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Coming from a purely sleight-of-hand background, Phedon designs PRACTICAL methods that actually WORK, leaving no space for approximation.

After having witnessed Proteus, spectators have no other alternative than to truly believe they have witnessed the Real Thing. They are asked to FREELY think of a drawing, ANY drawing, and despite impossible odds the mentalist KNOWS EXACTLY what they have in mind. All the time.

Do you still use a peek in your drawing duplications? Do you still resort to math-based and other lengthy error-prone processes to be able to call your prop-less effect "reliable"? Or, do you settle with methods that MIGHT work as they rely on psychology/suggestion/luck? Well, think again.


  • is 100% Prop-less and Impromptu
  • requires only a FAST and INVISIBLE procedure
  • does NOT require highly intelligent or sober spectators. It works on kids!
  • NEVER confuses the participant
  • is FUN and EASY to do
  • is what mind reading SHOULD ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE
As a bonus, Phedon has included his billet routine, "Heads I win Tails you lose," packing really small -you need 2 billets- and playing HUGE on audiences of any size.

Furthermore, in addition to English, the method only is available in French, Spanish, Italian, German and Greek. Dealers can send it to anyone buying the book upon request. For free of course.


"Phedon's performances are very strong. He never fails to deliver."

"I rarely get intrigued enough to bite when I hear about the next best thing. After several people had told me I need to check out Phedon's routine, I arranged a Skype session and I am glad that I did! The routine is crazy good - I instantly had several ideas as to how I am going to use it. Love it!"

"There is nothing stronger than always having a piece of pure mind reading ready for any situation. Proteus is that and so much more. It's a beautiful piece"

"Proteus is without a doubt one of the very finest prop-less mind reading demonstrations I have ever read. The fact that I will be using this at every opportunity is the highest accolade I can give. The book itself is beautifully written and has been presented in a very clear, yet highly detailed fashion, for ease of learning. I predict an amazing future in mentalism for Phedon and once you have read this, you will understand why!"

"Mind Peek sets a new standard in prop-less mentalism. Having this tool in your arsenal ensures that you can deliver the goods anytime and anywhere."

"The ultimate prop-less effect. What's crazy is the interactive game at the beginning. Phedon has designed a book that reads your mind!"

"It's a totally amazing system. I absolutely love it!"

"Phedon has punched, kicked, and grappled with one of mentalism's classics and has revealed its deepest secrets. Want to upgrade your Judo to Brazilian jiu-jitsu, too? Take them directly to the mat with this graceful approach!"

"Phedon Bilek has accomplished something remarkable in the field of propless, impromptu mind reading. Using an ingenious combination of principles that are easily learned, he has found a way to create a very organic moment of seemingly genuine mind-to-mind thought transference. All you need are one or two willing participants, and one diabolical secret to literally reveal spontaneously thought-of objects with no preparation, nothing written down, no preshow, no dual-reality, and no instant stooging. This is extremely well thought-out, and thoroughly road-tested for reliability. I will be doing this one, for sure!"

"Phedon has created a system which, once learned, will give you a powerhouse of an effect that can be performed completely impromptu. I love it and I will definitely use it!!"

"When Phedon performed this effect on me (three times) he was spot on! You are here for a real treat. If you ever dreamed of doing the perfect drawing duplication with nothing written down, look no further! Highly recommend!"

"Proteus is brilliant, and it is easily the best mind reading technique I have seen in the last decade. Buy it, use it, and stun your audiences with it."

"The method is amazing and this is how Mentalism should be!"

"Phedon performed this on me and it was EXACTLY as seen in the trailer. Absolutely nothing is left out of the demo. There is no other process. That's it. He nailed my thought 3 times in a row. It is truly the most magical thing I've experienced in a long time."

"Lately I had the honor of taking a look at some of Phedon's work, we are on the same line of thought when it comes to getting rid of "extra weight" to perform impromptu/prop-less mentalism. Proteus is a piece of art, all you need is two minds and a piece of ground to floor you audience!"

"Phedon performed this for me over the phone. He actually read my mind in a matter of less than 20 sec. That really was the closest thing to 'real mind reading' I ever experienced"

"Proteus is absolutely brilliant! I was fortunate enough to be involved in the "field tests," and both the simplicity and impact make the effect one that should be in the working repertoire of every professional mentalist. If I were to make a list of required reading for budding psychic entertainers, this book would definitely be on that list as it is a study in how to perform truly prop-less impromptu mind reading. Thank you, Phedon, for allowing me to witness the birth of what is certain to become a classic!"

