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Jay Are
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This is a long clip, watch it, and lets discuss how the mentalist in this video appears in contrast to the magicians.

Also -- what does his appearance among magicians do to his performance?

Curious what the thoughts of others are here...

http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=8......lindex=5
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Horrible!!!!

Wheres the Magic gone...
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And living beings remain in cyclic existence,
For that long, may I too remain,
to dispel the sufferings of the world.
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It's an interesting program.

I felt for the guy with the chop cup. Never work with oversized fruits - I think that's what dale winton's golden rule was.

Nice to see the old maven envelope thing in use again. I lost the manuscript that was in, so no longer have the details Smile
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Just realised I didn't' really say much.

first. sandwiching mentalistm between sleights and bandana wotsits clearly didn't work well. I think the mentalist had conviction, and didn't do his cause any harm. Any exposure counts. He did a good job in tough conditions.

as for the rest, if you don't mind me saying, the chair levitation got the best reaction. maybe I should crank that out.

feel free to vomit on my feet.
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Now that I think of it, the mentalist could have been more subtle about the pre show revelation. added more of a pseudo explanation. and some sense of purpose.
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To be honest, I switched off after they introduced themselves - I just didn't really get on their side as it were...i wasnt interested in who they were...

couldn't get on with it - sorry!
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I'm with abraxus here... this pretty much lost me from the get go...
Smile When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth...Smile
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Agreed.

I think it's hard for us to appreciate kids show performances. In their genre, most did a good job.
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I don't think the mentalist was a good choice for a kids program. Too wordy, too slow, not enough "wow". Epsecially the 1089 thing; I just don't think kids are interested. I'm not even particularly bothered that he showed them how it was done, I'm more bothered by the fact that it all didn't (ha!) add up to much of an act.

We saw a little glimpse of him bending a fork (thought not IMHO particularly well) -- he should have done that for them. Kids do respond to it.

But in fairness, the others were having a hard time, too.

But Jenny Adams is cute!

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What was funny to me was that the mentalist told the host that mentalists prefer not to call it tricks, but effects. The host made every effort to respect that but then the mentalist kept referring to what he was doing as tricks. So I don’t think it hurt him to be among magicians because I think he obviously had a background as a magician.

Also, I think the “cold” reading went completely over the kids’ heads. The host didn’t seem too surprised that this guy would know his daughter’s very unusual name, which reeked of pre-show work.

I applaud the effort though. The envelope thing went well. Actually, the 1089 thing went well. I’m just not sure the kids found it at all very exciting. Smile

I also think the very respectful and obliging hosts were about as terrific of hosts as any performer could ever hope for.


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If mentalism is gonna be done for kids, it needs to be like a demonstration of 'super-human' powers maybe.
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