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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...

Episode 44 – Secret Writers

Such a powerful technique in mentalism is often left in a drawer to gather dust due to inexperience or fear of being caught; of course I am referring to secret writers. In this episode I share my favourite secret writers with you and also explain how to use them in a way that takes the heat away from the ‘hot’ moment. In this episode Daniel from the United States wants me to talk more about the secret writers that I Read More...

Episode 43 – Reveals and Reasoning

Often a performance can be undermined due to the use of an incorrect revelation. Which reveal should the performer use and when? Equally, why do performers require participants to take part in methodologies that are not normally done in everyday life? In this episode Will from the United States would like me to explore these topics and share my thoughts. If you want to delve more into these topics you can take a look at these books: ‘Mentalism Incorporated’ by Chuck Hickok ‘The Read More...

Episode 42 – Social Proof Advertising

Some performers are terrible, yet seem to always be working. Why is this the case? Well often buying decisions are not led by logic but by other factors such as solid marketing. A very powerful marketing technique is to utilise social proof advertising in order to gather attention and subsequently more bookings. In this episode Daniel from the United States wants me to talk about social proof advertising, what it is and how it can benefit performers who are looking Read More...

Episode 41 – Trade Show Work

For those willing to change their perspective of performance towards the business orientated world of trade shows, a lucrative business can arise. While trade shows, conferences and exhibitions are not for everyone, it is certainly worth testing the waters. In this episode Warren from South Africa/United States would like me to talk more about the trade show performance environment and then share some tips on how to enter this marketplace. For those wanting to find out more about trade shows and Read More...

Episode 40 – How Much to Charge

One of the most common questions that I get asked is about how much an act should charge. It’s a tricky question due to there being so many variables at play. Even though it is a subject that is hard to pin down I give it my best shot and share the advice that I find works well. In this episode Daniel from the United States wants me to talk about fee structure and how much I think people should Read More...