In short, there are only a few things to remember when busting clouds. My work is based on three areas and subjects of importance:
Taking credit for natural occurrences.
Utilizing suggestion, breathing and visualizations to increase the experience of cloud busting
Using Niacin as a convincer.
There is not a whole lot to it, or is there? Stay relaxed, know your clouds and give this a proper presentation, and you will have an incredibly REAL demonstration that people will remember. Happy busting!
Cloud Busting Sources: Cloud busting is not new or original to me. I trust however, that my take on it has something to offer those who wish to duplicate this effect. To my knowledge, others who have worked with cloud busting in the magic and mentalism community include: Al Mann, Devin Knight, Kenton Knepper, Docc Hilford, Brother Shadow, Patrick Redford and others!
For a history and ideas for presentation, the reader could look at the works of: Wilhelm Reich and orgone energy, Neil Slade, Richard Bach (Illusions), Gary Sinclaire and "others", including Majna P. who first taught me spoon bending and cloud busting. I will never be the same.
SPECIAL THANKS: To Devin Knight, Enrique Enriquez and Paolo Cavalli. You guys are heroes of contemporary mentalism. I love and appreciate all that you have shared with me. I treasure your friendship and insights. Thank you.
My Heartfelt Gratitude to: Michael Fraughton, Brad Gordon and Paul Vigil. I am what I am in part because of your friendship and presence in my life. You've shaped my magic for nearly half my existence. I've learned so much from all of you. Thokoza. Thanks are also in order for you, the readers and performers who have supported this work. It is my honor to share my take on cloud busting with the magic and mentalism communities. Also, to the many (too numerous to name, and I fear leaving someone out!) at the Magic Café and Mentalist Sanctum who have offered their feedback and insight, support and eagerness to learn. Go well!
Lasting Thanks: To the many who have influenced me and my art, work and life (directly and indirectly), in no particular order: Banachek, Richard Osterlind, Max Maven, Eugene Burger, Luke Jermay, Kenton Knepper, Docc Hilford, Brother Shadow, Patrick Redford, Jim Callahan, and many more.
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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.