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The Oracle System

$40.00
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The Oracle System

40.00 usd

Trick (pre-order - ships Apr 15) by Ben Seidman ($40.00)

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For more than a decade, Ben Seidman has guarded "The Oracle System" carefully. Now, he's finally ready to share it with us.

“The Oracle System” is a simple, powerful, pure demonstration of mind reading that is bound to immediately become one of the most moving and impactful pieces of magic in your show. Using nothing more than 10 tarot cards, you will deliver an unforgettable experience to your audience.

However, it’s important to note that this is not a tarot card reading. “The Oracle System” is instead a series of powerful mentalism reveals that just happen to use tarot cards.

"The Oracle System" is all about your spectator--their lives, their choices, their future. The structure of the trick allows you to explore personal relationships and reveal intimate information. You're able to predict the choices someone will make, and even the thoughts they think, using a powerful, original cocktail of methods.

Here’s a sample:

Your spectator and you each shuffle a packet of five matching tarot cards. You each eliminate four of the cards leaving just one...which, impossibly, matches theirs every time.

You then show that every card in each of your packets match, proving you each made the same decisions at every stage of the routine.

There are multiple ways for this trick to go, each as strong as the other. What’s most important is that Ben teaches you how to focus your energy on being present in the moment and to deliver a performance that feels deeply personal and wholly authentic using a mixture of cold-reading, intuition and the specially-printed tarot cards.

Includes vegan leather carrying case, ten custom-printed tarot cards, and a comprehensive instructional download. You also get access to an hour-long conversation between Luke Jermay and Ben Seidman in which they discuss never before shared tips on Tarot effects and Cold Reading.

“This fooled the @%#* out of me.” Shin Lim

“Ben’s wickedly clever, interactive effect with tarot cards will make you look smart, insightful and magically intuitive.” Michael Ammar

“Ben Seidman is a genius. If he’s going to share something, anything ... you buy it immediately! This creation is testament to that. It will truly become the most moving moment of real magic you share with someone. So use your new powers wisely...” Colin McLeod

"What Ben has done is create a lovely frame for delivering a personal reading as part of a commercial magic performance. This is a tough balance to strike, and “The Oracle System” makes the reading feel natural while ensuring a strong, impossible climax. If you’d like to try your hand at giving readings, this is a great way to practice because you have a foolproof safety net. If you’re an experienced reader, this tool might actually be dangerous.” Eric Mead

“I love this type of mentalism! Ben Seidman has taken a neat trick and turned it into something that will be remembered. A guaranteed strong ending allows you to focus on delivering a personal reading and on making a genuine connection with your spectator. Close-up mentalism at it’s best!” Mike Pisciotta

“I love it. Seriously great thinking.” Ran Pink

“I want to buy every set so I can burn them. This is so strong, I want to be the only one performing it.” Mark Calabrese

“Ben Seidman has created a masterpiece! This is something I love and will use. It is the perfect piece for the discriminating mystery performer and their modern day audience. Bravo!” Jon Stetson

“This goes beyond mind reading, this is soul reading. I literally felt like Ben was connecting with every thought and emotion I was experiencing. Definitely a game changer. I will carry this on me; always” Spidey

“This is so good, you don’t need a quote from me” Eric Dittelman

"A thoughtful and powerful effect, with secrets of audience management that will make anyone a better magician." Kostya Kimlat

“”The Oracle System” is the perfect effect when you want to deliver an emotional impact for an intimate audience.” Karl Hein

"When a top pro releases an item, it has my attention. You can see that Ben has done this, thousands of times, and he passes on all that knowledge to you. Recommended for anyone looking for powerful close-up" Danny Archer

“With “The Oracle System” Ben Seidman has not only combined a classic method with a beautiful presentation; he also has delivered a tool that will raise the temperature on anyone’s cold readings.” Jared Kopf

“Who would have thought a diminutive red-headed comedy magician would have such a profound take on doing a legitimately mysterious and commercial tarot reading? Damn him!” Max Maven

Please note: The creator retains all broadcast rights to this routine. This means that you are welcome to perform the routines taught in live performance settings only. All broadcast rights are withheld by Ben Seidman. Performing "The Oracle System" on television, or through any broadcast medium (live, or pre-recorded) is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. For permission to perform The Oracle System outside of a live performance, please contact Ben Seidman directly.

