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Well, last weekend I was booked to do mentalism show in Budapest at a convention and after feeling exhausted from my show, though it was very successful, I finally got time to watch Vol.7 of Richards new DVD series completely.

And so again I just want to add some comments on Richards new DVD Series without repeating previsous posts too much. But I have the urge to mention this.

I use lot of material of other great performers, some of my own inventions but Richards stuff really influenced me a lot and thus it plays a big part of my mentalism. Maybe I am one of the, if not the biggest, fan of Richards' work here in Austria.

Not only have influenced me the effects but the more his thinking behind effects, especially his improvements to old classics because I also like to reread old books and find 'new' stuff for my shows.

SO many good reviews about the effects have been written here at the thread. So I just want to add that I also really enjoyed watching the ecplanation section and the very nice and thoughtful comments between Richard and Jim. Especially at the explanation to 'Dad's favourite'.

When Richards explained this it really was a pleasure to watch the comfortable atmosphere in the studio and, at least I, could see the emotion of this effect to Richard. I even could imagine Richards father sitting in his chair with a shot glass and giving the cutting instructions to little Richard (I don't mean the musician ;-))

So just that's the reason for this post. After watching this I felt so relaxed and full of satifaction. I am this kind of emotional man, at least my wife loves that, and so such things wouldn't mean much to others watching the DVD but to me at this very moment it was like real magic.

Thanks Richard, not only for your effects, ideas and thoughts but also for making visible your feelings and emotions.

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Thanks, Thomas. Smile
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I agree with everything Thomas says.

I have been watching The Modern Mindreader over and over and really love this one.
Have a few questions Richard. I watched repeatedly to see when you did the dirty work but didn't catch it. The third or fourth time, you walked back laughing and I am pretty sure you were doing it then. This was so funny, you had everyone laughing and the whole time you were doing your thing:)

ANyways, here are my two questions.

1) I know you mentioned colors for the writing slips but I have only come across bright yellow (your yellow looked very good). DO you think it would be suspicious if I cut up some manilla matching envelopes into 1 by 2s and used these to hand out for the spectators to write their thoughts? It would be an exact match and very deceptive.

2) Any ideas how to make the envelopes open easier (dirty work)? I noticed you did this very fast but sometimes while practicing, they stick. Time is of essence when ones back is turned.

Once again, very nice! My wife kinda sat through some of the explanations cause I had it on. Then I switched to the performance and I could tell she still wasn't sure anymore:)
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This is one heck of a great thread, and must be a The Magic Café record in the keeping to the topic (almost) all the way through, and the number of posts.

All the applause here is is very well deserved, and shows how much we all appreciate Richard and his work and thinking.

Sven
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On 2005-11-14 22:45, Candini wrote:
I agree with everything Thomas says.

I have been watching The Modern Mindreader over and over and really love this one.
Have a few questions Richard. I watched repeatedly to see when you did the dirty work but didn't catch it. The third or fourth time, you walked back laughing and I am pretty sure you were doing it then. This was so funny, you had everyone laughing and the whole time you were doing your thing:)

ANyways, here are my two questions.

1) I know you mentioned colors for the writing slips but I have only come across bright yellow (your yellow looked very good). DO you think it would be suspicious if I cut up some manilla matching envelopes into 1 by 2s and used these to hand out for the spectators to write their thoughts? It would be an exact match and very deceptive.

2) Any ideas how to make the envelopes open easier (dirty work)? I noticed you did this very fast but sometimes while practicing, they stick. Time is of essence when ones back is turned.

Once again, very nice! My wife kinda sat through some of the explanations cause I had it on. Then I switched to the performance and I could tell she still wasn't sure anymore:)


Candini,

Thanks for your posting and your friendship! Let me talk about your questions.

I don't think I would go with bright yellow. That would stick out way too much. Cutting up envelopes wuold work, but you really want card stock. What you can use are manilla folders cut up! You can buy a huge box of these and get a large supply of cards from just a half hour or so with your paper cutter.

I "buldge" open the first envelope by squeezing the sides. That makes it real easy to reach in and get the card. After that I just take my time as I walk back to the stage and use my thumb and fingers to open the envelope. It is actually easier to do in a real show because usually the audience is much bigger than the L&L audience and there is more room to do the "work." You mentioned, Candini, that I did this fast, but you don't have to rush. Constantly talking to the audience and making jokes makes it real easy to cover this move. When you compare what you have to do in this routine compared to, say, an ambitious card routine, there is really not much work at all!

As to not seeing me do it, I do it with my back turned! I know that doesn't sound too clever, but if you have to walk back to the stage anyways, why not do it then?

Thanks again so much!

Richard
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On 2005-11-15 01:02, Sven Rygh wrote:
This is one heck of a great thread, and must be a The Magic Café record in the keeping to the topic (almost) all the way through, and the number of posts.

All the applause here is is very well deserved, and shows how much we all appreciate Richard and his work and thinking.

Sven




Sven,

I should point out that Sven and I met earlier this year in England and I sent him the very first Final Answer I made. (after my own of course!) I know he has used it numerous times and can attest to how practical it is.

