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Jekyll & Hyde Test Review

Official Review

July 2nd, 2015 7:06pm
Reviewed by Joe Diamond
This is a fairly overpriced, yet versatile gimmicked book.

First off, while it DOES look like a real book, the front cover image is ripped from the DVD cover of the major motion picture "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" While some laypeople may see this image and just accept they have seen it 'somewhere' before, some VERY perceptive spectators MAY call the image from it's original source.

Second, the book is not extremely thick, so I'm not sure how impressive it will be to the audience when you 'claim' to have memorized the whole book. That said, the book IS well produced, and the instruction booklet is VERY clear.

When it comes to the presentation, for me, I think if you've proven you've 'memorized' the book, the later claims of you 'reading minds' could be undercut. I'm sure there's a way to work this out presentationally. The first phase uses the gimmicked book, and does require some REAL memorization, just not as much as you are claiming.

While the second phase is really reliable and could use any book, the final phase uses the gimmicked book, and requires the spectator to add the digits of a page number up, and count down to a line. If the spectator screws up the math, or mis counts the lines, the finale will NOT work.

Again, there could be a way around this, but for me, I want to avoid all of that if I'm using a gimmicked book. If you are ok with math and counting lines in your book tests, or you collect book test methods, and the price tag doesn't bother you, I think the odds are good that you will be happy.

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Product info for Jekyll & Hyde Test

Publisher: Scott Olgard
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $110.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

"The Jekyll & Hyde Test is practical, efficient, and will blow your audience's minds. If you are looking for a book test that is hands off, impossible to backtrack, and engaging, then this one is for you."

"The Jekyll & Hyde test is a thing of sheer beauty! Modern, slick and baffling for the people that view it. Right up my street!"

"A 'BEAST' of a book test!"


Take your book test to the next level.

From the minds of Scott Olgard and Luke Jonas comes a new, ground breaking book test that is limited only by your own imagination. Welcome to The Jekyll & Hyde Test.

Effect - The performer begins by introducing the book as his favourite book growing up and that he has set himself the challenge of memorising the entire 26,694 words of the book. A spectator (or spectators) is asked up onto the stage to assist and the performer never touches the book.

The spectator is asked to flick through the book, change pages a few times, then settle on one page. With no fishing, the performer is able to recite an entire line from the page. There is genuinely no force, and the spectator can see that other pages are not duplicates. Secondly, a spectator from the audience writes down 3 or 4 page numbers, unseen by the performer, and the spectator on stage turns to one of those pages without telling the performer. Through body language/mind reading, (whatever the performer's style) the performer first is able to give small details, and then reveal, word for word, the entire first paragraph. The performer decides to take things one step further by having the spectator again turn to another page, unknown to the performer and settle on a truly random word. The performer can then reveal the word through whichever method suits his style. Fully examinable Readable from cover to cover A book that people will know and recognise. No fishing, peeks, glimpses, stooges, or sleight of hand. No complicated memory work. Suitable for stage and close up work. Includes Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde book, along with 46 page concise instructions.Bonus effects, include a drawing duplication that you will be able to perform within 5 minutes of receiving this product! You can have your spectator attach a personal memory to one of the words in the book and reveal the memory piece by piece.

It doesn't stop there. You can adapt this book test to suit any of your needs, and combine it with any book test you already own. This book test is limited only by your imagination.

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