Mentalism

Three Kinds of Pre Show Work

Pre Work Mentalism

The sues cm of ny act depends on lncc kinds cf critical pre-show work. The first kind of pre-show work involves sending a confirmation letter that outlines my understanding of the key details my client and I agreed on. T his letter aLvo lists my presentational requirements. I send this letter to the person who hired me within twenty-four hours of my getting the job. The purpose of this letter is to minimize any misunderstandings, using this letter, ninety-five percent of the time I have...

Method My Automatic Magic Square

An automatic magic square is a magic square with 12 fixed numbers and only 4 numbers that change with each performance. The 12 fixed numbers must be memorized. Only 4 simple mathematical calculations are ncecssary to determine the 4 remaining numbers. What follows is an automatic magic square that can be used for any total above 30. The fixed numbers I memorize lor my automatic square are The mathematics to complete the magic square are simple. Let's say you want to complete a magic square for...

Entertainment and Mentalism for Corporate Audiences

1 view myself as a corporate entertainer who specializes in mentalism. My main mission is to entertain people. Mentalism is my means to this end. What follows ire questions I reviewed as I developed my corporate mentalism act. The answers presented ire based on my own experiences over the past seven years. Why do corporations hire an entertainer for events Entertainers arc hired to take people's thoughts away from their everyday worries and concerns, and offer them an experience that is...

My Journey Toward Performing

Jo help you appreciate the ideas and routines in this book, it might be helpful for you to understand how I became a professional mcntalist. Unlike many people, I began performing professionally much later in life. In fact, 1 became interested in inagie much later than most I bought my first book of card effects at age .35. Within a year. 1 was taking close-up classes from A1 Schneider, inventor of the coin magic classic, Matrix. A1 was not only a very creative magician, but a wonderful teacher...

Performance and Patter

I've discovered thai lo present many of these demonstrations successfully, I need to exercise my mind each day. To exercise my mind, I in currently using a gift given to me by friend of mine who teaches a class on Memory Skills, lie calls it his Mega- Memory Practice Kit. It consists of 4H different cards that can be arranged in a practically infinite number of sequences to exercise yot.tr mind. Note Tills routine uses only 40 cards., but I want to create the illusion dial 48 cards are...

Close die spread of postcards and rotate the stuck so the audience can see the address side of the first postcard on

To eliminate the colors and scenes, we will use the bat ks of the postcards. The backs are almost identical. will hold up the postcards, one of a time, so that you can see only the back. J will (hen ask you a question like. Wouldyou like this postcard' will modify the words I use and my tone and pore to try to influence your selection If I do this correctly. the postcard you select will match what s on the banner on the wall. (Again. 1 point 10 the banner.) i hold the slack in my leil liand,...

What the audience sees

A person from the audicnce is taught the inner secrets of mind reading and then successfully reads the thoughts of three people from the audience. This is my favorite demonstration. It makes an audience member the star. And it truly stuns people. It's bold, but also relatively easy to perform There are multiple moments of amazement. And there is ample opportunity for humor. J'Uis demonstration s a strong entertainment piece. Success depends or how enthusiastically it is presented, not on...

Demonstration Three People Reading Plus

Rive people are each asked to draw a picture on a piece of while cardboard. Che performer uses his mental abilities 10 determine who drew each picture. This demonstration is influenced by many classics of inentahsm. A1 Koran had an early version in Professional Presentations called Doodle. There is an ele-meni of psyehometry to this demonstration, and Mind, Myth and Magick by T A. Waters contains many line '.ocas or. this opic. Larry Becker's Stunners includes Sneak Iiiief, a wonderful...

Vvhdi the audience sees

The performer asks several people to concentrate on words selected from different books. The performer is able to accurately determine every word by reading their thoughts. I love book tests I am a founding member of the local chapter of BTBA (Book Test Buyers Anonymous). 1 have purchased and experimented with almost every book test iold m the last 20 years. I normally use book rests to demonstrate telepathy or thought reading But most book tests have one disadvantage books can be seen as props...

