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Andrew Wong
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Hi,
I am planning to get Psychokinetic Time. Can anyone please provide a review??? Is it easy to do?? Use any watch??? Sounds too good to be true!! Smile

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Andrew,

I own Banacheck's Psychokinetic Time, I picked it up from Penguin:

http://www.penguinmagic.com/

The manuscript is very detailed and tells you everything you need to know to perform it. It does, in fact, use a watch you can borrow from a spectator (as long as it's not a digital watch, has to have minute and hour hands..)

I read a review before I purchased it that said Psychokinetic Time was "for the serious performer" ... and that's true. If you want to perform this miracle it's going to take a lot of practice.

It's very interesting, I have not tried it yet but have read the manuscript many times. I would suggest it, I like the way Banacheck thinks. Psychokinetic Silverware is also very good, I use this method for bending metal.

http://www.penguinmagic.com/product.php?ID=16

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I do this effect all the time and is one of the most powerful impromptu things I do. It's something that does take quite a bit of practice like anything, but this requires an amount of fine tuning, timing and finesse. When you have this down,you'll have something very powerful to show people! Hope this helps.--Jason Dean
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PK Time is a very powerful effect, and can be done with about any analog watch impromptu. With some practice, this effect is truly amazing.

Well worth the money I.M.H.O.

David.
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This effect is amazing, it is one of my favourite effects. It is one of those tricks that you can do anytime with no gimmicks when asked to do some magic, worth double the price.

But please, can you guys use the search function? Most old products have already been discussed.
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This booklet is way underpriced. This is one of the most powerful effects you can do. By the way, forget the number force. Just do the dirty work, place the watch between the spectator's hands, and tell them to concentrate on moving the watch's hands. Put the cause of the miracle on them, not YOU! Make them the hero. Much more powerful that way. Smile
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Andrew Wong
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Is it technically difficult or is the presentation difficult???? Smile

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HN Review 35: Psychokinetic Time – Banachek

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Do you remember the stunning magic effect performed on TV? In effect, he borrowed a watch from a man sitting in his car and checked the correct time. He placed the watch back in the man’s hands and then asked him to think of a number to move the time. The man said "24" and after a few seconds of mental hocus-pocus, the man opened his hands and saw the watch indeed MOVE AHEAD 24 MINUTES! The reaction was incredible!

Now, you can learn the original method and forcing techniques used for this amazing effect in Banacheck’s 26- page manuscript Psychokinetic Time. After being long out of print, Banachek has re-released this monumental effect. Psychokinetic Time comes complete with nine clear photos and descriptive text that details the ultimate impromptu method for altering the time on a spectator’s watch while held in their own hand! Other effects and concepts with watches are also discussed using the secret principles. No "gadgets" or difficult handling. This is for the serious magician, mentalist or conjuring enthusiast - but can be mastered by anyone!

REVIEW:

Cons (unconvincingly addressed by the author):
- The effect should not be repeated for the same crowd;
- You cannot use any borrowed watch;
- The angles are indeed an issue;
- The real success rate is far from being 100%

Pros:
- Great reactions when it hits;
- Really impromptu, no set-up, propless.

Overall rating: good

H.
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While it is a good effect, it is NOT an easy one to do9even if it appears easy on first read). It requires "chops" to do it (strong presentation) AND it is extremely improtant to learn the "force" of the amount of time you will move that hands. That alone is the primary reason that Steve put it into print. So many tried to copy it by making the hands move, period. What sells the effect is that you move the hands of the watch a specific amount of time called for by the particiapnt while you are not touching the watch. THAT is what one must practice and learn in order to do the effect successfuly and is the primary reason I say that it is NOT for beginners.

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I would agree that this is definatly not for beginners. But this always gets screams, this is one trick that gets me bookings all the time. I really think this is one of the best close-up mentalism effects ever. Blaine used this to open his second special, that is how strong it is. DPe666 I think without the force a spectator could later say to himself that 'he must have moved the hands somehow', but when it goes to their number it really is impossible. With practice you can definatly get a 90% hit rate if you do the force correctly.

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this effect is incredible! But, as was said earlier, it is tough! Not so much the handling, but the performance. If you have no ability to misdirect, then don't get it (and what are you into magic for anyway?) remember, practice makes better. Smile
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I have to second a lot of what is being said. This isn't for beginners and it does involve a little bit of gutsy misdirection. Any trick worthwhile will, however. Banacheck does a great job of teaching the subtleties that are needed (which is probably why he has an entire book dedicated to subtleties). The number force provided is so simple yet so effective I think you can use it in many other applications and is well worth the price of the book. The first few times I performed this I felt that it was way to bold and fishy and that I was going to get caught or that they wouldn't find it that impressive. I was very, very wrong. If done correctly, IT KILLS. It is a great confidence booster in misdirection....if you practice and are ready to perform it.
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Just a small correction.. if handled properly and I talk about how... angles are not a problem ever.

YOu will always be 100 percent.. okay not necessarily on the exact number but I cover outs for those few times you are wrong. The fact that the watch moves is a miracle in itself. I always act as if it is going to be a hard watch to move.. that way I can pause and act as if it stopped moving.. try again.. and act like it stopped... I try again and finally state that it keeps stopping but I believe it is at ... naming the exact time it has moved... when they turn it over.. they completely forget they named a number and are amazed it is at the number I stated. I rarely if ever have to do this (usually when working for a magician who tries to mess it up to see what I will do ..idiots and rude.. but that is another topic.) The more you do this effect, the less you will have it miss. Ask those who use it at trade shows and the like time and time again.

Oh and one other thing.. I repeat for the same crowd all the time and never get caught..

Blaine does the effect here.. he missed a couple of subtleties but still you can see the reaction:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaHIjMsd9I4

another performer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_MWPoaQCYs

and another:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jviQUqjaaeU

Vids can be seen at: http://www.banachekproducts.com/product_p/005.htm
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Looks great, my only concern is that here in Spain not many wear watches any more, they mostly all just have other cell phones. I used to love doing the watch steal but now its difficult to find people wearing one.
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