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Jamie D
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Sounds very interesting J. Exited to find out more about this as IMP have been my best friend these days.

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Will it make my head explode?

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I sent José a PM with questions that most likely seemed like I was fishing. That wasn't my intention, I'm just familiar with IMP pads ( not a professional by an stretch, just a dedicated hobbyist/sometime paid performer ) and didn't need another "oh, that's kind of clever" method.

He offered to let me look at what he's come up with. The problem with that is if I don't like it I have to say so. He was fine with that as long as I could detail why I didn't like it. That was fair to me.

I read it ( was surprised ) and made it up. I actually had the materials here because of the grandkids being in school. The instructions were clear as too what to do. I looked up at the clock to get an estimation of a first time construction, keeping in mind that over time it would get easier to do. It took 4 minutes. If it wasn't for arthritis, I could have done it faster.

I tried it on myself and the bloody thing works. I took it next door to a magic pal's to try it out. I used a horrific looking pen. Weird shape, colors, etc. As expected, he asked to see the pen to figure out how it got the information. I wasn't doing a gag, but he knows magic and I didn't want the pad to be questioned. But it was funny.

The Scanner is organic, simple to use and as much as I love billet work and peek wallets, this is hands down the fastest, stealth getting information device I have used.

A plain, ordinary looking pad and pen allows for obtaining information in the fastest, most casual manor possible. I love sneaky, electronic high-tech, but if I can go sneaky, organic low-tech, that's the path I take. José Prager's Scanner is the real deal!
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I was sent a review copy of The Scanner and I was particularly pleased and interested to see this. Not only do I regularly use imp devices but it is always useful to have another available for possible use and also to see if it is better than existing devices.

Jose gives very comprehensive instructions to make The Scanner and a secret forum is being set up to discuss ideal pads, further ideas and possible uses.

In order to make The Scanner you will need something else in addition to a pad. This something else should be fairly straightforward to obtain but, as yet, have not been to the shops to buy. However I do not see any problem acquiring this or making up the pad.

In the ebook there is a photo of the imp given and it looks very clear. It could be possible to even see it with the spectator nearby and them being none the wiser Smile. However it would be wise to try the pad out several times to make sure everything is right.

I tend to use imp pads for pre-show but The Scanner could be used in most situations.

As with the Tommy Pad (another favourite of mine), The Scanner is particularly worth consideration because it allows you to make the pad yourself, choosing the size or sizes ideal for you and your performing situations. You could even make up a small sized one to carry in your pocket.

I like The Scanner very much and when I have purchased the necessary, look forward to making it up and then give further thoughts. It is certainly highly practical and could become an invaluable and versatile tool for many.

Neil
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Sorry, can't resist to say that this was my impression as well....
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Purchased it this morning, runned to the store and made one up. ***...works like a charm.
Everytime I went to the store to search for something I could use I passed this one..
Didn't try it yet but I think this can be applied to other things then a note pad.
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So very tempting, I can tell I won't be able to resist for long.

-Max
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Comprehensive instructions, use of real everyday material and..voilà the ultimate imp. pad is ready to be used

what I can say more than the other reviewers? I am very impressed by the cost/efficacy ratio of the pad ( material very cheap, results really effective)

After the first lecture of the 9-page instructions, I was a little bit skeptical but since it was very easy to build, I prepared the pad and I can honestly tell you that I am very happy on the final outcome

really suggested


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I held out for nearly an hour before I bought it.

-Max
nique
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Alrighty, I took the plunge and I must say I was delightfully surprised with this.

Unlike some purchasers, I actually have LOADS of the required material lying around (from a previous failed project of mine) and was able to quickly make up a prototype to test the impressions. The results made me scoot out to grab some pads from the stationer's. It never occurred to me to use this for imp work and I've been kicking myself since this afternoon.

