First of all, I'm going to come right out and say that I don't like or do the whole "psychic" bit.
That's not compatible with who I am or my beliefs. For me, though, this is a great trick for
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I really enjoyed this product. It's simple,
straightforward, and sure to stupify your spectators. It can be done in most settings when your
performance is adjusted as necessary. Before I go on, I'll just say - Yes. Get it.
now, let's review this properly...
- It was an enjoyable and very sufficient
download. The explanation runs about 30 minutes long. It could have been perhaps a few minutes
shorter, but it didn't seem to go on and on. I felt like he taught this very sufficiently.
Easy to pay attention. He's got a great personality.
- No arts & crafts. Well, you do have to do
a tiny amount of prep... but if you consider this too much work or complain it's arts & crafts, you
are really, really, really lazy. LOL!
- Household items - plastic bags... ziplock type are
great but not absolutely necessary. Blindfold... you'll need one. If you have one, chances are that
you either sleep with one or... well, I really don't want to go that direction. TMI. If you don't
have a blindfold (no trick blindfold necessary), he does show how you can simply use your hands (or
spectator's hands) to cover your eyes. You can even go crazy and wrap your head with bandages, put
coins and pads on your eyes, etc. Go crazy. Personally, I love Patrick Kuff's Blindfoil method.
- It's a fooler to laymen. To beginning mentalists, it might be. To more experienced mentalists,
chances are that, if you THINK you know how this works, you are probably correct. Skip it if that's
- It's performance worthy. In fact, I could see this stretching out for a few minutes if
you enjoy ad-libbing. If you like this kind of thing, you're very likely to use this.
several spectators involved.
- No stooges.
- I enjoyed the background music. Though it was
on a continuous loop, it seemed to fit his personality. If anyone is wondering, I Shazamed it. haha!
The song is "Kingdom of Baghk" by Vusal Zeinalov.
- Nighttime/low light street
work or closeup might be difficult. It's doable, but you should know what you're getting into (i.e.
have experience with this trick) before doing it in low-visibility settings.
- Price - I'd like
to see this at $4.95. At $9.95, I'm still happy with what you get. However, to be honest, the method
is very simple. So, as I always say, base the price not on the method, but on the effect... then
you're more likely to be happy.
- I do wish he went into just a little more detail about various
blindfolds. He said that "that's not in the scope of this trick", which he is correct in saying... I
just wish he did. Of course, I'm not docking anything for that.
- Personally, I didn't like the
whole Marco Polo thing. It seemed to go for a while, which was fine in itself. But then, he didn't
do that the rest of the time for the other spectators. I totally understand why he did this... he's
trying to keep it interesting. However, personally, I feel like when you do that, you basically
discount the approach you just took by discarding it. For example, the next time, finding the
correct spectator via a Marco Polo game wasn't necessary. So, my thought would be: "Then why the
heck did we just do all that goofy Marco Polo stuff?" Just my opinion. I think taking this from a
deductive mentalist approach where you figure out which belonged to each spectator all at once might
have worked out better.
Overall impression: Great! This really will make your talents (I
prefer a deductive reasoning approach (i.e. Sherlock Holmes)) appear supernatural. This is an easy
trick to do that can basically be a mini-act in itself. I really enjoyed this. I give it 4 stars out
of 5... 5 I reserve for mind-melting "magical" visual tricks and things that just go nuclear on
spectators. This trick is not that. It's more of a credibility builder (Dang, this guy knows what
he's doing!), which is a compliment and a necessary element to have when trying to be a mentalist.
Is it worth the money? Yes (unless you have experience with this already). Is it easy? Yes. Is it
something that will go into your repretoire? LIkely, Yes.
By the way, I always try to be
honest and straightforward in my reviews, while being respectful to the magician. If you appreciate
my reviews, can you please click the "Yes" button below beside the question, "Did this review help
you?" It's not like I actually benefit in any way by your clicking it... but it would be nice to see
if my reviews are helpful or not. I hope they are. If you ever have suggestions or comments or
questions about my reviews, please feel free to leave me a constructive comment. I'm just trying to
be helpful. I love the Penguin community and hope that I can someday contribute my own product. :-)
Thanks for reading and for any (hopefully positive, but either way, at least kind) feedback.
12 of 12 magicians found this helpful.
Alexander Marsh has done it again! This is a brilliant routine, full of opportunity for real
The secret is simple, but I doubt I would have thought of it myself. I love
the extra ideas that Alexander shares too. Very flexible.
