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Scott Soloff
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On Jun 28, 2014, NeilS wrote:
It may be satisfying for us to be propless - as it can give added credance to what we do. But the most essential thing is to entertain and if that requires use of props, better this than risk not giving the audience a good time.


Neil,

I respectfully disagree. Credence comes from our performance, not whether we use props or not.

Just a thought...


Wishing you the best,


Scott
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On Jun 24, 2014, David Thiel wrote:
Here's the issue: is it about the performer or the audience? If it's a decision the performer makes SOLELY because he wants to be "propless" it may be an idea for them to take a second look at WHY they are performing. Is it about the audience...or is it about him showing the world his POWER?
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I completely agree with you. It's all about spectators' perception.
The prop could be a more or less invisible compromise, but as long as it makes sense for the viewer it is never perceived as a "prop". And that's where it becomes something that just adds variety to the performance.
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On Jun 28, 2014, mastermindreader wrote:
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On Jun 26, 2014, fadattf wrote:
I think propless magic is always the best - in general and in mentalism.


There is no such thing as "always."


Eloquently precise Bob! Well done . . .
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On Jun 24, 2014, IAIN wrote:
My point is, that though for many, propless is seen by some as some kind of holy grail - yet I am willing to bet, a lot of the top full timers (if not all of them) do anything other than work prop free, or perform "naked" as it were...they stick to tried and tested methods and use what is needed to get the job done...


Wouldn't want my doctor to work prop-free? I suppose my proctologist does though. Thank goodness he doesn't use a thumbtip.
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On Jun 28, 2014, mastermindreader wrote:
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On Jun 26, 2014, fadattf wrote:
I think propless magic is always the best - in general and in mentalism.


There is no such thing as "always."


Would that it were so...

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It would, and it is.
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I believe that everyone should perform Mentalism in the most comfortable way.

This "comfortable way" is personal, because it's based only on experience.

"Prop vs no Prop" - "Gimmick vs no Gimmick"... who cares?

If you have an interesting presentation and magnetic charisma, the job is done.

Just my thought Smile


Have a wonderful day and good thoughts,

Alex

(P.s. I'm sorry for my English. I hope I have explained my ideas clearly.)
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@Alex - you're not a distant relative of the irish author, Sheridan Le Fanu are you?
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On Jul 8, 2014, IAIN wrote:
@Alex - you're not a distant relative of the irish author, Sheridan Le Fanu are you?


Unfortunately I'm not a distant relative of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. I'm simply his fan. Smile

Good Thoughts,

Alex
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