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Hypnotic Winter
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Why do you buy mentalism products? What are you looking for when you buy one?
Are you after something specific or are you looking for what's new on the scene. Is expense an obstacle?

In my case I usually know what exactly I'm looking for though in the past I have been caught up in hype just like every one else.
As far as expense goes, I look for how much mileage I'll get out of any given product. If it will last my life time expense is not a great problem.

So, what do you look for?

H.W

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My first criteria nowadays the product must promise the premise of ordinary. I don't have anything against clever mechanical props and such but from what I claim in performance, the stuff I do has to appear 'ordinary'. I do not mind utilities.
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Like most of us that have been doing this awhile we've gone from buying "Props" to buying books.
As has been often said "everything you could ever need for mentalism could be bought at your local office supply store"
Almost true.
If I'm not buying a book or DVD I will buy some expensive "toy" when I have the cash.
Right now I'm fixated on the Psi Sharpie at Hocus Pocus.
We all really need a $175.00 remote controlled sharpie don't we? Smile
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Scott Xavier
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Myster, Im right on line with you and the sharpie thing, only I'm waiting for post sales price of $199.
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I find it very difficult to discover a new dealer's item or product that I can fit into my show. Because I travel the *psycholical influence* road, effects that look like pk are out, as are all prop-oriented effects.

Electronic gimmickry can be fun to play with, but even the best of them have the potential to let you down at the worst possible moment.

I find that I invariably look back to the classics for inspiration when adding something new to my show. If I find an effect that I like, I usually have to change the context and presentation of the effect, and often the method, before it fits in with what I do.

Re-visiting Corinda's Powers of Darkness at the moment, trying out a new presentational angle.

- entity

Sorry. Post should read *psychological influence*. I shall pay better attention in the future.

- entity
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I look for quality. Not all quality items are expensive, however in this business you get what you pay for. We've all been burned before with crappy products that don't live up to their claim. I think you are right on target with the books and DVD idea. Nowadays, I buy very little Magic and lots of books and video. I don't know much about the Sharpie effect but I'll check it out. My fixation is on the Miracle cassette prediction (very costly).

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On 2004-09-28 22:41, entity wrote:
I find it very difficult to discover a new dealer's item or product that I can fit into my show. Because I travel the *psycholical influence* road, effects that look like pk are out, as are all prop-oriented effects.


Sorry. Last post should have read *psychological influence*. I shall pay better attention before I post in the future.

- entity


correcting your post is 'out'... get with the now.
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Thanks to the good people on this Café it is easy to make sure you are not being fooled or buying stuff which is not quite what you want
Cheers
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On 2004-09-29 02:03, teejay wrote:
Thanks to the good people on this Café it is easy to make sure you are not being fooled or buying stuff which is not quite what you want
Cheers
TJ


And thanks to the good people on this café, my wallet is screaming for mercy every month Smile

like most of us I guess, when I first came in the magic area, I spent a lot of money on props that I don't use anymore.
The day I bought 13 steps, everything changed and since that day I only buy books and dvds (but, one thing hasn't changed: I still spend a lot of money :o))
Hypnotic Winter
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When it comes to props I have my travel case, when it comes to impromtu, I have two pens, a notepad and a deck of cards and a few coins and permant marker in my pockets and I'm set to go for at least 10 routenes from scratch and more if I rack my brain. you couldn't get cheaper.

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For me, real mentalism... if it existed... would be done with absolutely no props... maybe some cards or a piece of paper, but I'm definitely a minimalist when it comes to prop based mentalism. Maybe I just hate carrying stuff? Anyway, I always try to consider how genuine it is going to look. I really like some of the verbal force type of stuff. I don't need 100 percent success rate. Real mentalism wouldn't be 100% anyway.

I had a friend who argued that 100% success was better especially if you could get the same giant reaction that you get on the "hits" of something that isn't 100%... here was my rebuttal.

There's an effect in the documents that come with Wonder Words...

You hand a paper-clipped, folded up card to a spectator and have her name any card. She does. She opens the card herself, it never left her hand... and it is the named card...

This is not 100%... but try to find something with that strong of an effect that is 100%... I'm sure you will be hard pressed.

-Jeff
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