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Ask Paul Podcast

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...

Episode 14 – The Top 3 Principles

For those new to mentalism, either from fresh or from a magician background, it can be daunting to be made aware of all the potential offerings. Just which principles and techniques should you focus on? In this episode Kris, from the United Kingdom wants to know which three mentalism principles he should focus on as he wishes to include more mentalism in his magic repertoire. Of course, I share my thoughts on this, but at the same time talk through some Read More...

Episode 13 – Secrets of Self Promotion

There’s a thousand ways to promote a business, however, when it comes to the service industry the game changes a little. Then when we refine down to the type of service performers provide, the ways of business promotion change, still varied but with unique pit-falls and opportunities. In this episode Joel, from the United Kingdom, wants to know what are some of the best ways to promote yourself as an entertainer. There are some techniques I share with the listeners that Read More...

Episode 12 – Propless Mentalism

Propless mentalism seems to be a love it or hate it type of thing. In this podcast episode I don't hold back from sharing my thoughts about propless mentalism, how it fits into the corporate world and even performing it for friends and family. This episode we hear from Andy, who lives in Derby, United Kingdom and wants to know about my thoughts on propless mentalism. I have definite thoughts on the subject of propless mentalism especially the sort of propless Read More...

Episode 11 – Free Gigs and Practicing

Have you ever considered how hard it is to practice mentalism without anyone’s mind to read? If you could just practice for free it would be fine, wouldn’t it? If you think it’s fine then you need to hold on there Sparky, there’s a hidden danger! Being a busy fool is very simple indeed and this is exactly what can happen when you are starting out as an entertainer or trying to gather experience. Don’t worry I have some advice Read More...

Episode 10 – Personal Protection

One of the most overlooked aspects of performance is that of protection, that’s protection for the people who you perform for and for the performer. This episode explores key elements such as insurance, health and safety, electronic testing and risk assessments. Andy from the United Kingdom wants to know more about public liability insurance, if he needs it and when he should think about getting some. I know, all of this stuff sounds really ‘real world’ business, rather than fun entertainment. Read More...