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A book test is one of the classic mentalism effects. A spectator chooses a book or magazine, selects a page and a word or sentence and the performer reads the spectator's mind.

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    Amazing Unfaked Book Test by Val Andrews    The Master Key: book test by Terri Rogers    Hitting the Headlines by Eddie Joseph    Canastos by Ulrich von Etzenbach    Simplex Magazine Test by Devin Knight    Magic of the Mind by Lewis Ganson    PYO Book Test by Dee Christopher    50 Shades Blue by Nic Holson    Contact by David Devlin    Test Conditions by Art Vanderlay    Direct Book Test by Pablo Amirá    Reach Beyond the Sun by Art Vanderlay    The R.B.M.T. - ridiculously ballsy magazine test by Christopher Bolter    Word of Mind by Terri Rogers    Whacked: a book test for the working performer by Mark Elsdon    Double Coincidence by Devin Knight    Bookworm: The Ultimate Impromptu Book Test Act by David Devlin    Word Sight by Devin Knight    Trinities by Michael Daniels    Liebrary by J. Prager    RhymeTime Sublime by Dr. Bill Cushman    The Book of Book Tests 2 by Rachel Colombini    The Book of Book Tests by Rachel Colombini    Dracula Ebook Test: for iPhones by Alan Rorrison    The Impromptu Book Test by Zandman    Top Ten Travel Book Test by Paul Romhany    A.W.A.P. Book Test by David Bui    Skullduggery by Leo Boudreau

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Leo Boudreau

Skullduggery by Leo BoudreauAfter reading this ebook you will be able to divine the words selected at random from any borrowed dictionary or book; deal four straight winning hands of Blackjack without sleight of hand; teach anyone how to read minds convincingly in just 30 seconds; sense colors merely thought of; transform a borrowed pack of cards into a bizarre impression device.

Several effects in this ebook require what Leo calls The Nothing Book. It is a hard cover book with empty pages. You can also use an empty notebook.

first edition, 1989, The Rustic Press, Arlington; 128 pages.

Table of Contents

6 Sep 2005$24.00

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A.W.A.P. Book Test

David Bui

A.W.A.P. Book Test by David BuiThis is a totally impromptu book test. It requires no gimmicks and can be done with virtually any book (hard cover or soft cover). There is also no setup. You do not need to have access to the book beforehand. And still you can reveal Any Word on Any Page.

Picture somebody choosing any book, from their own bookshelf. Then they open their book to any page they please and freely select any word. There are no forces and the choice of page and word is entirely free. That's what A.W.A.P. stands for. Any word any page.

You amaze them by revealing the word one letter at a time! This is a very...
16 Sep 2007$14.95

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Top Ten Travel Book Test

Paul Romhany

Top Ten Travel Book Test by Paul RomhanyAn amazing three phase book test designed for walk-about and close-up magicians that will fit in to your pocket. Great for restaurant workers, street performers, trade shows and private party magicians. This book test would normally sell for up to $100, but Paul has put it out as a PDF ebook to keep the cost affordable to magicians. In this package you get everything you need to do this book test.
  1. Instructions on how to perform this book test
  2. PDF file of the gimmick book – just take it to your local copy center or printer and have them print it off for less than $10.00
  3. JPG file of the...
23 Feb 2008$24.95

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The Impromptu Book Test


The Impromptu Book Test by Zandman
  • Any Two Books
  • Any Place, Any Time
  • No Pre-Show work, Sleights, Tears or Gimmicks
  • Completely 100% Truly Impromptu Book Test
Participant keeps one of the books. You've never seen or handled it. You take the second book and flip through the pages until the participant says "STOP." This is an absolutely free choice and the participant may verify the page number.

Participant goes to that page in her book and remembers a word. The books are exchanged and the process repeated.

You are immediately able to reveal the words in any way you choose.

Also included is a special bonus routine...

23 Jun 2009$30.00

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Dracula Ebook Test: for iPhones

Alan Rorrison

Dracula Ebook Test: for iPhones by Alan Rorrison
"The easiest and most portable book test to date!" - Erik Jansson
The iPhone has loads of apps designed to do magic in the app store but there is one problem. None of them really are organic. As soon as you performed one of these effects with the phone everyone screams: "Its an app! Very clever but its an app". So here is one of the most organic apps on the market.

You show the spectator an ebook on your phone and run through how it works (scrolling etc,) for them... You let them see that every single page is different before you have a page randomly selected. You hold the phone face...

