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Topic: Best response when you say you are a mentalit
Message: Posted by: saysold1 (Nov 17, 2012 11:09AM)
I'm sure this has come up before but...

You are at an event and tell someone you are a mind reader/menatlist.

They say, "Great... What am I thinking right now..."

You say...". "

I'm sure humor works best but would love to hear how you guys handle this obvious comment that comes up constantly.

Thanks :)
Message: Posted by: garett (Nov 17, 2012 11:17AM)
It never comes up for me. I call myself an illusionist. I've managed to avoid having people ever ask me serious questions about their lives or personal problems.

I don't envy those who place themselves in the position of having to deal with that.

There's zero ambiguity in my performances. I don't do private readings. I maintain a skeptical attitude throughout my routines and it's all framed as magic/illusion.

If someone jokes around with me and tries to catch me out, they're usually ALWAYS trying to be the centre of attention in front of a group of friends, by showing me up. So I'll answer it with: "You're thinking 'I hope he can't tell that I'm cheating on my wife.'"
Message: Posted by: Olympic Adam (Nov 17, 2012 11:18AM)
"Great... What am I thinking right now..."

'That I'm full of ****"
Message: Posted by: Stephen Young (Nov 17, 2012 11:30AM)
Peter Turner has a fantastic reply to this question that is genius.

Not mine to share, sorry.

Maybe it will be on his new DVD.
That's just speculation, I don't have any inside info.

Steve
Message: Posted by: jonnyboy (Nov 17, 2012 11:36AM)
Roy Zaltsman shared one with the attendees at MindVention that was hilarious, but again, not mine to share further.
Message: Posted by: JohnWells (Nov 17, 2012 11:41AM)
Because I am a reader, not a mentalists, I either remind them that I'm not a mimd reader, or I honestly give an answer as to any issues I sense they have, typically the latter, though in a very of-hand way. "I'm not a mind reader, but I get a sense of ..." It gets past the joke and leaves the conversation open.
Message: Posted by: TJ Halford (Nov 17, 2012 11:41AM)
I know there has been some controversy over the book, but I like using Luke Jermay's idea from his "From the Notebooks vol. 1"
Message: Posted by: MichaelCGM (Nov 17, 2012 11:44AM)
I don't call myself a "mind reader." I use "mentalist," which usually gets the person to ask what that is, which gives me the opportunity to define the parameters of how I will proceed.
Message: Posted by: jakubr (Nov 17, 2012 12:14PM)
I have a response when they ask 'what am I thinking right now', but it happens very rarely, because generally I would never introduce myself as a mentalist. I try to avoid giving myself any title, rather through what I do, I try to get them to reach the conclusion.
Message: Posted by: Atlas (Nov 17, 2012 12:32PM)
I let them know that for mind reading to occur, I have to have some shared basis of experience with my subject and I have to take a moment to get to know and develop some connection with them.

I then take a moment to cultivate the relationship and then move into something from "The Prodigal". As Peter Turner points out, the result is something that is far more meaningful to them because it is more personally relevant to them. It is something that they won't ever forget.

This approach also establishes a baseline for how I do things moving forward that is both credible and logical.
Message: Posted by: John C (Nov 17, 2012 12:57PM)
Before you hit the road and take money you should already have an answer. How do you answer agents and prospects? Gotta say something.
Message: Posted by: Steven Conner (Nov 17, 2012 01:44PM)
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On 2012-11-17 12:09, saysold1 wrote:
I'm sure this has come up before but...


They say, "Great... What am I thinking right now..."

You say...".

Thanks :)
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You're thinking I can't tell you what you're thinking.
Message: Posted by: magicman29 (Nov 17, 2012 01:53PM)
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On 2012-11-17 12:30, Stephen Young wrote:
Peter Turner has a fantastic reply to this question that is genius.

Not mine to share, sorry.

Maybe it will be on his new DVD.
That's just speculation, I don't have any inside info.

Steve

I second that!

