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Thought Transmitter Review

December 27th, 2002 1:36pm
Reviewed by Christian
Well, the ads promise a lot, don't they? And I must say they do not lie.

It works like this, you have them jot something down in a little notebook and have them close it. They hand it back to you and you do your best mentalist impression and are able to tell them what they have written. Simple!

However, like most things that seem too good to be true, there is one problem. The notebook looks like nothing you have ever seen. It is a kind of fat, clumsy thing that looks a little odd. I am not saying that every spectator will call you on this, but it is kind of bizarre. I should also point out that there is a shelf life on this effect/gimmick. I am not sure how long; I guess it would depend on how much you used it.

I can already see one problem with this effect that has nothing to do with the prop but everything to do with the performer. It is a very easy way to procure information, the first response I see from magicians is to immediately tell the spectator what they wrote. Well, now! That seems a bit fishy. Why have me write something, just to immediately tell me what I wrote?

I believe the true value of this devise is as a utility piece to gather information to be used in a more creative and entertaining way. Of course, that will be on you to decide the best way to use it.

3 stars

Product info for Thought Transmitter

Author: Cornelius, John
Publisher: John Cornelius
Average Rating:  (3)
Retail Price: $40.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

The Thought Transmitter is an ingenious device that allows you to instantly learn the secret thoughts of a spectator. And, it works two ways. You can either gain the thoughts of the spectator, or you can give the appearance of sending thoughts to the spectator.

All of this is done with a custom -designed notepad built into an opaque black wallet.

The wallet can be handled freely by a spectator. They will never find the secret gimmick. Yet, the gimmick is always there for you. Needless to say, it is extremely well-made.

In performance, the spectator draws a shape, an ESP symbol, a letter, the name of a card, etc. on a Post-It® note inside the wallet. They then close the wallet and hand it to you.

Immediately, you are able to tell them, in detail, exactly what they wrote . If you like, you can write something on the Post-It® note, then close the wallet. You are then able to transmit your thoughts to the spectator, and they correctly describe what you wrote.

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