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Ask Paul Podcast

Episode 8 – The Power of Scripting

Who needs a script. Just be funny and interesting and have a rough idea of what you want to say, right? That depends on how much control you want over your show and how difficult you want your post-show analysis to be. This week it is Joel from the United Kingdom asking various questions about scripting performances. It doesn't matter if you are a close-up worker or a stage act, I share with you some of my thoughts that will Read More...

Episode 7 – Back of Room Sales

If I told you you could possibly double your fee at each gig, would you be interested? Well that's what can happen if you follow some of the suggestions in this week's podcast. This week it is Robert from (assuming) United States asking about 'Back of Room Sales'. Don't know what these are? No problem I will explain exactly what they are and tell you some of the best ways to use them, along with some of the pitfalls to Read More...

Episode 6 – Way Too Much Procedure

This is the longest podcast episode so far and strangely as I was recording it I was worried that it was running under time. Ironically, this could be due to too much procedure, but hopefully not! This week it is Maarten Bosmans from Antwerp, Belgium asking a set of questions focusing on the problems of procedure in mentalism. We've all been there in some form or another. Either elongating a routine with a poorly developed script, unnecessary overacting or simply Read More...

Episode 5 – Playing Cards and Mentalism

One debate that just keeps on rearing it's ugly head is, "should playing cards be used in mentalism'. I tell you my thoughts and explain exactly why I take the stance that I do in this week's podcast. Listening back to the previous podcasts I realised that there was something not sounding right with my voice. It turned out to be the post production in order to remove (well reduce) the breathing sounds coming through from my extremely sensitive studio Read More...

Episode 4 – Wow Factor

The show must go on and this couldn't be truer at the moment of releasing this episode. We lost Daryl and Bob Cassidy on the same day, both had such a huge influence on their particular areas of entertainment. Gone but not forgotten. To mark our respects a group of magicians and mentalists all raised a glass to both Bob and Daryl and had a moment of reflection at my house at the weekend. We comforted each other by sharing Read More...

Episode 3 – The Layperson Perspective

After just half a day from returning home from the Blackpool Magic Convention I'm sitting down to record this episode of the podcast. If you have ever attended the convention you will know that this is no mean feat. Still, I had an amazing time at the convention and got to see and hang-out with so many of my entertainer friends. The highlight of the convention for me (as I mention and describe in the podcast) with regards to effects/tricks Read More...

Episode 2 – Grass Roots Mentalism

I'm genuinely honoured by the amount of positive and encouraging responses I've received since the last episode. Thank you all so very much and I've got some great news about the podcast to share with you all. What's the great news? Well, so many of you have asked about getting the 'Ask Paul Podcast' on iTunes that I started the process and iTunes have accepted the podcast, you can take a look at the podcast page, subscribe and most importantly rate Read More...

Episode 1 – Stage vs. Close-Up and Mental Magic vs. Mentalism

Welcome to the very first episode of the 'Ask Paul Podcast', it's really great to have you here and a pleasure for me to share some of my experiences with you all. The aim of this podcast is to be audience driven. Essentially this means that you decide what the podcast is about each week. Yes, I did say each week! How do you have an input? Simple, just record a short message using the green 'Ask a Question' button at the Read More...