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Topic: The Schrodinger Ploy - Christopher Taylor (a Magic Portal review)
Message: Posted by: canaday (Jul 18, 2019 11:04AM)
The Schrodinger Ploy - Christopher Taylor
$14.95
https://www.murphysmagic.com/product.aspx?id=65209

Hype:
You don't need to be a master of quantum physics to observe audiences being amazed as their own reality is revealed, perfectly predicted, every time.

Create dozens of new effects with this powerful new system from Taylor Imagineering. Easy to use, this approach allows a performer to simply and reliably predict three different choices at a time, perfect for strolling magic or parlor.

My Take:
I have always found the puzzle of Schrodinger's cat fascinating. There is a cat in a box. Is he alive or dead? According to quantum physics, he is both until the box is opened The act of observing the cat determines the outcome. So, to the old question, if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it make a noise? Actually according to this line of thought, it not only does not make a noise but it exists as both upright and fallen until someone sees it.

Chris has taken this premise and created a nice little piece of mentalism. An envelope is laid on the table. Your volunteer chooses if the cat is dead or alive, white or black and male or female. When the envelope is opened, a piece of paper is removed. It shows a picture of the exact outcome just arrived at by your volunteer. So, out of the eight possible choices, you invariably get the right one. So, obviously the outcome is not determined until your volunteer decides what it should be.

Chris has designed an index which is easy to make and does the majority of the work for you. The construction makes it simple to get the billet you need and will easily fit into any jacket pocket as the size is minimal. Apparently if you had bought this from him at a lecture or convention, the index would have been part of the package (at, I am sure, a much higher cost). With the download comes a detailed pdf showing just how the index is constructed.

The promo says dozens of effects can be created using this system and I cannot disagree with that. Any set of choices where you have to pick one of eight can be done with this. I suppose if you needed a one out of four choices this could also be used but eight makes it so much more impressive. You could pick one of eight cities, vacation spots, names. or even playing cards. I have seen a lot of ads claiming to be able to create endless effects. This is one of the few that I have seen that actually delivers on that promise. It truly is limited only by your imagination.

Conclusion: A powerful piece of mentalism at a budget price. If you do mentalism, this should be in your pocket at all times. Portable, small and convenient. Recommended.
Message: Posted by: lekin (Jul 23, 2019 04:17PM)
Thank you for this review, I am considering this. One things I appreciate about Christopher Taylor's offerings is he provides video of one of his live performances. I also feel like he does not over-hype his products.
Message: Posted by: canaday (Jul 23, 2019 10:08PM)
The demo video is pretty impressive
Message: Posted by: NeilS (Jul 26, 2019 08:15AM)
I really love the premise for this effect.