What’s Cooking? The VISUAL Mentalism Booktest



Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 21 customer ratings
(21 customer reviews)
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What’s Cooking? The VISUAL Mentalism Booktest



Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 21 customer ratings
(21 customer reviews)

What’s Cooking? The VISUAL Mentalism Booktest

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 21 customer ratings
(21 customer reviews)

This is Ace Magic Studios BEST SELLING product and has nothing but 5 star reviews!

I love booktests, however the majority of them, in my opinion, have two major issues

1. They are mostly text, dull, flat black and white pages.

2. The books used are generic and have no connection to the audience/spectator.

Food invokes an instant feeling, reaction or memory for everyone.

I created this book from the ground up to be a multiphase booktest, which is also modular, so you can pick and choose the elements that you wish to use.

This book will allow you to read minds, pick up on words, colours, numbers and much more.

Included is a drawing duplication finale that will leave your audience hungry for more.

Perfect for close-up, cabaret, stage, or to just have in your kitchen at home, for when the right moment arises..

Check out Justin Millers full Video review of ‘What’s Cooking’

Check out Ekaterinas video review..

Questions? Call Gary on 01268 923643!

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21 reviews for What’s Cooking? The VISUAL Mentalism Booktest

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marko Ripperger (verified owner)

    I ordered both sizes of the cooking books and read the description now. There are many clever ways for the reveals and also I liked the suggestions of Peter Turner in the end. With this book test you can hit 100 percent right away but also included is other clever stuff that can be revealed within a little story.
    I am a magician from Germany, so it is especially usefull even though the book is in english. Its not only about words, but rather picture and colour reveals, very versatile! Great job and now lets bring this on stage soon!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Neal C. Carlins

    I must be honest, when I first heard about this, I was skeptical as I am always with any release. I am somewhat obsessed with book tests so I kept my eye on it for a while before I took the plunge and gave in to the little voice in my head that kept nagging me to get it. I got it (Last week in fact)! And man do I feel like a fool! I should have bought it a long time ago! But you live an learn right? Haha I have to say, Gary is one the top guys in the industry and does not share anything with the community unless he would use it himself in real working environments! I know this because I Skyped with him before getting my purchase in the mail and he clearly hasn’t put this out for the sake of doing so. The What’s Cooking book test is a labor of love! It took a long time to put together and the attention to detail put into this is actually mind boggling!
    I thought I knew all there was to know about the book when I read the basic instructions. Then I read the Peter Turner and Michael Murray additional ideas and boy was I wrong! There are layers to this! There are ways for you to know exactly what they’re looking at even without them telling you the page number! That’s just crazy!

    Did I mention all the recipes are real? That’s got to be a bonus for people like me who love to cook!

    What can I say? If you like food, if you are a serious mentalist, and you want to add a powerful, visual, and direct piece of mind reading into your show, look no further! What’s Cooking is what you need!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Richard D. Russell

    A fact we all probably know: Book tests are expensive. I’m certainly willing to pay up for the exact right book test, but I’ve been searching for a long time for “just the right book test.” My search is over, this is the one.

    The ad copy makes so many valid points. In a typical book test, ask a spectator to look at a word, then you reveal that word. “How did you do that?!” they all ask. Effect over. With “What’s Cooking,” you can reveal several details about what the spectator is looking at, one by one. Colors, a particular word, a particular number. Even the very front of the book offers the possibility of a little mentalism.

    So much attention went into the crafting of this book. Full of recipes and superb photos. Imagine how much time it must take for a standard cook book to be made: all the recipes have to be “just right,” and there has to be glam photos of the food that makes the reader want to prepare that very same recipe. That’s what every cook book is all about. And that’s what this cook book is about, too.

    Except this cook book is also a book test. It’s an amazing piece of craft; nothing has been left out, everything has been considered. It’s a quality cook book (although I’m not a chef!) and a book test, too. You could give this book to a friend or family member as a gift, and throughout the years they’d never figure out what is “magical” about it.

    More on the quality of the book: The pages are super glossy, the photos are terrific and appetizing. Seriously, this would not be out of place at any standard bookstore. The back cover of the book has a universal bar code. The beginning of the book has “a word from the editor” and notes on cooking terminology, measurement conversions, and a full table of contents of everything in the book. This book test has been crafted to be a true and genuine book, and it will last for years.

    And of course, everything can be examined. In fact, you simply must insist that the spectator take the book and go through it. The method is devilishly simple, hidden in plain sight.

    In addition to a great book test, I’ve always been on the lookout for the perfect drawing duplication. What, this book has that, too?! Indeed it does. I love that it’s one of those “I drew the wrong thing” kinds of effects, where the performer gets to say, “Aha, I see what I did wrong!” then reorient the page, and it now makes perfect sense. You may or may not choose to do the drawing duplication; completely optional. (But why wouldn’t you?!)

