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TonyB2009
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On Jan 30, 2015, Martin Pulman wrote:
Comedy metal bending? I'm afraid I can't think of anything worse.

Metal bending? I'm afraid I can't think of anything worse.

Perhaps humour could make this most drap and hackneyed bit at least mildly diverting.
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On Jan 30, 2015, Woodfield wrote:
Ian Rowland has a good and funny spoon bending routine in one of his lecture notes.
I've used bits of his in my own routine.Woodfield

True. It's been one of my strongest stage openers for two decades now. Always goes over well, always gets huge 'laugh-out-loud' laughs, always delivers a strong and powerful mystery at the end. I've proved this over countless public shows and at magic conventions too. When people say mentalism can't or shouldn't be funny, I have to politely and respectfully disagree. If you can make people laugh, they will follow you anywhere and you can make them believe whatever you want, and very funny lines provide brilliant misdirection. I see 'making someone laugh' as the most basic and most useful form of mind control, and I make people laugh every single time I perform, without fail. Even in corporate lectures and shows.

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I've got a friend who is in vehicle engineering and if you spent the day with him putting a car on the dyno or whatever I guarantee that at some point he will have you doubled over laughing. He sees the opportunity to enjoy himself by making people laugh in almost everything. Putting a roll cage in a car isn't a hilarious activity in and of itself, but anything you do with someone who is genuinely witty and who wants to make you laugh can become a funny experience.

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On Feb 1, 2015, phillsmiff wrote:
I've got a friend who is in vehicle engineering and if you spent the day with him putting a car on the dyno or whatever I guarantee that at some point he will have you doubled over laughing. He sees the opportunity to enjoy himself by making people laugh in almost everything. Putting a roll cage in a car isn't a hilarious activity in and of itself, but anything you do with someone who is genuinely witty and who wants to make you laugh can become a funny experience.
Phill


Beautifully expressed! Bravo!
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Bob,

So I spent all night worried I offended one of the kings of mentalism????

KC
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On Feb 1, 2015, KC Cameron wrote:
Bob,

So I spent all night worried I offended one of the kings of mentalism????

KC


LOL! Yes, you did. I was only pretending to be offended so that I could later make my point about the type of humor I use.

Sorry about that. It's just the way I am sometimes.
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I think most people would agree that there should always be humour in a performance. I think it is a question of balance. If the comedy dominates I think it greatly weakens the mentalism.

I also think that great art is born from limitations.
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On Feb 1, 2015, mastermindreader wrote:
... one-liners that I've honed over the years that seem to be ad-libs because they relate directly to something a participant has said or done. I think we all use that sort of thing...


For anyone who cares, these pre-arranged "off the cuff" jokes that can be inserted as required are known as 'Lazzi'. The term comes from the Commedia Dell'Arte style of theatre. In any presentational art (be it magic, mentalism or emceeing) I believe it is a very good thing to develop a broad set of jokes, comments, asides and physical "business" that can be thrown into your performance as required to drive things in the direction you want. You should have enough in your repertoire that you can fill any unexpected gaps, but not have to force them.
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