"It brought me back to that sense of a child seeing magic for the first time"

"It's a seriously great routine. The concept is easy to learn and yet as far as I can tell, new!"

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 21st, 2017
I bought this because I believed the hype like everyone else. I spent a lot of days getting it down and gave it many tests via phone, which is what Phedon said in his book that he did. Many people thought of objects that were not covered by the system. I did the script as he said, and even messed around with it for a while. I even bought other ebooks that were supplimentary to the book. The hit rate increased a little with some of these subtleties but not enough to get it anywhere near 100% as the ad copy and the book claims in the first few pages and 90% as Phedon claims in other places.

When it did hit successfully, it felt more like fishing or 20 questions to get to where I was going. It did not feel like real mind reading. Furthemore Phedon himself has a nasty habit of putting the inadequancies of his book on the buyer, including saying that people who don't like it are not real mentalists and are not as advanced as him (yet he claims in the book to be a coin magician).

I find it incredibly tacky for a creator to insult the purchasers of his product. He could simply say that he stands by it and that he thinks that it is good, perhaps apologize that it is not for them and move on. Instead he feels the need to be rude to people.

This is a disappointing release but it is worse when the creator is not a stand up guy.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 18th, 2017
Don't be fooled by the hype. This isn't what it's cracked up to be. From the ad blurb and the list of testimonials, you would think this was the greatest thing in mentalism to be introduced in the last century. It isn't.

You cannot ask spectators to think of ANY drawing and expect this to work -- even if you ask them to keep the drawing simple. There's a limitation I can't discuss because it would reveal the method. I've tried this on several occasions and each time it failed, as I knew it would, but I wanted to prove it to myself.

I see from other reviews that some performers are very happy with this. More power to them. But for my money, Mr. Bilek should have stayed with coin magic.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 19th, 2017
I couldn't wait for my pre order of this trick to arrive and was unbeleiavably excited when it did. The method sounded alright and the memory work was described well and throughly therefore making it easier. In fact the writing in this book is very very easy to understand and very well put together. That being said out of the thirty some times I've tried this effect I've only hit four times. I've followed the scripting exactly and read through the entire book three times. Imho no matter how you word this, it feels way too similar to 20 questions rather than a mind reading effect.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 19th, 2017
Here some things I forgot to mention, maybe the penguin team can merge this review or just publish both.

I wanted to clarify that this method is psychologically by nature and only as good as the performer is. Meaning Derren Brown would probably be at 100%. Most others with experience should be at around 90% to 95%.

If you have no experience you will be significantly lower and become frustrated.

Just wanted to make this 100% clear!
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A gem, but not for novices in mentalism or beginners Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 19th, 2017
Hello, after getting this book and performing it I wanted to share my experience.

If I read the other reviews I thinks there are some points you have to know before you buy this, otherwise it is too much money.

First of the book is well written and easy to read and understand. I liked the writing style but that could be a personal preference.

The main effect is mind peek. It is a tool and in my experience the best method for people's mindreading. I have had success with many other methods in the past but this is in my oppinion the best I have tried so far. Actually I really enjoy performing this because if it hits it is so strong and feels like real magic.

But it is not real magic. I am sorry to say the only real magic is what our spectators experience if we perform well. That sense of wonder that will never leave them. To get there it is not enough to buy this book. Any book or trick or method will not be enough to achieve that. So if you are a beginner or someone that one has a passing interest in mentalism and is looking for a trick to impress his friends. Move on. This is not for you. I do not mean this insulting in any way but just as a honest warning.

If you however want to really leave a lasting memory this is method that can achieve the sense of wonder I was talking about earlier. But you need prior knowledge, in spectator management, controlling the conversation and just basic skills in mentalism. You also need to have confidence. Most who successfully perform mentalist will know that the performers confidence carrier over, especially in psychological methods. So if I read in a review, it failed as I knew it would fail, then we are talking about a selffullfilling prophecy. This holds true for many mentalism methods.

