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Hello,

It's been a fair few years since I've performed but after meeting with another Magic Café member last night we are setting a date in March to do an evening of table hopping in Dublin.
We have some great routines but one discussion we had about an opener.. Any suggestions of short, sweet yet captivating routines to open with?

Thanks,

Adam
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I personally think it’s hard to beat a PM die in this specific situation. Especially if you have a table to roll it on.
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Table hopping mentalism? Good luck with that!
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On Feb 8, 2019, Mark Timon wrote:
Table hopping mentalism? Good luck with that!


It works and it works really well (ask Banachek). Personally, I've been performing table hopping mentalism at a restaurant every week for the past 7 years. In that time, I have developed an approach that eases the table into the more "heavy mental" aspects of my performance. Firstly, I have a good sized, professionally made, sign indicating that there is an mystery-entertainer performing in the restaurant positioned so that it cannot be missed as diners come in the door. I will not go into the opening lines I use when I approach a table but I will say that because mentalism can get quite intense, I structure the contents of my set entirely on the reactions of the group as the effects get stranger. It means you must be VERY flexible and anyone who has followed my releases over the past few years will know that a lot of that material is geared for this venue. I almost always open with a very fun and totally baffling presentation of flipping a borrowed pair of glasses (or my own if I have to) on the table. This shows that I know my stuff and have something interesting to offer; the group's reaction also tells me how open they are to me. AND,it serves as a kind of disclaimer.

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On Feb 8, 2019, Christopher Taylor wrote:
It works and it works really well (ask Banachek). Personally, I've been performing table hopping mentalism at a restaurant every week for the past 7 years. In that time, I have developed an approach that eases the table into the more "heavy mental" aspects of my performance. Firstly, I have a good sized, professionally made, sign indicating that there is an mystery-entertainer performing in the restaurant positioned so that it cannot be missed as diners come in the door. I will not go into the opening lines I use when I approach a table but I will say that because mentalism can get quite intense, I structure the contents of my set entirely on the reactions of the group as the effects get stranger. It means you must be VERY flexible and anyone who has followed my releases over the past few years will know that a lot of that material is geared for this venue. I almost always open with a very fun and totally baffling presentation of flipping a borrowed pair of glasses (or my own if I have to) on the table. This shows that I know my stuff and have something interesting to offer; the group's reaction also tells me how open they are to me. AND,it serves as a kind of disclaimer.

Christopher


Thanks for your reply, Christopher!

I'm the other Dublin Mentalist that Adam is referring to on his initial post.

I'm a big fan of your work - I've watched your Penguin Lecture and the At The Table.

Please allow me to ask you one more thing - do you perform PK Touches on this setting? If so, using Geist?

Thanks!
Rodrigo.
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Multi Dimensional. I have used this extensively in table hopping.
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Multi Dimensional. I have used this extensively in table hopping.


Do you use it in conjunction with a c****r t**r?
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No. I generally don't do CT's. I have several other effects for table hopping: mental die mensional, tequila hustler, rock/paper/lies, brass coin casket, visionary cards, first kiss, powerball.......
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I should have included Destination Unknown on that list. It can be done standing up as well as on table.
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Please allow me to ask you one more thing - do you perform PK Touches on this setting? If so, using Geist?

Thanks!
Rodrigo.


Thanks for the kind words. I do do PK touch with Geist at the restaurant but only when the owner tells me there is a VIP reservation and asks me do do something special. I will then pick a chair to set at their table before they arrive and away I go. Other than that, I will occasionally use my Qi Touch method when things are right.

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Thanks for all the suggestions and the responses. Looking forward to getting back out there and performing. The routine will have a fair bit of trial and error in to start with but your suggestions have definitely helped.
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I usually start with some metal bending.

"Sorry to bother you, I was sat at the table over there and my cutlery seems to be doing some really strange things, here watch....."

It's about halfway through the routine when I admit I am paid to entertain them but by then they are already hooked and want to see more.

I always approach just after the waiter or waitress has taken their order when there is already a natural gap in the conversation.

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The original Invisible Touches (Lior Manor) and PK touches Banachek
Real Die (Craig Filicetti
Name revelation (many)

Invisible deck
Passcode braking by Michael Murray
Lifing eyeglasses with L***p
Palm reading
Which hand
Spoon bending
Watch and swatch
Free will
DFB
WikiTest
SvenPads
And hundreds more effects and routines


Thanks Lior, appreciate the support.

I purchased some of your material a couple of weeks back which I'm working through. Very impressive and some nice subtleties.
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I usually start with some metal bending.

"Sorry to bother you, I was sat at the table over there and my cutlery seems to be doing some really strange things, here watch....."

It's about halfway through the routine when I admit I am paid to entertain them but by then they are already hooked and want to see more.

I always approach just after the waiter or waitress has taken their order when there is already a natural gap in the conversation.

Liz.


Thanks Liz, I'll give it ago once I'm more confident at metal bending.
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This is why people doesn't take magic seriously and regard it not as an art but a cheap entertaiment. I don't know of other art form that is performed in front of a table , full of people that they don't even ask for that. If an opera singer would do the same and start singing out of the blue we all feel it as out of line.
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This is why people doesn't take magic seriously and regard it not as an art but a cheap entertaiment. I don't know of other art form that is performed in front of a table , full of people that they don't even ask for that. If an opera singer would do the same and start singing out of the blue we all feel it as out of line.


There are piano's at random locations throughout London, no one asks anyone to play but when someone does, they do a good job people appreciate it and applaud it. You will always get people who don't value things but I'm sure if Derren Brown or Dynamo walked into a bar/restaurant people wouldn't call them "cheap" entertainment or feel out of line.


Also relating it to an opera singer who would bellow their heart out and be the center of attention in the venue as opposed to just a table. Also a table could decline entertainment if they wished but it is slightly different.
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On Feb 14, 2019, Mark Timon wrote:
This is why people doesn't take magic seriously and regard it not as an art but a cheap entertaiment. I don't know of other art form that is performed in front of a table , full of people that they don't even ask for that. If an opera singer would do the same and start singing out of the blue we all feel it as out of line.


Using your own example I have been to restaurants where there is live tableside musical entertainment, whether it be a violinist in an Italian restaurant or a Mariachi band in a Mexican Cantina, or even the little old guy who played fiddle and told off-color jokes at a certain steakhouse on the lower east side of Manhattan. Out of line? I think not! Magic will be art no matter where performed as long as the magician presents in such a way that he/she is seen as an artist. Magicians who are hacks will be seen as such regardless of venue.
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I agree with Glenn, Mark's feelings are valid as his opinion but there are many examples where performers perform in front of tables, and/or while people are eating, and/or on an ad hoc basis. Literally 2 minutes worth of thought should have brought table side music to mind (2 minutes being more than generous to be honest).

But hey, let's pay attention to the real lesson here: if a PERFORMER thinks this, when he should obviously know better, then clearly some of the people one might perform for would feel the same way.

As a matter of context, I knew an art history major in school (currently a curator somewhere in Los Angeles) who felt that anyone who sold art at a store in the mall wasn't really an artist. Once really high end artists started doing it, she changed her tune but again, just something to keep in mind.
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