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Episode 28 – Getting Stage Work

Stage shows are very lucrative and often require you to do less work for more money. Creatively you have more control about what is happening and can take people on a journey instead of just showing them something fleeting. But how does one go about getting stage work? In this episode Francis, from the United Kingdom, wants to start the process of getting more stage shows. Focusing on a number of techniques that you can start to implement right away, I Read More...

Episode 27 – Spectator Management

People are, well, people! They do not always act in the way that we want them to act. This is especially true when they are trying to show off to their work colleague or friends and when they have had a few too many alcoholic drinks. In this episode Drew, from Salt Lake City, United States, wants to know the best ways to manage people in both the close-up and stage environments. I will share with you the way that I Read More...

Episode 26 – Psychological or Mystical?

Often these days the two dominant factions of mentalism tend to be that of psychological versus mystical; those who deal in reality and those who deal in the unreality. But are these the only two options? If they are which do you choose? In this episode René, from Germany, is undecided which route he should take regarding his character. He has two definite characters he would like to perform as, but which should he choose? Is it a case of flipping Read More...

Episode 25 – Drawing Duplications

Drawing duplications are a staple of mentalism performances and it’s no wonder due to how strong they are for the audience. But which are the best ones for both close-up entertainment and stage shows? In this episode Mark, from the United States, wants to know which drawing duplications I prefer for close-up situations and which ones I use for stage shows. I explain the different types I like to use and also some subtleties in using them; shock, horror, none of Read More...

Episode 24 – Releasing Ideas

Entertainers tend be creative in nature and when you start to perform in a more serious way you will start to think about your effects in more detail. As you think and change existing effects, you may even start to think about releasing your new ideas to the mentalism community, but is it the right thing to do? In this episode Drew, from Salt Lake City, USA, want to know more about the best practices of releasing mentalism or magic Read More...

Episode 23 – Persona Vs. Profit

I’ve talked about the importance of character in previous episodes, but do you have free reign on choosing your character? If your goal is to make money entertaining then you may not have as much freedom as you think. In this episode Danny, from Spain, asks me how to develop a persona when transitioning from amateur to semi-professional. With examples I guide you through the ways to build a character that will suit your working environment and stop you from being Read More...