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Topic: Isolation clip, must see.
Message: Posted by: Looch (Nov 29, 2008 04:23AM)
The majority of you will be aware that we recently filmed a road trip movie out in Las Vegas. Myself, Marc Spelmann & Peter Nardi attended Mindvention and Marc was booked to perform in the gala show. In it, Marc performed an incredible effect entitled "Isolation"

Now bear in mind the three of us discuss all aspects of performance and ideas we may have, but marc was tight lipped about the effects he was going to perform in the show that night. The first time both myself and Nardi saw "Isolation" was during the gala. I have to admit its an incredible piece. The entire clip is entertaining and makes me giggle each time I see it, check it out here:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=dqyK9yc3wTo

Now I'm pretty good with methods and there really is only 3 ways of doing this, each one was dismissed by spelmann categorically when pushed after the show. We had to literally hang him off the bridge between the MGM Grand & New York New York by his ankles until he succumbed and told us, The method is so sneaky its genius.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Gray (Nov 29, 2008 05:22AM)
After seeing his performance it becomes clear that Spelmann is an entertainer and quite good at what he does. The method? in my opinion irrelevant, this can be achieved in several ways. However, it is not the method, but rather his personality that's entertaining : )
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Nov 29, 2008 05:22AM)
Nice choice of helper...

at 4.27 - was that jimmy saville walking past?

very entertaining clip - and funny...and, well, I'm not gonna take a punt at someone else's method - bad form...

very good though...
Message: Posted by: lucavolpe (Nov 29, 2008 07:15AM)
Hi Looch,
I Have just see the video! That's PURE entertainment, GREAT ..VERY CLEVER!
( I have one idea..but Marc really KILL ME with this...!!!)
BRAVO!!!!!!!!!
Message: Posted by: bob tripp (Nov 29, 2008 07:23AM)
What a wonderful bit of 'business'.
Message: Posted by: Floyd Collins (Nov 29, 2008 08:10AM)
You know I don’t even care about the method, just watching Marc in the raw giving a real performance is the highlight of my day. It was an awesome effect as well.
Thanks for sharing Looch.
Message: Posted by: Davit Sicseek (Nov 29, 2008 08:24AM)
I love methods. Not enough to hang someone over a bridge to find out, but let's just be clear, I do like methods a lot. Time to look at the clip.
Message: Posted by: robwar0100 (Nov 29, 2008 09:29AM)
The piece was impressive and bold. I think this is something that will impress us mentalists more so than a lay audience because the method looks so clean. In essence, don't all of us do some type of effect where we divine a word, a sentence, an image, a picture, a drawing, a thought, a symbol, a card or a number?

While this piece is a gem, don't discount the stuff you do, even though it might not be as hands-off, because if our presentation is what it ought to be, then the result from the audience will be the same, whether we used a wallet, an envelope, a billet (do I need to pay Elliott B. a royalty every time I use the word "billet"? -- probably not since he doesn't charge for his supplements -- that is, post-hype, btw), a Mental Epic board or whatever prop, device or gimmick.

Thanks for sharing,

Bobby
Message: Posted by: LLL (Nov 29, 2008 09:54AM)
Definately agree Rob, I always like watching good performers do their thing. Thanks for sharing Looch.

Andy
Message: Posted by: Tom DV (Nov 29, 2008 11:22AM)
Thanks Looch. Will we get to see your road trip movie one day?
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Nov 29, 2008 12:29PM)
Great stuff from Marc. He's one funny *-*-*-*-*-*!!! Who cares about methods... it's the entertainment value that's worth its weight in gold. Fantastic!

Greg
Message: Posted by: Looch (Nov 29, 2008 12:34PM)
Yes, it is in the process of being edited together, we had so much footage, deciding on whats best to put on it is taking a bit of time.

I love this clip of Marc and hope it makes it on the release. The participant he chose was ironic in a way, at the time none of use knew who she was but it came out after the gala that she was the niece of a very famous mentalist!
Message: Posted by: robwar0100 (Nov 29, 2008 01:46PM)
Looch,

I should have also thanked you for including the clip. I appreciate watching other performers who can help we with my presentation. I love Marc's line about "listening." I am going to steal it. I ain't proud.

Bobby
Message: Posted by: Drewmcadam (Nov 29, 2008 02:22PM)
Great stuff. really great stuff. However, I am happy to reveal his method: Amber is Marc's driver and confidante, who owes him a big favour for some act of outstanding bravery in which he swung in through a window and released her entire family from a team of kidnappers. SHE, however, is the real "power behind the throne" and has actually memorised the numerical sequence of every bill in the United States and merely signals to Marc the letters and the numbers of the note via a hidden scanner in her bra (that's why she stuffs it in there "for a laugh") through a satellite tracking station in Nevada.

If that ain't the method, then I have no idea!

Loved it, though!

Drew
Message: Posted by: Mick Ayres (Nov 29, 2008 02:31PM)
Looch,

That was totally and completely worth my time! Thanks for sharing that.

Marc's performance was baffling and entertaining. He obviously knows how charm his audience and, even better...how to select a volunteer. What a hoot!

Grand Holidays,
Mick
Message: Posted by: RickDangerous (Nov 29, 2008 02:35PM)
I WANT MORE!!
Message: Posted by: Marc Spelmann (Nov 30, 2008 06:01PM)
Hey guys, thanks for the lovely comments..

Amber was an absolute star and extremely good on stage.. There is more to the clip but the download limit on Youtube only allows for so much data. I'll try and add the other bits when I get a chance. The performance was only 20 minutes..

