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I have just purchased this and I believe that Martin Breese has another classic on his hands. I have used the Nemo Switch Wallet from Ken Brooke for this effect for many years but will now use the Horwitz version. Of course Basil Horwitz died in 2000 but this pad has his name on it because it uses the same principle as the Horwitz wallet. Tony Curtis came up with the idea of using the principle for the Add-a-Number pad and also manufactures them in his usual high quality leather. The pad works like a dream - you do not have to touch the pad after giving it to the first person. The necessary work is done by the last person but they do not realise it. The pad comes with 4 excellent routines and I am sure that this is the pad that professionals will use in the future. Details are on Martin Breese's website http://www.abracadabra.co.uk.
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How does it compare to Camirand Academy of Magic Kozar Note Pad Prediction?

The Kozar pad has a locking system too.

I do not reveal anything here since it is clearly stated in the add for the Horwitz pad.Interesting suggested routines by the way .

Here is the add by Martin Breese :

"THE BASIL HORWITZ ADD-A-NUMBER PAD NOW AVAILABLE "

"A huge thank you for the pad, now gratefully received. Well, I do love it. It's beautifully made as I would expect from you and Tony Curtis. In fact, it's a really elegant prop, without, of course, looking like it's a prop. I've never really got on with the old pencil-on-a-string method, (found them not as reliable as I'd hoped and the necessary move a little big, but maybe that's just me), but this pad eliminates the sellotape and string and snagging, which I think is a good thing. The reset looks a doddle too." Daniel Lander UK

This new add-a-number pad is based on the principle of the Basil Horwitz Wallet and locks firmly using rare earth magnets. The instructions supplied include details of four stunning routines that you can perform with the Howitz Add-a-Number pad including a brilliant effect where a members of the audience are asked to write numbers on the pad and when written a fourth spectator is given the wallet and asked to add up all the numbers. The total arrived at which happens to be 051206 is written up on a large white pad and shown to the audience who are asked to call out today's date and it just so happens to be the 5th of December 2006 and that is just what the sum total indicates 051206 (of course you modify the total for each performance so that it reflects the date of the actual performance.

Another great routine starts when you hand a member of the audience a sealed paper bag with a big question mark on it. Once again the pad is passed around and the final spectator adds up the sum and calls out the total which the magician writes on a large sheet of white paper. The performer asks for someone in the audience with a mobile phone to phone the actual number now written on the large sheet of paper. He or she phones the number and a mobile phone can be heard ringing in the audience. It is the mobile phone which was in the sealed paper bag and when answered the two spectator find that they are speaking to each other.

Full performing details of these effects plus others are provided in the comprehensive instructions supplied. The Horwitz Add-a-Number Pad can be used without the physical intervention of the performer. The pads is passed from one spectator to the next and each is asked to write numbers in sum form and until the wallet is actually closed nothing happens. Once the wallet is closed the real numbers and the sum are exchanged for the fake sum which will add up to the number to be forced by the magician. The last but one spectator is asked to CLOSE the pad and then to throw it on to someone else in the audience. The very act of closing the wallet causes the magnets to lock and the next time the wallet is opened the sum facing the spectator is the forced sum and the real sum is tightly locked away. Credit for the creation of this brilliant pad should go to Tony Curtis in Thailand who makes the Horwitz Wallet for me and it is Tony who came up with the idea of using the same principel for the Horwitz Add-A-Number Pad. Thank you Tony."
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Not having handled the Kozar pad (I've only seen pictures) I cannot compare directly but I guess the principle is pretty similar. The Horwitz pad though looks like a quality item - top class leather throughout, gilt corners and no need for special paper or pads. As a mentalist you need to use something that looks like you earn good money and the Horwitz Pad certainly does the job in that direction.
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The basic priciple is the same, but there are differences in the useage of each. The Horwitz pad is a unique application of the principle.

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I don't know that I buy the notion that you can use this prop (which I do not own) or the Kozar pad (which I do own) by handing it out to the first spectator and never handling it again. The spectator who closes the pad will surely become suspicious - no?

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It's not listed on the site yet. How much is it?
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On 2006-12-19 19:44, Gianni wrote:
I don't know that I buy the notion that you can use this prop (which I do not own) or the Kozar pad (which I do own) by handing it out to the first spectator and never handling it again. The spectator who closes the pad will surely become suspicious - no?

Gianni


I see no reason for that spectator to become suspicious.

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It's not listed on the site yet. How much is it?


It's listed on the front page of the site; that's where RIVARDJLR quoted the ad-copy from. It's £45.
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There is always suspicion if you want to see some.It is either on the mentalist itself or maybe a stooge.It is all about audience management and looking like the prop has no importance.There is suspicion if you act like there should be.My opinion.I may be wrong.



