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Topic: Ready to perform
Message: Posted by: MrRyanD (Jul 27, 2014 05:12PM)
Hi,

I always like to be ready to impress friends and friends-to-be with a little and quick mentalism routine. I normally do a few billet readings, mind reading effects and some mild coin magic. What do you guys use to grab the attention of people. Favourite tricks that you can carry about and do at any time?

MrRyanD
Message: Posted by: Mindpro (Jul 27, 2014 06:02PM)
I've seen you post both here and in the Hypnosis forum - welcome. While I applaud your effort, friends and family can be among the worst people to "practice on" or perform for - especially in hypnosis, and in mentalism as well, especially depending on the type of mentalism you are attempting to perform.

I only mention this as the point you are at is very important time in creating your foundation and attempting t perform for situations and audiences that are stacked against you can be very difficult and not a true read of your abilities and performance. Since you mentioned tricks, coin magic and a"quick mentalism routine", it sounds like you are attempting to do more mental magic (without much understanding of mentalism)...and hypnosis? That's biting off quite a bit from the beginning.

Best of luck to you.
Message: Posted by: Amirá (Jul 27, 2014 06:28PM)
Being ready to perform doesn't means that you must perform anywhere, anytime.

I understand your view, and my advice is to keep your casual demonstrations short, simple and use borrowed objects. I have my own pieces to do that (published and unpublished ones) but I don't perform them most of the time, I prefer to have a conversation. My favorite Mental routine to do now is "Equivondulum" from my pendulum book.

Best
Message: Posted by: Gordon the discombobulator (Jul 27, 2014 06:32PM)
.... especially wives. they can instinctively tell when their husband is disguising the truth.
Message: Posted by: Mindpro (Jul 27, 2014 06:51PM)
I like that..."disguising the truth"
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Jul 27, 2014 07:02PM)
If you're just looking to amuse your family and friends, I highly recommend the Magic Ding Dong and the Pea Can.
Message: Posted by: jakeg (Jul 27, 2014 07:50PM)
[quote]On Jul 27, 2014, mastermindreader wrote:
If you're just looking to amuse your family and friends, I highly recommend the Magic Ding Dong and the Pea Can. [/quote]

Thank you. I just had my laugh for evening.
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Jul 27, 2014 08:14PM)
I was half serious. It's hard to amuse friends and family with mentalism, especially when you are identified as a magician. (And if they don't know you as a magician already, the coin tricks will give them a clue.) They'll just see it as another puzzle to figure out. At least the Pea Can and the Ding Dong will have them laughing their butts off.
Message: Posted by: MrRyanD (Jul 28, 2014 02:33AM)
It is usually when meeting new people that I need to perform as many people have never met a mentalist before and the line that always crops up is "Oo, show me something! Read my mind!" so I like to have a little routine to show them. I also do use hypnosis at times as I find I can use that anywhere to get a wow out of people but would prefer to use mentalism.
Also I've been doing magic since I was little and then recently (last 2-3years) have picked mentalism up so understand the ideas behind and pick the tricks up quickly.
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Jul 28, 2014 05:01AM)
Hypnosis and mentalism are probably the worst thing you can do for fami!ly and friends, they know you too well, you are never a prophet in your own town so to speak.
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Jul 28, 2014 12:54PM)
I think the OP is missing the point that the actual mentalists here are trying to make.
Message: Posted by: innercirclewannabe (Jul 28, 2014 01:07PM)
"Also I've been doing magic since I was little and then recently (last 2-3years) have picked mentalism up so understand the ideas behind and pick the tricks up quickly."

Surely in that time you have managed to learn some great effects?

You mentioned "Billet reading" - I think if you have mastered some of the techniques with billets, you need look no further for "impromptu & strong".
Message: Posted by: MatCult (Jul 29, 2014 06:23AM)
Especially when combined with "mild coin magic".
Message: Posted by: Suffolk (Jul 29, 2014 07:57AM)
I've not performed socially since I turned pro over a decade ago.

The only time, other than at a gig, I'll have any mentalism props on me is if I'm meeting a client or a reporter and I'll usually plan a seemingly impromptu piece for that specific meeting.

I suppose if you *must* have something on you at all times Kollosal Killer or some business cards & a pen so you can do something involving a billet read or CT ought to cover pretty much any base.
Message: Posted by: saysold1 (Jul 29, 2014 08:42AM)
A spoon - also great if in the mood for soup or ice cream!
Message: Posted by: B. Morrison (Jul 29, 2014 09:24AM)
[quote]On Jul 27, 2014, mastermindreader wrote:
If you're just looking to amuse your family and friends, I highly recommend the Magic Ding Dong and the Pea Can. [/quote]

I find the Pea Can is very effective in securing gigs for my rain-making business.
Message: Posted by: Scott Soloff (Jul 29, 2014 10:56AM)
Something you can always do and that requires no props is palm reading.

Can be done anywhere, anytime, no props, impresses the s%&* out of people and will book you gigs.

How's that for simple?

Best wishes,

Scott
p.s. Can also be combined with a one on one Q & A. Refer to my upcoming book for details.
Message: Posted by: IbiMania (Jul 29, 2014 01:11PM)
Magic or mentalism, do not be a "do the trick" monkey. For mentalism, perform on strangers or friends who you met while in a mentalist persona.