In 1995 Ted Karmilovich took the world of mentalism by storm with the release of his Mother Of All Book Tests (commonly referred to as MOAB) which very quickly became, and has largely remained, the gold standard to which most subsequent book tests have been compared. With the release of MOAB 2.0 he has done it again.
Unlike the original MOAB which was published in both paperback and hardcover editions, MOAB 2.0 is only offered as a paperback (the preference of most working pros) and is the same size as the original but with a different title, author, cover design and text. The basic effect, methodology and presentation are the same as in the original MOAB but multiple new features have been incorporated to give MOAB 2.0 a degree of flexibility that is unparalleled in any of the hundreds of book tests I have seen. Among the new features is the fact that all of the force words are things that can be visualized thus lending them to being revealed by drawing them rather than spelling them (in the original MOAB this was true of only some of the words).
Multiple handlings/presentations (i.e., for radio, TV, close-up as well as stage, as a prediction, reading a thought instead of a word or design duplication, using more than a single participant, etc.) and ploys are described in detail as are applications for use in association with other effects such as hellstromism, any card at any number, chair test, invisible deck and Key-R-Rect just to name a few. Those who are fortunate enough to aleady have the paperback edition of the original MOAB will recognize the opportunity afforded by the ability to use both it and MOAB 2.0 in concert.
My only fears are that with over 300 possible revelations and effects some idiots will be tempted to use the single book for a medley of tests, leading the audience to the inevitable conclusion that it is a trick book and thereby defeating the fact that, like its predecessor, it is completely examinable with little or no likelihood that its secrets will be detected or that some will fail to CAREFULLY read, understand and follow the instructions (specifically paragraphs 3-6 on page 7) and assume that Ted has inadvertently included some incorrect force words as they did in the case of the original MOAB.
The working pro will find MOAB 2.0 an indispensable addition to his repertoire and it is hoped that the $395 price tag will be sufficient to keep it out of the hands of the inept, the merely curious and other collectors of secrets.
Highly recommended for those who take their mentalism seriously.
For those in the New York area Ted's February 17 lecture at Tannens is sold out but an encore presentation has been scheduled for February 18 and as of this writing I understand that tickets are still available so if you'd like to meet Ted and see him and MOAB 2.0 in action, you can do so on Friday, February 18.