I was quite cheeky that night and watching it back brought a smile to my face, especially the fart bit, there was this feedback pop on the microphone and it happened at a moment which was perfect for the good old fart gag. It's funny because when you watch the clip it really looks as though I concentrate just before it happens.

Glad you enjoyed it..

Best

M
Message: Posted by: bitterman (Nov 30, 2008 07:31PM)
Sure, it was a feedback pop... more like a feedbag pop!
Message: Posted by: Marc Spelmann (Nov 30, 2008 08:03PM)
Busted.. I can never get anything passed you Bitterman...

M
Message: Posted by: bitterman (Nov 30, 2008 08:20PM)
I would pun on 'passed' but I'm still mourning the Pats whipping at the hands of the Steelers...
Message: Posted by: gerryc (Nov 30, 2008 08:25PM)
I was there and that's the way it happened. I think Amber was Docc Hilford's neice she was a peach of a lady, got picked on multiple times that evening, but a great sport. It was really strong live. Marc, Peter, Looch and Andy Nyman were really great guys. I don't think Marc will be letting this one go for awhile.
Message: Posted by: CSMTREE (Nov 30, 2008 10:33PM)
That was an awesome show and Marc is a class act! He was a gentleman on and off stage and was helpful in every way. Great Mindvention and great effect. I have know idea, killer!

Thanks for sharing Looch.

PS. Looch, Peter, Nyman and everyone from Alakazam were outstanding.

Bill
Message: Posted by: Ken The Klown (Dec 1, 2008 03:03AM)
AMBER IS DOCC'S NIECE?!?!?!?!
Message: Posted by: Marc Spelmann (Dec 1, 2008 04:16AM)
Apparently so.. I didn't know at the time but Docc used her in his finale which was hilarious. Docc was on after me and closed the show..

Amber was very pretty but Docc is a big guy if you get my drift..

Thanks again guys, it was a sincere pleasure hanging out and chatting with you all at Mindvention..
Roll on next year..

Best

Marc
Message: Posted by: caycemindreader (Dec 3, 2008 09:24AM)
Good effect Marc, and fun performance. How would what we saw differ from a set presented for normal people (ie not mentalists)? Just curious.

Was the effect Paul Brooks Serial Killer? Because it looked very similar. Either way, a nice routine.
Message: Posted by: Matthew Townsend (Dec 3, 2008 09:39AM)
That was a brilliant clip!!!

I eagerly await the DVD!!!

Marc has a great stage presence and is a really funny guy.

Plus he has a very "stealthy" wallet!!!

Peace & Love

Matt
Message: Posted by: Steve Suss (Dec 3, 2008 11:44AM)
Hasn't anyone told Marc that mentalism is supposed to be boring?
Great clip.

Steve
Message: Posted by: OTTOEMEZZO (Dec 3, 2008 11:54AM)
Yes indeed. Very entertaining. I don't even want to try to figure it out. Of course, I have some ideas, but it could something else completely. Excellent stuff.
-Vlad
Message: Posted by: dmoses (Dec 3, 2008 12:04PM)
Hey! I can't believe I missed this post until now.
Thanks for posting the clip Looch and thanks for the performance Marc.

It brought back a lot of great memories.

Interestingly, I was surprise there wasn't more buzz about this effect at Mindvention.
I was seated beside some guy who kind of shrugged.

"He switched it."

"You saw him switch it? I was burning him and I couldn't see it!"

"Well... I didn't see it, but you know..."

I understand what Mr. Gray means when he says method is irrelevant... but I'll respectfully disagree with him in this case. The people who paid attention saw a miracle, those who didn't-- missed one.

Can't wait to see the road movie.

best dave
Message: Posted by: Marc Spelmann (Dec 3, 2008 12:07PM)
[quote]
On 2008-12-03 10:24, caycemindreader wrote:
Good effect Marc, and fun performance. How would what we saw differ from a set presented for normal people (ie not mentalists)? Just curious.

Was the effect Paul Brooks Serial Killer? Because it looked very similar. Either way, a nice routine.
[/quote]

Thanks guys for the lovely comments.. In terms of how the performance would change for a regular audience to be honest that is a judgement call I make at every event. Some performances are more straight and serious whilst others can be exactly as seen without the 'Preshow' gag thrown in.

It totally depends on the audience. I think a good entertainer can blend with the atmosphere and the clientele.
In my full stage show there are moments when I can be quite serious but then later be funny and make a comical remark. The light and the dark makes a good contrast..

It is not Paul Brooks effect, I haven't seen Paul's which I am sure is great, this is something I have came up with a couple of years ago and use occasionally..

Thanks again guys, glad you like my humor..

'Good Tings' - Alec Baldwin - Along Came Polly...

M
Message: Posted by: RichOrvec (Dec 3, 2008 12:08PM)
"Does last night count?"

Great line, and it was great to watch a professional like Marc take it and run with it.

Excellent performance, would love to see the rest of it.

PS: On a related note, the video hosting site Vimeo can hold longer clips than YouTube, and the quality is nothing to shake a stick at, either.
Message: Posted by: Smoking Camel (Dec 3, 2008 12:52PM)
[quote]
On 2008-12-01 05:16, Marc Spelmann wrote:
but Docc is a big guy if you get my drift..

[/quote]

I thought in the clip you mentioned "no action for five days" ?
Message: Posted by: drswoboda (Dec 3, 2008 02:34PM)
That is one very entertaining performance, Marc. Thanks for posting it so those that could not be at the convention could see your work.

