Sheer Luck - The Comedy Book Test by Shawn Farquhar
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Shawn Farquhar, FISM Grand Prix World Champion of Magic, performs and explains in detail an effect that has been used in his show since 2011 when he presented it at the famed 4F convention in New York. This has been described as the "paper balls over the head" of mentalism. It's the perfect piece for mentalist looking to lighten the mood, magicians wanting to present mentalism and even master of ceremonies wanting to spice up the event with a little audience interaction.
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Customer Reviews (showing 1 - 8 of 8)5 of 6 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 29th, 2014
I am posting a review that contrasts with the review already published here. Many, or most, book tests are "'one trick wonders." No one ever reasonably scored Larry Becker's original Flashback a "3" because it involved only one trick.
Sheer Luck features two tricks. It should rate high because it pioneers a distinctive method, it catalyzes audience involvement, it involves near-dual reality, and is entertaining. It is not a closer, but for a good, entertaining effect where the performer needs some levity, it would be hard to beat.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 15th, 2014
Excellent, excellent, excellent !!!! Bought this from Mr. Farquhar last year at the Oceanside Magic Invitational. I do bar work and have been killing them with this. I honestly wish he didn't release it... this was one of my best kept secrets !!! Anyway, now that it's out I have to highly recommend it to any real worker who wants to leave their entire audience scratching their heads ! It plays great at the bar because the entire crowd thinks they're in on the "gag" then at which point you pull the rug out from under their feet and leave them all fried ! The 2 responses I get the most are: "how the hell...?" and "W.T.F." !!! This is the first review I've ever written because most of the magic being made today can't be used in real world situations and out-right sucks..."BUT"...this is not one of those effects. Bottom line GET THIS !!
Novel Funny "Book Test" Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 11th, 2016
I have only performed this once. Great audience reaction performed pretty much like Farquar's live, cruise ship routines on accompanying DVD. Lot's of fun...easy to do. But something you can put just about anywhere in your act. Sure to please.
A little too pricey. Maybe that's a good thing. Otherwise it would be 5 stars.
Pricey but worth it! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 27th, 2016
This one is a hard-hitter on laymen and it packs small plays big. I performed this for my family on thanksgiving and I had people laughing and screaming at the end. A word of advice is make sure you have good audience management becoause when I did that a woman next to me tried to tear the book out of my hands, but wasn't successful. Shawn is a genius and is one of the few magicians that fool me with every trick they've created. I plan on saving this for my schools talent show at the end of the year. Why are you still reading this? Set a reminder for when it's back in stock!
Audiences love this. I love it! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 26th, 2015
Very clever method, and a very funny routine that audiences will enjoy. Not really suited to close up or table hopping. This is a good thing to do as parlour or stage act. Very self working and easy to do! Just put away the book when you're done, where they can't get at it, and move on to your next routine. Great idea, and excited to do it again.
Sheer Luck is goo luck for me Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 8th, 2015
I have liked a book test but they always seem to have something missing. This one fills that void I believe. I have incorporated this effect in my show and I have placed my little twist on the patter. (make it your own) I have personally met Shawn and I own some of his other effects. He is by far one of my favorites and when he makes something available I really do not have to question it. This is another one of those gems.
brilliant "ending" to a classic Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 20th, 2015
this is a great take on a classic of mentalism, and it's funny! I'll echo the comments here about if it's a little too pricey for you, that's great! it's definitely in my show and it's my opener!
it's not a brand new trick, nor is it completely unique--i.e. there are many versions of the book test available. I do have a couple other book tests but was not comfortable with the handlings. I picked this up at Shawn's lecture last month after seeing another magician perform this. it was the funniest thing I'd seen in magic in years. the ending is the kicker. showing a blank book at the end gets the greatest reactions.
Cute but overpriced Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 23rd, 2014
I am always a little leery of tricks that won't show you the actual effect being done. It always makes me think the effect is so weak it can't stand up to even casual scrutiny. But I went against my instincts and bought this effect because of Shawn Farquhar's name and his previous Penguin lecture.
This is cute, and it's funny for an MC bit. Unfortunately, it's dramatically over-priced for what you get. It's a one-trick-wonder, and if you're good with interacting with a crowd it's going to be funny. Will it amaze folks? Well, it'll be more of a cute joke with a magic punchline.
I will probably use this in the right setting. The only reason I would try to put this into a regular routine is because of the money I spent on it. If it were half this price (as it should be) it would probably not be used that often.
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