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DaiBato
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As communications technology gets smaller, more digital, and completely wireless, will the presence of tiny and/or implantable headphones and microphones do damage to the field of mentalism?

While I realize that such technology will not replace showmanship, won't these advances blur the line between mindreading and technology within the reach of the public?
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Most of the pro's out there, has known what Im about to say for quite some time, its beginning to spread. And I do realise some of these people will now want me dead. But mentalism is a sinking boat, and the plan is to evacuate at the last minute and start to do rope magic. that will be the new "thing". Yes, its a frightening thought, but unfortunately true...


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Yea that is what they said 50 years ago
Thomas Rudolfo
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Well said Magicman.
Of course there could be effects where audience suspect tiny micros etc. Some people always want to have a possible explanation. Even in the 50s and 60s at Dunningers times there have been people who suspected that Dunninger has invented a brand nwe ground breaking tiny micro. Absolute nonsens in those times but that`s human nature.

Well in my show and in most of the effects mentalists perform such an explanation never would be appropriate and thus mentalism is absolutely no sinking ship of course.

The opposite is true. Especially here in Austria "normal" magic is getting less interesting and mentalism instead is getting more and more appreciated by the audiences as I see every time I perform at coporates or in my actuyl theatre-show.

So again the most important part of a successfull presentation still and fortunately lies in presentaional skill of performer. If i.e. you are perfect at billet work NO ONE ever will suspect you of using such little electronics since it would be absurd.

BUt of course I also know some performer where most of the effects rely on electronic gimmicks. And since some of the gimmicks are build in boxes and so one he uses much of these and of course there will always be people suspecting him of electronics.....and in this case they are right!

So I just wanted to show that if you learn the basic techniques of mentalism well you will have good and amazing material for the next 20 years or more.

Just my thoughts
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If you can make people care why you are doing what you do then they will not really care what method you use.Well a few people always want to know but there are too many young 'mentalists' with NO character.
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Well said brother.....couldnt have put it better.RRRRRRRRRRespect.
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Thomas Rudolfo
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Good point Markymark!!

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I suggest you read Protocols of the Elders of Magic by Max Maven if you can get your hands on it. Its secret will help you answer your question...
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Heh.
"With the advent of electromagnets, will anyone believe a mentalist can perform telekinesis?"

"With the advent of lasers, will anyone believe a magician can produce fire from his fingertips?"
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I don't believe the magical landscape negatively changed as a result of the legendary wizardry of Anverdi.

It is still critical that the proper atmosphere of belief be established between the performer and the audience.

Renaldi
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Just do what Derren Brown does, stick your ears in their face and go "look, no transmitters here!!"
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