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The Manchurian Approach by Alakazam - DVD
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Whether it is to satisfy a fascination with hypnosis, the desire to mix hypnosis with your magic or you want to be able to perform impromptu hypnotism this DVD is for you.

Aimed at amateur and professional magicians and mentalists, this unique DVD is aimed solely at performance hypnosis. As well as interview-style explanations and training we include footage of taking these skills to the street and public bars. You will gain the confidence, attitude, patter and techniques required to excel including:

  • Handshake Induction
  • Hypno Force
  • Hypno Peek
  • Covert Pre-show
  • Reverse Mind Reading
Anthony Jacquin has over ten years experience as a hypnotist and is the author of the best-selling book: "Reality is Plastic - The Art of Impromptu Hypnosis" On "The Manchurian Approach" he shares a new genre of magical performance. Mixing his love of mentalism with his hypnotism skills, together with Kev Sheldrake he has created a performance style and technique capable of producing some of the most mind-blowing mental effects.

On this three-disc set you will learn, in detail, Anthony's approach to impromptu hypnosis - no prior knowledge is required - the first part of this set will guide you through everything you need to know in order to become the hypnotist. The second part takes the format of a discussion forum where Anthony is joined by mad genius, Kev Sheldrake and fellow hypnotist and magician Amit Badiani. In this section you will get a detailed look at some of the principles and applications of the techniques taught to magic and mentalism performances.

Hypno forces and hypno peeks are examples of the covert pre-show techniques that are available to a hypnotizing mentalist. The Reverse Mind Reading effect takes these concepts a step further, producing an unlimited ability to read a mind with the minimum of hypnotic pre-show work.

Concepts
  • Become The Hypnotist. Learn an observation/attitude-based hypnosis model.
  • Learn how to perform with hypnosis. Apply it to magic and mentalism.
  • No history and theory lessons. Just tuition and demonstration
  • Mixture of interview-style discussions and public performances.
Contents

Part 1:

Through clear demonstrations you will learn a solid but flexible approach to hypnotizing. This is covered in detail in the following segments:
  • Introduction and approaching a group
  • Subject selection
  • Set Up
  • The set piece - magnetic hands, magnetic fingers & the heavy card
  • Inductions - eye to hand fixation and the handshake induction
  • Fractionation
  • Testing
  • Re-Induction
  • Suggestion
  • Catalepsy
  • Corpsing
  • Amnesia
Part 2:

Further explanation and demonstration to cover in-depth more specialized knowledge and the applications of hypnosis to specific genres of magic and mentalism including:
  • Hypno Forces
  • Hypno Peeks
  • Hallucinations
  • Control
  • Post-Hypnotic Act
  • Managing reaction
  • Permanosis
  • Covert pre-show applications
  • Reverse mind reading
This will be put into the context of typical magic settings including impromptu, street, walk around, stage and TV. Also included are in-depth discussions on how to practice, what to do if it does not seem to be working and important health and safety and performance information and tips.

Also included are three bonus PDF documents that expand on some of the ideas covered on the DVD's as well as some further techniques and routines.

With five hours of tuition, live performance and in-depth explanations, this three-disc set is bound to become a definitive classic for a new and exciting genre of performance that blends magic, mentalism and hypnosis. So order your copy of "The Manchurian Approach" today!

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11 of 11 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
Wow... this DVD set is OUTSTANDING! I cannot recommend this enough! If you are even the slightest bit interested in hypnosis, then you really need to pick this up. This DVD set is not geared toward hypnotists, but rather magicians and mentalists who want to add bits of hypnosis into their performances.

I was a little nervous when I purchased this because I have not had any previous experience with hypnosis. However, after watching all of the DVDs, designing a presentation, and memorizing the script, I tried it out the very next day (I was a little ambitious I know..) and the very first person I tried it on, it worked! I had legitimately hypnotized a person! It's an extremely empowering and amazing feeling to be able to do this. Once you experience this, you will know what I'm talking about.

I have tried it on other people too, and it really does work. So if you are nervous about not being able to do the stuff on these DVDs, don't be! Like I said before, I have not had any prior experience with hypnosis, yet I was still able to do it very soon after watching the DVDs and rehearsing/memorizing the script and presentation.

As for the content of the DVD, Anthony Jacquin goes into extreme detail on everything. You will not be left behind or confused. This is also an entertaining and interesting DVD set to watch.

This honestly has been one of the best magic/mentalism purchases I have ever made! It has opened up a whole new world of possibilities, and I cannot wait to delve further into this new world of hypnosis!
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6 of 6 magicians found the following review helpful:
Great Dvd Set if you want to add Hypnosis to your show. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
Anthony Jacquin knows that you want the bare bones of hypnosis to add a different element to your magic. This DVD set is awesome and will do just that. You can use hypnosis to covertly peek or force and object. Read a spectators mind ...even bend coins. All is presented and taught in the 4 dvd set. The description says 3 disc but they must have decided to add more material after the ad copy was written. It is a great thing to have if you want to take your magic and mentalism to the next level.
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6 of 6 magicians found the following review helpful:
Zero to Hero. Unbelievable! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 3rd, 2012
It's an amazing step by step instruction video on exactly what you are going to do to approach a group or a person and do a demonstration or hypnotize someone at a restaurant, party, or on the street within minutes.

Shortcomings: Normally I am bored by theory and history. However, in this case I would have liked some theory. As I said the DVD tells you exactly what you are going to do but there is no in depth explanation on why. This allows you to follow and duplicate the instructions but makes it tough to elaborate on them and you'll be learning as you go in some situations.

