Astrology – The Hidden Force (Incredi-Book) by Sam Schwartz

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Mr. Schwartz has also created many mental effects, the most remarkable of which is a book test titled Astrology: The Hidden Force. More than 18 different effects were built into one book on astrology.

This groundbreaking book was released by Sam Schwartz and included a 60 page manual of instructions. It was based on linear Anagrams. The book talks about the principle bhind Anagrams, cites Stewart James’ work and gives examples.

Besides having Progressive Anagrams, there are Anagrams for astrology signs and both Page and Word Forces. Some methods force multiple Words that are Complete Anagrams of each other, such as “traces, caters, reacts, crates and recast.” If you use a Limiting Force to have the participant arrive at any of those words, you can simply reveal one letter at a time and you have divined the word.

In addition, the instructions explain several card stacks that will Force a Number or a Limiting Range of Numbers. The book has been edited to contain known words at those page and line numbers.

There is also a Binary Code used to arrive at certain words. First, the performer uses a Limiting Force to get to one of 11 different pages. The participant chooses four pages in a row and notes a word at the top or bottom. By glancing at the participant’s head movement, the performer will know which. He then records T or B. After the participant has looked at four pages, the performer will have a four-place binary code such as TTBB or BTBT or TBBT. That code can be Cribbed to give the performer a four-word list to reveal.

The book was issued in black and marbled red covers, both with gold stamped cover printing, along with a tan saddle-stitched instruction book.

Effect: Finally, “Astrology, The Hidden Force” has arrived. We now go on record as saying that it is indeed an incredible piece of work. We sell many book tests, and many of them are excellent But no matter how many book tests you may already own, you are going to want “Astrology, The Hidden Force.” For within this one book are built not one, but multiple tests. We counted eighteen different effects and probably missed some. “Astrology, The Hidden Force” is the brainchild of Sam Schwartz, with some assistance from Karl Fulves. Mr. Schwartz has gone to an amazing amount of trouble to create this fabulous tool for mentalists. The book takes the form of a hardcover volume on astrology. It can be closely examined without giving up one of its many secrets. It can be read from beginning to end, it makes perfect sense and there is no repeated text Here is just a sample of the things it will do:

Under a number of seemingly fair procedures a spectator chooses a random word from the book. The mentalist accurately divines the word without knowledge of page numbers or having anything written down. A randomly chosen word can be predicted. The spectator’s astrological sign and exact birth date are unknowingly transmitted to,the mentalist by the spectator during a successful word test! This information can be used in an extraordinarily powerful manner.

“Astrology, The Hidden Force” itself is a nice production, printed on heavy paper in an attractive, leather-textured hard binding. The publishers have done something especially nice here. They could have sold this test easily as one book for the price asked. But they supply two copies of “Astrology, The Hidden Force” with each set, one bound in red, the other in black. So a choice of volumes can be offered. Or save the second copy as a backup or mint copy while using the first as a “worker.”

Another wonderful feature of this test is that it comes with a 57-page booklet of instructions and routines. Karl Fulves has authored this clear text, explaining the numerous, extremely clever principles built into this book. He also includes alternative handlings and presentations to various tests, plus further applications of the principles encompassed in “Astrology, The Hidden Force” for other mental tests. This is an exceptionally shrewd bit of psychological mentalism that has many possibilities, especially for mentalists. We are thoroughly impressed with work from conception to production. You get the two variant copies of the book plus the 57-page instruction manual.

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