I've been using Banachek's PK Touches for years,
but have only done it a handful of times
and never thought I understood it all
from Banachek's poor teaching.
I think the explanation in Banachek's
original manuscript was unclear.
diagrams (which is what Pentagon NEEDS), but the diagrams in the original PKT were unhelpful.
There was a drawing of a hand and I was not sure that he really meant me to use my finger in
that weird way which doesn't seem right.
Then there was another drawing of a stage, from
overhead, with 3 vague figures on it representing the performer and the spectators. When I say
"vague figures," I mean 3 circles--not giving any indication which direction they're facing. It
made no sense to me.
It seemed to contradict the verbal explanation,
and it didn't make
any sense from just looking at it.
It would've helped to put arrows on those large black dots
representing the spectators and performer so I could see the direction everyone is facing.
maybe there were arrows and it made it even more confusing because it contradicted every performance
I'd seen of it.
Pentagon has made much clearer to me, so I'm grateful to Redford for that.
On the other hand, I wish he had used diagrams instead of spending all that
time doodling misshapen and irrelevant comic strips that aren't helpful.
There's a section
in the PK Touch routine called Staring Sensation. I really need a diagram for this, because the way
he describes the "physical method," it doesn't make any sense. There's no way you can anchor the
___ to the bottom of the chair, then "around the back" (around the spectator's back? around the
back of the chair? which direction 'around'??) to my left wrist.
An illustration would've been
There has to be a fulcrum that he forgot to mention, and even then it doesn't
So I guess I'll just figure a method out for myself
(I thought I was paying
for that when I got the book).
Another gripe I have with the book is,
in addition to
the doodles used as filler,
the words of each chapter title are defined for us,
dictionary definitions. N
ot obscure words.
Words like, "Time Travel," "Super," "X-ray."
I hate when authors add such patronizing
[ ˈfilər ]
noun: filler · plural
a thing put in a space or container to fill it:
There are 21 pages
of CARTOONS in this book,
cartoons that add nothing to the instruction,
leaving 27 pages
The advertisement says,
"Pages: 48 - Full-color and black-and-white
The truth is if you remove the irrelevant cartoons, the book is 27 pages.
So Patrick added over 20 pages of 'not-a-magic-book'
so he could say he has a ~50 book.
Half of the pages are just doodles from a high school student and don't add anything to the
Just makes it more annoying since
you have to flip 3 or 4 pages
every so often
to get back to the real book.
One more thing.
The ad says, "Full-color ...
That's referring ONLY to the cartoons.
illustrations regarding the actual tricks, those are black & white line drawings.
that to be clear in case
you feel a bit let down when
you find that there aren't really
And plus, the one trick where
I needed an illustration or
PK Power, there was none.
Just paragraph after paragraphs
where the performer should stand,
how to seat the participant, where the participants hands
should be, that the participants should have their eyes closed, touch the participant on the back...
Even the words are unclear. For example, Redford says, "if you hit the right place on a
subject's back, it will create a minor pressure in the head... this is the spot you want to hit."
??? ARE YOU SERIOUS?
So I'll just experiment touching people's backs,
until eventually I'll find that sweet spot.
A diagram would've been
and it would've been so easy for Redford to
stop coloring cartoons and
make a simple drawing showing where
on the back I'm supposed to touch the
instead of just telling me to touch a spectator on the back "somewhere below the
The back is a large place.
Furthermore, he could've saved several
of vague explanation with one illustration,
but there are no illustrations for
the PK Power effect.
Ok, I'm going to stop reviewing now since I'm working myself up, realizing
how much better this book could've been.