El Mystico wrote:What was the point of Geller bending forks?
What is the point of exploding lightbulbs with your mind?
- but darren took the lightbulb thing, and built it into one of his TV shows. And he built Multidimensional into one of his stage shows. Not in a "How cool is this" way, but integrated into the thread of his act.
There is no point to Gellar bending forks, he claims his powers are REAL (that is the problem I have with it as expressed in the post above)and how many people pick him apart for such things?
You have taken the bulb thing completely out of context, he is using his performance as a metaphor for explaining belief systems (it has REASON) he is using visual representation to explain how belief systems work.
Bending a fork or metal in general is just as useless as the polo (in my opinion) and it pi**es me off how many people have a problem with gellar lying about his abilitys and then performing it themselves as if it were real.
My point is, I understand you are bringing to the table the whole enigmatic character where you let the subject decide for themselves whether it is real or not but it using these sorts of things (as a pure mentalist) only decreases the value of your other material.
What separates mentalism from magic is the fact that we know magic is a trick yet we sit back and let it entertain us and leave thinking how clever it is.
Mentalism is about giving reasoning as to why a trick is NOT a trick.
Magic - you can force a playing card let them put in the deck and use your skills as a cardy to fire it out. (people know its a trick)
Mentalism - you can force a card (in the fairest sense) tell them to place it in their pocket and look at them and pretend to be analizing their every movement, eye flicker/little smirk to reveal the card using natural psychology. Which comes across as plausible and the audience do not percieve it as a trick but a very clever way to guess cards by using clues that we all leave.
Now lets look where metal bending fits in here, is it LOGICALLY possible? NO, it is not (unless you are ready to concede to the public that uri gellar is really doing what he claims therefore there must be others out there with abilities) as stated earlier. If you are saying it is a trick you might as well be performing a magic trick as the spoon bend has just lost its mysteriousness in the fact it is no longer catogorized as a mind effect.
Watch the Derren video again
As stated earlier this is just my personal preference and in no way is meant to represent the views of other people. Now on a final note, tell me where a humming product that requires a cocktail shaker to rotate a polo mint fits into any routine?
I could see it being cool if you was in a bar and a guy or gal came in and offered you a polo mint; that is the only way I can see this thing being sweet as a throw away type effect. How often have you seen that happen? I almost forgot polo mints existed! ;)