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masterwork, "Mainly Mental Volume II, Booktests". If you're not familiar with this great book, it's an entire volume {135 pages) dealing with nothing but booktests. All kinds of booktests and literally dozens of techniques and methods are covered, It even has a section on cribs, one of the very few specific writings in the entire literature dealing with the subject. Boarde calls it 'Reference Procedures' and it starts on page 10. There are some great ideas for places to hide a crib contained there and the entire volume is very much worth your consideration.

Probably the predecessor of many of these is Annemann's 'The One-Man 'Genuine' Magazine Test' (aka 'The Magazine Mystery') from "The Book Without A Name", wherein the performer has two magazines with duplicate insides but different covers. The spectator selects a magazine and the performer needs only to look at the same page in his magazine to see what the spectator sees.

There are a good number of commercial booktests based on this exact principle (duplicate books with different covers). Indeed I've got some work on the subject in my book, "Annemann For The 90's" (1994) in the section, 'It's a small difference, but...'. In these situations, the books themselves in essence become cribs. The entire book is literally a crib for the other book.

Danny Archer has a marvelously simple idea using regular books right off the shelf along these same lines in his lecture notes. It's worth your consideration.

There have been many (!) commercially available booktests where part or all of the method is comprised of a crib of some sort. There have been several where a crib is built into the test itself. Meir Yedid's 'WOW' series of booktests, Terri Roger's 'The Key' and many others have had cribs printed directly on the books themselves.

There are even more booktests where, while no crib is provided in the books themselves, one may be desirable in the initial stages of performing. Obviously several ideas in this book may serve as a starting point for these.

^ In conjunction with booktests, there have been cribs printed on bookmarks and on the inner portions of dust jackets. This works very well and is a distinct possibility for your own

There have been a couple of marketed cribs over the years that bear mention.

This marvelous device is the creation of Peter Warlock. In this booktest a standard looking slate is used to write the words on. However, all is not as it appears. The slate has a small lever built in to the frame on one side. By sliding this lever a whole crib sheet is revealed right on the slate itself. The surface of the slate is actually a matte finish clear plastic and the crib is underneath it. Black art takes care of hiding the mechanics and even close examination will not reveal the workings. You simply cover the lever with your thumb whenever you display the slate. It's very clever.

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This is the creation of Ray Piatt {pronounced PlE-utt) and is very versatile. It comes set up to do a very solid booktest but can easily be altered to do much more.

Similar to the Book Of The Mind (above), this is a writing surface which can reveal an entire crib sheet. In this case, it's a sheet of black plexiglas that can be written on with a glow shade gel pen, similar to what you may see on 'special of the day' boards in some restaurants. In this case, the mechanism is activated by gravity. Simply tilting the board will cause a complete list half the surface size of the board to slide into place. Reverse the actions and the list goes away. Well made and can easily work for any crib application.

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