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BornSteven Robert Shaw
November 30, 1960
Middlesex, England, UK

CategoriesBooks by Banachek

Banachek (born 30 November 1960 as Steven Shaw) is a mentalist, author and inventor. He has been the Director of the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge.[1]


Born in England and raised in South Africa and Australia, Banachek began performing before his arrival in the United States in 1976.

He as been a consultant for entertainers and magic TV shows around the world including Penn & Teller, David Blaine, Lance Burton, James Randi and Criss Angel.

During the early-1980s Project Alpha hoax, Banachek was one of the "psychics" that fooled scientists at Washington University into believing that their supposed psychic abilities were genuine. Also, with James Randi, he took part in an investigation of alleged faith healer Peter Popoff's activities, which ultimately exposed Popoff's false claims.

In 2008, Banachek toured as part of the stage show Hoodwinked with Bob Arno, Todd Robbins and Richard Turner.


  • Psychic Entertainers Association Dave Lederman Memorial Award (for Creativity in Mentalism), 1997.[2]
  • APCA (Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities) Entertainer of the Year 1998, 1999.
  • APCA College Campus Novelty Act of the Year, 2000.
  • Psychic Entertainers Association Dan Blackwood Memorial Award (for Outstanding Contribution to the Art of Mentalism), 2006.
  • Psychic Entertainers Association Dunninger Memorial Award (for Distinguished Professionalism in the Performance of Mentalism), 2007.
  • Awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership at PSYCRETS (British Society of Mystery Entertainers) Tabula Mentis VII in April 2010.



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  • Cover, M-U-M, Vol. 97, No. 9, February 2008, Banachek in Thoughts, by Richard Hatch, page 46
  • Cover, Magische Welt, Vol. 60, No. 5, September/Oktober 2010, Ich bin nichts besonderes - Banachek, page 215, Die Alpha-Jungs, by James Randi, page 217, Banachek: Der Echte, by Richard Hatch, page 218
  • Banachek at the Internet Movie Database
  • Interviewed on Point of Inquiry by D.J. Grothe , 13 Nov 2009.
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