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Waters
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Here's the ad:

There are two basic effects possible with this book.

The book itself, a normal looking novel, can be forced from a stack of others, or you can order several and recover them (We will be releasing other versions and titles with the SAME force pages and phrases at a later date) If you wish to use the Chuck Hickock Subtlety this is also a good book to include.

Effect A- Similar to Max Maven’s Autome, but using a different book and offering 6 different force phrases, rather than one. Several spectators randomly pick numbers from 1- 400, the number of pages in this book. Another spectator SECRETLY mentally chooses one of those pages and opens to that page, silently reading the first sentences on the page. (Note, we offer a different procedure than Autome to make this work, and we suggest you invest in Max maven’s DVD to find out the clean elegant method HE uses- along with the original book used.)

The performer makes a sketch of his impressions which will later be shown to match the images and thoughts suggested by the phrase read by the spectator. The original natural force book used for Autome, as well as similar force books in the past, typically only allowed for one force phrase.

This book allows SIX different sets of force phrases so that YOU decide in advance EXACTLY what phrase the spectator will choose. But remember, they MENTALLY choose a page, and SILENTLY read it- but before they ever open the page, you will KNOW what they are thinking. This can be used as a prediction OR a mind reading effect.

Effect B- which is repeatable. You hold the book up over eye level. The spectator opens the book up to several pages to start, and peeks at the first word or words on the last line of text on that page. After a couple glimpses, to show that ALL the words are different. The spectator is asked to glimpse at a word but keep it secret. The performer, none-the-less is able to immediately reveal the thought of word or words. This is NOT a force, and really is a totally free choice.

Again, both of these methods have been used before in years gone by, but never have they been combined in a single book. Also, the phrase force used has never been incorporated in such a way as to allow for 6 different outcomes which YOU control. This solves the problem of what to do if there is a good chance some of the same spectators may see your show twice in near succession. It also allows you to have two spectators choose DIFFERENT phrases and reveal them in different ways in a single routine.

The peek revelation, can lead in to the force presentation and/or should the spectator select one of the force pages coincidentally, you can then lead directly in to the phrase revelation effect without having to force a page.

You want options? You GOT options!

The 400 page, soft-cover book bears a bar code, legitimate ISBN number and looks like it was purchased at any book store. The book will withstand average inspection and is a relatively readable novel.

Yes there are some typesetting and syntactic oddities about it that one MIGHT discover with great scrutiny, and if one as looking for them- but they are not the sort of thing a spectator would discover with normal handling.

You can view a sample of the first few pages here.The book comes with instructions and routine ideas along with proofs of Purchase coupons. Those discount coupons can be used in future, should you wish to purchase any of the upcoming related books that may be printed in the future.

Includes instructions with several variations and routines!

$55.00

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I SAY:

4.5 out of 5

First let me say this. Booktests are legion. What people are looking for may vary like the wind as well. I have given this a pretty high rating for some very simple reasons. Price and ease of function.


Pros:

1. (I can't stand booktests with a lot of procedure)This one is very direct!

2. It's versatile. There are several revelations (word and image revelations)

Description of these effects:

Words: Riffle through the pages and genuinely have them stop on any number of pages. They think of a word on the bottom line and you can instantly name it. Just that simple (it's up to you to make it entertaining).

Images: Basically, the participant is allowed to choose from a number of freely chosen page numbers written down by audience members and create an image in their mind from the text on that page. This one is based upon Autome from Max Maven (see his excellent VideoMind series). However there are a number of "image groups" that allow you to vary this presentation from show to show (or for repeat performances). Those who buy this or if you have the videomind series you will understand. very cool!


3. This is a "real book" with an isbn number that is legit (but it has been "modified for our evil purposes). I don't think this really matters, but it is kind of cool nonetheless.

4. IT'S CHEAP! ($55.00)



Cons:

Aside from any "theoretical" concerns you have with booktests there are some minor and personal "quirks" (and other limitations common to many booktests):

I prefer to riffle from the top of the page and perform the participant peek from the top as well. It just feels more natural to me (it is just a personal preference, nothing more).

The word selection (in that particular revelation) is limited to a word on the bottom line. It is easy, but you pay a small price for the simplicity: you are a bit limited.

Note: Reasonable people may prefer a completely hands-off method like MOABT, I won't disagree. However "Cousin" provides some very solid and versatile effects with a "Honey I shrunk the price" tag. If you like direct word revelations and the "autome" book test idea, you will like this effect.

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...Try and keep reviews short and concise, just post a link to the effect and then your own short comments ;¬)

We don't want another 'Tom Lauten' incident!

See 'Cousin of All Book Tests' here...


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Many thanks for the kind words! We had fun working on this.
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Hey guys -- going to get a chance to test run this as soon as I get back to Saskatchewan. I am on the east coast right now -- I will post My Review then!
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This looks interesting.
Would like to hear your review icy_rabbit
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Quote:
On 2006-06-30 18:09, Dr. Zordas wrote:
...Try and keep reviews short and concise, just post a link to the effect and then your own short comments ;¬)

We don't want another 'Tom Lauten' incident!

See 'Cousin of All Book Tests' here...


Dr. Zordas



Care to expound on that one (What is a Tom Lauten Incident) ? Smile (sounds too good to pass up)
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Tom had a review edited or removed. There was speculation that it was because it was either A) too long B) revealad something unintentionally or C) some other reason. I think there was some misunderstanding over the whole thing. Not sure it it was resolved or not, and to what end.
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