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Sword of the Soldier
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Hey Guys,

Alright so I'll come straight out and say that I am by no means a Mentalist. The only mentalism-esque thing I've ever done was a card peak. To be honest I never really liked it nor have I ever find a Mentalist trick or demonstration that really impressed me....don't shoot I'm not finished yet.

Recently however I saw a Magician through my University whose act was nearly all Mentalism. The reactions from the college audience were incredible. It was the first time I had ever seen the full potential of a Mentalist Act.

That having been said I'm not a stage guy so I'm looking for Mentalism that's suitable for close up, walk around settings. I picked up a copy of Corindas book and have been focusing on the billet, center tear work...but I'm curious to know if you hard core mentalists have any thoughts on some really solid walk around bits that I should look into that are relatively sure fire.

Any help is appreciated!

Josh
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My favorite are Quantum Bender for a coin bend and PK Touch. People keep the quarter and PK touch is brilliant because it FORCES conversation amongst everyone when you leave.

So they have a bent quarter to remember me by, and they talk about the pk touch experience when I leave.

There are plenty more but those are my favorites.
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My favorite stuff is the search button.
You'll discover lot of answer to this classic question.
Search button is also a classic.
Anyway I'm sure lot of people will be very glad to answer to you with their favorite trick Smile
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On 2010-02-28 04:11, parmenion wrote:
My favorite stuff is the search button.


Jaja!

Excellent demostration on walk around mentalism
You can use B-wave, card mentalism, billet work , PK with cutlery and coins, ufff.. a lot Smile
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Its no good for me to suggest effects yet unless I know what sort of mentalist you will be portraying.

Are you psychic? Do you channel the spirits of passed loved ones? Do you use NLP and Body Languge Reading? Are you just a lucky guesser???

Once you know who you are then it is a lot easier to decide on what effects you should perform.

I am still constantly thinking about my "character" and to be honest I'm still not 100% satisfied. Everday effects come and go from my act to suit my persona.

Buying Corinda is a great step. some of the effects you learn in there could suit any mentalist. The centre tear and other billet work are essential since various presentations can be put around them. However, if you claim to be using NLP and Body Language, is it feasable that you can also bend spoons and forks with your mind??? Im not so sure.

Find out your performance style and then the effects will come rolling in!

M
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With NLP I can bend spoons.... really

With eyes cues and anchoring.... really ;D
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How can you justify it though? You can't claim that you are using the powers of your mind since you use NLP, also if you were using NLP to cause the spectators to only think it was bending then you would be left with a bent spoon at the end of the routine, which wouldn't make sense.

How do you justify how you accomplish it?

M
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Just straighten the spoon at the end and leave it with them. I've done it this way before. Either it was a great demonstration of something a psychic might do or they wonder whether it actually happened at all.
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Books, will get you on your way much faster than an individual trick, Theodore Annemann , Corinda's 13 steps to mentalism, is possibly the best place to start, and I am sure many will chime in with other great titles. Bruce Bernstein , Banachek.
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Be sure to check out these pocket/wallet mentalism effects:

TEST CONDITIONS

Perfect for anytime, walk around and close up mentalism! This is a complete routine that fits neatly in your wallet! Be ready to perform a complete routine with just one card!

The card is about the same width as a credit card, but a little taller, so it fits perfectly in a standard credit card slot in any wallet. On it are several tests that are used to test both the spectator’s and performers ‘telepathic ability’.

First, the spectator is asked to merely think of one of the E.S.P. symbols on the front of the card, and the performer correctly names it!

Next, the spectator’s abilities are put to the test. The performer tries to transmit 12 different items to the spectator, and amazingly the spectator gets most, if not ALL, of the items correct!

Then, a spectator thinks of a number and finds a country from a list according to the secretly chosen number. The performer correctly divines what country the spectator is thinking of!

Finally, the spectator thinks of any word from a list of 12 words (free choice), then uses word association to come up with a new word, and miraculously, without any questions and nothing written down the performer tells the spectator what the word is!

There are also 3 additional BONUS effects included in the instructions using the card.


SYMBOLISM

The same size card as "Test Conditions" with 2 great effects:

The first effect is this:

A spectator is handed a set of folded instructions, and asked not to read them yet. He is told to try to pick up on what the instructions are telepathically. He is then asked to name one of the symbols shown on the card. Lets say he names the cylinder. The instructions are opened by the spectator and read out loud…they say “PLEASE CHOOSE THE CYLINDER”. The spectator was able to pick up on the instructions telepathically!!

Next, three spectators are each asked to think of a symbol on a grid of 16 symbols. The performer immediately begins to reveal some information on each spectators chosen symbols...then reveals all three symbols correctly! (at no time are the spectators asked any questions)

There are two BONUS effects included on the card as well.

Check them out here:

http://www.mentalvoyage.com/
remember....always use your powers for good!

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Mark Striving's published a book awhile back entitled appropriately enough, "Walk-Around Mentalism."
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When I do walk around I always make sure I perform effects that have random outcomes and try to stay away from forces and what not. This way when a table you have already performed for is watching you at another table or you have a repeat customer your credibility as a mentalist sticks with you and the effects don't just turn into tricks from the spectators point of view. This is just my two cents anyways and with a little presentation I'm sure you can make anything work. I like doing routines with billets, my NW and picture duplications to name a few.

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Matthew Suggests

"Buying Corinda is a great step."

Some people would say it has Thirteen great Steps.

Franklin
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When I do walk around I always make sure I perform effects that have random outcomes and try to stay away from forces and what not. This way when a table you have already performed for is watching you at another table or you have a repeat customer your credibility as a mentalist sticks with you and the effects don't just turn into tricks from the spectators point of view.


If you pay a little attention to presentation and force different things, there's no reason not to use 'forces'.
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Agreed, but like I said this is just my preference to performing in a walk around situation and not having to worry about anything of the sort.(forces) That's not to say that there are some great effects to perform with forces it just doesn't suit my style.

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You may like 'the unexpected' from innermind productions. This has a lot of impromptu pieces that use not much more than pen and business cards.
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If you wanna learn 5 pieces of impromptu mentalism ( no setup, no gimmicks, borrow objects)that can fit in walkaround work, you will wanna look my ebook "Mysteries Anywhere"

http://www.imentalism.com/index.php/e-books/general/ma

al the money is recolected for my country Chile, so if you can donate more , I will appreciate
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On 2010-02-28 15:07, Philemon Vanderbeck wrote:
Mark Striving's published a book awhile back entitled appropriately enough, "Walk-Around Mentalism."


Also check out Mobile Mentalism - it is a two volume set. Some great material.
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Last night, I used a NW'er for almost half my walk-around work. I felt a little guilty about it. I could have only done this and had a great night with happy clients. Guessing thought-of numbers and letters makes for a strong opener in a mentalism set.

To feel I'd actually worked, I also used a few strong, "propless" (and some "naked", i.e. actually propless) routines I've found over the last few years of reading and careful study. You should have no problem finding plenty of workable routines for a close-up set. Just start buying books. Soon, you'll have too much to choose from.
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One of my favorite sure-fire routine is with Richard Osterlind's Break Through Card System. I think he has a book and a dvd for it.

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