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Episode 50 – Procrastination to Productivity

We are all human, well I’m impressed and you are reading this and you are not, and that means you will come across procrastination at some point. When taking on a large task like performance creation it is very easy to ditch the productivity and got for the easy options. In this episode Marc from the United States wants me to talk about some of the ways that I like to make sure I stay out of the procrastination zone, Read More...

Episode 49 – Method Vs. Audience Experience

It is easy to get caught-up in the search for new and more fooling methods, isn’t it? Along the way though, we can start to focus on methods that actually don’t make a difference to the audience and can even make life harder for us as entertainers. In this episode Francis from the United Kingdom wants me to talk about the difference between choosing effect methodologies based on the audience perspective rather than the performer’s perspective. During the podcast I mentioned Read More...

Episode 48 – Sideshow Mentalism

There is nothing quite as attention grabbing as a sideshow skill being performed, regardless of whether it is a genuine skill or some kind of trickery. These skills can range from extremely talented right through to ‘watching through your fingers’ shocking and we just can’t seem to get enough of them. In this episode Daniel from the United Kingdom wants to hear my thoughts on mixing sideshow techniques with mentalism and if it should even be considered at all. During the Read More...

Episode 47 – Real Mind Reading

Quite possibly one of the oldest propless pieces of mentalism uses just the human mind and a little bit of skill. I am of course talking about the ideomotor response, which is responsible for contact mind reading, pendulums swinging and people freaking out when using a Ouija board. In this episode Marc from the United States wants to know my thoughts on these styles of effects and if they have a place in modern mind reading. During the podcast I mentioned Read More...

Episode 46 – Getting Into Mentalism

Often people want to know what inspired me to enter into the world of mentalism and also my progression within this field. I share some of my success stories along with the failures that I wish had been avoided and my inspirations. In this episode Dean from the United Kingdom wants to turn the question back onto me and how I first of all entered the world of mentalism and then my story up until this point. Here are some of Read More...

Episode 45 – Mentalism on Camera

It is always great to see mentalism getting television and media attention, but what really goes into making successfully filmed mentalism? Often things can be over-edited, creating an unrealistic expectation of mentalism for the general public, is this a problem? In this episode Francis from the United Kingdom would like me to discuss mentalism in the media on both television and the internet. While discussing the pros and cons of film and mentalism I also mentioned the following resources, make sure Read More...