Kieran
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Message: Posted by: quicknotist (Nov 17, 2012 02:00PM)
I don't miss a beat, look them straight in the eye and say, very dryly and seriously:
"I see curiosity, anticipation, skepticism and.. oh, humour."
(C.A.S.H)
Message: Posted by: Rocketeer (Nov 17, 2012 05:19PM)
"OK" Puts hand to temple. "Hmmmm." Pause. "Hmmmmmm." Shakes head. "Sorry, I'm not picking up any anything. Nothing at all. Just sort of like white noise--with an echo."
Message: Posted by: SubconsciousSymbols (Nov 17, 2012 08:34PM)
@Quicknotist, your response is excellent and along the lines of a reply that I use that was inspired by Kenton and his wonderful Wonder Words.

His approach has to do with empathizing with them and confirming the thoughts they are likely having already. Great stuff as you simply have to; put yourself into that person's 'shoes' for a minute and also think how you would react if someone told you they were a mind reader.

I have an approach when asked what it is exactly that I do which, I think, navigates the 'what am I thinking now?' minefield pretty well.

I just ask them to focus on what they are holding, seeing, smelling, feeling at that time. As they start to do this I am explaining that their mind processes thousands of different pieces of information at any given second, along with a heap of thoughts...

I explain that in order to achieve anything WE must be properly focused, I then ask them to take 3 deep breaths and visualize. (I've said too much already ;)(thanks JF))

They are then in a frame of mind to accept my premise, which follows the introduction.

Aw
Message: Posted by: gabelson (Nov 17, 2012 11:31PM)
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On 2012-11-17 12:18, Olympic Adam wrote:
"Great... What am I thinking right now..."

'That I'm full of ****"
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This is a very simple response, that always works for me. Because anyone who phrases a question in such a manner, is thinking exactly that.
Message: Posted by: saysold1 (Nov 18, 2012 12:03AM)
Some great material and info here folks - but honestly I think you are all full of **** :)

Seriously though, many thanks as this is really useful stuff.
Message: Posted by: magic maniac (Nov 18, 2012 02:03AM)
Here's a line that's a worker and always got a good laugh...

"Oh, I was in there earlier...dirty little mind this one"

In a way, it's a compliment and a put a down. Just be prepared to go into an effect right away to move away from the spectators accusations.
Message: Posted by: Sean Giles (Nov 18, 2012 03:20AM)
[quote]
On 2012-11-17 15:00, quicknotist wrote:
I don't miss a beat, look them straight in the eye and say, very dryly and seriously:
"I see curiosity, anticipation, skepticism and.. oh, humour."
(C.A.S.H)
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Best answer by far in my opinion. Love it and thanks for sharing. :)

Best,
Sean
Message: Posted by: Amirá (Nov 18, 2012 05:36AM)
Why don't just read his mind when this situation arrives?

Just reframe the roles ( YOU should be in control) and use that to share some Mentalism.

"Look me into my eyes....

Nothing (relaxing tension)

I saw a few things of your life, but you werent focus in something. Lets do this, I have in here 5 ESP cards..."




Best
Message: Posted by: celebrity (Nov 18, 2012 06:24AM)
Pete Turner does indeed have one of the best responses to this question and he is including it on the DVD too ;)

Before learning Pete's I used to follow by saying the following (which your more than welcome to use): "Reading minds requires two key elements, firstly a good sender of information and secondly a good receiver of information. Both of these are very rare talents and unfortunately without the two working together this would be a futile process."

This gives a feasible excuse to move on and also lets the audience realize that they are witnessing something very special and rare when you do find a more compliant spectator to work with. It also provides you with an opening to try something on a smaller scale to test the waters as it were.

Best Wishes Michael ;)
Message: Posted by: Shrubsole (Nov 18, 2012 06:57AM)
"What am I thinking them?"

"Oh I'm sorry you should have let me finish. I read minds for MONEY! I take cash, cheques or credit cards!"

