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Mask: a peek pad

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by Reg Blackwood
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Mask: a peek pad by Reg Blackwood

A bold and sneaky method which enables you to get a full-page view of information recorded on the first page of a small, closed note pad.

All you need do is first, put the pad behind your back to secure it with a rubber band and then place into an envelope to get your full-page view.

The type of pad used is readily available, completely ungimmicked, can be used for other more innocent things during the course of a performance. It will pass any inspection when handled by the spectator.


Mask works equally well in two different ways:

  • As a method of secretly enabling a second spectator to see what was recorded, in an 'instant stooge' type of effect.
  • Or in many classic one-on-one mind reading effects.
Ideal for drawing duplications or any situation where a full page of information recorded by a spectator needs to be secretly viewed by the performer. Less than five minutes of very simple construction results in something which can be used dozens of times and which resets in just a few seconds.

1st edition 2012, 11 pages.
word count: 1117 which is equivalent to 4 standard pages of text

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Reviewed by Christian Fisanick (confirmed purchase)
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars! [4 of 5 Stars!]   Date Added: Saturday 11 June, 2016

Reg gets an "A" for truth in advertising. This is indeed a bold and sneaky peek pad that will cost you a couple of bucks and take about two minutes to make. And when I learned the principle, I was mad that I didn't figure it out myself. It's super-sneaky. A couple of things: This is not an imp pad. It's a true peek pad by which you will see fully and clearly what a spectator has written or drawn. And you can take your time looking at it too. You are doing the peek right under their noses so there's that added feeling of deviousness. I do have one practical issue. Reg shows two constructions, the main one using a side-bound saddle-stitched notebook, something that's probably common in his country but would look unusual in the hands of a mentalist in the U.S. His alternate construction uses a small top-wire-spiral notepad. Now that is extremely common in the U.S. When I last looked, you could get something like a pack of five for about $3.50 at Office Depot. That's the really good news. The bad news is that the top-wire construction makes the handling a little slower and more challenging. Also--and this is just my pet bugaboo--to work the gimmick that you make, you have to do it with the pad behind your back. I hate putting stuff behind my back because I think that out of sight equals something fishy is going on. But I could just be overly cautious. You tell the spectators that you are going to rubber band the notebook tightly behind your back so that it is impossible to see what has been written. But you have to do everything smoothly and quickly to avoid suspicion, and this is where you are not helped by the top-wire design. If you were using the New Zealand notebook, you could do all this pretty quickly and easily. Using the U.S. notepad will take a fair amount of practice to avoid fumbling and dropping stuff because you are in the unenviable, weird position of blindly doing a perfectly covered "move" behind your back, a move that would be a snap and take two seconds if you could just see what you were doing.

Is this workable? Sure. Will it replace your expensive imp pad? That's up to you Will I use it? I don't know. If I'm feeling particularly mischievous, I might give it a go.

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