I love book tests and the MOABT principle in particular. Tru Test is based on this principle, so the
potential is great. Unfortunately, the text of the gimmick does not make any sense; it is simply a
collection of force words loosely linked together by a meaningless text. It won't stand any degree
of examination. Imagine asking the spectator to choose a word in a sentence like "The brontosaur of
the ophthalmologist went to the hairdresser for a resuscitation." [no, this is not from the actual
Tru Test, i am making this up to give you a sense of the type of sentence you'll find in there] If
the spectator only scans the text looking for long words, you're fine, but if she reads a SINGLE
sentence, she'll realize that this is a gimmick. There's no level of audience management that can
prevent you from the possibility that the spectator may read at least a sentence. Half a sentence,
even, and you are burned. You really need to tear the page into many pieces and hand the spectator a
small rectangle of text to minimize the chances that something odd will be noticed. I wish more
effort had been put into designing a believable text, especially since the text is not all that
also, TT requires some sleight of hand or other forcing technique, because you
basically need to have the spectator land on a specific page in the magazine. Glance is a superior
magazine test from all points of view - the text makes sense, and the spectator can turn to any page
without any force. Buy Glance instead if you are going for a magazine test. Or Redonkulous for a
magazine-based coincidence, or Psycho Quiz Prediction for a maqazine-based prediction. There are
many excellent options for tricks with magazines, and Tru Test unfortunately is not one of them.
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This is one of the most poorly produced effects I have ever seen since my involvement in magic. The
fact that not one individual involved in this project bothered to correct the typographical errors
is beyond me. The writing is meaningless babble apparently written by a second grader. This one
item was THE item which told me never to buy another Kranzo produced item. It is just pathetic. It
could have been something useful if a modicum of effort was put into it. There are other choices of
magazine tests other than this which would be a better buy.
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More practical than MOABT
With more performance options.
Real Mentalism at its
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I really like mentalism. I own quite a variety of mentalism effects including Mother of All Book
Tests. Last Saturday I used the Tru Test from the stage in front of an audience of about 200 people
aged 40-70. It was received really well. The aspects that I really like about this effect is that
I use current magazines, and I also ask the subject to tear a page out and then tear it a few more
times then select either a piece on the floor or in her hands and then either side of the paper to
pick their word. If I could give this TEN STARS I would.
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This could have been so much better if the text the spec read made any sense whatsoever, and if
there weren't so many typos on the page. My editor companions will just laugh at this.
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I had read some disparaging reviews about this effect while waiting to receive it. After performing
it a few times I find the negative criticism to be totally unfounded. Nathan Kranzo, your revisions
to the original effect are terrific. I found memorizing helps and isn't difficult. And I don't claim
to be the brightest candle on the cake.
If you have problems selling this to your audience, I'd
advise purchasing books on performance. The problem is not with the effect.
Nathan, consider me
one of your minions, ready to do your bidding.
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I've been performing this trick for the past 4 weeks in front of an audience of 50-75 people and
it's been great. If done correctly in a good routine you will get a great WOW reaction.
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It's an amazing magic to perform to the audience.. It's really easy and fast to learn.. I give this
5 stars with no hasitaion
I highly recommend it badly.
Buy glance instead,far superior and will stand up to inspection just like the best book test ever
invented by Ted K.Same price to.If you want an effect where you rip up a page and spec picks a piece
and you read her mind.There are many ways that you can accomplish that without buying this.You could
use a effect by Richard Osterlind.Or the late Al mann
and get somone to bring one in from a
newstand.No amount of audience management will stop somone quickly reading the nonsensical text.Buy
Tru Test is the fairest "boot test" there is. An everyday magician and all the free choices they'd
like make this a devastating weapon.