Of course we shouldn't steal other people's material but you can't get better than Mel Mellor:

"Oh you are thinking about getting a new hair-do... Well you must! You can't go around looking like that, can you?"
Message: Posted by: magicman29 (Nov 18, 2012 07:10AM)
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On 2012-11-18 07:57, Shrubsole wrote:
"What am I thinking them?"

"Oh I'm sorry you should have let me finish. I read minds for MONEY! I take cash, cheques or credit cards!"

Of course we shouldn't steal other people's material but you can't get better than Mel Mellor:

"Oh you are thinking about getting a new hair-do... Well you must! You can't go around looking like that, can you?"
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I like that alot!

Kieran
Message: Posted by: bobser (Nov 18, 2012 07:22AM)
Quicknotist, I don't know who you are, but I really like your 'CASH' answer. By far the best.
Your also very good looking. We have your photograph up on our wall and my cellmate says you remind him of Steve McQueen, in the later days?
Message: Posted by: Vanitas (Nov 18, 2012 10:16AM)
Very good line to introduce yourself - without saying "I am mentalist" - is Paul Brook's sentence: "I am a performer".Maybe it doesn't matter but I see only one weak point of this introduction - not every language is good enough to say this line; in polish (my language) it doesn't work wery well, but in english... well I think it's really great lien to introduce yourself and avoid many of questions if we don't like to answer it.
Message: Posted by: quicknotist (Nov 18, 2012 01:21PM)
Tell your cellmate it takes a McQueen to know a McQueen.

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On 2012-11-18 08:22, bobser wrote:
Quicknotist, I don't know who you are, but I really like your 'CASH' answer. By far the best.
Your also very good looking. We have your photograph up on our wall and my cellmate says you remind him of Steve McQueen, in the later days?
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Message: Posted by: nomermindmaster (Nov 18, 2012 11:04PM)
I have always been in this position, at times I remark with "I knew you're going to say that" and pull out from my pocket a folded note which reads "What am I thinking right now?"
Message: Posted by: saysold1 (Nov 18, 2012 11:53PM)
[quote]
On 2012-11-19 00:04, nomermindmaster wrote:
I have always been in this position, at times I remark with "I knew you're going to say that" and pull out from my pocket a folded note which reads "What am I thinking right now?"
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I like this one and C.A.S.H - cash is KING (notice I didn't say kink).
Message: Posted by: aalexander (Nov 19, 2012 12:33AM)
Possibly after a probing, dramatic gaze:

"You seem to be thinking that you'll be getting a free show."

Or if you know their job, offer a trade. Maybe a mind reading for a root canal if they're a dentist, and so on. Why does nobody go "oh, you're a fashion designer? Design me some clothes right now!"
Message: Posted by: JohnWells (Nov 19, 2012 01:23AM)
Of course, there are those times where I just tell them what they're thinking, but I can't rely on that...
Message: Posted by: JohnWells (Nov 19, 2012 01:27AM)
And, if you're a smart@ss, "anything at all". "That's not what I was thinking!" "It is now."
Message: Posted by: Dr. Van Van Mojo (Nov 19, 2012 09:34PM)
There's an outstanding idea on how to deal with this in Bruce Bernstein's "Unreal".
Message: Posted by: espmagic (Jan 29, 2013 03:19PM)
I have said "You're thinking that it would be really cool if I could tell you what you're thinking right now..." Then I do.

Lee
Message: Posted by: Steve_Mollett (Jan 29, 2013 05:49PM)
I regularly read the "I don't use a title--I just do my thing and let them decide, etc."
Question: If you perform for pay, what do you tell your potential clients or talent agents you are?
You have to tell them SOMETHING so they'll know what kind of an entertainer they are getting.
Message: Posted by: LBP MAGIC (Jan 29, 2013 06:44PM)
Ahhh interesting way to introduce yourself. What is it you do for a living? You are a car salesman? Quick sell me a car right now!

What are we performing monkeys?