Review: Will To Read By Steve Dela

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]This is a pocket mentalism routine that contains 2 effects: a “free-will” prediction and a book test.  The 2 effects can be performed independently.  It is better to combine them together so that you get a nice little 2-phase mental act using the same prop, which is a torn-out page from a book.  There is a bonus effect built-in in the torn-out page which requires the Scott Creasey’s “BIP Book”.

The effect goes as follows.  The performer explains that he once read a book in which a particular event described in it turned out to be true for him on the very next day.  He tore out a page from this book because it contains another event which he wishes to recreate with a spectator.

Three objects are placed on the table.  They are a pen, a coin and a credit card.  A spectator freely chooses which object to put away in a pocket, which object to give to the performer, and which object to keep for herself.  The torn-out page is unfolded and the spectator reads a paragraph which predicted the outcome of the exact locations of the 3 objects!

This is the Deddy Corbuzier’s “free-will” prediction that is taken one level higher.  The choices made by the spectator appear to be more streamlined than the original version.

The performer then asks the spectator to concentrate on any longish word on either side of the torn-out page.  The performer then proceeds to divine the word letter by letter.  This is the “All About Eve” book test also created by Steve Dela himself.  It is another straight forward book test similar to Ted Karmilovitch’s “Mother Of All Book Tests”.

If you possess Scott Creasey’s “BIP Book”, there is a bonus prediction of the exact time to meet at a prominent monument in the capital city of a chosen country.

You receive 2 versions of the torn-out page, a nicely made black double envelope, a black envelope for carrying the prediction, an instructional DVD, and 2 credit-sized cards, one is a crib and the other one features the popular Cambridge University reading test which can be used as an introduction to the effect.

You need to supply the pen, coin and a card (any card, such as a credit card, discount card, membership card or business card).  These are common items that you, or your audience, usually carry around.

The DVD contains instructions from both Steve Dela and Peter Nardi.  Both have slightly different presentations for this effect.  Steve Dela has certainly put in a lot of thinking when he designed the torn-out page as well as the routine.  He has maximized the application of the “free-will” principle in his prediction as well as provided a straight-forward but powerful book test.

You get 2 copies of each of the 2 versions of the torn-out page.  You are taught how to create a torn-out edge on each of the pages, and how to age the page to make it as an ancient artifact, if this suits your performing style.  The alternative torn-out pages require a double envelope, which is also provided.

There is no mention on how you can use the crib.  However, you can easily adapt it in your performance.

There is a downside worth mentioning.  I find that the torn-out pages supplied are too small.  They imply that the pages come from a small pocket book.  Pocket-sized books are uncommon.  But this is not a critical factor.  In fact, it provides you with an interesting patter.  You can say that you have come across a special book: not only is it a small pocket book, but it seems to possess some special power.  This will be a good lead-in to your torn-out page.  What is of concern here is that the printed words on the page are quite tiny.  It may be difficult for your spectator to read if she does not have good eyesight.  You therefore need to choose your spectator carefully.

“Will To Read” is easy to do.  It is straight-forward and uses impromptu props.  It requires hardly any memory work.  There is nothing to reset, and it is therefore suitable for walk-around performances.

It is a small but powerful mentalism act that you can carry in your pocket, and you will.  

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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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