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MrX
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This is probably a "pie in the sky" question, but I was wondering if there was a resource, online or in print, for finding out about mentalist performances on the East Coast of the US (I live in New York City).

I ask because I learned more from seeing Marc Salem live than in a whole shelf-load of books (OK, that may be an exaggeration, but you know what I mean).

Or perhaps - are there mentalism performance videos anyone can recommend?

Is Bob Cassidy's lecture DVD from Meir Yedid's webiste a good example of what I'm looking for?

Any other thoughts on resources for "learning by watching the pros at work?"

Thanks!

Ernie Barbarash Smile
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IMHO, the Cassidy DVD is full of excellent material. I recommend it.
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Its called knowing your craft and have a great Director/Producer behind the show.

Marc's show is one of the best ENTERTAINMENT shows around, and this has nothing to do with mentalism. It's called being a world class entertainer... Something that I don't say about mentalist's and magicians very often.
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Besides the Cassidy video, consider the 6 1/2's Desert Brainstorm three video set. You will see some the top mentalists e.g., Mark Strivings, Lee Earle, Kenton Knepper, Larry Becker, etc., performing in front of a live audience, as well as, getting the "how it's done," part of some great mentalism routines.

Larry Becker has videos in which he is performing at a nightclub. These are also worth looking into. Hope this helps.
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If you are looking to see how to perform certain effects then buy the usual suspect videos. But obviously it is dull in the extreme to copy word for word presentations that every wanna-be and hobbyist around the globe has seen.You would be better served by watching the best performers from every field of entertaiment and learning the stage craft and audience management skills they utilise.The secret is to create an event that fully captures the attention of an audience from your first entrance regardless of what you are doing. This is the most important thing you could do if you intend to perform. People like people not effects or tricks. Marc Salem does nothing original in his show but his presentation and people managing skills are superlative. Some find his persona charismatic. Personally he leaves me cold. Good luck.
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I heard about PEA video tapes with many
shows...
Where can you buy them?

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Simple answer, You CAN'T... The videos are taped at the annual Meeting of The Minds and are for MEMBERS ONLY...


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On 2002-12-01 06:16, firstron wrote:
I heard about PEA video tapes with many
shows...
Where can you buy them?
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thanks for your replies and advice so far. Just to clarify - YES - I meant to ask about resources in watching good mentalists perform live or on tape just to see how they handle themselves and the audience - and NOT necessarily to have effects revealed.

Lee M., thanks so much for the new titles you suggested. Once I finish paying for all the other new stuff I just bought Smile I will look them up.

Thanks again everyone, and any more titles or especially ways to see folks LIVE would be greatly appreciated!

Ernie
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Ernie,

The great thing about the Desert Brainstorm videos that Lee mentions, is that you get to see a variety of performers. Others worth looking at are Max Maven and Ted Lesley.

As for "learning by watching the pros at work", I would be very careful that I am not copying them. When it comes to videos in general, there are some benefits: such as learning difficult sleights with coins and cards. Mentalism as you know, is about presentation. Learning someone’s presentation of an effect may not be the best way Ernie should do that effect. It’s just hard NOT to copy someone else’s style when learning from videos. Even on a subconscious level.

I am not saying stay away from videos. Just suggesting that you do not limit yourself. To expand on what Bruno is saying: watch John Edward on his Crossing Over show (whether you believe in him or not) or movies like Phenomenon, Powder etc…for presentation ideas. I find many televangelists to be a good source of ideas as well. Smile

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HI. I find that as I become older and more mature, i realize what does and does not work for me. Probably figured out my persona on stage which is mostly me and not someone on a video or seen in person. I guess what I'm saying is know who you want to present to the audience and then find effects that highlight your persona. You are the entertainment-not you effects.
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again, thank you all for the replies. I'm just starting to work on what I hope is a fresh concept (yes, I know, nothing new under the sun, etc) - so this is the time to soak up as much as possible. thanks again.
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Also Docc Hilford has a couple of great mentalism tapes out as well which are very good.
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