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Hello I am looking for resources on doing a Q&A act with a crystal ball. I want to take the blindfold version of what I am doing and replace the blindfold with a crystal ball.

I currently have the audience write down 3-4 pieces of information and a question on note cards. I still want this is the act. However I to openly use the crystal ball to get the impressions.
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Didn't Tim Conover do such an approach?
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Didn't Tim Conover do such an approach?


Absolutely, and with panache

https://vimeo.com/77245868
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Eric Mead is working on a Conover book, which I am eagerly anticipating it for this very purpose (though I have no idea when it may be published).

What exactly are you looking to learn that isn't just general Q&A methodology?
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Classic! He is sorely missed. Thanks Sven.
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Perform q&a and use a crystal ball as you do. Get Bobs video download on the subject.
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This is the first time that I see his videos.
What an energetic performance!
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A crystal ball can mask all kinds of, um , cheating using 'normal' methods
Why a crystal ball though?
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Isn't that the stereotypical first image one thinks of when they think of a psychic?
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Bob Cassidy has a Q&A routine in print with a crystal ball. I think he uses an acrylic ball (weighs less), but I might be misremembering.

Check out Artful Mentalism 2.

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This is a cheap but excellent manuscript that might be what you are looking for http://trickshop.com/nelson-visions-of-tomorrow.html
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Isn't that the stereotypical first image one thinks of when they think of a psychic?



Throw in a turban and the mood is complete.
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I do my Q&A routine with a crystal skull, but same basic idea.
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I do my Q&A routine with a crystal skull, but same basic idea.


Dan Ackroyd has a company that sells Vodka in a glass skull bottle. It would be funny to do a Q & A that way, but you keep drinking out of the bottle and your answers get better the drunker you get. Smile

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I do my Q&A routine with a crystal skull, but same basic idea.

This is how I do mine.

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Hey Tony...

Great looking set-up...do you do readings and Q & A with this set-up...?


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Greg that is funny!!! I actually like that drinking idea. It would work so well in bars and comedy clubs and other venues. Brings back the old performers who smoked and drank on stage.

Some real nice ideas here but lacking on my initial question of resources.
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Some real nice ideas here but lacking on my initial question of resources.


I gave you one.
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Two have been given - Nelson's and Casssidy's. Conover's if you can find the source as Eric won't be releasing his works on Tim for some time (closeup material will be coming first, then his stage materials).
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Hey Tony...

Great looking set-up...do you do readings and Q & A with this set-up...?


Continued Success,
Dan


Dan:

This is mt home party and it is all readings, some Q&A, some card readings, pendulum for confirmations, 8-Ball when needed.

Tony
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Thank You Tony...

Very Cool...!

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Two have been given - Nelson's and Casssidy's. Conover's if you can find the source as Eric won't be releasing his works on Tim for some time (closeup material will be coming first, then his stage materials).


Cassidy's is probably going to be the best currently available for most performers. Paul Voodini has some interesting thoughts on Q&A, but I think most current mentalists are going to balk at his methods (since they are rooted in Spiritualist demonstrations of the same). http://readerofminds.co.uk/page_26.html

Luke Jermay's video, Jermay's Mind, has a nice Q&A section in it, too.

Personal opinion: Q&A is basically doing a reading. So if you've done mentalism for any decently lengthy period of time, you've probably already got a ton of ways to do this already.
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If I ever get to perform a Q&A act, this would be the way I'd do it.
I just love the image of a mind reader gazing into a crystal ball and revealing thoughts and answering questions.

Great video of Tim Conover, he really was an amazing performer. Unbelievably energetic!
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Two have been given - Nelson's and Casssidy's. Conover's if you can find the source as Eric won't be releasing his works on Tim for some time (closeup material will be coming first, then his stage materials).


Another use of the crystal ball was Dr Jaks....he had quite a collection of various "crystal balls"; reference the Leo Behke and late (RIP Bob) Bob Blueme's book on "The Incredible Dr Jaks".

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Absolutely, and with panache

https://vimeo.com/77245868


Wow, panache indeed! Very impressive and inspiring performance.
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I do sometimes Q&A with crystal ball as well.

The crystal ball as any powerful and stereotypical prop for us as mystery performers should be studied in the context. Get classic and old gems from Nelson for example and adapt it to your own needs.

You can also study more modern methods and apply a crystal ball as part of the dramatic visuals.


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Dan Ackroyd has a company that sells Vodka in a glass skull bottle. It would be funny to do a Q & A that way, but you keep drinking out of the bottle and your answers get better the drunker you get. Smile

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Ok. Seriously...that is just the best idea I've heard for a Q&A Greg. Not even kidding - that is GOLD right there.

Would absolutely LOVE to see Steve Martin do this.
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Thank you for the couple ideas. I purchased thanks to j100Taylor his suggestion and although I have been busy and have not finished it yet this seems to be exactly what I was searching for. So a huge thank you for pointing that out to me. I think I might have to tweek it to fit me a bit more but that is fine by me. Thank you again.
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On Feb 18, 2017, Greg Arce wrote:
Dan Ackroyd has a company that sells Vodka in a glass skull bottle. It would be funny to do a Q & A that way, but you keep drinking out of the bottle and your answers get better the drunker you get. Smile

Greg


Ok. Seriously...that is just the best idea I've heard for a Q&A Greg. Not even kidding - that is GOLD right there.

Would absolutely LOVE to see Steve Martin do this.


Actually, someone saw this thread and wrote to me about it. He says he might try it. I told him I wanted to be updated if he did. I guess, stay tuned.

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