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On Jan 20, 2021, Mindpro wrote:
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On Jan 20, 2021, Martin Pulman wrote:
That's why I think the move away from stage may be a dangerous thing for mentalism... Part of the believability of Mentalism comes from the implied status of the performer -similar to a hypnotist. I think performing in a stage or parlour environment helps that enormously.


Absolutely! This is something only experienced performers know and many close-up or street "mentalists" have yet to realize. The mystique, performance dynamics, and the implied status you mentioned often are more important than the effects you perform. Today's mentalists seem to focus on the wrong things, many with the true foundational aspects of mentalism missing.


This is so true!! And this is also the reason why I see propless mentalism quite critical. It might be something you could add to a (stage) routine/part of an act (if it doesn't take too long what is the case most of the time...), but you shouldn't be dependent on its success. And unfortunately too often the "presentation" and procedure are obvious part of the method. Jan
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