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Topic: [honest review wanted] Psycho by Spidey
Message: Posted by: Mad_Lewis (Jan 26, 2013 01:31PM)
Hello everyone,

Seen this ? http://www.theory11.com/tricks/psycho-by-spidey
Looks too good to be true ! I am a bit shaken by all the reviews on the demo page, it seems too outstanding and too cheap for what it is.
I am wondering if this is something nice to play with and if it is a worker, or just big hype ! Anybody got this and will use it ? Could you review it ?

Thanks a lot,
Cheers
Message: Posted by: seadog93 (Jan 26, 2013 04:27PM)
I'm sure I'm being overly critical, but how do the odds possibly equal a million to one?

Edit:
Oh, I just looked at the price. If that effect looks appealing to you, how could you possibly go wrong for $7?
Message: Posted by: Mad_Lewis (Jan 27, 2013 06:23AM)
Well I just don't want to make a compulsive order just because it is cheap... It bugs me a little ! Plus I like getting a bit more information to see if this is my kind of stuff.
To me odds look more like this : one in 52*99*6 = 30888 approximately if I understand the effect well. Feels close enough to the million ^^
Message: Posted by: Mad_Lewis (Jan 27, 2013 09:13AM)
I got what I needed, this is not a trick for me !
Message: Posted by: Josh Clarke (Jan 28, 2013 10:07AM)
Even though you decided it's not for you, I'll post my honest review.

The effect:

Psycho is a demonstration of the power of the unconscious mind.
A spectator thinks of a random playing card, shape, and number. You proceed to reveal the playing card they thought of written on a piece of paper. This is only the beginning.
An IMPOSSIBLE coincidence. The odds are a million to one.
You remove the deck from the box, and you begin to deal the cards. Each one is shown to have a different shape and number written on the back - completely random. As you slowly turn over their selected card, the shape and number THEY thought of are mysteriously written on the BACK of the card.
Empower your audience. Control the future.
A rare effect that makes your spectators feel as if they can do magic. There's no way they could have known - but they did. This demonstration is proof. Brilliantly thought out and taught with over 40 minutes of detail - nothing is left to chance. An unbelievable piece of mental magic by Bedros "Spidey" Akkelian.

The review:

I am very pleased with this effect. First of all, it only costs $6.95. Now I know you could get a book at that price with many effects in it, but there are so many possibilities with this effect, it is well worth the money. The effect doesn't use any ground breaking new ideas, but it does present them in a way that is pretty unique. You are not limited to numbers and shapes on the backs of the cards. It can be anything that is simple to draw or write. The setup of the deck will take you about 2 minutes and then it is ready to go forever. There is also a little setup before each performance, but it doesn't take more than 30 seconds. You could setup in front of the spectators, but it is a little risky. Only very basic sleights are used, but a beginner may have problems because some misdirection and audience management are required. One of the f****s used may also be hard for beginners and may not always be 100% guaranteed. There is an option to use a different f***e, but I find that the effect isn't as powerful using it. You could perform this for a large group of people, but I wouldn't recommend it. You would have to be very careful if someone was behind you. This effect is much better on a 1 on 1 basis anyways. I love that there are two different magical things happening. One is performed by the magician and one is seemingly performed by the spectator. I would highly recommend this effect if you are comfortable with a little audience management and with f*****g. This can be adapted to so many different styles that it could fit into almost any magician's routine.
Message: Posted by: Humester (Jan 28, 2013 10:37AM)
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On 2013-01-27 10:13, The.Amazing.Boy wrote:
I got what I needed, this is not a trick for me !
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Any insight as to why the trick in not for you. I was considering the purchase.
Message: Posted by: parmenion (Jan 28, 2013 02:36PM)
Too expensive for a French guy! lol
French want to know how it works to do it for free :)
Message: Posted by: Mad_Lewis (Feb 2, 2013 11:13AM)
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On 2013-01-28 11:37, Humester wrote:
Any insight as to why the trick in not for you. I was considering the purchase.
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Josh Clarke has written a very good and honest review. Thank you Josh ! It's a better mentalism review that anything I could write on a mentalism trick.
I am a bad person to listen to regarding mentalism reviews because I have a very particular taste in mentalism. It is not necessary that I explain myself more because it could give some people the wrong idea on a trick that could be good for them. If you like mentalism a lot, if you liked Josh's review and if this effect suits you, then go for it !