Outstanding.
-David
Message: Posted by: Jerskin (Dec 3, 2008 03:17PM)
I've always enjoyed Marc's work. Hope everyone has bought his DVD set.
Message: Posted by: Ken The Klown (Dec 3, 2008 04:17PM)
HEY! "Isolation" is the second effect in my new e-book, HYPErmentalism! Where do you get off not only performing it, but putting it on the Inernets?

Seriously, Marc...if that IS your name...I don't feel replacing the moose bladder with a drinking glass is enough of a change to validate ANY claim to originality.
Message: Posted by: mindpunisher (Dec 3, 2008 04:50PM)
I really liked the clip. But that glass was well hidden for a time just before he handed it to her. Or was it just camera angle? Looked like a S::::h...
Message: Posted by: Marc Spelmann (Dec 3, 2008 05:41PM)
Ken, I can only apologize.. I thought by changing the moose bladder would throw you off, also the fact that I performed it fully clothed, but as always you have busted me.. I have the suspicious feeling that you are NOT Ken The Klown, the world famous children's mind reader but more likely my evil twin brother Dark Spelmann..

Mindpunisher, I can assure I would never dream of using such underhanded techniques.. Well not that often..

Full credit goes to Ken The Klown..

MS
Message: Posted by: mindpunisher (Dec 3, 2008 06:00PM)
I'm glad to hear your honest Marc. I hate deception.
Message: Posted by: Ken The Klown (Dec 3, 2008 06:25PM)
Marc, you are a gentleman in the truest sense of the word. Use and/or market ISOLATION as you see fit, and with my sincere blessing.

I apologize for my little fit of pique in the earlier post and remain...

Yours,

KTK
Message: Posted by: lane99 (Dec 3, 2008 10:00PM)
I didn't watch the whole clip. But what I saw seemed somewhat tacky to me. It makes me cringe when a male performer takes advantage of his soapbox to leer at a female audience member.

It that was all part of pre-arranged act, then fine. Just not to my taste. But if she was an unrehearsed volunteer, not cool.

On the other hand, I do enjoy reading Marc's Café posts which have always suggested to me a man who is quite witty, charming, and respectful to others.
Message: Posted by: RichOrvec (Dec 3, 2008 10:36PM)
It seems to me that the performance was at a convention and everyone seemed to, if not know everyone, at least have some passing familiarity with others there.

Plus, as I mentioned earlier, Amber certainly held her own on stage and threw one right back at Marc.

RO
Message: Posted by: drswoboda (Dec 3, 2008 11:57PM)
Wasn't that convention in Las Vegas? For Vegas that was tame. I thought Marc handled the spectator wonderfully, and never went over the line in my opinion. In fact, she was a great performer herself. Her comments and facial expressions made me think she was quite comfortable on stage and in no way seemed offended by Marc's dialog.

-David

[quote]
On 2008-12-03 23:00, lane99 wrote:
I didn't watch the whole clip. But what I saw seemed somewhat tacky to me. It makes me cringe when a male performer takes advantage of his soapbox to leer at a female audience member.

It that was all part of pre-arranged act, then fine. Just not to my taste. But if she was an unrehearsed volunteer, not cool.

On the other hand, I do enjoy reading Marc's Café posts which have always suggested to me a man who is quite witty, charming, and respectful to others.
[/quote]
Message: Posted by: Marc Spelmann (Dec 4, 2008 05:15AM)
[quote]
On 2008-12-03 23:00, lane99 wrote:
I didn't watch the whole clip. But what I saw seemed somewhat tacky to me. It makes me cringe when a male performer takes advantage of his soapbox to leer at a female audience member.

It that was all part of pre-arranged act, then fine. Just not to my taste. But if she was an unrehearsed volunteer, not cool.

On the other hand, I do enjoy reading Marc's Café posts which have always suggested to me a man who is quite witty, charming, and respectful to others.
[/quote]

You should watch the whole clip, it gets the response any mind reading performer would want. Entertainment, good applause, fun and something they cannot explain. I appreciate that not everyone will see the funny side or that some may take offense but as I stated in my earlier post a good performer adjusts to his environment. If I had a 60 year old lady on stage with me with her husband in the audience I would have been the charming mind reader who at most may have paid her a compliment.

However at a convention where everyone is having fun, kind of knows each other and it is a relaxed environment then you can let loose and have some fun. There can be no debate here the audience I was performing for loved the performance, had no idea how it was done, enjoyed the banter, laughed and applauded. The public audience members paid me some wonderful compliments as did the pros such as Larry Becker, Lee Earle, Marc Salem, Ken Webber, Docc Hilford, Mark Strivings blah blah blah..

For me that is every box ticked with what I want my audience to experience..

Trust me you should have seen one of the acts that went on before me.. Now some of that was close to the mark but the audience loved it..

My humor is not going to be for everyone but the key skill is knowing when to use it, how much you use it and who you use it with..

Good things..

MS xx
Message: Posted by: Pauldela (Dec 4, 2008 05:38AM)
That was amazing.

Seriosuly... Inspirational.

your so funny
Message: Posted by: Pauldela (Dec 4, 2008 05:39AM)
Do you watch The Offce UK Mark? I love it.
Message: Posted by: Marc Spelmann (Dec 4, 2008 05:47AM)
Hi Paul Dela,

Andy Nyman said I was like Ricky Gervais.. It's all Peter Nardi's fault, he knows The Office like the back of his hand and constantly recites lines from the show.. The bit where I say 'Easy' is very Ricky Gervais..

