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Benji Bruce
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I was speaking at a marketing event in Los Angeles last week and performed my Magic Square routine which is a lot different than the way everyone performs it. So if you would like to see a completely different twist on it, the link is below. Enjoy!

http://youtu.be/YKYF6DQlMeA
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I like the way you put yourself into it, communicating something more than trickery or superior skills. Nice.
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Thank you. The crowd gave you its opinion on the performance. It's nice to see some good original thinking on presenting the Square!

If I can offer a suggestion, I'd really like to watch you slowly write the original numbers on the blank board, so all can watch it build into its finale. That way, you get a clean build from start to finish.

I can see folks using your approach with Doug Dyment's new Square method in his new book.

Nicely done, I was certainly impressed. Congrats.
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Thanks guys

@Tom...

When you say to write it slowly, do you mean to write down one number, lets say at 20 seconds into it...then another at 30 seconds...etc etc until the board is complete?

The reason I don't do that is because the one that has to "write" it on the board is not "Benji Bruce" but the other version of "Benji Bruce." So when "Benji Bruce" is wondering what to do, the other version says "I will write down these words for your mind to break free...." and he writes it all down for "Benji Bruce" to see.
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Wow. Awesome performance Benji. Well, well done. I love the presentational premise...very strong.
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I liked not being able to see any of it, your intentions are not known, you could be doing anything, what is writing numbers? people might start to add, PLUS it may give away a thought process, or show the time taken

when you turn it around, it could be anything, they may think it is a grid to get to the number, and in their heads the speed is key, it looks like quick scribbles, then it's actually a lot more

it's a small moment but the doubt can be there when they do not see the number,

don't change it
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Nicely done Benji Bruce.
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Perhaps at that point slow down a bit with dialogue so that you are laying on the numbers and emphasizing the points? I'd assumed yu'd be putting them all in at once, like you do now, but visually... Laying it in a bit at a time sounds real intriguing...can that be done? The more curiosity you draw to the random numbers and "What's your point?" the more amazing when you show all the parts are created from the whole, the whole is in all the parts.

You're excellent like you are, tho. I'm pondering just from the point of me being an audience member, what would work for me. I believe perfection is there to poke and kick.
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That was POWERFUL. Extremely well done Benji!
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On 2013-02-13 18:16, Olympic Adam wrote:
I liked not being able to see any of it, your intentions are not known, you could be doing anything, what is writing numbers? people might start to add, PLUS it may give away a thought process, or show the time taken

when you turn it around, it could be anything, they may think it is a grid to get to the number, and in their heads the speed is key, it looks like quick scribbles, then it's actually a lot more

it's a small moment but the doubt can be there when they do not see the number,

don't change it


Exactly!


Thanks guys. The main thing I plan on changing are my "eyes"...I feel like my eyes should show more "aggression"
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Wonderfully entertaining performance. Loved it.
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Good job, Benji!
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Bravo Benji!
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This is incredible. I only hope I can create something just as powerful.

This is literally one of the only magic square presentations I have ever liked.

What was your process of coming up with and piecing the premise of this together?
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What do I see?? Benji Bruce .... making an absolute fortune with presentations like that. Smile

That was fantastic, mate. Well done.
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Benji: sent you an email.

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On 2013-02-13 22:32, Paul Shirley wrote:
What do I see?? Benji Bruce .... making an absolute fortune with presentations like that. Smile

That was fantastic, mate. Well done.


Thanks lol
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On 2013-02-13 22:19, DavidGamut wrote:
This is incredible. I only hope I can create something just as powerful.

This is literally one of the only magic square presentations I have ever liked.

What was your process of coming up with and piecing the premise of this together?


I actually came up with it when I was in college. I've always been into Slam Poetry and I thought the magic square was a perfect combination because it builds to overwhelm the audience. So when combining that overwhelming revelation with a massive amount of energy from a slam poem...I figured it would be a good presentation Smile

And I've always watched how people have this inner battle with themselves. We say "I'm going to work out more" and then we don't. We say "Money is the root of all evil" and it's merely something someone told us which led us to believe it.

Combining everything seemed like such a good fit Smile
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