27 Jan 2010$4.50

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The Book of Book Tests

Rachel Colombini

The Book of Book Tests by Rachel ColombiniA unique and popular subject like the Book Test is analyzed here in 20 routines by such great contributors as: Ian Adair, Howard Adams, Len Belcher, Tan Hock Chuan, Rachel Colombini, Tom Craven, Maurice Fogel, Karrell Fox, Karl Fulves, Richard Himber, Arthur Setterington, Walter Sleight and Nick Trost.

In the standard effect (sometimes done as a prediction) a spectator opens a book to a page and concentrates on a word (or three words or a full line). The mentalist, standing some distance away, is able to reveal the word the spectator is thinking of. Of course, as per many classics, variations abound and Rachel has tried to keep this variety...

30 Mar 2010$10.00

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The Book of Book Tests 2

Rachel Colombini

The Book of Book Tests 2 by Rachel ColombiniCONTRIBUTORS:
  • MAGAZINE TEST (Someeran)
  • FORCED SIGNAL (Rachel Colombini)
  • ASTRO BOOK TEST (Rex Taylor)
  • NEWSPAPER MIRACLE (Arthur Carter)
  • BOOK - BELL - CANDLE (Floyd Shotts)
  • THE ROVI BOOK TEST (Ivor Parry)
  • PAGE 98 - 14TH LINE (Werner Miller)
  • THE TURN-OVER BOOK TEST (Stephen Tucker)
  • THE S.R.R. BOOK TEST (Arthur Setterington)
  • SIX-SELECTION (Paul Daniels)
  • DIRECT BOOK TEST (Arthur Carter)
13 Aug 2010$10.00

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RhymeTime Sublime

Dr. Bill Cushman

RhymeTime Sublime by Dr. Bill CushmanGenesis: In the beginning there was Mick Ayres' award winning RhymeTime.

In 2002, Mick Ayre’s won a Linking Ring Award for Mentalism from the International Brotherhood of Magicians for his effect RhymeTime:

You openly display a list of common words. A guest is asked to mentally choose any word and then to create a word in her mind that rhymes with her selection. Without hesitation you name the word she just created in her mind! You may repeat RhymeTime immediately with another guest and reveal a completely different word.
At the end (of his wonderful manuscript), Mick wrote: “I...
27 Mar 2011$10.00

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J. Prager

Liebrary by J. PragerThis is an ebook test. Yes, not a book test done with actual paper copies, but rather a book test done with ebooks, PDF ebooks that is. The advantage here is that you can perform it wherever you have your smartphone, tablet or iPad with you. (For another ebook test see Dracula Ebook Test.)

Effect: A spectator selects any one of seven ebooks, turns to the page of his/her choice as you look away. The spectator concentrates on one word and you name it, even though you don't know the page and there is no fishing.

You will get the following ebooks:

  • "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens
  • "Around the World...
3 Apr 2011$15.00

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Michael Daniels

Trinities by Michael DanielsTrinities is a two-phase mind-reading routine. In the first phase, the mentalist correctly divines attributes (colour, suit, value) of playing cards which the spectator has shuffled, dealt and covered with his hands while the mentalist has turned away. In the second phase, which can be performed alone, the spectator forms a page number by combining the values of freely selected cards from the deck. Without the mentalist seeing, the spectator then opens up and freely examines an eBook (standard PDF) from a collection of classic literary works stored on a computer, eBook reader or smartphone....
2 Aug 2011$10.00

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Word Sight

Devin Knight

Word Sight by Devin KnightBased on the original Al Mann Lexicon Phenomena, but greatly improved and so far advanced it fools those who know the original effect.

Now you can make this up using your own computer for a fraction of buying it new already made up.

Imagine revealing two FREELY thought-of words from across the room using an ungimmicked dictionary (you will have to paste two pages with word lists at the very front and two pages at the very end of the dictionary). Imagine doing this 15 feet away and never touching the dictionary during the presentation. Devin Knight's Word Sight allows you to reveal two words, sight unseen, that...

13 Jan 2012$18.00

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Bookworm: The Ultimate Impromptu Book Test Act

David Devlin

Bookworm: The Ultimate Impromptu Book Test Act by David DevlinHere is the act exactly as the audience sees it:

The performer asks for the loan of three paperback novels, a piece of paper, and a pen or pencil. The performer says, "I have a feeling about one of you, and I think I have a pretty good idea about something that is going to be significant to you a little later on." The performer then writes something on the paper, folds it up, and hands it to one of the audience members.

Three audience members are now selected to participate in the tests. Participant #1 selects a book, opens it up to a random page and remembers a word. The other participants,...

25 Mar 2012$25.00

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Double Coincidence

Devin Knight

Double Coincidence by Devin KnightMake It Yourself with this PDF.

