Will To Read by Steve Dela
If there is one phrase that grinds on me more than any other, it is ‘packs small, plays big’. It seems to be the go-to proclamation in more ad copies than is decent. It is therefore with much irritation that I have to concede that if any effect deserved those words, then it is Steve Dela’s Will To Read.
What is the effect?
In its simplest form, this is a prediction effect. A page torn from a book is left in full view and remains untouched throughout the performance. The spectator is given a free choice as to what to do with three different objects. The page is then opened and when read is found to perfectly predict the outcome of the spectator’s choices. An alternative presentation is also taught which Steve Dela concedes is much stronger than his original.
The pages you receive also have Dela’s All About Eve book test principle built in, so you are also able to reveal a thought of word to the spectator either as part of your routine, or as a stand-alone piece.
What do you get?
As this is an Alakazam release, you know you are guaranteed a quality product. You receive a flat packed, beautifully printed book-fold cardboard sleeve containing an instructional DVD which is about an hour long, multiple copies of the page from the book and a couple of envelopes that allow you to present the effect in different ways. You also get a crib card that you can use for the book-test element of the effect, should you choose to use it.
Although it may sound very basic, from my description, this really is a fantastic piece of magic. It is based on the Free Will principle by Deddy Corbuzier but seems to have nullified, in my opinion, some of the more obvious spectator manipulation inherent in this kind of effect. There is no reset, other than putting the page back in its envelope. It is small enough to fit into your wallet and the props you need to allow the spectator to make his or her choices are the kinds of things you will more than likely have with you all the time. If you follow Peter Nardi’s approach, then you can actually extend this effect into a good 10 to 15-minute routine. This is especially true if you also own the BIP Book, as the page also allows you to linkup to this product too.
I genuinely can’t think of any. The page can be fully inspected if you choose to perform the effect in a certain way. There are no angles to worry about, and there is no concern about ditching or not ending clean.
It fits in your wallet so you have it with you at all times. It’s great for the ‘can you show me something?’ moment. The pages are great quality and you receive multiple copies, should you need them. The instructional DVD is clear and easy to follow and covers everything you need to know. It is one of those effects that, if you don’t perform it for months, you can come straight back to without having to re-learn.
This is an effect that will appeal to most, I think. It obviously has a leaning towards mentalism, and with good scripting would make a great addition to a mentalist’s routine. Similarly, it can be used as a quick prediction effect. Depending on the way you choose to present, it could be used in a table-hopping situation, although you would need to be conscious of people following you around and watching a repeat performance. Personally, I much prefer seeing more time put into the effect and it being presented as a little routine.
Either way, you can’t really lose here, especially give its price-point of £25 or $35.