    If there is a catch, it is only that you must know the page number the spectator is looking at. There are ways suggested in the instructions to handle this aspect. You can force a page, for instance, or simply ask “what page are you on?” The audience will never remember this detail.

    (Speaking of instructions…the expense they put into the instruction book! It’s almost as good as the cook book itself!)

    I hope Ace Magic is working on their next versions of this book test, with this very same method. Imagine being able to ask a spectator to pick from one of 2 or 3 books, and each features the exact same method. No Magician’s Choice needed. (Maybe something like: “How to repair your automobile engine,” or “A guide to Photoshop” or maybe a travel tourist book of Paris or Tokyo — these all could use the same method and I’d be first to buy. Please make these, Ace Magic!)

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stephan Sloan (verified owner)

    I definitely buy more magic and mentalism products than I should. Often, the product quality does not live up to expectations. However, “What’s Cooking” is one of the best produced products I have seen in a while. The appearance, format and quality is superb. The book looks like a real cook book should. The photos are beautiful and very thoughtfully put together. Each routine built into the book test is a stand alone phase so you can do as much or as little as you would like. I purchased the A4 size and it does not look out of place with any other non-traditional books tests that I own. I’m very happy with this purchase and I have already recommended it to my mentalism friends.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steve Burford (verified owner)

    Easy to do but so good. The books are excellent in quality and so natural. A cookbook anyone would be proud to have on their shelf! Definitely not your usual boring book test.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Levey, Max & Maxine Entertainment, Monreal, Quebec (verified owner)

    Scrumptious effect! Colorful, fresh and powerful! The bonus is that Ace Magic’s (Gary’s) Customer Service skills are superb. He responds quickly, informatively and caringly! …Bravo and Merci Gary!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mark Evans

    As a professional Mentalist and creator of Mentalism effects, i have used and read many types of booktests, from the Pegasus Book Test to Looch’s Area series. While they all have strengths, they all are just one thing…texts! With What’s Cooking you et so much more. But most importantly, it’s a easy to learn system that engages your audience from the moment you produce the book.
    Several reveals are possible with just one page, giving you a mind blowing experience for your audience, and leaving you with a bi grin on your face.

    Buy this book test, have in your hands a quality hand built product, perform it over and over and get the same result every time; Amazement!
    I do warn you however, in the right hands, this will be a reputation maker!!!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kevin Goodwin (verified owner)

    Great idea! In fact I heard a report on the radio the other day that cooking books are now one of the biggest selling books on the high street, making it even easier to introduce it into your set as a real book. I performed it for the first time today in a parlor type show, and even though I committed all the important information to memory I didn’t need to as the info was right there in front of me. In fact the more the spectator tries to hide the page they are looking at, the easier it is to see your crib. Genius, well done Gary and thanks for putting the hard work in to producing this book..

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Adam Ferrante (verified owner)

    This is an awesome, unique book test. I love how simple yet powerful it is!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steve Black (verified owner)

    What’s Cooking is a truly beautifully produced book and a very clever book test. The method is very easy to grasp . Gary was also very helpful and provided superb customer service. Recommended !!!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stanley Raynor (Dr Ivanitch) (verified owner)

    Really didn’t know what to expect ……….now don’t want to share it! Bloody brilliant! Excellent quality, easy to follow instructions, easy to use and the book looks real. Excellent.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brian Johnson (verified owner)

    The A5 size is ideal for handling by the performer as well as the spectator. Sensing a colour as well as a word puts a unique twist on a book test. The crib card (supplied) makes everything child’s play. This is not one of those effects you will keep in the bottom drawer. It is a user.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Les Oldham (verified owner)

    I new about this before Blackpool but blew my budget, However so many people in the Ruskin were raving about it I ordered it when I returned home.
    I was not disappointed, it is the most professional looking book test I have seen, and it took only minutes to understand the instructions. I highly recommend to anyone thinking of purchasing a book test

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mark Chandaue

    I picked this up in Blackpool and I have to say that it is one of the best gimmicked books I have ever come across. The book is absolutely bullet proof, the recipes are all real and if I picked this up off a table in someone’s house I could read it from cover to cover and never realise it is a book test. The attention to detail that has been put into this is beyond anything I have seen in most book tests. I showed it to Julie and she actually took photos of several of the recipes so that she could reference them once I’d taken the book home. So it’s not just a very convincing recipe book, it also appears to be a pretty good one.

