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Just saw this on the WPR today. Starts at 16:54 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5o9hQtZFuHA

This basically mixes a book test mixed nicely with the classic game of Hangman. This definitely seems more for stage but it looks quite intriguing. The apparatus looks a bit imposing to transport and carry, but probably not too hard for a good wood worker to create.

***Wondering if the audience learns the actual word, or is it only known by the spectator? I'm guessing only the spec knows the word as guesses are made by performer.

Here is the ad copy...

The Gallows Book Test by Mark Shortland is a comedy book test based around the classic word game "Hangman", and building a full sized gallows on stage!

The performer tries to guess the chosen word by playing the classic game of hangman, except rather than drawing the gallows, a ten foot gallows is assembled as letters are incorrectly guessed. Tension is built to a crescendo as the performer finds himself stood on a chair with their neck in a fully constructed set of gallows and no more guesses available. Fortunately these specially written books allow the performer to ascertain the word with no fear of rope burns, or worse!

The two gimmicked books also utilise other mentalism principles, which can be used in other applications including close up routines.

Includes full DVD instruction, books, noose and all other gimmicks, and the plans for constructing your gallows.
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The question that comes to my mind also is couldn't a similar presentation by made using any book test since this is essentially a method of a comedy reveal?

Obviously you are buying Mark's tried and true routining but the Hangman idea is one I've actually toyed with in the past few years as well.
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I will wait for the "packs flat, plays big" version.
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You could probably just draw a hangman on a large pad or dry erase board - wouldn't be quite the same though.
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True. The concept of the gallows is good but not practical for most performers. I wonder if it could be made using foam painted to look like wood.
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Well yes it includes plans for the gallows, but if you are handy at DIY then you could build your own design.
The longest piece is the main upright and for a 10' gallows would be 10 feet tall. But I'm sure that on the video, I saw and join in the middle - so each section being 5 feet in length. Of could you could have it in 3 sections and only make your gallows 9 feet tall and so only 3 feet sections. If you brought one of those enormous holdall bags, you could get all the sections in there and in a car with no problems. You could also make it out of square tubes of wood rather than solid and that would cut down the overall weight. Remember it only has to stand there without collapsing and fortunately at no time needs to hold the full weight of you swinging by your neck on the end of it. So if everything possible went wrong, the whole thing would break instead of you!
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On 2014-02-21 12:27, magicinsight wrote:
True. The concept of the gallows is good but not practical for most performers. I wonder if it could be made using foam painted to look like wood.


Or light-weight plastic sheets cut, made into square tubes and painted like wood. or in fact anything really. You could go high tech and use aluminium tubes to make a frame. (But I think that detracts from Ye Olde Wooden Gallows look.
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You could also make one with a 3d printer !
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You could also make one with a 3d printer !


What LIVE?

"Would the audience please come back in 3 days and I will choose the next letter." Smile
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How much in U.S. dollars would the materials cost?
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Impossible to say: It's only a few lengths of wood, so it all depends what type of wood and where you buy it.

Make it out of Oak and it's going to cost a lot more than standard construction timber.

And depends on either a simple design or more complex to suit your needs.
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This is a nice comedy stage affect. The Gallows that I saw at Blackpool for the effect is quite heavy and wouldn't want to be carrying that around. I'm sure you could get it made lighter. I also think this is expensive for what it is, and remember all you have here is another book test and a few gimmicks. If you want to perform the effect as seen you still have to get the Gallows made.
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I bought this effect at Blackpool last Friday to use as part of a 2 man magic stage show that myself and and a buddy are putting together.
I have to say I am very pleased with it. The method used to divine the spectators word from the book is very crafty indeed and virtually foolproof when in the heat of a live performance. We will be getting the gallows made out of hollow box construction timber as they are for visual effect only and never used (unless it all goes very badly wrong!!!)
I think it is certainly worth the money (£120) and overall I am very pleased with the purchase.
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It looks like a great routine. Very funny. Obviously not for everyone due to the prop needed, but if you have the ability to make one and carry it around, I looks like it would be a hit when performed right.
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Where can you buy it now?
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Forget the gallows the MOABT in these books is amazing!!

It's a great book test - well written and great word selection.

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I need to go look at the demo but can someone share whether the audience is in on the word or does just one person know and the audience just feeds off the tension mounting from the galllows being built?
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Forget the gallows the MOABT in these books is amazing!!

It's a great book test - well written and great word selection.

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I have MOABT and for the money, I don't know that I am 100% pleased. I am not thrilled with the way you have to get the word at the start if you know what I mean. There should be no ph****** at that price. I use it in combination with revealing a chosen number and a picture drawn by a sspectator, using a "one ahead" method. That way they kinda forgot abut the "ph*****" by the time its over. Just my opinion.
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I need to go look at the demo but can someone share whether the audience is in on the word or does just one person know and the audience just feeds off the tension mounting from the galllows being built?

I was at the comedy club performance that WPR showed in their review; the audience was not in on the word until it was revealed and confirmed to be correct.
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Anyone know if they are going to sell these through other dealers like MJM Magic, or is this only going to be available through World Magic Shop?
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