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Waterman

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Some of you may recall the post I made the day after Thanksgiving. It referred to my purchase of this particular book-test after a few glasses of wine before our big turkey dinner.

Originally Mr. Bushwood sells the 3 Volume set for around $1,000.00. In my buzzed state the 1/2 price deal he offered at Thanksgiving seemed like a no-brainer. I took the plunge and made the purchase.

This wont be a long and detailed review, just a few thoughts based on my limited experience with this form of mentalism.

My idea to include a book test in my stand-up show was based on reactions my son and his friends had to a magician they saw at their middle school when we lived in Pennsylvania. When they shared the tricks that were performed, the one that impressed them the most was the book test routine. I made a mental note to eventually research and obtain a good book-test routine.
Thanks to several glasses of wine and a smartly written advertisement "hook", I ended up with what I am now looking at on my bookshelf...The Brian Bushwood Book-test".

Pro#1.
The books are beautiful. Very easy to recognize as books most folks would own, or at least very familiar with regarding the titles...Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The DaVinci Code, and The Shining.

Pro#2
The pages pass inspection should someone casually leaf through the pages and read a line or two...or even an entire paragraph for that matter.

Pro#3
The instructions are well-written and detailed with enough ideas to get the creative juices flowing for creating routines that have potential for the three books.


Con#1
Brian Bushwood ain't the most popular guy among many magicians. When I went to read reviews on this, 90% were bashing Brian for his disrespect for magic and YouTube exposure of magic. I felt as if I had letdown the magic community by making this purchase[frown]

Con#2
When I read the ad copy, I was under the impression that each book contained a separate and unique system for divining a thought of word. It was probably due to the wine. All of the books use a fairly standard format for forcing a word on a printed page (credit is given to U.F. Grant). Each book contains the same force words. In other words, one book is really all you need to do a book-test routine. Those who purchased all 3 were either serious mentalists or slightly intoxicated.

Con#3
There is a cheesy method given to decipher the chosen word. There is a clip of a popular morning television show where the effect is being performed by a young mentalist. He uses the cheesy method...it worked out fine in the end as the hosts were amazed that the word had been predicted in advance...but it's still a cheesy method for fishing. I have come up with other ideas, but so far they are all far more cheesier than the original.


Performances so far:

1. Showed it to Rudy at one of our sessions. He was impressed mostly by the routine where the spectator chooses a word form a dialogue between two characters...the chosen word is found to be one the magician had predicted. 

2. Showed it to spouse. She seemed intrigued that she could choose any book without with me doing that stupid magicians choice bull%$#.

She was impressed that she could open to any page without first doing a mathematical computation.

However, when I told her to pick a "difficult" word...a word with 2 or more syllables she raised her eyebrows. She then scanned a page...flipped past a few pages and scanned another one...repeated this flipping and scanning until a small smile began to form on her face. She then expressed how surprised she was by Stephen Kings constant use of the words thunderstruck, unbelievable, and halfheartedly throughout the pages of ,"The Shining".
I told her to go back to watching, The F$^%&*() Bachelor.

3. Perhaps the next performance will be by the chap who buys this from me when I get sick of looking at it sit on my bookshelf.





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Thanks for the honest and hilarious description of your mental epic!

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Thanks for the review! Not suprised your wife would do that because she knows you well. I don't think most people would do that. Either way, doesn't seem worth 500 dollars let alone 1,000. Thanks again.
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Sorry Waterman. Thankyou for being honest and sharing it with us.
Be cautious of anything with Bushwood's name attached to it.
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Thanks for the review! Not suprised your wife would do that because she knows you well. I don't think most people would do that. Either way, doesn't seem worth 500 dollars let alone 1,000. Thanks again.


A very interesting problem! Perhaps just asking not to pick a word like 'the' or 'and' or just saying an 'interesting' word would be sufficient? Less emphasis on the selection process?
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Thanks for your honest review, Waterman.  You must have had a LOT of glasses of wine to fork over $500 for this.  If my wife ever discovered I had spent that much on a magic/mental trick (especially one I would never use), I would be in the doghouse for the rest of my life!


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So many book tests. So much money spent.
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While I hate to pile on Mr. Bushwood but I once went for a "free offer" his site was promoting which after shipping and handling only cost me about $20 for 2 cards.

I had a feeling that the Prince that had personally selected me to help him remove a fortune from Nigeria might have been a better deal.

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While I hate to pile on Mr. Bushwood but I once went for a "free offer" his site was promoting which after shipping and handling only cost me about $20 for 2 cards.

I had a feeling that the Prince that had personally selected me to help him remove a fortune from Nigeria might have been a better deal.


Hahah, did you actually go through with the purchase?
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Just for clarity, are we talking about Brian Brushwood who does the "Modern Rogue" and "Scam School" stuff, or is it someone else with a very similar name?
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Just for clarity, are we talking about Brian Brushwood who does the "Modern Rogue" and "Scam School" stuff, or is it someone else with a very similar name?


Yes, my deal was with "Modern Rogue" and "Scam School" Brian Bushwood. I did write him a polite email to express my disappointment but received no reply.

Perhaps it was a Scam School lesson and I never caught on?

Anyway no one to blame but myself.

Gotta go, Microsoft Windows Security is calling me to help fix my computer.... 


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Scam School is the clue I guess...

There are many great booktests out there by folk like Marc Paul, David Hoy, Richard Busch etc.

Brian Brushwood, I seen a video of him once, some spikey-haired dude teaching simple tricks, bar bets etc.

Not my cup of tea!

Sorry to hear you got duped.
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Yes, my deal was with "Modern Rogue" and "Scam School" Brian Bushwood. I did write him a polite email to express my disappointment but received no reply.

Perhaps it was a Scam School lesson and I never caught on?

Anyway no one to blame but myself.

Gotta go, Microsoft Windows Security is calling me to help fix my computer.... 



Wait you went through with it? Why didn't you just cancel the order when you saw how much S&H cost?
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Wait you went through with it? Why didn't you just cancel the order when you saw how much S&H cost?


I can't really remember the full details (I'm getting old LOL) but I think it came in like a COD thing at my PO and as I was expecting a couple things, without thinking I paid for it and then realized I had made a mistake.

In any event I want to thank Waterman for detailing his experience (I am only out $20) he's out considerably more.

We all know it's a buyer beware environment but it just seems today you can't let your guard down for even one minute. Personally I hate living like that. I am no PollyAnna but I prefer to start off not thinking everyone is trying to rip me off.

Hopefully Waterman can put this one behind him.      

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...Robin D. made a good observation. It's Brushwood. Not Bushwood.
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A very interesting problem! Perhaps just asking not to pick a word like 'the' or 'and' or just saying an 'interesting' word would be sufficient? Less emphasis on the selection process?


That could possibly make a difference.
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I guess the big question is, can you do everything that he shows in this video:



Are steps omitted etc...?
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What you see is what you do for the basic version...nothing was left out. 
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What you see is what you do for the basic version...nothing was left out. 


Fair enough. A lot of people are crying that it's a scam or it's a dupe. But if it fits the trailer and that's the price he charges, seems about as fair a transaction as can be....
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