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Hello,

Some of you wanted to see more examples and scripts from performances of Standing Between Objects. We may be able to use this listing for putting in our interactions in recent performances. If we succeed, we can show the thinking and choices that we made. If we fail, maybe others can suggest alternatives.

We could just put at the beginning of the reply Key: TOWER (Tower being the first word written by the spectator that is p**ked) Write the gender and age of the participant. Then, describe the interaction with the person.

For responses to that 'Tower' post, we can just quote the Key: TOWER post, and respond with it in the body of the message, or narrow the recommendation down to a certain part.

I will post my two for this evening, and let me know about some of your experiences using this criteria. Or if you have any ideas about changing it, this would be the place.

Thanks

SBO


Posted: Mar 19, 2006 2:28am
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Key: CHEESE

Female, Late Teens

P**ked just after she seemed unable to go with the default

'opposite.'

Performer: "Okay, that's okay, just think of something that goes

WITH your object, or maybe something that you would use to make your

object, or a place that you would find your object..."

(Helper lit up during 'something that you would use to make your

object... Bingo!)

Performer: "Write it down, and fold it exactly like mine is folded,

and hold it behind your back... Face me, and hold your empty hand

down, by your side, like mine... I'm not getting anything about the

square behind my back, but I'm getting an impression of the one that

you are holding. Your object is a lighter color than mine for some

reason... I'm seeing white, am I just seeing the back of a white

business card, or is it something white?"

Helper: "Yes"

P: "I'm seeing that yours is a liquid, and white, but mine is

solid, isn't it?"

H: "Yes"

P: "I'm picturing a farm animal, as well... I'm seeing a cow?"

H: "Yes"

P: "Do you have Milk?"

H: "Yes"

P: "I could tell, I could see it all over your face... Or at least

on your upper lip... Now, I still don't know what mine is... Oh,

wait, is it from the cow too? Hmm, darker color, solid... Is it

Cheese?"

H: "Yes"

This one was a lock! I just played with it a little bit to get

there, and it went over really well, without a hitch...


Posted: Mar 19, 2006 2:46am
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Key: monument

He didn't capitalize, but did print

Male, Sales, mid 40's

P**ked early on, just after seeing that he was confused about a

default opposite.

Performer: "Okay, then just think of something that goes with this,

or somewhere that you might find it, generally or specifically, or

even a specific example of this..."

(He brightens up with an answer evident on his face)

Performer: ""Write it down like you did mine, and fold it exactly

like mine is folded, and hold it behind your back... Face me, and

hold your empty hand down, by your side, like mine... I'm not

getting anything about the square behind my back, but I'm getting an

impression of the one that you are holding. Oh, wait... look at

the word behind your back. This is going to be tough because I

can't see a letter or two, maybe more, I don't know... It seems

that you forgot to capitalize, didn't you..."

(Helper looks, then a huge grin goes across his face)

Helper: "Yes, how did you know that?"

Performer: "It was obvious by the vibe that I was getting... But,

I'm seeing something else strange... Even if I had NOT asked you to

capitalize the whole word, you STILL would have had to capitalize

the first letter, right?"

H: "Yes..."

P: "In fact you HAD to LITERALLY capital-ize, right?"

H: "Yes..."

P: "It's a place, probably the most important place in it's

country?"

H: "Yes..."

P: "Our country?"

H: "Yes..."

P: "You have Washington on your square, don't you?"

H: "How in the H*** did you know that?"

P: "Well, I'm trying to figure out what is on my square, but all

that I'm getting is Memento or something, I'm not sure... I'm

guessing that you used lower case letters instead of capitalizing...

let's see"

(Show the square to one of the other spectators, and they give him a

hard time about not following directions by using the lower case)

P: "Are they lower case?"

Spectators: "Yes..."

P: "What was the word?"

Spectators: "Monument, but it's really hard to read..."

P: (to Helper) "Is that correct?"

H: "Yes... How do you do that?"


Posted: Mar 19, 2006 8:32pm
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Key: TRUCK

Female, mid 30's

P**ked early on, just after noting that she had a default opposite.

