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This looks potentially very interesting for the mentalist fraternity. Based on the excellent quality of Osterlind's work (and his knowledge of the Masters), I've purchased this immediately.

I like the idea that it's first in a series too.

The blurb:

"A product that has been in the planning stages for years is finally available!
Every since 2014, Richard Osterlind and Jim Sisti have been discussing producing a line of original book tests featuring classic and innovative ideas. Finally, after much blood, sweat and tears, our first offering is here!

The Universal Force Book (UFB) is just that. It is a forcing device that has countless uses! For a fast way to force a word or phrase, perhaps for a one-ahead effect, it is the most direct. A spectator chooses a page and looks at a word - and it is forced! He can bring his finger down on a page and look at a word and that is forced, too! It can be repeated with different results! You can use UFB in conjunction with other current novels to create remarkable routines. Richard even includes a 6-part act he uses to demonstrate the UFB’s incredible capabilities as a sample to help you build your own personalized routines. The possibilities are unlimited! Best of all, the book looks just like a real best-selling novel!

Jim and Richard created the UFB from scratch based on the standard for today’s paperback books. Carefully analyzing what makes a current bestseller look like it does, they applied that knowledge to the UFB in painstaking detail. You could place it on the shelves of any bookstore and it would look like any other mass-market paperback book! The biggest objection to gimmicked books - that they never look real - is overcome right from the start! This book looks and feels exactly like a current best-seller! And yet, every word, number, symbol and picture is original. This is not simply a redo of some old book in public domain. This intricate mentalist's tool - disguised to look precisely like a common paperback novel - has been built completely from the ground up.

The comprehensive instruction manual included with the book contains six chapters explaining all the intricacies of the UFB as well as how to use them! There is even a chapter on two ungimmicked forces to use with regular novels in conjunction with all the other abilities of the UFB. You will be able to construct routines that will absolutely kill!

Best of all, the price for this completely original 300-plus page original novel, along with its instruction manual, is far less than other current book tests!

This is a piece of equipment you will use! No matter what type of mentalism you do, the UFB will fit in!

“I guarantee you will be happy with the UFB! It is one of the best things we have ever done!”
- Richard Osterlind"

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Looking forward in getting this.
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When I see Osterlind and Sisti in the same sentance...I'm interested!

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Can't wait to hear a few more details about this. Coming from Osterlind, I know it will be good.

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I picked this up and it's very useful. You can do a variety of things with it... most interesting feature to me is page # force. The book format threw me at first but after a trip to Barnes and Noble, I found that all newer paperbacks are the same dimensions as UFB. The design is very good and I'd have no qualms using it on stage or closeup, although I would not call the book "examinable", but that is the price of a forcing book. There are subtle ways to show it's "ordinary" and make the spectator feel as if they've examined it well enough... And for the price, it's hard to beat adding this tool to your tool box.
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I just got mine yesterday.

Nice printed paperback and I agree with all Robb says above. Not examinable beyond a very short cursory hand out.

I have a forcing book already with my UFB by Becker (I own 2 as they are hard to find now).

I look forward to some extra nuances that Osterlind has put into this however. I like it.
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Thanks for the kind words, guys. We've been getting some great feedback on UFB from a lot of other purchasers, also.

I would like to point out, however, in light of the last two posts, that it might be inferred that in our advertising, we made a claim that the book was examinable when we've never said such a thing. UFB's most effective function is as a tool to be used in conjunction with ungimmicked books that can be handled and examined. It was never meant to be a stand-alone book test (though there are quite a few "one-off"-type tests that can be done with UFB if someone is proficient and experienced in audience management.)

Again, thanks for the compliments on UFB. Richard and I are now working on subsequent volumes that will work hand in hand with this one. Stay tuned!
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I picked this up and I think it is fantastic. The quality is very good. It looks completely legit. And unlike many other !@#$* books out there, this one gives you multiple ways of doing it. It also allows a very clean way to do the Hoy when they can see the page # both times. This is, to me, the best tool of its kind out there. I love this. The ONLY thing I wish would have been different is the 92/93 as that has been done already with another product, which I have. But other than that this is as always a terrific offering from the Osterlind / Sisti camp.
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