Ok... I still don't see what in my routine could be considered stolen from Mr. Brown. Ring of Truth is Banacheck, Par Optic Vision is Anneman, E.I is Jermay... But moving along from stupidity here...
Do you have any actual advise on the show as presented here? "Don't be derren brown" Doesn't really address any of the issues or concerns I'm having, such as quickly building rapport with the audience so they don't try to catch me out on effects or just generally be less than pleasant. A mischievous spectator can easily make a mentalist look like a fool. Do you have any actual advice to contribute here, or are you just programmed with "don't be derren" on a loop? Do you have any suggestions as to maybe moving effects around, putting them in a different order. Is there a particular way you have found that works the best for getting that first spectator up on stage when aside from some fliers and radio ads they have no idea who you are and don't quite trust you yet?
It was a piece of advice separate from the routine you posted. I never meant my tone to indicate that it was somehow related to your show.
Second, attacking me is not necessarily a good way to get my advice. If you're having troubles already with talking to strangers/showing them effects, then to be honest, you're not ready for a show. I understand coming here is a good idea for advice, etc. but practicing with strangers either on the street, in classrooms or friends you do not know as well is probably a good way to start.
To be honest, lots of people come here wanting to be like Derren Brown so when I see something in someone's post that is related to what he does or says, etc. I get worried. Again, attacking my credibility with asking me "do you have any actual advice to contribute here?" is unnecessary and unwelcome and you won't last at penguin if you keep doing things like that.
No suggestions about moving effects around, as long as you think your opener is strong and your show builds to the biggest point at the conclusion, then it's a good order. But I cannot decide that for you.
Getting the first spectator up, in my experience, is as easy as having them selected. Basically if they're up in front of say 50 or more people, they'll probably just come up if not asked
. Now that's important, don't ask
them because it gives them a choice. But do be nice in your tone, don't demand they come up, just nicely ask them to join you on stage. As for selecting the person, you can throw out objects, have a piece of paper with a prediction under one person's seat, what have you.
Now in the future, please don't attack my credibility when I'm giving you a piece of advice. Sure it wasn't related to your routine per se, but it was advice to work out characters, effects and styles for yourself instead of what I feared was the possibility of you copying someone else's. Again, not with the effects necessarily, but with the presentation of them, which is 90% of mentalism.
Other than maybe explaining this post, I won't revisit this topic. Welcome to penguin and enjoy your stay.