Originally posted by Diego Domingo:
It does help to know the right people and be known...But it does show that if you are good at what you do and the audience knows it, mental acts
have and will be booked. I do know that very nice people like Frances & Glenn are those that need to be said "yes" to, more often, by more people, and appreciated for their work and legacy.
Glenn & Francis are undoubtedly two of the nicest people in the business and, in my opinion (be it what it may) I believe they deserve a substantial amount of serious recognition by the whole of the magic fraternity.
Just my two cents worth on that side of the issue...
Bias in the Castle towards Mentalism?
It depends on the style and type of mentalism you do and your position on certain issues. I doubt that you would ever see me or those of my ilk working the Castle. I don't say this to be cute or as a slam. Only to point out that a very thick (yet invisible) line exists when it comes to certain "things" and how or what is done there. This applies to traditional magic as well.
The rift that exist in our craft between magicians and mentalist however, is being addressed by numerous people of note (and not just on the web and not by PEA members alone.) The irony is, many of those speaking out are card carrying members of the Randi Foundation who believe in the power of believability when it comes to magical performance and presentation.
My April column @ Visions seems to hold the gist of people's position (ironically, that wasn't to be published, it was a private rant that Shane put in behind my back... but, what the hay???!)