Thanks for the responses guys. As for specific effects. I am interested in a key bend and my Pixel effect. I have done both as "Mental Magic" at the end of a magic set but adding them to the Mentalism set I am creating is becoming a bit of a challenge. The thing is the character that is beginning to emerge is kind of a "used card dealer." I open with a few easy hypnotism games and discuss suggestibility and then I launch into the mentalism. That way I have planted the seed that anything I ask them to think about, and I subsequently reveal, may not be the work of a psychic but instead the results of suggestions I have previously implanted in their head.
My one thought on the key bend was to keep some vice grips in my pocket. After the effect is finished I might say something like, "Over the next few days your memories of what just happened may start coming back to you. Perhaps you will even recall the moment in which I pulled these out of my pocket and bent the key." I donno....just an idea.
A well with key bends there is one way to make a display thats not psychic
Rapid induce your subject using IPI (you own the material) we will call her judy because i like the Judge
hand out a key to be examined (a duplicate of bent key) as you take it back switch and turn back in fact please just put your initials on it (obvs hide the bend) they have now signed the bent key.
'Now I know a lot of performers portray this particular stunt as psychic, it is in no way a psychic feat and I am by no means a medium (get this out of way early).
How many people in the audience have heard the tale of a female being able to pick up a car because their partner is trapped underneath it?
The explanation is generally that adrenaline can cause the human body to do weird but entirely natural phenomena, It is of my belief that the mind is such a strong tool when the body is placed into a natural state of un-comfort, it can cause the body to react in a strange manner.
I would like you to take hold of this key but hold it loosely, now this key is verified by the audience to be solid and is signed.
I would also like you to imagine your pet hate, something that makes you very angry I would like you to imagine letting the anger build up as you tighten you fist, your anger comes to a peak(start speeding up your patter building excitement) you are getting madder and madder just letting the anger come through you faster and faster until you open your eyes (touch their shoulder)
This will shock them and they will often drop the key, don't touch it let someone come and get it, the initials are on it play it off how you like from here.....
Hope this helps