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I would think that a high-profile actor like Jason Alexander would have some real advantages doing a mentalist act: (a) people EXPECT him to be entertaining so they won't have that intital 'okay, you're the entertainer so entertain me' chip on their shoulder, (b) he's got all that performance training and experience behind him, and (c) people will be so distracted by the fact they are with a celebrity that misdirection would not be a problem. I'm sure he killed. (Man, I really, really hate people who have more talent than I do...)
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On 2006-04-30 18:14, Seth speaks wrote:
Mindguy, are ye goin' batty? Can you point out where LobowolfXXX derided Jason? He started and maintained the thread with nothing but admiration. I think you are referring to "magician 4," who hurled an absurd insult and left.

Seth


I apologise to LowbowolfXXX I did indeed confuse him with "magician 4".

I didn't vanish, just got caught up with my day job, being a diplomat....

Sorry again...

By the way, Slag= insult. Flame=contention.

Just two of several UK terms this transplanted Yank from California has learned over the past 17 years of living here in the UK.

Sorry again for my error.
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No harm done; thanks for the cross-country vocabulary lesson. And check out Jason Alexander, if you get a chance. Smile
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Maybe he gave up tv and took up mentalism to make some real money.
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Now that is funny!
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FYI, David Regal wrote an excellent review of Jason Alexander's act in this month's Genii magazine.

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If you remember he made some references to mentalism in one of the episodes when he said (and I l quote)"...sometimes I think it would be easier to bend a spoon with my mind than to make that transformation...."

Those of you who rememebr the episode will Smile
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From Brazil and a Sienfeld fan. Which episode is that? I cant think of what that is in.
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One where they talk about impotency (I'll let your imagination take over from here)
It is hard to believe a man is telling you the truth if you know that if you were in his situation you would be lying.
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I had heard his name come up before, as far as being somewhat of a magician hobbyist and performer for close friends etc. I also heard that he was pretty good.
So, I made it there on monday of the week he was performing at The Magic Castle. We went straight to the parlor and there was a nice long line already.
Ended up waiting almost 2 hours but I also saw his show and was impressed. He was funny and entertaining and presented his stuff very well. I read in the newsletter afterwards how he was a little nervous and honored to be able to perform at The Magic Castle. It seems magic has always been his passion and he did not want to bomb or put a black eye on the art, so to speak.
Anyways, it was a good piece to read and I was glad I got there and waited it out to see his debut.
I also heard how they were turning people away, including magician members due to the capacity crowd at the place. And that was on Monday!

Hey Jason, where are you? Stop lurking and put up a post already!

Just kidding.

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I jus read his the Article about him at the Castle in "Magic", I am very pleased to hear that he is into it. Good for him.
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OT: When are you headed back overseas Paisa or are you out of military now?
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Jason Alexander actually played a mentalist on a little-watched cable tv show about 10 years ago called "Remember WENN," about a radio station in the 1930s-40s. He was a guest star visiting the station.

Check this link:

http://www.tv.com/remember-wenn/nothing-......ary.html
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He also wrote the forward to "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Magic"-- Yes, I'm admitting to have read that surprisingly good book once upon a time, hahaha! Smile
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On 2006-07-24 04:54, JustinCredible28 wrote:
He also wrote the forward to "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Magic"-- Yes, I'm admitting to have read that surprisingly good book once upon a time, hahaha! Smile

Yes! I remember that! And it is a good book, let no man say otherwise. But sadly in a bout of madness I actually sold it off and I've been kicking myself still since then. Aargh.
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He performed marketed effects that anybody can buy from any magic store. And he did it well. Goes to show you just how important presentation is. Sometimes originality gets in the way of a good performance.
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And in the first ever episode of seinfeld he writes sumthing(can't remember wat) on a note book and turns it around like a mentalist would and shows it to jerry. and it was the correct ansa, (i'm sorry I bearly remember this)
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On 2006-07-24 10:24, rowdymagi5 wrote:
He performed marketed effects that anybody can buy from any magic store. And he did it well. Goes to show you just how important presentation is. Sometimes originality gets in the way of a good performance.


Agreed...MAGIC article was a great read...he did a good job of NOT acting like a magician Smile
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Jason did a fantastic performance! I loved it- hes a good friend of mine!
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He's definitely a multi-faceted performer. I've heard that he studied Larry David in preparation for his role as George Costanza, and I can see it, but he definitely made the character his own. Maybe that's why I was surprised to find out that he is also a talented song and dance man (I have a hard time seeing David as that). Good for him, if he did it well.
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