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Who is he?

Described as the "Cream of the Crop" when it comes to entertainers, Banachek is considered by many to be the world's leading mentalist.

Born in England, he only began to realize the existence of his "powers" as a teenager in the United States and now performs such feats as bending silverware by looking at it, "reading" people's minds and predicting the future.

Banachek has performed or lectured in every continent but one and every state in the USA but Alaska. His creations are used by magicians professionals and amateurs all over the world. His most recent book, Psychological Subtleties 3 was awarded the book of the year. Banachek’s lectures are rare.

Banachek’s talents are so incredible that he is the only mentalist ever to fool scientists into believing he possessed psychic powers only to later reveal that he was actually fooling them with illusion. 

Performers around the world such as the colorful Penn & Teller, James Randi and television's unique magician Criss Angel seek Banachek’s performing expertise.

As a tribute to his expert performing abilities, Banachek has twice been named Campus Performer of the Year by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities in America. And beat stiff competition from comedians, bands and other novelty performers to be named best Campus Novelty Act 

Banachek has also received the coveted Psychic Entertainers Creativity award and the Society of American award, The Milbourne Christopher Magicians award, the IMS Mentalist of the year award and multiple other awards for incredible performances, his outstanding original contributions and his inventions in the world of mental entertainment.

It is hard to find a single living mentalist or magician today who is not using one of Banachek’s creations or subtleties. His influence is international.

Banachek, without effort, does a nimble job of showing us how precarious the illusion of the security of our thoughts really are. It is Banachek's understanding of how the human animal and it's mind works that enables him to demonstrate apparent miracles. Banachek entertains with his mental tricks and causes people take a second look at everything they think to be true.

As Banachek states: A good mentalist will not teach you a trick when he is ready to teach, he will teach you a miracle because he understands the subtleties behind each and every gesture ..." Banachek will cover mutliple areas of mentalism, from PK, psychological ploys, close up, stage and everything in between. There is sure to be something for everyone. Mentalist and magician alike. This lecture will change the way you think about mentalism and magic.. 

Be prepared to be amazed, be prepared to learn, and most important be prepared to be prepared.

Where can you see the greatest creators and performers share their magic in front of a live audience and then teach you to do it? Only Penguin LIVE!

Magicians flock to see workers give talks. Why? Because these guys see and learn things that you won't find in any book or video. Yes, you'll be learning some incredibly powerful A-material, but the INVALUABLE stuff will be the insight you learn along the way.



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This lecture is for everyone, from the beginner to the professional, and for magicians and mentalists alike. Don't miss it!

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In a Class of His Own Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 30th, 2017
This fantastic lecture showcases one of the greatest, if not the greatest, mind reader of our time. Banachek's clever, multi-layered and highly deceptive thinking is equaled only by his smooth and polished delivery. Truly in a class by himself. The most convincing mind reader I've ever seen.

I own Banachek's PSI Series videos, his Psychic Pad Folio and three of his books. All incredibly valuable resources. Get them while they are still available.

This lecture is easily worth ten times the price, and I would have happily paid it. For what Penguin is charging, this is a steal.

Here is the full list of contents:

Introduction
Unlimited
Phone Book Test
Cheshire Cat
Q and A
Unlimited Explanations
Phone Book Test Explanation
Cheshire Cat (Show)
Brain Games with Explanation
Cheshire Cat Explanation
Yellow Pages Test with Explanation
PK Touches
Lock and Key
Personalizing Your Routine
More PK Touches
PK Touches Explanation
Lock and Key Explanation
Card Roulette
Card Roulette Explanation
Metal Bending
This and That
This and That Explanation
Multiple Selection
Multiple Selection Explanation
Word of Ring
Word of Ring Explanation
Business Card Mentalism
Business Card Mentalism Explanation
Three Envelope Test
Three Envelope Test Explanation
Interview with Dan Harlan
On Disclaimers
Project Alpha
On Skepticism
Banachek, The Movie?
Exposing Peter Popoff
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 27th, 2017
I'll say this up front: I'm not a mentalist. I've dabbled in it here and there, but it's just not my character to seem "psychic" or "all-knowing" as a mind-reader. And I've never, ever wanted to bend a fork or a tine for an audience.

