Review: Christmas Carol Book Test by Josh Zandman

Reviewer: John Teo

This is a practical and simple-to-use book test.

In effect, a paperback edition of the famous “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dicken is displayed.  It can be casually examined by a spectator.  The book contains almost 170 pages.  The performer riffles the pages of the book with the pages facing the spectator.  The spectator stops the performer at any page and remembers the first word on that page.  The performer can divine the every word.

This reads like a riffle force being used.  The riffle force is not being used here.  The spectator can genuinely stop at any page and you will quite instantly know the first word on that page.  Neither is the word being forced.  Although I did not count it, there must be more than one hundred and fifty different words used as the first word of each page throughout the book.

The method is a variation of a principle used by Larry Becker.  It appears to be an improvement over Larry’s method on 2 aspects of it.  Although I do not necessarily think so, the real advantage of this book test is the fact that it uses the classic Christmas story by Charles Dicken.  Everybody is familiar with this title and nobody will suspect that it is gimmicked.  It is also topical when used at Christmas time.  Apparently the method is good enough for Ted Karmilovich to use it in his pocket edition of his “Mother Of All Book Tests”.

There is no need to memorize anything, or for a crib to cue you.  If you can riffle the pages of a book, you can perform this effect.  The book can be casually examined by a spectator both before and after the performance.

You receive the specially printed book and 2 sheets of printed instructions.  The instructions are quite comprehensive and you will have no trouble performing it minutes after you read them.

The book is small and measures 4.25 inches by 7 inches, and fits nicely in your pocket.  It is ideal for walk-around and also good enough for performing on stage.  

Please support intellectual property. Only buy original. Available from all reputable Murphy’s Magic dealers.

(9 / 10)

Christmas Carol Book Test by Josh Zandman

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