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Topic: Mad Pad by Head Hackers review
Message: Posted by: JonChase (Dec 2, 2011 05:26AM)
Mad Pad by Ant Jacquin and Kev Sheldrake

When I opened Mad Pad and read about, what for me, was a totally unique idea for a virtually undetectable reading system I thought it was too complex for my antique roadshow brain.

I also suffer with eyesight, or rather the lack of it, and if the system is too subtle then I am often guessing as much as as seeing what I am doing. Mad Pad however is, after trying it out with some real people and one or two not so real magicians on my last hypnosis training, very easy to use. Even if the lighting is reduced to making the food look better level. You just have to take a little more time.

The notepad looks like a real note pad because that's what it is requires no pens or other accessories. The system takes a very slight mind switch mathematically but once you've mastered that as any really great system should, it becomes easy.

I did struggle to understand at first why they have taken the system to be able to read more than four or five 'minds', but then the ability to perform a one in front at a dinner table of up to 8 people is interesting providing you keep the reveal to a minimum, an don't let the pudding go cold.

The effects supplied come printed on a very handy little booklet so, if like yours truly and thinking can sometimes be slow, a quick glance can get your mind clear and refreshed. Although I am more inclined to think up my own routines the ones you get, for a slow approach, would work fine if you have the time and an attentive audience, and the gaff works fine if you want to work quickly and with some humour.

This is easy to use, self working, no brainer. A very handy bit of kit to have in your pocket.

Jonathan Chase
Message: Posted by: Tom Jorgenson (Dec 2, 2011 06:44AM)
"...virtually undetectable reading system..."

I'm not quite sure what this means. Or what the Mad Pad really is. Or what it does. It's a self-working what?

Could you fill us in on it's purpose and how it is used? Is it an IP, a pseudo-psychometry device, or ?

Message: Posted by: IAIN (Dec 2, 2011 07:00AM)
I have one...its lovely...

its built for one job, and that is a way of performing psychometry...
Message: Posted by: Stefan O. (Dec 2, 2011 07:05AM)

and it is all self contained, no need for secret m*****gs. They take the pad, write or draw something, ripp off the sheet, and still you can tell who the drawing belongs to, even if the paper is folded twice!

Very cool idea ideed!

Message: Posted by: Paul Shirley (Dec 2, 2011 08:08AM)
I also have one. It is a thing of beauty.

Very clever indeed.
Message: Posted by: Anthony Jacquin (Dec 2, 2011 08:36AM)
Thanks for the review Jon, glad to hear you have been using it. And for the sweet feedback from the few of you that have these.

My eyesight is poor too. It is a pad for old men for that reason. I prefer social graphology presentations to mind reading psychometry presentations for the simple reason having a good squint at the drawing/writing is justified.

The Mad Pad is a pro ****** ***:) Think Sneak Thief to the max!

Available from the Head Hacking secret magic area.

We are having our first ever sale. 20% off everything in December :)

Alternatively check Tannen's NYC for stock.

Any questions let me know.

Message: Posted by: Mauricio Jaramillo (Dec 2, 2011 05:04PM)
Ooh, hadn't gotten around to mentioning these. I've had the Mad Pad and Hotel Mad Pad for a few months now and they're absolutely wonderful, very well made and very discreet. I've gotten plenty of mileage out of them. If you're not satisfied with your current m*****g system, you'll want to get these. Kudos to the Head Hacking Team.
Message: Posted by: Anthony Jacquin (Dec 3, 2011 10:11AM)
Hi Mauricio,

glad to hear you have got use out of it. Combined with your lovely impression method it is killer.

For those who have asked there are no Hotel Pads left, just 90 Mad Pad's.

Message: Posted by: theinternetguru (Dec 3, 2011 10:59AM)
Just ordered this, looking forward to getting it.
Message: Posted by: DrRob (Dec 3, 2011 11:45AM)
How would this compare to something like John Rigg's Brown Hornet or similar device?

Dr Rob.
Message: Posted by: Anthony Jacquin (Dec 3, 2011 01:31PM)
Dr Rob,

this is not an impression device. Mauricio has his own method for that.

The Mad Pad is a m***** p**.

Message: Posted by: DrRob (Dec 3, 2011 01:46PM)
Thanks Anthony,
I have now read the description and understand.

Dr Rob.
Message: Posted by: Jacob Smith (Dec 3, 2011 09:28PM)
Hey Ant and company, when I clicked the link it brought me to a blank page. This product sounds very interesting and I would love to look into it if it is still available.

Message: Posted by: Anthony Jacquin (Dec 4, 2011 02:14AM)
Hi Jake,

seems to work for me.

If not go to our regular product page and look top right for the link to the magicians area. Let me know if it works.


Message: Posted by: Jacob Smith (Dec 4, 2011 10:30PM)
Thanks Ant, but the same thing happened, has anyone else using internet explorer had any problems?

