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Essentials for Success in Mind Magic and Mentalism

Part of the Mind Magic & Mentalism For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

If you want to perform for an audience and be successful over a long period of time in mind magic and mentalism as an entertainer, you really need to take the following points on board:

  • Know your place: Know that you’re just an entertainer, and nothing more.

  • Be sincere: People don’t care what you know or what you can do, unless they know you care about them.

  • Act natural: Be you. Don’t act like you’re acting.

  • Relax: Settle down and enjoy performances. Learn to eliminate nerves or your show will be unbelievable.

  • Use the right props: Use things that complement your show and are congruent with who you are.

  • Be honest: Don’t go around saying you’re a ‘real’ psychic. Don’t be afraid to be honest about your dishonesty.

  • Be entertaining, not boring: Study acting, study theatre, learn comedy. Always make the show about your audience and entertain them. Anything less and you won’t have a career.

  • Do it for others: Perform for others as you’d like to be performed for. Make it about them, not about you. Don’t let your mentalism be an ego trip.

  • Get honest feedback: Ask people you trust to watch your performances and give honest feedback. And listen to them, even if it stings.

  • Challenge yourself: Never settle for where you were yesterday. Use every day to improve.

  • Set your eyes on the stars: Watch people who are where you want to be and model yourself after them. Learn from other people’s success and mistakes, and you will do well.

  • Compete against yourself only: Never worry about other people or what they say about you. Compete against yourself. Challenge yourself. Push yourself. And put everyone else in your rearview window.

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