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Profile of David Thiel older guy approached me. A tanned healthy looking guy with expensively styled hair...with a shirt that cost more than my whole outfit. He stands a little ways off while I finish a conversation with a lady. When she leaves in he comes to me like a guided missile in a polo shirt. No "hello." No "great show." Straight to business.

"I just bought a motorcycle," says he. "Tell me what kind it was and what color it is and I'll be impressed."

I cycle through (pun intended) my scant knowledge of cold reading and reach some conclusions. He didn't call it a 'scoot' for example. No ponytail. Clean hands, no callouses. Pricey looking glasses. He's a very intense looking professional type.

"You didn't buy this bike for looks," I say. "You bought it for performance."

He smiles. "You're right."

"You bought it for speed," I add.

He's getting excited now. "I did."

"I don't know much about motorcycle brands," I lie. "But this is a top quality machine."

He nods vigorously now and I am thinking of one of those bobble heads people put on the dashboards of their pickups. I decide WTH and go with a Cassidy jazz hunch. "It was red," I say.

Confusion clouds his face. Then he smiles. "No. You're seeing it wrong. I bought a BMW. It's black. The one I traded in was red."

Ahhhh. I see...

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You probably were picking up on his considering the two colors. Perhaps the question if whether or not to change colors or the excitement of change. Confusion and uncertainty can present itself psychically as fact, you know. 😏
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Yes, I love moments like that as well! During my Q & A at the finale of one of my shows last Saturday, an elderly couple asked the question "How many children do we have between us?" Instead of dodging such a direct question, I tackled it head on and spoke exactly what came to mind. (I was divining questions in sealed envelopes).

"The number 5 keeps coming to mind," I said.

The woman, who was standing out in the audience, just stared at me in amazement.

"You have had FIVE that right?" I asked, looking more directly at her as if I knew I was correct.

She turned slowly and looked at her husband, sitting, who was also speechless. "We have four LIVING children," she said, smiling, but with an air of grief.

"...and one who has passed. I am very sorry to hear that. Be thankful for those you still have with you," I said.

The reaction from the couple, as well as the audience, was stunning. I knew right then that the show was over. Today I ran into a man who saw the show, and the first thing out of his mouth was how incredibly touching the ending of the show was with "the couple with the five kids."

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Interesting.... I would have asked why he wanted to be impressed in the first place... What was his motivation to ask etc before considering even trying.... IMHO
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I think some people come to a show expecting pure entertainment, and may find their ideas of how the world works challenged. They react in different ways.

I base much of my impression about how shows really went by the number of people who want to talk to me after a show, how many business cards I exchange and how many referrals I get. His guy wasn't confrontational, just skeptical.

Often in a sales presentation, I will do a CT for the committee/client looking at hiring me. It's always interesting to watch their faces and hear what they say. Some are grinning. Others are sitting silent. Some are openly skeptical...but the cool thing is that mentalism nearly always demands some sort of reaction. I'm glad for all of it...unless it involves steaming vats of pitch and feathers.

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Fantastic story. Love moments like this.
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Great story David Smile

As you said, each person takes our performance in different way. The important thing for me is having a personal goal and work for that. Our intention can be in some way directed, but the beauty of art and especially Mentalism with all his inherent mysterious and abstract form is that we can deeply and positive affect our participants and member´s audience, and using all our techniques (intuition, taking chances, reading techniques, etc) can create that.

Surely you did it well and with your intention on creating a ever lasting impression of the mysterious on him.

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Moments like these must be remembered. Often they will make you seem larger than life because I feel they want us to be right. They want to believe in the impossible.
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Love these types is stories. David, remind me to tell you about Casino Royale performance many years ago.

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Great story Smile
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