Zenner Bend Assisted Telekinesis a follow up to PSSimulcast

Effect: After explaining the composition and use of an ESP deck and demonstrating their use, the mage states that the symbol cards can be used to demonstrate other forms of ESP. The mage obtains an assistant from the audience to participate in producing a phenomenon known as Assisted Telekinesis.

The mage arranges a set of the five ESP symbol cards into a face up circle on the table. The participant is given a duplicate set of the five symbol cards and asked to privately select one of them and place it face down in the centre of the circle. The audience's attention now begins to peak as the mage gives the participant a handful of spoons and directs her to place one on each of the face up cards. The mage cautions that he cannot generate the event alone and urges the participant to stay focused on the symbol which is the duplicate of her selection and the stainless steel spoon which rests upon it.

The mage covers the spoon on the cross symbol card with cupped hands. He shakes his head and states, "You are not thinking of the cross." Without waiting for confirmation, he lifts his hands to reveal that the spoon is unchanged. He moves his hands to the next card and spoon in the circle, which is the square symbol. "Nor is it the square."

The third spoon and symbol, which is the star, is now covered. A moment after covering the spoon on the star symbol, the mage smiles. He asks the participant to pick up the face down ESP card from the centre of the circle. It is a star. The mage now lifts his hands from the spoon resting on the face up star. It is seen to have a distinct bend.


This presentation relies on a handling of Guy Bavli's brilliant spoon bending technique combined with marked ESP cards. More on the bend later.

The Cards:

The backs of the Bicycle Brand ESP cards are marked. There are numerous ways to do this. The five figures that follow illustrate my system. I use a Pilot pen to ink out the appropriate petals on

Christopher Taylor both ends of the cards.







Wavy Lines (back left unmarked)

The participant selects and places a duplicate of the symbol she is thinking of face down into the circle of face up cards. You have all the time you could want to decode the markings (or lack of) on the back of her selection while she is placing the spoons onto the face up cards. Begin with the spoon that is two places away from her one laying on her selection. The First Two Spoons

You must appear to do exactly the same thing with the first two spoons as you do with the third one which you bend. The audience becomes accustomed to your movement pattern which must be performed with an attitude of assessment. You cover the spoon and cup your hands briefly around it. The thumb of the right hand is covered by the left hand [fig. 1 and 2].

Keeping the spoons covered, and your hands cupped, turn ninety degrees to the spoon and leave your cupped hands over the spoon for a few seconds. Both thumbs are now become visible [fig.

Fig. 3 - Both thumbs are now visible.

With the first two spoons, it is at this point you announce that you have not found the symbol the participant is thinking of. Lift your hands off the unbent spoon, opening them like a book.

The Bend

Guy Bavli's "Energy Hand" method of spoon bending is taught on the first volume of his excellent Bending Metal Bending Minds video series. He has kindly given permission to include a description of it here. In my handling, the movements that you use to bend the spoon outwardly look exactly like those you used to assess the first two spoons.

Step 1. As your hands cover the spoon, the tip of your right middle finger touches the front of the spoon's bowl [Fig. 4]

Fig. 4 -left hand removed for clarity

Step 2. Press down on the bowl, the handle will tilt up into your palm and your thumb wraps around the handle. Anchor the thumb against your palm to act as a fulcrum [Fig. 5 and 6].

Step 3. Bend the handle by curling the heal of your palm and your fingertips together around the thumb [Fig. 7 and 8].

Do not pause after tilting the handle into your palm. Although the tilt, thumb grip and bend are described in separate steps, they are actually one smooth movement. There is a slight pause after the bend before you make your 90 degree movement to show both thumbs.


For a Bizarre or Halloween version of this effect, you can replace the ESP cards with rune cards or period sepia-toned photos.

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