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Topic: Phill Smith: Now appearing live, here
Message: Posted by: phillsmiff (Feb 2, 2007 07:44AM)
Hi there, I have finally heard the call of the Café and come to see what's cooking. I am a UK based performer, with a special interest in mentalism, I look forward to seeing the comings and goings on the forum and participating in some lively debate no doubt.

Lets get started then

Phill Smith
Message: Posted by: Harry Truman (Feb 2, 2007 11:30AM)
Hi there Phill,

Just read about your new book - it sounds wonderful! Nice to see you here, you should be another gem in the sparkling water that is The Magic Café ;)

Welcome.
Message: Posted by: Piers (Feb 2, 2007 11:39AM)
Hello Phill!

Piers UK
Message: Posted by: MagiCanada (Feb 2, 2007 02:19PM)
Welcome to the Café!
Message: Posted by: Jeff_Mash (Feb 2, 2007 06:30PM)
Welcome to the Café!
Message: Posted by: SixStringedIllusion (Feb 4, 2007 12:01PM)
Mentalism is always fun, what kind do like particularly?
Message: Posted by: phillsmiff (Feb 4, 2007 03:27PM)
Good question SixString!

I have always been interested in the paranormal, and my involvement in magic and mentalism has been something of an outgrowth of this fascination. The thing that appeals to me about mentalism is I suppose the fact that your props are the audience themselves, their thoughts, their ideas.

You get to borrow these very personal things and use them to paint a picture of a world where the incredible feats that you do are possible. I love building presentations where you lead with something plausible but impressive, like a graphology demonstration, and then peel away the layers until you are left with something impossible, and to lead the audience members along with you.

As to what particular kind of mentalism I like, I'm a big fan of the simple and direct. Pretty much everything I like to perform is all about stripping away the complexity of method to get as close to the truth of the effect as possible. This means minimal props, minimal method, and lots of room for performance and characterisation.

I love to perform effects that are as close to impromptu as can be, and to be honest, the reason is probably because to me, it feels more like the real thing.

Bit sad that I suppose!

Phill
Message: Posted by: mark1991 (Feb 6, 2007 10:10AM)
Hi there,

Welcome to the Magic Café!

Hope to see you around!

Many thanks

Magical Mark Watson
(mark1991)