Being a magician is more than just performing some amazing magic tricks, it’s a responsibility. Especially if you are a respected personality in this field. Being a magician and mentalist I have seen people coming to me asking for a solution to their problems. Sometimes the art of magic is not taken seriously by others, but a good magician will always get the attention he deserves. Below is the list of proven rules in the field of magic. No matter if you are a beginner, amateur or expert magician you should follow this code. All the best magicians in the world follow almost all the below rules.
Never share your secret with layman
Don’t share the secret of your original effect with fellow magicians for some time
Never repeat your trick for the same audience
Perform only in suitable environment
Never challenge the audience to catch your trick
Always carry at least one trick with you
Don’t misuse your magic skills
Be original while performing, have your own style
Talk to other magicians and learn from their experiences.
Try to give credits to the original inventor of the trick
Don’t buy pirated materials. Buy the secrets from authorised entities
Achieve mastery in mentalism by standing on the shoulders of the giants. No video tutorial will cover all the details of a book. If you want to be a real professional in mentalism you must read these books. Videos will teach you something, books will teach you everything. The art is in the details and the details are in the books. Following are some of the best books by the best mentalists in the world.
13 Steps to Mentalism by Tony Corinda
Practical Mental Magic by Ted Anneman
Mind, myth and Magick by T.A.Waters
Psychological Subtleties by Banachek
Naked Mentalism by Jon Thompson
Theater Of The Mind by Barry Richardson
The Artful Mentalism of Bob Cassidy
Prism by Max Maven
Mind Mysteries by Richard Osterlind
Fundamentals of Professional Mentalism by Bob Cassidy
A deck of playing cards is a relevant prop in the art of mentalism. Only “Pick a card” type of effects is a cliche to the laymen. If you find out their chosen card by sleight of hand, that is not a very big deal to them. But if you verbally tell them what card they chose, thought or saw, it blows their mind. So without any further doubts, do use playing cards in mentalism. Refer below list of strong mentalism tricks with playing cards. Some of following effects are also used for magic. Change your script and presentation accordingly to make it a mentalism effect.
The strong card tricks generally have something more than a deck of cards and hands of magicians. It could be special cards, some kind of magic accessory, everyday object or sometimes even very unique patter or story. Following are some of the popular strong card effects. But it is a very limited list, there are much more strong card effects in business around the world.
The closing effect in mentalism should be the strongest piece of your show. The audience must believe that you are the smartest person they ever meet. This trick should be such that people would want to learn it. Mentalism show if closed wonderfully earns a standing ovation from the audience.
The closing effect is the last magic trick in your show. This trick should create a great impact on the minds of an audience. No audience remembers all of the tricks from the magic show. But if you want them to remember one trick from your show, then it should be your closing trick. A closing effect must fetch you a standing ovation from the spectators. Following are some of the closing effects of a stand-up magic show.
The art of mentalism is not as popular as the art of magic. Your first trick in mentalism should do three things. It should introduce what is mentalism, it should involve someone from the audience and it should create amazement. Mentalism tricks tend to be little long because of its complex theory. Your first mentalism trick should be direct right to the mind straight to the heart.
An opening magic tricks should be quick and eye catching. The purpose of opening trick is to hook the audience to the stage and set the expectations to high of whats coming next in the show. Following are some the popular openers, which does not involve the participation from the audience.
Entertaining children for 30 to 45 minutes is a challenge for any entertainer. The attention span of children is short. It is crucial that you connect to children in the very first minute of your show. As a magician you should include visual and colorful magic tricks in your show. Along with magic do not forget to add comedy and storytelling in your presentation.