 

Community questions about The Oracle System

Have a question about this product? It's possible others do too. Ask here and other Vanishing Inc. Magic customers will be able to respond with assistance! Alternatively, email us and we can help too.

  • Pablo asks: How hard it it to do? It looks very easy but I'm not sure.

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: The effect is much easier to do than you may think. There are some basic slights involved and you will need to practice the method for a little bit, but most people are up and running as soon as they finish the instructions.
  • Ralph asks: Can I ask for more details about the interview with Luke Jermay? I'm a big fan of his.

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Sure! Included in your purchase, you also get access to an hour long conversation between Luke Jermay and Ben Seidman. You get to be a fly on the wall as these two giants of mentalism discuss the Tarot and Cold Reading.
  • Teddy asks: If the effect always the same as the trailer? Or does it change?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: The core effect is always the same. There are a couple of different outcomes that can occur but each one is as strong as you see in the trailer.
  • Carl asks: Two questions: 1. Do you get everything you need to perform the effect? 2. Does the effect have to be as long as Ben makes it? Or can you make it shorter?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: 1. Yup! 2. You can make the effect 30 seconds long if you want to. It is completely customizable.
  • James asks: Will refill cards be available for past purchasers?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Yes - we expect to offer these from March 2021 onwards.
  • Molotov asks: Are these gimmicked cards or can you use any tarot cards?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: The Oracle System comes with a special set of cards for you to use.
  • sam asks: Is there a version/way to do this virtually that’s taught?

    • 1. Csanád answers: It says in small print that you can only perform this live, you can not broadcast it anywhere without Ben's permiton. The no broadcasting policie I think would apply to this as well.
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  • bud asks: Is there any writing involved by either the spectator or the magician, or do the Tarot Cards eliminate that process?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: No writing involved at all.
  • Glenn asks: If you want to perform this for more than one person in a room--where each person's story can be told--are there enough variant outcomes to do so? Thank you--Glenn

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  • C. Scott asks: Wondering if they ethnically source the vegans for the production of the vegan leather.

    • 1. Richard answers: Don't mean to nit-pick, but I think one cannot obtain "leather" from a vegan, regardless of ethnicity.
    • 2. C. Scott answers: Spell check lets me down again, damn it!
    • 3. Richard answers: No problem brother, all good natured fun!
    • 4. Daniel answers: Vegan leather is essentially a leather-like finish material that does not use animal skin. It's made from a range of different materials like vegetan, pineapple leaves, PVC, glazed cotton, cork, apple skin, polyurethane, etc... This option is less harmful to the planet than cow leather and it's respectful with the animals. Congrats Ben for choosing this material!
    • 5. Adam answers: I will say, the wallet looks like leather and even smells like leather. I was actually impressed with the wallet but the true beauty is in the tarot cards, wow!
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  • Gary asks: Do you need to see colors to use the special tarot cards? I’m color blind so that would be an issue.

    • 1. Kane answers: I’m red green colour blind and haven’t found it to be an issue
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  • Kane asks: Will we be able to purchase extra sets of cards in future without having to buy the whole package again?

    • 1. Dottore answers: Yes, in the future, when they are released.
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  • Mark asks: How do we get in contact with Ben if we’re seeking permission to perform this in broadcast situations?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Write us at Magic@VanishingIncMagic.com
  • Richard asks: Are the instructions sent to our accounts digitally? As I have purchased it and there's nothing showing, thanks.

    • 1. Richard answers: Ignore this, found them!
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  • Tom asks: I noticed that an earlier comment stated refill cards would be available March 2021. I'm curious as to why there would even be a need for refills? Is this to be able to avoid getting the same (or near same result) with the 10 original cards? Are these refills "non-tarot" in nature? Different than the originals?

    • 1. Dottore answers: Cards get dirty and bent with use. The refills are simply a new set of the cards to replace soiled ones.
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  • Maksymilian asks: Are there any age restrictions? Can it be performed by/for a 14 year teenager?

