The Berglas Effect – ACAAN – Any Card At Any Number Mentalism – A.C.A.A.N – David Berglas Style Stage and Close up Mentalism Card Trick – The Mentalists Cook Book With Jonathan Royle

It seems that there’s a new version of ACAAN being released every five minutes and I’ve personally spent a fortune on them over the years including most recently purchasing The Berglas Effects which by the way is a great read..

However having looked at them all I have to be honest and say that I still only use the two versions that I have now been performing for many years.

For Stage Performances my preferred routine as it has a Triple Whammy Ending that I have found makes it more memorable for audiences is the one you can see me perform in this clip

And my favourite method for Close-Up Performances (although on the odd occasion I have used it on stage also) is the one that you can see me perform in this clip

The methods used in the first video are sure fire and guaranteed to work every time which is why its my preferred stage method, whereas the method used in the second video only works in this manner around 85% of the time, the other 15% of the time one or two methods not entirely dissimilar to the kind of thing Mr. Berglas teaches in his book have to be used to ensure a positive outcome.

I hope you enjoy the clips and look forward to hearing your feedback of these two routines, the methods for which I devised & will be teaching in great detail in my forthcoming “Mentalists Cook Book” DVD Set which is due for release in Mid August 2012.

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Comedy Mentalism Mind Reading – Name Deck Gag Prediction – The Mentalists Cook Book DVDs with Jonathan Royle

I personally think that a touch of comedy is a good thing in Mentalism especially at the start of the show for gaining rapport with the audience.

As an example of this here’s a routine I use at the start of my show which is inspired by an original idea I saw Max Maven teach in his lecture in the early 90’s at Blackpool Magic Convention, with a few slight alterations by myself.

Its an easily adaptable idea, which I have in the past also used to tie in with and promote product names of items sold/manufactured by the company that has employed me.

Anyhow take a look at the video, its not belly aching hilarious, its just a spot of unexpected light hearted humour at the start of the show which I have found helps knock the audiences guard down and gets them onside and more attentative for what’s to come.

I Hope you enjoy the clip and get some inspiration from it, although obviously I claim originality and rights on the routine as its performed here:

Oh and for the record the dropping of the prediction which seems to be an accident was all pre-planned and is all part of the humour and also psychology I use to knock the audience off guard for the truly amazing stuff that’s then to follow.

This kind of use of Psychology to manipulate your audiences is something I will be discussing in depth in my forthcoming “Mentalists Cook Book” DVD package which is due for release in mid August 2012.

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