I wish they would make a third series or at least a special for Christmas..
I love that show as well..

Good thoughts and thanks for the kind words..

M
Message: Posted by: Pauldela (Dec 4, 2008 08:50AM)
Yeah me too, I love David Brent.

I loved the linem I think you said.

'Not that I was looking... Looch told me earlier' hahaa.
Message: Posted by: LLL (Dec 4, 2008 08:53AM)
No offence Mark.. I want to shoot Ricky Gervais with a big gun :)
Message: Posted by: Davit Sicseek (Dec 4, 2008 09:02AM)
The Office (UK) is the best sit-com ever made.

I've actually be re-watching I'm Allen Partridge this week. Another show that broke a lot of ground in it's day.

It's nice to see performers using some real, natural humour in their shows. I'm tired of seeing these old fashioned, cheesy lines that you'd expect old fat drunk men to chuckle about. After dinner speech humour if you will.
Message: Posted by: CAROLINI (Dec 4, 2008 09:27AM)
YOU-TUBE says the clip is no longer available???
Message: Posted by: tboehnlein (Dec 4, 2008 10:18AM)
Try here http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=dqyK9yc3wTo
Message: Posted by: Marc Spelmann (Dec 4, 2008 10:32AM)
[quote]
On 2008-12-04 09:53, mescalitoeyes wrote:
No offence Mark.. I want to shoot Ricky Gervais with a big gun :)
[/quote]

That's okay.. My friend says exactly the same thing.. Hopefully you don't want to shoot me?
I think you ever love him or hate him..

M
Message: Posted by: Silvertongue (Dec 4, 2008 11:42AM)
The first thing I thought when I started watching it was how Ricky Gervaisian it was, funny to read on and see others thought the same. I enjoyed the clip but felt a bit cringey when you started to talk to the lady sexually and went to escort her off stage... I think your looks are definatly suited more to someone who 'gets some' every night in Vegas and is confident and sexual around women but not in a creepy way.
Message: Posted by: Looch (Dec 4, 2008 12:11PM)
[quote]
On 2008-12-03 23:00, lane99 wrote:
I didn't watch the whole clip. But what I saw seemed somewhat tacky to me. It makes me cringe when a male performer takes advantage of his soapbox to leer at a female audience member.

It that was all part of pre-arranged act, then fine. Just not to my taste. But if she was an unrehearsed volunteer, not cool.

On the other hand, I do enjoy reading Marc's Café posts which have always suggested to me a man who is quite witty, charming, and respectful to others.
[/quote]

I think you would be best to watch the whole clip. It was a very entertaining piece.

I think if you perform for a living you have the experience of gauging the type of audience you are working with. I perform for all sorts of people from working class salt of the earth to upper class wealthy business men, what works for one certainly doesn't always for the other. It is the professionalism of the performer who makes it work and Marc knows this and acted accordingly.

Great clip
Message: Posted by: Ken The Klown (Dec 4, 2008 01:47PM)
Marc, don't sell 60 year old women short. They are experienced, and KNOW WHAT THEY WANT.

The hard part is getting them to write it down and fold it up...
Message: Posted by: lejon (Dec 4, 2008 01:58PM)
It is really funny. you can clearly see that marc feels at ease with people he already knows.

I guess he would not have made the ample chest comment in another situation.
even though I'm sure some publics would appreciate that kind of comment.

:)
Message: Posted by: Looch (Dec 4, 2008 03:58PM)
I have an ample chest, I like it when Marc tells me. :)
Message: Posted by: Pauldela (Dec 4, 2008 04:39PM)
LOL
Message: Posted by: Marc Spelmann (Dec 4, 2008 07:51PM)
[quote]
On 2008-12-04 12:42, Silvertongue wrote:
The first thing I thought when I started watching it was how Ricky Gervaisian it was, funny to read on and see others thought the same. I enjoyed the clip but felt a bit cringey when you started to talk to the lady sexually and went to escort her off stage... I think your looks are definatly suited more to someone who 'gets some' every night in Vegas and is confident and sexual around women but not in a creepy way.
[/quote]

Hey Silver Tongue..

The only remark I made before she started on me was the ample chest thing and a little earlier about her being stunningly beautiful. I escorted her off the stage after she made a sexual remark about spending the previous night with me. A good performer will take moments like that and run with them, she thought it was funny and actually laughs along to pretty much my whole performance as do the audience..

I get your point but feel Amber gave as good if not better than she got.. If on the other hand I had someone on stage who really looked afraid or intimidated I would be and can be the caring charming gent. Again I feel it is about being versatile, adjusting to your audience and ultimately creating something that they enjoy, be it mystery, laughs, self deprecation, shock or intrigue..

Thanks about the looks thing, I am taking that as a compliment but my statement was true.. 5 nights in Vegas, beautiful women everywhere and not one bit of interest, then on stage in the middle of a performance.. Well you know the rest..

Good thoughts..

M
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Dec 4, 2008 08:00PM)
Older women are like cheese..the darker and bluer the veins, the creamier the texture....

that's what my dad tells me anyway...

if met with an attractive woman, flirt gently, and as often as it seems sensible - without the need for police or bouncers to be called...

it was a great, cheeky little clip - from what I've seen, Mr.Spelmann is a great entertainer, and I've enjoyed everything I've seen him in...

including that dodgy video he made in the mid80s called "nardi-lovefest"...that educated me in ways I could not imagine...
Message: Posted by: Marc Spelmann (Dec 4, 2008 08:04PM)
Iain,

We never made a film called 'Nardi Love fest' it's all CGI, I never did those things.. Peter added me in.. It's not me.. IT"S NOT MMEEEEE!!!!
Message: Posted by: Marc Spelmann (Dec 4, 2008 08:05PM)
Cheers buddy for the comments, I forgot to type that..