Now I will make my good friend blush! You should know that Sven is a very important businessman who owns a chain of restaurants. Although that is his profession he presents quite a few performances on a very high corporate level in Europe. I am pleased and honored that he uses a number of my effects.

Thank you my good friend! Smile

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Thanks Richard for taking the time to answer my questions. Modern Mindreader hit me real hard and I'll probably watch it at least 10 more times before and after my first performance.

I believe you said its easy, its hard etc etc during the explanations:) All of the above.
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Gentlemen;

I can nothing but confirm what Richard mentioned about the Final Answer.
I have been using it for months, and can tell you that this really is the Final Answer to Q&A routines!
I have, as Richard mentions used it numerous times, and really love it.
The props are as innocent as they can get, and the routine is tecniqually very easy to do.
That fact gives you all the options in the world to focus on what Q&A is all about, - cold reading and presentation.
The routine is in my opinion everything that the add says, and some more, - and NOTE: Please check up the additional ideas for it that Richard recently put up on his blog.
Those ideas are brilliant, and add pure gold to the already great routine.



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On 2005-11-15 08:10, Richard Osterlind wrote:
Now I will make my good friend blush!

Richard;
You really made me do that!! Smile
I try, both within the magic fraterny and elsewhere in my life, to keep a low profile about my daytime job and what kind of audiences I have.
Honestly, that is not thatimportant.
What's reallyimportant, is how we as human beeings interact and communicate, the interest and love for the wonderful art of magic we all have in common, and that we perform,
- As pros or amateurs, for large audiences, - or small.
In my opinion, that's the only way to keep this art form alive!

Thank you for your very kind words!

Your friend

Sven

PS:
To those of you that not have met Richard and wonder if he really is as outgoing, kind and friendly in real life as it shows in his videos and in this forum;
He IS!
-and some more.
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I tell you I can't stop laughing every time I watch "Frank" the old timer on Volume 5 The Modern Mindreader. Richard, this is so funny! The look on his face when you mentioned the single girls to him:)
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Frank seems to be a real enthusiast! Smile
I missed John, though!

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Right Sven, I just wanted to post the same. I also wanted to ask where John was. I also missed his enthusiastic reactions from the first MM series.

Maybe Richard can give us a clue why John was taking part at this. Maybe he was too enthusiastic ;-))

Regarding Frank I agree with Candindi. But the reactions of all were fantastic. Especially at the matchbook prediction. I really enjoyed the non verbal game Richard played with the audience and the reactions even before they looked in the matchbook.

Great. So this DVD series not only teaches good mentalism but also is of highest entertainment value.

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Thomas/Sven,

Yeah it is entertaining. And I believe there are some in the audience who are in the back where we can't see them.

Everyone misses Jon....good ol Lake Tahoe, I spent my honeymoon there. Mark Twain called it "The fairest place on Earth." Bonanza filmed there also.

Back to the video, yeah it was so funny when Richard went over to the regular Frank in Modern Mindreader. And it wasn't his envelope. Calling the other Frank down, the single man with a girl friend. My side hurts from laughing.

Just the look on his face when Richard was telling him the name of his girl friend, dog etc..........::)
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On 2005-11-16 03:48, Thomas Rudolfo wrote:
Right Sven, I just wanted to post the same. I also wanted to ask where John was. I also missed his enthusiastic reactions from the first MM series.

Maybe Richard can give us a clue why John was taking part at this. Maybe he was too enthusiastic ;-))

Greetings
Thomas


Thomas,

I really don't know where John is. I miss him, too! With all the ribbing he has gotten about his actions, I thought he was wonderful. Having someone like that to work with not only keeps you on your toes, but gives you so many wonderful opportunities for comedy. Scotty is also great. That line he came up with about the blindfold, something like "it's like having a refrigerator in front of your face!" was priceless. You know, a lot of the lines that I use that always get a laugh actually came from spectators saying things like that! (I am really not all that clever!)

Richard
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Talking about lines;
(I ment to mention this a long time ago, and forgot to do so)
Your own "Do you call that a cirkle"? is IMO one of mentalim's most clever lines!
It puts the spectator in a fun and charming way in immediate defence of what she did, and is to me an amazing example of the cancellation principle.
- and of course it can be converted to other effects, and will make the spectator defend with her body and soul what she did, said, wrote or drew .
I just love it!

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Richard;

You mentioned it somewhere that you consider a hypnotism video.
Any news on that?

Sven
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Sven, if I remember correctly, Richard's hypnotism video was found to reveal a little too much... Smile

I'd still love to eventually see a hypnotism project from Richard.
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Yes it did, Fred! I'm sure it would be a great seller, but we have to maintain the L&L code of decency!

I might think about doing another one, however. I think it would be great to really have such an instructional hypnotism available.

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Richard,

Do you know where the 4mm listo lead in color white can be obtained?

Thanks

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Here's one place.
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On 2005-11-17 17:30, Richard Osterlind wrote:
Yes it did, Fred! I'm sure it would be a great seller, but we have to maintain the L&L code of decency!


Instead of L&L, perhaps it could be released by T&A. Smile
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