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My name is Don & I'm obviously new to the Magic Café and even newer to this area of the Café. I spend a lot of my time over at the Mentally Speaking table. Anyway, I'm very intrigued by the idea of Busking. I primarily do mentalism effects and mostly in stage environments. My question is, do any of you incorporate mentalism into your busking routines?

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My whole busking set is mentalism.
It's really tough to put something together that has all those things that make for a strong magic set.

It's pace pace pace and using as many people as possible.

My biggest tip is to do the procedural work while building the crowd. I call this "open preshow" you don't try to hide the fact that you get people to write things down, or pick a card,etc--- but make sure all the props are gone long before making your revelations.

Second biggest tip-- use MONEY.

"You're a comedian. You wanna do mankind a service, tell funnier jokes."
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There is a thread with someone trying out some mentalism at Covent Garden - however after a quick search I can't seem to find it. I seem to remember he had some success but had bad days as well (a bit like life, really!)
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One of my students Occam from Salt Lake City became
a mentalist along the way. He tried his hand at full mentalist
performances at several successful pitch areas in So-Cal.

From watching the groups and performances, I felt
that mentalism required a certain level of intimacy,
if you will. Busking environments don't lend themselves
to mentalism. In the end Occam found a happy
balance between sleight of hand and some mentalism.

Having said that I feel that or two effects work, but
not an entire set for those and other reasons.

Working on the pitch requires one to make some noise
and rarely do we hear mentalists yelling out loud
banging sticks and what not.

In response to your original query, the invisible deck
is as far as I delve into mentalism per se on the pitch.
Kollosal Killer is something that I always have on the
ready for those times when someone asks me to just perform
one thing that will blow their mind for a twenty spot.

All good things and fat hats folks!
Devious Deceptions
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