MS
Message: Posted by: lane99 (Dec 4, 2008 09:51PM)
[quote]
On 2008-12-04 20:51, Marc Spelmann wrote:
The only remark I made before she started on me was the ample chest thing and a little earlier about her being stunningly beautiful.
[/quote]

Commenting on her breasts was what struck me as unchivalrous. I might be wrong, but my instinct is a lot of woman, in particular, might find this embarrassing or, even worse, humiliating. This goes for not only the object of your attention, but other woman in an audience witnessing this.

Or I could be wrong. It would be interesting to get a female perspective on this. None of the people you specifically mentioned who complimented you, and few (if any) of the comments here have been from woman. I'm not sure that's completely incidental to the issue under discussion.

No complaints about the "stunningly beautiful" comment. Particularly since you said it with puppy dog and averted eyes. I'm sure that made her day and I'd be surprised if you would find many woman that wouldn't enjoy hearing that. That's solidly in the realm of flirting (as opposed to leering) and I've been known to use that exact phrase myself when I'm trying to make an impression.

By the way, completely agree, different material for different rooms. From my point of view, my reaction to this is based on the venue being YouTube, not the private or semi-private convention where this performance was taped.
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Dec 5, 2008 12:13AM)
Is it me or are people becoming more prudish instead of easing up a bit more in this millennium?

This reminds me of another thread where I said a similar thing, but it will work here: "How dare you, Marc, make such a crude comment in such a wholesome place? Remember... it's Vegas... it's now a family oriented place. You should watch your comments in a place where gambling and prostitution are legal. You might offend the ears of all the addicted gamblers, booze hounds and hookers. Mind your manners!" :rotf:

Greg
Message: Posted by: LLL (Dec 5, 2008 02:22AM)
[quote]
On 2008-12-04 11:32, Marc Spelmann wrote:
[quote]
On 2008-12-04 09:53, mescalitoeyes wrote:
No offence Mark.. I want to shoot Ricky Gervais with a big gun :)
[/quote]

That's okay.. My friend says exactly the same thing.. Hopefully you don't want to shoot me?
I think you ever love him or hate him..

M
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:) No mate, just Ricky. It was a great performance.
Message: Posted by: Markymark (Dec 5, 2008 04:34AM)
This reminds me of another thread as well!


A great performance with a fantastic choice of assistant.Thank you Marc.
Message: Posted by: Marc Spelmann (Dec 5, 2008 06:37AM)
Thanks Mark & Greg.. I'm glad you enjoyed it..

I think 'lane' is a gentleman and considers every possible reaction to a sentence or word. I have found that over the 16 years of doing this stuff both close up and on stage you can't please all of the people all of the time. I have a line in my show where I am less than complimentary about NLP, this will offend those that have spent money on courses and preaching the brilliant skills they have obtained etc. I can't cater to everyone.

Amber had been on stage earlier that night, she was very confident so I knew she would be good on stage. Another performer earlier that night referred to a woman as possibly being a prostitute or 'hooker' she and the whole place erupted in laughter. When you have an audience like that you know how much you can say, what you say and how you say it.

A straight mentalism act that night would have died. That crowd needed humor, a little cheek and fun.

I cannot cater my act in Vegas for the Youtube audience, half of the youtube audience would want to know the method only to post it up on a dodgy webcam. I put it up on Youtube for my audience, mentalism friends and family etc who didn't see it live in Vegas.

I have sealed two cabaret gigs from that footage with two very good clients for a good fee, so I guess they see the value in my performance.

I have an Aunt who you could take to the finest restaurant, she could order the best thing on the menu, eat the finest food prepared by the finest chef and she would be the person who's only comment that night would be that there was too much lemon in her sparkling water.

Everyone has an opinion.

M
Message: Posted by: Marc Spelmann (Dec 5, 2008 06:48AM)
[quote]
On 2008-12-05 03:22, mescalitoeyes wrote:
[quote]
On 2008-12-04 11:32, Marc Spelmann wrote:
[quote]
On 2008-12-04 09:53, mescalitoeyes wrote:
No offence Mark.. I want to shoot Ricky Gervais with a big gun :)
[/quote]

That's okay.. My friend says exactly the same thing.. Hopefully you don't want to shoot me?
I think you ever love him or hate him..

M
[/quote]

:) No mate, just Ricky. It was a great performance.
[/quote]

Phew! I had heard things about you and guns.. Glad I'm not on your list.. ;)

Good things to you Sir..

M
Message: Posted by: Titanas (Dec 5, 2008 08:25AM)
Marc,
Your clip was amazing, entertaining and a great effect.
Thanks for sharing with us this clip specially for the people that wasn't able to come to Vegas.
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Dec 5, 2008 10:42AM)
Hey, I see I got censored here. Nice. Great country and people. I'm out of here. :wavey:

Greg
Message: Posted by: RileyG (Dec 5, 2008 05:13PM)
[quote]
On 2008-12-04 22:51, lane99 wrote:
Commenting on her breasts was what struck me as unchivalrous. I might be wrong, but my instinct is a lot of woman, in particular, might find this embarrassing or, even worse, humiliating. This goes for not only the object of your attention, but other woman in an audience witnessing this.
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Not a bad line for a LAS VEGAS show and crowd... I loved Marc's performance on stage, spot on as the Brit's say...

