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ChEeKy_MoNkEy
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Do particular personality traits help? Or do some hinder?

..I would be interesting to hear your thoughts.
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First off the name Cheeky Monkey might present a bit of a credibility problem.

That said I feel a mix of extreme confidence in ones self mixed with an air of uncertainty about ones ability to do what you do creates an interesting persona.

IMO mentalism can have light moments of course, but it can be so powerful at times
you should always stay in character or you will come across as a magician(hehe)and
not a mentalist.
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LOL...thanks Myster. I take your point, but of course cheeky monkey is only a fun/lighthearted username - it does'nt totally sum me up as a person! Smile

Appreciate the feedback.
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It tells me you're a funny guy!
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IMO, the words of Calvin Coolidge cover the question not only about mentalism, but
of EVERY field of endeavour--

Press on: nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

This is the secret to success in any field anywhere, IMO

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As long as your not offencive and not to boring you should be ok lol. Intrest is always the key.
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I believe a genuine interest in others is a very helpful trait. Plus a strong desire to share even if it is just the experience. Instead of doing something to the audience you invite them to experience something special.

I believe you should have a strong desire to grow personally and explore as much as you can not just on mentalism but people in general.

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On 2005-03-03 06:33, shrink wrote:
I believe a genuine interest in others is a very helpful trait.



I 100% agree. I think this is the different between a powerful performer and a presenter of puzzles.

Regardng your name, “Cheeky Monkey” may not be quite right.

Try “Professor Cheeky Monkey”.
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Deriving great pleasure from messing with peoples "heads" is useful, as too is being a little bit crazy!! hehehahahahohoho...
You'll do just fine.
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ThomasBerger wrote:

IMO, the words of Calvin Coolidge cover the question not only about mentalism, but
of EVERY field of endeavour--

Press on: nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.


I really think there is so much truth in that - it captured MY imagination anyway.

Shrink, you said - "I believe a genuine interest in others is a very helpful trait. Plus a strong desire to share even if it is just the experience. Instead of doing something to the audience you invite them to experience something special."

Thanks, for your input....I think "genuine" is the operative word there. An audience can "feel" the difference between someone who is passionate and genuine as opposed to someone who is just there to "perform", IMO.

Fudge...thanks for your comment...lol Smile
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Your personality on stage is only secondary to your ability as a mind reader. If you are good at what you do, the personality will come out naturally and therefore won't look fake like some guys I've seen. If your effects are second nature to you, the personality comes next.

Mentalists don't have any set personality anymore than lets say, a Doctor or Lawyer...you are you, see what I mean ? Richard Osterlind is the same off stage as he is on stage...thats because he's a natural at his craft and the personality just followed suit.

The beautiful thing about stage presence is it comes out naturally and once you see what kind of a person you are on stage, will determine how you develope it.

~Rick~
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I must say...I like the look of greengoddess. However, I would'nt like to believe she would mess with peoples "heads"...unless of course they "messed" with hers.
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"'genuine' is the operative word there."

The most important thing in acting is sincerity.

If you can fake that, you've got it made.

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Paul
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My reference to "heads" was aestetic.
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A "sincere" enjoyment of doing mentalism. If you didn't have that, why would you want to fake it.
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Dittos on making your audience feel they are sharing the same experience that you are.

Also, you can come across funny just as Kuffs magically does. He showed me you don't have to be so serious on stage.

Osterlind is a true natural at mentalism. I don't see how one could "ever" consider him a fake. And he doesn't claim to have special powers either. Just he has worked at developing the ones his audience has")
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I believe even more understanding and appreciation for human psychology is necessary in doing mentailism than in doing other forms of magic. The ability to "read" individuals and sometimes groups is crucial. I also believe that sense of timing and acting abilities are called upon in a more demanding way in mentalism. Interestingly, though, I think that actually "doing" mentalism is often much easier than physcially performing magic tricks. I do both by the way.

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