That being said I had absolutely zero experience with hypnotism prior to this DVD. Less than 2 weeks after I viewed it, on my first go out, I used the skills to etify myself, select a subject and hypnotize a girl at a party. I could hardly believe it myself.

If you have any interest in hypnotism you WILL order this Today!
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4 of 4 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 29th, 2010
I got this DVD set elswhere before I realize Penguin had it. I have to write a review for it here though because It is beyond a great buy. With NO prior knoledge of hypnosis I was able to hypnotize people within a couple weeks on my first try. The amount of information within this 4 Dvd Set is huge, detailed, and easy to understand. Antony Jacquin is acompanied by Chris Harding, one of his past students so all of Antony's expertise is slowed down by the questions of Chris to make sure that the watcher understands everything. There are also demonstrations of every single thing that is talked about either while they talk with Chris as a subject or a video of street hypnosis all spread throught the video alongside the topic in question. I also want to say that the production quality of this DVD set is above and beyond any other dvd that I have bought. It has smooth transistions, multiple camera angles, and a wonderful set. If you have any interest in hypnosis at all, buy this and you will be AMAZED at the ease with which you can perform it.
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4 of 4 magicians found the following review helpful:
AMAZING!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 23rd, 2011
Just finished watching the 4 DVDs and what can I say? Its mind blowing!! Forgot everything else people, this is magic here. Once you have mastered all the techniques taught on these DVD's you will be able to perform miracles, mixing hynotism with both mentalism and magic. Here's an example of what you can do: you ask someone to think of a card and change their mind a few times until they have decided on one card, without asking them what the card is you ask them to find it in your pack of cards, it isn't there! you then ask them to look in their wallet and their card is there!! No other way could you achieve this amazing feat of magic unless you know how to hypnotise someone. Simply AMAZING!!
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4 of 4 magicians found the following review helpful:
well worth the $80 Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 6th, 2012
straight up professionalism! well worth the dollar and a lot of fun once mastered. while you have your master of cards kid at the party, steal the show and be all," that was a cool trick, and yeah, and, um... SLEEP!!!
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3 of 3 magicians found the following review helpful:
Kick start, with an empty tank. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 16th, 2013
Now, I'll start off by saying that this is an absolutely amazing beginner's guide to hypnosis. Anthony Jacquin breaks down the material for you, going into detail every step of the way, leaving few to no questions.

After a week of this video, rewatching a few times to make sure I had everything down, I did my first performance. I made a big mistake by slapping my subject on the back, which wasn't taught in the DVD but I clearly wasn't thinking about it, I was just excited about everything before hand going way too smoothly. After my next try, I actually hypnotized somebody, and this is with The Manchurian Approach being my only source of information for hypnosis, so overall I'm very happy with the DVD.

A major problem I have is the lack of foundation this DVD installs. It'll teach you what you need to do in order to hypnotize somebody, but it won't teach you why you do something or why/how it works. If you're like me, and enjoying breaking down theories and studies to have a better grip on things, this will bother you, and inspire you to learn more.

Not as big of a problem as lack of understanding, but most of the performance videos just seemed awkward to watch. The settings didn't feel right, but if you can ignore that, they show you exactly what is possible with hypnosis.

I gave The Manchurian Approach four stars because of the lack of teaching a foundation of knowledge to understand exactly what hypnotism is and how to do it. This DVD will keep you guessing on why/how it all comes together, but it's a good way to learn how to get started. Excellent beginner's DVD, and because of the success I've had with it, I would recommend it as a starting point.
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2 of 2 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 7th, 2011
I got the Manchurian approach because I wanted to put this into my magic reportoie. I am more than happy with my purchase, the DVDs in this set go in detail about everything, as well as having a perfromance of the trick. The Manchurian approach is geared more toward full on hypnosis rather than a waking hypnosis like mind erasor (which is also on this website) Hypnotism is not all that hard to perform especially when you have all the information from these DVDs. Buy this product ;)
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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
Gold In A DVD Case! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 27th, 2013
I have always been curious about hypnosis and inductions but I could never find useful enough material to get started. I decided to take the plunge with The Manchurian Approach and am very glad that I did. You are not going to make spectators cluck like a chicken so don't think that gong in. You will learn great subtleties and way of relaxing a person in order to get them to do what you want them to do. This set will be one that I watch a few times to get all of the nuances down. Plus it is very entertaining. I really wish that I had gotten this sooner.
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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
TRULY Hypnotized someone after the second try!!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 30th, 2014
All I can say is "WOW!" I had attended a few hypnosis shows in Las Vegas and I had seen a few performers in school settings. I have also purchased many self-hypnosis CDs to help myself with self improvement. This was the first DVD set I purchased actually showing me how to hypnotize people and use this with my magic/mentalist routine. After watching the first DVD, I watched the first half of the second DVD. I was at work and attempted to induce hypnosis on a co-worker. He reported he felt "relaxed" and reported never feeling like this before. The second time I attempted to practice these techniques was at a get together with friends. I induced hypnosis on a friend of mine and was able to have her forget her name and have her "magnetic" hand stuck to her head. SHE ACTUALLY FORGOT HER NAME!!! Wow! only on the second try! I highly recommend this DVD. GET IT NOW! It is the real deal! Next on my list to get is the Trilby Connection. If only they would re-stock it!
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