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I'm curious to know just what it is that makes the Mother of All Book Tests so good in everyone's opinion. Everyone says it's awesome, but no one says why.

What does it do that other book tests don't?

For example, at Hank Lee's it says, "You reveal the word in the simplest, most startlingly direct manner ever!"

That's not much of a description. What exactly is this "most startlingly direct manner ever?"

Also, people have been saying that The Master Key incorporates the method used in MOABT. So why pay $350 for Mother if you can get The Master Key for half the price?

Anyway, just curious. =P

Thanks. =)

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(...SNIP) So why pay $350 for Mother if you can get The Master Key for half the price?

And four other tests included!

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Don't really know much about the MOABT, but I second Leondo's viewpoint. I would also strongly advise anyone interested in book tests to grab The Master Key before they are all gone.

Cheers,

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On 2002-09-12 21:17, Stedwick wrote:
I'm curious to know just what it is that makes the Mother of All Book Tests so good in everyone's opinion. Everyone says it's awesome, but no one says why.

What does it do that other book tests don't?


What makes the MOABT so good is its very simple and direct premise: a spectator is asked to turn to any page of a book and think of any word. Without any undue departures, the performer reveals the thought-of word.

Simple and elegant. No other book test I know of is so direct and strong.

Joe Z.
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"Without any undue departures, the performer reveals the thought-of word."

Does he? I thought he revealed it letter by letter or am I wrong?

Phillip

Hi,

I like Keith Field's Insight myself. I like the fact that they can open the book and you can extract details from their mind as they are reading, not just a word but entire snippets of thoughts. And to think, I nearly sold it! That was before I really gave it a good try in front of an audience.

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On 2002-09-13 14:00, p.b.jones wrote:
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I thought he revealed it letter by letter...?


Not necessarily. The thought-of word can be revealed any number of ways -- I draw a conceptual image that reflects the word. The means of revelation is limited only by the performer's imagination.

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Not any word can be revealed and there is a minimal amount of pumping for the first letter. Its not something you would use in front of same audience to many times either.

It can be examined briefly but I wouldn't let someone have a real good look at it.

Ive never been a fan of book tests so perhaps I'm not the best to comment.....




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I wouldn't use any booktest in front of the same audience too many times. It'd get pretty boring for them.

In my act, I hand the MOAB book to the participant and allow them to choose any page they want. Then I allow them to choose any word they want. I then have them close the book, put it down, and concentrate on their word. I then reveal the word in a dramatic fashion.

Sounds like mentalism to me.

I think forcing them to choose either the right or left hand pages (which is not required in MOAB by the way), or coming to a page number using dice (which you just happen to have on you) or some other mathematical coniption, is much more suspect, less straight forward, and probably "less mentalism", if there be such a thing.

If you could really read someone's mind, you'd have them think of a word and you'd tell them. In fact, I start out just that way. Then I tell them that they're obviously a little nervous being on stage and that their mind is wandering a bit. To help them, I give them a book where they can pick one word and concentrate on just that one. That's about as direct as you're going to get while still being entertaining.

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The MOAB is nothing special. I would recommend you not buy it or perform it.
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I agree completely with the consensus that MOABT sucks. They should all be recalled except for my two, which are so dog-eared from use--er...casual reading, that I doubt anybody would want them back.

Strangely, in spite of the fact that it is a lousy, completely undeceptive trick, it is the most natural looking gaffed book I own, and I have found that it will withstand a pretty reasonable amount of scrutiny. Plus the directness of the effect really suits my purposes.

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Is "Astrology, The Hidden Force" a decent book test?

It looks like the book performs several duties beyond that of an ordinary book test and can actually be used to extract information from a volunteer for later use.

The promo reads like ATHF is the DeLand's Automatic Deck of booktests.

I've already ordered it, based on another post, but it would be nice to know what to expect when I get the package in the mail.

P.S. What's a rough estimation on the price for Insight? What should I expect? It's hard to determine exactly what I'm getting from the pictures on Ian's site. (The "book" looks pretty thin in the photos)
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HI,
You get a paper backed book aprox A5 size 200 pages, a manuscript of instructions
and a cue sheet that you can stick on the back of another book if you have memory difficulties.
I bought mine some time ago but I think it's about £100.00.
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Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the recipient who doesn't get it.
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Sarcasm is the same word in French and English. (except that in french you add an E at the end of the word)
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Do yourself a favour and go for Keith Field's Insight. He has a very limited supply left and the product is first rate.
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<<You get a (...) cue sheet hat you can stick on the back of another book >>

I never got this hat, but find the test works well enough without it.

Insight now costs £80 only, sale must end soon, etc.,
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On 2002-09-16 15:26, poire wrote:
I never got this hat, but find the test works well enough without it.


I have one made of tinfoil, would that help?

P.S. Thanks for the information Phillip, both of Ian's BT recommendations sound pretty impressive (Insight and Val's).
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I just picked up Harvey Berg's "Final Exam" booktest, and I love it, FWIW. It has a really nice feel to it, where you're revealing details of the action going on in the book, not just a word or two, and it comes with two books, both of which are immediately recognizable classic titles (Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and D.H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers) and can theoretically be read cover to cover without anything seeming out of place (unless you compared them directly to a legit copy of the book, of course).
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