Crossfire is a fast, clean, and stunning new book test, in which you read the thoughts of between 4 and 8 spectators (no process, no writing and no fishing!). This not only features some incredibly clean mind-reading, but also features a surprise twist kicker ending!
The performer shows a copy of one of the most magical books ever written: Peter Pan. Every page appears different (they are), and ungimmicked (they are not). The performer riffles through the book - a spectator calls stop; the performer stops exactly on that page and has the spectator remember a word (no peeks).
Then, in a manner similar to the multiple card selection (one of the greatest effects in magic), between 3 and 7 more people also call stop as you riffle, and they think of a word.
Without asking a single question, the performer quickly rattles off several details about the word: "I'm getting nothing. Maybe that's the point. I'm sensing an absence, something missing..." He writes a word on a white board or pad. He asks the spectator to name her word: "Lacking". The performer shows his board: he has written "Lacking".
But as he moves on, he faces some difficulties: some people are resistant to mind reading. Half the words are nailed quickly and precisely, but with the others, the performer can't seem to name the precise word although he always gets close (like saying "Leg" instead of "Limb", "Cask" instead of "Cork").
In the end, he's only got half the words right. But then in a surprising revelation, he shows he's predicted all the other words as well (see video for details).
While the book is small enough to fit in your back pocket, the effect is big enough to wow a large theater!
The copy of Peter Pan appears identical to the one used in The Tossed Out Book Test so the two effects can be used together.