Marc and I are tied for posts at 546 with this one... Let him eat cake... wink wink...
Message: Posted by: gerryc (Dec 5, 2008 06:52PM)
I've been out of the thread a few days and am a bit puzzled. I was there, as very few who have commented were. Everything in life, especially entertaining in general and mentalism in particular, relies on context. I am confident everyone there (everyone with a pulse anyway) had no problem with any of the give and take between Marc and the audience. He was a gentleman and if you haven't met him he is an instantly likeable guy, the audience reacted well to him (first 3 rows were laymen). Amber had been on stage previously and had been playing it up. She was also quite elegant and IMHO the prettiest lady there, so it is no surprise she was picked often. nuff said
Message: Posted by: Kevin Cook (Dec 5, 2008 08:05PM)
Hi

Sounds like there are some pretty ladies about. Great to hear!
Message: Posted by: deputy (Dec 5, 2008 08:33PM)
Marc, great job buddy! I loved the clip, Ryan
Message: Posted by: Marc Spelmann (Dec 6, 2008 04:50AM)
Thanks guys. I think 'lane' in all fairness can only go by the clip on youtube and in some situations the 'ample chest' line would not be suitable. So he has a point certainly from his perspective.

Riley - It was good to meet you, although a little too brief as it was pretty manic over there..

Gerry - Thank you sir, it was a pleasure meeting you all in Vegas. despite the image of our art, we are actually a small group in the big scheme of things so meeting up with like minded souls is a pleasure.

Deputy - Thank you Ryan, good to hear from you again.

Have a good weekend gentleman.

MS
Message: Posted by: lejon (Dec 6, 2008 04:55AM)
One of my fav:

mmmmhhh nice hands....
thanks...
no... mine....

loved it...

laugh everytime I see it...

but "ample chest" gotta be in the top as well....

sure "janelle" would appreciate.....

giggly giggly
Message: Posted by: Marc Spelmann (Dec 6, 2008 06:07AM)
[quote]
On 2008-12-05 09:25, Titanas wrote:
Marc,
Your clip was amazing, entertaining and a great effect.
Thanks for sharing with us this clip specially for the people that wasn't able to come to Vegas.
[/quote]

Hey Titanas..

Thank you my friend. You must get out to Mindvention, it is a great event with good people in an amazing city..

MS
Message: Posted by: The Paranormalist (Dec 6, 2008 06:44AM)
Hi Marc

I would just like to add to the chorus as to how much I enjoyed the clip, very, very entertaining.

But I have just one question. Will this be on a forth coming DVD or publication from our favorite dealer?

Franklin
Message: Posted by: oralroberts (Dec 6, 2008 07:36AM)
I heard that it will....and Amber comes with it too(!) lol.

BARGAIN ;-)
Message: Posted by: Titanas (Dec 6, 2008 07:58AM)
A signed Amber only for the first 50 orders :)
Message: Posted by: Gabor (Dec 7, 2008 04:40AM)
[quote]
On 2008-12-06 08:36, oralroberts wrote:
I heard that it will....and Amber comes with it too(!) lol.

BARGAIN ;-)
[/quote]

If Amber comes with it, I'm sold. ;)
Message: Posted by: archini (Dec 8, 2008 05:57AM)
I don't want to get controversial here but Mr Spelmann once sneaked into my hotel room and sexually molested me for an hour and a half.... Really annoyed Amber!

John
Message: Posted by: Ken Dyne (Dec 8, 2008 06:31AM)
Marc, loved the clip. It was obvious that Amber was a confident young lady so could take the heat.

A lot of people like to play things super safe, maybe it's my youth but I like to be a lot more edgy than that. Taking risks means we can reap the rewards and of course makes it a lot more exciting.

I don't want to do safe mentalism, I want to take risks and push the envelope that way we uncover incredible things!

Speak soon mate!
Ken
Message: Posted by: Davit Sicseek (Dec 8, 2008 06:38AM)
Some people can't take a joke.

Free Russel Brand & Jonathan Ross!
Message: Posted by: LLL (Dec 8, 2008 06:49AM)
[quote]
On 2008-12-08 07:38, Davit Sicseek wrote:
Some people can't take a joke.

Free Russel Brand & Jonathan Ross!
[/quote]

That got me too Davit - all the uproar about that, then a day later on the BBC 2 Franky Boyle runs a line about the queen being so old her P**** is haunted and nothing.. nada... :)

At least Brands back on C4 now.. a channel that has balls and doesn't mind a bit of controversy.

Andy
Message: Posted by: Davit Sicseek (Dec 8, 2008 09:28AM)
People seem to be under some sort of mistaken belief that they have a right NOT to be offended.

I'm at a loss, becuase I'm such a BBC lover, yet they've shown themselves to be so spineless in the whole debacle. *** Daily Mail readers.
Message: Posted by: caycemindreader (Dec 8, 2008 11:03AM)
Since you raised the issue Davit, I loved the 'controversy' over John Barrowman exposing himself on Annie Mac's BBC programme. The papers complained, the BBC apologised and Barrowman himself had to make a heartfelt apology for the awful offence he had caused.

Here's the thing: Annie Mac's programme is on the radio.

