
End Review (5:04 minutes)
"This for me is a little about telepathy as it as much about empathy" Peter Turner.
advice - buy the book "Practical Mental Effects" along with this DVD.
Here is my video
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I've been a big Peter Turner fan over the past year or so, and have purchased several of his books
and one other DVD set. Jinxed was a bit of a let down for the price. Peter is a creative and
original thinker who combines multiple methods and very clever presentations. But some of the
effects in Jinxed look kind of contrived, especially on disc 2. Not nearly as natural as some
earlier releases (Devil in Disguise). I actually think the Peter Turner Penguin lecture is a far
better presentation with more impressive effects and thinking.
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Good idea to pick up Annemanns work, it still works, the routines are o.k., the peeks are intresting
but nothing new, Peter Turner talks too much and mixes stock reading, astrology...,many words, sorry
thats too much, his earlier releases were much stronger, especially Devil in disguises,
sorry to write this, I think he is a likeable and charismatic person but less is more!
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I have personally been a Peter Turner fan for a VERY long time. Jinxed IMO is absolutly Brilliant!
Peter has a way of always coming up with REAL world material that is an aresenal of gold. He gives
you and I the tools to go out, and KILL in the real world. For me so far this by far my favorite
purchase of the year. Get it while you can before they are all gone!! Trust me you won't regret it!!
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So glad I bought this. I have a few of Pete's products that are limited and there's always something
that blows my mind. This product is full of practical useable effects that comes across as the real
Recommended to the serious mentalist.
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First off i'd like to say that i own freeform mentalism by pete and none of the material is repeated
on these dvds. there is a lot of stuff on here that is modern(even though it's annemans material)and
will work in the real world. you can use many of the effects to pick up women too. i know that
sounds corn buy if you ever wanted to set yourself apart from the herd this would be a great way to
these dvds, i would give an easy, and well deserved 5* rating but that mountain of a
price is just absurd . $90 a pop for a dvd is just insane. for that price it should be on blu-ray
and be personally signed by pete...
p.s. if you're a noob at mentalism stay away. go with
marc spellmanns download.
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Let me start by saying that I already own most of Pete's work and that I am a big fan of his take on
mind reading. The effects on the DVD are great but I mostly enjoyed Pete and Titanas talk as I think
that's when you really learn how to be a better performer and maybe a better person as well lol.
Thank you to Peter and Titanas for the project and thank you Penguin for the super fast delivery to
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WOW! Peter Turner does it again! Every time I think I know what I'm doing... Peter turns around and
says, "Wait, there's more." This is a brilliant DVD set. I will using many of the effects on this. I
highly recommend this product. In fact, I highly recommend anything that Peter Turner puts out.
It would help to get some of his books so you understand the way he thinks. ALL the effects
are tried and true!!!!
AKA Tommy Burnett
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Peter Turner's material is always great but the Jinxed DVD set is at a new level. There are some
amazing effects he teaches with every nuiance explained. But even his offhand comments are gold. I
do not see how anyone could not watch this and not be a much better performer and mentalist. I
would get this before this limited edition is no longer available.
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