    • 1. Dottore answers: None.
    • 2. Stephane answers: Nudity on the lovers card though...
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  • Glenn asks: If you want to perform this for more than one person in a room--so that each person's story can be told--are there enough variant outcomes to do that? Thank you--Glenn

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: This effect is repeatable about 90% of the time. In the other 10%, it's repeatable but less ideal. Either way, this effect is much different than a standard tarot reading. It's power comes from the ability to truly connect with your spectator and create an unforgettable moment. Doing that with everyone in the room may ultimately lessen the impact.
  • Corey asks: Looking at some of these questions I am wondering if the effect uses something consumable that I have to keep purchasing after buying and using the original? Thanks.

    • 1. Dottore answers: Nope.they are just cards get dirty and bent with use.
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  • Russel asks: Can you get a full deck of these cards? Not necessarily a full deck of special cards, but a full deck of cards that share the same back design as the special ones.

    • 1. Jeffrey answers: If they are the exact same as the cards on the trailer as well as “normal size” Tarot cards (not poker size), then yes. I own several “Rider Tarot Deck’s” for about $15 ea from Amazon or book stores that sell such things. The “Rider - Waite” tarot deck is probably the most common deck out there. The backs on my decks match the backs on the trailer, so, if they are the same cards, I have several extra decks. Just be aware that even different versions of the Rider - Waite tarot deck can have different back designs so be sure if you want to match 100% (without the extra somethin somethin on this set). I do short tarot readings and palm readings after shows sometimes but in a lighter way and this will be a nice lead in to my “extra” work. It really helped me get repeat magic gigs when I was working as a full time magician.
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  • Darrin asks: Another person asked about refills is this a one time trick Or with the refills be with a different looking cards of the Taro

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: There's no need for refills for this.
  • Michael asks: Are you going to produce a matching full Tarot deck please?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: No plans to.
  • Myles asks: Can a Facebook group be created for people who have purchased The Oracle System to discuss ideas?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: There are no plans to do that right now.
  • William asks: Do I need to keep one hand under the table the entire time as in the video?

    • 1. Tim answers: Look at the video again.
    • 2. Tim answers: On the other hand ... I've seen the full video. What you get when you purchase the effect. I'm not sure what you saw.
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  • Paul asks: Can someone explain how much of this is a matching trick and how much is cold reading? Is there something about the cards or the patter that helps with the cold reading?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: In a perfect situation, the matching and cold reading go together to create a one-of-a-kind experience for every person. Built into the cards and the routine are some devious little secrets that help turn a cold read into a warm (or even hot) read. However, you don't have to worry about your cold reading skills in the beginning as you always have the matching cards aspect to fall back on. Essentially you can cold read with a safety net.
  • Kari asks: As a pastor I’m not much into tarot readings, but this looks really fascinating. I was wondering if I could somewhat easily create my own cards that aren’t tarot? Is that possible once you see the method?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: The cold/warm reading aspect of the effect is really heavily linked to the tarot both in terms of presentation and method. If the matching aspect is what appeals to you, then you might want to look into ESPitome. It’s in Larry Becker’s World of Super Mentalism 2. It uses ESP cards and achieves a similar "matching cards" effect. Hope that helps.
  • Alfons asks: Is it possible to get the video with Luke Jermay without the Seidman magic trick?

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  • Duane asks: Does The Oracle System teach a novice how to do a cold reading and obtain the audience's personal information?

    • 1. Tim answers: No. It provides a rock solid base to explore your quest. As L.J. says in the download " Cold Reading can only be learned by doing it " The download ( 2 hours? ) is a masterclass. In....
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Customer reviews for The Oracle System

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Bart

Never has a trick lived up to expectations better. Everything about this item, from the packaging, through to the instructions, through to the quality of the effect... is wonderful.

I have no interest in Tarot Cards but I'll be using this trick. If the trailer hasn't convinced you, here are five good reasons to get hold of this:

1. If you've ever wanted to try cold reading, I can't think of a better way to dip your toe in the water.
2. The specially gimmicked cards are so clever, and surprisingly easy to use.
3. You get more instruction than you could ever wish for. If memory serves, it's over 2 hours of video tuition PLUS you get a helpful PDF too, in case you'd rather read the method.
4. The "chat" with Luke Jermay is almost worth the price of the product. Watching it, I felt like I was taking a mentalism masterclass with two of the finest names in the field.
5. You can perform this is almost any setting. There are virtually no restrictions to worry about.

