- 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 "Watch It". Again completely impromptu! Josh Zandman applies his IBT principles to two borrowed watches. Participant selects a time on each watch. You instantly reveal both.
Additional routines and suggestions by Andrew Gerard, Dr. Bill Cushman, Greg Arce and Richard Osterlind.
"Josh Zandman's IBT is a clever extension of known principles for the famous David Hoy book test. How wonderful that Hoy's original creation is still going strong after half a century! This latest arrangement would make Hoy smile. I did, and you will too." - Richard Busch
"One of the finest book tests I have seen. Truly impromptu. Any books, anywhere, any time. I have used it in my show and got an excellent response." - Tony Razzano
"Zandman's IBT is very clever, very direct and very usable! I'm adding it to my toolbox of truly impromptu effects." - Timothy Hyde
"Josh Zandman's Impromptu Book Test should be in every mentalist's arsenal. If you like simple, direct and hard hitting mentalism, as I do, then IBT is definitely something you will use and enjoy performing." - John Smetana
"This is one of those "D'oh, why didn't I think of it?" ideas! … And the point that it's so easy to do only sweetens the satisfaction of performing it." - Jheff
"I was never a fan of book tests but am a huge fan of IBT. It has made all these gimmicked book tests redundant in my opinion." - Brian Hallidy
1st edition 2006; 26 pages.
word count: 5706 which is equivalent to 22 standard pages of text
Reviewed by Robert Scott
★★★★★ Date Added: Sunday 28 June, 2009
An excellent purchase for the early and established mentalist.
If one wishes to dance or play an instrument one learns the basic steps and practices them until they are perfect. At that stage they may be able to present an accomplished routine but they are not dancers or musicians.
The talented performer taking the basics improvises, and makes the performance not a copy of an existing performance, nor a series of routines that are strung together, but multiple variations on the basic learned themes.
This text provides the methodology of discerning a word or words from two books previously unseen and untouched by the presenter. For some unravelling the mystery so that they too could perform the effect would be enough and value for money.
For others giving careful consideration to the text opens a portal to understanding not just the mechanics but encourages the necessary improvisations that create a performer. If this is your goal buy the book as it offers the insight as to how a concept can be developed into a performance.
Josh Zanderman provides the methodology, referencing and gives credit to literature supporting his approach. He provides positive alternate viewpoints from other established mentalists, offers a reading list and encourages online support for questions. A template for all publishers to strive toward.
Reviewed by Raymond Doetjes
★★★★★ Date Added: Friday 26 June, 2009
First of all one word booktest reveals what is I think the worst thing in mentalism, but when that is your thing you still may want to reconsider this one.
I bought this book a couple of years ago and I threw it away after reading it. The IBT is a very obvious method and too illogical from a psychological angle. Also you are not really learning anything new!
When you want a good reliable impromptu book test you should look into AAA from Marc Paul. I used that before IBT and continued to use it up to the present day for those impromptu performances. Also the Brook Test (not as easy) is far better than the IBT.