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Tru Test - U.F. Grant's Modern Magazine Test by Nathan Kranzo (100 Refills) The most powerful book test on the planet is now also the most modern! NOW SHIPPING. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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U.F. Grant's Tru Test was released over 80 years ago and inspired many modern day Magazine and Book Tests such as FLASHBACK by Larry Beck and Lee Earl, THE MASTER KEY by Terry Rogers, and probably the most infamous of them all The Mother Of All Book Tests, by Ted Karmilovich and many more. The TRU TEST is the cleanest test ever created. Why? Because they get to look at a page FULL OF WORDS and think of ANY word. Then you tell them! Many book tests try to duplicate the original TRU TEST but fail. Here are the instructions to the original TRU Test. I have changed very little, even using the majority of the original text. The only changes I have made are the fact that it is now a TIME or NEWSWEEK magazine rather than a Reader's Digest as was used originally. I have also updated the words and tried to make them more interesting. Other than that....it's still the original brilliant idea from Johnnie Murray by U.F. Grant. - Kranzo
Several pages are torn out of a current TIME magazine. A random page is chosen and handed to a volunteer. From then on you never handle the page. You ask the volunteer to TEAR the page in half and discard a piece dropping it to the floor. They continue to tear and discard pieces of the page until only a small piece remains. They can even CHANGE THEIR MIND AND exchange their final piece for ANY piece on the ground. The volunteer can now look at either side of the piece and and just THINK of a word. You can be blindfolded or across the room and tell them the word with 100% accuracy.
This is the real work on the magazine test. Period.
Once again. They have a choice of pages..........Having the entire freedom to look at either side of the page and think of ANY word is amazing. You can even CALL THEM FROM ANOTHER ROOM and tell them THEIR WORD OVER THE PHONE!!!
The best part is its SO EASY.
You will be able to perform it INSTANTLY.
When you purchase the TRU TEST Magazine Test KIT you will receive the instruction manual detailing routines, bonus ideas and all the nuances about the test.
You will receive 100 gimmicks that can be used OVER and over. Unless you destroy the gimmick in performance (you can destroy the gimmick as part of the routine if you'd like but it is totally up to YOU........you don't have to........you can use it over and over if you'd like). SO this will provide you with enough for WELL over 100 performances.
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Customer Reviews (showing 1 - 10 of 17)6 of 6 magicians found the following review helpful:
great idea, but won't stand ANY examination Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 21st, 2013
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 long.
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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Tru Test Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 27th, 2012
More practical than MOABT
With more performance options.
Real Mentalism at its Best
Best Mentalism ever Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 15th, 2012
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.
The worst investment Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 18th, 2014
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.
Gibberish--with typos Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 29th, 2013
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.
Take a book test to new heights Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 13th, 2012
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.
Great for a mentalism routine! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 7th, 2012
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.
Not the best Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 18th, 2015
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 glance instead.
The BEST Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 14th, 2014
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.
Great Magic! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 12th, 2013
I really like the concept used here. The application makes this concept really practical. It makes it seem so casual and innocent. Note that this is not a prediction effect, but rather a mind-reading effect. The way in which you get to the method only re-inforces that you are doing something very mental.
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