Originally posted by Matthew Field:
Derren's work is very well received here, at least by me. He has an engaging stage presence, his magic skills are excellent, and his books and videos reveal a deep and thoughful mind.
Originally posted by Beam Sturge:
[b] I'm new to the forum and relatively new to magic, so I don't know how well Derren's work is received on here,
I am encouraged that cerebral mentalism and magic can thrive, at least in England.
Thing is, and don't get me wrong, I love his work and have the books, video, seen the stage show etc. But...he really cheats.
How much preshow work is acceptable?
You see an effect, like say the invisible man one from this series, and you know he had to do alot of preshow to get this right.
I am not certain and don't know how this worked, but I bet you it was preshow stuff. In his live show he relies on preshow work for the most jaw-dropping moments.
Is this the same as using a one way deck?
If there is no 'too far' then why not use stooges? What is the difference in effect to the audience from preshow to stooges?
Is not the effect the important thing?
If the effect is all that matters, is no cheating going too far?