7 challenges professional magician encounter

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1) Getting the right price

The entertainment industry is swarming with all kinds of average artists at a cheap price. Though average in their performance these artists still serve the purpose of entertaining the audience. Your clients don’t know much about the difference between an average magician and an exceptional magician initially, so obviously, they go for a magician with low price and you get rejected only for quoting the high price. Because of this an exceptional magician who charges high struggles to get the more shows in starting years.

2) Getting the full attention of the audience

Even the extraordinary magicians performing for a private party goes through a scenario where all people don’t pay attention to magician’s performance and disturbs the whole surrounding with their chatter. After this kind of shows, magicians don’t feel good about themselves even if they get the good money for the show.

3) Waiting for the show to start

As a professional magician you value the punctuality and reach to the venue on time, but guests arrive late sometimes too late. Client requests you to wait more and more till maximum guests arrived. The result is you get exhausted and your time gets wasted which could be put to good use and client don’t pay you extra for waiting time. Because your show begins late, you may also have to curtail the performance time to accommodate other sequences of the party.

4) Cancellation of the show from client

You prepare and plan your week for the next show and couple days before clients inform you about the cancellation of the event because of unavoidable reasons. This is annoying for the magician because he must have denied other leads which came from other clients on the same day, same time because your date was already occupied. This is a straight loss to the magician because he don’t get paid fully and he loses the performance at both the shows which may have fetched him future shows.

5) Cancellation of the show from magician’s side

Sometimes even the magician needs to cancel his performance for the event because of an emergency situation like severe sickness, family issue, flight cancellation etc. This is an unfortunate situation and nothing makes magician feel bad if he himself had to cancel. This puts clients event in jeopardy especially when your performance was the only entertainment activity planned for the event.

6) Managing back to back shows

A magician wishes to perform every day because he loves doing magic and it gets him good money. Sometimes a magician gets lucky and he gets two shows back to back with a time gap of an hour in between. But reaching to the second show on time is challanging because most of the times your first show will start late and that puts magician under pressure because he had to reach the other show on time especially if the client of second show is ready to start the show on time. If magician reaches to next show late, it spoils his reputation.

7) Maintaining a sense of wonder for himself

Magic creates instant wonder, a solid surprise and a delightful mystery for the spectators. This wonder was the primary reason why you became a magician. As a professional magician, you know many secrets, techniques to achieve the end result of a magic trick. Even if you watch other magicians perform you tend to be less surprised. This feeling of not experiencing the wonder may force you to question the purpose and meaning of your work and you may feel that you are not doing enough.

– Amit Kalantri (Magician & Mentalist) 

Top Books to Learn Mentalism

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.

  1. 13 Steps to Mentalism by Tony Corinda
  2. Practical Mental Magic by Ted Anneman
  3. Mind, myth and Magick by T.A.Waters
  4. Psychological Subtleties by Banachek
  5. Naked Mentalism by Jon Thompson
  6. Theater Of The Mind by Barry Richardson
  7. The Artful Mentalism of Bob Cassidy
  8. Prism by Max Maven
  9. Mind Mysteries by Richard Osterlind
  10. Fundamentals of Professional Mentalism by Bob Cassidy

-Amit Kalantri (Magician and Mentalist)

 

Strong Mentalism Effects With Playing Cards

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.

  1. Invisible Deck
  2. Tossed Out Deck
  3. Do As I Do
  4. Kollosal Killer
  5. Out of this world
  6. Any card at any number
  7. Missing card illusion
  8. SPECTRI by T.A.Waters
  9. Four Sided Triangle by Max Maven
  10. Mind Power Deck
  11. RADAR Deck by Richard Osterlind
  12. Card Calling
  13. 5-star miracle
  14. 3 of diamond mental force
  15. Gemini Twins

-Amit Kalantri (Magician and Mentalist)

 

Best Closing Effects in Mentalism

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.

  1. Chair Routine
  2. Q and A (thought scan)
  3. Confabulation
  4. The Pegasus page
  5. Drawing Duplication
  6. Master Prediction System
  7. Monalisa Puzzle
  8. Phantom Artist
  9. Slate writing
  10. Ash on hand
  11. Magic Square
  12. Card Deck Memorization

-Amit Kalantri (Magician and Mentalist)

Best Opener Mentalism Tricks

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.

  1. El Numero by Richard Osterlind
  2. Two digit mind reading (with NW)
  3. Bank Night
  4. Spike Routine
  5. Tossed out deck
  6. Invisible Deck
  7. Brainwave Deck
  8. The baby gag (celebrity picture)
  9. Locating hidden coin in the hands
  10. Multidimensional by Promystic
  11. Any mass mental force
  12. Any monte routine (with mentalism patter)
  13. Magic Medallion
  14. Pocket Writing

-Amit Kalantri (Magician and Mentalist)

Best Visual Mentalism Tricks

In general mentalism show tend to be theoretical with limited visual appeal. If your patter and presentation is not engaging your show may lose entertainment value. Following is the list of few eye catching visual mentalism effects that can add different flavour to your show. You should use at least one visual mentalism effect in your show.

  1. Metal Bending (Spoon bending, Fork bending, Steel Rod bending)
  2. Glass Breaking (Bulb breaking, Jar breaking, Coke bottle breaking)
  3. Drawing Duplication
  4. Spike Routine
  5. Color Matching
  6. Prediction on skin using ashes
  7. Seven Keys and Lock effect
  8. Photo Animation Effect

-Amit Kalantri (Magician and Mentalist)

Best stage tricks with playing cards

Following card tricks can be performed for small as well as large audience. I personally have performed following card tricks in stage setting and I can guarantee, all of them do very well as a stage effect.

  1. 6 cards repeat
  2. Las Vegas leaper (Cards across)
  3. Card stab
  4. Invisible Deck
  5. Tossed out deck
  6. Cards to pocket
  7. Card on forehead
  8. Card in Lemon
  9. Hofzinser’s Triple Prediction
  10. Card Transposition

-Amit Kalantri (Magician and Mentalist)