I have been performing my own version of "Mental Photography" as a killer ending to my close-up show
for 22 years. During the show I swap decks to set up. I have been in love with the stunning visual
effect since the late 70's. A little girl once saw me perform it, and told her mommy, "That's not
like that guy on TV, mommy, that was real magic." which is the highest compliment I could ever hope
for. Apparently "mommy" thought so too because she was still standing there completely stunned at
what she had just witnessed.
Only one problem. I had to completely make everything up from
scratch by self teaching myself what the deck could do. The original "pitchman" instructions truly
sucked in so many ways. As a result I've been doing some of the "Svengali" type give-away moves for
as long as I've been performing it. I knew there had to be better ways of handling the deck, but
kept performing the same way because nothing felt comfortable.
Now, among the hundreds of
"new" magic entries out there, came an e-mail from Penguin demoing "WHITEWASH". Damned expensive for
a deck of old "Mental Photography" cards. But with it came a promising video by Rick Lax. Fine,
here's my hard-earned cash, I'm hungry for something I can actually use in my shows. Great, not an
instant download, gotta wait even though I already have an "MP" deck, several of them. Then late
today, the video opened up for me to download.
After years of searching for
usable material for the "MP" deck, Rick Lax opened up with a jackpot of SUPER, FANTASTIC, very
USABLE, very NATURAL, and surprisingly VERY EASY moves and subtleties that I can instantly
incorporate into my existing routine.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
up for every wasted dime I've spent on magic in the last year. I already know the "MP" prop is
second to none, but the video that accompanies it is what the original instructions should have
consisted of. Even if you've never picked up an "MP" deck before, this set will have you doing
professional stuff in no time. As for me, if my "MP" routine was considered "real magic" before, I
suppose now it will become something from another dimension.
Again, Thank you, Rick. Thank
you, Penguin Magic; and thank you to all involved for a super-quality product. You earned my trust
and my business with this one.
Since you have been using the MP deck for 22 years, can you tell me how many things that are taught here are usable in real time situations? (Mostly close-up because I want to do this at school) The only "trick" that is taught here is with a signed card (please correct me if I'm wrong ;))