Review: Jekyll & Hyde Test by Scott Olgard and Luke Jonas with Olnas Magic

[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Abril%20Fatface%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Scott Olgard and Luke Jonas are to be congratulated on accomplishing a gargantuan task in coming out with “The Jekyll & Hyde (Book) Test”.

It is a gimmicked (only in the words in the book) book, yet the story content is kept as intact as possible.  The book can be freely handled and examined by a spectator during performance without the person feeling anything suspicious about it.

The standard effect has 3 phases.

Performer claims that he likes the book “Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde” by Robert Louise Stevenson so much that he has memorized the entire book.  A softcover edition of the novella is given to a spectator to examine.

She turns to any page in the book, tells the performer the page number, and the performer is able to recite the entire first line of that page.

Next, another spectator names 3 page numbers, and the spectator on stage turns to one of them.  The performer is able to reveal, word for word, the entire first paragraph.

The spectator on stage turns to another random page, and focuses on a word in a certain line on that page.  Without knowing the page number, the performer is able to name this word.

Other effects possible with the book are also discussed:

The spectator turns to any page and reads out the first line.  The performer can tell which page contains this line.

Instead of revealing the first paragraph of a page, the performer can draw something that is the gist of that paragraph.  Or, the spectator is asked to focus on the main object of that paragraph and relive her childhood memories based on this object.  The performer is able to reveal this memory.

You receive two A5 sized booklets.  One is the novella itself while the other booklet contains 46 pages of instructions.  The instructions are well organized and written so that they are easy to understand.

There is quite a bit of memory work required.  The creators have come out with many ways and systems to help you achieve this.  If you can spend the time for memorizing Juan Tamariz’s Mnemonica stacked deck of cards, you will have not much problem with memorizing what is required for this book test.

There is a need to “force” one of 3 pages, and a line in each page to perform some of the effects.  Although Scott and Luke handle them very well in the instructions, an astute spectator can feel that the “randomness” of their choices is contrived.

The product appears pricy.  This is justifiable because only 500 copies of the book are released, and of the amount of effort put by the creators to gimmick the book so that it is examinable from cover to cover.

For those who are willing to put in the time and effort to memorize what is required, this book test can be most impressive to the audience.

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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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