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ChristianR
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I checked out the book Penn and Teller's "How to Play With Your Food". One of my most favourite tricks in the book is the banana trick where you open a banana and it's already sliced. I am new to mentalism so I'm not quite sure what to do. So far I've decided that to open I will talk about how people can twist metel with there mind but I have something amazingly difficult and so impossible that you will not believe it. (Here a spectator can examine knife and banana. I take back props and wave the knife over the banana.) Asking for a magic word the kids say whatever and I repeat it. When they open up the banana it has been pre sliced!


What do you think? I'm sure somethings in there that is wrote wrong because I edited twice. Thanks,

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More of a gag than an 'effect' IMO but more power to you if you can make something of it. It's something I do for kids mainly, but then again I'm not that good an actor...
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I agree, I think it is more of a gag than anything. I remember Mac King doing that on Worlds Greatest Magic. He did the whole karate thing. Not my cup of tea, and I don't think it is a mentalism routine, but go for it and it may be a staple in your act.
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I'm sorry, Christian, but the key to mentalism is believability. I don't think any sane person of this earth will believe you can slice a banana with your mind.

Now, if you could have them think of a word, then find it bruised into the fruit beneath the skin, which they've been holding the whole time -- that would be a whole different story.

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On 2005-12-08 17:57, ChristianR wrote:
you open a banana and its already sliced


Now, that's what I call magic...
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On 2005-12-08 17:57, ChristianR wrote:
I checked out the book Penn and Teller's "How to Play With Your Food". One of my most favourite tricks in the book is the banana trick where you open a banana and it's already sliced. I am new to mentalism so I'm not quite sure what to do. So far I've decided that to open I will talk about how people can twist metel with there mind but I have something amazingly difficult and so impossible that you will not believe it. (Here a spectator can examine knife and banana. I take back props and wave the knife over the banana.) Asking for a magic word the kids say whatever and I repeat it. When they open up the banana it has been pre sliced!


What do you think? I'm sure somethings in there that is wrote wrong because I edited twice. Thanks,

Christian

Christian,

That routine originally appears in Tarbell one. You might want to read the presentation there. It's actually very good!

Richard
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Your right I guess it is a gag. I wish I could get the Tarbell Course but maybe with the holidays. I'll start thinking about that banana bruise thing too.

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I don't think any sane person of this earth will believe you can slice a banana with your mind.

I don't think sane is one of the words that describes my usual audience. I might have to use your quote as a signature if you don't mind. At the magic meeting I might do the banana first to lighten it up and relax then Impromtu book test. I can't wait to look for some good deals on Tarbell books.


Sorry for my misunderstanding, It shows how new I am to Mentalism and Magic Smile

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On 2005-12-08 18:53, Necromancer wrote:
I'm sorry, Christian, but the key to mentalism is believability. I don't think any sane person of this earth will believe you can slice a banana with your mind.


LOL! hey wait are you serious or is that sarcasm?
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Actually caught their show in Vegas and saw Penn and Teller do a killer book test
It is hard to believe a man is telling you the truth if you know that if you were in his situation you would be lying.
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Here it is a very well known effect, just about every one knows it which really is a pity, I still think it looks great
I've seen builders play tricks on other people working with them by setting there banana up at lunch time.

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I will second that Penn and Teller's book test is superb. Funny, entertaining, and utterly baffling.
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Marko has the Tarbell books available on CD (PDF) at the THE LEARNED PIG website for about $35 US. It's not quite the same as having the books on hand, but if your budget is limited it's not a bad deal. -Brian
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On 2005-12-09 00:33, davybabybrazil wrote:
Actually caught their show in Vegas and saw Penn and Teller do a killer book test


But I guess they did not use any banana?
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On 2005-12-09 16:25, GusVanNostrum wrote:
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On 2005-12-09 00:33, davybabybrazil wrote:
Actually caught their show in Vegas and saw Penn and Teller do a killer book test


But I guess they did not use any banana?
No, but banana was the word chosen out from the book...
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Can anyone elaborate on Penn and Teller's book test? What did it look like? Would those of us who collect book tests know it?

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On 2005-12-08 18:53, Necromancer wrote:
I'm sorry, Christian, but the key to mentalism is believability. I don't think any sane person of this earth will believe you can slice a banana with your mind.

Now, if you could have them think of a word, then find it bruised into the fruit beneath the skin, which they've been holding the whole time -- that would be a whole different story.

Best,
Neil


If you could slice that banana with your mind - imagine all the Dairy Queen people who would want to hire you? Smile

Hey Neil, you should work on this banana routine- (bruised under the skin, I like it!
Hmmm, I wonder if the xpert would work on a banana peel? Smile I think we're on to something here!

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