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On 2013-01-28 15:36, parmenion wrote:
Too expensive for a French guy! lol
French want to know how it works to do it for free :)
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A Swiss guy declaring war ? ;)
Message: Posted by: Steve Hook (Feb 18, 2013 08:52PM)
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On 2013-02-02 12:13, The.Amazing.Boy wrote:
It is not necessary that I explain myself more because it could give some people the wrong idea on a trick that could be good for them. If you like mentalism a lot, if you liked Josh's review and if this effect suits you, then go for it !


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Fair enough!

War averted?
Message: Posted by: The_Great_Dubini (Mar 12, 2013 10:06AM)
I have to say that I have been Psycho for all of about a week and all I can say is that this thing KILLS. People are blown away when the card that they picked has their randomly thought of shape and number. The odds seem unfathomable. Did it at a gig the other night, and I literally couldn't perform another effect. They were just too blow away. One friend of mine, a sideshow performer who's seen and done it all, put it best: "That is just uncanny", as he sat and scratched his head.
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Mar 12, 2013 12:45PM)
Like the look ofit andfor $7 what have I got to lose ?
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Mar 12, 2013 01:46PM)
Just downloaded this and think it is very good. I am not much of a card person, but will definately use this. The only sleight you need to use is well explained and there is an alternative if you find it difficult.
Message: Posted by: BSpideyA (Mar 24, 2013 01:33AM)
Hey George and Dubini,

I really don't tend to check the Café forums too often but I wanted to take the time to thank you guys for giving Psycho a try, I am happy you guys enjoyed it!

Dubini; I am VERY touched by your review and I am VERY happy you were able to get such strong reactions with it :)

Thanks guys!
Spidey
Message: Posted by: Phatmeat (Apr 5, 2013 04:38PM)
Hey Spidey, congrats on the recent releases. You've been putting out some solid material lately, so keep up the good work!

So I've thinking about alternatives to the shape and number combination. Any suggestions? What about instead of a shape you revealed a letter from the alphabet and a number instead? Do you think that would make the effect less strong? Would love to hear other people's ideas.
Message: Posted by: Dr. Eamon (Apr 6, 2013 09:30AM)
OK I will try this one out :)
Message: Posted by: BSpideyA (Apr 8, 2013 03:13AM)
Hey Phatmeat,

a letter and a number work, and let me shed some light on something that might "click" something in your mind and open a pandoras box of presentation ideas....ready?....locker numbers! I have spent many hours thinking about an effect where a combined letter and number give a locker number from highschool. And here is a perfect opportunity to tie this in. It makes combining a letter and a number make perfect sense!

I honestly don't believe ANYTHING makes the effect weaker, a pin code, a made up zip code, a made up phone number, 3 initials (first, middle and last name), anything!

I only say 3 initials because if you put 2, the one they name might already be there, somewhere, waiting to bite you in the ***

Please let me know what you come up with, I would love to see :D

Spidey
Message: Posted by: priyanshu (Jun 3, 2013 01:04PM)
I love mentalism and I think I am going to buy this.
Message: Posted by: Turk (Jun 18, 2013 04:29PM)
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On 2013-02-02 12:13, The.Amazing.Boy wrote:
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On 2013-01-28 11:37, Humester wrote:
Any insight as to why the trick in not for you. I was considering the purchase.
[/quote]

Josh Clarke has written a very good and honest review. Thank you Josh ! It's a better mentalism review that anything I could write on a mentalism trick.
I am a bad person to listen to regarding mentalism reviews because I have a very particular taste in mentalism. It is not necessary that I explain myself more because it could give some people the wrong idea on a trick that could be good for them. If you like mentalism a lot, if you liked Josh's review and if this effect suits you, then go for it !

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On 2013-01-28 15:36, parmenion wrote:
Too expensive for a French guy! lol
French want to know how it works to do it for free :)
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A Swiss guy declaring war ? ;)
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Or, put another way...

To be Franc, a Swiss?

(badda bim, badda boom!)