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Nicodemus
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I have read and heard it recommended to get experience by performing at homes for Senior citizens.
With all due respect I am wondering how practical this advice is considering an elderly persons ability to focus or follow along with on mental effects? Would they be able to comprehend what you are doing?

What do you think or what are your experiences in this area?

Thanks, - Nicodemus
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I was wondering the same thing too. I know Stuart Cumberland reccomended this in his most recent newsletter. I have done straight magic in this setting..with the physical and mental impairments of this population (nursing home as oppossed to retirment home) it is a bit of a challenge.

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Ask the homes directors there is a big difference in many homes. Homes for independent seniors may be better option. Contact a retirement village that has a club and offer to do a free night. In my library shows many seniors show up and they love mentalism becuase in many ways, mentalism is a throw back to earlier days...
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I was shocked when we had a couple of busloads of elderly guests brought to a luncheon hosted by a comedy club that I was working. The mentalism appealed to them like no other group that I've worked.

It really perked up the people who I had previously thought were too distant to affect.

I would not hesitate to recommend good mentalism to an elderly group. On that note, I also don't attempt to do more than 15 or 20 minutes of mentalism in a show. I feel that is a very important point, as well.
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On 2006-02-10 20:41, Nicodemus wrote:
I have read and heard it recommended to get experience by performing at homes for Senior citizens.
With all due respect I am wondering how practical this advice is considering an elderly persons ability to focus or follow along with on mental effects? Would they be able to comprehend what you are doing?

What do you think or what are your experiences in this area?

Thanks, - Nicodemus


You might want to skip senior shows all together. It might not be intentional, but they will pick up on your inherent condescension towards them. You run the same risk as the Birthday Party Clown who thinks the kids will never be able to follow his mad t***b t** skills and does a half assed job. Not all old people are Grampa Simpson.
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I don't think he has a condescending attitude about them. He isn't refering to all old people just the ones in nursing homes, atleast I think that's what he means. I would also be concerned performing mentalism for a nursing home. The whole reason they are at a nursing home is because they can't take care of themselves alone so I don't think it's rude to assume they might have some major dissabilitys. But I think that a retirement community would be very good and I think they would really like it. I am going to look into that for myself.
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There's a big chasm between the retired elderly and the human rutabagas. You also wouldn't want to do a mentalism show for the severely mentally handicapped.

Then, again, maybe the show isn't for your benefit, maybe it's for theirs...

At any rate...retirement communites are different than retirement homes, to assisted living, to nursing homes...all have different degrees of zippy in their patrons. You can pick and choose.

Get out there and do it for somebody's Grandma!...and remember that most of those folks have far more experience in most things that you have....so just do your best to be your best...
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On 2006-02-11 15:47, bitterman wrote:
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On 2006-02-10 20:41, Nicodemus wrote:
I have read and heard it recommended to get experience by performing at homes for Senior citizens.
With all due respect I am wondering how practical this advice is considering an elderly persons ability to focus or follow along with on mental effects? Would they be able to comprehend what you are doing?

What do you think or what are your experiences in this area?

Thanks, - Nicodemus


You might want to skip senior shows all together. It might not be intentional, but they will pick up on your inherent condescension towards them. You run the same risk as the Birthday Party Clown who thinks the kids will never be able to follow his mad t***b t** skills and does a half assed job. Not all old people are Grampa Simpson.


Don't be so bitter bitterman. Smile

I don't think Nicodemus comments showed a lack of respect for seniors. He's just asking a relevant question that does make a lot of sense.

Nicodemus, I was contacted by a senior home and I suggested a mindreading show. The contact thought they would LOVE a mind reading show.

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Nicodemus
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Thank you Night Bringer and John Cesta for correctly interpting my post.

Bitterman: Please re-read the part that says "With all due respect... " !

Tom Jorgenson's comment "At any rate...retirement communites are different than retirement homes, to assisted living, to nursing homes...all have different degrees of zippy in their patrons. You can pick and choose." is very helpful and something well worth paying attention to. Thanks Tom.

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When ever somebody says "with all due respect", or "no offense to anyone" or anything close to that. Somebody is about to be disrespected. I think that was shown true in this post.
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Senior citizens vary widely in their mental and physical abilities. Although some have severe mental or physical limitations, there are seniors who are in better physical condition than a 20-year-old couch potato. There are seniors whose mental capacities and knowledge far exceed someone half their age whose mental interests never transended the banal.

I have friends (especially)in upscale retirement communities or facilities who are mentally and physically sharp. Check carefully with the event organizer. "Senior Centers" may also be a suitable venue for mentalism performances.
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