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Cards Of Influence Review

Official Review

June 11th, 2008 1:07pm
Reviewed by Gordon Meyer
This book is pretty much as described in the dealer's description; it's essentially a collection of presentations that focus on psychological ("subliminal") influence for their presentational hook. In many of the cases the tricks are commercially available, so they're not explained, which means you'll have to use your imagination if you don't already own the featured tricks.

Although I can usually appreciate Knepper's writing, and I also like Zingg's angle on mental magic, I'm lukewarm about this book. It's written in a very narrative style, almost stream of consciousness, and it won't be easy to refer to parts that you want to read again. There are also many minor variations described with a good degree of repetition throughout. What this book needs is a good edit, some reorganization, and 40% price reduction. Unless this topic hold special appeal, I think you might agree. I'm giving it a middling 3 stars for not realizing its full potential

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Product info for Cards Of Influence

Author: Kenton Knepper & Mark Townsend
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $40.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

Kenton Knepper tips some of his highly successful and wildly entertaining examples for the public on subliminal influence and word power using cards no less!

Mark Townsend is a student of Kenton's who is well known for adding deeper dimensions and unusual presentations to all of his effects.

These two extraordinary thinkers present material you will use right away that is unlike nearly anything else you may have seen or read before.

You will find everything from close up material and magic, to story-telling effects, weird pieces, never-before-seen card concepts and yes, even mentalism.

Memorable and unusual effects made simple, as only Kenton and his students can.

EASY to do material. Basic card sleights or no sleights at all are required.

You should have a basic background in card sleights if you wish to perform all of this material. Other effects incorporate standard trick decks available at most dealers. In many cases you can simply make your own cards with a marker and blank cards, or use a regular deck, to perform material in this book.

Includes the favorites

  • Subliminally Wild
  • Your Spell Is Numbered
  • The Well
  • Amethyst
  • Subliminal McCombical
  • and much more.
With bonus effects by Allen Zingg. Be prepared for some real twists!

80 Pages of surprising, easy, innovative card magic and mentalism.

"Among my favorite effects are an inspired variation on Frank Garcia's 'Wild Card' and a really lovely variation on the 'Split Deck.'

I was especially impressed with the generous spirit of the writing here. As the authors share one smart alternative handling after another there is a sense that they are completely focused on you the reader and care deeply about imparting their creative knowledge in as clear, humble and patient a manner as possible.

Such a gift!" - Jay Sankey

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