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twistedace
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I'm curious as to how many here started in magic then gravitated to mentalism? I think it's interesting because I have performed magic for many years and started to become more interested in mentalism two years ago. I read through 13, chose effects that fit me, and started picking up more books recommended by others. The mentalism plays stronger than magic in many cases. I think it's because it has a much more personal connection as opposed to a surprise factor than magic effects. I haven't been performing mentalism very long, but really enjoy it. So how many of you were once magicians?
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I started with magic, and still love it! Both to watch and to perform. But I slowly drifted towards mentalism because that's what _I_ was the most impressed by! I also find it easier to perform, not technically, but because it fits my own personnality better.
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I started doing magic when I was five years old. I loved magic and still do...

When I was in my mid-teens I met one of the few working mentalists in the country. He was doing some gigs in the Philadelphia area. I offered my assistance and drove him around to his various jobs including some television appearances. (He did a headline prediction on a morning TV show with Larry Kane. The prediction was sealed in a wine bottle suspended from the rafters in full view of the audience for an entire week. When the time came, he smashed the bottle with a hammer and Larry retrieved the prediction from the pile of broken glass. Have never seen this presentation before or since.)

He taught me the mentalist biz. I put together an act and began performing locally. Dropped the magic and never looked back.

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Scott
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twistedace
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Scott, I'm in the Philadelphia area. Are you?
Scott Soloff
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Yes, just outside the city. Jenkintown.
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On 2013-09-29 11:23, Scott Soloff wrote:
I started doing magic when I was five years old. I loved magic and still do...

When I was in my mid-teens I met one of the few working mentalists in the country. He was doing some gigs in the Philadelphia area. I offered my assistance and drove him around to his various jobs including some television appearances. (He did a headline prediction on a morning TV show with Larry Kane. The prediction was sealed in a wine bottle suspended from the rafters in full view of the audience for an entire week. When the time came, he smashed the bottle with a hammer and Larry retrieved the prediction from the pile of broken glass. Have never seen this presentation before or since.)

He taught me the mentalist biz. I put together an act and began performing locally. Dropped the magic and never looked back.

Best wishes,


Scott


The hammer and bottle prediction was created by Maurice Fogel and was marketed back in the seventies. Quite a few mentalists used it at the time.
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Bob,

Once again, thanks. Was unaware of its origin and only seen it the one time.

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Scott
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Scott-

I'll tell you some interesting subtleties that have been applied to the effect when I see you at MindVention.

Bob
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Bob,

Would you contact me please.

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Craig
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I spent several years in magic as a boy and then, after a 55-year time-out, became a hobbyist mentalist.

George
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I too started with magic when I was 5. I worked in a magic shop for 10 years and performed magic during that time. One day mentalism caught my attention and I started studying it. I never performed magic together with mentalism in any single performance because to me they always seemed like two different types of entertainment. I created a separate mentalism show and began performing that more frequently than magic. I'll still perform magic when requested but it happens less frequently than mentalism nowadays.
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Okay, I'll be the odd man out (imagine that) and say that I never has anything to do with magic and came to mentalism through hypnosis and other specific entertainment interests.

I one received a Marshall Brodien set of TV Magic Cards as a gift, became boarded with them in the first two minutes and gave them to my kid brother (who I think clothes-pinned then to the spokes of his Schwinn). That was my extent with magic until I became an agency owner and producer/promoter and began booking magic talent.
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I learnt some card tricks as a kid, but never really practiced magic. I have always been into psychology and parapsychology so mentalism called to me. I guess I'm one of the rare ones that has no experience as a magician and everything I've learned has been with a mentalist hat on. I can see the pros and cons to this.
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I started in magic about 18 years ago; I seriously dabbled in everything from stage manipulation to close-up sleight-of-hand. It wasn't until I was in college that I felt the impact of mentalism for the first time. Viral videos of Derren Brown were popping up on YouTube, and although I found them interesting and entertaining, I still felt they could have been fixed or edited or faked to look too perfect. And then Banachek toured through the city and performed guerrilla-style through Temple University. I was able to see him work up close and personal and he slayed me. He slayed me with billet work and muscle reading. Although I was gobsmacked, I also felt almost violated by how personal and "real" the entire experience felt. I guess I've been addicted to mentalism ever since.

I admittedly still perform close-up magic (hard habit to break, really), but everything I do is consistent in the theme of mind-reading. Took me a long while to develop a character and material-base that I was comfortable with, but as others have already pointed out-- I've found that mentalism just hits stronger on an entirely different, cerebral level than most traditional magic.

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