If you have experience an but in the work this mothod is due you will have fun and success. For me it is just a tool and it opens up a world of possibilities if youncombine it with other mentalism principles. This is just the beginning. You can Finessen it to you crowd of spectators and create wonders. Because that's what it is all about. To take people out of their daily lives on a journey of wonders they will cherish forma long time.

So lastly this book shows the whole uncut performance in the video trailer. If you have no clue how it might work, not even a part of it, I would not recommend to buy it unless you are serious about entering the field of mentalism.

If you do decide to enter this is the key to a new world and you will have fun.

Now Imwrote much more than I wanted to and I hope you will excuse that but I wanted to make my points clear beyond any doubt.

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I Was Told I Have "The Gift" after Performing This Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 19th, 2017
Proteus is perhaps not for beginners or dabblers but lethal in the hands of a seasoned mentalist.

I read the reviews from the pros. I did the research, and every moment I spent waiting on my copy to show up in the mail was maddening. But I had no idea just how good this would be.

I was skeptical at first, but being a non-verbal communications specialist, when I saw Peter and Dave's reactions I could tell that their reactions were genuine. Peter was absolutely blown away by the effect and his bewilderment is not something that is easy to fake. And those gentlemen see a lot of magic and mentalism so I knew this was something special.

There IS a process and there are certain pieces of information that are crucial for your to convey to the subject before you ask them to think of something. Otherwise it won't work. But if you put the time in, and you hit those important notes, you stand a VERY good chance of knowing what they are thinking of. If you do this for two people at once, your chances of getting at least one of their thoughts correct just went WAY up.

Make no mistake, this is not self working. There is a little memory work involved. Also, this will not work on everyone all of the time. There are cultural and personal differences that may affect the outcome. But think of it this way, there are zero props involved in the method. That means you're ready anytime, anywhere. And it's okay to be wrong occaisionally. "Real psychics" aren't right all the time. But with Proteus, done correctly, you will be right far more often than you are wrong, (and far more often than a "real psychic") and each time will be worth it!

I was recently told, by a Christian, that I have "the gift" after doing this. When done well, it is literally THAT good.

I look back on all of the times when someone after a show at the comedy club came up and said, "If you're a mind reader, read my mind right now." and I wish to God I had this in my arsenal back then. Well I have it now.

My mind has been reeling with different ways to reveal the info. I've come up with a way that will allow me to reveal multiple words and images from the subject after doing Proteus on them only once.

My selfish side would like to see this book taken off of the market immediately, or for the price to be raised to what it's really worth which would be hundreds. But I'm writing what I consider to be a fair review out of nothing but gratitude to Phedon for sharing this amazing tool with us.

I wonder what he'll come up with next!
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I'm amazed it works as well as it does Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 19th, 2017
I got the book the other day, took the time to remember the script and performed it several times without any problems at all. It worked so well, I was shocked. Not once did it fail to amaze. The beginning script is important to define the direction of your participants thought process and you may need to reword it to suit your style. I personally love prop-less mentalism and to me this book may be the best mentalism book of the year. It is a clever amalgam of a couple of traditional methods which anyone involved in mentalism should already be aware of or using already. Will it always be 100%, probably not, but it will come pretty close.
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A great idea that can be added on to. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 18th, 2017
This is a great seed for showing what it would look like if you could pick pieces of people thoughts out of there mind. You do have some work up front but in 1-2 hours you will have it down pretty well.
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Proteus - A thing of Beauty. Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 15th, 2017
First let me say that while I buy a lot of material from Penguin that I bought Proteus from another dealer. I want to write a review here because it is a space many of us go to review effects.

Proteus is a thing of absolute beauty. It is not just an effect but a dynamic strategy. An approach that can be shaped and built on to suit your needs. And you should shape it and work on it. This will involve you working to get really good at it and it will be worth it.

I had the fortune to speak with Phedon and have the effect demonstrated in person over a video call. Such a great gift. He showed me how he has invisibly embedded the work of this piece into a delivery that makes it feel incredibly clean. I wish I could say more but I don't want to give anything away.

I heard some criticism from certain people and I really have to wonder what these guys are on and what they are looking for. Anyone with a brain will totally love this.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 13th, 2017
I normally would never use this method, it's so obvious to lay people. But, the way this is put together is amazing and I truly love it. I would not recommend for a first year mentalist but for a seasoned pro this is my favorite new go to routine. This is the best of this type of effect I've ever seen!
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