In what became known as Project Alpha, Banachek went on to fool scientists at the prestigious Washington University in St Louis, MO. He convinced them that he could bend metal with his mind and that he had a myriad of other “psychic abilities’ only to reveal later that despite the half a million-dollar grant from McDonnell Douglas, he was using trickery the entire time giving Banachek the unique and rare title as “The man who fooled the scientists.”
Since that time Banachek has gone on to expose not only other psychic claims but also hoaxes such as his well-documented expose of the evangelist Peter Poppoff and he also helped to force the Power Balance Bracelet company into a 57-million-dollar settlement.
As President of the James Randi Educational Foundation ( JREF ) and in charge of the million-dollar challenge, Banachek tests psychics and exposes the fakes and the frauds. John Stossel of ABC’s 20/20 said of Banachek, “You are amazing, we need more people like you in the world.”
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Banachek is the first person to be chained, handcuffed and buried six feet under the ground to only escape. Others have tried, others have, failed others have died.
Banachek’s creations have become a part of mentalism and magic culture so much so that it is very hard to find a single mentalist or magician living today that is not using one of Banachek’s effects or applying one of his subtleties within their own work. His creations are considered to be “Cream of The Crop.”
Even the Penn & Teller closer, ‘The Magic bullet’, performed in Las Vegas for many years, was created and performed first by Banachek.
Penn of Penn & Teller called Banachek’s show, “The greatest mentalist act, in the world.”
From Trade shows, cruise ships, corporate gatherings, keynotes, theaters, and as a headliner at the Strat in Las Vegas, Banachek’s performances thrill and delight ending in a resounding standing Ovation.