However after I name all tlie drawings on the cards with the red clots 1 change my presentation

One of the things that make this demonstration extremely difficult is (hat I'm not playing with a full deck. By (hat I mean tins gentleman (point to the person with the short cards) is holding 7. H. or 9 cards he took from the middle of deck. Because I'm not using all 4ti cards. I truly did need to memorize both stacks of cards. If I did use all -

Wait for the applause to end from the previous demonstration Anything Can Be Learned

Sometimes it scary to know what people are thinking. People who have seen me do these demonstrations o ften ask. Chuck, can von predict the future' Or. Could Dunninger predict the future I don 't know what. Dunninger would say today. Hut in the hook I received on my tenth birthday, Dunninger's Amazing Menial Secrets. Dunninger said predicting the future was very difficult, hut sometimes possible under the right conditions. One of the reasons Dunninger was world...

Lake the book back and hold it at shoulder level in preparation for the peek Read the instructions that come with the

I will look away to make this perfectly fair. (1 turn my head away and slowly riffle the pages,) Tell me when tn stop. QK. look at and remember the first word on the page. Do you have it firmly in your mind I Uini back toward the person, glance at the word (second to last word on the opposite page) and then hand the opened book to the person to hold. 1 hold a page break until I hand the book to the poison. f'lease hold the hook. Please look ai the first word on the page you stopped me at....

Pause 1 may repeat parts of my instructions While there is a date or year on each page it takes some people between

If it looks ake the person might not find the numbers quickly enough lor is confused), 1 switch to my backup. 1 use the infoimation hidden in die last three lines of text on each page. This happens about thirty percent of the time Some argue that this makes the demonstration appear more real. Karen, forget about any numbers. There may not be any numbers on thai page. Let's go with what's printed. Quickly let your t. mv and mind scan the page. Great- For some reasons, the text on the lower port...

Eight Guidelines for Performing Mentalism to Corporate Audiences

I will use the word act to describe a series of demonstrations with a common theme. My corporate mentalism act has between three and six demonstrations depending on the amount of time I'm given. (By the way, I use the word demonstration in this book the way others use Uic words effect, experiment, or routine. This book describes nine demonstrations that 1 have performed for corporate audiences.) Almost everything 1 do in my corporate act is based on a set of core beliefs. My...

Background and Philosophy

1 have always been fascinated by the Magic Square. But, for several years, I avoided performing it. it looked too much like a math stunt. It appeared coo difficult. 1 was afraid audiences might get bored or confused. But, as my performing style became lighter (more informative and humorous) and less serious and dramatic, performing a Magic Square became more attractive. I was also influenced by the impact Moshc Botwinick. one of my idols, lias with his Magic Square routine. A lew vein s ago. 1...

Introduction

The purpose of this book is to advance the art of mentalism by sharing with you my complete corporate mentalism act. I define mentalism as a form of entertainment in which the performer creates the illusion of extraordinary cognitive or mental abilities, such as performing rapid mathematical calculations, remembering every page in a magazine, influencing another person's choices, discerning a person's thoughts, moving an object by thought alone, and accurately predicting upcoming events. While...

Aicntaiism Incorporated

Menlalism is a form of entertainment that works with many different performing styles. I call my style of performing Light Mental ism. I introduce my corporate audiences to the untapped powers of tlic human mind. My demonstrations locus on mental abilities that most people believe could be real. My presentation is written to be tun and informative. 1 perform Light Menfalism because it fits my personality perfectly. 1 enjoy telling stories and thinking on my feet. I enjoy involving audience...

This demoastrntion begins with a reference to Joseph Dnnninger and rhe book given to me by my grandfather on my tenth

Immediate iv after learning haw to do this mafhemali cat demonstration from reading the first chapter of the book my grandfather gave me on my tenth birthday, read the remaining chapters of the book. In fact. I reread the book Jour times. And. as you might expect, each chapter described additional mental abilities Dunningcr mastered in his lifetime. As yon might also suspect, Dnnninger was a master communicator. In tact, he specialized in all forms of persuasion and influence. Dunningcr ivas...

Pre Show and Materials

1 place the six books in a bag from a bookstore. The bag is placed on one of lite tables. 1 also use an 11 - by 14-inch sketchpad from an art store to write some of the words. For groups of over 100 people, I use a 14- by 17-uich pad. I place the pad and some markers on a table. I also give each person I work with a certificate, proclaiming her or his mental abilities. (See the Appendix, Item 7.) These certificates arc placed below the pad. Finally, I place a ballpoint pen and index card on the...

