Review: Sentio by Alan Rorrison

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]Putting a pin prick onto a playing card has been a secret weapon of card cheats.  Usually, the pin prick is put onto a particular card beforehand.  The tiny pin prick is imperceptible but can be easily felt by the card cheat as he deals the cards.  Magicians also use pin pricked cards to secretly help them identify certain cards.

“Sentio” allows you to put a pin prick onto a playing card in plain sight without arousing any suspicion from the audience.  The punching device is built-in on a Sharpie pen.

You receive the specially gimmicked Sharpie pen.  Each one is hand-made by the creator.  You are also given a link to an online video instructions.

The video refers to this as L.P.  There is no mention of “Sentio”.  The pen is shown in the video to come with a stiff long cardboard box comprising a cover and a base.  “Sentio” comes inside a paper package.  However, the gimmicked Sharpie pen is the same as the one described in the video.  It remains a mystery why the gimmicked pen in the video is called L.P. and not “Sentio”.

The creator, Alan Rorrison, takes you through in the video on how to prepare the gimmicked pen before using it.  It is important for you to follow his instructions in order not to break the gimmick.

This device allows you to punch holes on the playing card on the fly.  You can even use a borrowed deck of cards and secretly punch the tiny hole onto any card without arousing any suspicion from the audience.

Alan then brings you through 3 different applications using “Sentio”.

The first application is with a deck of playing cards.  This can be borrowed.  A spectator freely selects any card and signs his or her name across the face of the card using the “Sentio” Sharpie pen.  The performer then secretly puts a tiny hole on the signed card.  This card is shuffled back into the deck by the spectator.  The performer is able, by just weighing each card on his hand, to locate the signed selected card.

Alan also shows how to pre-punch the 4 Aces or Kings and then able to locate and identify each of the 4 cards in the deck.

Alan then shows how to use “Sentio” to do a “Pseudo-Psychometry” type routine using three business card sized cards.  They are white on both sides, to dispel any possibility of marking each card.  Three spectators each draws a simple design on a card.  The three cards are gathered and mixed face downwards.  The performer is able, just by studying the drawings on the first two cards, to identify which two spectators drew them.  For the final face down card, the performer is able to duplicate the design drawn by the third spectator!  He calls this routine “Pictoprediction”, and names Andy Nyman as the main contributor.

The third application of “Sentio” is with three borrowed bills of the same currency and amount.  The performer writes the word “FAKE” along one edge of the bill to signify that this is a “fake” bill.  The performer turns around and places his two hands behind his back.  The three bills are mixed up and placed onto the performer’s hands.  Each bill is taken by a spectator and places in a different pocket.  When the performer turns around, he is able to identify the pocket that contains the “fake” bill.  Not only that, he is also able to name the first three letters of the serial number of the bill in one pocket, and the entire serial number of the bill in the other pocket!  This routine is called “Fake”.

If you are into mental magic, “Sentio” is a valuable device for you to own.  

Magic is our passion but we are not a magic shop ? You can purchase this here!

[usr=8][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Sentio (Gimmick and Online Instructions) by Alan Rorrison[/vc_column_text][vc_widget_sidebar sidebar_id=”gp-standard-sidebar”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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.

Table of Contents

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest
Share on reddit
Share on telegram
Share on email