Banachek was born in England, November the 30th, 1960. He was schooled in both South Africa and the United States. While living in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Banachek saw his first magician at a Highschool function at the age of 14; he was intrigued but not enough to delve much further into that secret world. In 1976, the bicentennial year of the USA, Banachek moved to the US. At the end of this same year, he picked up a worn copy of James Randi’s book, “The Truth About Uri Geller.” This was the book that changed Banachek’s life. This book gave Banachek the tools to construct his own versions of metal bending and his life was never the same.
When it comes to the world of magic and mysticism, do you consider yourself a believer in the unknown? Well, it may surprise you this magician and master mentalist is a devote nonbeliever and trust us when we say that his skepticism is absolutely a gift to the world. Banachek’s current reputation as the world’s leading mentalist began when he was just 18 years old when Banachek and a friend signed up for a “scientific” study called Project Alpha. For the next four years, Banachek would use his arsenal of mentalist tricks to convince the newly founded McDonnell Laboratory for Psychical Research of Washington University. Some of these researchers were so convinced of Banachek’s “psychic abilities” that once he revealed the truth, they still refused to change their minds.
Banachek has also partnered with multiple investigators to expose fraudulent psychics, mediums, and spiritualists who take advantage of the suffering and emotions of others for monetary gain. One of his most famous investigations was of the American televangelist Peter Popoff who he unmasked on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Carson in 1986. This must-see show showcases the bewildering skill of Banachek, who Penn and Teller have boasted as “a magical thinker of deep, deep subtlety.