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Also while I think of it, derren's 10p routine was one of my favourite routines ever to perform. While I could, of course!

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On Aug 23, 2014, Mindpro wrote:
As you can tell by the posts to the question posed, the question should have been "what/who was the best mentalism performance you've ever seen?"

My point is it is really not about the effect as much as the performer and the presentation. To me this is one of the greatest misconceptions in our art. We are not truly impressed or impacted by the trick or effect, but in reality the presentation and execution of the performance by the talent/personality.

I completely second that there is a reason Derren Brown, Peter Turner, and Bob Cassidy keep coming up
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As you can tell by the posts to the question posed, the question should have been "what/who was the best mentalism performance you've ever seen?"

My point is it is really not about the effect as much as the performer and the presentation. To me this is one of the greatest misconceptions in our art. We are not truly impressed or impacted by the trick or effect, but in reality the presentation and execution of the performance by the talent/personality.


I think that's true up to a point, but the impact of store bought effects on AGT performed by, on the whole, mediocre talents suggests that a brilliantly designed effect can have a huge impact, despite any limitations of the person performing it.

What I think is interesting is how many of the effects chosen as favourites here were created by the person performing them. It would seem the singer and his own song is stronger than the singer doing a cover version. It's just a shame so much of mentalism is cover versions.
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Yeah, I agree. But then those will chime in with the same old "well there's only so many premises in metalism". To that I say yeah, but look how many great songs have been written using the same three chords!
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How about comedy? After all, there are only seven basic joke forms.
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Or the seven basic plots in narrative literature. We're 2,000 years away from Gilgamesh yet still we're thrilled by new films, plays and novels. I wonder which mentalism effects will be released in 4014? And will we know the solution to the Berglas Effect by then Smile
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On Aug 23, 2014, mastermindreader wrote:
How about comedy? After all, there are only seven basic joke forms.


Long Island Iced Tea = perfect mix of five basic spirits... Smile
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Actually, there is really only one joke that matters:

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I think a layperson would be best to answer the initial question.
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The problem, though, with having a layperson answer, would be that the average layperson has probably only seen one or two mentalists in his/her entire life.
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Gotta love Monty python
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On Aug 24, 2014, mastermindreader wrote:
The problem, though, with having a layperson answer, would be that the average layperson has probably only seen one or two mentalists in his/her entire life.


Agreed.
Maybe a lay mentalism enthusiast could answer. But maybe this person would be drawn to his or her preferred performer regardless how strong other performers are.
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I've got to say that I never met a "lay mentalism enthusiast!" But I agree that laymen would just generally pick the only one they probably ever saw in person.
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Most laypeople will opt for "the guy" they've seen do some Mind Reading on TV. A by product of this for some will be to actually go & see this guy live if he comes to their town.
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When I was working out a blindfold routine, I thought that I knew all, or at least most of the published methods. Then, Kuda Bux had me put his blindfold on him. What he did with the blindfold on, completely blew me away. It was as if he had vision from every angle. I don't know if time has distorted my memory, and I am now envisioning it from a layman's perspective, but it was totally amazing.
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Yeah some people out there have devolved some pretty ingenuis blindfold methods that blow me away too sometimes.
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As a teenager in the late nineties, the magic society I was a member of had Andy Nyman perform at our annual dinner. He opened with the Tossed Out Deck and completely blew me away. His whole act was fantastic but that initial experience of the TOD and the wonder I felt really stayed with me.
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All three happened at Mindvention but different years:

Jeremy Weiss's legendary ACAAN
Looch's inexplicable (and unpublished) Influence routine
and Marco Fida's mythic Contact Mind Reading
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All three happened at Mindvention but different years:

Jeremy Weiss's legendary ACAAN
Looch's inexplicable (and unpublished) Influence routine
and Marco Fida's mythic Contact Mind Reading


Yeah I remember seeing some of the promo videos for influence after it first came out and it blew me away too.
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