Now, whenever I see a magician
put on a blindfold, I automatically assume they can actually see, to some degree or another. So I
wasn’t sure I’d be able to do this trick. But actually, I think the fact that I can’t see without my
glasses makes this effect even more powerful!
And Alexander does give other options than
blindfolds, if for some reason you’d rather not use one.
With this process, even though
I’m practically blind without my glasses, I can present a stunningly convincing effect! Alexander
has come up with a sure-fire way to know who’s bag he’s holding, so half of the act is already in
the bag, so to speak. So even if I don’t get the details of the object correct, I can get the color
and shape right. And I think that makes it even more convincing. Especially to people who know me
and know I can’t see without my glasses AND I’ve got on a blindfold, this will be a mind-blowing
demonstration for sure!
So, if you aren’t sure if you can use this because you need your
glasses to see and it doesn’t make sense to wear them under a blindfold, I can’t guarantee anything
for sure, but I think you can still use this technique.
5 of 6 magicians found this helpful.
This is a great (and can be a long or short) routine. Method is learned and can be performed in
minutes. Multiple solutions for blindfold included and none need to be altered or constructed.
Just get any sleep mask or bandana. The method is great. I love it. For CLOSE UP use smaller bags
and these can be kept in your wallet with nearly no bulk. Prep takes 1 minute one time and you are
good to go. Love it~
3 of 3 magicians found this helpful.
Watching the demo I knew exactly what was going on, not because I'm clever but because the
principles are old and should be familiar to anyone who's been studying mentalism for a while.
Having said that, Marsh delivers on his promises: it's a solid routine and if you were fooled you
should definitely pick this up. I subtracted a star simply because I personally didn't get
anything new out of this.
3 of 4 magicians found this helpful.
This seems like something that would have been published in a magazine years ago. Oh wait, it was.
This is from Penguin's license to create video downloads of anything they want from Lee Earle's
Sygyzy magazine, a periodical we all miss. Note the Lee is publishing hard bound collections of the
entire run so those of you that didn't subscribe may want to save your ten dollar bills and buy the
collection when it comes out later this year.
But for this download you lean how to use
standard plastic zip-lock bags to collect 4-5 items while blindfolded, then identify the contents
and owner. The routine performed is one of many options but is a great place to start.
2 of 2 magicians found this helpful.
I gave this three stars because this seems to be a standard routine but using clear bags instead of
envelopes. There are good tips and the presentation was entertaining. I would recommend this to
someone new to the field and looking to do psychometric routines.
2 of 3 magicians found this helpful.
I remember doing a routine like this early in my performing career. I was amazed at the response.
The crowd was blown away by what I thought was a simple piece.
This takes is up a notch, The
blindfold and the marking system make this more than a miracle. Some cold reading thrown in makes
this one of the best routines of this types I have ever seen. The staging is fantastic and the
crowd goes away thinking that you have real metal powers.
I cannot recommend this highly enough.
It seems simple, but with some staging you have a miracle on your hands
Well worth the cost.
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
Its a joy to watch Alexander perform this effect.
I love mentalism that is a bit Jazz (as Bob
Cassidy coined). This is exactly what you get here.
This simple and devious way of getting the
information to make it work is both fun and easy to learn, although you will need to use some good
memory techniques if you really want to make it amazing and entertaining.
If you have been into
mentalism for a while you should know the workings and if you don't its time to learn form
Alexander, as he has some good ideas.
The video is well shot and taught and Alexander has a
charming way about him.
If you are new to this, buy it, its well worth the little money
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
First, I'm not a mentalist. This routine, though, really captures attention. Your spectators get the
benefit of a pure combination of both psychometry and blindfold object identification.
You'll enjoy the thoroughness of the explanation, including both stage and close-up
presentations. I you'll especially like the additional information on impromptu and close-up
Great effect. Great explanation. Recommended.
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
Wow, very powerful, deceptive, fun, plays big and very easy to learn. This is really a mental
miracle that you can do in a pinch and may become one of your favorite routines. It’s over 10
minutes of great entertainment you can add to your act right away. It combines 2 staples of
mentalism where you not only divine which objects belong to who but describe what the objects are,
all while being blindfolded. It uses 2 different principles that you may already know but in a very
calculating and entertaining fashion. You will learn the method very quickly which will allow you to
spend more time perfecting your patter and presentation. Alexander not only does a great job of
teaching the presentation but gives some really valuable tips to make the performance shown even
better. See Thru Psychometry is a true ‘pack small, play big’ effect. This is a very good buy for
such a versatile and entertaining routine.
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.