Performer: "Okay, you have an opposite... Write it down like you

did mine, and fold it exactly like mine is folded, and hold it

behind your back... Face me, and hold your empty hand down, by your

side, like mine... I'm not getting anything about the square behind

my back, yet, but I'm getting an impression of the one that you are

holding. Oh, wait... look at the word behind your back. I'm sensing

something, but I'm having trouble zooming in on it, because it moves

around the world, right?"

Helper: "Yes..."

P: "It was obvious by the vibe that I was getting... But, I'm

sensing something else strange... I'm just concerned about your

safety... If you have an emergency, is there a spare?"

(This helps to rule out a bicycle, airplane, boat or motorcycle)

H: "Yes..."

P: "Your word has less letters than my word... and also, I'm

sensing two and four or maybe four and two... Does the one that you

have hold four, and the one that I'm holding normally transports

two?"

H: "Yes..."

P: "Your card has CAR written on it, does it?"

H: "Yes.."

P: "and your square that I'm holding has a word describing a

pickup, a truck, right?"

H: "Yes, how do you know that?"

P: "I'm not sure, but I'm really feeling it now..."


Posted: Mar 21, 2006 12:01am
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FAILED ATTEMPT

Key: PRYIMADS

(Spelled as I received it)

Female, Late 30's, early 40's.

P**ked early on, just after noting that she had a default opposite.

I should have asked if it was an obvious opposite, and if not, she

should try something that goes with it. She would not change, even

though she had already written an unclear opposite.

Performer: "Okay, you have an opposite... Write it down like you did

mine, and fold it exactly like mine is folded, and hold it behind

your back... Face me, and hold your empty hand down, by your side,

like mine... I'm not getting everything about the square behind my

back, yet, but I'm getting an impression of the one that you are

holding. Oh, wait... I asked you to think of an object, but you

thought of plural on the square behind my back, didn't you?"

Helper: "Yes, I think so..."

(I chose to not correct spelling or question it, because she was the

executive at a corporation that was looking to hire me to stroll for

a Cirque du Soleil themed event, and I didn't want to embarass her

in front of her co-workers)

Performer: "I'm seeing a Middle Eastern country, I'm seeing Egypt,

correct?"

Helper: "Yes..."

P: "I'm seeing a place where a tourist might go..."

H: "Yes, maybe..."

P: "I'm seeing something maybe half human, half animal..."

H: "No..."

P: "Hmm... Does your card have a MUMMY on it?"

H: "No..."

P: "I am at an impasse, I cannot see anything further, because one

of the objects is a plural instead of a single object."

H: "Okay..."

P: "What do you have on your square?"

H: (while displaying the square from behind her) "The Dead Sea"

P: "Ah, of course, more than one word, and the square behind me was

made plural (handing it to another spectator to read)"

(Spectator reading my square) "It's plural, PYRAMIDS"

H: "Oops..."

P: "That's okay, I just couldn't get the complete image..."

Other Spectator: "How is the Dead Sea an opposite of the PYRAMIDS?"

Spectator: "That's spooky how close you got to the answer!!! You

were right there on the shore."

This was what I would consider a failure, and yet the audience

really appreciated where I went with it. They were truly affected

in a positive way, and it seemed to really help the effectiveness of

my other predictions and revelations.

I've been happier with other outcomes, but I will just be able to

add this one to my experiences for future recall.

JF


Posted: Mar 21, 2006 12:14am
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Key: TABLE

Male, early, early 20's

P**ked early on, just after noting that he Didn't have a default

opposite.

Performer: "Okay, do you have an opposite... No? That's okay, just

go with something that might go with this, or accompany this

somehow. Write it down like you did mine, and fold it exactly like

mine is folded, and hold it behind your back... Face me, and hold

your empty hand down, by your side, like mine... I'm not getting

anything about the square behind my back, yet, but I'm getting an

impression of the one that you are holding. Oh, wait... You're

holding your hand lower than mine, just a bit lower... yours might

go or slide under mine"

Helper: "Maybe, somewhat, yes..."

P: "I asked you to think of a non-living object, but you thought of

something with 4 legs, a back, a seat..."

