Review: Nomad Pad 2.0 by Nikola Pelletier

[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Nique Tan” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Abril%20Fatface%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]The impression device – one of the most effective weapons available to a mentalist. Finding that one that will work for you is finding something that you will use for the rest of your performing life.

When the first version of this pad was released some years ago, it caused quite a stir with its trailer, as it basically exposed the whole workings of it, putting the method right out in the open for the world to see. Nonetheless, I still got the original Nomad Pad and while I did not get any use out of it (due to the same reasons as with this new version), I did add to my collection of such information gathering devices. After all, knowledge is power.

Along comes the Nomad Pad 2.0. Now, I really was interested to see if this was going to be better than the first version, as implied by the name of it being a “2.0”. And I really wanted it to be better.

The first difference that you will notice is the size of this new pad. Perhaps I have small hands, but this is a little too big for my liking for use in walkaround settings. It is not huge, but I do prefer the first version of this pad in terms of size, as it was something more manageable. Bigger is not always better in this case.

Next, thinking I knew how the pad worked, I immediately tested it out, handling it as per the first pad, only to greatly confuse myself with the lack of results. Only after watching the online video explanation, did I realise that this new pad has been setup slightly differently and as such a different handling is needed to work it. Not a good or bad difference, it is just that – different.

On to the impressions you get with the pad. This also suffers from the same issues I had with the original Nomad Pad. For some reason, I cannot get the impressions that the material makes to be as clear as that shown on the explanation video. There is some priming to be done with a pad that has not been used for some time, to kind of “waken” up the material used in it, but still even after doing that I was unable to get satisfactory results. Do not get me wrong – it does work to a certain degree, and I suppose one can still perform with it. However, I would feel more comfortable and secure with clearer impressions. Especially in the heat of performance, the last thing I want to do is to be struggling to make out what I am seeing.

While I do have a pad that I use if I wanted to go the impression device route, in all honesty I very much prefer other methods of information gathering. For starters, I like to look at original writing. Most impression devices (the Nomad Pad included) are dependent on the spectators writing a certain way in terms of pressure or size. If that does not happen for you (they write or draw with a very light touch and really small) then you are pretty much left with an illegible impression made.

The concept of the Nomad Pad, along with its design is very clever, and if it worked as well as the videos online, I think it to be one of the better impression devices out there. It really is no secret due to the demo video that was released, and if you wish to see it in action before you make your purchase decision, simply do a search online. Other than that, this comes complete with the gimmicked pad, marker and refills.

[usr 6.5]

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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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