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What happened to the OP?
Race Blakhart
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All great replies! Thanks everyone! To be honest, I am still technically in my freshman year of magic. I have really been exploring as much as I can, for two reasons. One reason is the pure enjoyment I get from learning about the artform itself. Two being the fact that since becoming disabled (about three years now) I actually have the time to explore at my own pace, and really find a place where I feel the most creative.

Mentalism however... I guess I just don't know enough about where to get started, or how to even approach it.
I'd hate for my ignorance on the subject to ruin it for me before I can get my toe in the door.

Also, where I live, it seems difficult, or near impossible to find anyone I can talk to or learn from in person. I know a mentor of some sort would be helpful, but beyond the Café, I just dunno.
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Race-

Here's something I wrote just for someone like you. It's free, and you can read it at:

http://www.lybrary.com/thirtynine-steps-mentalism-a-10.html

Good thoughts,

Bob
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On Oct 25, 2015, mastermindreader wrote:
Race-

Here's something I wrote just for someone like you. It's free, and you can read it at:

http://www.lybrary.com/thirtynine-steps-mentalism-a-10.html

Good thoughts,

Bob



WOW! Thank you! This is GREAT!
Strange timing, too.
I was watching a video of you doing the blindfolded Russian Roulette around the same time you posted this link.
Spooky, Bob! haha
Thanks again! I'm off to start reading now. Smile
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I saw Tim Conover perform the cleanest newspaper tear/prediction at an SAM National convention. That performance always stuck with me. Then years later I saw Derren Brown's Something Wicked This Way Comes and Svengali. I was hooked. Plus, I realized I was being asked to do more stand up shows for adults than strolling or kids shows. I wanted to learn something new and mentalism was very exciting to me. I've been studying mentalism for about 3 or 4 years now.
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Hi Race,

for me the reactions were much stronger even when it was more mental magic rather than mentalism. I also felt drawn to mentalism like it was a calling and I slowly started losing interest in anything that was not mentalism.
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That T.V show The Mentalist with Simon Baker. Smile Actually it was when I realized my friends were more impressed with me simply guessing numbers or what cards they had rather than trying to do fanciful sleights of hand that I had practiced for hours on end. What has kept me in Mentalism is the range one has as a Mentalist. I can use cards if I wanted to, I can simply talk and do "readings", bend metal, read body language, predict the future, and so many other fields even if you wanted to get into the spiritual/mysticism stuff. I also feel that Mentalism is more geared toward educated people, no offense to any other form of our art.
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On Oct 28, 2015, foxygrandma908 wrote:
I also feel that Mentalism is more geared toward educated people, no offense to any other form of our art.


I think any semi-intelligent person would agree with this comment. It's true, indeed. But also funny, because only an uneducated person would take offense. Hahaha
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Mentalism has a deeper trepanation in the minds of my audiences than normal magic in my own style of performing. Also my own way of thinking and creating tends to work better as a performer who creates believable mystery.

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Trepanation? Are you drilling holes in your audiences heads? Smile
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In my case, I was a child that grew up with Juan Tamariz tv shows and David Copperfield specials. In one of these specials I saw the book test with the ice block that Orson Welles did. That made me realize that there was something deeper and serious than magic, despite I didn't know a better term for that.
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On Oct 24, 2015, Dr Spektor wrote:
Another question - What drives you away from mentalism?


Most other performers.

To answer the OP's question - I don't honestly consider myself a mentalist. However, it is the closest thing to what I do.

What draws me to this field is simple: It's the closest thing to real magic that I can find. After getting completely disillusioned with the lack of magical-ness in magic, I find that the connections formed with the audience in a good mentalist performance is genuinely magical.
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On Oct 29, 2015, mastermindreader wrote:
Trepanation? Are you drilling holes in your audiences heads? Smile


In a subtle and almost methaphorical manner Smile

I learn that from the latest Dr Crow DVD "Easy to Master Trepanation Miracles"
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That's what I need more than new effects -- a hole in the head.
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I was a kid's performer in Pittsburgh. In the early 60's, I met a magician who was doing midnight spook shows. He worked in about half a dozen states. He told mr that spookers used to be followed, about 6 months later, by a mind reading show. At the time, there were very few mental shows around, and if could develop an act, he would book me into the theaters that he was playing. I contacted Burling Hull. His course taught me the method that I still use. I also saw Myrus work, and knew what kind of a show I wanted. It took me a couple of years of testing in night clubs and banquets until I was comfortable with what I had. I was coming back from a convention I worked in Detroit, called my friend from the airport, and his wife told me that he died a couple of weeks ago. The banquet bookings kept coming in, and I continued doing he act.
So, I went onto mentalism for the money. 4 kids through college, none interested in performing magic.
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I was a kid's performer in Pittsburgh. In the early 60's, I met a magician who was doing midnight spook shows. He worked in about half a dozen states. He told mr that spookers used to be followed, about 6 months later, by a mind reading show. At the time, there were very few mental shows around, and if could develop an act, he would book me into the theaters that he was playing. I contacted Burling Hull. His course taught me the method that I still use. I also saw Myrus work, and knew what kind of a show I wanted. It took me a couple of years of testing in night clubs and banquets until I was comfortable with what I had. I was coming back from a convention I worked in Detroit, called my friend from the airport, and his wife told me that he died a couple of weeks ago. The banquet bookings kept coming in, and I continued doing he act.
So, I went onto mentalism for the money. 4 kids through college, none interested in performing magic.
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This idea of mentalism has inspired me so much and changed my life. For the sake of clarity, I used to be depressed and watching the mentalist on T.V. made me want to perform it. So I started to read and as I read new neural connections formed and I quickly changed my life. This has nothing to do with performing but I feel a big connection to mentalism because of all the hours I forced myself to read.
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I'm not going to lie, I saw Derren Brown on TV when he first appeared and went "I want to do that."
So I got to reading, and researching, and learning. I've flipped between mentalist and illusionist a couple of times in the last decade and have only recently put my illusionist side to rest and am now dedicated to the art of mentalism completely. I just find it both more interesting to research, and more of a joy to perform.
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After getting bored with card magic , I decided to explore many other fields of magic. Richard Osterlind's work got me wanting to know more .
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After getting bored with card magic , I decided to explore many other fields of magic. Richard Osterlind's work got me wanting to know more .
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