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Euan4
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I was wondering what was the toughest/hardest thing you had to learn when performing Mentalism?

I am not talking about methods, purely performance or character!

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Staying in character even when I'm not performing.
audience management
trying to be entertaining
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On 2011-07-25 09:53, Euan4 wrote:
I was wondering what was the toughest/hardest thing you had to learn when performing Mentalism?

I am not talking about methods, purely performance or character!

Thanks,
Euan


How about you sir?
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How the audience perceives the differences between Mentalism vs. Magic, expectations and believability. It's quite powerful and you must be able to learn or know how to handle this. Once this had been understood, it becomes an entirely different game.
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On 2011-07-25 10:21, johncesta wrote:

How about you sir?


Probably so far realising it's all about engaging people and being entertaining more than how you get the end result. Also getting used to approaching people in a walk around setting was tough to first learn!

I have only just started getting paid to perform for people etc, and was just curious if anyone had any good stories when there views on Mentalism changed or learnt something that was tough to digest Smile

I probably should of put the toughest thing I have learnt so far in my original post!

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Euan
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Taking harsh criticism and processing properly.

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Calculus. Oh, in MENATLISM. Sorry. I guess it's watching angles when doing peeks.
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In close up, how to establish and control the dynamic between myself and the audience.

On stage, meaningful actions. Misdirection is a different beast on stage, people think close up is "microscopic performance" but really on a stage I found every action and movement is scrutinised a lot more. So everything I do must further my objective and not let the audiences mind......"wander".
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To stop thinking like a magician.
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To get over the nerves and just do it!
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For me, just finding a character and style that fits me and personality
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The first thing was 13 steps...when I bought it, I had a quick read through and thought...

"oh...really? well...thats...well...erm...dissapointing..."

despite a couple of years in card magic - my brain still clung to the idea that it might have been full of esoteric, occult like secret signs and demonic forces..

so I put it away for a year and did some more studying and read other books...then when I read it again the year after I was salivating and smiling broadly...
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That there is in fact a lot to learn. That's what attracts most of us to this discipline. It never ends. I've found most performers haver been programmers or musicians and perhaps still are. These disciplines offer never ending ways to do things, to learn, to link together thoughts, ideas, props etc

IT JUST NEVER ENDS!!!! (sorry)

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Euan4
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On 2011-07-25 16:24, johncesta wrote:
That there is in fact a lot to learn. That's what attracts most of us to this discipline. It never ends. I've found most performers haver been programmers or musicians and perhaps still are. These disciplines offer never ending ways to do things, to learn, to link together thoughts, ideas, props etc

IT JUST NEVER ENDS!!!! (sorry)

John


I love the fact we always have something new to learn or improve. Means we are always busy!

A lot good answers so far Smile

Thanks,
Euan
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It's not a kid thing anymore.
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For me it's developing a character which is something I'm still working on along with figuring out what I can and can't do with said character.
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Being myself and being unique.

When I first began studying/performing mentalism, I unintentionally mimicked other (well known) mentalists instead of developing a character that fell in line with my own personality. This came off as canned and rehearsed. I've made strides since then, but there is always something new to learn or improve upon.

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My presentational style is always humourous, and it took me a long time to find a style that allows me to play for laughs and still do serious mentalism. So for many years I considered myself a mentalist, but rarely performed purely mentalism shows.

Now I am happy with my persona. And I get plenty of laughs. Next step is to get the act right.
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