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alexhui
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Hello Derren,

Nice to talk with you here.

When you perform mentalism, sometimes you will get too strong response from audience, who think you are really a pychic. In these situations, how could you handle the audience's emotion to attain the maximum 'after-effect'? In other words, how to suspend audience belief for long period of time without destroying the illusion of effects.


Alex Hui
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For me, the maximum impact is not a belief that I have psychic powers. That's not difficult to achieve, and neither is amazement. It's inherently amazing, and the conclusion that one must be in some way psychic is the obvious first route for a spectator to take.
I'm happiest when the reaction is more resonant: when the spectator feels a little challenged by what's happened. That they KNOW it's not psychic, and don't have an easy label to put on it. In the end, there's only your persona as a performer that you have to concentrate on communicating. The routines are mere demonstrations (although they have to be great ones): you are more than the sum of them. The difference between the two is where the 'magic' lies. So whatever belief they attach to what they've seen - whatever conclusions they draw - I'll consistently challenge them, so they can't find a comfortable answer. The only thing I'll really nail for them is that it's not a psychic event.
That's the maximum 'after-effect' for me, not just eliciting a quick scream or an 'Ohmygodhowdidyoudothat'.
Thanks,
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