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Can you please discuss your ideas and theory on a show feeling mysterious?

Should mentalism feel mysterious?

Many performers simply present their effects with little back story. You seem to do a phenomenal job at weaving a web of drama and make the audience care about the final reveal.
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I think this is the art of Mystery so yes Mentalism should feel like that. I really try to treat my audience as a clever one so I feel that giving enough information for them to be able to follow whats happening is enough. Telling them everything that is going to happen makes them think about a method or how we are going to achieve that. Not saying and just doing, and using silence or gestures makes them wonder were I could be going and that makes them think and be into the show. If we give them information bit by bit they need us to understand what is happening so they have to be in the show to solve the Mystery.

I give you and example of what I do in a bar when friends or people I know ask for a "trick" as if I were there for their "entertainment". In silence I just remove a blue backed card and place it under a glass or bottle. I give them a look and then remove a red backed deck of cards. I show them all are different (in silence remember). I close the deck place it on the table and spread the cards face down. I gesture one of them to put his finger on one of the cards. Once he does, I clearly remove the rest of them and put them back in the card case and then in my pocket. I show to everybody the chosen card (I do not look at it). Once all have seen it, I put that card in my pocket I just look towards the blue card under the glass or bottle look again at them and say..."Sorry guys I need to go for another beer" and I leave them in that moment. Obviously they look at it and it matches... When I come back with my beer I just receive the insults... =)

I feel this is way better than say "Here I have a prediction", which for them is more of a trick. My way is a mystery because I'm acting as the mystery guy. And I show them what I do is difficult and that I'm good.

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