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On 2007-12-28 21:13, robwar0100 wrote:

Hey, Hello Smile
I have been exploring mentalism for a couple of years now, and two things I still have not pursued, but think I must, are billets and Q&A. The billet angle I have taken care of with a recent ebook purchase, and I have Osterlind's Very Modern Mindreader. However, I just don't feel comfortable with it. Any suggestions?

If you have taken care of the angles etc its like Nike, just do it. I reccomend having reading skills is a must to and you don't need to do it completely cold(there is some information given) so in both Q&A as in Psychometry routines you can be SPOOKY and STUNNINGLY accurate. It also deals with personal thoughts and emotions so it should be a highlight of the show! don't be affraid, just do it(if you wanna get away from being scared of it forever I recommend performing tervil! Smile)

Other effects(and I love the classics) are:
Drawing duplication(ODDS, Buma Board, impressionable MInd board, Tommypad, impromptu method, Shiner method, etc etc), Booktests(Hoy Booktest, Classic booktest, autome, Mother of all booktests, Dracula booktest etc etc),


No problem Smile

p.s. As I reconsidered the heading about the hardest hitting mentalism effects, it reminded me of the fact that not a lot of people have experienced magic and mentalism live. So, effects we might not consider strong might have an incredible impact on someone with limited exposure to a practitioner of the magical and mystical arts.

I was reminded of this when I was doing some Christmas magic shows. Eddie Gardner of Diamond's Magic told me I needed to do a Santa hat tear for my seasonal shows. I picked it up, not really liking it, but trusting his judgment. For the audience, it was one of the most memorable effects. Personally, I still don't like it much, but the audience sure did, so I left it in. Worked well with children and adults. Go figure.

YOu're right. Some effects just don't read well on paper. I have many magician friends who say q&A and psychometry routines don't hit hard(in cinjunction with theire colorchanging decks etcetc). Well THeyre wrong, they slam a audience to the other side of this universe!
"He must be content to rank with the common herd." - S.W. Erdnase
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