The Omni Bender

In my quest to design the 'perfect' key-bending gimmick, I researched other methods, spent far too much money on prototypes, and re-invented the proverbial wheel more than once. At the end of the day, the method that was perfect for me was the method that started my quest to begin with Not only that, but the bender cost me less than a dollar to make, and is the best key bender I have ever used The routine described here has all of the misdirection needed worked in with the choreography and the...

Ringu

Out of everything in this book, this is the one I was going to hold back, simply because I know that most of you will not be comfortable bending peoples rings, and those of you that might be, will not believe that this works. It does. Effect The magician borrows a spectator's ring, and cleanly lays it on his hand. With no cover whatsoever, the ring begins to bend right before the flabbergasted spectators eyes The ring is immediately handed back to its speechless owner in its now bent condition....

Introduction

Mentalism is, by its very nature, an implicit art. The magic happens in the mind of the spectator, and nothing is seen to happen. As a magician, I always looked for, and performed explicit effects that allowed the spectators to see the magic. When I started in mentalism, I was astounded at the impact a simple center tear could have. But I was still uncomfortable with it. I wanted the audience to see something happening, which brought me to psychokinesis. I was immediately enthralled with...

Forget Geller

This is a technique I have been using to bend coins for quite some time. It alone has convinced spectators of my strange, unusual powers, and it has fooled the pants off of magicians who are not familiar with the technique. It is a very strong piece don't let the method fool you. There has been a resurgence of sorts as of late with bending effects, namely coins. And there are plenty to choose from Silver Shifter, The Quantum Bender, The Yuval Koran Bender, The Xpert Bend, and Bent Cent to name...

Post Impression

This is the furthest thing from explicit mentalism in this book, but is included here as those who I have taught it to really enjoyed it, and asked me to publish it so that others may learn it. It is extremely simple, as well, extremely clean looking. I urge you to try this it will no doubt take its place in your mental rolodex of effects. Effect The mentalist introduces a pad of Post It notes. They are normal, and can be examined. He then hands the participant a pen, and turns his head. He...

Foreword By Kenton Knepper

It's easy to get bent out of shape about these things. Sean Fields is a smart guy. But when he told me he was working on a book about bending keys and such, I was cautious. Sean knows I have used bending to make a part of my living since the 1970s. Lately there have been many jumping on the I bend things too bandwagon. Most of these people teach bending as if it is a card or coin move. They misunderstand the power of bending, and instruct others to perform such effects in quick, multi-climax...

The Tesla Experiment

This is the ultimate mind reading effect, an explicit display of telepathic ability. Sounds strange, doesn't it How can you make mind reading an explicit event It is actually quite simple involve the senses. Involve as many senses as you can. In this effect, I get not only sight involved, but hearing and touch as well. This makes for an absolute showstopper. I will tell you ahead of time, there are gimmicks involved, most of which many of you will have. If you don't have all the necessary...