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lileauxjouets
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Hello All of You
If You feel that this question is worth answering.
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I'd say suggestion, it's becoming more usual. Also mentalism in general is a trend inside the world of magic. I think suggestion is more popular becuse of Derren Browns tv specials and the release of Jermay's work.

//Christian
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The trend in mentalism at the moment seems to be to look at what someone else is doing and to try to emulate that so that you can be like them........

I am trying my best not to be "trendy"
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Arguing.....
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The trend appears to be everyone using psychology and body language as a supposed method to what they do, this makes mentalism not as special in the eyes of the audience...don't forget that!

Ian is also very right! arguing is a bit of a trend as is copying others...wrong wrong wrong!

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Steve, I agree, that body language/NLP seems to be the excuse. The problem is, now the public perceive that as the methodology, I feel that any other form of presentation is very difficult to make credible.

Arguing is indeed a common trend! Oh no it's not....

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Top 10 Trends In Contemporary Mentalism:

1) Posing for pictures with a twisted fork while bearing the expression of one who has just inserted a rectal thermometer.

2) Raising one eyebrow so often it resembles a form of facial palsy.

3) The false hope that utterly made up words such as "Mysteryographer", "Mindician" or "Psychostatistician" will imbue one with a sense of legitimacy.

4) Sharing the simultaneous beliefs that involving small slips of paper will spoil the illusion of real mind reading but cocentric circles on a business card can produce unaided states of hypnosis.

5) Being afraid to pet the cat for fear it might anchor subliminal commands.

6) The belief that Psychokinetic Touches will be perceived as an utterly new effect by virtue of one's own, unique delivery.

7) Finally releasing the audience-proven, time-tested routine one thought of last night.

8) Shaved heads and goatees: Psychic or leather bar patron?

9) Referring to a forty dollar pamphlet as an exclusive secret even though it's advertised on every magic web site and national magazine.

10) Confusing sarcasm with wit.
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HAhahahaha! Spook, you hit the nail on the head! Great top 10 list.
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If one is following trends, you're at the end of the curve. You're too late.
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8) Shaved heads and goatees: Psychic or leather bar patron?

What? you can't be both?
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Very nice, spook - I like your top 10!
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Whilst a lot of trends are just mindless copying, sometimes trends are trends for a REASON....

I'd rather be 100% good then 100% original anyday!
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Love it, Spook.
I actually laughed out loud.
Peace,
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Finally, perhaps there's no trend.
I do Close-up Mentalism for few reasons :
- I don't feel ready for stage,
- I did Kids Show, Storytelling and Mentalism.
I've choosed Mentalism because it's the only way which brings me a real satisfaction.
When I see the number of posts about Mentalism here in the Café, I think Mentalism itself is a trend.
I do a routine with a blindfold (from Osterlind). Am I copying Osterlind ?
Yet Blindfolds are often used in Oringinal Mentalism Act..
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If that question was ment seriously;

The trend is to entertain and amaze the audiences.
There is no change, it always has been like that, and it (hopefully) always will be.

Sven
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Haha... Spook! Brilliant!

Since Derren hit the scene everybody who was once a mindreader is now an expert in NLP, hypnosis, psychology and so on. But I don't think the audience doesn't like a guy who is "really trained" in those subjects and has abilities to read people appearantly like open books.
I guess at the moment mentalists are "psychological illusionists" or "genuine mindreaders". Back in the days MORE people used to mix or blur these two things (I'm happy that there are still some creative minds out there who do their own thing!)
Speaken of billets:
For all "psycholgical illusionist": yes, derren uses billets too Smile

p.s.: I do have a goatee since the day it grew on my beautiful face Smile
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Nice answer Rick. And I want to add that he (Derren) also uses cards and.....yes, SLATES!! Smile

But I have to admit that these slats are special slates with special NLP-ability to read spectators body language and secretly automatically writes it on itself. Smile Smile

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Yes, well pointed out Thomas. Derren also always points out that his clipboards are nothing special..perfect mis-direction for the fact the pens he uses simply remember what has been written and using a complex mixture of Charades, semaphore and smoke signals he can secretly receive the require information from his well trained Magic Markers (and you wondered why they were called "magic" markers!).
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Steelefusion, I think you might have your wires crossed - the markers are actually linked up to satellites, which beam the infomation into a special chip lodged into his left nostril. The semaphore is all misdirection for those in the 'know'. But I've said too much.


Actually can never take semaphore seeriously after seeing Monty Python do 'Wuthering heights' via the medium of semaphore. Genius. ('Oh Heathcliffe!'...)

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Moderncelt: It's certainly worked for me.
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