For a long time unavailable! A New Approach to Q&A.
Bob has often referred to the Question and Answer Act as a major effect in mentalism. (“Audience reading”, perhaps, is a more accurate description of the act, since many presentations focus on the revelation of information apparently unknown to the performer – the Sunshine-Dunninger-Kreskin approach – rather than the actual answering of questions.) The effect is major since it involves, or potentially involves, everyone in the audience as opposed to minor effects, which involve only one or a few volunteers, and are sometimes referred to as “exhibition mentalism”.
The general wisdom is that the most important aspect of the effect is the manner in which the questions are answered or the information is revealed. The method used to secretly obtain the information is considered secondary. The general wisdom, though, overlooks a fundamental flaw in the effect – the inevitable disappointment of the majority of the audience whose questions are not answered.
Scorpio’s Message is the only routine of its kind that effectively overcomes this problem.
The routine requires no technical skills, special apparatus, secret assistance, stealing of questions, impression devices, or pre-show work of any kind. (That is what a typical ad would say anyway. But I won’t mislead you – it DOES require effective presentation. The sample script and information given, however, will allow you to achieve this fairly rapidly.)
The routine also provides the relevance that is lacking from most mentalism performances. It is the element that is critical to repeat performances, and to the commercial value that is a prerequisite to the long-term success of a professional mentalist or psychic entertainer. Most importantly, it provides this relevance in a relatively non-controversial and highly entertaining manner.
1st edition 2003; 23 pages.
word count: 9479 which is equivalent to 37 standard pages of text