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Nathan_himself

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2017 marked my 6th year in the art of mentalism. Although magic will ays be my first love, mentalism has captured my imagination. The intention of this post is to first share the lessons I have learned in the past year of doing mentalism, but also have you all share the life lessons. I'm going to share the top 4 lessons I've learned this past year, feel free to tell me what you all have learned!

1. Mentalism is usually stronger when it is performing with the audience, not performing for them. Example: I took a prediction effect I used to do and turned it into a spectator as mind reader effect. No longer was it about me predicting what item they would choose, it was about them having the ability to read minds. I have written a lot about this concept in my notebook and it has played a major influence on the mentalism I am currently performing and creating.

2. Less is truly more. For years I have bought expensive books and gimmicks. 2017 has taught me that mentalism should be minimalistic in nature. Sometimes you need an expensive prop, other times you can just use CMR. 

3. Propless isn't always better. There is a current trend in modern mentalism to create and publish propless routines. Unfortunately, I was suckered into buying a few of these methods in hopes of finding some amazing propless routines. A good amount of these routines are pipe dreams and rely on heavy scripting and can confuse the spectator. Sometimes it is better to just use a billet, in my opinion. 

4. I have no idea what I'm doing. I love mentalism. All I want to do is create and perform. That being said, I still have a lot left to learn. I have to learn the business side of the art. I hope to turn this passion of mine into a full time living within the next 5 years! 

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Man, what a great question...

If there is one thing I learned during the past year is that mentalism is about the participants, their thoughts and feelings & wantings, and it's not so much about me or, what I am doing..it's about them.

I've also learned that I need to let go of some sitter's that constantly hit me up for readings on the phone. I started telling some people that can't pull up a card for every
little decision they have to make. In a way, because it's my fault that they become "psychic junkies " in the first place. So, I need to level that out and be careful to whom I give my business card to.

I have been doing the same walk around material for years & years so I am thinking about getting some new books on mentalism or some dvd's and learn from that.

I also learned how to read palms this year in addition to reading the tarot. Evildan suggested that I get The Palm Reader's Notebook by Ron Martin. I owned a couple of palm reading books, but I learned the easy way from Ron's book.

For me, I don't do standard mentalism programs anymore, just the few strolling shows and my readings. And I am content with that. Another lesson I learned on TMF is from Robin Dawes quote on card or hand readings is that " Tell the sitter what they want to hear ", so when I do my readings I started doing just that and if the cards didn't come out right..I would tell them what they wanted to hear, and they loved it.

Nathan, I have no doubts that you can do this full-time in five years.

Logan,

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I'm really glad that something I said was useful ... but I am sure I was quoting somebody else!

2017 taught me that I can actually do a couple of hours of walk-around at an event.  I know that many many TMF members do this all the time but it was a new experience for me (apparently this old dog learned a new trick).
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Good for you Robin !
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I learned this is going to take longer than I thought!! BUT practice is free, enjoyable, and rewarding!
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