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“I have never seen a mentalist to compare with him.” –Dai Vernon

“The most creative mind in magic.” –Orson Welles

“This man is dangerous.” -Muhammad Ali

What will he teach?

Max Maven teaches VOYANCE
A Complete Act of Stand-Up Mentalism

A CHOICE INTRODUCTION- What is the true purpose of an opening routine? How does it address important issues in setting up optimal conditions for the rest of the act? This routine does just that, while also secretly establishing the theme for the show. It also makes use of a valuable force—a practical new take on a forgotten technique that can be applied to a host of effects.

RE:VISION- This multi-phase routine involves a simple pack of design cards (that isn’t as simple as it seems). Honed over the course of forty years, this is Max’s latest version of a routine that epitomizes the idea of “packs small, plays big.”

CINEMENTALISM- When is a book test more than a book test? When it engages a participant’s complete involvement. A person thinks of a movie. The mentalist ultimately reveals the film—but in so doing, is able to accurately describe details about a scene from that movie that the person has merely visualized.

This is strong material, made all the more valuable by Max’s discussions of structure and stagecraft, plus spectator management, historical notes, and much more.

Who is he?

The late Orson Welles wrote that Max Maven has "the most original mind in magic." He's published over 1700 creations in the conjuring literature, and been an advisor to over a hundred television shows. As a consultant he has worked with David Copperfield, Siegfried & Roy, Doug Henning, Penn & Teller, Lance Burton, and many others. He has also directed revue shows for several major American gambling casinos.

Magic magazine, the leading intraprofessional conjuring journal, published a list of the 100 most influential people in the field of theatrical magic during the 20th century. Included on the list is Max Maven, cited for "entertaining and astonishing audiences with his bizarre brand of mental magic.... [M]ost of Maven's mind-boggling feats are accomplished through psychological subterfuge that he himself has cunningly created... If mystery does indeed give magic its meaning, then the enigmatic persona of Max Maven makes us ever mindful of the art that is hidden in the mystery of magic."

This ongoing exploration of the mysterious side of human nature led to Max Maven's Book of Fortunetelling, published by Prentice Hall in late 1992. He is a Senior Research Consultant to the Center for Scientific Anomalies Research in Michigan, and on the Board of Advisors of the California ScienCenter in Los Angeles, where his interactive material is featured in a new exhibit, Magic: The Science of Illusion, that will tour museums across North America through 2007. Currently in bookstores you can find The Complete Idiot's Guide to Magic by Tom Ogden, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Improving Your Memory by Michael Kurland and Richard Lupoff. Max Maven was the technical advisor for both. He has also created customized "Maximize" seminars on mental efficiency and non-verbal communication for executives and salespeople from top corporations.

Max has appeared on hundreds of television and radio programs, top talkshows and variety specials, as well as acting on comedy and dramatic shows including the starring role on Count DeClues' Mystery Castle for the Fox network, and guest-starring on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and General Hospital. In 1998, Max developed and starred in a new Canadian series, The MAXimum Dimension, an offbeat educational show aimed at younger viewers, involving recreational mathematics. The 26 episodes were a popular success, placing among the top six shows on the TVO network.

Other TV credits include hosting eight network specials in Japan (performing in Japanese), and creating a pair of his own specials in Thailand. In 1994 he hosted a 12-part series for HTV in England, Something Strange with Max Maven, a talk-show exploring all aspects of the paranormal. The show set a ratings record, and led to a second series the following year. Max Mystery Show, a 13-part series, was a hit for the CTS network in Taiwan in 1995. He was the only regular on the ten-part Magiskt series for TV4 in Sweden; that show scored great ratings, and two more series followed, one for Norwegian television in early 1996, plus another for Sweden later that year. He has also appeared on shows in Finland, Scotland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile, and many other countries. Max is prominently featured on the 1998 PBS documentary The Art of Magic, as well as The Secret World on The Learning Channel. His television work in the year 2000 includes an appearance on Heroes of Magic on Channel 4 in Great Britain, and being the only regular guest on the Masters of Illusion series for the PAX network.

Max is particularly well known for his pioneering work in interactive broadcasting. He created the ground-breaking video Max Maven's Mindgames for MCA. His games were a regular feature on the popular Best of Magic series for the ITV network in England. His interactive work was included on The World's Greatest Magic, NBC's highest rated special of 1994, and he was the first artist booked for the 1995 edition, and brought back yet again in 1997. When Landmark Entertainment developed Caesars Magical Empire for Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, they asked Max to devise a set of interactive mysteries that take place between customers and an impish wizard, eight inches tall, who appears "holographically" behind the central bar. The wizard is named "Maximus Maven," and he bears an uncanny resemblance to a certain modern performer. Max has also devised material for the world of computer technology, creating an interactive game disk entitled Max Magic for the Philips CD-i system; in its first few months of release, it won six industry awards.

In 1999, Max was acknowledged in a special "Interactive Magic" category of the World Magic Awards, broadcast on the FoxFamily network. In 2000, he was brought back to receive the "Best Mentalist" prize. He has also received multiple awards from the Society of American Magicians and the International Brotherhood of Magicians. In 1988 he was presented with the Tenkai Prize, the highest award in Japanese magic; this was the first time this honor was ever given to a foreign artist. Some years back, Max was named Lecturer of the Year by the Academy of Magical Arts (Magic Castle) in Hollywood, and in 1998 he was the recipient of a Creative Fellowship from that organization.