 
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Isaac

The trailer gave me chills. I don't really do mentalism but this has made me want to try. *****

 
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Doug

I picked this up as part of the Showtime promotion. I think the reactions in the video speak for themselves. In a world where we often see fake trailers, I challenge anyone to find actors good enough to react in the way they do here. The effect is like poetry. It permeates spectators in a way I've not seen before. Emotional magic at its best. Well done VI and Ben.

 
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Gerard

If ever I was to give a trick a 10 out of 10 rating, it would be now. I pick up most Vanishing releases but this is the best to date!

 
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Phil

Really great. Love the stock of the cards too and the wallet is a nice touch. I've not performed it yet but even as an amateur, I think I should be able to pull this off. Thank you.

 
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Quentin

Probably the best all round magic trick I've bought.

Instructions great, props great, extra content great. AND YOU GET TO SEE FULL PERFORMANCES THANKFULLY!

 
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Jim

I get a feeling that most of these reviews are going to say the same thing. It's an incredible trick and the entire package is beautifully put together. I particularly enjoyed the session with Luke Jermay. He's a master with the tarot and the conversation between him and Ben was very insightful.

 
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Taylor

Challenge: I challenge anyone to spend $40 on this trick and not feel like you got incredible value for money.

 
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Rick

 
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Jon

I have been waiting for a chance to post a review of the Oracle System, having bought one of Ben's last sets. I have been involved in magic for more than 5 decades. Like many of those who may read this review, I have been taken in by clever writing in ad, almost as deceptive as the supposed trick they were hawking. But this one, dear readers, is the real thing! If anything, the advertising copy is understated.

The custom-printed Tarot cards are fantastic. The care and attention that has gone into the design is more than first-rate (is there such a thing?).

And I'll bet we've all be victim to buying a quick routine thrown together to go with a clever (or not) gimmick. But this, dear readers, is the real thing. The manuscript that accompanies the Oracle System is detailed, fun-to-read, and obviously the result of the routine being continually honed by hundreds if not thousands of performances.

This routine does not present much of a technical challenge, thereby allowing you to relax and fully engage with your spectator and focus on the performance. Notice in the video that has been posted that the spectator was already fully engaged, entertained and amazed even before the "reveal." This is not a simple "Hey, look, I predicted your card" routine. If that is what you want, then this is not the droid you are looking for (makes a Jedi hand gesture).

Get the idea that I really like this one? You're right! I can't comment on the video with Luke and Ben, as that wasn't available when I bought directly from Ben (hey, Ben, are you reading this?!). And a vegan leather wallet to carry the cards -- what a deal (where did they find vegan cows?).

 
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Michael

 
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Myles

Amazing product!

The quality of the product itself is incredible. The card stock is great and works perfectly for the routine. The artwork is classic but with slight changes to make the performance play bigger. The wallet looks authentically aged, not over the top, but looks like something you would find in an old antique shop.

The download teaches the routine in great detail, with options to use or avoid certain moves. Ben does an excellent job teaching in both an entertaining and informative way. The interview with Luke Jermay is fantastic, so many golden nuggets of information provided in the hour.

The routine speaks for itself, it is super powerful. The system is built in a way that you can confidently practise your cold reading knowing you have the safety net of solid information to fall back on, the spectator doesn't even know they gave you the information. You can play this routine in so many different ways, it is entirely customisable.

This is the best product that I have picked up in a long time. So much so that I had to order another as a spare.

TLDR: An excellent quality, well taught, perfectly thought out product that provides incredible value. 10 out of 10, would recommend.

 
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John

I buy a lot of magic. This is probably my favorite purchase of the last year or more. I was especially impressed with the long, the long, thoughtful conversation between Ben and Luke Jermay. And the design and quality of the cards themselves are tops. Well done!

 
Reviewer

Nigel

Its Ben Seidman and Vanishing Inc, so its a superb product! Great tutorial and instructions download. Cards are great with a sumptuous wallet to boot. There was also a really informative Vanishing Inc Q&A with the brilliant Bein Seidman, hosted by the charismatic Colin Cloud. The Oracle System ostensibly making its debut in my repertoire.

