Q What is your definition of a good mental effect

A. One man's feast is another man's poison: There is no pat answer.

The best mental effects employ little in the way of apparatus but still leave room for some eye appeal. They are easy for the audience to comprehend and simple to execute. In other words, the audience shouldn't have to work too hard to follow what the performer is doing.

Good mentalism is direct, inexplicable, and entertaining.

I^-Rated Stuff

For several years, I used the following effect as an opener to my psychic gambling act. The principle is will known, marketed in one form as "Hull's Pop-Eyed Popper" deck. It's currently available from Haines House of Cards or your local magic dealer in the recommended JUMBO size. What fooled so many magicians who saw it performed was the gutsy handling of the deck by the spectator and the use of an "out" when needed. The use of the jumbo cards also makes it especially effective as a stage effect.

Friendly Persuasion

Friendly Persuasion

To do this successfully you need to build a clear path of action by using tools if necessary. These tools would be facts, evidence and stories which you know they can relate to. Plus you always want to have their best interests at heart, in other words, you know what is good for them

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