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The majority of you will be aware that we recently filmed a road trip movie out in Las Vegas. Myself, Marc Spelmann & Peter Nardi attended Mindvention and Marc was booked to perform in the gala show. In it, Marc performed an incredible effect entitled "Isolation"

Now bear in mind the three of us discuss all aspects of performance and ideas we may have, but marc was tight lipped about the effects he was going to perform in the show that night. The first time both myself and Nardi saw "Isolation" was during the gala. I have to admit its an incredible piece. The entire clip is entertaining and makes me giggle each time I see it, check it out here:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=dqyK9yc3wTo

Now I'm pretty good with methods and there really is only 3 ways of doing this, each one was dismissed by spelmann categorically when pushed after the show. We had to literally hang him off the bridge between the MGM Grand & New York New York by his ankles until he succumbed and told us, The method is so sneaky its genius.
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After seeing his performance it becomes clear that Spelmann is an entertainer and quite good at what he does. The method? in my opinion irrelevant, this can be achieved in several ways. However, it is not the method, but rather his personality that's entertaining : )
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Nice choice of helper...

at 4.27 - was that jimmy saville walking past?

very entertaining clip - and funny...and, well, I'm not gonna take a punt at someone else's method - bad form...

very good though...
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Hi Looch,
I Have just see the video! That's PURE entertainment, GREAT ..VERY CLEVER!
( I have one idea..but Marc really KILL ME with this...!!!)
BRAVO!!!!!!!!!
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What a wonderful bit of 'business'.
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You know I don’t even care about the method, just watching Marc in the raw giving a real performance is the highlight of my day. It was an awesome effect as well.
Thanks for sharing Looch.
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I love methods. Not enough to hang someone over a bridge to find out, but let's just be clear, I do like methods a lot. Time to look at the clip.
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The piece was impressive and bold. I think this is something that will impress us mentalists more so than a lay audience because the method looks so clean. In essence, don't all of us do some type of effect where we divine a word, a sentence, an image, a picture, a drawing, a thought, a symbol, a card or a number?

While this piece is a gem, don't discount the stuff you do, even though it might not be as hands-off, because if our presentation is what it ought to be, then the result from the audience will be the same, whether we used a wallet, an envelope, a billet (do I need to pay Elliott B. a royalty every time I use the word "billet"? -- probably not since he doesn't charge for his supplements -- that is, post-hype, btw), a Mental Epic board or whatever prop, device or gimmick.

Thanks for sharing,

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Definately agree Rob, I always like watching good performers do their thing. Thanks for sharing Looch.

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Thanks Looch. Will we get to see your road trip movie one day?
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Great stuff from Marc. He's one funny *-*-*-*-*-*!!! Who cares about methods... it's the entertainment value that's worth its weight in gold. Fantastic!

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Yes, it is in the process of being edited together, we had so much footage, deciding on whats best to put on it is taking a bit of time.

I love this clip of Marc and hope it makes it on the release. The participant he chose was ironic in a way, at the time none of use knew who she was but it came out after the gala that she was the niece of a very famous mentalist!
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Looch,

I should have also thanked you for including the clip. I appreciate watching other performers who can help we with my presentation. I love Marc's line about "listening." I am going to steal it. I ain't proud.

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Great stuff. really great stuff. However, I am happy to reveal his method: Amber is Marc's driver and confidante, who owes him a big favour for some act of outstanding bravery in which he swung in through a window and released her entire family from a team of kidnappers. SHE, however, is the real "power behind the throne" and has actually memorised the numerical sequence of every bill in the United States and merely signals to Marc the letters and the numbers of the note via a hidden scanner in her bra (that's why she stuffs it in there "for a laugh") through a satellite tracking station in Nevada.

If that ain't the method, then I have no idea!

Loved it, though!

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Looch,

That was totally and completely worth my time! Thanks for sharing that.

Marc's performance was baffling and entertaining. He obviously knows how charm his audience and, even better...how to select a volunteer. What a hoot!

Grand Holidays,
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I WANT MORE!!
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Hey guys, thanks for the lovely comments..

Amber was an absolute star and extremely good on stage.. There is more to the clip but the download limit on Youtube only allows for so much data. I'll try and add the other bits when I get a chance. The performance was only 20 minutes..

I was quite cheeky that night and watching it back brought a smile to my face, especially the fart bit, there was this feedback pop on the microphone and it happened at a moment which was perfect for the good old fart gag. It's funny because when you watch the clip it really looks as though I concentrate just before it happens.

Glad you enjoyed it..

Best

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Sure, it was a feedback pop... more like a feedbag pop!
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Busted.. I can never get anything passed you Bitterman...

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I would pun on 'passed' but I'm still mourning the Pats whipping at the hands of the Steelers...
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