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Hemispheres Review

Official Review

April 2nd, 2008 11:29am
Reviewed by Christian
I should state right up front I am not a Jay Sankey fan. I’m not saying that I don’t like him or his work; I just want to confirm that I am not a member of his fan club. While I have found some of his previous works to be inspiring, I have also watched him churn out some real stinkers. I confess this so you know where I stand as I review this DVD.

As the DVD started, my first reaction was that this looked like a DVD for a beginner in mentalism. It was not exciting me. But somewhere around the third effect on the disc, I began to take notes. The DVD is packed with 20 effects. That is quite a few. There are some repeated effects. Ones that have been on previous DVD’s but he admits that on the disc and gives reasons why he duplicated the material.

Even with the duplicated pieces there is more than enough new material to keep you happy for the money you spent. I personally highlighted 7 effects for further examination. Beyond just the tricks he was also dispersing copious amounts of theory and performance tips. I thoroughly enjoyed this DVD.

For the fans, I will warn you this seems like a more laid back Sankey. He was not quite as quirky as he seems in his earlier DVDs. This affected me neither positively or negatively, it’s just an observation.

The material is interesting and with some thought one could easily use some of his methodologies for their own performances. Much of the material is fine just the way he performs it. There are some definite ready to rock pieces on this DVD. Others will take time, practice, and patience.

There are also a few card effects that I don’t really feel fit in the mode of mentalism, but they were fun and still worth watching. A good portion of the material is non-card.

The ad copy is accurate and the tricks listed play just like they are described.

This is a really solid DVD and I quite enjoyed it.
I can easily recommend this DVD to anyone looking for mentalism pieces

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Product info for Hemispheres

Author: Jay Sankey
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $40.00
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"Mentalism is the art of exploring and revealing hidden connections." - Jay Sankey

Featuring OVER 3 HOURS of outstanding "magic of the mind," HEMISPHERES is an ingenious collection of 20 startling psychic effects, many of which Jay is sharing for the very first time. This exciting dvd includes "experiments and demonstrations" with business cards, coins, watches, playing cards, fortune cookies, photographs, magazines, notepads, paper money, tarot cards, play-doh and even a doll's eye!

And thanks to Jay's philosophy of "mind over muscle," the majority of these truly startling routines require VERY LITTLE SLEIGHT-OF-HANDABILITY! Instead, the emphasis is on full presentations and nurturing a REAL connection with your audiences. Jay even includes an enormous amount of scripting right out of his own professional repertoire!

Jay also discusses the importance of making your mentalism as visual as possible, deflecting focus away from yourself, the relationship between simplicity and flexibility, the power of the implicit, and the performance of what Jay calls "meaningful mentalism."

Jay even shares "The Punch Principle" and "The Billet Delivery System" two exciting new techniques he's been keeping to himself for years!

And as a very special ADDED BONUS Jay has included a professionally printed, full-color photograph for his incredible PHOTO FINISH routine!

Here are JUST A FEW of the 20 incredible routines:


The mentalist predicts the name of person nobody has ever met!


Three randomly selected cards are "seen" with a doll's eye!


From several different receipts, an audience member chooses the receipt matching the exact amount of money held in their own hand!


The dates of three borrowed coins are divined in an exceptionally fair fashion!


With just two business cards and two markers the mentalist reveals an inexplicable connection between himself and a member of the audience.


The psychic successfully "sends" a mental image of a glass of wine, right down to the exact level of the liquid!

Running Time Approximately 206min

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