Review: Mentalist Symbol Pack (Deck and Video) by Anton James

[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Nique Tan” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Abril%20Fatface%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]MSP, or Mentalist Symbol Pack is a deck of cards with which to create routines with. In this deck, are the main 26 cards which would form the basic set you would need in order to perform a variety of mind reading effects. What I especially like about this set of cards is that they are made of plastic, which make them that much hardier and thus last for a much longer time as compared to a deck made out of card stock.

As the name suggests, an image is depicted on each card. The illustrations are nicely done and do make for a stylish look for an intimate table routine. An example of what you can do with this is as follows (and this is just something off the top of my head). You could be turned completely away, and have a spectator select an image from the packet of cards sight unseen, and have them place it completely hidden under a dinner plate. You can then turn back after everything has transpired and then slowly and clairvoyantly reveal your impressions about the symbol or drawing that was chosen, even before anyone has seen it.

Alternatively, you could hand the packet to a spectator and have them consciously select an image that they connect with. You can then duplicate that image in whatever fashion you so desire; perhaps first giving a character reading (based on the image you already secretly know they have chosen) and then finally duplicating the image.

It could also be used quite effectively as part of a longer routine, where you would need to shall we say, be one step ahead of the proceedings.

Just playing with these cards make me feel like creating routines with them. Now, while I am only interested in the 26 that make up the core set, there are also many other cards provided with the deck, some gimmicked and some with interesting gaffed prints on them. While they do not strike me as being relevant for the type of mentalism I perform, they do allow for more offbeat, almost card trick-like routines which will visually appeal to some. There are some with images that are faded, or distorted slightly; which reminds me of some of the gaffed decks that have been put out in the past.

In the past I have tried to make my own deck using similar principles, as I thought it was something worth having. Now comes along a professionally made deck all set to go to save me from all the trouble. I think it is safe to say that the principle at work (should you choose to use this aspect of it) is not new and has been used in a few other releases over the years. This will also take some memory work on your part to get down, but it is nothing terribly difficult, so do not let that put you off. If you really cannot commit things to memory, there is always the crib route that you can go.

All things considered, this is a great tool. While it does say “A New Tool for the World of Mentalism” on the box, I would say that it really is not new, but it is certainly a version that has been very well put together.

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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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