 
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Thomas

I'm always impressed with the quality of Vanishing Inc's products. In fact I can safely say that all the Vanishing Inc (VI going forward) products I've purchased from them have lived up to my expectations. What I can also safely say is that a lot of magic tricks I buy, I learn and practice (sometimes mastering them), perform them for family and friends then place them in a draw never to be used again as I continue to use my old favourites in my set (sponge balls and the like). With this though, I can see this being something I will use again and again (I speak in future tense because a) need to practice it and b) Covid.
The accompanying video is over 2 hours long, 1hr and 15 of that is dedicated to teaching all aspects of the effect in great detail, it should be noted that Ben is a fantastic teacher and I even found myself laughing out loud at some points during the video, he is genuinely funny. The last hour is a conversation with Luke Jermay, which is insightful and provides some extra food for thought when learning the effect. The video is high quality and well produced as is usually the case with VI's instructional videos. It also comes with a downloadable PDF of written instructions, which is amazing because it allows you to quickly reference things without having to find which specific place in the video.
As for the product itself, high quality cards in a very nice vegan leather wallet, much tastier than vegan pulled pork let me tell you.
There's not much left to say other than the good reviews are right, this is an amazing effect that is also a high quality product and is well worth the price and taking the time to learn.

 
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Michael

 
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Bryan

The cards and wallet are beautiful. The ideas and routines that you are taught should allow you to be able to work them to your own style of presentation. The video goes in depth as to how to use the cards and covers a lot of "what if" situations. I will be using this for a long time!

 
Reviewer

Philip

Just yeah, everything it said it was, it is. But more.

Read that again.

 
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alonzo

outstanding effect

 
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Leslie

This is a fantastic product!

The gimmick and wallet are superbly made and it is clear that a lot of thought went into making everything look authentic. This could be an heirloom passed down by a psychic aunt! That's what I will be telling my audiences!

The routine has clearly been thought out and worked in front of real audiences over many years. There are a couple of moves that need to be learned, but they should not be beyond anyone used to handling cards, and you do not have to be a sleight master to perform them. There is a bit of memory work involved, but it is not difficult, and I had it mastered within an hour of practising.

Above all else, the routine structure is great, and there can be a different outcome every time it is performed. This is the kind of stuff that I love to find and buy, because this is a routine that I will be using all of the time, from now on. Already, I have devised a kicker prediction to add to the basic routine, and I am certain that I will come up with other little twists to add to it, as I get more familiar with the handling and the readings.

 
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PHIL

Really innovative effect!

 
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bud

Although I haven't gotten deep into the method as yet, I can tell you I already can tell this is special. The packaging is exquisite, the cards are elegant and Ben's easy going narration keeps you interested and well informed. I'm sure most of you have spent $40 or more on tricks that weren't nearly as sophisticated and many were disappointing. This trick is well worth the money, and frankly, I'm surprised you can get this at that price.
However, like the ad says, "this isn't for everyone". You have to be willing to go one-on-one, close-up and extremely personal with people. The Tarot cards can't help you with that aspect.

 
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Tim

Brilliant. Super. A true worker that I will use to the end of my days.

 
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Kirk

Outstanding video presentation and instruction. Extremely well thought and produced! Need more like this...

 
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Larry

 
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Lamerson

This is fantastic! Let me give you several reasons for my love of the product:
1. It is really well made. The faces are very colorful and easy to see when they match.
2. The case is very nice. It would have been easy for VI to save money and leave off the case, but it is really nice and protects the cards well.
3. The teaching is beyond wonderful. Ben has a great gift for communicating well and this is one of the finest teaching videos I have seen in quite some time. The difference between writing a script and clearly teaching the trick and just trying to explain "off the cuff" are huge. The inclusion of the PDF is genius. The user can go back over particular parts of the routine without searching for it on the video.
4. The effect itself is great. If you would like to get into doing readings, but are afraid, this is the piece for you. It allows "hot readings" and the spectator will remember the hits and particularly the fact that the performer matched the cards.
5. The teaching on reading, and the discussion with Luke Jermay are both a great course on reading that will get you well on your way to being very successful.
As you can intuit, I am a great fan of Ben's work and particularly this piece. With practice you can have people standing in line at your close up table for nothing but this trick.
A real bargain for the work that has gone into this. Highly recommended.
Sam Lamerson

 
Reviewer

Jeff

Just switched into Mentalism and what a wonderful way to start! Another great purchase from Vanishing Inc!

 
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Peter