Quick Check

- How many moments of amazement do you have in each of your demonstrations'?

• How could you add more moments of amazement within each demonstration to make each demonstration stronger?

Mettiaiism. incorporated

• To what extent do you use different methods of deception within each demonstration?

• Are there any demonstrations in your act that have loo many moments of amazement?

Guideline Six: Innocent or Natural Props

To make each demonstration appear lair and genuine, the mentalist should use as lew props as possible. The idea, men tali st would use no props! Some lop menlalists, like Ted Karmilovich, have developed prop-free mentalism acts.

I'm not there yet. So I use props that are as innocent looking as possible. And. to minimize suspicions. I give audience members the opportunity 10 hold and examine al most every thing I use during my act. A few items, however, are quickly put away.

During my act. people see me using an ease!, some markers, some pieces of cardboard, a stack of paperback books, and a pad of drawing paper. Corporate audiences are familiat with these items. liach looks natural or normal. Of these items, only three of the six paperback books arc gaffed. But all .six books are given lo people Lo ex amine and hold during the act. Few people think "gaffed books" as I perform.

1 also use a newspaper article, some breath mints, and some postcards in one demonstration. In my opinion, these items may seem less natural for a corporate audience. To

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