[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]Here is the effect:
A small pocket sized spiral bound booklet containing the 12 astrological signs and also the numbers 1 to 31 depicting the days in a month is given to a spectator. She is told to write her name in the blank space provided on the page of her astrological sign, and silently read the descriptions to see if she agrees with what is being said about her character. She does not speak a word to you. Neither do you touch the booklet. Yet, you are able to divine her astrological sign!
Now, she turns to the page that depicts the date of the month she was born. She writes the year of her birth in the blank space provided and circles the date. Once again, she does not speak a word to you, and you do not touch the booklet. Yet you are able to announce the actual day of her birth!
You can tell a spectator’s astrological sign as well as her day of birth, by not asking any question or touching the booklet once it is in the spectator’s hands. Sounds too good to be true!
This effect is rather difficult to give a rating. It has both the strong and weak points.
Scoring full marks are the following:
- The method is very clever but not totally new. Devin Knight used a version of this in his dictionary test called “Word Sight”. He was able to divine 2 thought of words from a dictionary 20 feet away without touching the book.
- The Astrological Sign booklet is very well produced. The pages are thick and sturdy and colourful and it is small enough to carry in your shirt pocket.
The following are the downside of the effect which tend to cause suspicion to a discerning spectator:
- There are some blank spaces in the star sign that have information penciled in, supposedly from previous performances. We do not really see a need for this since there is another full set of 12 astrological signs that have blank spaces. We can use this set of 12 blank spaces and dispense with the set of 12 penciled in formation.
- There are also blank spaces on the pages that have birth days. The spectator is asked to write in her year of birth in this blank space. Yet you only revealed their day of birth but not the year. In this case it is better not to ask the spectator to write their year of birth. Ask her to write her name. It will cause less suspicion.
- Because of the need of “previous written information”, the effect is not truly repeatable “immediately” as claimed in their write-up as one of the benefits.
These weak points can be overcome by good presentation and audience management. To some people, the benefits of not asking any questions or touching the book far outweighs these downsides. They will truly enjoy the effect. Others may find the setbacks rather awkward for them. They will not appreciate this trick.
You receive the well-produced booklet, 2 pages of written instructions and a link to download an instructional video. You need to supply your own 2b or 3b pencil and eraser.
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