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The Streets Set (Boston and London Map) Review

Official Review

March 27th, 2014 12:17am
Reviewed by Christopher Carey
THE STREETS SET by John Archer is the latest version of an effect he released a few years ago. Since I don’t have the previous version, I’m unaware of any differences or improvements. I do know that John Archer is a wonderful performer. I would put him in the same conversation as a David Williamson or Tom Mullica. The difference is that he’s able to blend crazy humor (some of which borders on Don Rickles insults) with mentalism. I know of no other performer who does this.

One thing in the ad that bothered me right away (and John repeats this in the accompanying teaching video) is this idea that he finds it strange to “have to hand someone a book to generate a word” instead of having the participant simply think of a word. But I don’t find it strange at all. Audiences know that newspapers, magazines and BOOKS have words in them. Books, I feel, lend a certain visual appeal to a mentalism show (but still probably don’t meet Jim Steinmeyer’s production quality standards).

I have also read complaints that one is restricted to using only the gimmicked city books John provides, Boston and London. But I don’t agree with those complaints at all. After all, John could not have practically made all the city map guides for us. Put your thinking cap on and I’m sure you can justify using these books. John addresses this in the instructions. And I’ve read comments that suggest that everyone uses smartphone apps to navigate these days so why would anyone own a map in book form. That’s simply not true. Go to a bookstore or online and there are still many different publishers of maps in book form. SOMEONE is buying them.

Overall, I really like this because it offers a plot one doesn’t often see in mentalism, namely, the revelation of a LOCATION someone is merely thinking of. Just think how you can reveal that and don’t stop thinking, as Tommy Wonder would say. Using a much larger map, you could make this a very big showpiece, perhaps, even a closer. That’s worth the asking price that John Archer asking for.

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Product info for The Streets Set (Boston and London Map)

Author: Archer, John
Publisher: Vanishing Inc.
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $120.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

From the man who fooled Penn & Teller in their hit show, we bring you "The Streets." The plot is simple: someone picks a city street map and thinks of ANY street they see on the page. You read his mind and tell him many details about the page he is looking at and even EXACTLY what street he is thinking of.

The quantum leap forward with "The Streets" is that, finally, John Archer has solved the biggest issue with any book test: why use a book? People don't need books to think of words, so why use them at all? But here you change the game: you ask someone to think of a STREET, and provide a book of maps to help. Now, there's a very logical REASON to carry a book of maps.

"The Streets" comes with two custom-printed map books (London and Boston) that do all the work for you. These books are subtle works of art. They look JUST like the real thing, but these maps have all sorts of built-in features that force various streets and features. The package also includes a beautiful storage box for both books, two indexes, a 50-page booklet (including two full routines by Luke Jermay) and access to a 30-minute video download of John Archer performing and explaining the routine.

This is a full routine that can be performed anywhere in the world. The presentation is perfectly justified even if you don't live in London or Boston.

"The Streets is more than a single trick; it's a practical tool for the working mentalist-which means if you use it wisely, it might actually keep you off the streets!"
- Max Maven

"This is a professionally designed piece of equipment which looks good, works well and offers time-tested methods built-into a deceptively convincing and modern package. The Streets can turn any performer into a human GPS."
- Michael Weber

"A utility tool that will allow even those left cold by traditional book tests to craft exciting demonstrations of super memory, telepathy or body language reading."
- Luke Jermay

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