    The instructions are very comprehensive and cover multi phase routines. As has already been stated it includes several popular psy forces that have been cleverly hidden in the cover. You can also reveal two colours, a word and there is also a drawing dupe. The system is very easy to learn, it also includes a card with a crib and a very nice crib on the back cover. Also it comes in A4 or A5 size and both are gorgeous.

    I’m very impressed with this release from Gary and I will certainly have my eye out for his future releases because his attention to detail and perfectionism is very apparent in this project.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    TGPlano (verified owner)

    Beautiful piece of work. The book is of the highest quality and will definitely make it into my act.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    jim (verified owner)

    I just received What’s Cooking? and I want to say what a very fine product this is. The design and layout are superb, the books in both sizes look fantastic with their heavy glossy paper and clear artistic photos. The mechanisms put in for the effects are simple and straightforward—easy to work, but baffling and effective for spectators. I have a particular aversion to home-made vanity press book tests that are made up of nonsense. The fact that this one can be read through and through and taken for a genuine book is a huge plus. I have bought literally hundreds of commercial book tests and What’s Cooking is definitely one of the best ones on my shelf.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Reese Goodley (verified owner)

    A brilliant booktest, nice to use something different other than choose a word, I will use this. Simply brilliant !!!!!!

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Janet Newman-Carty (verified owner)

    I’m so pleased I spotted this in a Blackpool magic conventioneers thread! Gary also kindly gave me a bit of an insight before I made the decision to purchase.

    I went for the A4 version as most of my cookery books are on the larger side. ‘What’s Cooking?’ is beautifully designed, in terms of both the visuals and the method. The instructions are really detailed and I love the addition of the Thoughts section by Peter Turner and Michael Murray, which provides even more options depending on your style. It works on a similar principle to Words by David Stone, another of my favourite booktests, but has taken it a step further to allow multiple reveals.

    The book itself is excellent quality, and looks completely realistic – absolutely perfect for me as a female, though will equally appeal to all mentalists looking for a different take on the standard booktest. Highly recommended!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    mark (verified owner)

    Okay I own about EVERY booktest on the market and when I saw ‘What’s Cooking’ I was intrigued!
    Well, today I got the set (Big and Smaller Books combo) in my dirty lil mentalist hands and I am absolutely BLOWN AWAY!
    So blown away that I ordered another set to stash away because these WILL sell out I am sure.

    Gary has put together possibly one of the most REALISTIC (yet so simple to preform) book test (built into a REAL COOKBOOK!) I have ever seen.

    Dude PURE BRILLIANCE …. and SIMPLE to run through a full 15 minutes (maybe a bit more) 3 phase of REAL Mind Reading/Influence – make the spectator the STAR effect SURE to make people SMILE while wondering “HOW YOU DID IT?”

    Seriously, you could walk onto the Rachel Ray Show and be an instant STAR with 15 minutes of practice ……
    Just get it… you will NOT regret this one FOR SURE!!!!

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Matt G (verified owner)

    I own quite a few different book test and was interested in “What’s cooking” based on the visual aspect of the pictures to engage with the audience.

    Gary has knocked it out of the park with this one. He has clearly thought this through in every aspect from the quality of the book (and even the instructions) to making it an extremely easy task to memorising the workings of this baby.

    I rarely write reviews however I felt this needed a special mention as it’s a ‘Worker’. I know the term ‘think outside the box’ gets banded around a lot but that’s exactly what has been done here.
    Restaurant workers are going to love this.

    If you are on the fence I cannot recommend this enough.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ewen Wilson (verified owner)

    Firstly let me say that I don’t know Gary at all and I bought the A5 version of this booktest.

    I am something of a booktest junkie and I told myself that I wouldn’t be buying anymore booktests in 2018, this resolution lasted all of 12 days lol.

    My three main reasons for jumping to purchase this book were that I have a regular restaurant gig, I wanted to add another book to a routine that I perform using different types of books and most importantly that What’s Cooking moves away from the usual reveal of a word.

    Unlike some popular booktests What’s Cooking looks 100% normal and I would have no hesitation in allowing a spectator to have a cursory look through the book before performing the routine.

    The version I have is extremely well produced and is of a very high quality.

    Along with the book you get a 60 page printed instruction booklet, not only does Gary give detailed clear instruction on how to present and perform the booktest there are also contributions from Peter Turner and Michael Murray that I’m sure many will find invaluable.

    There are also a couple of surprises contained in the book that I wasn’t expecting but was delighted to see. I realise that a recipe booktest may not suit everyone but for me I’ll be able to use this stand up, close up and have it sitting on my coffee table.

    In my opinion this is a unique and excellent addition to the booktest genre and I have no hesitation in recommending it unreservedly.

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