Originally posted by Diego Domingo:
Frances Willard, looking at photos of different mentalilsts, said, "Most pose as if they had a headache."
Reality is that most all successful mindreaders use, or will make use of the opportunity to use, comedy/comic relief, in their shows.
Liz Tucker was remembered for her comic responses as much as her telepathy.
Crystal gazers like Alexander, Raboid, and Mel-Roy, who did question/answer acts, thru mentalists like Dunninger and Fogel, and yes, John Edward and Sylvia Brown, all know and use the value of comic opportunities, for their presentations, to connect with their audiences.
I think it boils down to rapport and communication; the more we can invoke various emotions from our audience, the greater our connection. The Muse Box tale that I give during the Christmas season has never failed to bring tears into many, many eyes in the room. Similarly, it's never failed to have folks come up after the show and offer their condolances for my grandfather's passing... :rolleyes:
I've used everything from comedy or an emotion filled tale, to music and aroma in order to create this kind of connection with people and (for lack of a better term) suck them into my deliberate delusion.
Then again, I've learned a lot studying how certain producers & directors emote folks via their films or even certain Tv shows. Ignoring the show "theme" there are many writers, editors, and directors that could learn a heck of a lot if they studied how "Queer As Folk" was put together... some of the best production work I think I've ever seen for such a low budget project.
I do my best to learn from as many sources as I can in how to connect and bring people into my world, I think that's where the "real magic" happens. ;)