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Review of IMPost-ItBle

Official Review

February 24th, 2018 12:31am
Rating:
Reviewed by Doc Johnson
WHAT YOU GET

You get a gimmicked folder that is 3.5 by 5 inches (9 by 12 cm), one 3 by 4 inch (8 by 10 cm) post it note pad, one small 1.5 by 2 inch (4 by 5 cm) post-it pad, and a DVD.

WHAT I LIKE

While I do think there are better ways to get an impression, I have to say this does work.

The instruction is good. The DVD is in English and Spanish. They cover every aspect of the handling from how it works, to how to use it, to how to structure a routine with it, to how to maintain it.

The effect could be performed completely surrounded.

The ad is fair and honest.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

First, let’s talk about the device itself. In performance, you hand the small folder to a participant to write something down on a post-it note. However, before you do that, you must draw a circle on the post-it note and reposition it so it lines up properly with the secret impression device. The impression device doesn’t cover the entire post-it note. It covers the area of the smaller post-it note, but they are writing on the larger post-it note. For this reason, you must draw a circle on the large post-it note and ask them to write in that circle. In the performance, he draws a circle and says that circle represents their brain. Personally, I don’t think that is good handling. I suppose the handling could be improved if you were to draw a stick figure, then draw a thought bubble above his or her head and say that the bubble represents their thought. Then ask them to draw or write something in the thought bubble.

Second, if the participant looks closely at the edge of the post-it pad that is in the device, they will see something unusual. In the performance, he removes the top post-it note and lays it down on the bottom of the rest of the post-it notes so it overlaps the bottom. This hides the anomaly, but the participant is then going to remove that post-it note before handing the folder back to the performer. There is a good chance they will not see anything, but human nature will make them suspicious of the folder for at least a second or two, and they may see something they shouldn't.

Third, the folder is handed to them folded open. If they close the folder before handing it back to the performer, they may notice there is a magnet stuck to the back of the folder.

Finally, I didn’t really like this method because there are much better methods out there that are also much simpler. For example, Dee Christopher has a peek method called “Block” which is simpler and much stronger that this method.

AT A GLANCE

The skill level required: 3 of 5. You must retrieve the peek in a way that the audience doesn’t see you doing anything suspicious. It is not the most difficult thing, but will require some practice.
Audience management skill required: 3 of 5.
Performance angles: 360 degrees
The reset time required: 2 minutes
The DIY time involved in advance: None.

VERDICT

While this is a clever idea, I think there are much better ways to get a peek, for example, Dee Christopher’s “Block”.

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