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"Jan Forster is a good friend of mine and a fantastic Mentalist. He always comes up with incredible creations. Voice Testing relies on a classic principle which Jan has routined in a way to make perfect sense. Using nothing but 3 business cards and a pen you have a great little drama that has impact and is imperceptible. The plot is unique, voice recognition, and Jan has given a perfectly logical reason for every action. Because he is so thorough, you will completely understand the secret by the time you have finished watching the video and will be ready to go out and amaze! Jan Forster has done it again and I highly recommend you get this. I am already using it!” - Richard Osterlind

"This is so cleverly constructed, unbelievable!" - Joro (Germany, inventor of the "Floating Kork" and "Card in Box")

"A novel and innovative presentation, by a brilliant mentalist. Once yo get it, you can customize personally. I love the simplicity and misdirection. I will use it, and even on stage. 5 solid stars." - Marc Salem

"Voice testing is a beautifully structured and layered routine that really will captivate your audience. Jan has taken an old concept and twisted it and made it even better. Great work Herr Forster!!!" - Jon Carey

Jan Forster is one of Germany’s best mentalists, and now he is sharing an engaging piece of mentalism that will make you look like you have superhuman levels of observation. Best of all, it’s astonishingly easy.

Voice Testing has a spectator look at any one of three words, mix them up, and then just listening to them read each word aloud the magician can tell which one the audience remembered. The great part is you don’t have to be an expert at observing human behavior, it works 100% of the time. No fishing, this is the real stuff. This can be done with business cards, slips of paper, or even bar napkins. It’s totally impromptu, easy to perform, and one of those rare pieces that pack small and play massive.

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I hate when Penguin's videos leave out part of the presentation Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 7th, 2019
You will not be able to perform the effect as shown in the demonstration and neither can Jan. As a clue, look for where there are cuts in the video and that's where the performer needs to do something cagey (not difficult but possibly revealing) and another where you need to direct a spectator to do something specific and a bit awkward. The result is something that is a bit more cumbersome than what was advertised.

Either of those might raise questions. Both increase the odds of somebody thinking you are doing something that isn't as fantastic as what we saw in the demo video.

I guess some would say removing the missing steps from the presentation wasn't that big a deal. A reasonable response would be to ask why they were removed? If this was demo'ed in one of those old time magic stores I wouldn't expect the shop owner to ask everyone to close their eyes for 10 seconds while he does something that if they saw it there's less of a chance they would buy the effect.

Otherwise, it is a reasonable presentation (though not as clean as shown) for an old method. Don't get me wrong, if you are the type of performer that draws people in with the sound of your voice (and who doesn't miss Eugene) then it can still be extremely effective.

Beyond that, the explanation is a bit... plodding. You can save yourself a bit of time by starting 14 minutes into the explanation and a bit of money by not getting it at all.
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Ignore the "cheating" trailer... Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 7th, 2019
I knew immediately the principle involved here from Bob Hummer, Patrick Redford, and Green Neck. What I couldn't figure out was how exactly Jan was accounting for something that you need to know. Now I know--editing. LOL

OK, the video isn't fair, but I loved the presentation. I've never used this plot before because I didn't like all the unexplained procedure. Jan has that all figured out so that it makes sense. And while his approach to that other "thing" is bold and cheeky or requires p******, I find that it's much easier to remember what you have to do. You have to focus--and practice--but Jan's way is much easier.

I understand the dilemma here. If Penguin didn't edit the video at a crucial point, then folks like me with an understanding of the underlying principle would be replaying it and figuring it out. I get it. Even though I knew how this went, I still think that for the small price, Jan's excellent presentation and subtleties are worth it. And if you don't know the classic method, this is a must if you are into impromptu mentalism.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 11th, 2019
Much too complicated for the response we receive. There are many other methods that achieve the same results.
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A real head scratcher Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 29th, 2019
Great trick with a great method. Ive done this to a few friends and family so far and they all usually catch my methods since they know what i do.
In this case i had one person realise part of the method (its mentalism so of course you get a peice of information first) and caught me getting that peice of information ) but even with that , theres so much trockery going around that they couldnt wrap their head around how it happened after.

The only downside is just that... The method of getting the info, i had to watch the video twice because the method is explained in about 2 seconds without detail. You can get the whole method and understand it easily but the very forst part of the method is brushed so quick you can miss it. And then there are no outs given if caught like i was. Also reviewing his performance you can see he dosent even use the method himself adding to the confusion when the explanation comes in.

Still great trick and it works great. 4 stars because i would of liked a bit more info on that method (as well as an out when caught) and would of liked to see him actually apply it in performance wich leads the whole performance part to look like a setup , the "victims" already know whats goin on and its staged.
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Would be 5 stars if better explained Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 14th, 2019
First, this is easy, but the explanation is not great - which is why I only gave it 4 stars. The information he gives is good but not well organized.

While you watch the video, write down the steps in order and you can figure it out. he will provide a lot of information while giving the actual steps. Ignore it until you understand how it works. Once you understand how it works, the rest of the instructions fall in place.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 7th, 2019
I have watched this and I love it! Jan is an incredible performer and an amazing teacher. I love just about everything jan puts out! well thought out and real world material! I will use this!
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Nice wrinkle on older effect Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 11th, 2019
I enjoyed Jan's take on this effect.

I learned the basic principle 20 years ago from a friend who'd independently reinvented it, and I remember how hard I struggled with learning it. Jan's teaching is better than I had then, although I think a slightly different approach might help some learners (the more analytical ones).

I've taught an effect with this principal for 15+ years, and I realized quickly: the instructions you give are absolutely critical ... more so than for any other effect I do. For me, since I recognized the technique, my purchase was motivated by a hope that I'd learn from a professional how to handle problems. (Indeed, watching one of the demos, you can see a point where a major problem *almost* occurred.). But, it lacks that. Sure, I have outs for a lot of effects. But I haven't put the time into thinking about a good one for this effect (and, the out would vary from when you use the technique for playing cards vs. words), so I was disappointed not to find one here.

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 11th, 2019
Nice effect. Can be easily modified to do with just one person. Need to do it more than once in a setting or else they will think it was just blind luck.
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