Review: Magazine Memory by Timothy Hyde & Knight’s Tour by Chris Wasshuber

[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Maarten Bosmans” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Abril%20Fatface%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]I have decided to review both Magazine Memory: The Secret Notebooks of Mr. Hyde Volume 2 by Timothy Hyde & Knight’s Tour: With Free Choice of Start and End by Chris Wasshuber, because they kind of intertwine together Both of these books use memory feats that works as a showstopper as it uses real skill.

Magazine Memory is 50 pages long and the ebook covers in the first half, different methods for using mnemonics. This is really interesting because it can be useful in real life and in performance for a show.

Showing off your memory skills is something that can be really strong in your show you can add a lot of drama and tension to your act. I really love the magic memory test because it has much detail on how to train your brain.

You can also give these pieces of information as an example to the audience on how you study this memory feat. I personally think adding a memory act in your show adds value to it as it shows a skill that everybody can learn and is usefull in real life.

The effect described in this e-book is really strong and interesting, with different types of relevations during the act. Imagine standing on a stage and you give the spectator a free choice of magazine and they take one out themselves, naming a page number and the spectator is asked to concentrate on a title, an image, a word, a slogan, a product and you -the mentalist- are able to describe how this works.

This feat is really strong and can be used in a number of different mentalism effects on stage and you could use different methods to reveal information. The thing I liked a lot about this is that Magazine Memory puts you into the right direction for memory work using systems from a memory expert called Dominic O’brien. I strongly suggest checking out his work. It is really good.

If you can do this act you have something really special and interesting from an audience perspective.

Now let’s talk about Knight’s Tour: With Free Choice of Start and End by Chris Wasshuber. What is a “knight’s tour”? Basically, it is a famous mentalism effect that uses a numbered chessboard. The spectator calls out any number on the chess board and you start reciting a bunch of numbers and at each number the spectator crosses out the number on the board. This is a really strong feat in mentalism.

Awhile ago I read Paul Brook’s book The Chrysalis of a Polymath and he describes his routine and scripting of this classic mentalism effect, which builds it up really well to a fantastic climax. Paul also found different uses for the effect.

The difference between the regular Knight tour like in Paul Brook’s version and this one is that spectator calls out a number on a starting position and another spectator calls out a number at an end position and you are able to do the tour with a starting and end point freely chosen by a spectator.

The regular knight’s tour uses something that can be learned. In this version you also use something that can be learned, but it is even more impressive from a perspective for a layman and magician.

The fact that you can use a start and an end number really amps up the stakes in this effect. You can use this effect as an opener at your show.  Imagine asking the spectator the simple question of doing the knight tour themselves and try to finish it. You can hand out flyers with you contact information on one side and the image of the grid on another side. This will really engage the audience into participating into the knights tour.

In this ebook you will learn 2 methods: the hard method with memory work and the easy method without memory work.

I strongly urge you to learn the hard method. I think you personally will be really proud if you could accomplish this feat. The only minus of this ebook is that it does not teaches you memory techniques well and there is not a solid script for the effect.

I think with these 2 ebooks and the Pi book from Vincent Hedan you will have a nice half hour show that uses regular props, which people can find everywhere and will not raise any suspicion.

Highly recommend! Available directly from

Magazine Memory: The Secret Notebooks of Mr. Hyde Volume 2 by Timothy Hyde

Knight’s Tour: With Free Choice of Start and End by Chris Wasshuber

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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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