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I am not really a mentalist. I'm a hobbyist who does various things. But Steve at Grand Illusions told me I'd never make it as a magician and should try mentalism, or words to that effect.
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While magic has many definitions and applications (Mentalism amongst them), they all have a common theme of
attempting to get something without doing the work.

Today the illusion of getting enhanced mental mastery will have a "greater reaction" than enhanced ability to manipulate physical objects in a small way.

More importantly, the willingness of people to pay to see a demonstration of unusual ability is now weighted on the mental side.

Don't confuse this with the popularity of conjuring effects over mental based one.

Hollywood and mass marketing has destroyed the perceptions of what a magician might do. Enjoy the Mentalism rush while you can.

The popular craving for "entertain me" does not make one approach "more real" than the other. Any performance "for entertainment" will never be perceived as "real."

On the other hand a powerful performance of wither type can take an observer to the point they do not care if it is real or pretend -- only a seed of awe and wonder remembered forever.

Many of the comments above lead me to believe that many posters have never seen a really good magic show or even routine.

It is a matter of what the audience expects. They no longer expect magic so they don't experience it. (it takes imagination)

At least with Mentalism they already believe (or want to) and only seek validation. (no imagination required)
"the more one pretends at magic, the more awe and wonder will be found in real life." Arnold Furst

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I had been a full time performer for about 5 years when I started to get into Mentalism. My first book was T.A. Waters Mind Myth and Magic which is a PhD level in Mentalism. I put that book on my shelf for about 2 years before I gained the knowledge to understand it. Well worth adding to your collection if you can pry a copy from someone's hands.

I purchased Larry Becker's Stunners which is another amazing book. I finally stumbled on Corinda's 13 Steps to Mentalism. That is a book that if you only studied that one only you would have an amazing Mentalism show. The good news, it is still in print and can be found in almost any good magic shop.

I was under the impression it would be easier then knuckle busting sleight of hand. Wow I was surprised! You are like a Stand Up Comedian you only have your words instead of props and boxes. It is nice to carry in one briefcase and a side table opposed to loading in for 30 minutes.

If you put in the practice and develop your character and find your style then you and your audience will have a great time. You will put in as much time practicing as you would if you were learning sleight of hand. Plus your acting skills have to be sharper because you will become the master of Outs.
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