He 'exposed' himself on the radio. An audio medium, where no-one can see. Essentially the radio team all started laughing and said "He's got his tackle out" and that is him exposing himself to the nation. We can survive thousands of years of invasions, the fall of the empire, two world wars, blitzkrieg, the IRA, race riots and the demolition of our industry, but if a fruity man says that he is getting his wang out on the radio, that is a bridge too far. It drives me up the wall! Everyone who thinks Spelmann crossed the line can ***** *** ***** * *** and **** *** * **** ***** *** your *****.

Good old censorship! It really does stop us from thinking bad thoughts.
Message: Posted by: Markymark (Dec 8, 2008 11:10AM)
But there is another issue here right?
Andrew Sachs had the right not too be offended live on radio.After he said that he
would not be happy with it going out on radio. The 2 big heads [and the producer who had to resign] put it out anyway!
Their hugh wages are paid for by the BBC license fee.
Message: Posted by: Davit Sicseek (Dec 8, 2008 11:50AM)
Andrew Sachs doesn't have the right not to be offended.

Where did this opinion that one has a RIGHT not to be offended come from?

It was funny. Go listen to the phone call... it was hilarious! The BBC are fulfilling their mandate to entertain. Pushing the envelope at the same time in a way that probably wouldn't be possible in a commercial context. The piece was broadcast post watershed, on the Russel Brand show. Knowing Russel Brand, no matter what your background, he's bound to say at least something per night that one can find offensive. Don't listen to the show.

Was Andrew Sachs offended? Maybe... but I don't really care. People get offended all the time for all sorts of stuff. People are offended by language, offended by blasphemy, offended by X, offended by Y. TOUGH LUCK. I get offended when people blaspheme against Hercules.

Does the license fee payer have a right not to be offended by all of the BBCs output? No.
Message: Posted by: Markymark (Dec 8, 2008 01:02PM)
But the license fee payer [ie.us!] do have a right to say where the money goes and if enough people [around 70,000 I think] complain about how their money is spent then it is tough luck on the people involved who lost earnings or their jobs.If I am offended by something at least I can complain.I may not have the right but at least I can complain.
Message: Posted by: Davit Sicseek (Dec 8, 2008 03:17PM)
I believe there were a few complaints after the show. Around 5 or 6 or similarly minuscule number if I remember correctly. The vast majority of those complaints came in the following days when the 'cause' was championed by the Daily Fail.

Now if 70,000 complained out of 500,000 actual listeners, it MIGHT be worth thinking about doing something about.

70,000 out for 65 million, the majority of which didn't even hear the show... They are offended by something they didn't hear? TOUGH LUCK.

Herd mentality.
Message: Posted by: Colin (Dec 8, 2008 03:47PM)
I once seen Ken Dyne stroke the faces of the entire front row... wasn't even his show!

Marc, you clearly know how to gauge an audience and get the most out of an effect!

Rock on!
Col. X
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Dec 8, 2008 04:53PM)
[quote]
On 2008-12-08 16:47, Colin wrote:
I once seen Ken Dyne stroke the faces of the entire front row... wasn't even his show!

Marc, you clearly know how to gauge an audience and get the most out of an effect!

Rock on!
Col. X
[/quote]

Don't give Marc any ideas.... now in his next show he's going to stroke the entire audience. :rotf:

Greg
Message: Posted by: The Paranormalist (Dec 8, 2008 07:08PM)
Can any one tell me what has Marc Spelmann's Isolation clip got to do with the likes of Russel Brand, Jonathan Ross and John Barrowman exposing himself?

Have we just crossed over into the Twilight Zone?

I only wanted to know if Marc is going to release Isolation? And if so sooner than later.

Franklin
Message: Posted by: Marc Spelmann (Dec 9, 2008 03:49AM)
Hi Franklin,

I think the cross over came as a result of a few members on the Café being offended by a few of my actions and words during the performance. This then went onto media events where people have been offended rightly or wrongly by jokes or humor.

I currently don't have plans to release 'Isolation' as we have about 10 other projects that are being filmed, written etc. No doubt it will surface at some point, maybe as a limited release but we don't have plans for it yet.

The Vegas Project which has my lecture from Mindvention will be released in the new year will have my entire lecture on it which consists of various routines and principles such as an ungaffed book test principle I use in my current shows, my time routine, a chair test that is super easy and very direct along with my reverse bank night effect called PVP. I'll post up a complete listing once we know what order everything is going to be in.

Peter Nardi has a wonderful routine on the DVD also called Mimmic as well as other routines and Looch has some great stuff that we couldn't fit onto his DVD set. One of which is a psychological game of Rock, Paper, Scissors..

I hope that helps Franklin..

Have a great Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

MS
Message: Posted by: Virungan (Dec 9, 2008 04:27AM)
Great clip Marc, very slick and enjoyable...

You should take advantage of the side route this thread has taken and post an offensive message to the grandfather of the volunteer.

Then everyone can write to the Daily Mail and you'll be an overnight success! Hurrah!
Message: Posted by: Marc Spelmann (Dec 9, 2008 06:49AM)
Good idea.. Let me think of something really offensive..

Hhhmm

P.S. Glad you enjoyed the clip. It was great fun to perform and again Amber was brilliant.

M
Message: Posted by: Ken Dyne (Dec 9, 2008 12:55PM)
Colin,

You're only writing about it here because you were sitting in the second row and no amount of leaning forward was going to get a stroke from yours truly.

Giving someone a stroke - now there is an improvement on the pulse stop! I'll reserve the rights on that ;)

- your favorite stroker
Message: Posted by: Colin (Dec 9, 2008 05:15PM)
I rest my case... I think Kennedy just summed up the level he likes to play on :P .

