Review: Reality Bending – A Comprehensive and Honest World Guide to Hypnosis & Suggestion by James Brown & Daniele Sicorace of POWA Academy

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Madame Curator”][vc_column_text]If you’re looking for a reputable hypnosis and suggestion masterclass taught by a working professional from the entertainment industry, which is solid and comprehensive yet is flexible enough to bend to your time… this series of online tutorials from POWA Academy may just be that holy grail you’re looking for.

POWA Academy’s Reality Bending is an intense course by professional UK magician, pickpocket and hypnotist James Brown, where all content is streamed online. It is a masterclass which is ever evolving and will take you some time to go through. Yes, this is not one of those cheap single download videos that teaches just one effect. It’s so much more and I’ll explain why in a bit.

The price is justified by 30+ videos currently on the subject, inclusive of free bonus videos that are also available as individual downloads for folks who may not (presently) think the online masterclass is for them. They are James’s Rapid Hypnotic Inductions course, Self Hypnosis package, and an effect called Cerebral Steal.

James and his POWA Academy co-director Daniele stand by the high value and quality of their products, so they are offering a “7 day No Question money back guarantee” which to me, is quite unheard of! Going through the content properly took me more than a week and there certainly is A LOT to be gleaned from the videos shared.

As a teacher, James’s wealth of experience as a true worker shines through; if you’re not familiar with his brand of entertainment (are you living under a rock? LOL) you’d know from his videos that “the Professional Opportunist” is completely dedicated in being your personal coach, teaching you everything he knows and showing you the ropes on how to go about achieving the same success.

Newbies will feel right at home as James slowly guides you every step of the way from the foundations to the conclusions. One thing I personally like about the POWA Academy system is that similar to a real education institute, the website has you set up a free log-in account and encourages you to post any questions/ feedback/ suggestions accordingly throughout the spread of syllabus.

The video streaming quality is good, there are no bandwidth disruptions and there is a good mix of real life performance videos, PTC sharings and more. Because of how the system is, you can interact with fellow “students” in the comment section too. The directors of the academy, James and Daniele, are super responsive – which is a huge plus since they address specific questions and give additional pointers.

There are quite a few instances when that really shined for me, but I decided against putting up these examples via screen captures I initially made, because sharing that exclusive information publicly would not be fair to other folks who paid $$$ for these “inner sessions”.

But if you’ve decided to just do a trial since there’s a 7 day no questions asked money back guarantee anyway, there’s a lesson on Plausibility (Lesson #13) and someone asks specifically for advice on putting up a 30 min hypnotism show. James and Daniele jump in right away with lots of good advice and clear direction, not noncommittal one or two liners. It sparks more sharings with other users and a dialogue begins. Good stuff 🙂

A simple but effective thing I really like, is how after you log-in, the site remembers which video you stopped at and where; a viewing bar indicates roughly how long you have been into the video you last watched, besides checking off those you have already seen.

There’s many plus points and I guess I could go on, and the proof is in the pudding. That’s why prior to taking the leap of faith and signing up for the Reality Bending series, you can check out POWA Academy’s current free sampling:

…That’s what I did. Personally, I signed up for a free account and checked out the free effect Stuck (also by James) before deciding if the rest of their stuff was for me. And it was. When you check out their “completely failure free” tutorial video, you get a good feel of how James is as a teacher. He is patient, clear, and makes sure you are able to achieve your goal- just like the complete newbie featured in the video.

What I enjoyed in Stuck is how James gave pointers on improvements and these were specific, not general stuff. Learning from the student’s mistakes, we understand the ideology behind what makes stuff tick. If you liked Stuck, then you will enjoy the Reality Bending series.

There aren’t any cons for me, I’m still revising through the chunk of information and letting it seep… But I would highly recommend earphones when you’re watching these videos, as they will come in useful especially for the chapters shot outdoors when James is performing for real people. The background din from the live footage is unavoidable so a good set of headphones will lend to your learning experience 🙂

Last but not least, if you’re still on the fence because of the price tag, the guys at POWA Academy have come up with an affiliate program that gives a 50% kickback if any of your friends decide to purchase the course after watching videos you shared. So that’s something to think about if it floats your boat; it’s not for me and I have my personal reasons, which is also why I choose to keep NingThing.com a not for profit review site and not yet another online magic store with a review section… But I think this may greatly appeal to others, so it’s a point of attraction to highlight.

In all, this gets a full 10/10 for me. There’s great “after service” because you can always ask any questions you have and get immediate replies from both the directors and fellow course mates online. It’s a good investment to make considering course videos are many, and there’s plenty of food for thought in the content (besides free bonus videos there’s audio and PDFs as well), and the online streaming system is well engineered and thought of.

Good job James and Daniele. Here’s looking forward to more amazing stuff from you!

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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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