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Lee Davies
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Just a quick routine I've tried that went ok and had a good response in the real world.

If this have been done before then I apologise to whoever but I haven't seen it performed or described anywhere.

If you a big name like Banachek, Ted Lesley etc. then I would skip this post as it would be below your league.


Leepy's Book Test
©2002 - Leepy


The Effect

The performer asks a member of the audience to select a book. Once chosen,
the spectator is told to open the book anywhere they like and choose a word
from the book. Once chosen the spectator is told to write the word on a
'post-it' note and to fold it and keep the note safe.

The performer asks the spectator to project the word to him mentally. As the
spectator does, the performer writes down the letters randomly on a flip
chart. Once the performer is satisfied that all of the letters are projected
to him, the performer establishes the chosen word. In which the 'post-it'
can verify.


The Requirements

A flip chart, or similar big writing apparatus.

An audience that is seated, this will become apparent later.

'The Book'. There are numerous book tests that are available to the
performer, in which I will not go into detail here. I'll let the method be
your own personal choice. For this presentation I used the 'Harry Potter
Book Test' by Kerry Summers.

The Method

Forcing the gimmicked book to the spectator is an easy, for this I use the
magician's choice - so far so good.

I instruct the spectator to open the book anywhere they desire. Whilst doing
this I mimic opening the book from the centre and pretend to hold an
invisible book in my hands with palms turn upwards. This is an important
subtle psyological gesture. The spectator will unwittingly follow suite and
you will be confident that the spectator is following your directions (and
to mask any gimmick).

Then the performer instructs the spectator to "look at any word from the
book, no matter how big then close the book". Again, mimic the actions, also
give them plenty of time to choose their word. Please note the language used
here will in 90% of cases prompt the spectator to choose a relevantly big
word.

Instruct the spectator not to forget the word in their mind as you stick the
'post-it' to the front of the book and instruct them to "Write down the word
down in capitals to commit the word to their memory". Ask them to "take the
note, fold it and keep it safe within their hands", as you take the book.

Casually walk towards the flip chart. At this point you may 'peek at your
word' whilst walking towards the flip chart or be brazen and flip through
the book. Look at the spectator (I like it to make it more personal to the
chosen spectator), and instruct them "to make the word big, and bold in
their mind" for you. After a few seconds start to write the letters of the
word randomly on the flip chart, with a few more to add for good measure.
Take a deep breath and say "now, make the word even bigger for me". Pause
for a while, then turn round quickly and circle the letters that are
contained in the word. Pause again, then turn back round quickly again
towards the audience and say, "the word you are thinking of is X! Is that
correct! Yes! Show everybody your word!".

Stand back and receive your applause.

Thoughts:

The real key is the 'hamming up' of identifying the letters (i.e. write a few letters at a time, pause, look at spectator and carry on).

Anyway should be food for thought for the rest of you. Feedback is welcomed.
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AllThumbs
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I don't think anyone needs to be Banachek or Ted Lesley for this to be below you Smile

I'm afraid your outline is pretty much a *standard* presentation of a book test minus the subtleties. Also I think its a mistake to have the word written down (unless of course that's part of your method).

Regards,

Kris Sheglova
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