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Waters
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"The Hateful Page" Book Test by Abraxus

The highlights of the ad reads like this:

- Any books
- No stooges
- A free selection of a page
- No carbons/writers
- No miscalls, etc.
- And on, and on, and on.

Guess what?

I just picked this up from Abraxus and it is ALL TRUE. However his description falls short of the real beauty here. I won't describe all the details of the performance of the "Hateful Page" but the audience members are instructed (via an event coordinator or yourself) to bring books that they hate to the peformance. They will be used for an incredible demonstration.

However, what Abraxus doesn't mention is this:

1. This routine IS VERY THEATRIC and FUN!
As I read this I just kept smiling as I pictured this routine being peformed. You can' help but get involved. This is not another plain-jane word revelation. It's much more.

2. There is absolute performance freedom!
The method is ingenious and extremely direct (and yet subtle). I really didn't see that coming (and neither would the audience). They will be too wrapped up in the presentation to be back-tracking methods anyway.

3. It is powerful!
Because of all the reckless freedom regarding the selection of the information that will be revealed, there is just nowhere to go. The method is simple (mind you), but very effective and clever. This almost works by itself (you'll understand once you read it).

I was so impressed with the simple beauty, I asked if I could post a review. So with his gracious permission, I wanted to let you know how you could get this as well. This routine is very reasonably priced for a real performance piece. This will not replace your impromptu book test needs, but for your next show this may just be the answer (finally) for an impressive and entertaining (ungimmicked) book test routine.

Obviously, highly recommended.


Here is the link:
http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fAcctID=753133

Price:

USD: $22.69


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Thank you very much indeed sean...very kind of you...

it is £12.50, or roughly twenty three of your lovely greenbacks...or if you wanted to buy the other ebook, the five fickle fingers of fate, pm me, and we can work out a deal...

thanks again sean...i'm glad you liked it so much...

and if anyone is worried that people won't bring along any books - you can just give someone a few quid/dollars and ask them to pop along to any charity store and buy a handful of random paperbacks...

any questions, please ask...happy to help...
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Another of Iain's gems, I like this and like the idea of the volunteer in front of everyone messing with their book, seems like great fun.

Hope to get to perform this sometime soon.
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Just cos I cant spare the time or email traffic at the moment - I'm afraid the discount for buying both 5 fickle fingers and the hateful page discount is now over..but a big thanks to everyone who's PM'd me, or bought it...

I hope you enjoy it, and use the principle for other kinds of books and tests...
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Do you absolutely need TWO spectators to help? Does it absolutely need an audience? More basically: can it be done on one on one? Thanks for your help.
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Ok... I just read the review on talkmagic. The ripping of the pages is a good idea, but it doesn't really suit me... But good idea, really innovative!
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This is awesome.. I have only just read this but it is very very clever.
I'm definately going to be trying this soon.

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...It really is great!

It is a wonderful idea worthy of the praise. Abraxus' solution is clean and well framed. Ingenious!


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At first I thought this was dumb and not me. But AFTER I read the entire thing I like it. Actually, it gave me a really great thought of how to incorporate the idea into something I had placed on the backburner.

Great idea and routine. Can be used as a picture duplication as well.

Good buy.

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Thanks all - very much appreciated...

the picture dupe works well, especially with a sealed up notepad or phone/diary...

handing it out into the audience with a pen at the start and ask for numbers, names, pictures...then apply the technique and you're away!
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Ooooooh scarey! I'm getting reviewed in the next edition of R.Shane's online-visions site...

nervous!
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Whoooooooop! got a good review...i can stop changing my underpants now every 40 minutes..
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Congratulations Iain, It's a quality effect.. deserves the great review..

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What was it rated at Visions?

"The Hateful Page Book Test" ebook by Iain Dunford
In a Blink: 10 Out of 10

or

"The Hateful Page Book Test" ebook by Iain Dunford
Suggested Retail BPS£12.99
Available direct from Iain Dunford
In a Blink: 9 Out of 10

See http://www.online-visions.com/reviews/index-books.html
and http://www.online-visions.com/reviews/0712hatefulpage.html

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On 2008-04-19 15:36, abraxus wrote:
Thanks all - very much appreciated...

the picture dupe works well, especially with a sealed up notepad or phone/diary...

handing it out into the audience with a pen at the start and ask for numbers, names, pictures...then apply the technique and you're away!


So it means that you don't necessarily have to destroy a book? (Which is not my style.) If this works with notepads I may consider purchasing. Smile
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The technique itself can be used in a parlour style setting with a notepad that you will have to provide, rather than a completely honest free choice of any paperback brought along by people instead...

what you lose in freedom, you gain in other respects...you can bring along a sealed notepad or diary and go from there...or a bunch of them and have a spec select - no equivoque required...
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