Mentalist tells the audience that before the show, he gave a lady a dictionary, a red crayon and an envelope. He asked her to secretly circle a word and to seal the dictionary in the envelope. She was instructed to tell nobody the word, nor let anyone tamper with the envelope. He says this envelope is still in the audience.

When it's time to perform this effect, the Mentalist calls two people on stage.

The sealed envelope with dictionary is then retrieved by one of the spectators who holds on to it in full view. The Mentalist picks up a 300 page book...

24 Apr 2012$12.00

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Whacked: a book test for the working performer

Mark Elsdon

Whacked: a book test for the working performer by Mark ElsdonDesigned for the serious working performer, 'Whacked!' is a 10 minute mind-reading routine which revolves around Dave Gorman's best-selling comedy book Googlewhack Adventure. If you've no idea what that is, you can bring yourself up to speed by heading over to This second edition manuscript gives full details of Mark's script and psychological approach – which is one of the things that lifts Whacked head and shoulders above so many other book-tests. The presentation has been honed over many, many performances for a wide variety of audiences, which ensures that...
17 Jul 2012$25.00

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Word of Mind

Terri Rogers

Word of Mind by Terri RogersA spectator is handed a theatrical review sheet and is asked to choose one of the hundreds of words that make up the various articles. There is no restriction of choice and the word is not written down. It is merely thought of by the spectator.

When the spectator is ready the mentalist begins to concentrate and slowly, letter by letter, reveals the mentally chosen word. It is that direct. A spectator things of a word and you reveal it. The spectator can choose a different word and you can repeat the effect right away.

Simple to learn, simple to perform, devastating in effect. What more...

8 Feb 2013$10.00

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The R.B.M.T. - ridiculously ballsy magazine test

Christopher Bolter

The R.B.M.T. - ridiculously ballsy magazine test by Christopher BolterWhat Happens:

The mentalist displays four or five current popular magazines. They are handed out and freely examined. One is chosen by an audience member and he or she is asked to peruse the magazine. Next they are asked to decide on a page with lots of text, they do so and proceed to remove the page from the magazine. This is repeated with the other magazines until there are four or five random pages from each magazine.

Next the audience member's with their respective pages are instructed to turn them landscape and tear them in half. Place the two pieces together and repeat, and repeat...

15 Jun 2013$15.00

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Reach Beyond the Sun

Art Vanderlay

Reach Beyond the Sun by Art VanderlayThe Prophecy Principle - This is a principle that can be applied to almost any book that allows the apparent choice of a free choice of any word on any page in an un-gimmicked book whilst still limiting their selection to just a few words - Updated & expanded.

My Mind Or Yours - This is a way to be able to predict anything or read anyone's mind at any time just using business cards. It uses a very old and classic method but with a nice added layer of deception.

Emotional Fire Bending - Whilst subtly demonstrating your abilities to manipulate fire, you are to reveal the name of someone's...

15 Sep 2013$30.00

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Direct Book Test

Pablo Amirá

Direct Book Test by Pablo AmiráYou pass a poetry book to a participant. Ask him to look ANY WORD on ANY PAGE (just that, no restrictions). You can immediately start to reveal his thought, finishing with the chosen word!
  • Self contained
  • No Stooges
  • Nothing written down
  • A professional routine for serious performers/students
  • A new devilish approach to the book test effect
In this eBook you will find the devious secret of the Direct Book Test, so you can print a copy in your own language, with your own custom characteristics. Once you learn the principles, you can apply them.


"Just finished to read this...
17 Jun 2014$45.00

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Test Conditions

Art Vanderlay

Test Conditions by Art VanderlayImagine someone attempts to hand you a book that you have never seen before, you stop them and propose a different kind of challenge. Taking the book off them you look at two words on a page, you write them down onto a business card for the spectator to hold. You then attempt to send these two words to the spectator who is able to correctly tell you what they are! You then ask the spectator to look at two random words, with nothing written down you are able to reveal the two words they are merely thinking of!
  • No need to see or touch the book beforehand
  • Can be ANY book
  • The spectator will...
12 Aug 2014$15.00

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David Devlin

Contact by David DevlinBook tests are a staple in the repertoires of mentalists and are very effective in a performance of mentalism (see David's Bookworm Act). However, for magicians the effect can be rather lack luster as nothing visual happens. There is very little or even no "magic" when it comes to a standard book test.

David Devlin's Contact is not a book test in the traditional sense. It is a book test designed for the magician. It is a book test of sorts with a séance themed presentation. It is through the book itself that the performer will make contact with the "spirits". The presentation is rather spooky; however...

3 Sep 2014$6.00

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