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Michael Dustman
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First of all, thank you once again for all the effects that you have shared with us. I remember our talk at the IBM last summer when I discussed my Vegas Vacation Routine which incorporated Casino Royale with Room Service and a Keno Ticket prediction. Even though I got great reactions with it, I sometimes wondered if you ever thought it would be overkill. Your approval of my routine was very important to me.

On to the matter at hand. A lot of times on this and other boards, I see a lot of people always questioning ways of how the audience perceives things and what they expect them to perceive. You had almost a half hour discussion with me on the ridiculousness of "magicians guilt" and it really improved the way I do things. It is probably one of the most effective contributions I have received in my history of performing. I thought it might be beneficial for quite a few if you would share your thoughts on that. I can't emphasize enough how much you made me see the light.

Thanks for being here.

PS: Not sure if you remember pulling my wife aside in Cleveland and showing her the Final Flashback so she would buy it for me....but she caved and I am loving it.
Larry Becker
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Thanks Michael. The bottom line is that miscalls are one of the most potent weapons in a mentalist's aresenal. Many magicians have a problem with the boldness that's required to pull it off. If I'm reading a confirmation letter as in Casino Light, the actual amount of money isn't in the letter. But, because the modus operandi involved two forced revelations prior to the amount of money, the participant is too busy to notice the figure isn't really visible (it's under my thumb ;-) or it's supposed to be under my thumb. But it's the forceful manner with which I point to the next few words and my hurried instructions for him to remove the bills from his pocket that creates the illusion for the audience that the amopunt of money has been confirmed by the partticipant reading the letter aloud. Magician's guilt as I call it causes many to overlook the sheer power of the miscall or double speak. Bold works. There are times I purposely show written predictions to spectator after spectator in the first row. Even though there's not enough time for them to see anything, the rest of the audience is totally disarmed by the bold manner in which I show the contents of the letter. It takes confidence and excellent audience management skills, but the results are well worth it. Regards- Larry
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