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Screen Test Review - Pocket Edition
One DVD, a bunch of bonus videos, 17 movie poster "trading cards", $29 bucks and one Screen Test Review. Is it gem or is it rubble? Stay tuned to find out.
Screen Test Review: Effect
A spectator freely chooses a movie poster trading card while you are not looking. You are able to tell her which one it is even though you never look.
Screen Test Review: Method
The method is a very clever system built into the cards that will, I guarantee, slide right past you and anyone you perform it on. First of all, you'd have to do the effect to the same person 5 or 6 times in a row (one immediately following another) for the possibility of them to even maybe possibly get a sort of clue as to what's going on.
Further, multiple techniques are taught so that you can do this multiple people and never even come close to even thinking about being detected. The concept and method is very clever and extremely well disguised. This can be done with very little effort. There is a little bit of "remembering" required. Even that, however, can be overcome if you create yourself a little cheat sheet.
Screen Test Review: Ad Copy Integrity
The written copy is not only dead on, it's very transparent. It does nothing sneaky and makes no outrageous or incorrect claims. The video trailer is almost perfect. At 20 seconds in, Peter Nardi, The Dark Wizard says that this can be done with no memory work. Well . . . that's true of the standard sized set that comes with a hidden in plain site cheat sheet. However, the pocket version does not come with the cheat sheet.
However, the "memory" work is something I can explain right here without giving anything away. You simply need to be able memorize (or better said, "remember") the names of all 17 movies in your collection of "trading cards." That's it. There is nothing else to remember. So as long as you know the names of the movies, then you do the needed "remembering" for this effect.
Screen Test Review: Product Quality
The included cards are good quality. They're kind of like baseball cards. Also, they're actual movie titles, not knock-off titles. The only thing is that they tend to stick together a little bit. However, one of the bonus videos explains how to fix this. I tried that, and some of them are still sticking together. It just takes a little bit of wearing the cards in.
The art work and design looks amazing. The training DVD is full of tons of great ideas and methods for using these cards. Plus the extra bonus videos that you get access to are awesome. They have tons more great tips, tricks and ideas. The particular pack that I'm reviewing is the "Classic Movies" Collection. It has movies like My Fair Lady, Jaws, The Usual Suspects, etc.
They also sell an "Action Pack" which has action movies like Terminator and other movies of that genre. On the bonus videos, there are some ideas for combining both packs together. Doing that allows some even more incredible options that even further disguise the method. This also allows different methods and presentations that aren't possible with only one pack. I only mention this to give a sense of how much information is covered and taught by The Dark Wizard. The production value of the videos is just fine. The teaching is well done, in depth and thorough.
Screen Test Review: Final Thoughts
The bottom line on this is that if you're looking for a versatile set of props with a hook (movies) that most everyone can relate to, then you'll find great value here. Further, if you like the effect, you'll love this product. It's easy to perform and easy to carry around with you. Considering all of the training you get plus the well made 17 cards, $29 bucks is beyond a reasonable price to pay for this.
5 Stars with a Stone Status of Gem.
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