First of all, I know why they did not show a full performance in the trailer (who does anymore,
anyway?), but that also means that the trailer doesn't really do it justice. When I watched the full
performance I had to smile. There's some really clever thinking involved.
write down a name, sign and keep the business card. You read their mind, describe the person, write
down the name you "received" and show it to the participant's friends and then to the participant
who then confirms you got it right.
Then you "hypnotise" the participant into forgetting
the name. When they look at the card they held on to the entire time, it shows a name they have no
recollection of writing down.
The experienced mentalist will get the basic method from
watching the performance, so I was looking forward to the 30 min explanation (plus 5 min of
There is some good information about cold reading based on "the
birthday question" from Oz Pearlman's "the Abyss" DVD (and I think we mentioned it in one of his
Penguin lectures as well).
Unfortunately he doesn't even mention one thing that could
cause problems. [edited to protect secret]. It could be a minor or major problem and there are no
tips on how to prevent problems or handle them if they should arise. I'm sure this has been dealt
with in other literature, but no mention of such sources either. Basically he ignores the issue
completely, which is kinda sad. I really like the effect and with some information about handling
the issue it could have been a 5* release.
What I would do in the case of you describing something wrong about the person their thinking of is using peter turners wipe away technique.If you end up saying something that's not true and they say no,You just simply say "Oh nevermind" and move on.hope this helped.
Tell the person to write the name in capital letters and you also write the force name in capital letters
Wonder what you do if you "can't" get them to "forget" the name.......
They don't forget the name, you just have to make them think they did
I was trying to be secretive! What if their chosen name is the same as your selection - nothing to "forget".......?
@rbuckspan: In that case you read their mind and stop it there (*). Again, he doesn't mention this in the video. These are just some things you have to be prepared for and that should be mentioned in the instructions.
(*) or go into his "speechless" with the chosen name instead of their own name. You can beautifully combine these two effects, but he doesn't mention that either^^
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