Review: Paradigm Shift by Christoph Borer

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]Paradigm Shift is a “Pegasus Page” type book test using 2 books.  One book is entitled “Everything Women Know About Men” and the other book is entitled “Everything Men Know About Women”.  The titles of the 2 books will bring some chuckles from the audience.

This effect is actually Christoph Borer’s adaptation and presentation of Alexander Romer’s effect using 2 Germany language books.  Christoph Borer is the inventor of “Get Sharky” that introduced the Phoenix special deck.  However, no playing cards are involved in this book test.

In effect, the performer brings out the first book.  It is entitled “Everything Women Know About Men”.  It will cause some chuckles in the audience.  He flips through the book and then turns to the contents page.  He reads out some of the topics covered in the contents such as “The man and his career”, “The man and his love”, “The man under stress”, and “The man and sexuality”.  They sound like interesting and important topics.

He then brings out the companion book “Everything Men Know About Women”.  When he flips through the pages, they are all blanks!  This will bring out laughter from the audience to know that men actually know “nothing” about women!

The performer approaches a spectator with the women book.  He flips through the top corners of this book and asks the spectator to say “stop” at any time.  She stops at a page, notices the page number, and reads a little of the materials in the page.  The book is closed but is still held in her hand.

The performer flips through the men book and shows the audience that it has blank pages.  He notices that the page numbers are printed, otherwise, the entire book comprises blank pages.  He asks the spectator with the woman book to mime taking out all the letters and words of her selected page, and throw them onto the men book.

When the men book is turned to the selected page of 107, magically, that particular page has printed texts.  The first spectator is asked to turn to her selected page 107 in her women book.  Amazingly, except for page number 107, this entire page is blank!

A different twist to the Pegasus Page book test.  You receive the 2 specially printed books, and a 4-page nicely printed booklet of instructions.  You can actually view a performance of Paradigm Shift in you-tube if you search the internet.  

Christoph says you can also give away the men blank book (with the printed page) as a souvenir.  Refills are available at a set of 10 books.

Christoph gives an interesting and convincing impromptu book force to stop at a particular page that does not depend on any gimmickry.

If you like this comedy book test, this is good investment.  


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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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