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Bato William
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As cell phones get smaller and technology gets more digital, are there areas of mental magic in danger of obsolescence?

Will all those tiny audio gadgets make everyday mentalism seem within everyone's grasp?

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Not as long as mentalists eschew the obvious use of "gadgets" (i.e., cell phones, computers, etc.) in their performances and use only those objects that are, or at least must be perceived by observers to be, devoid of technological gimmickry.

By carefully scripting what one says to avoid any implication of trickery (e.g., refraining from referring to objects as "ordinary" -- which, of course, causes the audience to infer that they are not) and using only common everyday items (e.g., paper, pens/pencils/markers, books, etc.) which will be perceived as free of guile, and as many of which as possible are handled by audience members during the course of the performance, thereby allowing audience members to conclude for themselves that they are ungimmicked, the performer is by his/her actions able to eliminate the most obvious explanations of trickery. Note that I said "handled" not "passed out for examination" -- there is a big difference, both practical and psychological, between something that is given to an audience member "for examination" (i.e., challenging him/her to find a "gimmick") and an object handed to an audience member for them to use normally in order to participate in a demonstration (e.g., a book for use in a book test, a pad and pen to record a piece of information, etc.).

As long as we structure our demonstrations in way that seems to preclude any way in which technology might be employed to accomplish our demonstrations, even the most astute observer is likely to eliminate it as a feasible explanation. I would go even further and ban the use of the word "technology" or anything suggestive thereof from my performing vocabulary to avoid planting the idea in anyone's head.
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Some will run from technology, some will use it. The goal is to be an engaging performer who understands the upside and the downside of his or her performing choices.
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Tom is right on the money.

Just so my meaning is clear, I am have no qualms about using technology when it suits my purposes to do so. I actually use technology in one (but only one) of the effects in my "ESPcapades" mindreading show -- and audiences consistently say it is one of the strongest things in the show. However, what it involves and the manner in which it is presented is such that unless it is assumed that the participating audience members are stooges/confederates, which they clearly are not, there is no logical explanation -- technological or otherwise. My personal philosophy is to use any means available to accomplish my objective so long as the method is sufficiently disquised so as to be virtually indetectable.
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Thank you, everyone, for your thoughts.

I am in no way putting down the mentalist actually using technology as an aide; I was talking solely about the audience's perception of electronic devices being used to gain or transmit information.

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Slim,

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Some people already assume that we're using technology/electronics. It's their way of explaining what they experience (as there are those who NEED an explanation). It's really up to us to cleverly close that door of possibility during the performance, whether or not we have a very small satellite dish tucked up our nose!

But while the mainstreaming of certain technological advancements can certainly curtail methods, or even send entire routines to the proverbial resting place; when one door closes, another often opens. Think about the telephone/cell phone, as an example. People suggested that the cell phone would kill certain routines, but look at all the new ideas it has generated.
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Thanks again.

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