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Ted Lesley
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I like to know from the readers of the Café if they have experience with any kind of stooges and what are their thoughts theiron?

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Ted Lesley

( The "Victor Borge" of Mentalism )
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I don't usually like using them because I like to have total control during my performances and you can't totally trust a stooge ... but sometimes you can't help it because it makes the presentation even more fantastic, and I think the entertainment value here wins out. So if I use a stooge, I want to use a stooge I trust, and one that no one will suspect. It's a tough job when I get around to it.

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I personnaly use often "instant stooge" in my act, but it fit my style and caracter.

But, i almost never use a stooge, i prefere to cue the helpers live on stage...


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I also never use a stooge.

On the other hand I must confess that during one performance, by accident, one lady saw something that wasn't supposed to be seen. But she looked at me with a smile and played her 'role' very well and I was able to take a higher risk. The spectators couldn't believe the outcome.
Sid Mayer
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I seldom use a stooge. This is not because of any ethical qualms. The problem with most effects that requre a stooge is that there is no other possible explanation.

However, if the effect is great enough and the show (or showcase) important enough, I believe any means to be justified.

The two effects for which I do use stooges are effects that I perform only on special occasions. One of them is based on a plot by my friend Doc Shiels. The method is mine and the only purpose of the stooge (who does not need to be rehearsed) is to provide a kicker finish.

The other is an original plot based on the infamous Affair of the Diamond Necklace. It is largely dependent upon the stooge but is so constructed that, thanks to a bit of sleight of hand, use of a stooge appears logically impossible.

All the world's a stage ... and everybody on it is overacting.
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We enjoy employing a few techniques to recruit instant stooges.

As Mr. Mayer mentions above, there is a time when using a stooge is desirable. We have used a scripted stooge only once. Performing conditions made one of our title effects impossible, yet the CEO’s wife had expressed her desire to witness it. The payoff for us was that the wife was duly impressed. She was connected to three national organizations, all of which hired us within that year.

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Michael BlackSalt
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