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Matt Pulsar
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I think a better litmus test would be to ask the wives or husbands of mentalists what the best they had seen was.
Also, a lot of these answers are references to things people have read and/or seen on television. If we limited it to what we'd seen live it would be a very different story.

For me personally, considering what I've seen live, Kreskin's Halloween show was fantastic. His hypnosis segment and the cmr at the end were amazing and his Q and
A was enlightening. I can imagine how much more impactful it would be if I wasn't in the know as well. Outside of this, Jon Stetson is the Mentalist I've seen more than others, and even though I've seen him many many times I remain completely engaged. Also, Gil Eagles' blindfold routine was fantastic.

Add in things I've seen on video and it's very hard to narrow down. But, a video comes to mind that I can't seem to find because it was in German and I don't remember the name of the performer. Basically he told a story with a woman on the other side of a table, she had an object in a box and his revelation of the object was the climax. But, during the routine hypnosis was shown in a few different ways. It was just beautiful. If anyone knows what I'm talking about it would be great to have a link to that video again.
After that I agree that there are many Darren Brown performances that are just amazing. Going back to my childhood, when Copperfield did the Berlin Wall confabulation I saw that live and it convinced me he had powers. James Mapes also has a great pilot show he did involving past life reductions through hypnosis that I also was particularly amazed by. Seems for me that the most impressive Mentalism I've experienced or seen involved hypnosis in some way.

Of things I've only read about Gellar's design duplications for the US governments psychic research projects are mind blowing. I have no idea how that worked, and I'm onen to the possibility that it's legit. I think as soon as a Mentalism demonstration creates that possibility there is nothing stronger.

I'll ask my wife what the most impressive she has seen was and report back.


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For everyone who hasn't seen the video Stuart is referring to:


https://www.facebook.com/123257274398249......f=SEARCH
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This is a good point. Live things are extremely different. A well made magician's choice can blow your mind. In a way, a good live performance, especially done for you, is like a multiplier of experience.

But then one of the things that still seems to be a truism - is that most people often have never seen a magician live, let alone a mentalist.
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On Apr 16, 2017, Alexxander wrote:
For everyone who hasn't seen the video Stuart is referring to:


https://www.facebook.com/123257274398249......f=SEARCH


This is incredibly performed and filmed. A work of art.
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Jermay's QA act is the most realistic performance of mentalism in its purest form, IMO.
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Jermay's QA act is the most realistic performance of mentalism in its purest form, IMO.


I agree. Luke's performance at Mindsummit two years ago was probably the best thing I've ever seen.

Also thank you, Stuart and Louigi, for your nice comments about my video.
I appreciate them very much.
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Jermay's QA act is the most realistic performance of mentalism in its purest form, IMO.


Is it available
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A psychic managed to guess my birth name upon meeting me even though she was introduced to me by my stage name.

"I don't know you as a Philemon; I know you as [redacted]."

I still have no explanation to how she knew.
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Are you sure, Steven?
Luke published a lot of Q&A material. I am not sure this version was amongst it.
Also, besides the method: no one could perform it like he did.
For me it was a perfect piece of theatre. Mysterious, exciting and a little bit scary.
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A psychic managed to guess my birth name upon meeting me even though she was introduced to me by my stage name.

"I don't know you as a Philemon; I know you as [redacted]."

I still have no explanation to how she knew.

Your parents named you "redacted" 😱 No wonder you go by your stage name.

I was in a huge hall where a man had some 300-400 ordinary people bend flatware with only their minds. It was movingly brilliant.
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I think Steven was asking if it is available, not saying that it is.
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Ah, sorry...
My mistake.
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I saw earlier in this thread about PT's billetless name guess...it was published in bigger fish 2 but that is sold out everywhere...anywhere else this was published?

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I saw earlier in this thread about PT's billetless name guess...it was published in bigger fish 2 but that is sold out everywhere...anywhere else this was published?

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Don't Peter Turner sell something like this.
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I saw earlier in this thread about PT's billetless name guess...it was published in bigger fish 2 but that is sold out everywhere...anywhere else this was published?

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Sleepy

I believe a version is also available in Freeform Mentalism. I don't know if it's the same as I am not familiar with the Bigger Fish one.

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For everyone who hasn't seen the video Stuart is referring to:


https://www.facebook.com/123257274398249......f=SEARCH


As I was reading Stuart's question, this video came to my mind.
Didn't remember that it was Axel or where I could find it, but knew that it had to be this video.

As a dutchman I normally find the german language has a bit of a hard tone to the ear but Axel's voice and pacing together with the music almost made it a poem!

Thank you for posting this video again.
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On Apr 16, 2017, SleepyMagic wrote:
I saw earlier in this thread about PT's billetless name guess...it was published in bigger fish 2 but that is sold out everywhere...anywhere else this was published?

Thanks
Sleepy

I believe a version is also available in Freeform Mentalism. I don't know if it's the same as I am not familiar with the Bigger Fish one.

Rex


Thanks....i reckon if it was the same as the one in bigger fish 2 it would have been in the ad copy of freeform mentalism?

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When I was in China, an old woman guessed my zodiac sign and my favorite book without me doing anything at all. I'm not even sure it was a trick...
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