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Simply Psychic Review

May 26th, 2009 11:15am
Reviewed by Brian Reaves
I was hesitant to purchase this video since it was so cheap and I'd never heard of Ross before, but I'm so glad the salesman talked me into it. This is a wonderful video and goes into the theory of mentalism and doesn't just show you effects and moves on.

I have to say the first few effects aren't that great. They're more demonstrations than any kind of mentalism. Stick with it though, because things really get good as it goes on. I found five routines I used almost immediately, and that's almost unheard of for me! Most of the time I'm lucky to find 2 effects on the same DVD I actually want to use, but Ross has put together some incredibly simple mental magic that is easy enough for a beginner but that blows away even seasoned magicians if done properly.

Don't get me wrong: you aren't going to fool everyone every time. And since this is mentalism it's going to depend on you to be the showman and sell the effect, but for the amount of practice and effort you have to put into them (not to mention the fact that ALMOST all of these have no chance of failure if done properly), you can't beat it.

The only major change I immediately saw was Omar's Prophecy. As Ross does it, there is that chance of messing up at the beginning just to prove a point...but there's no reason for it. If you apply the last two principles to the first one you have zero chance for failure. He even mentions doing this in his explanation, but still feels his way works best to show the "1 in 3" on the paper. I adapted the handling for parts 2 and 3 into part 1 (which eliminates the chance of missing with your prediction) and have never had anyone question it. Other than that, you're pretty much ready to go out of the box with this video. Awesome magic at an incredible price!
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Product info for Simply Psychic

Author: Ross Johnson
Publisher: Fun, Inc.
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $14.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

Simply Psychic is the finest introduction to mental magic on DVD, from the art's finest practicioner - Ross Johnson.

Imagine reaching inside someone’s head and discovering his innermost thoughts. On Simply Psychic, Ross Johnson performs and explains impossible and explains the unexplainable.
The effects on Simply Psychic are as evocative and thought-provoking as they are entertaining -- no mere magic tricks. Best of all, they’re aimed at the beginning mentalist, require few, if any special props. Ross’ clear and concise teaching makes every effect easy to understand. Each explanation is peppered with carefully considered, professional advice, hints and tips - salient points that professionals will find invaluable. Watch Simply Psychic, learn the material and perform. It’s that simple.

On this DVD you will learn:

- How to interrupt the thought and speech patterns of an entire audience - psychically!
- To predict the outcome of future events, including the flip of a coin and the selection of a card!
- What a spectator will do before even he knows!
- And much, much more!

Voted the top psychic entertainer in the world, Ross Johnson’s uncanny abilities have taken him around the globe. With over 25 years as a professional mind reader, he brings a wealth of
knowledge and experience to Simply Psychic. He knows what you’re thinking.

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