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sethbek
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What is the best book test to buy (money is no object in this question)?
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That all depends on whether you want the spectator to freely handle the book. There are many out there that cannot be handled. The two best using non-gimmicked books in my opinion are Max Maven's Autome and Greg Edmund's Triple Threat book test. Do not confuse the Triple Threat available on ebay with this effect. The creator has told me they are not his and are not authorized by him. If you want to know where to get Triple Threat PM me and I will send you his website.

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What about Final Book Test? Not knowing how it is done and just reading about it, it seems amazing. I would assume that if the spectator handles everything it would see greater. Am I wrong?
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There's no doubt in my mind or in the mind of many many professionals that the "Mother Of All Book Tests" is the best out there right now. Very direct and uncomplicated.

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Do you have a link to more info on that Mother Of All Book Tests? Perhaps a link to where to purchase it?
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On 2002-10-28 16:11, sethbek wrote:
Do you have a link to more info on that Mother Of All Book Tests? Perhaps a link to where to purchase it?
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Sure, contact Marc Sky at Mindread@aol.com. He and Ted K are partners in this venture. He may have a few available. tell him Smetana suggested you write.

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You're all wrong! David Hoy's Bold Book test is IT! Link this with the classic book test for the first book you handle and you get two book tests for the price of one. By the way... here's a tip that's worth trying out. (You''ll need to work out your own method because I'm not going into much detail) but make your selected page a chapter page. Then, when revealing the "first word, first line"... say something like. "No, hang on. You're confused. It's a chapter break, isn't it? Turn to the next page...(which, of course, you already know) and BANG you have something that never fails to convince!
This one has never failed to floor the participant.
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Looks like I've created some contraversy regarding the best book test! Smile
What about that really expensive one- Final Book Test?
Im loving all this feedback!! THANKS PEOPLE!!
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Go with the Hoy. The tip Drewmcadam gave will boost its effectiveness immeasurably.
The Hoy can be done anywhere, at any time, with any books. I've picked up a couple of magazines in a newsstand & done it for a couple of reporters--writing my thoughts on the back of my business card, by the way.
It's in THE BOLD & SUBTLE MYSTERIES OF DR. FAUST & maybe in other places I don't know about. I published a minor variation of it in MAGICK.
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Here is an extensive thread on this subject I started last year-


http://themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic......forum=15




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Hello Seth:

You asked, what the best booktest to buy is.

Here is my honest answer:


YOUR OWN!!!


ESPecially and MAGICally

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I have to agree with Ted. I do a book test that I came up with after seeing Autome, and it uses parts of that idea, but I also use the other two books and do a piece that I learned from Richard Mark's book. I now have a 3 phase routine that builds on itself and the Autome` section is the last part. The results have gotten me major applause at the end (it would have been a standing ovation, but everyone was sitting down and I hate to impose).
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Actually it is not that difficult to make your own test. A lot of online books-on-demand publisher will print your text exactly as you write it. They will never know they made a "prop".

Wont be cheaper then MOAB, but probably more fun:-)

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On 2002-10-28 14:36, sethbek wrote:
What about Final Book Test? Not knowing how it is done and just reading about it, it seems amazing. I would assume that if the spectator handles everything it would see greater. Am I wrong?
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Do you mean Harvey Berg's Final Exam Book Test?

If so, the participant handles the book and chooses any page. It is very good, but in my opinion and apparently many other's, the Mother Of All Booktests is the very best one out and also the easiest.....and also the most expensive. Smile

Keith Fields has a good booktest called INSIGHT. Some folks like it better than FINAL EXAM, but I'm not one of those folks who thinks it is better than FINAL EXAM. In fact, I would be willing to trade it for something that was comparible in value and like new.

For a fairly inexpensive (compared to others) booktest, try Larry Becker's ULTIMATE FLASHBACK. It is very good and doesn't cost an arm and a leg....$65 if I recall correctly.

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Autome is my favorite. effect : 5 spectators write down 5 numbers. An other spectator is given the book. He chooses one number among the 5, opens the book at this page and read the first line. The mentalist draw a design relative with what is written in line read by the spectator.

In fact, the effect demand a normal book but with a such caracteristic. It seem difficult to find but in reality it's very EASY to find. Ten minutes after watching the tape I had my own book (found in my libary)

Best regards, Karl

It's not really a book test but I like too "Newspaper test" of Al Koran. Even better and easier that most book test. And for public, I believe basicly effect is the same that a book test.

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Friends:
Larry Becker´s "Ultimate Flashback" is in my humble opinion the cheapest and the best. It has nearly every good booktest in the world incorporated in it!

It has my highest recommendation!!!

(Larry, for this "plug" you owe me another 200 bucks!)

ESPecially & MAGICally

TED LESLEY
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I use a combination now of "silver bullet"
"Hoy book test", mixed in with the presentation of Chan Canasta's book test.

E-Leoni.
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Since you asked, IMO the best is the Mother of all Booktests. I use that and Larry Becker's Ultimate Flashback ( a very close second) in my shows about 99% of the time. For totally impromptu, I use Silver Bullet.
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Don't forget "A Word In Thousands," Al Koran's marvelous creation. The book can be a current best seller if you like (and don't mind going to the trouble of remaking the gimmick from time to time); the subject can choose ANY word from ANY page; there is NO pumping or fishing; NO forcing of the page or word (the subject opens the book anywhere he pleases and remembers any word on either page); NO repeated words, paragraphs or passages (the text is completely ungimmicked and as printed by the publisher); NO requirement that the subject reveal the page number (if you want, the performer can discern and reveal the page number as part of the test); and the selection is done completely out of the performer's hands (out of the room if, if you'd prefer). What's more, you can do the "test" with multiple subjects and/or multiple words. I like to use two subjects, each of whom chooses a different word on a different page. The first word is discerned by the performer picking the same word from the same page as the first subject. In this instance, I have the first subject reveal the page number and I open the book to that page; then I ask the subject a series of questions for the stated purpose of enabling me to climb inside his head (as might a psychiatrist or criminal profiler, for example) and hopefully replicate the choice he made a moment ago. For the second word, which can be selected either immediately following the first selection or after the first selection is revealed (I like the second way because of a lovely handling that totally disguises and seems to eliminate the method), the book is disposed of and the performer divine's the word (and page, if he wishes) through an apparent demonstration of direct thought transference.
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