Col.

PS: Kennedy, I wasn't aware you'd done a gig that warranted a second row? :D Much love!
Message: Posted by: The Paranormalist (Dec 9, 2008 05:39PM)
Thanks Marc

Have a great Christmas yourself, looking forward to all your new releases in 09.

Regards

Franklin
Message: Posted by: Ken The Klown (Dec 9, 2008 08:08PM)
Firstly, Joel Bauer owns the trademark AND copyright on stroking the audiences. Stroke yours at your peril. He WILL sue.

Secondly, put your big girl panties on and get over Marc's clip. It was neither risque nor offensive. It wasn't even naughty. It was rather vanilla. Tasty vanilla, to be sure, but vanilla nonetheless. As vanilla as Mac King rubbing the "seven waaaarm cards" across his cheek.

If you want naughty, you'll be wanting my "Seven Keys to Bald*****" monograph. It's available in a limited e-dition for just $666 US.
Message: Posted by: Ken Dyne (Dec 10, 2008 04:48AM)
Colin,
You make a good point. I know we've discussed this before but thought I'd say it here. In support of Marc's clip -

Who really wants to do 'safe' mentalism? Controversy and risk, thinking outside of the proverbial box and pushing the envelope is what makes great mentalism. Look at Derren, Berglas, Geller and even Blaine. They all have one thing in common. They are all pushing things and getting attention. They're not afraid of alienating people and I'd say there is a lesson we can all learn.

Playing it safe means some people wont get it. I've been victim of this myself and am the first to hold my hand up. I performed a show last year which some said was in 'bad taste' as I got a woman to prove her greed by gambling her entire family for £1,000. Controversial yes. Did it nail the point home? Absolutely. Was it safe mentalism, not at all. Some people,including one reviewer didn't get it which is absolutely fine.

Marc has a character and plays it according to his wisdom of many years of performing (heck he's getting older by the day) and judges each audience as I think the other performers here do.

Its interesting to think about - what are you more comfortable with, safety or pushing forward.

Just some thoughts,

Ken
Message: Posted by: Roger Kelly (Dec 18, 2008 06:36PM)
What a top quality piece of entertainment from a true pro. To go to the USA and unleash what I'd call typically British humour takes balls. It worked a treat and I loved it - and Amber!
Message: Posted by: JAlenS (Dec 19, 2008 01:25PM)
That was incredible Marc. Cannot figure out how you did it but the clip is ultimately entertaining and that's the point, right?


So, how'd you do it? My PM box is waiting ;)
Message: Posted by: Dr. Eamon (Dec 21, 2008 07:31AM)
I know how he did it, the night before he did meet Amber and he did have some action in these 5 days but in the show he just denied it and the audience thought it was English humor…

:)

Great job Mark!
Message: Posted by: Chris Greenwood (Dec 28, 2008 09:56PM)
Very entertaining clip. It's great to see strong mentalism with good fun and entertainment.

Bravo..

Chris
Message: Posted by: DT3 (Dec 28, 2008 10:50PM)
Man, that was awesome. Marc, you are hilarious.

But here's the thing...this is such a great example of Zentertainment...a true master breathes with his audience and lets them tell him silently where to go.

It's not something that can be taught, you either have it or you don't.

Marc definitely has it, and thanks madly to Looch for letting us in.

D
Message: Posted by: Marc Spelmann (Dec 30, 2008 07:10AM)
Thanks Don,

That is very kind of you. I would say that your excellent phrase 'Zentertainment' may not be taught from others but is something you do begin to feel the more you perform. I have performed my cabaret act hundreds and thousands of times. In the beginning I had no sense of timing, what would hold an audience, when a gag would work and when it would distract.

After time and watching the bad quality video footage back I started to see moments when I got bored, or it dragged or a line that just worked for whatever reason. I then adjusted and now I can say with my hand on my heart I don't do a bad cabaret and most seem to enjoy my brand of entertainment. There is no set formula, in fact one audience can vary to another. I sometimes remove effects, lines or gags depending on my audience. My job is to entertain them, not me or my ego so sometimes adjustments are made.

Even Derren Brown will rework things for his excellent tour shows, Andy and Derren go through everything with a fine toothed comb and the results are amazing.

One thing I would say to anyone doing this as a hobby, career or part time deal, film your act, it takes nothing to set up a little camcorder in the corner of the room on a tripod and hit record before you go on.

Be honest with what you watch back, let your nearest and dearest watch it and give you genuine feedback. People at your cabaret are normally very polite and say what we want to hear. Good friends and fellow artists will tell you the truth both good and bad. I can't tell you how great it is to have Peter Nardi, The Grey Man and Looch as fellow colleagues.

Good thoughts and may I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy 2009. Think of me at 12.00 as I will be alone driving for 3 hours back home from a cabaret show in the midlands down the deserted motorway.. How sad..

MS
Message: Posted by: Mark Roberts (Dec 30, 2008 07:19AM)
Some great sound advice there.

A very Happy New Year to you too, Marc.

Where in the Midlands will you be?
Message: Posted by: Bananafish (Dec 31, 2008 05:17AM)
I've just seen the clip - excellent - although I would expect nothing less from Marc. I look forward to watching more.
Message: Posted by: Marc Spelmann (Jan 4, 2009 05:58AM)
Thank you Mr Shaw,

I hope you had a good Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 09...
Are you going to Blackpool?

MS
Message: Posted by: John C (Apr 12, 2010 05:17PM)
Was that real?

J