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I am fascinated by it. I remember watching David Blaine on TV.

That got the ball rolling for me.


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Watching Kreskin as a kid in the 70's , I didn't know if he was real or not.

Buying mentalism dealer items thru the mail from Tannen's as a kid.

And having an interest in things like ESP, UFO's, Stonehenge as a kid too.

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Jeff McBride has an interesting take on the "stages of the magical journey." He breaks it down into four phases and hooks them up with the "four elements." That's a bit new agey for me but there's a lot of truth to his analysis. The final stage i.e. the older magician goes to mentalism. I find that true for me (at age 71). Interest in mentalism has come more recently. In fact I'm working on an entire show with a mental theme.

Early on it was moves and cool routines with cards.

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Some good answers here.

I have to admit I  have a slight obsession with UFOs as well @Logan Five

Thanks for the warm welcome.

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Jeff McBride has an interesting take on the "stages of the magical journey." He breaks it down into four phases and hooks them up with the "four elements." That's a bit new agey for me but there's a lot of truth to his analysis. The final stage i.e. the older magician goes to mentalism. I find that true for me (at age 71). Interest in mentalism has come more recently. In fact I'm working on an entire show with a mental theme.

Early on it was moves and cool routines with cards.

Mike


I'm sure over the years with all your card work you've noticed the 'mental' themed card effects have nearly always played really strong. 

I've always had a foot in both camps because I was reading Annemann before Royal Road etc.
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I love the way Ben Earl approaches card magic and does a good job pulling off the idea that he's reading his spectatator's mind.

I don't think that my personality would allow me to get away with it.


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I think it was watching Derren Brown a few years ago. People were truly believing he was legitimately reading their minds and predicting their actions. A card trick may be amazing but in the spectator's mind they will always remember it's a trick; mentalism on the other hand can be believed as real if done properly. That started me looking at it seriously as a way to take my show to the next level. I don't claim to have special abilities or training from some Tibetan monk on a snowy mountain somewhere, but there is an obvious shift in my audience when I move into mentalism effects and start "reading their thoughts".

The man has my respect for doing to mentalism what David Blaine did to close-up magic for me.

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001.9

I haunted the shelves of books bearing that designation on their spines at the local library. 001.9, under Melvil Dewey's Decimal System, was designated as Controversial Knowledge. There were volumes on science, pseudoscience, cryptozoology, ghosts, UFOs, ESP, and all sorts of strange wonders. To this day I am saturated in arcane knowledge about a range of strange subjects. Though I became a practicing skeptic in my late teens, my love for the wonders found in 001.9 continue to fascinate me, albeit for different reasons.

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For me it was two packet tricks.

"Drink Cards" by Sid Lorraine, put out by Supreme Magic

"Symbol Simon" by Phil Goldstein
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My brain.

Yep.

I "became interested" in mentalism at the same time I "became interested" in Magic. It’s all the same to me.

Pause here for outrage in certain quarters.  [smile]

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For me, it started about 5 years ago. I'd been serious about magic for some time, and I decided to buy several Penguin Live Lectures to determine what direction I wanted to go. One of those lectures was Patrick Redford's. I remember loving the style and approach of mentalism, and soon dove head first into the art. Perhaps the most meaningful moment relating to magic happened soon after. I was in my local magic shop in search of PME and 13 Steps (as I was told these were the a solid foundation). I had them both in my hand when I met another magician. We got to talking and I put 13 Steps back on the shelf. He asked me why, and I told him money was tight ,so I'd have to get 13 Steps later. Without missing a beat, he smiled, grabbed it off the shelf and bought it for me. That day is forever burned in my mind.  
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Would you believe "My Favorite Martian"?!

As a child of the sixties, my Sunday night TV watching started at 7:30 on CBS with "My Favorite Martian." (CBS had such a great line up back on Sunday's in the sixties. I'd ask Harry if he'd agree, but he was too busy being PART of that lineup on the Ed Sullivan Show!!)  Uncle Martin the Martian had a few magician-like powers, he could disappear, he could levitate things with his finger and he could read minds. It was the mind-reading that grabbed me. I performed simple magic as a kid, but was anxious to learn any mind reading magic that could make me one-third martian.

A friend told me about a magic shop in downtown Philly. I visited Kanter's and with my sparse allowance money picked up a few mind-reading tricks. And a few very old, wrinkled and used copies of The Jinx.

I couldn't understand most of it; I found mind-reading (who knew from "mentalism" back then) performance driven, and not trick driven. So, I didn't give it too much more thought until my college years. I felt then I could sell the performance side of what had become "mentalism." 

I mix mental magic with cards all the time in my performances. And sometimes I still wish I could push up my antennae and vanish in a stop-action moment!

-- mike

BTW, my parents bought me the "My Favorite Martian Magic Set" way back when. Old re-purposed magic toy-props with colorful drawing of Ray Walston as the Martian on the box. I am sure it's floating around on eBay!

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Jeff McBride has an interesting take on the "stages of the magical journey." He breaks it down into four phases and hooks them up with the "four elements." That's a bit new agey for me ...


I lost all interest in Jeff McBride the day he wrote "On my journey to becoming a sage ..."

It's like being a rock-star - it's not a self-awarded title.  If you have to tell people you are one, then you aren't.  And telling people that you are becoming one is just pathetic.

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I love the way Ben Earl approaches card magic and does a good job pulling off the idea that he's reading his spectatator's mind.

I don't think that my personality would allow me to get away with it.



Rudy, I respectfully disagree.  We've never met but every performance of yours I have seen, every conversation you participate in, and everything I know about your life (only what you have shared with this forum) broadcasts one thing above all others: empathy.

That's one of the most valuable of all human characteristics ... and it's also the perfect foundation for selling the idea of mind-reading.
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When I was a kid I would tune in daily to KGBS radio and listen to Glen Falkenstein and the try to figure out how he did it.
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When I was a kid I would tune in daily to KGBS radio and listen to Glen Falkenstein and the try to figure out how he did it.


I only know of Glen from the L & L Tapes he put out some time ago, I'll say this much, he was a showman and he could get the audiences attention. He was very underated as a performer.
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I've always had an aversion to mentalism.  However, recently I've become disillusioned with tricks for tricks sake and wanted to move into something that could leave more of an impact on the spectator/participant than simply seeing a trick.  As much as I hate to admit it, it turns out mentalism is the best place for this type of magic.  Not leaving them with the idea that I have any kind of real power, but using it as a tool to show them that they have the ability to change things in their lives, if they just believe.
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