And yet this video is enough to make me reconsider... certainly I learned so much.

This video grabs you from beginning to end. It's a long lecture, so I sat down on a Sunday afternoon thinking I'd break this up into an hour here, an hour there over the next few days. Instead, I couldn't turn it off. I watched the whole thing, beginning to end, in one sitting. I can't wait to watch it again and sort out what I want to do with it all!

(How annoyed I was when Dan said "we're outta time!" Come on, Dan! More please! Dan suggests they do a sequel. Sign me up now.)

Banachek proves to be a great teacher, coach and mentor, and is always compelling. He becomes palpably passionate at times, urging us to step up our game. A central theme here is for us to devise our own presentations, effects, and methods, using the "tools" he teaches. He expects of us that we become better professionals; he never once talks down to us but instead treats us as serious craftsmen.

An example: the phone book test. After explaining the method, Banachek moves on to teaching many other effects. Later, he begins a book test using the Holy Bible. As we watch, the savvy viewer senses that this could be done with the exact same method as the phone book...which is precisely the point. The Bible test has some interesting variations in presentation, but it's really the same "tool" that works. Banachek returns to this theme again and again. It should inspire you to find your own way.

He often explains why he performs something in a particular manner, but encourages us to find our own path as performers. (He'll say, "This is what works for me, but it's completely the performer's choice.") Still, he's not above calling out the presentations he has seen in his career that he finds lacking or just plain wrong, and he explains his reasoning.

Perhaps my favorite part of this lecture is the general history of mentalism over the last 40-50 years. He doesn't mention Corinda, nor Annemann. He instead speaks about Uri G, the Amazing Randi, and...um... Peter Popov. Banachek talks at length about his role in Project Alpha, too. It's really interesting stuff.

Lest you say, "But I'm putting my money down to learn secrets..." Trust me, the tricks are all here. The background history is a hugely needed bonus, a boon to scholars of magic/mentalsim and the merely curious. This conversation is just as interesting as the effects taught.

Caveats? Almost all the effects require some sizable audience to work with. Maybe some of this could be adapted for table hopping, but this material is ideally suited for a standard stage or parlor act. A great deal of audience management is required in many of the effects, but Banachek gives ample assistance and guidelines.

Speaking of audience management: Mentalism is an area where things can go wrong very easily. In fact, there are clips of Banachek in performance where things do NOT go the way he wants. (In one case, a spectator looks at the first word on the top of a page in a book, and selects the "wrong" word. Agh!) He explains how to prepare for these things. His casual coolness in keeping up the performance rather than crumbling under pressure is very inspiring. This is what makes a pro a pro, guys. Really valuable stuff.

I could go on and on. This is a long review, but it IS a long lecture. I'll stop writing now so that you can stop reading this and start watching the video!
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Loved it! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 8th, 2017
Well worth it! I hope he does another one.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 17th, 2017
I've loved Banachek for years. However, I have never seen him lecture. This lecture was great and packed full of material. For the price you cannot go wrong as you are getting a ton of value.

Highly Recommended!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 23rd, 2017
At the close of the lecture, questioned by Penguin's Dan Harlan, Banacek reveals that as a youth, he "was socially inept" because his parents didn't raise the boy very well. That is part of the beauty of this lecture.

And the strength and humanity that the man reveals to Harlan -- coming right after one mind miracle after another -- shows we can ALL overcome our flaws and afflictions and pursue our dreams.

He has not only mastered the art of mentalism. Despite a flawed upbringing, he has mastered the art of being a warm, likable human being, which makes him an even greater performer. Role model, mentor, ethical performer.

His effects are -- each one -- terrific, even moreso because he employs sublimely simple yet indetectable techniques that we should ALL use.

