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A.G.
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I am working on a good street act at the moment, and I am using Bank Night as the trick to build the crowd - there will be four people in different parts of the crowd standing with an envelope over their heads during the routine. I will follow with invisible deck. And end with Russian Roulette. An almost entirely mental set (except for a balloon swallow at the start as an attention grabber).
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Stealth Assassin is a great option
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Use a peak wallet or CT or use a reveal for a prediction on a building (written in graffiti, etc..) NW are always good for predicting numbers, etc...
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Be carefull outdoors with energy bill and the wind, try an add a number pad, easy and involves 3-4 people, also the what hand is it in goes over very well, do a quick search here, there has been a lot of talk recently .
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Thought transmitter is great.
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Spider pen, thought transmitter, loops, stacked deck, small impression pad. All practical stuff.
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I've only tried street mentalism once and all I carried with me was an Invisible Deck and an impression pad. I was also prepared to use my wrist watch for a watch stop and my mobile phone for Cellular Mitosis. If needed I could also have scribbled some ESP symbols on the back of my business cards and performed an effect with them.
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I've only done it a few times..Some effects I use include Osterlind's radar deck and to ask someone to name a card have them call my friend who names it. A lot can be done with st**ges if you are out goofing with trustworthy friends, it's a lot of fun (I'm an amateur). Nevertheless, I understand why many performers are opposed to them, they can be damaging to the reputation of a professional if discovered.
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Yes but can also be fantastic if used under the right conditions. You could use code work then this way they can name any card they want. This would be a mirrical over the phone in the streets. You could do this with so many things, even a picture dupelication can work this way.

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On 2009-09-15 15:54, Daren James wrote:
Yes but can also be fantastic if used under the right conditions. You could use code work then this way they can name any card they want. This would be a mirrical over the phone in the streets. You could do this with so many things, even a picture dupelication can work this way.

Daren

Yep exactly. Personally I think deception is deception and only how good the effect looks should be the relevant criteria. When you try to use an ethical argument to say that some conventional methods should be discriminated against while others are perfectly fine, you are on shaky ground. At least, I fail to see the relevant ways in which using st**ges is less ethical methods, but whatever. Using st**ges provides for some great direct miracles, especially if used creatively, and that's good enough for me.
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A couple of really great effects that work for me are "3 No Evil" by Doug Highley and also "Taking Notes" by Wayne Dobson. Also I see that a lot of people like the Invisible Deck. I think Invisible Deck is great, but I like the added kicker of using the Brainwave Deck. It always gets a great reaction. A lot of people get scared off by the question: "What if they choose the suit that doesn't match the color of card box?" A lot of people say "Use a white card box" I actually love it when people say the wrong color suit because then I say "Did you notice anything strange or anything different?" Then I say "Well didn't you think it was strange that I took out blue cards from a red box?" "And you see, when you took your cards out of your blue box earlier, they were red" "Well I must have gotten the boxes mixed up on our cards" "But that's not the only thing I got mixed up because you see the cards that we both thought of must have gotten mixed up also" "Would you turn the (whatever card is named and facing up I actually take out of the deck and set it face up on the table - or since it's street magic, I tell them to hold their hand out and set it face up on their hand) (anyway name the card that is facing up) over" When they do, it gets a huge reaction. So I'm not scared of them naming the wrong suit. In fact I like it even better when they do name the wrong color suit than when they name they matching color suit.
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Did some minor busking last year, and decided to trying something a little more involved with mentalism this go around. I see a few challenges, as most busking requires visual aids to hold crowd interest, and mentalism doesn't lend itself well to that demand.

That being said, the best strategy I've devised for street mentalism is the following;

Use macro and micro effects
Ensure good staging
Use visual aids
Make it faced paced, humorous, and loud

With those requirement's in place, here are the effects I'm starting with;

Osterlind Breakthrough Card System and Liquid Metal (to draw crowd)
A humorous and quick cold reading based on shapes audience members choose (Macro)
Richard Osterlind Bank Night (Semi-Macro)
Richard Osterlind Watch Routine (Visual & Good Staging)
Closer - Richard Osterlind ODDS (Visual)

This act shouldn't take more than 15-20 minutes, is technically easy, requires minimum props (pay envelopes, 2 dry erase boards, watch), and can meet the requirements I set for myself.

Love to hear everyone's thoughts.

Thanks!
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Any billet switching technique will work wonders!
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I thought about that, in particular, Bob Cassidy's Name & Place routine. I would be too worried about the angles with busking though. Even against a wall, you have audience members at your far right and left.
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Also a pocket index is very easy ,
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I busk on the streets of Toronto when I'm bored.

My props: a stack of business cards, a pencil, a NW, 3 pay envelopes.... sometimes I carry a small fold-up chair with me just for fun to sit between sets and to sit participants down... it makes for a good show sometimes.

My set is comprised of only effects that I can do with those props. I can make the show 5 minutes long or 25 minutes long.... though I find 15-20 is a good length. I have a few effects I fall back on sometimes: an equivoue prediction, WH's Stigmata, Punx's Great Minds Think Alike, an ungimmicked/impromptu drawing dupe and such. All effects, I ensure, can be performed while surrounded or I block myself with people such that I can perform them surrounded. I end with my own effect where one spectator reads the other's mind (nothing too fancy or complex) and I have them yell out what they are each thinking at the end of the effect (a move, I regret to admit, I have stolen from Paul Brook's description of his effect Juxtapose. Please forgive me Paul but it's bold piece of theater to have people scream out the same thing).

The idea is to get comfortable doing a sort of "jazz" mentalism.... I mostly busk on the streets for a single purpose: to hone my performance skills. Street mentalism is one of the hardest things to do in magic and it really forces you to constantly push yourself and your limits to better your performance and your audience management skills.

Thinking it's a bit humid to busk,

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Hi,

not sure if this is any use to you, ive been playing around with a few new idea's for a new book I'm writing and I was out performing in the streets to trial run some madness, I had a card thought of and then had a window picked from a couple of shop fronts? once they selected a random window I then had them breathe on it, at which point thier thought of card appeared on the glass....

For such a simple effect this bit of mentalism caused mayhem! the group I was performing for were stunned.

Just an idea for ya

Best of luck

R
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I am surprized that no one has mention your best friend, Swami...
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I love doing stigmata
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