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Hi,

I am compering a show for my magical society and being primarily a mentalist, I would like to do some effects that are "mental" in nature.

In the past I have done the "classics" - Hoy Book Test, Magic Square, invisible deack, some Banachek PS - but am after some new inspiration.

Ideally the effects should be about 3-5 minutes in length and not really require someone on stage.

Any thoughts?
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Don't you mean preparing a show?
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I guess mrFluffy means he will be MC ing


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On 2014-01-22 10:08, stubbs360 wrote:
Don't you mean preparing a show?


I think Steve is right. Compère is British English for Master of Ceremonies:

com·père
ˈkämˌpe(ə)r/
Brit.
noun
noun: compère; plural noun: compères

1. a person who introduces the performers or contestants in a variety show; host.

verb
verb: compère; 3rd person present: compères; past tense: compèred; past participle: compèred; gerund or present participle: compèring

1. act as a compère for (such a show).

Not to be confused with "compeer," which is what SAM members call each other when they can't think of something more creative. Smile
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In any case I would advice to just stay with the classics, if you're not supposed to be the main attraction there.
And there will be a lesser chance of failer doing effects that you already know.
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When I think of an MC (emcee) I think of someone who keeps the show moving along smoothly. Your effects shouldn't be the focus of the show but should add to it. Think off the nature of the other acts. Are they serious? If so, you might consider doing a quick throw away gag to break up the seriousness and tension. The contrast would be welcome in my opinion. Also, you don't want to outshine the other performers- this wouldn't be the time to do a knockout version of MOABT or something else incredibly strong. I do like the idea of classics. I think T.O.D. Could be great for this type of show. Look up other performers who emceed a lot. Terry Seabrooke was always a favorite of mine. He even has a chapter dedicated to emcee work in his book, Around the World in a Baking Tin (excellent book!)
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I agree with twistedace. You're probably better off doing comedy mental magic gags rather than attempting any serious mentalism. The magicians in the audience won't take mentalism seriously anyway. (Most magicians find it boring if you do it straight.)
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One of the best MC bit's I've ever seen:

MC walks on stage with a brown paper bag and explains that he doesn't have much time to set up and go through all of the effects he really wanted to show so he will just show the amazing parts of each trick. He pulls out a card and says "this was the card you were going to think of", then pulls out a rope and says "the rope is restored", then crumples the brown bag and says "and the ketchup is gone." It killed in a room full of magicians.
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On 2014-01-22 11:43, twistedace wrote:
One of the best MC bit's I've ever seen:

MC walks on stage with a brown paper bag and explains that he doesn't have much time to set up and go through all of the effects he really wanted to show so he will just show the amazing parts of each trick. He pulls out a card and says "this was the card you were going to think of", then pulls out a rope and says "the rope is restored", then crumples the brown bag and says "and the ketchup is gone." It killed in a room full of magicians.


If I'm not mistaken, that's a Harry Anderson gag. Not surprise it was lifted.
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On 2014-01-22 11:43, twistedace wrote:
One of the best MC bit's I've ever seen:

MC walks on stage with a brown paper bag and explains that he doesn't have much time to set up and go through all of the effects he really wanted to show so he will just show the amazing parts of each trick. He pulls out a card and says "this was the card you were going to think of", then pulls out a rope and says "the rope is restored", then crumples the brown bag and says "and the ketchup is gone." It killed in a room full of magicians.


If I'm not mistaken, that's a Harry Anderson gag. Not surprise it was lifted.
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I have no idea what the origin is. I saw a local guy do it and it went over great.
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Another classic is coming out with a newspaper, tearing it like a torn and restored newspaper, but just as you finish tearing, look to the wings and pretend that someone is telling you to wrap it up "... oh, the next act is ready..." Take the newspaper, wad it into a ball and throw it to a confederate in the front row. Then look back to the wings, "... oh, they're not quite ready yet..." Have your confederate throw up an untorn wadded newspaper and proceed to do the restoration.

The success of this bit, as with most, rests completely on your ability to have fun with it.
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Now that's definitely from Terry Seabrooke.
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Sorry, should have been more specific.

Yes, it would be "MC-ing" although in the UK that can also mean rapping over the top of songs in a nightclub.

The show is for lay people, but put on by my society.

I have to do an introduction and then 3 "filler" segments, whilst the close up magicians reset.
In the second half, I am the middle act, so can do my "strong stuff"

Just wanted some, as you guys have said, comedy mental stuff.....but not the baby gag

Steven Keyl - I do a variation of that. Hold a jumbo card, "transmit" the thought of the card to them, get them to name it, then say "now, we've never met before have we? We've not set anything up" then the stage whisper comes, I move to side of stage, "Oh, *John* is doing this later....oh ok" Pass card to helper. Then second stage whisper "Oh....he doesn't mind if I do instead" Helper passes actual card named. Long comedy pause......

twistedace - I like that idea, but may modify it for my audience as they aren't magicians
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