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marklkw
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Dear all, wanted to get this from the description it sounds too good to be true. Here's the extract from the advertisement:

For years, I've searched high and low for this effect for myself. I even offered someone $250.00 for their piece. He wouldn't sell it to me. Nothing ever on Ebay! I did find a couple of magicians who own the originals, but they wouldn't part with it either. Honestly, I couldn't blame them. It is truly a brilliant piece of work! Finally, someone reproduced them and now we've got 'em! Check out the effect.

Three unprepared books are handed out to spectators for examination. A spectator chooses one of the books (with this version you could even do the test with all three books at the same time!), then picks a page at random from the book and memorizes one of more of the words on that page. Being an accomplished mind-reader, the performer immediately knows what words the spectator is thinking of and writes them down on a slate before revealing it to the audience!

Of course the magi is 100% correct! Includes special slate and instructions which contain the cribs for Aesop's Fable, Red Badge and Wonder Book. Works with any books.

At this time books do not come with the effect; you'll have to use your own.
The gaffed slate is absolutely brilliant in its design and working. This is one of the strongest, most effective, not to mention easy mentalism pieces you can do! Truly, it is a purchase you'll be happy you made! Get 'em while we have them as it is not easy to obtain.



PRICE: $100.00
In Stock! Ready to ship.
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My burning question is:
Can it only be done with books? I might as well do a booktest?

Also, how does this compare to On Board which goes for only $50?

Thanks in advance!
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Greetings!
I know of a performer using this for an anagram cue list.
Cheers,
J.Warrens
Brandon
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Why would you want to use a SLATE in a mentalism show? I could see if it fits in somehow with your character, but I think that very fact that you're using a slate, in this day and age of wipe boards, etc. that it would look a little odd.

Just my 2 centavos.

Brandon
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On 2003-10-23 13:40, Brandon wrote:
Why would you want to use a SLATE in a mentalism show? I could see if it fits in somehow with your character--but I think that very fact that you're using a slate, in this day and age of wipe boards, etc. that it would look a little odd.

Just my 2 centavos.

Brandon


I could be wrong, but doesn't Richard Osterlind use a slate in Volume 1 of his most recent DVDs?

Gianni
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On 2003-10-23 00:20, marklkw wrote:My burning question is:
Also, how does this compare to On Board which goes for only $50?




On board is a totally different method and effect. I do not understand why comparison is needed. The only simularity is that they both use some kind of slate to write on.
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As has been commented, it would have made far better sense to make one up with a whiteboard, I'm sure the same principle could be used.

Who is the originator credited in the instructions? If any? The gaffed slate method actually originated with Louis Histed as far as I'm aware, the idea of using if for the book test was probably Peter Warlock's. This was originally sold by Harry Stanley in England in the fifties! Anyone with the Gen magazine on CD may see adverts for it.

It's made up as a slate because they slavishly copied an old trick without any thought as to how it might be improved SmileA brilliant idea in its own time.

Paul.
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Thanks guys for the good posts. Yes using slates may seem a little out of the way today, but it sure does fill in the visual element of surprise when revealing later.

Perhaps I didn't phrase myself right; is this only useful if doing a booktest? Cant I use it to predict something else, totally?

thanks!
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"Perhaps I didn't phrase myself right; is this only useful if doing a booktest? Cant I use it to predict something else, totally?"

Perhaps you didn't read the advert right, it is not used for a prediction. It is used for a mind reading experiment. The book test is perhaps the best use of the device, but you don't HAVE to use it for a book test.

If you are not sure of the difference between reading someones mind and making a prediction perhaps mentalism is not your thing. Smile

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"Yes using slates may seem a little out of the way today, but it sure does fill in the visual element of surprise when revealing later."

As would writing on a pad or white board which would seem far more normal these days.

Paul.
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