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Episode 20 – Cold Reading

Cold reading techniques are very powerful and can make it seem like you have the ability to known personal things about strangers. Using it as part of your mentalism act can heighten your effects and increase the believability of your character. In this episode Sarin Suriyakoon, from Thailand, wants to know the best ways to integrate cold reading into his act. I talk about some of the pitfalls about cold reading and where I see people tripping-up and also how to Read More...

Episode 19 – TV Talent Shows

Talent shows are extremely popular on television these days and offer an opportunity for an entertainer to be seen in front of millions and millions of people all around the world. That’s such an amazing opportunity, right? Potentially, however, you could also be opening yourself up to exploitation. In this episode Maarten Bosmans, from Belgium, asks me what I think about TV talent shows and if they are always a good thing to take part in. With a great deal of Read More...

Episode 18 – Choosing Suitable Effects

Why do you perform the things that you do? Did you just start performing a collection of the things you thought were cool? Have you ever questioned why you even perform the mentalism effects that you do, or were they just what other mentalists seem to use at the time? In this episode Maarten Bosmans, from Belgium, explains that he has worked on and defined his character, but wants to know how to determine what effects his character is actually Read More...

Episode 17 – A Question of Time

Today’s title could have been ‘How Not to Bore Your Audience’. In the world of magic and mentalism it is easy to see something cool and think it is cool for regular people to watch. Sadly, this isn’t always so. This episode focuses on how to create solid diversity in your performance. In this episode John Morton, from United Kingdom, asks about the problems of performing the same kind of effects over and over again and how to make sure Read More...

Episode 16 – Changing Platforms

You’re used to doing walk around entertainment, but how do you take that next step and start performing on stage? Should you even make that step as a progression? Will it be more profitable for you? In this episode Wilder Rua, from New Jersey, United States, wants to know how to start performing on multiple platforms and how to make those transitions. Being a performer who works on multiple platforms I share my experience, but also the experience of friends of Read More...

Episode 15 – Is It Ready?

Just what is the process for rehearsing new material for stage and close-up? In this episode I will take you through my exact process and then help you to understand when your effect is ready to be tested on a live audience. Chris from London, United Kingdom want to know a bit more about my rehearsal process and the steps I take in order to ensure that the content I bring to a live audience is ready. I talk about this Read More...