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Ultimate proof that you can read minds even in the worst situations

K.E.N.T. is a wild mix of principles making for a REAL solution to mind reading. This looks like the REAL thing...

Please read this entire ad carefully. All we say here is TRUE.

Whether you are a close-up performer or a mentalist that plays it seriously, K.E.N.T. is a must have for you.

Kenton calls K.E.N.T. "One of two tools I rely upon for close-up work of any kind, magic or mentalism".

K.E.N.T. is the creation of Irish magician and mentalist John Mahood.

IMAGINE... A wise guy pulls out his own deck of cards and demands that you prove your abilities. He wants you to prove yourself, without touching the cards, without writing anything down, without others helping. NO touching, NO marks, NO sleight of hand of any kind.


With K.E.N.T. you tell the spectator to make it tough on you and think of one of a few cards he himself removes from his own deck. You never see these. You instruct him how to focus upon his thought of card and you NAME HIS CARD to the degree that he freaks out and swears you are the REAL thing. He dares you to tell him what his card is, and that is exactly what you are seen to do.

This friends is a true mindblower. It is POWERFUL stuff. But it is not for everyone. This is as close to real mind reading as you can get. Like real mind reading, you will at very rare times, miss. You should know this up front. K.E.N.T. is for performers. For many real performers, given the impossibility of this situation, this is not much of an issue. You would likely fail anyway, so why not have the tools to usually win out instead? Yet we wanted you to be aware of this possibility. Add Kolossal Killer to the mix, and you will do this and never fail. In an effort of complete disclosure, the effect is you name the entire card. The reality is you name the name or number of the card, not the suit generally. But due to the psychology used, it appears you have named not only the name, but the suit as well.

You should also know that this is based upon English and American English as well as American playing cards, so this may make a difference to you. If you and the people you perform for will speak in English generally, then this is great for you. If not, this may not be perfect for you. You would surely have to make a fair amount of adjustments to be able to use the basic idea in other languages. We like to be as clear and open as we can about such things.

With that in mind, this and "Killer" Kenton calls his "lifeblood of close-up and mentalism" with cards.

K.E.N.T. is also a must have for the close-up card worker who faces the type of spectator that challenges you to find or tell him his thought about card. NOW YOU WILL.

For the mentalist who is asked to prove the "impossible", this is a tool that must be in your arsenal.

Perform K.E.N.T. over the radio, phone or Internet if you wish!

Once you have K.E.N.T.in your mind, you will need nothing else. Another person's mind and their own deck of cards is all that is used. That and the special secrets explained in K.E.N.T.

25 pages of 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 size. Includes how Kenton uses K.E.N.T. in a One Behind or One Ahead effect as well!

An amazing tool for a steal of a price. See for yourself.

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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 15th, 2013
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I have done K.E.N.T a few times over the phone. It is absolutely fantastic.
One word of warning thought. K.E.N.T. is build on English language and can be hard to adapt to other languages.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 7th, 2010
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There aren't any blatant misrepresentations in the effect discription, but in my opinion, it doesn't appear nearly as miraculous as the description would lead you to believe. This is because the method relies on a few techniques that I'm not really a fan of.

First, the choice isn't completely free. You need to steer the spectator's selection, and hope that they properly comply. Secondly, it relies on some fishing that doesn't seem natural in this context. Seriously, if one truly had mental powers and was trying to deduce the identity of a card, would they be seeing random letters from the spelled-out name of the card, or would they be seeing numbers and images that corresponded to the card? I would say the latter, obviously. Third, you must rely on quick reads of a spectator's reactions. Nothing wrong with that, but you need to realize that this isn't going work 100% of the time.

With this effect, you end up stacking a lot of techniques that aren't 100%... once you start compounding them, the odds of something not working means you're probably going to miss on this more than you'd want to. It's also important to point out that you do NOT identify the suit of the chosen card. It's very easy to imaging a scenario in which you correctly tell the spectator, "You're thinking of the queen", and they immediately respond, "Whicn one?" You'd better have a good response ready if you plan on performing this.

Honestly, I can see how some people might like this effect, since it's relatively easy and totally impromptu. But for me, the uncertain hit rate, the awkward fishing, and the partial reveal (no suit) add up to an effect I wouldn't use.
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