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Boris Pocus Extremely Mental (DVD + Book) HE'S NOT FAKING IT! Boris Pocus is truly mental. In fact, since his first mental experience at the age of two with a frog in the grass behind his father's gas station...
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The Mentalism DVD of the Year!

Boris has toured the world performing on cruise ships, in shopping malls and at very fancy bar mitzvahs.

On this very special DVD, Boris performs and explains every detail behind 16 of his most memorable routines including effects with clock faces, photographs, playing cards, billets, business cards, coins, pay envelopes, locks and keys.

This DVD also features revealing interview segments during which Boris shares his unique views on predicting the future, reading minds, ESP, fortune tellers, nurturing a mental state and the importance of the performer's voice. Boris even offers heartfelt advice for viewers who feel that they too may be mental like Boris.

  1. Perfect Timing: Boris predicts a freely selected time down to the minute!
  2. Mona Lisa: Boris demonstrates the existence of both an "Alpha" and "Beta" mind!
  3. Lottery: Boris predicts five freely chosen cards and their order!
  4. A Very Good Year: The date on a borrowed coin matches the date on Boris' coin!
  5. Acquaintances: Boris' favorite "warm-up" routine with playing cards!
  6. Distant Relations: Boris shares his profound understanding of Siamese Twins.
  7. Impulse Control: Boris displays his ability to control a spectator choice!
  8. Telling Tales: Boris demonstrates a "tell" and (the seldom seen) "reverse tell!"
  9. Projection: Boris engages a spectator's "projective imagination!"
  10. Echo: Boris creates a "mental echo" between himself and a spectator!
  11. Undeclared Income: Boris divines the total of a handful of borrowed change!
  12. Color Blind: A spectator finds her way to her own favorite color!
  13. Unconscious Knowledge: Boris proves a spectator knows more than she knows!
  14. True Believer: A "true believer" selects the one key that unlocks a lock!
  15. Facsimile: Boris "senses" every detail of a borrowed business card!
  16. Speechless: Boris predicts virtually any object the spectator thinks of!
A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN FROM SOMEONE WHO IS REALLY MENTAL!

Manufacturer Says

Running Time: 144 minutes. (This DVD contains strong language)

A Review by David Acer

"I can predict de future, read minds, cause de tornado... I can do it all!" -- Boris Pocus

Part used-car salesman, part East European mentalist, Boris Pocus is, to the best of my knowledge, the first fictional character ever to release a lecture DVD. Channeled by Jay Sankey, Boris teaches 16 mental effects, all in an accent that hints at just enough countries to offend everyone.

Is it funny? Yes. I laughed out loud from the opening credits on. But what's interesting about this collection is that the tricks themselves are not parodies. They are boni-fide feats of mental magic, many of which require little or no sleight-of-hand.

Highlights include "Perfect Time," a self-working effect in which a time chosen randomly by a spectator proves to have been accurately predicted by the magician (as Boris says, "This one ees like acid down their pants!"); "Lottery", a mind-buster in which the magician not only predicts five cards chosen by five spectators, but also the order they will end up in after the packet has been mixed; "Distant Relations," an interestingly framed billet-switch routine in which the magician divines the name of a person who has some significance to a spectator; "Speechless," a clever effect in which the magician foretells any object mentally chosen by a spectator; and "True Believer," possibly the best trick on the DVD, in which a key chosen freely from a bag of keys proves to be the only one that actually opens the lock in question.

A number of techniques are taught during these effects, including Vernon's Strip-Out Substitution, the old Deal-Or-Switch subterfuge, Jay's Paper-Clipped switch, the Dry Marker Principle, a Half Pass, and the Tenkai/Goshman Pinch.

I should also mention that people (mostly mentalists) often point out the distinction between "mental magic" (like the tricks on this DVD) and "mentalism" (a more purist approach to reading thoughts and affecting objects with one's mind). As such, I suspect the material on this DVD will be of greater interest to magicians than mentalists, despite the theme.

And finally, allow me share one last bit of Boris Pocus wisdom - "There really is two minds... There are... There is... There are... Whatever. I know what I'm talking about, and now you do to."

