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I have always felt the weakness in mentalism was the inability of most mentalists to hook the audience into the emotional level of belief that makes them personally believe the powers demonstrated are possible and a lot more than "just tricks." One of my top useful choices for audiences of 100 or more had always been Cassidy's Scorpio Rising -- and its strong close with its astrology material.

Then I discovered what you get when you mix a white rose, a red envelope with a complete Q&A act. You get perfection in directing the audiences attention to the belief that psychic abilities do exist.

Without a doubt mentalists and mental magicians know that the “Answers to Questions” (Q&A) sequence is the strongest of all possible routines. Done properly it guarantees repeat and referral bookings. Q&A brings entry into that select group of entertainers who gain the label of “talented psychic and crowd pleaser.” It can be difficult to perform without a solid blueprint of what to do and how to think.

Many performers are intimidated by the work and on your feet thinking that goes into these sequences. Some have failed at attempts to make Q&A work by working in terms of tricks and not what the audience feels at the conclusion. Pros know better.

Enter Luca Volpe and his “The White Rose.” He is a pro.

Practicing mentalism in Europe and on international cruises for years, he has developed a reputation that is almost indescribable. Luca’s first concern is not whether he is tricking the audience, but rather that the audience is emotionally and respectfully pulled into the spirit of psychic discovery, (even though he knows it is practiced technique, and a few practiced moves and thoughts performed in a very specific sequence.

Luca Volpe has kept much of his work as closely held secrets. His past published materials have been tested and generally sold only to sincere professionals practicing the craft.

“The White Rose,” his latest publication for pro psychic performers, breaks the pattern of only showing one thing, one trick or one move at a time. It is a deluxe printed book reasonably priced for those who make all or part of their living with mentalism. It is not meant for curious amateur magicians and those who only want a “few fast mentalist tricks.”

This work is a whole show in itself, lasting about 30 minutes (or more with suggested additions found in its pages.) But take note, this is work is so hard to top, it is best used as a closer or last part of a longer show. It gives the audience something to remember – not just an applause point for a bow.

A major point made by the book is that this show is a process of creating a palpable emotional journey for the audience. It takes you step by step through the complete process explaining moves, words, staging, and individual pieces as well as the thinking process of how to gain an audience’s emotional trust. All of these, in this order of presentation, have been Luca’s closely guarded developmental secret. This is finally a complete act, explained with room to feel it definitely will be your own as you work the blueprint.

The act is NOT a memorization – but it couldn’t hurt. It is definitely not for a performer looking for an easy quick buck with a “look at me” act. This material creates audience attention and respect through emotional connection. It uses the process of involvement to reduce doubt and replaces it with an emotional tie that does not use false sentimentality. It requires the audience to believe in you, as much as you believe in them.

There are chances for chuckles but this is by no means a comedy act, or should it ever be forced to be such. The White Rose by Luca Volpe has been developed and field-tested, changed, reworked and honed on cruise ships and in small and large venues. It is his current act.

Having experience as a mentalist, reader, serious actor and/or storyteller will help you maximize the affect this 25-30 minute act, or complete second act for a longer show has on an audience.

In these pages you find easy to use audience attention direction moves involving an appropriate pendulum to bring moments of movement. Envelope and glass bowl presentations are covered as well as how to move into the audience and why to go into it at various points in the act.

Only to be released to 100 performers WORLD WIDE, about 1/3 of them were pre-ordered or are already gone. You have to be willing to work and think as a performer who wants (or needs to be) identified as one with noble powers of discernment and empathy.

While the scripts are complete in how you move and deal out the words to maximize each step for the audience to and learn you have exceptionally well tuned and sympathetic psychic powers – the method is not filled with Kreskin style braggadocio. This act, properly performed, can turn an audience or sophisticated skeptic into people puzzled about what strange powers you possess.

So, I have finally found a solution to the audience connection difficulty found in many other routines that only work in big audiences, inevitably leaving part of those audiences emotionally uninvolved and untouched. And, with little modification, this works for small audiences down to 20-25 people.

To me, it is a winner.
Gregg (C. H. Mara) Chmara

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Tucson, AZ

C. H. Mara Illusion & Psychic Entertainments
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Hi guys the book is officially sold out! For what I hear only Stevens Magic has four copies remaining before number 100.
Thanks everyone for your support!
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About two weeks ago I had the pleasure to see Luca live on the stage performing the White Rose act. It was very natural and he gained great reaction from the people in the theatre.

Great work Luca, many compliment again!!!
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