Mentalism can have its place, but I would not do more than one, possibly two of that type of effect.
I know just mentalism alone works well, because I've done it and more to the point many others have, the issue I was asking was whether the noise factor of table hopping situations may seriously affect that. I'd suggest the mentalism you saw that was boring was the result of the performer. Of course it may also have been poor effects that he had chosen.
Yes, it is easy to say "Sponge balls work with kids," but you could simply hand the kids some sponge balls and go outside and have a beer, and the kids would have fun.
Clearly someone that has never done kids magic.
OH, good, tell that to Banachek who has done mentalism in a restaurant situation and been successful at it. In Dayton OH there is a mentalist who goes by "Zeke the Freak" and works restaurants every Fri and Sat night. I use it myself, not 100% but I use it. Someone with a different personality could very well be strictly a mentalist and make it very well.
Yeah that was my thoughts too, however they did raise what seemed like some valid points, ie the noise level causing difficulties for effects that were not visual. In your case where you do some mentalism you perhaps don't have this problem as if the noise is too much you may choose to not use that effect and do some regular magic instead. However if your routine is only mentalism you are not given that opportunity. Or do you find that you can do your mentalism whenever you choose and your not dictated to, by background noise or drinking?
Though I might be disagreeing with some of the comments or at least challenging them, I do appreciatiate all input.