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Episode 37 – Ditching Close-Up

Close-up work can be very demanding on many levels; however, it is plentiful enough that it can happily be your career. For some though, mentalism is something they only want to perform on stage but find it difficult to tip the balance and make a transition to stage work only. In this episode Zach from the United Kingdom would like me to talk about the ways that he may be able to make stage mentalism his sole income. Here are the Read More...

Episode 36 – Loud and Dark Environments

At times we are booked to perform in a venue that isn’t optimum for the types of effects that we wish to perform. If you know ahead of time that you may be performing in a loud of dark environment there are steps that you can take in order to come out of that gig victorious. In this episode Will from the United States wants some help combatting the dark and loud environments that he can find himself performing in. There’s Read More...

Episode 35 – The Plausibility Question

One of the strongest dividers between the arts of mentalism compared to that of magic is the believability factor. This plausibility can often be so important to acts that it can overshadow the entertainment factor. It is really required or can we move forward without it? In this episode Mark, from the United States wants me to talk about the importance of plausibility with regards to entertainment and engagement. How important is plausibility? Can you be entertaining and engaging without it, Read More...

Episode 34 – Publicity Stunts

Who doesn’t like a publicity stunt? Usually seeing or experiencing the unusual, captivating or just outright dangerous antics of an entertainer. There is a lot of power in publicity stunts if done correctly and it can become a catalyst for filling seats in a theatre, promoting a product or even becoming famous. In this episode Drew from Salt-Lake City, United States wants me to tackle publicity stunts. As always I share my thoughts on the topic and guide you through some Read More...

Episode 33 – Feats of Memory

How can I do memory work? I have a terrible memory? Is the typical response to memory work, however, it is easier to improve your memory than you might have initially realised. Also, if you such at that, hey this is mentalism…you can just cheat! In this episode Zach, from the United Kingdom, wants to know my thoughts on including memory feats as part of a mentalism show. Having done numerous shows where the two disciplines have been mixed I can Read More...

Episode 32 – Making More Money

Who doesn’t want to make more money from their entertainment business? One of the crazy ways to make more money is to get hired to perform for less time…honestly! Also, have you ever considered how you represent your services to your potential clients? In this episode Francis, from the United Kingdom, wants me to explain why performers are able to charge more for doing a stage show, when in reality they spend less time performing in this manner. Francis also wants Read More...