Mark Elsdon – Mentalism Reveals
A duality of exploration and discovery.
The first part of the book discusses what mentalism reveals
about you – both as a performer and as a person. That your
choices about style and premise reveal as much about you as
your choice of material. And why that informs and impacts on
every aspect of your performance， whether you are a working
professional or a casual hobbyist.
What is the goal of mentalism in the 21st Century? What is
your goal in performing? And why does it matter?
Through the use of stimulating questions and some unexpected
and controversial answers， Mentalism Reveals examines and
evaluates the approaches that work. This ensures that this
is not just an abstract， theoretical analysis of the issues
that lie at the heart of the mystery arts， but offers solid
real-world frameworks upon which to build your performances.
The second part examines mentalism ‘reveals’ or revelations
themselves. This is an aspect of the art that is crucial to
any good performance but sadly neglected by many performers:
how to reveal information in the most impressive and
entertaining way possible. After the force， glimpse or peek，
what are the best ways to reveal a selected thought， word，
number or playing card? Methods and techniques are taught
which will amplify the way you reveal any kind of
information and turn the climax of every effect you do into
a genuinely memorable experience.
We’ve all seen too many sub-standard performers using the
“I’m getting the letter L” or the “I’m seeing the colour
black” type of revelation which are a complete anti-climax，
and leave the audience simply wondering how the performer
found out the information (and often， why they bothered!)
The principles and fully-scripted revelations taught in this
book ensure that you will never give one of these weak ‘why
Whilst you will want to take your time to study this
material， you will learn how your script， language and
timing can immediately be improved to strengthen your
performance. Powerful methodologies are taught that can be
used just as they are， but which are also de-constructed in
order to teach you how to incorporate the essential
components into the effects that you already perform.
If you want to be a stronger and more memorable performer