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If you search, you can find one book test that is very similar to the one you want info on, but the method, can be up-grade with today technology...or maybe just adapted for today audience...

and this book it's one of the first every mentalist must read...

don't wait until " 13 " to get it...inside this book you will find many little gem ,...try it.


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I've got a Paul Daniels book aimed at children (!!) that gives a method that could be used to duplicate the DB book test, if combined with a 'little gimmick' used by Peter Poppoff.

Cleanest method of performing this effect by far - and total chuzpah.

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'The Dream book test' is by far the best - any book, any time, anywhere - that sounds corny but hey. PM me and I'll have a word with the guy if you want to the instructions or just know more. The reason it's so good, is that magicians don't know it 'cos he doesn't advertise and is often reluctant to divulge the secret - but I think he should as I've been using it repeatedly with the same or different book - bust trick in repetoire!!.
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I've used the booktest mentioned in PARAMIRACLES and it works for me. In fact there are a couple of things in that book that REALLY work for me. A little adaptation to fit my performance and off we go. Hey TED! Looking forward to the DVD!

JLibby mentioned Duscheck's booktest, any comments on it?
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No one metioned the Unfaked Book Test from Val Andrews that Ian Rowland praises on his website. I am thinking of purchasing it - is there a reason I shouldn't?
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On 2002-11-29 10:08, ALEXANDRE wrote:

JLibby mentioned Duscheck's booktest, any comments on it?

I have it, and while I haven't performed it yet, I like it a lot. So I was just curious to know what others thought of it.

See ya...

Hmmm. Should I be surprised that no one else has a comment about the "Famous Quotations" test?

Well, anyway, I think it's cool and devious, and I'm looking forward to trying it out on living, breathing people. I'll report back when I do.

By the way, I'm also fond of the booktest that came with Penn and Teller's CRUEL TRICKS FOR DEAR FRIENDS. Too bad it wasn't made to look like a more standard paperback book.

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I just received Larry Becker's Ultimate Flashback in the mail the other day. Just reading the instructions and playing around with it, I can already see so many incredible variations, especially when combined with other book tests (i.e. Max Maven's Autome). This is very exciting material.

Ultimate Flashback is really a very good deal, I would have paid much more for it. Anyone looking for a booktest will find this one very valuable.

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I have Larry's Ultimate Flashback as well and really like it. I appreciated his extra instructions on the effect in Stunners Plus!, another fantastic book of his.

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Best marketed book test for the money: Larry Becker's Ultimate FB

Best impromptu book test: Hoy's (with a little added deception--see Stunners or Stunners Plus)

Best gimmicked book test: (tie) MOAB and Master Key

But my all-time favorite book test is: Jack Dean's Dictionary Test

Hofzinser also invented a beautiful book test that should be "reinvented." His presentation was almost "bizarre."
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I read and purchased a lot of gimmicked and improptu book-tests but when i perform i always do my own version of Hoy's book test which it is similar with Canasta's method.
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Hi, Booktester´s

Hofzinser (* July 19th. 1806 - +11.03.1875) invented not one, but four booktests. The best of the lot is "Das Wort" (The Word) in my opinion, which I tried out a couple of times on private parties and it had everytime a lasting impression. In 1948 the German Magician Marvelli, who performed it in all his shows, had the booktest remade for sale by Germany´s most famous magic dealer "Conradi Horster". About 30 years ago the new owner of the shop, the late Mr. Peter Ülsmann, discovered in a drawer about 25 copies of the booktest and sold them for Deutsche Marks 20,00 (In Dollars $ 10.00) and I bought three of them. One went to my late friend Al Mann and the other two are in my collection. Believe me, the booktest is outstanding. If you want to know more about it, feel free to ask.

Hofzinser had another, very spooky and bizarre Effect invented, which would be a sensation on any stage today. It went something like this: From a book was a page freely selected. Another book was put by the performer on a table nearby and this book opened all by itself on the free selected page! Wonderful!



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The book test you use depends on your personality, the audience, and the situation.
My personal favourite is "Headline Hunter" by Fogel.
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I agree that "building your own" (otherwise known as routining) is the way to go.

I'm currently doing primarily the Al Koran test that Ted Lesley mentioned, with convincers from Banachek, which builds to a seemingly more-impossible Hoy-inspired tossed-out-deck-style sequence (Curry), and finishes with a totally impossible and unexpected Pegasus Page (Emerson). It looks complicated on paper, but believe me, it's a very logical routine in performance!

For impromptu, I like the one in Richard Mark's Mind Warp. Busch's impromptu version of MOAB is also quite nice (in Peek Performances).
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Ne plus ultra and moabt, are the only booktests that I have never dropped.Ive done val andrews insight double vision autome etc.These two or should I say four books will stay with me always.They are the best of the best.
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I think the great thing about book tests is that there are virtually an unlimited number of methods you could use, and almost as many variations on the final effect. Far more than a drawing dupe or ACAAN or other popular effects. So my thought is: why spend money on a version that's already been done? I bet you already have books on your shelf that are full of parts and pieces, ideas and inspiration. That's my perspective, anyway. But then again, I haven't settled on a version of my own yet, so what do I know?
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On 2011-06-02 19:50, magic in mind wrote:
Ne plus ultra and moabt, are the only booktests that I have never dropped.Ive done val andrews insight double vision autome etc.These two or should I say four books will stay with me always.They are the best of the best.

Everyone is entitled to his own opinion. "Best of the best" is always a subjective assessment.

BTW, I'm not the only one wondering what it is that has prompted "magic in mind" to resurrect long dormant threads on book tests in order to reiterate his personal opinion about two of the more than 2,500 book tests that comprise the genre.
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I think the book test performance here is noteworthy:

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