Pre Show Work

A few days before the show, 1 learn the name of a woman who w ill be at my show. 1 ask my host to identify a person who is a good spoi l and well liked. I emphasize that 1 need the name of someone who will definitely attend the event. I prepare the decks before leaving for the show, using thai person's name. I place two or three rubber bands around each deck n keep the flasheards together. The rubber bands also prevent the person Irom examining die deck during the routine. Before the show. I...

Light On kivlincv

Reduce any suspicions, J leave them with people after I'm done. While I realize these props may seem somewhat eon-Irivod, I haven't discovered more commonplace items to substitute for them. 1 absolutely avoid using anything that looks magical, or any item that a magician commonly uses. Key Point I can't control what audience members think as thev watch mc perform. And I want them to believe that whai they are seeing is real. Corporate audiences are mildly suspicious to begin with. Audience...

Item 6 Learning the Almost Impossible Handout

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Item 1 Confirmation Letter

This Icllcr wiil summarize my uiKlt'.is'.iiiidinp conccrning my pcifoi-r.ur.cc al you* event. Aht.ni 9fl people mostly Miles p > pk 1 will cicnwiu> lruic ihc '1.mapped I'owuin of ihc Please use this description in your pririk-J m.-iicnals Cnuck I liekok hu> ir,tvelcd the world. Iielp ni people belln understand < ui< i uw ihc ur.-liippcil powers uf ihc human mind. You will ho surprised me mazed hy wlial you see and hear during ini> iiiikiiic enlertair.rneni cx cricricc. Also iII h...

More than fifty percent of the audience will raise their hands I now compare that percentage against the five percent

That's a lot more people than J had when I asked vou earlier if you could cam to say the alphabet backward in fifteen minutes. Eat Her it looked 'ike only pre percent of the hands went up. Nov. it .> more than fifty pen ent Why are there a lot more hands in the air now That s right You discovered a new way to use you existing mental capabilities. You 'earned a short cut And once you mastered this short cut. your confidence went up. This exercise reminds us that if we believe we can do more...

The correct answer and giving people more of the mne monie The more questions I ask the quicker the audience learns the

What s the ex-warrior s name' Zee why. What's this ex warriors hobby' Raising cute baby alligators And since Zee. why is so old, he has a bad memory and bad eyesight. His wife has given him a coupon and asked him to go the store. But, because of his poor eyesight, he can t read the coupon in his hand. What's the ex-warrior j name Zeewhy. What s this ex warrior's hobby Raising cute baity alligators. And since he can 't read the coupon Zeewhy asks his wife, Vat's our coupon for What's the...

Final Thoughts Way Ahead Envelope

It you want to perform this demonstration without multiple outs and-'or a co-conspirator, prepare and use my Way-Ahead Envelope. This method is bold and simple. * l ime misdirection works in your favor. Many people will leave remembering all three envelopes being r. the audicncc .since the start of the show. .Sincc the envelopes are ungaffed, everything can be retained by the person who helps you reveal your forecasts. The only real drawback is visibility. Having the forecasts on by 11-inch...

Part One Handing out the Envelope

While people arc applauding at the end of Einstein's I )emise, I remove the Way Ahead Envelope from my coat pocket. I tell the square root joke. I had a hunch you would react thai vw.y. .' must he < > c l-.de in (he .fay for that kind of 'tumor. htj'uci, before I started today, I had some other hunches on hoy. yon would respond. 1 put the set of envelopes in my left (non-writing) hand. I hold ii between the thumb and index finger. I keep the llap side of the colored envelope toward my body....

Final Thoughts

Again, it would be possible 1o develop a powerful telepathy demonstration by using any one of these three book tests, liach of them comes with well-written and very complete instructions. About twenty percent of the time, 1 gather one additional piece oL'information us part of my pre-show. 1 ask a person to write down a location he or she would like to visit. Just before revealing the word from the Mother of All Hook Tests, I reveal the selected location. It fits in perfectly because it's...

Quick Check

What do you do to make sure everyone can hear you What do you do to make sure the audience hears the people who help you when you perform I low could you enhance your act by making your revelations and predictions larger and easier to see For a corporate audience to enjoy a performance, watching a mentalism act must be fun an interesting and memorable experience. Audience members must leave liking the performer as a person. While this, guideline may not apply to all forms of mentalism, the...