Excerpt from Vibrations interview with Robert L. Bluemle
Q: Do you use a stooge? An instant stooge?
A: Since I'm Larry I never use anyone but Moe and Curley. All kidding aside, I have been known to employ both types.
I'll step down from the soapbox for a moment and give you a working performer's tip that's worth its weight in gold. The next time you want to paralyze an audience and need a stooge to do it, consider employing temporary help as a paid accomplice (a Kelly Girl for example.) No guilt attached to this. It's strictly a business arrangement and there's little or no chance anyone will ever penetrate your secret. Temporary help is avilable just about everywhere, so if the money's right, go for it. If they want to get paid, your temporary confederate will keep her lips sealed for eternity.
This is one of those wild and crazy ideas that actually works. It's not the kind of thing that you'd perform for a large group, but in the comfort of a home or small gathering, it could play very strongly. So drag out a couple of portable tape recorders from the closet and give this a try.
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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.