Creator: Steve Dimmer
MSRP: $ 46
Skill Level: all
DVD Run time: 50 minutes
Type of effect: Movie Poster memory trick
Manufacturer's Write Up:
Screen Test by Steve Dimmer is incredibly deceptive with a cheekily simple method.
Your spectator is handed a bunch of classic movie poster postcards (Each movie is different).
While your head is turned your spectator mixes and selects any one of the movies (totally free choice) and puts the other postcards away (out of sight).
You now state that written on the back of the chosen movie is a list of all the movies included in the set. You ask them to read the list out in any order they like, while you try to pick up on vocal cues to determine which movie they are thinking of.
As they read the list you apologize, stating that you are not picking up any changes in their voice so you are going to try it another way.
You ask them to start imagining the movie, now while your back is still turned you start to reveal exactly what movie they are thinking of.
Also included on the streaming video is a bonus section packed with additional presentation ideas including Peter Nardi's 2 spectator presentation, Where the theme tune to a thought of movie plays as your phones ring tone!
How accurate is the ad copy? It says "No Memory Work Required" and this is technically true, you could use a visual "crib" but it's probably best if you do the extra leg work and memorize the cards.
What's in the box? High Quality movie post cards and download code for video
Key points: No Fishing, No Peeks, May Be Repeated, Plays For, Close Up, Walk A Round or Stage
Resets Instantly, Comes Complete With Beautiful Full Color Movie Poster Postcards & Full Online Video Tutorial
How are the production values: Shot well, microphones well, nice location. Pretty much a single steady shot as there is no need for sleight of hand or magician's perspective angles.
Is it well made: These are well made cards
Is it well taught: Steve Dimmer & Peter Nardi cover all the bases and give you plenty to consider
My thoughts (what I personally liked/disliked):
Storage? Does it "pack flat?" Not exactly and even though the add copy says it plays for walk around and close up, I would argue that this is more of a stage or parlor effect
Does it "play big?" I think it has potential. I am not in love with the method, but there is a way around it.
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) Absolutely.
How original is this idea? This appears at least in presentation to be similar to another effect called "Cinema Verite" by Jim Kleefeld
Overall score: 7/10
+ If you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas you can visit this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeW3OOkKOz0