H: "Yes..."

P: "Are you thinking of a CHAIR?"

H: "Yes..."

P: "And mine is similar, furniture, maybe a bar or counter...

wait, I'm seeing legs here also... Is mine a table?"

H: "Yes, How do you do that?

Ah, this one was a success!
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Jimmy,

I find these examples very helpful. Thanks for posting them!

-Crippen
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Others:
Bucket on mine/ Mop on theirs
&
Apple on mine / Banana on theirs (What goes with apple? The secondmost chosen fruit that's what!)
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Those are good... I've had Apple before, and they jumped on the opposite before I could change gears to something that goes 'with' it...

When I did apple, they went opposite with orange. You can use ambiguity to see "a fruit, concentrating on yours, now..." You might get a nod from them positive or negative.

This is one of those where you can get some immediate info from how they react to the script when it comes to the word 'opposite.' Sometimes they are really confused, and that, along with the p**k gives you a lot of information on where they might be going, and also, it gives you the opportunity to cut them off of opposite before they start grasping at crazy stuff, like the 'dead sea' above.

You're looking for a situation where they hear "I want you to think of the word on this square (behind your back), and on your other square, I want you to write something that is (similar or opposite)" You're looking for them to think of the quick opposite, not the thing that takes a while to come up with. Shorter time=more obvious=easier fishing.

What kind of reaction did they have? Did you have any trouble with getting in position for the p**k early enough? Are you getting a feel for the choreography and blocking? I'm curious, your response, Bev, is the first real world bite that I'm getting, and it's disappointing that I haven't seen more, because I usually get better response out of this effect than most of the others in my show.

JF
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Safe to say my girlfriend was floored by the method and she knows everything
Can't get a harsher critic!
However, I think there is more to be squeezed from this method
Have no problem with blocking. Act naturally, don't panic and don't be in a hurry is all I can say! If you're acting the part it's all easy.
I'll email you with an idea I'm brewing
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I've always been a proponent of baffling the girlfriend... Especially handy now that I'm married!

I look forward to seeing your idea, I think that this has huge potential for customization, and justification of the elements.
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I have stumbled upon some useful information for working with SBO Standing Between Objects.

I will word this in a way that will benefit you if you already own SBO. For those who don't, this will probably be pretty useless.

Last night, I had an audience member write down the initial word on the first square. What was nice about this is that I attempted the Egyptian P****** finesse, and asked him if he was sure that he was spelling it correctly. When he immediately answered 'yes,' I was pretty sure that he wasn't thinking p******.

The word that he wrote first was 'tower.' He told me that there was nothing that was the opposite of this word, so I asked him to think of a word that goes with it. Only then did I get the information for the initial word, 'tower,' and I pressed for a word that might go with it. I was steering him towards Eiffel, as usual, but this time I was off.

His second word that he held was 'satelite.'

Of course, per instructions, I notified him initially that I didn't have any idea what I was holding behind my back.

Then, as I met difficulty putting the word 'satelite' (sp) with 'tower', I decided to say the words, "Were you thinking of a tower?"

He lights up and says, "YES!"

The time lag between when I said that I had no clue what was behind my back, and the spectator seeing me flailing without any way out created a vacuum where, when I even gave him what I was holding, there was a relief and a positive acknowledgement on his part. I took this as an affirmation, and sold it as such, not specifying that he was holding another word.

I took his square, opened it, and switched these in my hands as I passed behind him to take them to the audience. Nothing major, not quite a top change, but a subtle, timing oriented move that simply left the audience members to make of it what they would.

One of the ladies, upon seeing the square with 'satelite' on it, exclaimed out loud, "He DID misspell it!!!" She did not specify which word was misspelled, and she didn't even differentiate between which word was the initial word or the latter word, due to the time lapse.

The audience reacted with a HUGE gasp and applause. The switching of the squares has served me well a few times, but this one seems to be the best save that I've had happen.

The audience will applaud you for even hitting the one behind your own back, if you must go there. Pretty much, only the helper knows that you got the one behind your back. And, after having him seated, his reality part of the dual reality is unknown, and you can really capitalize on that.

jF
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