The Hendon Classic Show

David Berglas had been performing one-man shows for years but it was only in 1971 that he gave it a set format and permanent title, Man, Myth & Magic. It was a long show, three hours including two intervals, showcasing a selection of his best routines and introducing some new novelties, notably a stage séance. Each of the three sections of the show took its name from a portion of the title, Man, Myth & Magic, a situation that seemed ideal at the time. The different sections of the show gave it a sense of narrative, as did David's choice of costume. Part One saw him dressed in a smart black suit. In Part Two, for the séance, he wore a maroon velvet smoking jacket. And, finally, as the evening came to a close, he wore a tuxedo for the third and last part of the show. Similarly, his female assistant, Raj, wore a selection of elegant saris designed to complement the changing mood of the show.

There were several good reasons for the costume changes. The smart black suit that David wore for the opening singled him out from the usual show business performer and gave him an instant air of authority. It was a tip he had picked up from the American performers of the 50's and 60's who had always looked very different and stylish in their suits compared to their British contemporaries. He chose a tuxedo for the last part of the show because he didn't want the audience to sense that things were coming to an end. The tuxedo sent the opposite message, that something special was about to happen. The lighting was also warmer and Raj wore a beautiful gold lamé sari. It was the beginning of something new and served to freshen the atmosphere of the show. "It's a device used in other theatrical productions," says David, "such as musicals where the cast will change costumes just to take their final bow. Nobody analyses this but the audience is aware of it and they applaud all the more. That same technique works just as well in a magic show."

Later he found that many venues outside London preferred a slightly shorter show with just one interval so that people were able to catch their last buses and trains. The programme was accordingly altered to Man & Myth preceding the interval and Myth & Magic coming after it.

When someone remarked that David didn't actually perform any Magic in the show, (not in the traditional sense anyway, there were no card manipulations, live stock or glittering


The Art Of Cold Reading

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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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