Thank you, Banacek.
You're a great man.
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Must have if you love magic! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 17th, 2017
I was never huge on mentalism..... until I got this lecture! I have been playing with his ideas ever sense I got his lecture(two weeks ago). There is something for everyone, and I know you will enjoy this lecture. This one is my favorite by far! I cannot wait to put this in my shows. I know that all the adults, and kids will love the tricks he taught. I am 13 years old and have been doing magic for 2 years, so take it from me when I say that this is reputation making work with tricks for beginners to advanced. On top of all the tricks he teaches, he also gives you many ideas for other performances that fit your style. You will not be disappointed when buying this lecture. If you love mentalism, and making your own gadgets where you can create your own tricks, this is for sure right for you. And even if you don't like mentalism, trust me when I say that you will after this lecture.
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Best Lecture EVER on the FACE OF THE PLANET!!🌎😁🙌🏻 Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 25th, 2017
THIS lecture has ALL the tips, tricks, tools, and ideas you'll ever need to begin, add, continue mentalism for the rest of your life. You could create a show TODAY with this lecture alone. Banachek is considered by many to be the leading thinker and creator of the strongest effects used by professionals all over the world. His credits and consultation have been hailed and called upon by almost every top name in the industry. A 4 HOUR lecture teaches (and entertains!) what he did to fool fricking smarty-pants SCIENTISTS for 4 years!!! Incredible!!! Learn about the Alpha Project!!! The man's passion to teach someone the CORRECT way to deliver & execute mentalism/psychokinetic techniques is absolutely astonishing. My fav? PK Touches!!👥 It is an effect I use daily when I know I've got to show off professionally. His method is fully explained here if you've had a hard time in the past learning. I learned even MORE I can now add to an already polished routine I use!! Banachek deserves a huge toast for the work he has put into this. I'm a full-time performer and stage illusionist. My work over the years is changing into a psychological mentalism entertainer. Why? Because of this man!!! His work is dangerously close to the real thing!!! He is a great friend and a huge supporter of our nation's military and law enforcement too! (Learned that after spending an evening with him chatting while I was in the service!🤘🏻💪🏻🇺🇸Ooh-rah!!) GET THIS!! ADD TO CART!! You won't regret it!! Where is the frickin 6 STARS rating?!?!🥄
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 12th, 2017
I've purchased well over 100 items and downloads on this site and this may very well be my favorite purchase. Even if you know how many of his effects are accomplished, seeing Banachek perform them and hearing his notes are incredibly insightful. It's fitting that he's written a couple books on psychological subtleties because the subtleties make an otherwise iffy effect something really powerful. You'll not only learn secrets but you will also look at things in ways that you've never thought of before. I honestly believe this lecture will help you in all aspects of your mentalism and magic and you will apply what you've learned to tricks outside the scope of what's covered in the lecture (but for the record what is covered in the lecture is A LOT).
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Epic! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 4th, 2017
Banachek's lecture is Epic! There's a point halfway in, where the entire audience is so amazed at what he's teaching and how he breaks the material down, there's like a good 30 seconds of clapping! Nothing else- just a HUGE applause! Even I while watching the stream, hit the pause button, took a moment and just thought to myself, "Wow, this guy is a genius!" As a magician, who has been involved in the community for some time, I often take pride in my creativity and my knowledge. A lot of things I thought I was doing pretty good, but Banachek takes you by the hand (because that's how it feels) and he demonstrates, then shows how you can get the most out of what you do by taking it further. He's not just showing you how to take it a step further, he's literally ripping apart your performances, then reconstructing not only how you perform, but how you think, how you create routines, and how you actually live up to the hype. We often say we're the masters of this, and we can do that. Banachek shows you how you can be every bit of who you say that you are! If it sounds like I'm rambling, its probably because I am, because no one is supposed to be that good!
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The best lecture yet Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 13th, 2018
This is the best lecture I've seen yet. Card Roulette was the worst and in poor taste in my opinion but the rest was GOLD. He offered a bit of all: Walk-around, Close-up, and Stage Mentalism. It was a bit heavy on Book Tests if you're into that. And if you can't do his PK Touches method you should probably find some other hobby/profession. Just Great
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