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Postby bananafish » Jan 23rd, '05, 11:48



Nice review Tom, especially with the IA comparison. it sounds like you have found a goody.

Knowing what you do, if you had neither, and £35 to spend which would you buy the IA (and a bonus £9 effect) or the JP?

Is it fair to even compare them on a one to one basis like that as I suspect that from what you say they are both best in their own environment, but like I said. Which would you go for?

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Postby Happy Toad » Jan 23rd, '05, 23:47

I recently bought the "mind spy pad" from alakazam which superficially looks just like the Janus pad.

While it did indeed look very innocent and when I saw how it worked I was delighted, when I actually used it I was highly disappointed.

Basically the peek was fairly easy however there wasn't much to peek at if you know what I mean :(

Works great for power writers but most anyone else I'd say it is useless.

Now I'm reluctant to spend good money after pad on a similar looking item.

Do you really think I'd be happy with the Janus?

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Postby Martin Le Guerre » Jan 27th, '05, 14:39

Just got my Janus Pad last night and its a neat idea. The glimpse works a treat and my test spec didn't spot a thing even though she was standing right in front of me.
Its not closely examinable though. When working with 'A Word in a Million' I've had people making pretty accurate guesses about the gimmick used and I'm guessing this will be pretty much the same. I reckon if I hand it out more than once someone will start looking too closely.
Its also going to run out of paper pretty quick so it'll need a trip to the stationers soon for a stock of the right replacement pads too.

Its a different effect I know, but I've been using the Thought Transmitter for about a year now, repeated the trick several times in one show and got away with it. Downside of the transmitter is it looks odd. Now if some-one could come up with a pad that looks and feels like a proper pad but has the Thought Transmitter reveal built in - that would be cool.

I too have ordered a 'Mind Spy' pad from Alakazam. They tell me they're currently out of stock and they are making improvements so it will be interesting to see what they come up with.

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Postby simplymagic » Feb 7th, '06, 10:05

I've got the mind spy but was dissapointed with it. To write prediction on the card, hide it in a wallet and then go back to the wallet to write a prediction IMO is rather obvious!!!

OK, it can be used for other things too, but the basic peek, although clever.... has meant that I have the wallet in a drawer!

I use the thought transmitter all the time - superb!!! Interested in the Janus Pad but not if it's like the mind spy.

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Postby bananafish » Feb 7th, '06, 13:46

Interested in the Janus Pad but not if it's like the mind spy


My personal favourite is Scott Creasey's "First Impression Pad", personally I don't see how it could be any better.

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Postby simplymagic » Feb 7th, '06, 15:38

I'm not familar with this - is it suitable for table work and/or stage? Is it examinable - quick reset - sturdy etc?

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Postby bananafish » Feb 7th, '06, 18:22

I'm not familar with this - is it suitable for table work and/or stage? Is it examinable - quick reset - sturdy etc?


http://www.talkmagic.co.uk/ftopic7539.p ... ht=creasey
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Postby simplymagic » Feb 7th, '06, 18:58

Excellent - ordered!!!

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