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Separation Anxiety by Watkins (Instant Download) Steal your participant's PIN from their mind...and prove it
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This routine is an excerpt from Watkins limited edition hardbound book, "Positive / Negative".

With the techniques you learn in this manuscript you will be able to 'steal' a random strangers Bank PIN from their mind. They will have absolutely no memory of their code.

You will then 'put the thought back in their head' by revealing the PIN, ultimately proving your ability to pluck a thought from someones mind!

This routine is a perfect introduction to hypnosis, as there are fail-safe 'outs' throughout every step of the performance!

This kind of effect ought to be used with caution and care, as it can be misused in the wrong hands. Perform responsibly!

EFFECT: An audience member is chosen and brought up to the stage. The Mentalist is seen to put her into a trance. Her eyes close and her head bows forward and the Performer begins to instruct her:

“I want you to imagine you are walking down an empty street at night. Up ahead you will see an ATM. I want you to go up to that ATM and imagine punching in a four digit PIN code. After you have punched this code into the machine, I want you to imagine deleting the number. To the point where it no longer exists in your mind, to the point where if I were to ask you what this PIN was you would not be able to answer me. Nod your head when you understand that. Because the only way I will be able to pick up on this thought is if it vanishes from your mind completely so it can appear in my mind. Nod your head when it has completely vanished from your mind”

The Performer writes something down on a clipboard. He puts the clipboard down on a table and brings the participant out of her trance.

He asks her what her PIN code was and she is seen to have actually forgotten it! The Performer explains to the audience:

“You see, a lot of people ask me if I can guess a person’s bank account information but that is not enough! If I can effectively steal the information from a person’s mind it leaves them in a very bad position as she can no longer go to a bank and confirm her bank info, nor can she stop me from taking her money. However, I am not an unethical person so let me just remind her what this PIN was”

The Performer touches the participant on the head and she can now remember her PIN code and reveals it out loud. The Performer turns over the clipboard he wrote on earlier and proves that he did in fact steal the PIN from her mind.

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 9th, 2017
THE GOOD: This is an extremely well thought out routine. It definitely shares aspects of some work already available to the community but that doesn't diminish from the legitimacy of the release. There are a number of subtleties that are welcome additions to the plot - most notably how Watkins goes about acquiring the "PIN" in an ethical way. The scripting shared for the amnesia sequence is also extremely clever.

I feel that this is a MUCH stronger framing and treatment of the plot than "When the Sky Was Opened" (taught in "Jhana") - that's obviously a subjective opinion but I was impressed by Watkins' application of his "Severance" strategy with regards to a PIN divination.

Watkins also shared links to two videos to see the routine in action - one of them even shows how the routine plays in a "worst-case-scenario" when the amnesia doesn't take. I felt this was a GREAT thing to include.

THE (NOT SO) GOOD: The only real comment I have to say in the negative is: WHERE IS THE CREDITING?

I noticed a lack of crediting in "Jhana" and it was reconfirmed in this manuscript. While reading I saw a number of principles and concepts from the work of Michael Murray, Jerome Finley, Fraser Parker, Peter Turner, and James Brown. Even if they aren't DIRECT inspirations I believe there's still an obligation on the part of those who release material to have a working knowledge of what has been shared before (regarding specific plots) and recognize the work of others who have come before.

Barring that issue I found "Separation Anxiety" to be a thought provoking read and something I'll definitely work on integrating into my repertoire.

Thanks Watkins for sharing it.


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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 13th, 2017
I love how Watkins offers what essentially amounts to a failsafe approach to hypnotic phenomena. He combines practical, traditional techniques in mentalism with more 'esoteric' techniques in hypnosis and suggestion so that they really complement one another. Even when the amnesia stunt fails, everyone leaves the experience fully amazed and awe-struck by a really direct demonstration of mindreading. This is a really interesting, dramatic way to reveal personal information in a wide variety of different environments. Highly recommended.

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 6th, 2017
The psychology behind this effect is brilliant. The only sad part about this trick is that it is kinda hard to adapt it to different performing styles. I doubt I would ever see a comedy mentalist doing this effect. Nonetheless, it is probably the best mentalist effect in my repertoire, and I am never letting it go.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 28th, 2017
Well... what can I say?! This is a bold claim I know, but all it takes is a look at the material in this book to see that he is going to be the next Osterlind, the next Cassidy, the next Turner, the next mentalism great.
The technique taught provides a failsafe way to present the effect of causing a spectator to forget their pin code.
The method is adaptable to other things too, but even in the worst case scenario, the effect does not fall flat because of the explanation that Watkins gives for the effect. This is clearly very well thought through!
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