I've got a little exercise for you. On the surface it will seem very simple, but trust me, it can be a challenge. Here it is.
Start to notice what people look at as well as tuhy they look where they do. This can be in any situation, work, play, professional or social. Assuming they aren't specifically trying to hide something from somebody at the particular moment you are stalking them, they are looking wherever they look for a reason. It will usually be a reason that will be apparent to you with little or no effort. Notice that there's usually no extra motive behind where they look at any given time, apart from whatever is their main motivation at the time.
Why am I asking you to do this? You're probably a bit ahead of me already. If you really want to get good at peeking a crib, you need to become a student of where people look in natural interaction, and why they look where they do. This is real life and no one ever
questions it. if that place isn't visible from your perspective, that may be a good place to hide a crib. You may be able to use the same motivation that unsuspecting person you're stalking is using to get your peek, it just passes easily and naturally. This is the type of thinking you need to strive for when your peeking from a crib.
You need to find a place to hide your crib where you can take a natural peek without any undo reason that would cause an audience to suspect anything. Your motivation needs to be natural and the context needs to make sense. If you can become a student of this small facet of human nature and learn from it, you'll soon find a whole new world opening up to you.
When all of the pieces fit together into a seamless whole, you will have a crib that truly is invisible. It's not just hidden so that audience doesn't see it, but there's nothing that ever happens in the course of your performance to give even the tiniest hint that such a thing even exists. Then it's truly invisible. Then it's truly powerful.
This is my own term for a method of hiding cribs that has been used in several different ways.
In this method the crib is included as part of a normal object of some sort. One of the more common applications is in the case of some booktests where the crib is included on the back cover of a second book. The crib itself has been laid out to look like regular back cover copy and is meant to pass unnoticed. In many cases there are actually two books which have information for each other. Each of the two books acts as a crib for the other. This can constitute all or part of the method for accomplishing the booktest There have been many other variations on this.
Of course you could just as easily create a crib that is masquerading as something else. If you wanted to create a dust jacket, simply use your computer to mock up a cover using clip art and whatever else you may have available to you. Have your crib consist of most if not all of the back cover copy. Laminate just the copy side of the dust jacket to simulate a glossy cover. Place it over the book and you're set!
Of course this is not limited to dust covers. Anywhere that printing happens is a possibility. It has been used on bookmarks, advertising cards, subscription postcards, credit cards, magazines, tabloids, business cards and much more. With the ease of modem desktop publishing, it's fairly easy to put some of these together in a more than passable job. You can create endless custom effects this way,
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