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Topic: Predict-Tac-Toe by Richard Osterlind presented by Simone Turkington
Message: Posted by: Magic KL (Feb 21, 2020 11:10AM)
Sounds like a good effect. Well, it has to be good, because it was created by Richard Osterlind.

https://www.penguinmagic.com/p/13131

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Predict-Tac-Toe is a classic prediction effect with a simple game everyone is familiar with. Using what seems like an ordinary game of Tic-Tac-Toe you can predict the future, show a very strong coincidence, or even control the mind of your opponent. Originally created by Richard Osterlind, and now presented by Simone Turkington, this is Predic-Tac-Toe.

Hereís what happens:

You propose a simple game of Tic-Tac-Toe with one of your spectators. You make the first move, and after that your friendly opponent is free to make any move they want. After a spirited game you come to a draw. Thatís when you allow them to open an envelope that has been sitting out in the open the entire time. Inside is a photograph with a prediction of the exact outcome of the game. They can keep the photograph and the game, because everything is examinable.

Building off the excellent work of Martin Gardner, Richard Osterlindís Predict-Tac-Toe takes this mental mystery to a whole new level of impossibility. Easy to do, and requiring no special gimmicks, you can even have the final prediction in your wallet or on your social media. Predict-Tac-Toe is a real winner.
Message: Posted by: Christian de Punto (Feb 21, 2020 12:14PM)
Where is the substantial adding to the martin gardner routine? osterlind added an envelope (which makes the effect more weak than better)... and???
i do not get it. next will be somebody putting a fake-tattoo into the game... ah, alredy existing. damm... ok, putting a mobile phone into the game and any magic dealer will tell us, that the "trick was taken into 21st century" :-P
Message: Posted by: hektormagic (Feb 21, 2020 12:18PM)
Hmm... The effect is good but was known from years... I can not see anything new (except that the prediction is photo instead of drawing) so I am surprised to see it released by Richard Osterlind now... I still didnít order it, but the known forcing method is very easy and I donít believe it is possible to be improved so... Am I missing something!?
Message: Posted by: rosariorose9 (Feb 21, 2020 01:04PM)
[quote]On Feb 21, 2020, hektormagic wrote:
Hmm.... Am I missing something!? [/quote]

No, don't think that you are missing anything. I really don't understand this release...particularly coming from Osterlind.
Message: Posted by: Jay Jennings (Feb 21, 2020 01:21PM)
I first saw this as Child's Play by Bev Bergeron in volume 1 number 11 of Syzygy. It didn't use a photo, but it's the same thing.
Message: Posted by: stempleton (Feb 21, 2020 04:26PM)
On one of his dvds and it's been out for a while.
Message: Posted by: Jed Maxwell (Feb 21, 2020 05:42PM)
[quote]On Feb 21, 2020, stempleton wrote:
On one of his dvds and it's been out for a while. [/quote]

Do you happen to recall which DVD?
Message: Posted by: EricDraven (Feb 21, 2020 07:08PM)
Easy To Master Mental Miracles - Richard Osterlind Volume 4
Message: Posted by: the Sponge (Feb 21, 2020 07:14PM)
[quote]On Feb 21, 2020, EricDraven wrote:
Easy To Master Mental Miracles - Richard Osterlind Volume 4 [/quote]
And even older... "Challenge Magic."
Message: Posted by: dooblehorn (Feb 21, 2020 10:40PM)
Like Osterlind stuff, but not a Simone T fan, so would pass in any case...
Message: Posted by: Stunninger (Feb 23, 2020 04:58PM)
I usually really like Richard Osterlind releases, but watching the demo video Iím not at all interested in this, even for $5.

When the gal in the video goes to remove the photo from the envelope, it looks like sheís searching through several to find the right one.

Looks like a pretty weak effect, to be honest.
Message: Posted by: JackMagic (Feb 24, 2020 01:29AM)
[quote]On Feb 23, 2020, Stunninger wrote:
I usually really like Richard Osterlind releases, but watching the demo video Iím not at all interested in this, even for $5.

When the gal in the video goes to remove the photo from the envelope, it looks like sheís searching through several to find the right one.

Looks like a pretty weak effect, to be honest. [/quote]

That is not correct she only has one photo!
Message: Posted by: Stunninger (Feb 24, 2020 07:48AM)
Yikes. That makes the performance even less impressive.
Message: Posted by: Dr Ross (Feb 24, 2020 01:53PM)
I like Derrenís take on this effect utilising multiple participants, time misdirection, a blindfold, and a prediction written by one of the participants. Not sure if itís actually based on an existing variant, but itís great either way!

- Ross
Message: Posted by: Chamberlain (Feb 25, 2020 09:06AM)
Bought this, I don't know who Simone Turkington is but her performance was pretty basic, almost like she learned it that morning. The reaction she gets from the spectators are like "alright pretty interesting, is that all?" Using her kids in the prediction I guess was supposed to add an emotional element but failed flat

Don't know why she's releasing this when Osterlind could have filmed it himself when he was at the P3 studios
Message: Posted by: dooblehorn (Feb 27, 2020 03:17AM)
[quote]On Feb 25, 2020, Chamberlain wrote:
Bought this, I don't know who Simone Turkington is but her performance was pretty basic, almost like she learned it that morning. The reaction she gets from the spectators are like "alright pretty interesting, is that all?" Using her kids in the prediction I guess was supposed to add an emotional element but failed flat

Don't know why she's releasing this when Osterlind could have filmed it himself when he was at the P3 studios [/quote]

Agreed, I feel she detracts from every effect I've seen her demo or teach. And she always seems to get that same reaction.
Message: Posted by: alexhui (Feb 27, 2020 07:20AM)
Here is my mini review posted on my Instagram:

Predict-Tac-Toe by Richard Osterlind presented by Simone Turkington allows you to play a Tic-Tac-Toe game with audience and predict the exact result. The effect can be done impromptu with minimal setup. What you need is a pen and paper. ⠀

The effect was published in ĎEasy to Master Mental Miraclesí vol 4 by Richard Osterlind. ⠀

The tutorial comes as a download. The video is shot in a home setting with live performance on street. ⠀

Total Length- 8:08⠀
Performance- 1:21⠀
Explanation (1st part)- 3:10⠀
Explanation (2nd part)- 1:30⠀
Tips - 1:01⠀
Additional handling - 0:40⠀

While Simone explanation is clear, the effect is not particular impressive. The fact that the effect is too clean means that audience can reconstruct what happened by re-doing the effect a few times. In addition, while the effect can be perfectly executed, Simone talks about recovery plan if the method failed and then come back to clarify that it actually can be done perfect in Ďadditional handlingí. I am quite surprised that the teaching is not thoughtful enough from the start. ⠀

At about US$5, it may be a good effect for beginners. But I donít recommend it to any serious magicians because it can hardly impress knowledgeable audience. You need long performing time but only left with a moderate reaction from audience. ⠀

Final Verdict: ☆5/10

Hope this give you some ideas what it is about.

You may want to take a look at my Instagram which I will post many mini reviews

https://www.instagram.com/alexmagicreview/

Alex Hui
Hong Kong