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Topic: Book Test
Message: Posted by: dspivey (Apr 5, 2013 09:02AM)
I'm obviously new to the Magic Café (based on the amount of posts that I have), however I have been lurking for a long time. I perform for the purpose of entertaining and presenting the greatest mystery ever (Christ in you). Anyway, I have a few shows coming up and I am interested in incorporating a book test routine. There may be discussion around the Christian boards regarding the use of mentalism for Christian performers. Does anyone here do a mentalism show? Have you done a book test in your show?

Thanks for the advice in advance

-- Spivey
Message: Posted by: MagicBus (Apr 5, 2013 10:03AM)
See the "I'm a Christian Mentalist in Turmoil" thread below, that may provide some assistance.
Message: Posted by: dspivey (Apr 5, 2013 02:43PM)
Thanks, MagicBus - I'll do that
Message: Posted by: Terry Holley (Apr 6, 2013 09:18AM)
Oh boy! Hold on to your hat!

Message: Posted by: MagicBus (Apr 8, 2013 07:46AM)
I filmed MagicBob a few years ago doing a book test, but unfortunately, the sound quality was messed up and I never used it. In that particular test he used three different books- and one of the book titles had a reference to eternity in it. He used that title as a springboard to make a point about how long eternity is, and that one needs to make the right choice regarding it, etc..
Message: Posted by: jamiedoyle (Apr 8, 2013 11:39AM)
I do one for kids using 3 kids books that are easy to read types.
I force the book I want to use and then use a mathematical formula for finding the page number.
The first sentence on that page matches the envelope labeled "FUTURE GUESS".
Message: Posted by: Russo (Apr 11, 2013 10:09AM)
I used "Mental epic " where at the last section I forced a verse about how God Knows all about us - in us -around us - in the depts -heaven above etc (not good at memory-so I use cue cards) and then reveal the Verse under and in the last section of "mental epic" - next mention how - if I can predict and /or read minds - THINK what our Heavenly Father Does!!!>
Message: Posted by: plink (May 3, 2013 08:39AM)
I wish I could remember the when exactly, but Aldo Columbini's wife had an easy effective book test in the Linking Ring several years ago. Using the Bible it can be shown that you seemingly have a vast knowledge of God's Word. You can then go into a 1 Cor. 13 explanation of how love trumps knowledge.
Message: Posted by: MagicBus (May 3, 2013 04:26PM)
Dan Garrett's current lecture has an excellent book test in it- on his lecture notes: http://www.dangarrettmagic.com You can use any two books that you'd like.
His notes on CD are only $15 plus postage, called the "the godmother of all book tests" and this is part of 2012 "forward into the past" lecture. I saw Dan do it last night at Ring 211 in Grand Rapids- I was one of the people he picked for the test. He used a book on golf called "Zinger" and a Star Trek book. So what makes this unique is you can use any two books of your own choice.
Message: Posted by: dspivey (May 4, 2013 01:48PM)

I'll take a look at it. I use AREA right now and it is playing really well.