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Symbolism 2.0 by Paul Carnazzo
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Symbolism is another great effect for the mentalist!

It appears to be an authentic "Telepathy Testing Card" from the National Institute of Parapsychology.

Perfect for anytime, walk around and close up mentalism! This is a complete routine that fits neatly in your wallet! Be ready to perform a complete routine with just one compact card!

The card is about the same width as a credit card, but a little taller, so it fits perfectly in a standard credit card slot in any wallet (the same size as the Test Conditions card). On it are several tests that are used to test both the spectator's and the performer's 'telepathic ability'.

The first effect is this:

A spectator is handed a set of folded instructions, and asked not to read them yet. He is told to try to pick up on what the instructions are telepathically. He is then asked to name one of the symbols shown on the card. Lets say he names the cylinder. The instructions are opened by the spectator and read out loud...the instructions read "PLEASE CHOOSE THE CYLINDER". The spectator was able to pick up on the instructions telepathically!!

Next, three spectators are each asked to think of a symbol on a grid of 16 symbols. The performer immediately begins to reveal some information about each spectators chosen symbols...then reveals all three symbols correctly! (at no time are the spectators asked any questions, nor is anything written down!)

There are two BONUS effects included on the card as well.

The following is true about SYMBOLISM:

  • Nothing is written down by the spectators
  • The card is un-gimmicked and can be handled by the spectator freely
  • The spectators make free choices
  • Compact! The above 'tests' are on one card that fits neatly in your wallet for a complete routine anytime!
  • No progressive anagrams
  • No "instant stooges" or "dual reality"
  • The card appears to spectators to be an authentic testing tool
  • The card is un-gimmicked and can be handled by the spectator freely
  • Card is durable and will last a long time!
Includes double sided Symbolism test card and 19 page instruction manual.


"These are wonderful. They look genuine and innocent but are loaded to the hilt with powerful mind-magic!"
- Ben Harris

"It's a great treat to welcome such a creative mind into the fold and I look forward to many more clever creations from a very clever thinker."
- Gerry Hennesey

"a flexible assortment of quick, strong demonstrations that can be done individually or together"
- Joshua Quinn

"The wallet cards are excellent and I highly recommend them"
- Bob Cassidy

"Very usable stuff and highly recommended..."
- Christopher Taylor

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 4th, 2013
(This review is for Symbolism 2.0 by Paul Carnazzo)
The minor effects on this card are well known psychological forces you already know from somewhere else and you either perform impromptu with a piece of paper and a pen or you have from other cards by Carnazzo or Outlaws. The main effect will work only in a very specific situation, that is, with an audience of at least 10 people or so made of people who do not know each other. I doubt any friends will be compelled not to discuss the method (exposing you in a second) if you simply use the techniques explained in the booklet. They will talk, and you'll look silly. For this reason I find the description misleading; this is really not an effect that works well in street magic as in those cases one often performs for groups of friends or acquaintances. The same applies if you are performing socially.
If you perform for a large audience, you are probably looking for something more visual to keep your spectators interest, and this trick will NOT work if you simply enlarge the card and turn in into a poster to use on a stage.
In the end, I just don't think I'll perform this much - if at all.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 1st, 2012
(This review is for Symbolism 2.0 by Paul Carnazzo)
There's a lot of stuff going on with this small card. The two major effects give you a lot to play with and the "bonus" effects are also useful. I put bonus in quotes because the instructions refer to secondary sources (mainly Banachek) for a complete description. If you're familiar with these effects then it's a great addition to your act. If not, they are certainly worth further investigation but you might feel a little cheated to not have the info included in the instructions.

All in all, a clever system and a no-brainer to easily carry around in your wallet.
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