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alekei
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Dear Becker:

How do you manage a Complete Mentalism Show so the
Audience doesn't feel bored to see Mental Powers
for over 60 Minutes?

Yes, I'm using some Gags and Humor, but, besides
that......I mean, I don't want to create in the people's mind the thinking "o.k, o.k., I know you have a special talent using your mind, but it's enough!"
I do different kinds of effects, but sometimes I feel a little bit paranoic about this subject.

I'd Apprecite Your help...

Yours,

Alejandro.
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Alecki,

I hope we do get an answer from Larry on this, because what you asked is a very perceptive, and CRITICAL question especially when it comes down to routining a mental show. That is, if you can't keep their interest, you might end up putting the audience to sleep. Especialy challenging with a show of a mental nature, where visual type effects may be scarce.

Larry, what say ye?
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I'm sure you'll get many differences of opinion on this, but it varies depending on the performer. I personally think that shorter is better. To coin an old adage, less is more. I find that a 30 minute routine tends to be the punchiest. However, as I said, after that, it truly depends on the performer and the response he is illiciting from his audience. Personally, I'm most comfortable doing 45 to 60 minutes. As for the audience falling asleep, that's difficult when I'm finishing with the Russian Roulette. In recent years I've concentrated primarily on dinner parties, These performance generally run around 45 minutes. The best answer to this is to listen to your audience. If you are truly conscious of their reactions you'll find what works best for you. Of course, your customer will generally have a running time preference. Hopefully they'll value your imput should you have the opportunity to discuss it with them. Just be prepared by having three strong programs (30, 45 aqnd 60). Beyond that you risk watching their eyes glaze over. Experience is the greatest teacher of all. Larry
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