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Mind Phantom

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It seems that almost every mental effect that I come across..needs to have a volunteer to assist with the effect.

This is not true in other forms of magic, for example, I used to do a Crooked Gambling Show in which there were stretch's in which I didn't need to have a volunteer, everyone could sit back and just enjoy the show.

How much volunteer's do you think is needed for a 20 min set of just mental effects ? I know that's hard to answer? I have had on more than one occasion had spectators who didn't want to assist.

But I would like to know what you think about the matter?

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You do realize that mentalism is mostly about mind reading. You need a mind to read unless you are demonstrating psychokinesis or super human powers. Mentalism is pretty much all about volunteers.

If you are having trouble getting volunteers - try structuring your show to start with effects that don't require the spectators to come on stage like tossed out deck and such.  Then as you treat them with dignity and respect they will become more comfortable with you and perhaps you will do better getting them to volunteer.

Working with volunteers is an art unto itself. Most people are not comfortable on stage and we need to make them welcome and at ease and that is not always easy.

Hope this helps.
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Spectators wanting or not wanting to assist may also be how they feel they will be treated on stage.

My wife and I did a show once where this one girl volunteered twice. My wife spoke to the mom afterwards because she was in tears. This daughter has Asberger’s Syndrome. She didn’t like being in front of people. She never goes on stage. And yet she saw how much fun people were having on stage that she volunteered twice. The mom filmed every moment on her cell phone.

And that just made our night!
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And yes, mentalism is about demonstrating powers of ESP. A lot of volunteer use.
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Where is the 20min show going to be performed? Once you know the venue, its layout and where the audience is situated it will be easier for you to select effects to suit the show. You may not require any volunteers at all if you structure a show correctly... it all depends on you and your vision.
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