Chris Philpott's Crossfire Book Test
Crossfire is a fast, clean, and stunning new book test, in which you read the thoughts of between 4 and 8 spectators (no process, no writing and no fishing!) This not only features some incredibly clean mind-reading, but also features a surprise twist kicker ending!
The performer shows a copy of one of the most magical books ever written: Peter Pan. Every page appears different (they are), and ungimmicked (they are not). The performer riffles through the book – a spectator calls stop, the performer stops exactly on that page and has the spectator remember a word (no peeks).
Then, in a manner similar to the multiple card selection (one of the greatest effects in magic), between 3 and 7 more people also call stop as you riffle and they think of a word!
Without asking a single question, the performer quickly rattles off several details about the word: “I’m getting nothing. Maybe that’s the point. I’m sensing an absence, something missing. Something….” He stops and writes a word on a white board or pad. He asks the spectator to name her word: “Lacking”. The performer shows his board: he has written “Lacking”.
But as he moves on, he faces some difficulties: some people are resistant to mind reading. Half the words are nailed quickly and precisely, but with the others, the performer can’t seem to name the precise word though he always gets close (like saying “Leg” instead of “Limb”, “Wood” instead of “Cork”, “Space” instead of “Area” and “Ankle” instead of “Knee”).
In the end, he’s only got half the words right. Disappointed in himself, he looks at his white board and realizes something: “In the field of magic we call mentalism, we can read minds, predict the future and sometimes we tap into patterns even we don’t understand. This seems to be one of those cases.”