Message: Posted by: tgplano (Dec 5, 2011 07:17AM)
I can't get in either...Ted
Message: Posted by: theinternetguru (Dec 9, 2011 08:40PM)
I received my Mad Pad today. It came from the other side of the world, more or less, but arrived as quickly as if I'd ordered it from Tannens.

Let me say that in spending just a short amount of time with this -- this is a brilliant product that I am going to get a lot of use out of. I am absolutely thrilled with this purchase. I wasn't expecting it in time for some walkaround tomorrow night, but since I have it in my hands, I plan to use it.
Message: Posted by: Waters (Dec 9, 2011 09:03PM)
This is an excellent product!!!
Message: Posted by: Anthony Jacquin (Dec 10, 2011 10:03AM)
Thanks for the feedback internetguru and Sean Waters!

For those of you who cannot get in, please note you only have to answer one question out of the three to get in the magicians area. If you answer all three it will not work.


I will check if there is any issue with new versions of explorer, if you find there is, switching to 'compatability view' sorts it.

Message: Posted by: Jacob Smith (Dec 10, 2011 09:10PM)
I think I will have to pick this up, I tried your fix Ant and vuala instant fix!

Message: Posted by: theinternetguru (Dec 11, 2011 10:43AM)
I used this last night to present an updated Sneak Thief, and the pad got zero heat. I tried to get people to look it over, and no one was interested. One person even remarked, "Clearly the pad has nothing to do with what you just did."

One thing I did do -- I peeled off the label stuck to the front cover (which was for some brand made in the UK) and replaced it with the label from a Mead memo book, which is a common brand here in the US.
Message: Posted by: dazzzman99 (Dec 12, 2011 01:36PM)
This product is great I highly recommend it! Ant challenged me to spot the 'M******s and I failed!! When he told me the secret I kicked myself as when you know, a blind badger can identify them.
Ant then went on to describe how this 'system' is binary so can be performed for a large number of participants at a time....Yes binary, I instantly knew who was behind this brain child Mr Sheldrake!!
Good work Guys I'll forward you a routine Iím putting together for it.
P.S: Did you say 20% off all products in Dec? It really is Christmas!!
Message: Posted by: kinesis (Dec 14, 2011 07:04AM)
I love the mad pad.

Think female spectator, strong emotions, relationships, names, a pendulum and 3 sheets of paper folded up.

Put that together and you have a fantastic routine.

Message: Posted by: Anthony Jacquin (Dec 15, 2011 12:31PM)
Dazzzman and Derek, thank you for the feedback.

After hearing you lecture at Tabula Mentis Derek I have no doubt your routine with the addition of a pendulum would leave this innocent prop even further above suspicion.

Glad to hear you have found it of use.

Message: Posted by: Demitri (Jan 16, 2013 11:30PM)
Sorry to dredge up an old post, but I had a question about these. I've seen these at Tannen's - but I don't see them on the head hacking site, anymore (unless I missed it). Is it possible to purchase refills for these pads, or does one need to buy a completely new pad once the paper has been exhausted?
Message: Posted by: espkeith (Jan 17, 2013 08:00AM)
Looks like the MP is still there, and AJ also sells replacement pads as well. Make sure you have the right link. Should be labeled "magicians products this way," or something along those lines.
Message: Posted by: Stephen Young (Jan 17, 2013 08:57AM)
A fantastic product.

Uses are limited only by your imagination.
(OK you probably couldn't hypnotise somebody with it bu...... hey! just a minute..)
Sorry guys got a new idea to work on

Message: Posted by: David Thiel (Jan 17, 2013 12:10PM)
Intrigued enough to order.

I look forward to taking a look at it.

Message: Posted by: Demitri (Jan 17, 2013 12:20PM)
Thanks, espkeith - I can't believe I didn't see that link! thanks for the help!
Message: Posted by: saysold1 (Jan 16, 2015 12:49PM)
Any more feedback on this please? I just got an email from Tannens and was not familiar with this at all.
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Jan 16, 2015 01:54PM)
Does this pad need refills ?
Message: Posted by: saysold1 (Jan 16, 2015 03:05PM)
Here is the ad George: http://www.tannens.com/shop/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=9111
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Jan 16, 2015 06:59PM)
Thanks Brett, well according to the asthe refils cost as much as the original pad, tthat'sgonna stop me from buying it iI'm afraid.
Message: Posted by: Jerskin (Jan 19, 2015 03:05PM)
Seems like there are cheaper ways to accomplish the same thing.
Message: Posted by: illusioneer (Jan 28, 2015 12:56AM)

The refill packs come with 2 pads and no instructions/routines. So you're getting not just paper - the whole pad itself x 2.
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Jan 28, 2015 07:37AM)
Thanks for the info, I still think its expensive for sheets of paper, anyway, I finally treated myself to a parapad, wish I'd done it years ago.