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On 2006-12-19 19:44, Gianni wrote:
I don't know that I buy the notion that you can use this prop (which I do not own) or the Kozar pad (which I do own) by handing it out to the first spectator and never handling it again. The spectator who closes the pad will surely become suspicious - no?

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I agree. It's only Magician's Guilt that may make a spectator suspicious.

But additionally, there is no "tell," either audibly or physically when closing the pad as the spectator is directed to do.
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Is there a chance that a spectator will inadvertantly close the wallet before hand? Is that possible?

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Is there a chance that a spectator will inadvertantly close the wallet before hand? Is that possible?

John


Well it's possible, but possible in the same way that they could open their hand too early to reveal a dozen sponge bunnies, or move some coins you've placed in their hand and find a shell; or any of the countless other things that are "possible" when you bring spectators and props and bits of business together.

Again it comes down to spectator-management. Have your first spectators sitting next to each other, hand the first one the open pad and pen and direct them to write a number, (or whatever), and pass to their neighbour. When that's done, get the final spectator to close the pad, because they'll be passing the pad on to the final spectator - not in the immediate vicinity - to total or select from.
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I am delighted to be manufacturing the Basil Horwitz Add-A-Number Pad exclusively for Martin Breese.

http://www.martinbreese.com

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Tony,

Is this not the exact same idea that el duco has been manufacturing for year?

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On 2006-12-20 10:53, Daniel Lander wrote:
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On 2006-12-20 09:24, johncesta wrote:


Is there a chance that a spectator will inadvertantly close the wallet before hand? Is that possible?

John


Well it's possible, but possible in the same way that they could open their hand too early to reveal a dozen sponge bunnies, or move some coins you've placed in their hand and find a shell; or any of the countless other things that are "possible" when you bring spectators and props and bits of business together.

Again it comes down to spectator-management. Have your first spectators sitting next to each other, hand the first one the open pad and pen and direct them to write a number, (or whatever), and pass to their neighbour. When that's done, get the final spectator to close the pad, because they'll be passing the pad on to the final spectator - not in the immediate vicinity - to total or select from.


I understand. But, in the case of sponge balls you can say, specifically, "Close your hand don't open it." In the other case (pad) you can't really say this. It seems easy that in the course of handing the pad to someone else they could easily close it (by accident) then the jig is up?

I like the pad idea, don't get me wrong. My audience would be middle and high school folks.

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entity
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With both pads, there are a few ruses that can be used to prevent the premature closing or changing of the wallet/pad.

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On 2006-12-21 08:37, Steve Dela wrote:
Tony,

Is this not the exact same idea that el duco has been manufacturing for year?

Steve Dela


Steve,

The Add-A-Number pad I am manufacturing for Marin Breese uses the Basil Horwitz wallet principle and design.

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I have the Kozar pad and use it a lot. It's a great item. I would never have a spectator close the pad, however. As Gianni alluded to, the spec would surely become suspicious regardless of your audience management skills.

In my opinion it very obviously locks when it's closed. More than that, I think a volunteer would even know why it locked. If you have one, try it and you'll "feel" what I mean.

I'm interested in finding out if that is not a problem with the Horwitz pad. If not, I'd consider replacing my Kozar with it.
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This is a very timely topic for me. I decided to resurect my show, and in doing so, I want to update some of my props .... not my routines, just the props that I use to get there. When I started out lo those many years ago, I was using the Dunninger locking slate, and it didn't seen out of place at the time. Most of the audience probably had kids with slates at home, so no big deal. Now the slate would look mighty queer.
In my mind, the ideal way to perform this routine would be to have 3 spectators stand at their seat and call numbers aloud which would be written in full view, totaled, and match the prediction. Since that's not available without pre-setting it prior to the show,or switching predictions, the second best would be to use a clip board with a legal pad on it and pass it from one spectator to another. In that case you can either switch the pad or the prediction. Finally, there is the small pad of one sort or another.
You guys have presented me with a puzzle. You have written about several different pads, all of which will do the same task, and all of which the users seem to like allot. So, which one do I go for? Which one looks the most natural for the situation, and which one is the most fool proof? Or, will somebody in the next 30 days or so, come up with flippin' clip board or something. Anyway, thanks for the good read guys.
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"In my opinion it very obviously locks when it's closed. More than that, I think a volunteer would even know why it locked. If you have one, try it and you'll "feel" what I mean."

Mr. Curtis: would you mind addressing the above concern that the above comment might pertain to your pad: will a participant feel the lock take hold?
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When a spectator is directed to close the pad, they'll casually flip the front of the pad down and, as part of an ongoing performance, notice nothing.

It's just a pad.
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