I have long wanted to put together a brief act (as part of a larger magic show), featuring a woman with amazing powers, while playing the "master of ceremonies" or "facilitator" myself.
My "model" has been Harry and Leslie Anderson's long ago act, and how I have imagined acts from the golden age of spiritualism may have been in Victorian parlors--say 100 years ago...
I guess my questions boil down to this:
Say you meet a beautiful, sexy (and intelligent) woman who you believe could carry-off the persona of a mysterious sensation...(I have--heh heh...)
What tricks would you recommend for someone who is not versed in mentalism to teach a total amateur?
I have several ideas and wonder if anyone will respond:
I have thought of such items as "Scatterbrain" (I believe) from David Harkey's little book called "Ah-Ha";
"Musical-epathy" from Leslie Anderson's little booklet called "Eight Brass Monkeys";
The Annemann routine with a number of possible keys to a lock, in coin envelopes (one with a little bead inside), and the seeress divines which is the only key that works in the lock (is that actually "7 Keys To Baldpate"?);
I have thought a pseudo-psychometry effect would be good (ala Annemann or David Ben, from his book "Tricks");
I also have thought an animation or other demonstration of telekenesis would fit in...
I think those are pretty solid effects, but as mentioned, I am definitely not current in your area of expertise, and would be grateful for further suggestions: Would a few old chestnuts like the above still work in a parlor show?