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Rock, Paper, Lies Review

Official Review

January 23rd, 2016 12:36pm
Reviewed by Doc Johnson

The routine is fun and entertaining. It is very engaging. We will talk a bit about what you don’t see in the trailer in the “CONS” section, but these pieces couldn’t be shown as they would likely tip the method. Having said that, the pieces that you don’t see are very engaging and entertaining.

The trailer doesn’t show the entire routine, so here is a summary. You ask two participants to play rock paper scissors hidden from your view. You then ask them to decide (also secretly) whether they will individually always lie or always tell the truth. You then ask them a series of questions and you are able to tell them who was lying or telling the truth, who won, and what they presented (rock, paper, or scissors). The questions are clever. I would say that most people will not figure out the method.

As the ad copy states, this is something that you can do entirely impromptu with no gimmicks or props of any sort. It involves just your mind and the mind of two participants. There is no pre-work, no stooges, no instant stooges. Sometimes, you purchase an effect where they have a whole list of things they are not, like no threads, no magnets, etc., but when you get it, you realize that there is something else that either requires a bunch of prep work or isn’t very practical. This literally requires no prep work or props of any sort. That doesn’t mean you don’t have to prepare your mind. You will need to learn a method, and you may even want to use a cheat sheet.

The effect is suitable for any level performer, from beginner to expert. You can do this routine entirely using your mind with a sequence of “things” that you will remember, or you could use a cheat sheet and not have to remember complex “stuff”.

This effect is also very well suited for any sort of venue, from casual magic settings to walk-around, parlor, or stage. However, if you plan on doing this walk-around, you won’t want the same audience members seeing multiple performances. The outcome could be different each time, but as you will see in the “CONS” section, this could be deemed more or a really well thought out puzzle than magic. It can come across magical, depending upon how well you perform it. In the performance section of the DVD, I think Jay does a pretty good job “selling” the magic. He uses a premise that a person may say one thing and their body language may communicate the opposite.

The method is good. It is based on a very good Banachek effect and it is explained with Banachek’s permission on the similar method used.

The explanation was concise and just ok. Let’s just say that you should be able to learn the routine just fine with the explanation.


This is one of those effects where they can’t really show an entire presentation, so the trailer video is not going to show the full extent of the effect. You may be inclined to think that what is shown in the trailer is the entire effect. IT IS NOT. There is a question and answer portion of the effect after the participants do the rock, paper, scissors. In my opinion, it doesn’t ruin the magic, but I think it relegates the effect to a very entertaining puzzle. I think your more intelligent audiences may even figure it out or have an idea that it is logic driven. I personally think this is more puzzle than magic. It’s like the following puzzle: You are stuck in a dungeon with two doors, door A and door B. One leads to freedom and the other leads to your death. Behind each door is a guard. One always tells the truth and the other always lies. You don’t know which door is which or which guard is which. You can ask one question of one guard. What question do you ask and what door do you take?

Another caution is you will need to remember a series of logical items. You may be inclined to use a crib or cheat sheet.

There are a few performances, a couple of which were filmed on an iphone. Granted, the audio is terrible, but frankly I don’t really have a problem with this. I think it shows some completely impromptu performances without the impact of a camera “crew”.

Having said all this, I still think this is fun and entertaining.


You should go into this purchase with your eyes open and realize that there is more to the effect than what is shown on the trailer. So, you have been warned. Having said that, I think it is a very strong routine. I for one, am going to add this to my short list of impromptu effects.

I debated whether to reduce star rating based on the fact that the trailer didn’t show the entire performance. However, as with many mentalism routines, they just can’t show the entire routine without giving away some secrets. Because they could have done a better job with the ad copy in communicating more clearly that there is more to the presentation than what was shown, I have deducted a half star.

This is a great effect that you can perform anywhere, at any time, with absolutely no props.
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Product info for Rock, Paper, Lies

Author: Di Biase, Jay
Publisher: Titanas
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $24.95
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ROCK, PAPER, LIES. A classic Rock, Paper, Scissors game... gone mental!

The mentalist turns around while two spectators are playing rock, paper, scissors (or even an imaginary game), NO WAY he could know who won and what symbols were played, and yet using their body language he can reveal everything! Rock, Paper, Lies is a rock, paper, scissors game where you will not only be able to guess who is the winner, but also which symbol they played with and who is lying and who is telling the truth. Jay Di Biase gave a new life to a well known method creating a mind blowing, propless mentalism routine.


"Usually when someone says they have improved an effect they have only improved it in their mind to the detriment of the original routine or effect, in this case, this is not true. This improvement takes the liar logic problem into a whole new arena opening up doors for many more applications... well done."
March, 2015

Jay Di Biase's RPS is great! Based on Banachek's liar/truthteller effect, Jay has taken the basic idea and added a wonderful take with the Rock, Paper, Scissor game. When he first showed me this in Italy last month, I was knocked for a loop even though I knew the original effect! It all seems so innocent and yet you know everything! It's the perfect anytime/anyplace effect. If you need further recommendation, let me just say I have added this effect to my repertoire and I am doing it everywhere! I love it!
Richard Osterlind
March, 2015

This is the best application and improvement of the liar/truth teller method that I have ever seen! This is propless mentalism at its best!
Luca Volpe
March, 2015

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