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News of the World
by Sean Taylor


(1 review, 2 customer ratings) ★★★★★

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News of the World by Sean Taylor

Sean Taylor is one of the top corporate entertainers in Australia. When working to develop an original theatre show with 3 fellow mentalists, he was tasked with writing a closer for the show. It had to be clean and deceptive, it had to be easy to perform, it had to be original and it had to be, in the words of Bob Cassidy, a 'macro' effect. In other words, the WHOLE audience could join in.

Imagine then, sheets of any newspaper being circulated and shredded, a random audience member is asked to select from a bunch of these pieces which are all different and then to narrow to a single piece and then to choose a single word from the many on that piece. He writes this word (which is different every time) on a single piece of card. Opening the card at one end, it's found to be an envelope. Contained within the card is a huge sheet of paper which, when opened, bears the same word in huge letters. Amazing.

Imagine now that the performer is sitting in the audience the WHOLE time and touches NOTHING.

After closing his performance at Mindvention with this test, Sean was asked by many mentalists if this would be released. Here it is in all of its finery......And the best quote of that night was heard shouted across the hotel lounge after the show. " the F*#@ did you do that?"

[Note that this effect is also part of MindStorms.]

1st edition 2015, 8 pages.
word count: 4120 which is equivalent to 16 standard pages of text

Reviewed by David Longley (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Thursday 16 July, 2015

The description of this effect is misleading, in my opinion. It requires the use of a trained c***f*****te for the "amazing" version. Sure, you can do it without help but it requires a significant amount of "handling" by the performer which dilutes the wow factor significantly, in my opinion. Since I am only interested in performing solo the effort involved in the preparation and performance is not "paid off" in terms of having a killer effect for the audience. I have several other products by this author that I enjoy but the marketing of this effect lead to expectations that were not met. Therefore, I was a bit disappointed with this particular one.