The Christmas Show

This was the first show to be broadcast and a great teaser for the forthcoming series. The set was especially decorated for the season with a huge brightly lit Christmas tree extending from the studio floor up to the minstrel gallery from where David made his introductory speech, welcoming the audience to the show.

"Good evening and a Happy Christmas to you. My name is David Berglas and my special interest is in the mystery and magic of the mind, your mind, in which nothing is impossible."

The audience applauds, there's a musical sting and David makes his way down the stairs. Each show began with a mood-setting speech, a chance for the audience to understand the theme of the programme.

As he placed a Christmas cracker on the branches of the tree, he welcomed everyone to the show and reminded them what Christmas was all about. "Mysterious parcels, shadows from roaring fires, families reunited and of course Father Christmas himself. But beyond all of this the magic of Christmas is right here, in your mind. Memories of the wonderful Christmases you've had and your hopes for Christmas to come. The magic you can almost see in the eyes of children at Christmas time. Tonight, you and I are going to explore this magical world together."

Then he introduces his celebrity guests for the evening: singer Stephanie Lawrence, comedian Graham Chapman, actor Freddie Jones and actress Britt Ekland. They sit around a table and watch David perform some close-up magic. As intended it has an intimate dinner party atmosphere, the guests elegantly dressed for the occasion. David's real world is one of sophisticated formal dinners and charity balls and the show reflects this.

One stand-out item in the first part of the show is David's handling of the Watch Steal.

The Art Of Cold Reading

The Art Of Cold Reading

Today I'm going to teach you a fundamental Mentalism technique known as 'cold reading'. Cold reading is a technique employed by mentalists and charlatans and by charlatan I refer to psychics, mediums, fortune tellers or anyone that claims false abilities that is used to give the illusion that the person has some form of super natural power.

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