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...

Method

I use three different methods to force the three outcomes I want. The force of the mints and gum is my own creation. The breath mints and gum can be purchased nr any large drugstore. This force does not rely upon equivoque. I discovered three packages of speannint breath mints or gum that have significantly different packaging ar.d appear to be different flavors. The Certs Spearmint mints are in a gold package. The Breath Savers Spearmint mints are in an all-white package. The Wriglcy's...

Item 1 Confirmation Letter

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Performance and Patter

My approach to performing this demonstration is to do the math as openly as possible. 1 step away from the easel (or to the side) several times during the routine to allow people to see the numbers and cheek the math. Pausing briefly is important. People must be able to see the numbers to understand what I have done. My opening story is designed to introduce me to my audience and also to introduce my unifying theme. These comments take about three minutes. Here's exactly what I say. Feci free...

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...

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...

Part Two Revealing the Forecast

To reveal the forecasts at the end of the show, I invite the person with the envelope to stand next to me on stage. 1 ask the person to remove the three smaller envelopes. I point out that one envelope deals with a word, one a design. and one a number. Last > ught. f had a hunch about the design that w ould be selected today. It was sealed in the envelope since last night. Let 's take the design first. During (he show, someone, from the audience selected a design to send to Rick. Illto has...

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....

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...

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 person

Rick, first facta on what's coming from the audience. And (hen move your focus hack to the pad. This nexl action is critical. 1 tap the center of the page with my hand. No one in the audience picks up on this gesture. Yet it brings the person's attention to the pcncil dots. I watch the person for a reaction 1 look for some signal that the person sees the dots. 1 often see a small smile. Key point Twenty percent of the people will start laughing when they see the pencil dots. As a mentalist, you...

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...

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....

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...

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

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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...

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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...

Hickoks Memory System 32 Symbol Cards from Mark Strivings

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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...

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...

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...