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Review of Tru Test - U.F. Grant's Modern Magazine Test by Nathan Kranzo

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Review of Tru Test - U.F. Grant's Modern Magazine Test by Nathan Kranzo

Tru Test - U.F. Grant's Modern Magazine Test by Nathan Kranzo

Here’s a great book test - actually it’s done with a magazine. A brilliantly gimmicked page allows you to alter a Time or Newsweek magazine so you can perform some excellent mindreading. The advantage with this system is that once the spectator turns to the correct page, he or she is free to scan the page for words and you’ll be able to identify them. The word selection (on the page) is a completely free choice and you won’t be stuck asking the spectator to only concentrate on the first word or a word at a specific location which is the downfall of many of these types of effects (see Craig Petty’s “Love Cards”).

Here’s how the effect plays. A random page in a Time or Newsweek magazine is chosen and the open page is handed to a volunteer. Or, if you like, several pages may be torn from the magazine and you can ask a spectator to choose one. From this point on, you never touch the page. You ask the volunteer to tear the page in half and discard a piece by dropping it to the floor. The spectator is told to continue to tear and discard pieces until a small piece of the page remains. At this point, the volunteer can look at either side of the piece and freely think of a single word. And you’ll be able to discern it.

As the ads state, there’s no pre-show work, switches, glimpsing, stooging, gimmicks or electronics. While the ad states that there is no sleight of hand, you do have to master a system for getting spectators to the right page, which may be accomplished with a sleight or force. The ads state that the effect is repeatable, however, I’m not sure it would be a good idea because there’s a chance that the same words may come up.

The kit comes with 100 gimmicks. Since some performers may prefer to destroy the gimmick at the end of a performance, this provides 100 performances. Or you can come up with a routine where you reuse the sheet.

The gimmicked sheet looks just like a page from a news magazine and fits right in with the magazine (Kranzo changed the page from one that gimmicked a “Readers’ Digest”). The documentation is rather brief, but adequate to get you started with the effect. Depending on how you want to present the effect, there will be some memorization. Or, you can rely on a “crib sheet” of your choosing and method.

This system is based on U.F. Grant's “Tru Test,” which inspired magazine and book tests such as “Flashback” by Larry Beck and Lee Earl, “The Master Key” by Terry Rogers, and “The Mother Of All Book Tests” by Ted Karmilovich. This one is good.

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