Max Maven has a fascinating history. He has been a successful radio announcer, graphic designer, author, pianist, teacher, singer, actor, lecturer, screenwriter, composer, advertising consultant, and chef. He reads over 150 books and magazines each month, and this constant flow of information provides a continual stimulation of new ideas for presenting his uncanny abilities.


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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 7th, 2019
It goes without saying that Max Maven is by far one of the greatest Mentalists of all time. Beyond the methods taught is some really great and clever psychology which is the result of many decades of experience and knowledge.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 8th, 2019
Im a massive admirer of Max Maven and he is obviously a fantastic performer but I always feel like hes holding something back.

The first effect uses 2 dice and although I enjoyed the presentation of the effect the method seemed obvious to me. Its a method Id never seen before but guessed within 30 seconds. I don't say this to be boastful but to emphasize that I think most layman with critical thinking skills would guess too. Regardless of this I imagine most experienced magicians/mentalist would be able to recreate the effect using a more fooling method.

The second effect involved duplicating simple images the spectators were thinking of. These are the type of effects I usually love but the methodology behind it put me off. I personally have used Extra sensory perception by annemann. I did like the added predixion max used as a finale to the effect so kudos for that.

The final effect was a movie themed booktest. I enjoyed max's thinking and there was a lovely touch which reminds me of a miscall doing the hoy booktest but completely different. Unfortunately you will have to hunt down a copy of the suggested book and do some arts and crafts.That will be ok for most people but I already own other booktests (Flashback,MOAB) and will continue to use them instead.

Overall it was a joy to watch max perform live and his knowledge on the history of magic and mentalism is absolutely insane and borderline genius. I just wish a man with so much knowledge shared some gold I know he has hidden in that mind.

The best part of the act was the structure, the effects seemed to build and there was a lovely contrast in effects. Obviously some thought has gone into the act and I think that is what is most of value here.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 21st, 2019
I love Max Maven. I try to get anything that he publishes or makes commercially available. I was excited when I saw that Penguin had another LIVE Max event. I paid, downloaded, and I was able to watch it over this past weekend. I can't watch them live due to work hours.
I was disappointed, and for that reason, I am taking one star off. Here's why:
The LIVE Voyance act was only three routines. Later, they were explained in typical Max Maven great detail, and I did learn some good new methods, forces, handlings, etc. But, there were only three. At first, I thought he was doing three routines as a 'first act,' and then explain those three with Dan Harlan. An then, I thought he might do another three (or however many) as a 'second act,' and then go back to Dan for more interview and explanations. That was the basic format of his recent LIVE lecture with Michael Weber as the interviewer. But, this time there were only three.
I do not feel cheated for the $39.95 because I am such a Max Maven fan, but I would have felt differently, and cheated, if it had been anyone else.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 19th, 2019
This was the best yet I couldn’t wait to use it so I went into my magic had everything I needed to make the props and trued it in my hardest fan my wife , was the first tine I have her thinking I can read her mind freakin her out FINALLY.i can’t wait til my next show will be using these in my next show! The closest thing to real mind reading as there is I’m going to order the same book as he uses but I have one I can use til I get it this is a must have you say 1 out of 5 stars I give it a 10
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 9th, 2022
While the first effect (A CHOICE INTRODUCTION) is practical, it has other useful characteristics to introduce the performer and performance.

The next effect, RE:VISION, is a quite clever three phase effect with a 40 card deck of symbols. I find the typical 5 Zener card deck to lack much that is interesting to an audience, but the covert of simple pictures for mentalism is still good. The approach does a great job. It feels interesting, complete, and substantial (three spectators used for three reveals).

The last effects, CINEMENTALISM, is a book test that has justification and is also interesting to an audience. The method is direct but fooling, with a great subtlety at the start.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 30th, 2019
I enjoyed this download very much. As usual, Max Maven provided insightful and well-researched background information, subtleties, and tips concerning the material he presented and these alone are well worth the price of admission. In addition, he gives his views on the construction of a successful mentalism act. Mr. Maven is one of the most knowledgeable and respected performers in this genre, and never fails to share useful insights.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 23rd, 2019
At first I couldn't believe what I was going to see. I had to keep on pinching ant pinching my self for the reality check. But then the movie/vidoeo kept going and I know for sure it is REALLY HIM. If you wanna be a FOR REAL MENTALISMO and not like a child pretending to do it as if you jus. got the magic set and want to become dance Burton then get this right away. Max Maven is the best mentalist that ever ever ever lived. I love it.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 19th, 2019
Max is brilliant. Given his experience, his intellect, and his success, I have always found his work to be indispensable to anyone interested in mentalism, psychology, or any sort of theatrical performance.
This video is not filled with "tricks" but rather with wisdom. So much more of a "why" than a "how" video. Anyone who is serious about putting together a solid routine will find this video a treasure trove of insight. Highly recommended.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 15th, 2019
Straight to the point Master session!
What the hell is wrong with you get This immediately!
Anything that Max shares with the circle is a sacred Relic ! I had trouble putting down the bottle of age blended whiskey after I saw this profound Act!, there are layers or strata of hidden knowledge revealed only to the wise Within this session!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 30th, 2019
Is not bad but I like Max because he know very good the history and story of magic and magicians and he tell the names and details and many references...he is amazing
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