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Gulliver's Travels Book Test

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Gulliver's Travels (written in 1726, amended 1735), is a novel by Anglo-Irish writer and clergyman Jonathan Swift that is both a satire on human nature and a parody of the "travellers' tales" literary sub-genre popular in the author's day. It is Swift's best known full-length work, and a classic of English literature that is know all over the world. It's been made into scores of movies, with the most recent adaptation starting Jack Black (2010). The book became popular as soon as it was published (John Gay said in a 1726 letter to Swift that "it is universally read, from the cabinet council to the nursery"; since then, it has never been out of print.


The book presents itself as a simple traveller's narrative with the disingenuous title Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, its authorship assigned only to "Lemuel Gulliver, first a surgeon, then a captain of several ships". The text is presented as a first-person narrative by the supposed author, and the name "Gulliver" appears nowhere in the book other than the title page. The unabridged publications of the text begin with a fictional letter entitled "The Publisher to the Reader" and "A letter from Captain Gulliver to his cousin Sympson" which present the fact that the original account has been edited and published without the permission of Lemuel Gulliver. The book proper then is divided into four parts, which are as follows.


James L. Clark is known as one of the most prolific creators of book tests in modern magic, with his seminal work the Dracula Book Test first appearing on the scene in 2006 to critical acclaim. Since then, he's made it his mission to convert the most cherished and popular classic titles into not only functional, but fully examinable book tests so working and amateur mentalists and magicians can create wonder in the minds of their audiences. Whether it be in a close-up environment, from the stage, or on television, his book tests are second to none. James’ book tests have been used by some of the top and most respected performers in the world, and all  of them agree that his are the books to beat.

Gulliver’s Travels had been on James' "To Do List" for a number of years, so he's truly excited and honored to finally release it to the magic fraternity in 2011. Produced from the original text, each page has been painstakingly prepared to allow it to be left in the hands of any spectator before and after performances; it can truly be handed out and examined, and the basic effect can be repeated without fear of ever being caught out. Few book tests can remotely make such a claim. Using associative and opposing pairs, a methodology and technique which makes James' book tests unique in the magic world, any performer can use this (and the other book tests James has released using the same methodology) instantly to entertain and amaze. This book uses the flash back method.


A spectator freely selects any page and you know the first word on the page. It's that simple and direct. No questions have to be asked and nothing is written down. There are no page forces and you never have to know the page number. It is perfect for walk around performances because there are only two steps-the spectator chooses the page and you divine the first word without hesitation. There is nothing to memorize and you don't need any information from the spectator! There's no pumping, no mirrors, no switches, no equivoque, no forces, nothing. In every sense of the word, this is one of the simplest and most direct book tests ever created.

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