David Acer

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5 of 5 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 5th, 2005
I think only about five to six tricks are really good, but that's personal preference and it does not need to be more than that for me to give 5 stars in this case, because those 5 are VERY strong. Personally, I don't like tricks that involve pad-locks, manilla envelopes and I also don't understand Jay's enthusiasm about predicting the date on a coin all the time, which he does on different products of his. Also "Mona Lisa" which everybody seems to like I don't, because there is a 1 in 4 chance of this happening anyway, and that's not strong enough. Especially for a trick that takes so much preperation for the performer. And is also nothing special to watch. (the spec. moves around the 4 pieces of the ML - computer-printout - and no matter how many times he does that when they are unfolded they will basically all be where they belong. It would be more fun with the real Mona Lisa.)

Ok, let's say 6 tricks are not only good but kick-xxxx and 6 times 5 bucks is 30, there you go.

Projection: Jay and a spectator have on deck of card each and turn over a card behind their backs. The cards match. No ex-change of the deck, magician always acts first (shows the card first etc.). Fantastic.

Lottery: right. Already explained in a different review, absoulely mind-boggeling. Especially since the spec can change the order of the cards and still the prediction turns out to be right. Best trick? I agree.

Perfect timing: forgot the name of the trick: behind his back the spectator will mark any one out of 3600 possible minutes the face of a watch made of paper. Boris predicted this beforehand. Will need quite a bit of preparation, though.

Speechless: A prediction is written on a playing card and placed face-down on the table before the spectator names "any object". Sounds trivial but is like "dropping an anvil on a child's head on a hot day". (Sorry about that, but Boris says so. And he's right.)

Impulse Control: Loved this one, and it's so easy to do. On top of the deck Boris puts a card of another deck (different color) which has a question mark on it. He claims that he will control the spectators choice. The spectator selects a card from the deck and it turns out, as Boris turns over the ?-card, it is that very card.

Unconscious knowledge: Jay's version of the stop trick. Spectator thinks of a card and names a number between 1 and 52, it's his card.

Distant relations: Spec writes whatever name on a piece of paper. Jay puts it in a paper-clip and burns it without opening the folded piece of paper. He writes the name on a second piece of paper. That's because he's mental.

Facsimile is also strong, he guesses what's written on your business-card and makes a drawing of it, though it's more fun when there is someting special printed on it, and that might not occur all the time.

So, 5 very strong effects, three strong ones and just a very funny Jay Sankey. Also, everything is very well explained. I also think this one is a lot better than 22 blows to the head which I found average.
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3 of 3 magicians found the following review helpful:
AWESOME! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 6th, 2006
SWEET! Awesome video with many many astounding effects. By far my favorite mentalist instructional DVD! Every routine is very well taught by Mr. Jay Sankey, very visual.. easy understanding. He is very funny in this too so it makes it alot funner to learn and understand. I tried several of these effects on my family and they were amazed. Every single effect taught in this video, you WILL USE one time or another, and they all get great reactions. I can't recommend this enough. ADD TO CART!
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3 of 3 magicians found the following review helpful:
BUY THIS Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 18th, 2007
It's Jay Sankey at his best. He is hilarious and the tricks are the work of a genius!!!!
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3 of 3 magicians found the following review helpful:
Pretty Good. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
This DVD was actually pretty funny, despite how un-funny Jay can be sometimes! The Mona Lisa trick alone was worth the price of the DVD.
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3 of 3 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2010
Jay did it again. He went out of his way to create an entertaining, but high quality product.

There is soooo much material on this DVD to watch, but it's just hilarious to watch as well.

This is good if you want to add some mentalism to your act without needing to carry around a bunch of crazy props.
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2 of 3 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 31st, 2006
this DVD is a must have it funny and its good mental magic easy to do but hit ppl hard
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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 13th, 2004
I saw Sankey Lecture in Cincinnati, and picked up this DVD. It exceeded my expectations. The effects are very strong, and so simple. The entertainment value is alone worth the price. I plan on using three or four effects from the DVD. They are very strong and practical.

Note: I do not like how people review products when they don't even own them. It clutters up the review pages. How can someone knock Sankey's new DVD when they don't even own it? Just my 2 cents... Jason
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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 11th, 2004
I GOT THIS AT HIS LECTURE, SO COOL!!!!! YOU LEARN SOOOOOO MUCH AWESOME STUFF!!!!
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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
FUNNIEST MAGIC DVD EVER Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 11th, 2004
The funniest mentalism dvd out there.
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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 18th, 2004
Look, magic is for entertainment purposes and the point of entertainment is to capture your audiences attention and to keep it within your grasp. With magic, you capture it by performing feats which people would never think possible. That is what you are missing.
As for the DVD, I think that it is a very good DVD with some amazing effects in there. If there is one thing you will buy, GET IT!
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