I loved the concept in “The Red Carpet” routine created by Ari Soroka and released by Jason Palter as it really got my creative juices flowing and after much thinking I came up with solutions to all the things about the routine that to me I did not feel comfortable about…
I wanted a more logical and innocent way of numbers being selected that had a logical and believable in keeping premise with the routine, and at the same time would make all of the props used seem totally logical and innocent.
I wanted to be able to do more with the props than just do the its apparently gone wrong and then “head character reveal” so that it became more of a feature routine.
I wanted to combine music to add an extra element of impact to the routine, and I wanted with the same props to be able to reveal a different character at the end for repeat shows and such like (which you can now do with my version and variations and in a manner whereby effective use of music to point the routine is also still possible)
And overall I wanted to tie the routine into a story and narrative that would have far greater emotional impact on my audiences and thus lead to even more applause.
In truth other than revealing a freely chosen character by having a mask on my head at the end of the routine, what I developed has ended up bearing next to no relation to the original “Red Carpet” whatsoever, but it was that routine which originally set me thinking to my thanks must go to Jason Palter for releasing that and of course Ari Soroka for devising it.
You can see the end result of my brainstorming and creativity in this short clip here, and for the record the onstage volunteers whom I read the minds of correctly all have a 100% COMPLETELY free choice of Six Different Character Images that are on the page they choose (each page in the book bears 6 different character images) and indeed the final person (where it seems to go wrong) also has a totally free choice of Six Different images from the page they arrive on:
Overall I am very proud of the end result which I truly feel is far more deceptive than the “Red Carpet” which originally inspired me and I hope you feel the same way to.
Or for a much better quality video of the routine being performed take a look at this clip
Incidentally the two short routines in the above clip before my “DVD Book” presentation which was inspired by “The Red Carpet” are 3 Card Opener by Eddie Burke (Mr E Enterprises) and Primal Prediction by Ken Dyne for anyone who is interested.
This routine and additional routines that can be performed using the same “DVD Book” will all be explained in my “Mentalists Cook Book” Package which is due for release in Mid August 2012.
I’d love to hear your comments on my routine which has been getting great audience reactions for quite some time now!
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