You present the current issues of two popular magazines and allow a spectator to examine all of them and choose one. You turn away and instruct her to open her magazine to any page and think of any word. "But let's find a good word," you say, "Make it a difficult word." She thinks of any word, on any page. It could be buried in an ad or a word from a picture caption. It's all fair game. Once she has a word in her mind, she closes the magazine and you turn around. You look her in the eyes and tell her what word she is thinking of.
"Glance" is the ingenious creation of Ireland's Steve Thompson. In collaboration with Vanishing Inc. and designed by Andi Gladwin, "Glance" brings you an entirely prepared contemporary news magazine. Wrap it with any current magazine cover and you will have one of the most potent weapons available to the performing mentalist: an ordinary object that allows you to do extraordinary things.
With the blessing of Ted Karmilovich (creator of Mother of All Book Tests), "Glance" allows you to perform one of the most impossible, memorable feats of mentalism with an object everyone has heard of and read before. And with Steve’s ingenious new system, you don’t even need to fish for any information about the word before revealing it.
No glimpses. No preparation. No counting.
No short pages. No stooges. No peeks. No sleight-of-hand.
No cues. No guesses.
"Glance" is an achievement in both engineering and design. Take a cursory flip through the magazine page by page and you will be astounded by the craftsmanship of the wording and the precision of the layout.
Special offer: we think that Glance is even better when you give the audience two different magazines to look through. Therefore, we have varied the design, creating a second magazine. Buy one magazine for $40 or both for just $50.
"It's like the MILF of all book tests." Justin Willman
"To be blunt, the price tag is WAY too low for a secret this
strong!" Ken Weber
"The best and most natural looking magazine test I have ever seen." John Archer
I should preface this 'review' by acknowledging a few things.
First off, I rarely write reviews anymore.
Part of the reason is that most of what I come across these days doesn't remain in my possession for very long; invariably ending up in The Magic Café's 'recycling bin' - TRICKS FOR SALE section.
I don't publically harp on the many disappointments I've purchased, as I've merely come to accept that the vast majority of things I buy will either fail to meet my specific needs or, are more commonly just sadly awful.
But on the rare occasion that I do come across something of merit, enthusiasm motivates me to share my reaction - which is by no means anything more than one man's opinion (albeit, I hope it is perceived as a somewhat 'informed' opinion).
So, when I read of Vanishing Inc's release of Steve Thompson's revisiting of a U.F. Grant style routine with magazines, I was cautiously curious.
To put that cautious curiosity in context (I love unintentional alliteration), I have purchased and disposed of several recent efforts in this category, including N.K.'s Tru-Test and the late M.B.'s Market Update. I won't offer detailed comments on either of these, except to say that they came up well short of what they might have been.
I should also preface this bit of feedback by offering my credentials in the category of the BT (I'm keeping things as nondescript as possible as this is a searchable forum).
In developing the routine that I regularly perform I have studied as much of the published material on the subject as I have been able to acquire.
I own or have owned a multitude of marketed BTs, including my own multiple edition of Mother (including an original soft cover version and 2.0).
I have also written my own, as yet unpublished BT, which may or may not see the light of day.
So, while I would certainly not place my knowledge on the same shelf as our recently departed friend Dick Christian, who was without question, the most informed person on the subject, I would offer that I know something of what I speak of on the subject.
So, that brings us to Glance.
In a word, Glance is superb!
Here are the factors upon which I base this fairly bold comment.
1. It looks as it should (I bought the two-copy edition, which is absolutely worth the minor added cost). Whether or not you decide to use the provided covers, the important stuff (the content) should easily pass the scrutiny of the 'normal' performance environment. Suffice it to say, like all gaffed materials, you don't want to loan this out to someone looking for bathroom reading material (come to think of it, there are several reasons why that would be a very bad idea)! But I cannot overstate just how much attention to detail went into the design of each page. Sure, if you look long enough and with a critical enough eye, I'm sure you can find something to criticize, but upon 'ordinary' conditions, this looks really good (the same cannot be said of its previously mentioned predecessors).
2. An added feature to ascertain the needed information is beautifully nuanced and, should you choose to us it, fiendishly clever!
3. I'm still a tiny bit on the fence as to the number of, let's call them, "options," which is far fewer than Mother's nearly full range.
On the one hand, I believe the subterfuge could have been greater with 'more;' however, I get why this is what it is and see added benefits to the 'less-may-in-fact-be-more' approach.
4. Packs small, plays.....sorry, couldn't resist at least one cliche in this post. But in this case, it really is true.
I know that others do not share my passion for offering multiple books in their routine (and I respect differing opinions - most of the time ), but in my case, I carry 3 or 4 books to perform my routine.
I can now conceivably accomplish the same perception but with only a fraction of the space and weight!
On that note, I would love to see a 3 or 4 'item' option, particularly if they could be provided without the front cover.
5. The cost. Are you kidding me? This is THE STEAL OF THE YEAR!
The grain of salt to this entire post is that I have yet to perform with these (I hope to later this week - which is crazy fast for me), but I perceive this kind of thing like a tool; a carpenter doesn't have to hammer a nail to know if the hammer is good enough to consider having it replace the 'old faithful' in his tool box.
And on that note, you know what, these just might end up replacing my hammers!
Kudos to Steve and the crew at Vanishing - who also impressed me with their customer service.
I will end this with the statement that I paid full retail for these and do not have any personal relationship with either Steve nor anyone else at Vanishing Inc.
In fact we've never met before - and they seem really happy about that
I have been working with Glance for two weeks now and it will become a permanent part of my parlor act - it's that strong! Not only are the various methods extremely deceptive, but now that I have three copies with different magazine covers, there's no need for equivoque. The guest picks out a magazine, looks it over, chooses a random page and any word. I immediately discern a different word, name its exact location in relation to the thought of word, then reveal the mentally chosen word. It doesn't get any cleaner or more direct than that! When I travel, I can leave my heavy, hardbound gaffed books at home and know that I can toss Glance in my briefcase at a moment's notice and be ready perform a powerful 5-6 minute routine. Thank you! Mark Zust, The Perceptionist
I am LOVING Glance - really agree that this is the first and only magazine test that hits so many criteria with a bullseye.
Easy to use.
Multiple pump methods. You don't even need to touch the main chosen word.
Very well disguised pump. Easy to change covers (I suggest you use a "long reach" stapler with fresh staples I suggested rather than than trying to pull your hair out inserting old staples back in). Good word choice. Easy mnemonic to help remember F words. Well written articles in the magazines read normally and don't look suspicious on first GLANCE.
So much time and effort must have been put into these because they look so perfect. Reactions from spectators are the icing on the cake.
This is a HOME RUN Josh, Andi and Steve + Vanishing inc. I will be using this right away without a doubt. Nothing else even comes close.