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For the purposes of this thread let's just assume that PK is the only "real" visible effect for mentalism. What, then, is the best "in their hands" PK effect? Of course this would rule out balancing pens which wobble or vibrate, and blocks of wood that topple...

I'm looking for something that can be done in my spectator's hands; whether they believe that they did it or I did it is of no matter (at least, not in my presentation concept).


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If you do spoon or fork bend routines, try moving a fork ever so little in the spectators outstreched hand.
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LIke Sven mentioned you can try move a fork in their hand or what I do in my show is a kind of the effect Paranormal. It is possible to make it in their hands and I got huge reactions from it.

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Lee please do not rule out pens for in the hands PK. Myself and Banachek both do the PK Sharpie in the hands.

I am not sure this would work with all PK type pens, but if you take the PK Sharpie and balance it on the side of somones hand. as it starts to tip, they will slowly try and tilt their hand to keep it from falling. providing they do no tilt too much, the pen will keep going and eventually fall off. This is a very spooky effect for a lay person.

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Coin bend using X-pert
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If you work with IT or loops you can perform a haunted deck, floating bill, and rising sunglasses effect in their hands. Also, and this is not really a PK effect, but you can do the fingers coming together effect with their hands. I believe it was published in Body Magic and also in one of Kentons books.
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PK time, Xpert coin bend, a wee bit of a spoon/fork bend from PK silverware - those with it will know what I mean (this thread wpuld probably benefit from being in inner thoughts. just a suggestion)

Also, though PK touches doesn't happen in the hands, its still worth a mention!
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Maybe you could also consider using a gimmick like the M5 to move objects in the audiences hand. Such an effect could be combined with the bends mentioned by others.

Apart from that you can stop their watches with the same kind of gimmick ...
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It's a fact that hands pressed tightly together around any object will get warmer after a short period. Sometimes you can start to feel your own pulse as well, depending on where the fingers are placed. Both these phenomena can give the effect of something happening, enhanced of course by the suggestion that this is what is taking place.

Which is nice, especially if you have naughtily pre-bent the object.
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You could stop watch, move pen, invisibly touch their hand, bend metal, do the haunted key, ...
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I bought a Chazpro Micro-5 just because of a trick I read in _MAGIC_, back around August of 1995. It was McFarland's "Ghost Coin," and involved causing a quarter to rise up on a spectator's palm based, supposedly, on manipulating the person's muscles. I have a love-hate relationship with the gimmick, because of all the negative potential side effects in this information-age, but the effect on spectators is pretty powerful.

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I have seen Luke Jermay do his heart stop, and his routine where the spectator looks at their hand and the lines get deeper and swirl. Plays well close up and on stage. It is in his books, and very effective for everyone.
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Jim, I really like that idea for presenting the M5 - have you, or anyone else, ever had any experience with the gimick breaking anything? - I've been rather nervous so far and only used it in my own hands...
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I do a visable coin bend on spectators hand.

It bends visibly without cover.

The prinicipal is similar to the vid clip of the nail bend on my site. But done with a cion and no cover.


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When's that bend in the spectator's hand video going up on the site? I remember hearing you mention that a while back.
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I have two, one of which is technically NOT really PK at all, but IS a visible effect - Kathy's Screwy Finger Bit by Jim Ryan (Magic Menu, Jim Ryan Issue). You cause their fingers to move without ANY gimmicks at all. a major mind melter if ever there was one.

The other is the coin that flips over in the spectator's hand.

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Sean fields has a routine in his book x-rated {for the masses}were a group of spectadors bend the spoons in their hands.
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Haunted Key may be an old chestnut, but it gets a great response from the person holding it!
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I own the m5 and if you don't hold the gimmick to a breakable object liek a watch for too long you will have no problems. I would always warn the spectator of the dangers of the watch stop. If the worst case scenario happens and the watches hands do magnetize a good shakind and slight bumping shold help demagnetize them. Hope this helps.
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A form of PK can be utilised using suggestion based techniques such has making a coin or ring take on a life of its own inside the spectators fist. have them concentrate on the pulsing feeling and suggest that they can almost feel the coin breathing. when they open it the coin has bent
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