As mentioned in another thread, this does bear some resemblance to the Tommy Pad, which I also use, but I must say I might actually prefer this over it (no offence to Mr. Bleasdale!) in terms of prep work, impressions and reset. Smile

This is just an individual preference, and I'm sure that there will inevitably be a fair share of those who use the Tommy Pad, who will still prefer it over The Scanner.

My only problem with this, in all seriousness, is that the impressions I get are TOO clear, and I would feel insecure in ever using an "in the open" type of peek that's been mentioned elsewhere.

I suppose the only problem I have is actually a good problem to have when it comes to imp pads.

~ Nique
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On 2012-06-10 16:12, Nicolino wrote:
Sorry, can't resist to say that this was my impression as well....


So far all the reviews have been good.
It would be helpful if you could talk about what you didn't like with this.
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I need to stop at the office supply store on the way home from work tonight so I can try this out. It is one of those ideas that makes you say "why didn't I think of that"

-Max
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José's Scanner is a wonderful idea indeed! I've been playing around with it for a while and love it, it's so easy to make and the impressions are very clear. It's also very easy to reset and calibrate the impression quality. Just like the wonderful Tommy Pad and another pad that I developed and shared in the past with a few people, The Scanner is cheap and made in a minute or two.

Seadog93 asked about negatives. I personally love it and have no problems with it, but will name a few points for you to consider about your own performing conditions:

1.) A nearby source of light is essential for Real Time work. It doesn't have to be a strong light, but you will need one. The impression is very clear, but in a way that's very camouflaged from anyone who's at your sides (obviously a very good thing), so keep that in mind. That said, for pre-show, you have nothing to worry about.

2.) The pad is very examinable. Not 100% but it can definitely be inspected; that can be said about most of the best pads anyhow. Some quick thinking that should be obvious to those who purchased it will allow you to let the spec keep the pad, but I don't see why that would be necessary.

By the way, if you own Anthony Jacquin's "Mad Pad", you can turn it into a nice utility device with 2 functions.

I know many performers will be using this, both informally and onstage. Great Job José.

-Mauricio
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On 2012-06-11 21:46, Mauricio Jaramillo wrote:
The impression is very clear, but in a way that's very camouflaged from anyone who's at your sides (obviously a very good thing), so keep that in mind.


That's my problem! The imp can be seen from every angle for me really clearly, even after "calibration".

~ Nique
Mauricio Jaramillo
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Nique, I suggest you try a different brand notepad with a different color or texture. You may also want to experiment with another brand of the "you know what" that's used.
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On 2012-06-11 21:46, Mauricio Jaramillo wrote:
...Just like the wonderful Tommy Pad and another pad that I developed and shared in the past with a few people, The Scanner is cheap and made in a minute or two.


Hi Mauricio,
You kindly shared your idea with me some time ago (last year?) I think I advised that it was perhaps too close to the Tommy Pad to release. Is there a lot of similarity between Jose's pad and yours?
Cheers,
T.
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Hmmm, I struck out at the local Staples office supply store on the special "you know what" Anyone in the U.S. know where to buy the special "You know what"?

-Max
Mauricio Jaramillo
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Hi Ted,

Your feedback was great for helping me track down similar concepts. Soon after, Thom kindly sent me his book; the Tommy Pad is a wonderful creation indeed. Thanks again for your help with that.

This pad is different from mine, though it does share similar characteristics when it comes down to the type of notepad you need.

Max,

I'm surprised you didn't find what you needed, I've found the right material in small corner shops in the middle of nowhere. I'm truly surprised that Staples doesn't have it. You can probably find it at any other office supply store, perhaps even at a Target. If not, just google it up and you'll find tons of sources online.
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I am starting to think that the people inthe Staples store I went to just didn't want to go and find it for me. I am going to check an office supply store close to work at lunch time today.

-Max
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Staples are so annoying - whenever I go I get constant hassle from salespeople "Can I help you?" "Everything ok sir?" "Looking for something in particular?"...yes, peace to browse!!! Astonishing you've asked for something basic and they can't help you.
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