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santlerconjurer
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We'd like to invite everyone to click on our banner or to directly visit our web site at

http://64.78.48.77/zscan/

for info on our "no-brainer" version of the center tear. Anyone who's found parts of the CT a little too daunting can now let the versatile Z-Scan apparatus take care of each and every one of the more difficult moves.
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Santler

This looks like a useful product for some performers.

Perhaps you could fill in a few of the gaps left out of the description. For instance - what exactly is the cover of the notebook made of? Leather? PVC? Cardboard?? And what is the surface of the whiteboard made out of?

Can you describe the mental epic effect you do with the Z-scan (from a spectator's point of view)? For example, where do you write your separate predictions?

And can you describe the design duplication effect please (again from a spectator's point of view) ?

I think for a relatively high priced item, the potential buyer needs to have as good an understanding as possible over what he is actually buying!

Thanks!

Matthew
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On 2004-05-23 17:01, matthu wrote:
Santler

This looks like a useful product for some performers.

Perhaps you could fill in a few of the gaps left out of the description. For instance - what exactly is the cover of the notebook made of? Leather? PVC? Cardboard?? And what is the surface of the whiteboard made out of?

Can you describe the mental epic effect you do with the Z-scan (from a spectator's point of view)? For example, where do you write your separate predictions?

And can you describe the design duplication effect please (again from a spectator's point of view) ?

I think for a relatively high priced item, the potential buyer needs to have as good an understanding as possible over what he is actually buying!

Thanks!

Matthew


Thanks for the questions Matthew.

The cover is black crush-textured vinyl leatherette. Even though the entire product is fabricated by us, the "look" is very much like something you'd find at Office Depot or, perhaps, and art supply store.

The whiteboard surface is card stock laminated between heavy duty plastic. It takes water-based markers, which I strongly prefer because regular dry-erase markers -- even the so-called "odor-free" kind -- make me sneeze and seem to affect too many audience volunteers adversely.

We've routined the "Mental Epic" as a really quick clincher that's best after, say, a short NW prediction. The "secret" side of Z-Scan has the force object (card, word, etc.) pre-written. After showing or flashing the blank side you "flip" Z-Scan (using our special secret deceptive move!) and follow the standard Mental Epic one-ahead procedure, mime-writing your predictions before the first choice. I think this would work particularly well as a three-part book test in which the last word is "forced" as in, for example, the Hoy book test.

We've provided three design duplication ideas -- two for the "brave hearted," one for the rest of us.

In all three, you boldly hold Z-Scan at arms' length facing the audience volunteer and he draws the design as you hold the apparatus. You then close Z-Scan, thank your volunteer for his help, and while clearly looking away from the board you erase the design. There are TONS of comedy potential in this situation -- "erasing" (possibly in a slightly clumsy fashion) something that's just been written that you can't look at while everyone is just poised on the edge of their seats waiting to see if your eyes are going to wander anywhere NEAR that little black whiteboard!

You turn the board around to show the audience everything's erased. In the BOLD HEARTED versions that's when you get your peek. In the fainthearted version for us normal ordinary mortals, you can simply show the "erased" side, flip once again (using our special deceptive move!) and "duplicate" the design by simply embellishing what the audience volunteer drew in the first place.

I think you can tell we've got something really interesting here. The ability to "erase," recover, then show or flash a blank writing surface (while still retaining the hidden info) is EXTREMELY useful and has many possibilities.

Hope this helps, let me know if you'd like more info.
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Hi Santler,

You mention coming out with a smaller version. I'm interested in that because I don't want to draw attention to something that's really big. It's just something I happen to have that the spectator can use as a convenience. I want something small and unobtrusive I can just hand to them.

My main interest is using it as a peeking device where someone writes the name of a card, and I can somehow get it. They tear off the paper on which they wrote the card, and then I can still get what they wrote while in front of an audience (not pre-show). I assume that would happen when I ask for the pad back. That's not the effect, but rather it is needed to proceed to the next step of an effect.

Thanks!
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We've got what you want but it is not going to be generally available for awhile. I will PM you with additional information.
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I'm likewise interested in a smaller version, so please keep us posted on new versions. Also, I'm looking forward to see the first reviews hitting this forum.

I sure looks like a usefull product with a lot of possibilities.
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